This past Fourth of July weekend, I attended the soft opening of South Bank Seafood Bar which is the latest fast-casual seafood restaurant in Houston. South Bank Seafood Bar is located at 702 W. Dallas St in Downtown, very close to Midtown. They specialize in Asian fusion cuisine, Cajun/Creole cuisine, and of course seafood!
You guys should know by now that my absolute FAVORITE is seafood! I can’t get enough of it. And with business goals to create a fast-casual seafood restaurant you know I had to check this place out! Anyway, I arrived at the restaurant around 5 o’clock with my two cousins. We parked directly across the street for $2 (woohoo to weekend pricing) and cautiously crossed the street and walked through the picnic table seating area and the high top bar table seating area up to the open bar where you place your order.
On the way to the open bar area, you will notice a separate bar on the left side which I’m sure opens up for the night crowd. You’ll also see an adult play area. LOL The games I noticed were bean bag toss and giant tic tac toe on tables. So South Bank Seafood Bar is the perfect date night spot for couples or dates wanting to break the ice with a few games. 😉 I should’ve taken pictures, I am so sorry. I will remember to take more pictures for my next restaurant review.
Once you approach the bar you will find plenty of menus and several bartenders/waitresses. My cousins and I decided to order a few dishes and share them so we could try a few of the menu items. We ordered the Fried Shrimp Basket, the Southbank Wings, and the Peel ‘n Eat Shrimp. Next time I would love to try the Turkey Neck Gumbo, Lobster Roll, and Clam Chowder Fries.
The Fried Shrimp Basket was so freaking good! The shrimp were extra jumbo, probably a 12/16 size shrimp so you won’t feel disappointed when you receive your basket. They were seasoned well, but just a tad salty, it’s not enough to make you not want to order it again. The fried shrimp were served with house-made pickles that were shaved thinly but still had a nice, slight crunch so you know the cucumbers were fresh. Now about those garlic fries, OH EM GEE! I could totally order a basket of garlic fries by themselves and be satisfied. The garlic fries are thin and crispy, and topped with a drizzle of olive oil, garlic, shredded Parmesan, and chopped parsley.
The Southbank wings were the bomb! The wings are tossed in a soy based sauce with Thai chilies and basil according to the menu. If I had to guess I’d assume it was Thai basil, which tastes like a cross between mint and basil. Anyway, the wings are so tender and juicy with a nice kick from the Thai chilies. I would definitely order the wings again. The Peel ‘n Eat Shrimp is a half a pound of boiled shrimp tossed in their Cajun seasoning mix and served with clarified butter and a finely ground salt and pepper mix. I was a bit disappointed with the Peel ‘n Eat Shrimp, it seems like they were missing the Cajun seasoning.
We also ordered 2 of the 4 cocktails on tap. I ordered the Sandia Fresca, which is a fusion of watermelon, tequila, mezcal and few other ingredients. I was worried the cocktails on tap wouldn’t be strong, but that Sandia Fresca definitely packed a punch. The Sandia Fresca had a smoky element because of the mezcal that totally worked well with the watermelon. My cousin ordered the Sex on the Beach and really enjoyed her drink. I didn’t get the chance to taste it. My other cousin is not of drinking age, so she ordered a Sprite, which actually tasted like ginger ale. Hmmm! Maybe they had a labeling mishap or didn’t clean the line well. I’m not sure, but it definitely tasted very gingery. LOL
The Service and Final Thoughts on South Bank Seafood Bar
The service was just okay. The waitress does bring your food to your table after you’ve ordered and paid at the bar. While we were eating our food the waitresses never came to check on us to see how we were enjoying the food. One of the busboys did come by to refill our water cups and clear our empty baskets. All in all, I give this restaurant a 7.5/10 for prices, service, and food. I would return again, maybe in a few months to see if the service improves.
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