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Safina- InterContinental Hotel Houston Medical Center, Houston, TX

Safina- InterContinental Hotel Houston Medical Center

4.4
4.4
56 Reviews
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Safina Restaurant & Bar features modern, Mediterranean inspired, healthy cuisine. It will have seating to accommodate up to 155 guests, including a private dining area which can seat up to 18 and a full service bar. Safina is about celebrating the diversity of the Mediterranean through inspired and refined food that is thoughtfully prepared to emphasize the true flavors and the quality of the ingredients of the region.

Seafarers ruled the Mediterranean bringing riches to empires. Coastal towns established fame for luxuries and for mercantilism that continue to exist to today. Without seafaring vessels, this would not have been possible. It is the simple invention of boats and ships that created the bounty of the Mediterranean and it is there we find inspiration in our name, Safina. Safina is Lebanese for “boat.” Beautifully humble in its simplicity, confidently assured in its purpose. This mix of humbleness and confidence is found in our food, service, and experience

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2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 6:30 am–11:00 am Lunch Daily 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (713) 422-2779

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Harold Ortiz

  • Private party facilities

    Host your next event in our private dining room at Safina Mediterranean that seats up to 18 people. The room includes a built in flat screen TV with HDMI hook up for presentation and natural light with our floor to ceiling windows. Food and beverage minimums apply for this space.

  • Neighborhood

    W. University / Med Center

  • Cross street

    Main Street/ Holcombe

  • Parking details

    Hotel Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Kosher, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 56 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. D

    David

    San Antonio

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Arrive late in Houston and decided to eat at the Hotel. Loved the jazz music. Staff was outstanding. Ambiance was fair (booths didn’t feel like a nice restaurant), but food was well prepared and presented. Overall excellent experience — we would have no hesitation to dine here again.
  2. CD

    CourtneyD

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had my 40th birthday dinner with my family here and I loved it. Everyone can’t wait to go back! Everything was wonderful :)
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hidden gem!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Extremely good food and bar, excellent service. Insanely overpriced.
  5. LP

    LaurenP

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely employees! Delicious coffee! Nice selection!
  6. GC

    GeorgeC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was a pleasant experience. Good food, less noise as in the places.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Safina has to be one of the classiest and romantic restaurants I have been to. There was low, jazz/modern classical music playing in the background. Very easy to hear yourself and your date to have a nice conversation. You can enjoy the music without feeling like it’s too loud. It was at a slightly above-whisper level. The dining room was very beautiful with simple, Arabic inspired decor with earth toned colors. The food was amazing in taste and presentation. The staff were extremely attentive and detail oriented. The host was always coming by to check in on everyone and was very clean cut in his suit. It’s very private and secluded so there was no hustle-and-bustle type of environment of a typical dining room.
  8. O

    Ortmeister

    New England

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    Used OpenTable for reservation because restaurant would not pick up the phone, even though I was staying as a guest at the Intercontinental Server kept pushing my daughter to make an S was rude. He was obviously in a hurry and asked her four or five times. She was just trying to decide, and he should have backed off his pushy routine once we told him we hadn’t yet decided on our orders. Main dishes were fine,, and the dessert was very good, which kept this from being a one-star review for rude service
  9. M

    Mentom

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Mexican food here is the best I’ve ever had. And the margaritas are made from all fresh ingredients and do not skimp on the alcohol!
  10. C

    Charles

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The new Scallop offering is amazing! Shane and Carl were on point.
  11. r

    ready4dinner

    Minneapolis

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quiet location on Sunday night before medical appointments Monday
  12. JC

    JasonC

    Houston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Very slow service. To be fair the place was extremely busy. However knowing that majority of their guest were here for the Garth concert they should have been properly staffed.
  13. RW

    RichardW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    has a good variety of meals to choose from and each meal we had was totally delicious
  14. L

    Lovey

    Houston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I brought my family here because I have visited here during work and enjoyed the food. My family really enjoyed the atmosphere, the restaurant site manager and the food.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience5
    We went to Safina for a Mother’s Day brunch. They had a breakfast buffet ($24/person) and a lunch menu. I was with two young kids and did not want to order the buffet, but it took nearly 25 minutes to be seen by a waiter, and that was only after I had to ask several times, first one waiter who deferred to someone else and then the actual waiter was too busy with other guests. There were plenty of waiters there and (from the perspective of a guest) it didn’t seem very busy… especially for a special occasion like Mother’s Day, when you would expect more staff. Every time I needed something from the waiter I had to get up and track down the assigned waiter for help. I feel terrible about service industry staff and think they’re underpaid and over worked but I really think the issue is with how the restaurant is managed. It’s a shame for such a beautiful restaurant in such a nice hotel to have such bad service.
  16. LR

    LupitaR

    Houston

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience4
    The food was okay, but the service was awful the entire night. Different waiters the whole time, took an hour to just get an order in, another hour to get drinks, wouldn’t check up on the table, asked several times for to-go boxes and the check, etc. They never apologized for the awful service. Very lovely restaurant, but the service was extremely disappointing.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Great food and ambiance. My first time to dine there, but the poor service seemed out of character. Felt like our wait-staff may have been having a bad night as we felt ignored most of the night and they got one of our orders wrong.
  18. a

    arturo

    Houston

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Good to know and taste the difference of Sarina from other Mediterranean cuisine.
  19. JS

    JohnS

    Houston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Still a good meal choice for the Texas Medical Center, but they have lost a couple steps since their opening (this was by fourth visit).
  20. FE

    FussyEater

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2020

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    Nice space, pleasant waitress, awful food, poor value. Mussels were dry and tasteless, clearly reheated frozen. Pasta bolognese was mushy spaghetti with tasteless meat sauce, just like Chef Boyardi from the can. No bolognese taste in evidence. Food server would appear suddenly and drop the dishes in front of you and disappear. Waitress managed to find a passable Malbec when no Chianti was available. Her courtesy avoids all zeros in my rating. After dinner I felt ill.
  21. GD

    GeraldD

    Houston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2019

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Confusion +, at 1:30p we were one of two dining parties and the staff seemed totally perplexed as to why we were there. The seating station showed a Christmas menu priced per person with offerings (on which I believe the items were individually priced) so I asked if it was a buffet and was told yes. When I viewed the buffet it was breakfast and in no way represented the Christmas menu so we requested menus to order from after confirming they were serving menu items. Once we ordered from the menu we were told we had received the dinner menu and my wife’s selection was not available and were given the lunch menu. All the while staff which outnumbered us 4 to 1 were moving around with no particular place to go. We ordered and received the food (which was interesting and flavorful.) During the meal someone who appeared to be the manager passed our table three times without inquiring about or satisfaction or even an acknowledgement. Glad we reserved or I doubt we would have been seated.
  22. AO

    ArmandoO

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was simply amazing! It made for an amazing date night!
  23. M

    Manfredoil

    Hamburg Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Guter Service und gutes Essen
  24. AL

    AnitaL

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous interior. The restaurant is to the right when you walk into the hotel lobby. The ceilings are really high and the restaurant has a themed Mediterranean decor. Service was exceptionally fast and the food was delicious. I got the cavatelli pasta and added chicken. The noise level in the restaurant was very low. I think the restaurant lights could have been dimmed a bit for ambiance but overall, great place for dinner.
  25. H

    Houstonfoodie

    Houston

    32 reviews

    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Good place near med center to go for work related dinner
  26. T

    Txinnola

    Houston

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2019

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Wait service seems slow. Has potential to be more than hotel diner. Wait staff does not accommodate for business/work meetings if service remains slow. I will try again.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2019

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Just a place to grab a bite if you are in a business trip maybe but not a culinary experience
  28. AG

    AnnelieseG

    Houston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The food was very good and the server was nice too but it took a long time for the service and the place was not even full.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2019

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Middle of Imelda and roads were flooded. Food hadn’t been delivered so meal was a buffet. Delicious options, but I sat for 20 minutes before anyone told me it was buffet only.
  30. S

    Saundra

    Houston

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2019

    overall4food2service4ambience5
    My husband and I found the service and ambience very good. While these components are important, we expect the food to be as good as the environment. We found the food to be pretty...meh... For example the cheese and charcuterie tray was boring; cheddar (with mold), smoked gouda and something hard white and bland with 2 types of salami. Yes there were olives and raisins and bit of honeycomb accompanied by plain water crackers. The fish (snapper?) was dry and tasteless but on the positive side, the roasted veggies were good but served at room temperature. And lastly, our first wine choice was not available. All that said, I hope this new eatery can get its act together and become the fine restruant I feel it has the potential to be.
  31. H

    familyHouston4

    Houston

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The beef short rib my wife had was good, the risotto was not so great. As for my dish, I ordered the Beef Kafta which was very overpriced for the quality. The beef patties were so basic that I can make at home in a few minutes...Hummus was good and the kids enjoyed their burger and chicken tenders...
  32. KI

    KI1986

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The first and 2nd courses were fantastic and the servers were pleasant and attentive. However, the cocktails could have been made better and the desert was not goo at all. Overall I would recommend this restaurant and would go back again but I would not eat desert and if I want a drink I'll order wine.
  33. H

    Hungersated

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and outstanding service in a beautiful setting! I look forward to returning again soon.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came for HRW lunch and was not disappointed! The anchovy honey butter added to crispy brussel sprouts is a game changer. I mean mouthwatering, spoon licking, and bowl licking good. I couldn't eat it all because I got full so fast but I'm already dreaming about eating it for lunch tomorrow. Of course I boxed it up to go! Not letting any of it go to waste. Green asaparagua risotto was delicious. If you love asaparagua and risotto then you won't be let down with this dish! They only thing that was mis-leading is that in the HRW menu it shows 3 courses you can choose from but in reality you can only choose 2 courses out of 3. We didn't see on the menu but unless we are blind as bats and didn't see it then it probably should be added on.
  35. H

    Hungersated

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Safina provides a phenomenal dining experience. The decor is lovely, the service is excellent (Renier was our primary server and fantastic), and the food was exquisite! It was a welcoming experience from the first minute. From the appetizers (we had hummus and brussel sprouts) to the salads (arugula grapefruit salad and roasted beet salad) and the entrees (winter squash ravioli, short ribs, and lamb chops), every bite was DELECTABLE! And make sure to save room for dessert! The pecan sorbet was excellent. I cannot say enough good things about Safina. It is a dining jewel in the Houston Medical Center!!!
  36. CA

    CynthiaAzzam

    Houston

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2019

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    The decor and atmosphere are simply beautiful, upscale and quiet. The wait staff is very nice however not very knowledgeable about the menu nor the bar drinks. We basically educated our waiter on their own food selection, what it was and where it comes from, yes that's right. Now onto the food; pricey but good portion, lovely presentation but lacking in "wow" factor, tasty but nothing special, spicy yet lacking flavor somehow. We were told the chef is from Portugal, which probably explains why the mediterranean dishes we ordered were seriously lacking in staple ingredients. For example Hummus must have garlic and lemon and not just a chickpea and tahini mixture. Taboule is not a bulghur salad but has bulghur to compliment it, it also needs parsley and tomatoes and most definitely lemon. The Kafta spicy with foreign flavors hinting to more Indian than MIddle Eastern. The couscous and the spicy chicken were Moroccan dishes with spicy heat that overwhelmed the flavor. On special was the "red snapper" at $40 which arrived covered with vegetables, legumes and other ingredients, where is the fish? It wasn't red snapper either, nor was it worth $40. We did have an enjoyable dinner however we were not impressed with the food too much.
  37. VM

    VanM

    Houston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time to go to Safina, and I was not disappointed. The layout to the restaurant was very open and light, and the food was excellent. I would recommend the caprese shortbread, the Brussel sprouts and the Power bowl with prawns. My favorite part of the meal however was the dessert, which was intricate and delicious. Will definitely be going back as a top option in the medical center, which has been lacking good food options.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was perfect!
  39. D

    Dogood

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    What an esthetically pleasing restaurant! The service was excellent and the food very good. I would definitely go back again.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had breakfast at Safina. Instead of the nice, but fairly typical hotel buffet, I had the Lebanese breakfast off the menu, which was outstanding (and a better buy for the amount of food compared to the buffet). Warm pita, lebneh, za’atar, onions, mint, tomatoes, cucumber, and feta. I also had the very good overnight oats with nuts and currants. Overall, an outstanding breakfast in an area with limited choices.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas

FAQs

Safina- InterContinental Hotel Houston Medical Center is rated 4.4 stars by 56 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for Safina- InterContinental Hotel Houston Medical Center

6750 Main St, Houston, TX 77030

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Main Street/ Holcombe

  • Neighborhood

    W. University / Med Center

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 6:30 am–11:00 am Lunch Daily 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Hotel Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Harold Ortiz

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Kosher, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (713) 422-2779

  • Private party facilities

    Host your next event in our private dining room at Safina Mediterranean that seats up to 18 people. The room includes a built in flat screen TV with HDMI hook up for presentation and natural light with our floor to ceiling windows. Food and beverage minimums apply for this space.

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