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
106 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (63)special occasion (61)good for groups (36)romantic (35)neighborhood gem (23)notable wine list (21)great for lunch (10)great for brunch (9)hot spot (4)kid-friendly (4)great for outdoor dining (2)vibrant bar scene (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • 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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    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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    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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    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
    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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    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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 :-)
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    startrekswan
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    a wonderful and unique place for a birthday dinner
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    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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  • Lovely High Tea!
    Bleubird
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I took my Mother, Sister and Daugter to a special High Tea. It was delightful!
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    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Something different
    LokeVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Came for HiTea. Food was OK but not 'wow' factor. Service was excellent. Surprised to have to give my credit card info to hold reservations. Have to return for an evening meal ala carte in order to give a fairer review.
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    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nita
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We met there for a book club meeting at the the high tea. The food served was somewhat different from what was on the restaurant website menu. Normally, the service is exceptional, however, the day we were there, the service was adequate, but not good. We had long waits for refills for water and tea - problematic for an event where tea is the feature.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We had a great time. The wait staff helped make it a special evening. They were very helpful with helping us make our food choices. we loved our dinner and the evening. would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    Ralfalfa
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Been here many times. Waitstaff are generally good, this time we were really lucky & and got outstanding service (wish I could remember his name!). Atypically my lamb vindaloo was tasty but the lamb was tough. Regardless we will be back.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Ambiance, service, quality of food preparation all excellent.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely afternoon tea!
    LeslieVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Kirans is a great place to spend a Saturday afternoon!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Indian restaurant
    Giozingaro
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Very nice food. My Tandoori lamb was cooked at perfection. The service impeccable.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love2dinning
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Awesome food n ambiance was so romantic which made 1st wedding anniversary so special. I will always remember this. All thanks to you guys.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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