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Isla Coqui Restaurant & Bar - 25 Reviews - 1801 Durham Dr Ste 1A, Houston, TX - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (713) 861-1000

Isla Coqui Restaurant & Bar

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1801 Durham Dr Ste 1A
Houston, TX 77007
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(713) 861-1000
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I have lived in the Houston area for 13 years and have always longed for Puerto Rican food. Well, last Saturday I found the perfect place. The food was superb and the service exce...

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I was born and raised in Puerto Rico and have now been in Houston for 5 years. All this time I had been looking forward for a Puertorican restaurant that had normal operating ho...

DONT WASTE YOU CASH 7/7/2009

STAY AWAY FROM THIS NON-PUERTO RICAN RESTUARANT, POSITIVE REMARKS ON THIS SITE ARE FROM FAMILY AND FRIENDS. i HAD THE DISPLEASURE OF EATING HERE ONCE, THATS ALL IT TOOK. Pros: EASY TO FIND Cons: DONT WASTE YOUR TIME more

Average Taste...WAY OVERPRICED 5/3/2009

I was born and raised in Puerto Rico and have now been in Houston for 5 years. All this time I had been looking forward for a Puertorican restaurant that had normal operating hours and a bit more space (as compared to the other place near montrose). After hearing about this place, I finally made it there...what a disapointment. As soon as you drive up the first thing you see are two tacky tables outside that do not go at all with the whole restaurants decor. You walk in and you are basically in a large empty room with painted concrete floors and scattered tables along with a flat screen tv (obviously these guys have not spent a lot of time in researching restaurant staging). As soon as we sat down the waitstaff came around and were very pleasnant. The menu selections were small for the entrees, but had enough to properly represent your average restaurant back on the island. Our party of three ordered different plates and appetizers and have to say they all tasted surprisingly good. A true authentic taste, but nothing that would have me go back to it, if it were located IN Puerto Rico. The food did take a long time to come out, which was surprising as it was Saturday at 7pm, and there were only 4 other tables to serve! The true breaking point for me was the tab. The total for a meal of 3 (2 appetizers, 3 entrees, 3 sodas, and 3 desserts) was over $100!!! Not counting the tip. This meal in PR can vary significantly depending on where you go, but could be as low as $25 and much higher but NEVER as much as this. You could go to Aj!l! M*jili in San Juan and get extremely better food at a very upscale, trendy restaurant for less than this. PR cuisine is simply made, with mostly innexpensive items, so to charge these prices is ridiculous. I mean, think about it, you could go to a top steak house in town and spend less...Finally a place with good PR food, but unfortunately way too overpriced. Will NOT be going back again. Pros: Decent variety of menu options with good taste. Cons: Bland decor, too slow and WAY OVERPRICED. more

Great Puerto Rican food 1/28/2009

I am truly 100% Puerto Rican. Borned, raised my entire life in Puerto Rico. Been in Texas for 4 years only. I live in Austin and came to Houston for a business trip, and found Isla Coqui on the internet to have dinner with my boss and show off my culture after working all day. I do not regret it at all. The menu gives you plenty of options. Music is very good, not loud like other review stated. Service is excellent! Not sure what some reviews were talking about when they indicated that the service was slow...but our food came back fairly quick. I do agree that it was a little over priced, but I think its because of the area. Overall, I would recommend this place to anyone. Its awesome! =o) Pros: Great Service, Food, Ambience Cons: A little over priced more

Food wasn't bad...very pricey 1/20/2009

We recently moved to Houston from Puerto Rico. I'm a real puertorican, born, raised and fed my entire life. As soon as I found out about this place I has to go, only to be very dissapointed. Food was ok, but the service is VERY slow and it is extremely pricey. Some of you may be accustomed to pay $15.00 for an entree which is not bad. But these same entrees and much more food and flavor in your plate you will pay at the most $7.00 back in PR, and trust me, there is nothing rare about the ingredients, specially in a city where you can find all sorts of puertorican stuff, to justify the high price. So when homesick and craving mama's food, rather stay home and cook it. Pros: Food...somewhat Cons: Price, Service more

Not worthy of a single star 1/17/2009

I can't begin to describe what a horrible experience this was. My husband and I sat at our table, he ordered a margarita - I a diet pepsi. I have never seen a slower server in my life, and I'm pretty fair because I used to be one. So to see her pass our table numerous times with the margarita melting at the bar was a bit annoying. And to top it off, she would say 'Your drinks are almost ready' when she did pass by. Bear in mind there were maybe 10 tables full - definitely not a busy night. The food was DISGUSTING. We ordered Mofongos - which was basically a hill of garlic and mush. I literally vomitted within the hour. Pros: Nada Cons: Everything more

Terrific Puerto Rican Food 12/30/2008

I have lived in the Houston area for 13 years and have always longed for Puerto Rican food. Well, last Saturday I found the perfect place. The food was superb and the service exceptional. When I mentioned to our waitress that I would be writing a review, all she asked was that I did not mention her name. I wish I could. I live quite a distance away, but the experience made the trip well worth it. Pros: Great food and service Cons: Found none more

Muy Delicioso! 11/28/2008

I was visiting friends from my native Brooklyn who moved to Houston last year. I really loved this restaurant! The food was soooo good, the atmosphere was very fesitve and the staff was wonderfully friendly and attentive. Also, the Coquito was excellent! more

Great FOOD, a little expensive but worth it! 10/9/2008

I am a 100% Puertorican and I grew up in NJ/NYC and looking for a Puerto Rican restaurant in Houston is like looking for a needle in a hay stack!! LOL So, I loved the food it was almost as good as my Mama's food and the atmosphere was so much fun! The owners came to our table and gave us coquito on the house and we had a blast!! The service was a little slow and the portions are small, so don't expect alot of food like we're use to serving at home...LOL that's why Hispanics are so overweight, we need to learn to eat smaller portions.... ANYWHO, over all the place is nice and food is excellent and the atmosphere is alot of fun especially on Friday Nights.. So if your looking for some good Puerto Rican food, Isla Coqui is the place to be! Pros: Good Food Cons: The service can be a little faster... more

Small Portions - High Cal - Does Not Justify Price 7/1/2008

Considering that there are only perhaps 3 or 4 ""puerto rican"" restaurants in town - no wonder this makes the list as the best. Not a fair comparison. The wait was long, the lady seemed disoriented and the food portions were small, yet high in calories and fat from the look of the fried dish. The coquito was ok...but most of all puerto rican restaurants pride themselves with a good coquito. so thats nothing new. This place is in a shopping strip off a highway (not very romantic so dont recommend for dates). Owners seemed too busy drinking than attending their guests. Service was slow. Music too loud - not appropriate when people dine, makes for a less than comfortable dining experience. I went there another time but was turned away because it was closed and they werent ready...so tried again. and unfortunately with a date. Pros: Cant think of any Cons: See review more

Best Puerto Rican food in Houston 4/1/2008

I just came from dining at the Isla Coqui Restaurant & Bar. Pros: location Cons: not closer to me more

Extremely slow....and a little pricey 3/19/2008

My fiance was really excited when we happened upon this restaurant because he spent a summer working in the Dominican Republic while in college, which has very similar dishes. Our excitement was quickly spoiled by the terrible service. The waiter spent about 7-8 minutes before even greeting us. The menu clearly shows that it takes 15-20 minutes if you order mofongo, but it took 40. Our waiter did not even stop by once between when we ordered and when the food came. He wasn't busy either, and spent much of the time eating behind the counter while we waited, hungry for our food. When the food finally arrived, we were so angry, we couldn't enjoy it anymore. To top it all off, it's overpriced.....$20 for mofongo. We're not coming back. Pros: Nice ambience Cons: Everything else....particularly service more

Not Good 12/24/2007

I was one of the first costumers that this place had and after the way that I was treated im surpise they stil in business, staff has no clue of what service is, the so famous Pina Colada was blend and when I ask him to fix it with some pina he just dump it and gave me another that was just as blend and charged me for both, I brought a group of 52 people and none of them will go back, every dish on the menu was over $13 and portion were small and not the best flavor, Im boricua and I rather go to a Cuban Restaurant Pros: Only Puertorican restaurant I know in Houston Cons: Just about everything more

YES YES YES 11/16/2007

ok i actually have lived in puerto rico and you will never get food outside puerto rico that tastes the same, that is due to the water used in puerto rico comapired to houston. same reason u cant get NY pizza anywhere else.... But i will tell you this.... Authentic Puerto Rican YES YES YES great menu u can get everything on the menu every time you go.... maybe not pastelles but i have never been disapointed. yes it it a family-owned restaurant so dont be supprized for their teen aged son taking your order. it is a little expensive but well worth the price i would pay double what they charge... thats how good it is. all they need is Medalla and DonQ Limon..... and it would be like bebos in san juan....great food good service Pros: GREAT FOOD, decor, super nice people plenty of parking Cons: price a little high but worth it more

Getting better and better 6/25/2007

I started going to Isla Coqui this year and I have noticed that the service and the menu are getting better. I am from Panama and this food is very similar to the one from my country. I like the ""churrasco"", the masitas (pork), the tostones, and all the tropcical drinks they preapare there. I also enjoy the t""res leches"". They really do a good. love going there when they have live music. The first Friday of each month they have a ""balada"" singer from Puerto Rico named Lourdes Jimenez., her voice is so wonderfu. Go and see it by yourself and enjoy the food!! more

Home Cookin' 5/29/2007

Late at night looking for a new place to try we stumbled upon a gem. A Puerto Rican restaurant ran like Mama's kitchen. The family owned establishment is run by two mighty ladies who start early and cook all day! They chat with diners making you feel welcome and at home. When the food is out, then there's no more. Pros: great food, wonderful service, nice people Cons: menu is unorganized and hard to order from since there are several versions more

I was not really impressed. 5/15/2007

I actually was not all that impressed. Having lived in Puerto Rico I was so excited to try the food. I was kinda dissapointed. Although the ambience is great and the music is awesome and the people are friendly, they had their 14 year son doing the waiting, not at all what I expected. Although it is like that in Puerto Rico, I believe the restaurant is too big and expensive for that. The food was good, although extremely overpriced. I do understand that you have to pay for typical anything food, cause you are not eating just burger and fries. Although if you think about it, you do spend about $7-10 at McDonalds these days. The coquitos are great, and the fact that they have frituras(fried foods) is awesome cause those are hard to find here in Houston. But honestly I guess I was expecting soooooooooooo much more then what I received. The place is really cool though, the music and the people are great, but the food was not all that amazing for the price I was paying. I guess it was because my Abuelita was not in the kitchen cooking!!! And $20 for a mofongo, which I make a million times better at home for my entire family of 6 for less then $10, it was not really worth it. I wish they wold lower their prices just a little, I am sure to come back for frituras and the music, but not for anything else. Pros: Brought back alot of memories, food is not that bad, music is good, atmosphere is fun Cons: waitstaff not trained properly, too expensive more

Yummiest food ever! 4/23/2007

MY BOYFRIEND AND I HAD DINNER THERE THIS PAST SATURDAY AND WE HAD A GREAT TIME. HE IS A NATIVE PUERTO RICAN AND HE COULDN'T BELIEVE HOW PERFECT THE MENU WAS. I COULD TELL THAT THE FOOD AND THE WONDERFUL, GREAT ATTENTIVENESS FROM THE STAFF GAVE HIM THAT BACK HOME EXPERIENCE WHICH WAS SUPER NICE. IT WAS ALSO MY SECOND TIME THERE AND THIS TIME AROUND I TRIED THEIR WONDERFUL COQUITO AND A CUBA LIBRE . HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS SPOT .... DONT FORGET THE DESSERT A++++ Pros: THE FRIENDLINESS OF THE STAFF Cons: FOOD TOOK A LITTLE LONG BUT IT WAS WORTH IT ! more

Poor Representation of Puertorican Food 4/10/2007

TO BE HONEST WITH ALL MY PUERTORICAN PEOPLE LIVING IN THE HOUSTON AREA;THIS PLACES IS A MESS;REALLY I DONT THINKS THE OWNERS ARE FROM ""PUERTO RICO""BECAUSE FIRST THE FOOD ARE BADDDDD;BELIVE ME AND THE PRICES ARE EXTREMALY HIGH.....SORRY BUT THAT more

Puerto Ricans, let's rejoice that we finally have somewhere besides Teo's to eat at. 1/28/2007

A little on the overpriced side given their portion size. I asked for tostones, and they gave me amarillitos dulces (which were great btw). I recommend it wholeheartedly, if you can overlook the menu prices. Pros: The decor is stupendous, great for a nice cocktail party. Cons: Some items are overpriced more

Slow service and cold food 12/23/2006

I was very disappointed with the service and the food. I had heard some good things and decided to try it out for myself, well my advice to all is to save your money and time and try other Caribbean restaurants in town. It is a shame since there are not many Puerto Rican restaurants in Houston to go and enjoy authentic food. Pros: Only ""desperate"" source of Puerto Rican food in town, location Cons: Service, food temperature, overpriced more
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Editorial

  • In Short
    Understated décor adds to the welcoming mood at this Heights-area restaurant. The menu is somewhat limited but devoted to traditional Caribbean flavors like adobo, sofrito,...

  • 9/18/2006 Provided by Citysearch

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