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Caracol Coastal Mexican

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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One of the beauties of Mexico is its geographic location, with coasts on the Pacific Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico, which is connected to the Atlantic Ocean via the Florida Straits. From these waters comes a bounty of edible sea life, which is celebrated at Caracol, the award-winning restaurant of culinary team of Chef Hugo Ortega and Restaurateur Tracy Vaught. Caracol meaning “snail” in Spanish, was chosen as the restaurant’s name because of Chef Hugo’s fond memories of making ceviche de caracol (conch ceviche) in his brother Jose Luis’ kitchen at a resort in Playa del Carmen (see Hugo’s personal essay below). Our menu is a culinary tour along the Mexican coasts, which are
US$23 - US$40
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Mexican, Latin, Seafood
Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Handsome restaurant with unfailingly polite and helpful staff. Menu is comfortably upscale with unusual pairings of flavors that all seem to work well. Be adventurous -- you won't be disappointed! Our waiter was David, and he introduced us to the sommelier, Andres. Say hi to...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank jeff6
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I’ve been to Caracol a couple times now and it has become my favorite restaurant in the Houston Galleria area. The food is consistently great. The seafood is extremely fresh and they have many unique dishes. The Ribeye in mole sauce is amazing! The ceviches...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Gloralee
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A truly special experience at Sunday brunch with family. Absolutely fresh seafood, delicious salsas, incredible baked goods, raw oysters, and unique tamales, enchiladas, other favorites...service excellent, pricing reasonable.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Doreen W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came to Caracol to celebrate a birthday and it worked out so well! I booked the table online, it took about two minutes and was very easy. The place has nice ambiance but is not too eclectic or too demanding. Smart casual, cocktail or...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Sergey B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We took 3 starters : roasted oysters - to die for, lobster taco - delish, calamari- yum! 3 mains: black rice and seafood - wow the luxury of seafood, bass in banana leaf - spectacular, and beef short rib- excellent!, 3 desserts : plantains ,...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Alinabluemarble
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I randomly visit Houston, and this is hands down one of my favorite places I've found. This was my second trip here since my visit in September. We didn't eat dinner here this time, but we did go back for dessert and drinks after eating...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank ErinLee13
Reviewed 13 December 2018

A buddy and I decided to go for lunch, as my wife is a beef eater, and doesn't enjoy the menu. He had a huge chicken enchilada, and I had a combination of snapper ceviche and pork taquitos (two separate dishes). My combination was far...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank Gene T
Reviewed 12 December 2018

We have been to Caracol many times. The broiled oysters are worth the trip alone. The menu is varied enough for picky eaters. Although it was full, our server was attentive and our food was served hot! The desserts are incredible, especially the chocolate orb...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank joyce l
Reviewed 12 December 2018

We went to celebrate a birthday last October and it was amazing, they really serve authentic Mexican cuisine, I tried the "Chile Relleno" and it was phenomenal, as a dessert we order one named "El Coco" it is such an experience trying it, I just...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank fernandaa725
Reviewed 2 December 2018

Caracol is one of the top restaurants of the Vaughn-Ortega food empire. It is a modern, spacious, light and pleasant dining area with indoor and outdoor tables. Self and valet-parking service work quite well. The full bar is expertly managed by good myxologists. Service is...More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Response from 1_HRG | Property representative |
Caracol has several private dining areas in which to host events of all sizes and descriptions and is an excellent location to hold your business meetings and luncheons to birthday celebrations, anniversaries, wedding... More
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Response from nathalier581 | Reviewed this property |
Casual to cocktail. Anything goes. I would say dressy jeans and heels for women and you'll feel comfortable. Same for men without the heels:)
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