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Costa Brava Bistro
Costa Brava Bistro

Costa Brava Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.costabravabistro.com
  • Phone: (713) 839-1005
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm;
    Dinner: Monday -Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm;
  • Cuisine: Spanish, French, European
  • Executive Chef: Kitty Bailey
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: S. Rice Ave.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Plentiful Front and Back of Building
A word from Costa Brava Bistro
Old world charm and comfort create a setting for you to experience the best in Spanish and French cuisine.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Tuesday night — August 26, 2014 — was a different crew, including a new host. But the same excellent food and wonderful service. Costa Brava Bistro — may you continue to thrive! Thank you for wonderful food, service and ambience."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "We have visited the restaurant for dinner many times—we love it! This was the first time for lunch. My companion tried the Paella which he raved about. I had the Pulpo (grilled octopus with potato in a mildly spicy oil). I've had the octopus before and it is luscious. I always enjoy the toasted bread, tapenade and delicious olive selection that are placed on the table right away. These aren't your ordinary olives—they are amazing. We enjoyed the hazelnut crepe for dessert which was light and tasty. If this restaurant were closer to us, we be there even more often. Love the authentic Spanish/Barcelona flavors and the French foods as well."
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "The food is delicious and presentation of food is excellent. I would especially recommend it for special occasions or meeting another couple for dinner. I love the collection of pictures on the walls. I can see why people are asking about purchasing them."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Food is outstanding in every way. Pretty good wine list, good by-the-glass selections. Service was very competent, meaning the waiter is up to speed on all the menu items and is experienced. However, the service was very slow between courses. We had 4 people, 2 couples. One ordered coffee, the other dessert. The coffee came out right away, the dessert took 20 minutes, long after the coffee was gone. The tables are very close to each other, closer than most places in Europe, so close that one couple had to make a very long detour to their table around multiple back-to-back diners. A great experience overall. The quality of the ingredients, the preparation and presentation are top-notch."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "I visited Costa Brava Bistro last Monday for the third time this summer. I invited two friends and we enjoyed a two and a half hour leisurely dinner. The food was fantastic and the service was timely and unobtrusive as was the manner in my two previous visits. I would classify Costa Brava Bistro as a dining experience. I look forward to many more visits."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Great tasty food and elaborate food presentation. Nice atmosphere and quite atmosphere early in the evening. Food is a little pricy. We will come back and recommend this place to our friends."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "We decided to try this place during restaurant week. It got great reviews but we were surprised it was in a strip center. That was forgotten right when we walked in. The staff was immediately attentive and the decor was sophisticated but comfortable. The menu is unique and everything was amazing. This place will definitely be a regular stop for us!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We visited Costa Brava Bistro last Saturday evening, arriving at 5:30 and leaving by 7:30. The restaurant filled up while we were there, but I could hear my table mates very well. The food is outstanding. I had the fish special, the others had the paella, CBB's signature dish. Even the olive tapenade was seasoned just right and we learned that the chef makes it by hand. "Balance is very important to her," said the co-owner. Our daughter was very impressed and wants her husband to experience Costa Brava. She is a discerning foodie. So, "outstanding" is the only designation I can give. The cost is at the top of our range, but so very worth it!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Costa Brava is our favorite neighborhood restaurant. Spectacular food, fabulous service, elegant and quiet atmosphere."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "This little Bellaire restaurant has quietly been building quite a loyal customer base without much fanfare, only great food and fantastic service. On a recent visit I had the lamb chops with side of specially seasoned mashers and perfectly cooked spinach, it was wonderful and the lamb cooked to perfection. We have also had pasta dishes, chicken and steak, all were wonderful. For a nice change of pace, come on down to Bellaire and sample Costa Brava Bistro but don't tell too many people, their loyal customers want to eat there too."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We were very impressed with the food, service and decor of this local spot. The manager heard it was our first visit and he made an effort to tell us about their idea of a good upscale restaurant. Will go back."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "The food and the atmosphere were both great. My friend recommended it and she was so right. I thoroughly enjoyed my first visit, and I hope to return soon."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Very impressed with the quality and variety if the food. The crowd was much older than expected and the noise level very high,"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We have eaten here numerous times, and the food is always great. The owner is friendly and accommodating, and her staff is friendly and helpful. The food has been consistently delicious. The salmon was particularly delicious this last time, and the house salad was also good. Only wish the space could accommodate more people!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "My wife and I tried this restaurant after reading very positive reviews. We were not disappointed. In fact, our expectations were exceeded. The food was marvelous, and the service impeccable. We would strongly recommend this restaurant and will be sure to return."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Love this place! Very warm and friendly service. Terrific Spanish and continental cuisine. Great chef!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Costa Brava has been our favorite since we discovered it 1 1/2 years ago. We often introduce it to friends and we & they are never disappointed. Always remarkably flavorful fresh food, excellent service and a warm welcome by Angeles or Kitty (when she comes out of the kitchen)! This is an absolute neighborhood gem. Now friends come to our neighborhood."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "the octopus appetizer is succulent and wildly tasty redolent of smoked spanish paprika. everything else was well preparedand tasty except for the ribeye steak which was a little above average. Food was closer to 5 than 4."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "This is really a neighborhood gem with delicious food and great service and a very friendly family oriented atmosphere. All of the dishes were scrumptious, great presentation, and the staff is very attentive. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "This was my second visit to Costa Brava. The menu has an incredible selection. I am ready to come back and try the duck. I had the quail and it was awesome. It was paired nicely with haricot verts, jamon Serrano and tomatoes. My husband got the same entree as he did on his first visit (pork) and enjoyed it. Everyone else in our party loved their entrees and cleaned their plates! We also got crepes for dessert which were easy to share and delicious."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I am from Spain and I can definitely recommend this restaurant. The maitre d'or is very friendly and the food is outstanding!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Friendly greeting from hostess. Waiter attentive but not overly so. Food especially snapper was quite delicious, only exception being slightly off- tasting grilled octopus starter. Would eat there again and with no hesitation to recommend to friends."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Costa Brava is away from the hustle of Houston in Bellaire, The small, intimate restaurant offers charm and ambience with its' French and Spanish cuisine. The aromas fill the room. The staff is professional, friendly, and knows their food. You will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Never disappoints. Truly one if Houston's best. We have eaten here many times and the food and service are always flawless."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "My friend and I had a very leisurely lunch with fabulous food and service to match. We were catching up and our servers never rushed us or were intrusive. It is rare to find such a lunch dining experience in Houston. One usually has to fight crowds and business noise. We thoroughly enjoyed Costa Brava and have made plans to return with our spouses for a double date."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Very unassuming and charming spot. Perfect octopus. Delicious paella. Great wine. It's like being transported to Spain."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "This was my 4th visit to Costa Brava and I would eat there every day if I could. I like to bring friends here for special occasions. The prix fixe lunch is reasonably priced and the food is outstanding. The service was attentive, polite and not intrusive. We got there on the late side, considering they close at 2:30, yet did not feel at all rushed. Looking forward to my next visit!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We started with a salami plate and mussels. The mussels come with a side French Fries. Mussels were alright but the french fries were outstanding. Best fries ever. Our main dishes were boneless quails, duck breast and paella. The birds ruled and they were very, very good. We ended our dinner with the Apple tart desset and it was excellent. Our wait staff was very friendly. We had a blast."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "I would DEFINITELY NOT recommend this restaurant! I generally rate a restaurant based on the overall dining experience. This includes food, service and ambience. While the food was not bad, the service and attitude were truly the WORST I have ever experienced! We were 15 min late for our reservation and were rudely informed that we would now have to be placed at the end of the walk-in list. The hostess ignored our explanations and the fact that we had repeatedly attempted to let them know we were running late only to be answered by a voice message. Our service was not much better when we were seated after waiting well over an hour. We had to wait 30-40 min for someone even to take our order. The food was nice, but nothing memorable."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "With kids at summer camp, we finally had time for dinner with another couple. We wanted a great restaurant that was comfortable with good food. We all loved our dinners and had a really nice evening."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Visited for my birthday with my boyfriend and we loved this place. It was a slow Monday night and they were thinking about closing early but they noticed we had a reservation and remained open for us. I loved that! The food was amazing and the service was GREAT! We can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Just recently came back from Spain, the food at this Spanish restaurant was very good quality however the Serrano ham which is dry cured was slightly dehydrated (probably refrigerated). The lamb was excellent. We chose A Palacios Les Terrases a good red for the price. Overall we where very positively impressed. We definitely will come back."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "This is a wonderful "bistro". The food is great, the menu excellent, know their wines, convenient location, friendly staff, I highly recommend it."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Just so happy and excited to have Costa Brava in Bellaire. A true culinary gem."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "From the greeting at the door to the selection of wine and entrees, to the friendly service to the superb tasting meal one cannot ask for more for this 2-yr old restaurant........Imagine the next 50 yrs......Wow!!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Great restaurant in Bellaire. When the word gets out you won't be able to get a reservation. Outstanding food and service. Owner is always present and so friendly and nice. Known for their extensive wines and yummy churrasco steak. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Happy greeting when we arrived. Knowledgable, competent and cheerful server. Food was delicious. Wish I were there right now."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Costa brava is authentic Spanish food that delivers consistent quality food."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "great location - just minutes away from the Galleria but miles away in terms of crowds and quality of food. the garlic shrimp small plate is delish! and the shrimp and scallops with risotto is divine. bread is amazing. we had a bottle of cremant de rose - sparkling pink...it was wonderful. ambience is warm and spohisticated, even though the location might not lead you in that direction - it is in a strip-like mall."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Food was very good to excellent. I ordered snapper and told server that on previous visit I also ordered snapper and it was so over seasoned with pepper to the point I could not eat it, so this time I emphasized to server NO SEASONING!.. Same thing as before-very over peppered. Chef must like pepper, server didn't communicate or chef forgot??? At any rate, a very good piece of fresh fish needs very little (if any) seasonings. I spoke with co-owner Angeles about it and she very graciously removed the charge for the fish. We will be back in future but I think I will avoid the fish."
    Dined on 6/14/2014