Kiran's
Kiran's

Kiran's

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.kiranshouston.com/
  • Phone: (713) 960-8472
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday–Sunday 5 pm
    Happy Hour: Monday–Friday 5 pm–7 pm
    Afternoon Tea: One Seating Every Saturday at 2 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Executive Chef: Kiran Verma
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Exclusive, personalized caterings.
  • Special Events: Afternoon Tea Every Saturday. One seating at 2 pm.
    Monthly Wine Dinners
    Single Malt Tastings
    Holiday Brunch Buffets (Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas)

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mid Lane
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet and Private Lot.
A word from Kiran's
Chef Kiran, considered the ‘godmother of Indian fine dining,’ has created world-class Indian cuisine at her eponymous restaurant, which serves up Indian hospitality, with French sophistication and American informality. Chef Kiran is a self-taught chef with three important influences – an Indian upbringing, a love of fine cuisine and a generous spirit. She defines her cuisine as a combination of cultures, philosophies and cooking techniques. An award-winning wine list of over 300 labels, along with monthly wine dinners, complements the delicate flavors of the food. Guests can also enjoy an Afternoon Tea service every Saturday. Chef Kiran recently launched her own Chai Blend.
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Kiran's reviews from OpenTable diners
104 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (67)special occasion (62)good for groups (41)romantic (35)neighborhood gem (24)notable wine list (22)great for lunch (10)great for brunch (8)hot spot (8)kid-friendly (7)vibrant bar scene (4)great for outdoor dining (2)late-night find (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great service but overhyped food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I had heard a lot about Kirans from friends especially the unique flavoring and the authenticity. The yardstick I use to judge Indian restaurants and their authenticity is the lamb or goat biryani. A high end place should not compromise on this. Biryani should be fragrant, the grains of rice fluffy and a mix of flavored and separate with multiple colors shining through, some grains doused in flavor, and some grains separate. Kiran's biryani appeared more to be a mutton pulao, where rice was mixed with cooked meat and gravy. It was OK but certainly not up to the reputation this place has. The ingredients were high quality but the synergy between meat and rice which marks a hyderabadi biryani was not there. My dinner partner ordered lamb Korma, same story, the gravy was great but no synergy between meat and gravy. Likely the gravy was cooked separately and cooked meat added later. So, in a nutshell I would say that I was neutral about food. Service is great with very polite and cooperative wait staff. Might be a good place for a business lunch or dinner, but true foodies should look elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Meal
    CruzfoolVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    First visit to this restaurant as Kiran's. Very nice meal, service was excellent, food was even better. Will defiitately return to sample some other menu choices. cannot wait!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An outstanding experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    We enjoyed our first six month anniversary and it was the best place with great food and ambience ever .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    anubis72VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Excellent food...high quality. Overall a great date place with sophisticated choices and service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Annieluv
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    My husband and I love this place every time we went we had a great and special date. The food is outstanding
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    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High Tea at Kiran's
    Delicious
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We've been coming to Kiran's for over 7 years and have enjoyed the High Tea on numerous occassions - it is one of the best offerings in Houston with exceptional service and the best chai tea available. The restaurant was extremely busy due to 2 very large parties in addition to the High Tea service. The noise level was high because of the parties - normally it is a peaceful atmosphere with a harpest. Each time the sandwichs vary either by the filling, bread or assortment as well as the dessert plate. Kiran is trying out pickeling vegetables - the carrot curls on the salmon mousse were delicious! New to the assortment was the cucumber, mango, avocado slice with a drizzle of habenero sauce - great combination. Thoroughly enjoyed by all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and outstanding service
    JuanGmex
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We went for my wife´s birthday with the rest of the family. We tried the Curry Chicken, the Lamb T Bone and potatos with spinach. Everything was very tasty and at the right temperature. The service is very friendly and the waiter is checking if you are ok all the time
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food - Great service
    47pickygourmet
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    This is one of our top go-to places for important occasions like birthdays and anniversaries. The menu offers just the right variety to suit various spicy vs rich, lamb vs seafood, vegetarian vs carnivore quirks of our inner circle, all without sacrificing quality. The service is superb. On our second visit, four months after the first, the waiter remembered what the occasion was, where we sat and what we ate. They are attentive without being intrusive and quite responsive to special requests.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent service
    HoustonDinerVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The food is outstanding and the service is even better. When you arrive, your waiter first asks if you have been there before or if you are familiar with Indian food. We were with someone who had never had Indian food, so the waiter described the different types of food and made some great suggestions based on our tastes. I decided to try something different (I usually get the Chicken Tikki Masala, which is delicious). At the waiter's suggestion I had the Chicken Jalferezi. It doesn't have a heavy sauce and the combination of herbs was so good and the chicken was so tender. They served us goat cheese and regular naan (incredible!). We had drinks and wine from the full bar. This has become our favorite spot in Houston!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chef Kiran to the Rescue
    ImpressMe
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We live .5 miles from Kiran's and consider it a reliable location for a wonderful meal with friends and family. An excellent selection of cocktails and wine, innovative cuisine, and attentive service make this one of our favorite places. Carefully prepared dishes will convert anyone who thinks they do not like Indian food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food Great Service
    P1Cutover
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We were a party of 8 with a variety of taste and diets. We were all able to taste several dishes as we ate family style. This restaurant was unlike any other India restaurant that I have been to in the past. The food was both authentic and fusion to meet everyone's palet. We will be back to celebrate or just to enjoy the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rula
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    A great evening had by all of us. No complaints. We all loved the Bangain bharata and the garlic naan was warm and fresh.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Afternoon delight ...
    Catrina
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Excellent Indian inspired afternoon tea - lovely selection of savoury & sweet treats paired with different hot teas. Service was friendly and engaged.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, weak service
    ApsaraDudeVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The food was outstanding but the service was very disappointing from the surly host up front to the inattentive waiter who brought the wrong food and tried to charge us for it anyway.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    Veggiefoodie
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Kiran's was terrific in all ways! Terrific vegetarian options. A great spot for our anniversary dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience!
    SHPCVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Kiran's was a perfect dining experience with exceptional service, divine traditional Indian fare, and a beautiful setting. We were treated with such respect and enjoyed perfectly prepared salads, drinks and entrees. This is ideal for a special occasion, but also would be wonderful for a recurring delicious meal. We will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Team Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We went to Kiran's for a work team dinner with our significant others. The wait staff was great and VERY helpful. I have been to a few Indian restaurants and, in general, the wait staffs understand that newcomers may not have a good understanding of what each dish contains; Kiran's did a magnificent job of explaining any dish that we were not familiar with and making recommendations. The appetizers were great and portions were larger than I expected. I would definitely come back for a date night.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Met the owner/chef
    Padre
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    This was my first time at Kiran. I met the owner/chef while waiting outside. When I asked her what to recommend, she listed several items. I asked if I could just try a little of everything. Over 2 hours later I and my 3 friends left incredibly satisfied with our culinary journey!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Best Indian in Houston
    1toughladyVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    My husband and I go over to Houston a lot, and Kiran's is our first choice to go to, if we aren't stuck with other obligations. The restaurant is lovely and romantic-looking, and smells so delicious when you walk in that you KNOW you're having a great meal. The keema nan is fantastic, perfectly spiced, and so is the chicken tikka masala. The lamb vindaloo is amazingly tender, not overcooked like it is in most places, and the spiciness of the sauce is properly mouth-tingling and hair-raising without actually trying to kill you. Yummy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good, but watch out for the water
    Lauri
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I like Kiran's and took my husband & friends for his Birthday. The food was great, but a couple issues. 1. If you order a meat dinner, you get rice and vegetable side. Vegetatrian dishes don't get rice-a bit of a rip off to pay in mid-teens for vegetable dish and pay $6 for white rice. 2) We were asked if we wanted still or sparkling water. My husband wanted sparkling and the rest wanted still. I expected to pay for the sparkling. Did not realize until head waiter pulled the 3 still water glasses and replaced them that a helper had put tap water in our glasses instead of the bottled still that I did not order. We ended up paying for 3 bottles of Still at $6 each. Just wanted tap. Wonder if deducted what they threw out? Customer Beware!
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Picky amateur gastronome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    My wife has Celiac disease and this is one of few places where we can enjoy both safety and exquisite (best we ever had) Indian cuisine. Kiran is abot a creative and caring proprietor and chef. We love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great classy place for food
    foodiegal
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We went there on a rainy weekend day after my wedding for lunch. Little did we know that they are now dinner only. But we were lucky that the chef Kiran Verma herself came in at that very moment and let us in as a special favor. The food was amazing and service impeccable. She herself came and explained all the dishes, answered our questions and gave great recommendations. I especially loved the Delhi chaat and baingan bharta. Food was freshly made and had perfect blend of spices. Thank you to Kiran Verma for making us feel special and welcome and serving amazing food!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ColoradoGal
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Outstanding dining experience for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible dining experience
    FussyEater
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    It was a birthday celebration. We did have a menu recommendation from a frequent diner. Kiran herself saw to our needs. As we four older ladies are not big eaters, she graciously split 2 bowls of the lobster bisque - which is outstanding - among the four of us. Two entrees were more than sufficient to share. The most wonderful sea bass and rack of lamb. First, two of us had the basil martinis - I was doubtful, being a purist but absolutely won me over! For dessert, they presented us with creme brulee - the best ever - and we had ordered the chocolate samosa which was lovely.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed
    SameerVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We live in Austin and kirans is a permanent feature for us everytime we are in Houston .. It just never disappoints .. Service is too notch and Indian food like this is worth driving for !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wide Selection Great Taste
    FlightRisk107
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    There was a wide selection of Indian cuisine and especially loved the "Street Food" selection. An additional delight was the lobster bisque. The service was excellent and the server was very attentive.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant - Slightly Pushy
    Airbusguy
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We had a wonderful meal. It was excellent food, great presentation and very very tasty. We just found the server to be a bit pushy - trying to "upsell" us on everything!! Apart from that, we really enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but spicy
    Stacynl
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food was excellent but very spicy and i am used to eating spicy. But it also has great flavor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Add it to your list
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Kirans is true to their word, they offer a refreshing take on the many of the Classic Indian fare. We opted for the HRW menu even though that wasn't why we went. The 3 soup app and the beet salad were both very good and the masala and vindaloo were both excellent. Pedro, our server was prompt with menus and drinks and was attentive and funny without being in our face... Will go back
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a great time with friends
    AsabalVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We had dinner with some friends and we enjoy the good food.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice restaurant
    aall
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Good birthday dinner experience. Service was outstanding. Dinner was sub par.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very very good
    deliveringVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Service was good, food was excellent, with the right touch. Will return for sure!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Poor service, good food
    JJSW
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    5 of us met there for HRW. We asked a couple questions about the menu and the waiter assured our requests could be accommodated. Surprised we could change things on the menu, we went with it. It took 30+ minutes to get our food, and when it came, only one of our requests was fulfilled. For the rest of us, the waiter simply said, "Unless you have an allergy, just try the food". Really!?? You get our order wrong, then tell us to eat it anyway? Unacceptable. The bus boy was friendly, attentive, and responsive. He got our tips.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely evening
    Lalka
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This was our first time and our first time to try this particular type of Indian food. We tried the Restaurant Week menu. Everything was excellent, including the service. I only wish my poached pear had been a little bigger, and it was a little plain with only a couple of pieces of fruit on the plate. But the bread pudding was awesome.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Midtown
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The ambiance, service and food presentation were very good. The quality of the food was pretty good, but less so than 6 months ago, when we came with some other friends. Maybe it depends on what you order.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    Crusader
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    This restaurant continues to be a place that when we leave we say why don't we go more often. Terrific from starters to dessert. Reasonable wine pricing, spectacular presentation of the unexpected. Service from professionals.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Flavorful
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Wonderful flavors. Enjoyed the traditional items (paneer, masala).
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent indian food
    justgoodfood
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    very good service and all very helpfull to fill ones needs. Would have liked to see Australian wine filling out the wine list Will return soon
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    fit for foodies
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  • Good flavor for Indian fusion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I took a friend here because he said he didn't like Indian food. Having been here before, I knew there would be plenty of non-traditional options, like the lamb burger sliders, just in case he was going to be less adventurous. Bottom line is there are options for those that love Indian food and those who are just dabbling in the flavors :-)
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    romantic
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  • Finest High Tea in Houston
    AllrosewoodVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Tables are set with such eloquence from bone china to starched white table cloths to creative fresh flower centerpiece to desserts served in a spoon. The owner has spent time training waiters and thinking of every detail to provide a pleasurable experience for all. They are very welcoming to accommodate large groups too. A place with a lovely attitude to share a lovely spot of tea and traditional Indian cuisine with friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.