Kiran's
Kiran's

Kiran's

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.kiranshouston.com/
  • Phone: 7139608472x
  • 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
110 reviews since June 27, 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 (72)special occasion (64)good for groups (42)romantic (38)neighborhood gem (25)notable wine list (24)great for lunch (9)great for brunch (8)hot spot (5)kid-friendly (5)vibrant bar scene (4)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • 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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    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!
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    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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  • 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.
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    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
    • Food
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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
    Special Features:
    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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    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!
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
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    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great first time experience
    luvgreatfood
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My sister, dad and I went all went for the first time during restaurant month and we all ordered something different. Everything we ate was so delicious, even the special lemonade that night was so yummy. We chose this restaurant because it had several vegetarian options for the pre fixe selections and everything exceeded our expectations. The service was very top notch as well; it made us feel special. The ambiance was calm and warm but very down to earth. We look forward to going again soon!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Indian with a flair
    FrequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This is not a typical Indian restaurant with only curry. Kiran has taken Indian to its peak with amazing flavors (I did not say hot and spicy though you can get this if you desire). When have you had Indian cornish game hen or drunk soup out of a tea cup. Our first time and we will be back.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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  • Not just Indian food
    TravelerTrish
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Kiran's is known for its Indian offerings, which is usually what we order, but there are choices which will suit everyone and the special HRW menu offers both. We particularly enjoyed the flight of three soups with an onion spinach fritter, the tandoori redfish, and the trio of sorbets…all very refreshing during August. Service was prompt and helpful without being intrusive. The location is close to railroad tracks, which detracts from both the outside tables and the view. Decor could use an update, but its pleasant with dark colors, white tablecloths and low bowls of fresh flowers. We always enjoy eating at Kiran's.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Amazing meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    My Indian friends have always said that Kiran's had the best food in town, but this was my first visit. It totally met and exceeded expectations. Attentive service and the food was fabulous.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Flavor!!
    SisterSarah
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I love flavor and that's what Kiran's has. Each dish has a tasty subtle uniqueness. The Houston Restaurant Weeks menu was such a fun option to try new things.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner Food and Great Tea
    SEMac
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    For upscale Eastern Indian fare in a comfortable ambiance, this restaurant is the top of the mark. And, the high teas are very special, including an angelic harp playing in the background.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Food is great!
    Claudette
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This place has very good food and the service was great too. This is gonna be high on my list for date nights from now on. We brought home leftovers and our 4 young children loved them too and can't wait to go as well. Can't wait to come back and try more dishes! Chicken tikka masala and seafood duo are just delicious!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DininGemVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food at Kiran is consistently outstanding. The flavors, the consistencies, the quality of the ingredients all conspire to make this a great place to enjoy a meal. The chef always prepares something special for our table, knowing how much we enjoy her country's food. We have always had dedicated, attentive service and all requests are attended to immediately.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kiran's
    Delicious
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Kiran's for the very Best High Tea in Houston. Serving a proper British High Tea with fine china and fresh flowers. The Masala Chai Tea is an excellent original by Chef Kiran. The refreshingly different mint-lime lemonade started the first course with mushroom & feta samosa, followed by the ladyfinger sandwiches - chicken salad, smoked salmon, cucumber avocado, tomato mozzarella and a spicy Vindaloo deviled egg - A choice of Darjeeling tea or staying with the chai - next was the traditional apricot & cranberry scone with jam and clotted cream and Earl Grey tea. A large assortment of petit fours including macaroons, key-lime tart, pecan tart, rasberry mouse and chocolate dipped strawberries. Excellent wait staff! An elegant treat for all
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely one of Houston's finest.
    MDavis
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    You will never be dissappointed dining at Kiran's. Absolutely one of Houston's 5 Star Restaurants. Don't miss it.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kiran's
    Delicious
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Since it's Houston Restaurant Week we decided to have dinner at Kiran's. This was the first time for one of the group to taste Indian food - - We were greeted and seated immediately. Fine dining - wonderful mixed Indian / British decor, fresh flowers and candles on the table. Excellent service from start to finish. The soup flight trio was delicious. We tried the sliders and chicken Tikka Masala - a big hit. We shared the 3 desserts - poached pear, trio of ice cream and the fantastic bread pudding with apricots, cranberries and white chocolate creme anglaise. Kiran stopped by the table to say hello. We dined slowly and were not rushed and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Next time we will be there for a Saturday High tea - the best.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    startrekswan
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    a wonderful and unique place for a birthday dinner
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Utterly the best!
    Colin
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Certainly the best Indian restaurant in the Western Hemisphere, if not beyond! Kiran is a star chef and a wonderful host.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • Disappointed
    jafa
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I went expecting something special from reviews on other sites. It wasn't. It was okay, but given the prices, the food was actually very disappointing. The décor is also given high praise. It was pretentious and old-fashioned. The service was wonderful, but there are definitely better high-end Indian options in Houston.
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