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“Clay's is the Place for Animals and Food”

Clay's Restaurant & Hall
Ranked #2,934 of 8,183 Restaurants in Houston
Price range: US$0 - US$12
Cuisines: Barbecue, American, Grill, Bar, Pub
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Good for: Child-friendly, Groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Our story starts in 1985....Clay's Restaurant was just a small Ma & Pa's place serving comfort food off the beaten track of Clay Road and Hwy 6. Owned and operated by Houstonian Damian Seaback who set out to build Clay's into a great family restaurant full of fun for kids of all ages. Word soon spread about Clay's award winning burgers, chicken fried steak and comfortable family atmosphere. To meet demand Damian had to expand, adding quaint old school houses nestled among the trees at the rear of the property for separate function spaces. Clay's continues to grow and change, adding new menu items and features to improve the quality and service for their customers and friends. One thing will never change, though, and that's the family fun values that are the cornerstone of Clay's Restaurant. It's as much fun for the kids as it is for you, so pack 'em up and bring 'em on over! Kick back, grab a burger and a cold one. Each year we sponsor several sports teams and the Future Farmers of America (FFA). We also continue to make donations to area schools & churches.
Houston, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 385 helpful votes
“Clay's is the Place for Animals and Food”
Reviewed 17 August 2014

If you want to eat, play, and interact with farm animals, Clay’s Restaurant is a possible place to consider for a family excursion. Popular as a gathering place for private parties and a meet up destination following children’s sports and other activities, Clay’s Restaurant is a different type of restaurant for food, fun, and more.

What sets Clay’s apart from others is its amenities, namely its animals and outdoor seating. Approaching the restaurant from the large parking lot, the first thing you will notice is the field- like space and the arrangement of what looks like the front of barn doors on the side. Behind some but not all of those barn doors are actual animals, including chickens, peacocks, goats, and ponies. Kids and adults can view the animals and on some evenings, Clay’s even offers pony rides for the youngsters. Even when there are no pony rides, kids can still have fun in the field space where they can toss footballs, kick soccer balls, dig in the sand, or play corn hole. Kids will probably like a trip to Clay’s Restaurant more than the adults due in no small part to these extras I just described.

For adults, the entertainment is a little more limited. There is only one television in the main dining area and little to do besides eat and refill your soft drink glass. But one aspect that many will recognize and like is the abundant outdoor seating. There is, in fact, more seating outside than inside and if the weather is right, then outdoors is definitely the place to be. You can enjoy the fresh air, keep an eye on the kids, and watch for flying peacocks. They are not completely contained and it is common for one to wander over to the dining area and visit guests without notice.

As for the food, I found it acceptable but not much more. I got the Smoked House Burger with a side of fries and found it okay, but not anything special. The kids seemed to like their corn dogs and shrimp basket and I like the reasonably quick service. You order your food at the front counter and then wait for it to be brought to your table and the system seems to work well. But again, the food itself is rather ordinary and I’m thankful that it’s priced lower than most because I would have otherwise felt cheated. Oh, and the beer selection is poor. They do not serve any local beer, preferring instead to stick with the usual Budweiser, Miller, Coors, etc, big brew lineup.

Overall, I rank Clay’s as an average restaurant with some good things to offer and a nice play setup for kids, but less than memorable food and other attributes. I may go back, since my kids did like the play area, but my expectations for the food are not very high.

  • Visited August 2014
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“Poor everything ”
Reviewed 8 August 2014 via mobile

We waited in line to order for 20 minutes because they had one cashier working on a Friday night. She had no sense of urgency to help move the line along. It to 20 minutes for the appetizer and another 25 for entree and it wasn't that busy. The waitress was less that poor. This is a similar concept to the Willies chain. Be aware of what you are in for. The food is ok. It isn't as good as it used to be. More like cafeteria food that a restaurant.

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claysrestauranttx, Manager at Clay's Restaurant & Hall, responded to this review, 27 August 2014
I apologize that you had a poor experience when dining at Clay's. We aim to provide excellent service and great food, therefore the feedback from our guests is very important to us and allows us to continually improve. I will certainly bring your comments to the attention of our waitstaff and kitchen and I do hope you come back and give us another chance in the future. Thank you for sharing your feedback with us.
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Houston, Texas
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“Excellent burgers and fries”
Reviewed 8 August 2014 via mobile

Every time we go to Clay's we enjoy one of the best burgers in town.
Ambiance is rustic and inviting. They have a great service, and people is really nice.

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claysrestauranttx, Manager at Clay's Restaurant & Hall, responded to this review, 27 August 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write such a great review! We're so pleased to hear you enjoy dining with us, especially out burgers- great choice! We look forward to having you back again soon.
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“Clays is OK as a neighborhood dive.. but don't go out of your way!”
Reviewed 3 June 2014

Clays is OK as a neighborhood dive.. good for a night/afternoon out with the kids and neighbors.. They offer enough activities (sandbox, petting zoo, play area) to keep the kids busy while parents visit, but I would not go for the food alone. You often find loads of SUV arriving after t-ball or soccer. Service is poor at best (you place your order at the counter when you walk in and then wait for someone to bring your food out) The food is below average and not a great value. But if you need a place to take the kids while you chill a bit, Clay’s is acceptable.. Don’t go out of your way to try this place.. and definitely don’t go if you don’t want like kids…

  • Visited May 2014
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“Overpriced for what you get”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

We ate at Clay's on Mother's Day. We were happy to get right in and not have to wait for a table. Our order was taken fairly promptly, but then we waited over half-an-hour for our food to arrive (a burger, a kid's burger, a corn dog and fish tacos). The food was terribly overpriced for what we got. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't anything to write home about. They did have a great area for the kids to play, which is nice when you have to wait half-an-hour for your food.

  • Visited May 2014
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