Vibe never disappoints. Â I went with 3 other people here for happy hour and hot pot. Â The happy hour is till 9. Â We got the salt toasted shrimp, fried butter garlic wings, salty fish fried rice and thai hot pot. Â Everything tasted delicious and the service was superb. Â The hot pot always fulfills everyone. Â There's plenty of TV's here to watch any games, also. Â However, when I visited there was some really good old school music that I was jammin' to.Review Source:
I love fresh oysters so we ordered Oysters with Tobiko and Soy Sauce. It was interesting but there was a bit too much soy sauce for my taste. Oysters with cocktail sauce is always a delicious classic. We also had the Thai Hot Pot, which was beyond great! I highly recommend the Thai Hot Pot.Review Source:
For some reason my mother thought this was a good place to bring us for dinner because she recently experienced a good happy hour with my aunt.
Vibe is a great place to go for some good bar/snack-y food if you're trying to go out partying, hanging out, chilling with your friends; but is most definitely not a place to just have a casual dinner so I blame my mom for bringing us here for that purpose.
First off, we went on a Friday night when the Rockets were playing a playoff game so it was pretty packed. and they had the game playing on all TVs and the big screen which was great but this event brought quite the crowd.
The staff is attentive and friendly; however, in the middle of our dinner a waitress asked if she could take one of our chairs because they "ran out," we of course said yes but I was just so confused as to how a restaurant runs out of chairs. Then, towards the end of the meal, they politely came up to ask us if we would mind relocating to a different table because a large party came in and wanted to sit where we were seated. This kind of annoyed me... (Keep in mind, the hostess put us there and it was not seat yourself). Since we were almost done eating; we just quickly finished our meal so they could use our table.
The manager/owner, did come out to offer us a free round of drinks for the inconvenience which had good intent but was stupid because two of us had water and mom had a glass of wine so they gave her another glass of wine to drink even though they wanted us to leave and clear the table so it made absolutely no sense to give her another glass of wine. They should've offered us one of our dishes on the house or something.
The location of Vibe is in a sketchy area and as I was walking in the person that was walking behind me was loudly speaking with all of his speech consisting of curse words......so beware of asian gangsters. Also, don't go expecting to have a conversation because the music plays too loudly for that to be possible. And try to go for happy hour because everything is super expensive otherwise. Food alone this place would get 4 stars.
fun place to go and chill. Â One thing I like about this place is that you can only sing in one room- saves you the headache of listening to those drunken singers that think they can sing :x HAHA. Â You're laughing but you know exactly what I'm talking about!! Â
They play good music all night long in the main area. Â The decor is nice and modern. Â
Drinks are decent and food is good. Â Tuesday is ALL DAY happy hour! YUP, I said it! ALL DAY. Â They have a pretty good selection of food on their HH menu which is a plus. Â
They also now have $100-150 bottle specials durning certain days. Â So grab some friends and go for some good food, company, and drinks!
I've been coming here for some time now. The ambiance is nice and modern. Loud music with lots of television and a big projector screen to watch sport games on. Parking is never a problem (huge parking lot). There's a karaoke room in the back to cater to big parties, easily accommodating up to 30+ people. It's a cool place to venture out to when you want to hang out with friends. It can be on the pricey end of the spectrum for the food served. Â
I've tried most items off their menu and everything is fair, except the fish fried rice, because it can be too salty to my liking. The raw beef dish (bo tai chanh) and shaking beef (bo luc lac) are some of my favorites. The hot pot is awesome as well!
Service can be a hit or a miss. It's usually good, but on the last visit (on a Tuesday night), I think it took about 20+ minutes for my friends and I to get served. The bad part was that it was dead inside when we arrived! Going to give them the benefit of the doubt and say maybe there was a mix-up somewhere? Anyways, I'm not sure if they still have it or not, but I think their food/appetizers (chicken wings, fried calamari, raw beef, oysters, etc..) are five dollars on Tuesdays.
Stopped in here with some friends for their all-day happy hour Tuesday.
The atmosphere is like a lounge-bar-disco-karaoke mash up, which I suppose is what it's supposed to be.
All their various oysters were tasty, and we had a ton. The fried rice was also good, along with the muc rang muoi. Service was attentive.
It's fairly close to my house, the food is pretty good, and there's a full bar. All good reasons to go back. The area does give me pause though, and I don't know that I'd go late at night.
Expensive! But who really cares when their food is soooo friggin good. I've tried a lot of dishes here and I've enjoyed every single one. My usuals are the calamari, peanut/onion grilled oysters, garlic oysters, bo luc lac, be thui, bo tai chanh...(not necessarily all in one sitting). The hot pot is very good. The soup base is a bit spicy, and there's not a variety (as compared to Hot Pot City), but it's certainly tasty.
Avoid Friday/Saturday nights. That's when the asian gangsters come out. We came here last Saturday and bounced out after 10 minutes for fear of our lives. Also, it gets pretty loud here because of the music, so don't expect to talk without yelling, or hearing people you're with. I nodded a lot and acted like I could hear across the table, but I mostly just read lips.
The food here is exceptional for a lounge on Bellaire. They have a large assortment of dishes but their tom yum hotpot, nuoc mam (fish sauce) chicken wings, oysters, and bo luc lac (shaking beef) are probably my favorite dishes and most popular choices. Bottles of Hennessy are generously priced here and it is a good environment for groups of people to hang out at.
For all you foodies, if you want good asian food, you need to try this place out.
My oyster craving was definitely satisfied! Â My husband and I came on a Tuesday night for the happy hour prices, and it was a great experience. Â
After reading the reviews, I had an idea of what to expect in terms of service and food. Â We first looked for a comfy table, but they were all taken. Â So we seated ourselves at the bar, which was the best decision since we had absolutely no problem ordering from the female bartender and another guy behind the counter. Â
We ordered all four of the oyster dishes, one by one, and they came out pretty quickly. Â I ate most them, and there was not a single bad one. Â The oysters with tobiko in ponzu was slightly on the salty side for me, but I'll just ask for an extra lemon half next time. Â It was an oyster party in my tummy! Â The be thui (roasted veal) was the first thing we had, and it was good, but my mom makes that dish better. Â My husband finished it while I moved onto the oysters. Â We then decided to try the bo luc lac (shaking beef); it looked and smelled delicious! Â The first bite was excellent, but then I started to taste a hint of mayo. Â I tried a few more pieces, but the mayo just killed it for me since I'm generally not a fan of mayo, especially not in a Vietnamese dish like this. Â My husband tasted it, too, and we ended up leaving half the plate uneaten. Â If you like mayo, then you should try it, but it was not a well spent $17 for us. Â
I don't really drink but wanted to try the white sangria. Â The lychee syrup masked the wine flavor, which turned out good for me. Â I expected more fruit in a sangria (my glass had 2 fresh blueberries, a few pieces of oranges, and 2 canned lychees), but it was pretty decent if you like something sweet. Â I might try the strawberry mojito next time. Â
And as for the ambiance, it was like sitting in a club with the blaring music and light show. Â But I actually liked most of the songs and enjoyed watching the music videos on the projector screen. Â The place is nice and comfortable, so we'll definitely be back for the oysters, oysters, and more oysters!
This is my very first Yelp review, so I am not too familiar with all the options yet. Â I took a pic of the bo luc lac and will post it once I figure out how to do that! Â ;-)
When I first came here I thought it was a nice modern spot for it being in china town. Came here a few times to meet friends.
Haven't tried the food until a few weeks ago for happy hour. Boy the place was a madhouse for the tuesday all day happy hour.
Their private room is pretty big, which also have karaoke. They had it open for the hh special. So about 20-30 ppl were able to fit in there.
I didnt try the hotpot..my friends seemed to like it. The wings I was not a fan of, too salty. I ordered the muc rang muoi, its a vietnamese version of calamari. Omg my jaw hurts just talking about it. My first time experiencing a muc rang muoi gone bad! Barely any squid meat. Nothing but over fried, dry, & chewy tentacles. The flavor was ok, oily & salty I say. No wonder it's $5!
The other day we were here for a friends bday, my friend ordered the fried rice..$15 stinkin dollars. Wasn't even tasty & really salty.
I guess everyone have their own taste buds with food. Maybe I experienced bad for their hh. Debating I want to come back on a non hh night for food.
WOW!!!!!! Â Absolutely fantastic, delicious, yummy, amazing (you get the gist) food. I got the hot pot and the oysters. Both were flavorful with added twists to the original concept. The place typically serves asian "drinking" food, and I'm not sure if they did this on purpose or not (probably not), but the "ambiance" matches the purpose -- Â very ghetto + the service is absolutely horrible.
P.S. The place was freeeezzzing inside when I visited (January) despite it being 70 degrees outside. Bring a light sweater or warm yourself up with drinks!
Came here for Tuesday happy hour. Service was terrible and pretty much non existent considering I had to get up and flag down the waitress a few times.
The oysters was ok, a few of them tasted a little too fishy. The salted squid was super greasy so I had to order a bowl of rice to eat with it but unfortunately our waitress forgot my rice after 20 minutes of waiting for it.
Also I looked at the regular food menu items and noticed that a lot of their dishes were extremely over priced.
Hell freaking yeah. Â Its about time they knew how to make good drinking food for asians. LOL
I like the setting where you can keep adding on tables if needed.
The fresh oysters were great and I liked their hot pot. Â The hot pot was sweet and spicy, just the way I liked it. Â I didn't like the weird fish fried rice and I wasn't a fan of their fried chicken. Â I'll stick with the seafood because so far its been good to me there.
A lounge/bar in the heart of Chinatown Houston usually means a bunch of wanksters in their wifebeaters, glock in their waist, cigarette in one hand, and a miller lite in the other. I'm only semi-exaggerating. Anyway, at Vibe however, the atmosphere is lively, clean, and well maintained. There is a designated smoking area that is gated off to the right of the establishment and seating on the inside consists of booths, small tables, big round tables, long tables, high chair tables, and bar seating. There's even a private room that you can reserve for large parties. The music here is great. Hip hop/R&B/dance.
The food here is awesome. They've got a great HH menu but I forgot to take a picture to post onto yelp. It's offered all day on Tuesdays and on all other days, the hours vary.
-Bo Tai Chanh (thin cut slices of beef cooked in citrus) is really good. Comes on top of a mountain of fresh herbs already in marinade but also comes with some fermented shrimp sauce to dip.
-Tom Tai Chanh same as above but with shrimp. Also very good.
-Canh Ga Nuoc Mam (fish sauce wings) the wings here are the <a href="/redir?url=http%3A%2F%2Fbomb.com&s=bb4f996415a9c2f21137e27cfb68f439a48cec2652b53e9b50dd7e766dbe177e" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://bomb.com</a>. Thailand style wings are saucy, a little sweet and a little spicy. You can go wrong with the wings cooked in butter either.
-Oysters on the half shell topped with tobiko are worth getting. I prefer these over the grilled ones they offer.
-Fried Rice. Can you ever go wrong with fried rice?
-Lau (Hot pot) is good. comes with plenty of veggies, protein, and don't forget to order extra noodles. The broth is sweet, sour, and tangy. Much like Canh Chua.
The drinks here are also yummy. My favorite so far is the white sangria. It comes with fresh blueberries, strawberries, and sometimes lychee. Depends on what's available and how the bartender is feeling that day I guess. Have you ever walked into a place and tried to place an order at the bar for some cognac only to be told that the best they can do is whiskey? You don't need to worry about that here. Asians love their Cognac, and there's plenty to be served here.
Alright, I was hoping to like this place but I just couldn't. Â I saw all these reviews of 4 and 5 stars from many elite yelpers along with people who I follow everywhere. Â But, I came during Tuesday Happy Hour, we even were lucky enough to get a table immediately. Â
We order EVERYTHING on their happy hour menu and the first dish, we couldn't eat more than 1 bite, the 2nd dish was the oysters and they were meh, we had the raw beef dish which was flavorful, the butter wings were just ok, the thai wings were bad. Â I don't know if I just don't have the pallet for vietnamese bar food but nothing hit the spot. Â It's very AzN which I can deal with, but the music was loud and very random, so everyone just talks louder to overcome the noise making even a worst sounding noise. Â
Service is spotty, sometimes very helpful then takes 10 minutes to track down your waitress. Â The only redeeming factor was there are a lot of TVs but not a lot of variety of games. Â The happy hour prices made it bearable, at their normal prices I'd be screaming bloody murder.
If you want to run a successful Asian lounge, then you could do well by copying Vibe's formula: great food to bring in the girls and hot waitresses to keep the guys interested. The restaurant is hip, trendy, and blaringly loud, while the food is surprisingly addictive. Â There are several issues with the execution, but Vibe is definitely off to a great start. Just remember if it's your first time here, come (1) in a group, (2) on a Tuesday and (3) before 7:00pm.
First, Vibe serves Vietnamese-fusion bar food. Essentially, that's Southern staples such as beef, chicken wings, squid, and oysters, served Vietnamese-style, such as with garlic pepper, sweet-and-sour, and ngoc mam. Â There's really no bad dish, if you distribute your order among those flavor profiles.
Now, the prices are ridiculous at $18, but many items are $5 all-day on Tuesday, and at that price point, they are fantastic. Â It's really difficult to justify the price differential. Â Furthermore, there is no written happy hour menu, even though everyone orders off of this "unwritten" menu on Tuesdays.
The drinks are also priced haphazardly. For example, a Corona (on Tuesdays) is $3, but the specials run $9 (and a vodka red bull, for comparison, is $10). Again, it would be helpful to see these prices presented on a written menu, so customers can know what the (Tuesday) happy hour prices are.
In all, though, the food is fantastic and at the $5 price point on Tuesdays, it's enough to keep me coming back regularly. I'm especially interested in seeing how they do on a Monday or Wednesday evening, to see whether their food is priced correctly for those days.
Lastly, and this still makes me chuckle, the name on my check was, verbatim, "david, asisn couple at the end." Really, people? That really narrows it down for you?
This place is pretty happening during Tuesday happy hour! Â The menu is largely Vietnamese with a full bar. Â Plenty of tv's to watch the games, but don't count on actually hearing the game as they usually blast music from one projector showing music videos. Â What results is more of a club vibe that just happens to be a bar and grille as well. Â Our favorites on the menu typically include the calamari and the oysters, but there's a lot on the menu to choose from.Review Source:
I don't usually frequent AZN bars/lounges/night clubs, but a friend was in town from Ohio, and they don't have China town there so we went to every Asian Fusion place when he was in town.
I'm glad I found this place and will probably come back when I'm craving for good and AUTHENTIC Vietnamese food. The best thing about this place is their food. Every dish is a good option. There was not one dish that I didn't like and we basically ordered everything on the menu.
The ambient is very lively and the music is loud. It's very trendy.
The Mimosas (blackberry & strawberry) were very good! White & Red Sangria was also very good.
They have a good All-Day Happy Hour special on Tuesdays but go early because it gets super packed!
Lastly, the staff was very accommodating. We had several girls served us for our big top and they were attentive and friendly.
Vibe was one of the first restaurant I wanted to check out after being away from my hometown. I hear such good reviews on their food from friends and never imagined I would want to hang out at a 'quan nhau'. Â When I was little, that term would associate with the old folks getting together over 'drinking food' and sing karoake. I've been here several times, unfortunately not Â on a Tuesday's with the $5 oyster specials, and everytime was enjoyable. It's hard to not control yourself - drinking wise- with great friends & food- but you have options to sober up in the area with 24 hr pho joints.
If you don't know what to order, must get the oysters, bo tai chanh (vietnamese beef carpaccio), Thai hot pot (feeds 4-8 depending on the amount of other dishes you order), bo luc lac (one of the best shaken beef I've had), and fried salted & peppered calamari.
A modern Asian style restaurant/bar. A couple advices and complaints that I have.
First off, if you do NOT like the AZN scene, this is not your go to place. Every one stares you down when you walk in making you feel extra uneasy.
Second, the music is loud and to top that off, the people are even louder to talk over the music.
Third, there aren't any hostesses so when you come in, you pretty much have to seat yourself. I mean I wouldn't mind but there wasn't a sign or anything so we just stood there waiting to be helped until we just eventually sat ourselves. No one even bothered to come ask us if we needed help.
Fourth, the food is delicious! Although the service is crappy, the food is amazing, but quite pricey. Tuesday is happy hour all day so most of the items on the menu are discounted. My favorite item on the menu is the oysters with the the tobiko on top, yummm, but they do not have cocktail sauce, just Tabasco. Also, the bo luc lac, fried squid, frog legs, and Thailand style chicken wings are delicious as well. I've never tried the hot pot but I've seen a lot of people eat it. The bottles here are cheap but the drink prices are average. The mojitos are awesome, try the blueberry or strawberry, all made from real fruits!
My last complaint is the service. I feel like there aren't enough waitresses and they all help the tables, no specific section so it gets a little over whelming. Plus, some one different helps you every time, so when you ask them a question about your order, they never know what to tell you cause it is a different girl every time. There aren't any table numbers, so every time the food runners come out they never know where to place the food. The last time I went, due to that mistake, we had to wait 30 minutes for our oysters. They told us that it was being prepared in the back but being in the restaurant industry I know that means that they forgot. I saw countless plates of oysters come out to tables that came in after us but it wasn't a big deal until they charged us for 3 plates of oysters when we only ordered one.
Bottom line, great food, great drinks, crappy service.
This place gets 4 stars alone for introducing me to the video Gangnam Style (<a href="/redir?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D9bZkp7q19f0&s=a584d5a84d57a5a4a7f1261bf752cb1adb8636fc1c9dbf21cec945ed2280b59e" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.youtube.com/wâ€¦</a>). Yes, I only recently discovered it. I'm late, I know.
To be honest, I'm not totally into the Asian night scene, so personally I would not come here by choice on a weekend (late) night. It's definitely busy and very trendy and loud. However, I would recommend coming here for happy hour! Not sure when it starts but it ends at 8 pm on Sunday. Half off oysters, fried rice, chicken wings, and squid. This is a STEAL. You get at least 10 giant delicious wings for $6. Squid is great. I didn't get a chance to try the other happy hour specials since there was so much food. Beer is $2 during happy our. Oh, it was a perfect spot for watching the preseason football game on the projector against the wall. Outside happy hour, this place is quite expensive. We didn't realize it was happy hour and ordered their special salad for $18. Yes, you read that right. I didn't like it too much since there was wayyy too much mint and basil in it. It was more of a Vietnamese salad than your typical salad. I don't think there was a single normal green you'd find in it. However, as awful as I thought the veggies were, I couldn't stop eating the beef in it. It was so beautifully marinaded with sweet and savory flavors.
Waitresses were pretty helpful. We asked a lot of questions since we had never ordered from here before. Their fried squid is popular, and I hear the quail is good too. I definitely want to come back during happy hour before the lounge crowd to try out more of their dishes.
Say what? The crowd's almost all asian at a bar in Alief?? Â Yes, the crowd is majority asian and yes, the decor is maybe trying a bit too hard for a bar on this side of town but the food is great! Â The place is modern and clean with some nice lighting fixtures and a nice sized bar. Â The food/drinks aren't the cheapest around but I'd definitely rely on their happy hours during the week. Â You could get a nice buzz, eat some good food and not burn too big of hole in yo' wallet. Â We've tried the Calamari. The best in Houston- yes I've said it; in it's garlicky goodness and the right amount of crunch. Â The oyster there are also spectacular. Â Maybe, everything is good there bc its submerged in thabuttah but what isn't nowadays?Review Source:
I came here, not by choice, and I know why. I am really not into the whole Asian crowd, but I found myself here on a Friday or Saturday night? I can't remember.
Anyway, the drinks and food are pricey for the area. The bar was ripped off straight from Grand Lux Cafe. I couldn't tell weather they were going for modern (furniture), traditional (bar), or Asian (fish tank). The crowd seems to be a lot of Asian, and a few of those creepy guys trying to pick up Asian girls.
And what was up with the music? Are they too cheap to pay for it?
PLUS, maybe I am NOT a guy, but I do tip well. Unless you give me crappy service because I am not hitting on you.
Great food here! We came on a Sunday at 7 and didn't know that they had happy hour so the oyster dishes, fried rice, chicken wings and squid dishes were half off until 8 pm. Â The beers were only $2 too! Â
We had a group of 8 people so we ended up ordering 3 dozens of Oyster Sashimi which were so delicious b/c of the 3 different types of roes on there and the spicy ponzu sauce. We also tried 1 doz of the grilled oysters with garlic butter which weren't as good. The nouc mam wings (fish sauce flavored) were stir fried with onions and bell pepers which were really flavorful. Â Their quail dish was the most flavorful and the best I've had from any restaurants. The Vibe Beef Salad was very tender and good. Â The salt & pepper prawns were overcooked so they weren't that great. Â The lemon grass wild hog dish was ok, the meat was chewy which I heard thats how wild hog is suppose to taste like.
I'd definately come back again for the food. Â My only complaint is that the music was really loud so it was hard for all us to converse across the table.
Love it. Love everything about it. It's located in Chinatown and the crowd is almost 100% Asian on a Tuesday night. Very modern and chic interior design with colorful ambient lighting. Because the decor is so nice, everyone is dressed nice. Most girls are in dresses and heels.
Music is fun and energetic on a nice system. They have $150 bottles of Remy Martin VSOP's and THE FOOD IS AMAZING! Remember Tuesday is happy hour all night! Hot place to hit up!
Another ultra modern lounge on the SW.
They dont really play my kind of music, but the place is super nice. Prob not the best place to carry on a conversation, but I can see the appeal. But it's seems so out of place here, middle of the hood with the splendor of Galleria styling.
Dig the drinks and the atmosphere, dont dig the loud R&B/Pop so much.
This place is quite trendy. It's a bar/lounge/restaurant. It's a cool place to hangout in the weekends if you want to eat good food and drink with your buddies. We ordered sauteed lobsters, crabs, oysters on the half-shell, and fried rice. The food is pricey compared to other places I've been to though. I give this place one extra star because it doesn't allow smoking inside :))Review Source:
This place looks nice. Smoking patio! I don't smoke but I like that they make the smokers go outside. Interior has plenty of Tv's which I plane to come by to watch some Sunday games. Didnt get to order food but I will be trying it next time. Bar is fully stocked. Get me a Dos equis and I'm the most interesting man. JK. Check this place out.Review Source:
The new hot lounge is now open.
I came here last night for their grand-opening and it was beautiful. The set up is different than most of the other lounges/karaoke places in the Chinatown area. The main area was a little small and tables were really close to the door, however the private room was spacious and a good place to throw a party. We rolled 30 deep so I am sure it'll fit a lot of people. The bar is beautifully decorated and a lot of different liquor to chose from.
The music sucked! Minus ONE star. The system was kind of muffled and there no bass amped up, which gave me a massive headache, but the food was great...from lobster to peanuts to rice dish, you name it, they got it. I'm assming due to the food, my headache dissapaise shortly after. Thank goodness...now I can enjoy the night.
This place is furnishing is different from other places with their tables and high chairs...which is white and classy. I hope they keep up the classy look and the cleanliness otherwise it'll look like all those other places in Chinatown.