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Monument Inn Restaurant

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American Restaurants, Banquet Halls & Reception Facilities, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants

4406 Independence Pkwy S, La Porte, TX 77571


Today: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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Great for a Group

I came here with a group last week and the service could not have been better!

There were 12-14 of us and they were very helpful, the food was fantastic (loved their seafood bisque), and even though we had a baby with us, they amde sure everything was just right and were so patient.

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Delightful experience!

My family decided to go to the monument inn for my sisters birthday. There was about 15 of us dining upstairs. We had a reservation, so we sat right away. Our server (leslie) was amazing. I was worried my sister would give her a run for her money, but she was ready. Everything came out in an orderly manner. I was greatful everything went as well as it did. Its not easy getting everyone together. I look forward to going back.

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This place is a hidden gem. Every visit I order something different and I haven't been let down once. Everything is always fresh, hot, and the view is amazing.

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Love Their Food!!

I've been coming to Monument Inn for ages, during Lent I come here nearly every week and the food is always amazing.

Finding a place with fresh seafood and great service shouldn't be that hard to do, but no place in Houston comes anywhere close to how good the food and service are at this joint.

I love their tilapia and my husband cannot get enough of their fisherman's platter. Lots of good choices on the menu - never had a meal here that I didn't like.

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Was just in with a party of 34 people. The food was as always the best and the service was awsome.
I called a few days ahead of time and made reservations and everything was ready when we got there. I will certainly be back..

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Service and food do not consistantly live up to their prices.

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Best Seafood around

This place has the best seafood anywhere even remotely close to Houston! I usually get the Tilapia and it is always very tasty! My gf usually gets some sort of fried seafood sampler and she never has any complaints. It is kind of a drive for most people but it is well worth it. I also enjoy the view with all different types of boats passing by, definitely a unique experience! I would recommend this place to anyone!

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Unusual, Friendly, But Bland

The Monument Inn is located at the end of Independence Rd., in Pasadena down by the ship channel. (Battleground Rd. has been renamed Independence Rd.) If you don't live in the area, you will definitely need to search for it on Mapquest before attemtping to find it on your own. The restaurant is famous for it's ""all-you-can eat"" platter, for just under $30. (I believe it was $27.95 pp). But the dinner is initiated by requiring you to start with the boiled shrimp and raw oysters plate. I love boiled shrimp, but raw oysters are not my thing. I did try the raw oysters, but they were totally devoid of any ocean flavor, having apparently been washed to the point of extinction. The next course allows you to ""freelance"" your plate and order fried catfish, fried shrimp, fried oysters and stuffed crab. I tried everything except the fried catfish; again, catfish is not high on my list of seafood favorites. While the quantity of seafood for the price is formidable, the overall taste of each seafood sample was quite bland. The fried oysters tasted as though the ocean flavor had been totally washed out of them before frying them. The stuffed crab contained heavy breading with no discernable crab meat in it. The fried shrimp were actually okay, but I have still had better elsewhere. If you are looking for quantity, this is the place. If you are looking for quality, I would suggest looking elsewhere. On the upside, the waitstaff were very friendly and courteous.

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Good food!

We drive from 45-south so it's about a 20 minute drive for us. When you first pull up it smells like fish, but guess why? Because it's by the water! I'm willing to put that aside because I'll be eating inside anyway. We usually go on a Saturday so there is a wait. They give you this really really good bread once your at your table. The stuffed jalapenos are really good. The caesar salad is good. I get the Shrimp Jamboree which has shrimp cooked in 5 different ways. I'm not one for stuffed shrimp, but theirs are pretty good. It is kind of pricey so we don't go very often. All in all, the drive, the smell, and the wait are well worth it.

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I've been to the Monument Inn a few times. Every time I wonder why why it took me so long to go back! The 20 minute drive is offset by the wonderful seafood, service and the VIEW..oh and the cinnamon rolls. They have done a big remodel since my last visit and the place looks great but the tables may be too close together..try the alligator as an appetizer and my favorite entree is the blackend redfish with pontchartrain sauce..you should check this hidden gem out people!

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Not what I expected.

I visited Monument Inn a few months ago after staying away for over 20 years.  This restaurant, in times past, was a meeting place for family and friends. I was very supprised at the over-priced menu,  since we could not eat the food.  The fried oysters and shrimp could not be consumed my me or my guest.  I was embarrised and felt robbed by the check.

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best seafood in town!

I've been coming to the Monument Inn for 20 years. The food is always delicious and the cinnamon rolls are to die for. They have recently remodeled the entire restaurant and banquet rooms (due to IKE) and the place is better than it's ever been. I try something new almost every time I go there but my favorite is the panfried shrimp. The place is always busy especially on weekend nights. Ask for a window table to better see all those huge ships that go right past the restaurant. Our service, while not polished like a 4 star restaurant, is always prompt and polite. If you haven't tried out this gem, you need to..It's a little out of the way, but worth the trip.

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Good food offset by restaurant not banning smoking.

Food was great, portion sizes were more than ample. Waitress was very personable.

BUT, don't think about going into the bar for a pre-dinner drink unless you're okay with being confronted by smokers sitting throughout the area, puffing away without regard for non-smokers sitting next to them.

It was so bad, several women had napkins held to their noses, trying to filter out the smoke from getting to their lungs.

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Not what it use to be!

I have been going to this restaurant since I was a kid and have always enjoyed it. My last visit though will probably be my last. The misses and me recently went and were kinda surprised by the price increase portion decrease and overall quality of food. We ordered 1/2 dozen oysters on half shell which looked gross with black/green lumps in them not to mention the shell particles that were in with the oyster overall I would pass and this is the third straight time this has happened. The misses ordered bowl of shrimp,chicken & sausage gumbo it came in a much smaller bowl than they use to serve it in and had absolutely no flavor to it. I ordered a bowl of craw fish bisque and have had this dish several time before but never in this small of a bowl. The bisque is usualy heavy and creamy but instead it was watery and thing. The cinnamon rolls were still good though. Also we had to wait about 15 minutes for a hostess to sit us with many available tables.

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Monument Inn

I am a professional Tour Guide and I always take my clients to this restaurant when we are in the area. For a visitor to Houston, this is a must. San Jacinto, the Houston Ship Channel, Battleship Texas, and Monument Inn, what a combination. The food is always good, the service friendly, and the view. It makes you proud to be a Texan and a Houstonian.

I was taken to the San Jacinto Inn all of my life and it is now gone, but the tradition continues at the Monument Inn.

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Busy on weekends, good customer service, and good food.

I took a group of about 25 people here on a Sunday afternoon. Our reservations were made a few days in advance. Despite our reservations and arrival confirmation, it took about 20 minutes get a table. I am not complaining, just stating the facts. After being seated, service was prompt. The atmosphere is nice. You can see ships coming into and out of the bay. The dining area upstairs gets fairly crowded on weekends though so definately make reservations in advance. The food was okay. I ordered redfish with a ponchartrain wine sauce. There was quite a bit of salt in the food but it was good. Before we ate they served us bread and cinamon rolls, which were great. All in all it was fun and a good place for large groups.

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Great views!

Yearly, I have to go to the Monument Inn for the terrific views of ship channel traffic, the proximity to the Battleship Texas & San Jacinto Monument. The food is average, with lots of fried seafood on the menu. The young waitstaff are friendly, helpful, efficient. The decor could use a little freshening, but heck, I love the place!

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Great Party Place

I had a birthday party for my daughter downstairs and everyone is still talking about it. The service was fantasic and orderly. No one had to wait for the food or drinks. The setting up of the room was perfect and I have nothing but good things to say about the place. Everyone was so nice! The manager was great and very professional. I highly recommend it to anyone having a party. My friends and family thought I paid double of what I did. It is very affordable!

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Excellent Seafood

I have been going to this restaurant for years and think it is the best in Houston. I love the bread and cinnamon rolls they give you (they are very generous with them). The drink prices from the bar are outstanding and not a rip off like some of the other restaurants. The value is terrific and the fried stuffed shrimp are the best. They don't sell much dessert there because of the rolls but wow! Great place to hold a christmas party for your company. My brother was here from California and he couldn't believe the food and what you got for the price. Got to go there to believe it.

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The Best in Houston

The food was great, you had all you could eat and then some. Even though fried it was spectacular. The stuffed crab are to die for. The rolls and bread are also great. They didn't waste their money on fancy surroundings just great seafood by the truckload. The cold boiled shrimp are my wife's favorite and you better take a book when she gets going. This is what a great restaraunt should be it's about the fod and the people. My sister comes all the way from Nashville to eat here. Maybe you should to.

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General Info
For over 25 years, Monument Inn has been your destination to share family traditions and special occasions with great food and a great atmosphere! Specializing in fresh Gulf Coast seafood, we've become one of Houston's most popular restaurants. In fact, we serve about 80,000 pounds of shrimp and almost 25,000 pounds of catfish, crawfish, and fresh fish every year! If you're in the mood for something fresh from the water, check out our popular Fisherman's Platter with its shrimp, oysters, catfish, stuffed shrimp, and stuffed crab. But guests also love our wide array of pastas, beef, and chicken dishes. And be sure to top it all off with a drink from our full bar! Whether it's business luncheons, meeting with friends, or special occasions, thank you for making Monument Inn your place to make memories!
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Phone: 281-479-8102

Fax: 281-479-8102

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Parking: Lot, Private

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Southern, Caterers, American, Take Out, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Seafood, Cajun & Creole

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Average

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