The new H2O Seafood and Grill restaurant at 7675 Memorial Blvd. in Port Arthur quietly opened in December and is already making a splash on the local restaurant scene. The location is in front of the Medical Center of Southeast Texas, sharing a strip center with Sertino’s and the King Buffet, but the space created where the old bookstore once operated is a cut above. A dining room that seats 195 is dominated by a curving glass wall that separates the bar area with an elegant waterfall and complements a décor that manages to be simultaneously futuristic and inviting.
Owner Sam You is a restaurant industry veteran who spent more than 20 years running the family-owned China Inn in nearby Groves. With pain-staking attention to detail, You worked for more than a year to make his new restaurant a reality, sparing no expense to create an upscale dining experience he can deliver at affordable prices.
Despite the high style of the H2O interior, You knew he would ultimately be judged by what comes out of the kitchen – and early reports are very good indeed.
Executive chef Wayne Kung, most recently with Ruth Chris Steak House in San Antonio, is delivering on the promise of freshness, quality and expert preparation with highlights including blackened red snapper, crab cakes and jumbo shrimp.
Fresh Gulf seafood sets the tone for the menu, but it’s clear H2O’s philosophy is to do whatever needs to be done to meet exacting standards.
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