$15 for $30 Worth of American Bistro Cuisine at Gravitas

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In a Nutshell

  • Open for brunch, lunch, and dinner
  • Renowned chef
  • Extensive wine list

The Fine Print

Expires Jul 18th, 2010. Limit 1 per visit, 1 per table. Tax and gratuity not included. No cash back. Must redeem in single visit. Not valid with other offers. Dine-in only. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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Give your evening meal the ineffable quality of a trusted TV news anchor with today's Groupon to Gravitas. For $15, you'll get $30 worth of American bistro cuisine. The artfully designed eatery has garnered plenty of media buzz with mentions in Texas Monthly and Houston Modern Luxury, and boasts a renowned founder and chef (Scott Tycer, of Benjy's, Spago Palo Alto, and Aries Restaurant fame). And best of all, there's no limit to the number of Groupons you can buy (although only one is allowed per table, and the owners discourage using your Groupons to purchase the entire restaurant).

Gravitas lunch picks run the gamut from fancy Gruyère grilled cheese ($9) to portobello gnocchi ($10). Lighter options include soups, salads, and a smart list of inventive appetizers. For dinner, try the arugula-bedded sea scallops (served with caper-raisin butter, $26) or the onion bread pudding ($19). Gravitas's chalkboard wine list teems with perfect pours for every dish. Smoked brownies, bread pudding, or chocolate-hazelnut mousse ($7 each) will end your night on a light, sweet note.

The restaurant's open kitchen allows enticing aromas to pique appetites as they gently waft through the dining room's cool yet approachably modern décor (exposed brick walls, sleek concrete floors). Gravitas is open for lunch, dinner, dessert, and weekend brunch, but not for blunch, which Gravitas is pretty sure you just invented.

Reviews

Texas Monthly put Gravitas on its list of recommended restaurants in Houston, Gayot gives it a 14/20 rating, and Houston Press featured its ups and downs:

  • I hadn't had beef Burgundy since my mom made it when I was in high school. The version served at Gravitas reminds me of how good the original dish was before Mom's recipe, made with cream of mushroom soup and Gallo Hearty Burgundy, turned it into suburban convenience food. The slow-cooked beef in wine sauce and comfortingly creamy mashed potatoes were so good, I had to remind myself to eat slowly so I could savor each bite with a sip of Pinot Noir. – Robb Walsh, Houston Press

Eighty-three percent of Urbanspooners like Gravitas, more than 70 Citysearchers give it 3.5 stars, and 40 Yelpers give it three stars:

  • the food, atmosphere, service, wine selection, and mixed drinks are very good. I…enjoy bringing friends who want to try a new place. – Lori, Urbanspoon
  • I always have a wonderful experience at Gravitas. Sercive [sic] is friendly and food always arrives in a timely manner. My friends and I love the atmosphere, delicious cuisine, and creative cocktails. Gravitas will always be one of our favorites! – lwa96, Citysearch
  • go here if you want the fine dining experience without all the pomp and snoodery of normal upscale restaurants. this place is really chill, and the food is really good. great place for a bottle of wine and some chit chat. – Daniel H., Yelp