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“Very nice tapas restaurant, great food and service”
Review of Convivio Tapas + Bar - CLOSED

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Convivio Tapas + Bar
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Reviewed 31 March 2012

We visited this restaurant twice in the past two weeks. We loved the decoration and the setup - big rustic tables in the middle, regular tables on the sides. It also has a few additional tables up the stairs at the end. The only con was that the A/C was set to freezing, both times we were there; the second time they lowered it a bit upon request; still, I would recommend bringing a sweater. Valet parking is complimentary.

In terms of food we highly recommend: croquetas de gambas (prawns), escalopas al azafrán (sea scallops), solomillo con setas silvestres (usda prime tenderloin with mushrooms), albóndigas (meat/pork meatballs), tortilla de patatas (potato quiche), and the patatas bravas (spicy potatoes). We did not care much for the calamari, or the fried eggplant. The ‘impossible cake,’ a mix of chocolate cake and flan was absolutely delicious. Food quality was great and prices were reasonable. Portion sizes were perfect.

Service was very friendly, professional and attentive, both times. There are some items on the menu that have similar names so ensure you state the full name to avoid confusion, e.g. we had ordered asparagus with tomatoes, and we got asparagus with mushrooms instead, and instead of tortilla de chorizo we got the tortilla de papa. We realized this later on and we didn’t mind the change much so we didn’t point it out. So, make sure you state the full name of the item. Also the second time we had to wait for the food a bit longer than usual - but I guess that’s a good sign of freshness.

We highly recommend this restaurant, and we will visit it more often.

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Thank Vero_PK
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Reviewed 7 January 2012

We love Houston for its many wonderful restaurants. Unfortunately Convivio is not one of them.
This was our first visit since Rare Bar closed and Convivio opened in its location. Our party of four foodies arrived shortly after opening and was promptly seated. We had our choice of tables which surprised us as Rare Bar was always bustling and crowded.
Our wait team was excellent which was not surprising as the place was nearly empty. Menus and wine arrived promptly and order was placed. The food also arrived promptly perhaps too prompt which made us feel rushed. From start to finish the entire meal took less than 45 minutes.
We ordered several dishes to start that we thought would be sufficient. Unfortunately the size of the portions were so small (even for tapas) that was necessary to order a few more dishes. In addition to the very small portion size, the quality of the food was mediocre and we suspect not fresh as all four of us experienced intestinal distress a couple of hours later. The prices were also expensive, especially so given the small portions.
Also disappointing is that the restauarant was freezing cold. The temperature outside was very cool in the 40's and the manager had not turned on the heat. It was turned on when we complained but our enjoyment by that time was going downhill.
We will not be back - there are many other excellent restaurants to choose from in the Heights/Washington Strip.

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Thank JohnfromAlliston
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