Branch Water Tavern
Branch Water Tavern
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Branch Water Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.branchwatertavern.com/
  • Phone: (713) 863-7777
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm (Bar Menu until 11:00pm), Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm (Bar Menu until mid-night), Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French / American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: David Grossman
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private dinning room is available for parties between 20 and 50 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Julia Sharaby 7138637777

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Gibson
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We provide free valet parking.
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Branch Water Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Food was good, not great.
    AwesomeSteaksVIP
    Dined on 4/7/2013
    Food was good, not great. For the price, the food didn't stand up. If I buy a $45 steak, it had better take me to another world. This one was average. Again, food was good, but the prices were way to high for the quality.
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  • First day as Federal American
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/4/2013
    First day as Federal American grill. Or something. Name changed and menu changed. Food was ok. Won't be back. Sorry.
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  • This my first visit since
    PatrickDVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2013
    This my first visit since the name change from Branch Water Tavern. The oyster appetizer was very good but the rest of the food was more ordinary and the menu is less interesting now and focused on grilled items. The prices seems also seem much higher than I recall.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find
    LET2
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    Great spot in an old neighborhood. Loved the old feel, brick walls and old plank floors. Great choices on brunch menu. First time visit and pleasantly pleased. Very nice for a tavern, but typically noisy.
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    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious!!!
    LT421
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    The food was delicious! I would recommend the bloody mary's, crab cake and cheesecake!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
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  • Slightly Overpriced Fare
    USCHokieVIP
    Dined on 3/24/2013
    Food was good,although similar foods at local establishments slightly cheaper. Because of the competition for your restaurant dollars in the area, will probably be a while before we return due to the slightly overpriced fare. Service was very good, although this alone does not overcome price of fare.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Had a great evening at Branchwater.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    Had a great evening at Branchwater. Awesome whiskey selection and great service. Was surprisingly not crowded for a Friday night. The fried oysters app was outstanding, and my filet was cooked to perfection.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Service was great, food great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    Service was great, food great always come back for Bone Marrow. Waiter great job.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Been wanting to try Branch
    Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 3/17/2013
    Been wanting to try Branch Water for a while based on friend recommendations. On first visit, they did not disappoint. Wine selection was solid, appetizer menu robust (try the tuna tartar), and main selections were prepared well. Will return.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • We'll be back!
    DiningconnVIP
    Dined on 3/10/2013
    Great food enjoyed by all three. Completely different dishes ordered and each raved about each dish. BBQ bone arrow is enough to share, beautifully presented and superb. Stuffed veal might be their signature dish....also superb. Glad I/We found Branch Water Tavern. Will try the bar area and impressive whiskey collection when not my turn to drive.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • I was looking forward to dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/10/2013
    I was looking forward to dining here after hearing good things about it. We had a simple lunch, burger and caesar salad that we split. The burger and fries were very good. My caesar salad was overdressed but edible. However, my companion's caesar salad was drenched in so much dressing that when you pulled the romaine leaves away it looked like a bowl of soup. That basically made it inedible for him which we reported to the waiter. He was very nice and said he told the kitchen about it but there was no offer of replacement or a credit on the bill. The money didn't matter but it seemed like some kind of gesture would have been appropriate. As a consequence, it makes it hard to recommend this restaurant to others.
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  • We absolutely loved the food
    Amanda
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    We absolutely loved the food at Branch Water Tavern. The Diver Scallops dish was one of the best meals I have ever had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Great start, disappointing end.
    BetzRVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    Visiting from out of town, and went with friends after we read reviews on Open Table and were intrigued by extensive whiskey selection- which was excellent. Appetizers (fried oysters and duck pate) were very good. Salads ( wedge and roasted beet) were also very good. Then got the main dish- the diver scallops and the pork chop. Scallops were good-ravioli inc. were the best part of dish. Pork chop was huge, but dry, and with a tasteless sauce. After starting with such a great start, a real let-down. Service was excellent until the main dish was served-- then it disappeared! We had planned on ordering a dessert to share. But waited over 15 minutes for coffee and dessert menu. Restaurant was not that busy.....
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    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Spectacular butternut squash
    SeabassVIP
    Dined on 3/3/2013
    Spectacular butternut squash soup with lobster ravioli!! Fabulous crab cake with nothing but jumbo lump crab -- the best ever! Chicken fried oysters were a disappointment, however. Beet salad was unique and very tasty. The sticky toffee dessert was unbelievable, and worth every single calorie! Server was too aggressive, and ruined the "feel" of the evening.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Gem of a Place. Will B Back
    Engineeringirl
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    I loved BWT! Went there with another couple to celebrate a special occasion. Everything we ordered was delicious, fresh, and creative. Dinner portions were sizable, but dessert portions were small. If you're a dessert person, order your own :) Don't be fooled by the name... Branch Water Tavern sounded like an informal place to me, and despite the rustic build of the building, it's a very romantic and intimate restaurant. I would recommend getting a little more dressed up than usual, although they do allow jeans. This would definitely be a great place to take a date or for a special occasion. Also, the bar was pretty big and I can see that being a neat place to hang out just for cocktails and apps.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food & service. Friendly
    Ddocktx
    Dined on 2/24/2013
    Great food & service. Friendly laid back atmosphere. We'll go back plenty!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • All the dishes were excellent
    carand
    Dined on 2/19/2013
    All the dishes were excellent except my husband's stuffed veal breast.... And we had excellent service.
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    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • I think the food was fine
    MICHAEL
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    I think the food was fine but not what I was expecting from all of the comments and reviews that I have seen. The crab cake was great and the bar b que bone's were also tasty. I was not happy with the size of the stone crab claws since they are $5.00‚ each they should be quite large. The claws we had were just a bit larger than your gulf blue crab claws that are served at several seafood restaurants. The english toffee cake was a great dessert. Wait staff was great. I think the menu my need a few changes.
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  • The fixed priced menu for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    The fixed priced menu for valentines day was amazing and memorable. All of the courses were delicious, from the chicken fried oysters, to the tuna tartare, the filet, the Chilean sea bass, the trio dessert and even the spicy jam for the bread all were perfectly prepared and cooked. I will defiantly be back sometime soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • While perhaps a bit overpriced,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    While perhaps a bit overpriced, the food was delicious and service was quite excellent.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • We dine at Branch Water about
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    We dine at Branch Water about once a month. Service has definitley improved under the new ownership. Under the past ownership, service was hit and miss. Food was great which it usually is at Branch Water. Overall, good experience.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Great first visit, delicious food!
    NiwinooVIP
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    The food was delicious, one of the best crab cakes I've had. Very plump, large chunks of crab and hardly any filling, with a perfectly matched sauce on top. The burger was one of the best in town, and the sticky toffee pudding for dessert is not to be missed, it was nearly as good as what I've had in London! And who knew you could make brussel sprouts so delectable?! Even though ownership just changed, it felt like the new management was going out of its way to let the customers know they really cared about our experience at the restaurant. Looking forward to making this visit only the first of many to come!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • The food was great (cease
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    The food was great (cease salad and black drum fish). We were there early so got a nice table (# 19). Service was good but waitress was a bit chatty while we were eating our entrees.
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  • Brussels sprouts were great!!
    SeabassVIP
    Dined on 2/6/2013
    Brussels sprouts were great!! Appetizer chicken fried oysters was outstanding!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • The fried oyster appetizer
    MargieVIP
    Dined on 2/3/2013
    The fried oyster appetizer was great as usual. I had the beef carpaccio with arugula. My dinner companion had the sirlion. Both were superb. I am never disappointed when I eat at this resaurant. We went on superbowl sunday, so the restaurant was empty, nut the waitstaff was very happy to see us and we had a great dining experience.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Absolutely love Branch Water
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/3/2013
    Absolutely love Branch Water Tavern! Wonderful food, service and atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Going thru an ownership change
    peteVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    Going thru an ownership change so it's too early to know the future of this place.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • There was a problem with the
    SeabassVIP
    Dined on 1/22/2013
    There was a problem with the entree of one person in our party. The staff and management were quick to respond and correct the issue. The owner came over to apologize and thank us for pointing it out! Cannot wait to go back!!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Go While you can?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    We were a little worried about going to BWT this past weekend in light of the news that the Chef will be shuttering this version of the restaurant within the next couple of months and giving it over to another restaurateur. And frankly the waitstaff was giving off some of that same vibe. So we were very happy to have a delicious meal that lived up to our past BWT experiences. The chicken fried oysters with Frank's Hot Sauce were as good as ever AND they now came 6 to an order which meant that two diners can share equally--smart move. The scallops and chicken were both very well prepared entrees with the crispy pancetta on the scallops a perfect addition. The wine list seemed to leave a few things to be desired though--closing related?
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Food was good. Nice brunch
    LRHoustonVIP
    Dined on 1/13/2013
    Food was good. Nice brunch menu. They have a small patio but with no view. The service is just so bad!
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A restaurant for people who'd
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    A restaurant for people who'd like to think they have money. No focus on food. Lists self as steakhouse and yet, one steak on menu. Wait staff thought it was cool. Cocktail was okay.
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  • Fair
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/11/2013
    Took awhile for the waiter to come around. Finally ordered after 15 minutes. Waiter came back after 5 minutes and said they didn't have the steak we ordered so we ordered something else...didn't have that either. How do you run out of two things when your menu is small in the first place? Finally settled on the pork chop which was undercooked so my GF didn't eat it (but the waiter didn't notice cuz we didn't see her for 10 minutes. Thankfully, the waiter/manager did the right thing and comp'ed the pork chop without us having to ask. I like the atmosphere, it just left a lot to be desired.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Awesome place. Cool bar area.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 1/8/2013
    Awesome place. Cool bar area. Service was good. It was Tuesday night so there wasn't much going on. Overall, very nice ambiance. Will recommend and go again!
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    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • The food and service are excellent.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 1/6/2013
    The food and service are excellent. I've been here many times with only minor dips in quality, which is quite impressive given that I've been going there more or less since it opened. The Chicken Fried Oysters are not to be missed.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Love this place. Tried several
    PearsVIP
    Dined on 1/5/2013
    Love this place. Tried several cocktails and enjoyed them all. The butternut squash soup and smoked pork chop made for one of the best meals I've ever had in Houston.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Enjoyed all the dishes, fried
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/4/2013
    Enjoyed all the dishes, fried oysters were memorable. Staff friendly
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • Overall, it was not very crowded
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    Overall, it was not very crowded or busy however service was relatively poor. Also, I have eating here on a number of occasions before and the food was much better than this time. At $85/plate I was expecting the food and the service to be a lot better.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Loved everything...the food
    TimbointxVIP
    Dined on 12/30/2012
    Loved everything...the food the service the setting...it was all fantastic.
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    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/22/2012
    This is a solid choice. I have been a few times now and enjoyed each visit. I wish they had more gluten free option but outside of that the food is well thought out and tastes excellent. The bar is and awesome place to sit and have a few even if you do not plan to dine.
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    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Food was amazing as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/22/2012
    Food was amazing as always and the wait staff was very knowledgable and attentive. Couldn't have asked for a better start to our holiday events that night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic