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The Bird & The Bear
The Bird & The Bear

The Bird & The Bear Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thebirdandthebearbistro.com
  • Phone: (713) 528-2473
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 3pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 1:00am
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 3pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Southern, Mediterranean, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Elouise Adams Jones
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Customized to fit each guests needs. Please contact Cameron Felix General Manager for more details.
  • Entertainment: Live music: Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, 7pm-10pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Virginia / Kirby
  • Public Transit: Metro stops right in front of the restaurant
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complementary Valet parking available along self parking.
A word from The Bird & The Bear
Known by generations for her hospitality, proprietress Elouise Adams Jones, a.k.a. Ouisie, serves an eclectic collection of Southern & Mediterranean foods with an excellent wine list to match. The Bird & The Bear gives Ouisie’s much-appreciated eclectic tendencies even more freedom. It is a little more casual than her San Felipe restaurant, Ouisie's Table, with lots of Southern flair and no shortage of surprises - in both menu and decor.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Diner Reviews
  • "On our first visit, this was a little disappointing. Food was just average...service just average...had to ask for several items even though we were the only table in the restaurant on a Sunday morning."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The food was great and the restaurant is really interesting as well."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "The service was lacking. We ordered drinks ( 1 martini, 1 diet coke and 1 sparkling water). We received the soda within 10 minutes. The other two drinks came in 20 minutes after our appetizers arrived. The waitress apologized saying the bartender was busy. There was hardly anyone in the restaurant. The manager offered to give us a free dessert. This was a nice gesture but she was presenting the dessert tray in the middle of our dinner. We asked her to wait until we finished our dinner. Overall, the service was poor considering how empty the restaurant was for a Sunday evening."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "There were buckets throughout the restaurant to catch the water coming from the ceiling. There were also flies! The paella was good but the trout had no flavor. The mashed potatoes were really good."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I had the best egg Benedict for brunch. It was yummy!!!! We also ordered the bottomless mimosas. We had a great time! Our Service was great as well."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I picked this restaurant for my birthday dinner because I have never been disappointed and once again the meal was incredible. There is just so much thought put into every dish. Cooked perfectly. The cerviche was too tomato based for me but the snapper was excellent. The desert melted in my mouth. The waiter was attentive and had excellent recommendations. This is one of the best restaurants in Houston."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Nice Table, Great Friends, Food was good, wait staff was eh...at best Dissappointed with lack of knowledge about wine. Nice wine list, but lack luster support for it . 1/2 price bottles of wine on all Sundays EXCEPT for the day I went."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "pretty marginal experince for brunch. 40-45 min wait from the time we ordered to when the food came and the meal was not great when it finally came. unfortunate as we've had better experiences there."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Service was slow and sporadic . Food was so so. We had a large group for father day and did not feel welcome. Errors were made in order. Overall we did not enjoy the experience."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "So we decided to go to The Bird & The Bear on a Wednesday evening the week of Father's Day so we made a reservation. When we arrived we quickly realized "reservations for what". There were 5 tables waiting for food. Our food was not worth the pricing. We ordered the kids shrimp dinner with a veggie and fruit. When the plate arrived there where 3 shrimp and a pile of mashed potatoes. The waiter returned to inform us they were out of broccoli so he returned with a plate of asparagus and sliced pears. Shall I continue, the mango salad was made with a head of lettuce and the paella lacked flavor and was just a blob of yellow rice with English peas and diced bell peppers (tasted like I could have made it myself). Bottom line......Never Again!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We decided to try The Bird and the Bear because it's Ousie's Table sister restaurant in Upper Kirby our old neighborhood. The food and the service were excellent. We chose the day's specials. I had the turf (buffalo) and she had the surf (red snapper). The Vuelve ala Vida ceviche appetizer was great. We also had a Jack Daniels cocktail that was very good. This is a place for great food on Upper Kirby if you love Ousie's style cooking."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Overall not bad. Our table had the shrimp and grits, lamb chops, pork osso bucco, chicken fried steak, and the "damn" eggplant. The shrimp and grits and lamb chops were pretty good, but nothing else was spectacular. Would try the place again."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "A great evening for a group of 16. Everyone raved about the food. This group eats all over the world and we all enjoyed it. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We will definitely return! Food was excellent, very nice atmosphere and waiter (George) was exceptional."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This restaurant is convenient if you are located in the Kirby or River Oaks areas. Service is very good. The dishes we had were tasty, quite large portions and well cooked. If I could find fault at all, it would be the limited choice of wine by the glass. Wine in general is quite expensive, and at $10 - $15 per glass one is not tempted to have more than one. The wine list in general needs to be a bit more diverse. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I generally don't like to write negative reviews. First of all, the restaurant was virtually empty. Surprising for a Friday at noon! We stood at the reception desk a full five minutes before someone noticed we were there. Bar service was OK, but it took forever to get our food. I could see it sitting on the pass through from the kitchen, but our waitress was nowhere to be seen. It sat there for a good 5-10 minutes before it was brought to the table. My sandwich was hot but dried out. My friend's chicken dish came out looking like a limp puny thing plated with undercooked vegetables. It was colorless, and she said flavorless as well. I've had nice dinners here before, but doubt I will ever be returning. Expected more from Eloise."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We celebrated my mother-in-laws 80th birthday with family from in-town and out-of-state. The brunch menus could not have been better to accommodate the 10 different tastes of the crowd. The table was very comfortable for the crowd. The staff was very attentive and professional. The sea food dishes where some of the best we have had anywhere. I would go back for another family gathering or for a romantic evening with my wife. Did I mention that the "bottomless Mimosas and Belinies" were bottomless!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "I attended the Bird and the Bear with my book club which consists of 8 lovely ladies. We were able to talk and enjoy the bottomless mimosas and peach bellinis. Food was very good and the wait staff was excellent. Not too pricey, I will be going again."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "The restaurant was mostly empty for brunch. Even though our waitress only had two tables, it was painfully slow service. She was frequently across the restaurant talking to other staff instead of waiting on us. Seafood omelete my wife had was dry. Not quite what we expected. Will not return"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Really have nothing bad to say at all. Initial contact with our server was a little behind, but other than that, it was awesome. Food was great, everything cooked perfectly. Wine list exceeded my expectations. Being a catering chef/bartender myself, I was thoroughly impressed with the entire experience. Would definitely recommend. Will definitely be back next time I'm in Houston."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "2nd time I was going there but not as good as 1st time. One friend took lamb chops and specified medium well. They came almost rare. I tried the "escargots" but they are really average. The cream brought with the coffee was spoiled !"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "It was a beautiful way to end a day of celebration with my family. The atmosphere was peaceful, elegant, and relaxing. All of those in attendance were gracious and courteous making all of us feel that we were special. From the appetizer to the dessert, all was exceptional. Thank you for making my Mother's Day one to remember."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I had been disappointed in some earlier visits to this restaurant, but tried it again at the request of the person whom I was entertaining. I had a wonderful kale and scallop salad that was perfectly prepared and simply delicious. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "It was very good. Dessert took a bit longer than was expected."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We came for brunch on Mother's Day, granted its a busy day but the restaurant was not at all full when we arrived. Firstly, they did not have reservation head count correct and did not have 2 high chairs ready per our request ahead of time(twice). Took a while to get our high chairs, took over 20 min to get our menus that we had to ask for & were all missing a kids menu page that other menus. Service slow in general and unattentive. The food- could have gotten the same dishes at fast food chains for half the price. 3 of us ordered Caesar salad with crab meat. Crab meat was minimal, lettuce was browning and clearly out of a packet, dressing was tasteless and salad had nothing much else to it. We all sent them back. Disappointing experience"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "… experience in the middle of the afternoon. Hardly a person in the place and the service was almost non existent. Hopefully a rare thing."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Our group of 7 women had a lovely afternoon lunch. The waitstaff was wonderful and took into account all our dietary restrictions. The food was fresh and delicious. We definitely will come back!"
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Ok, I went here once before and loved this place. I ordered the Caesar salad with crab. It was wonderful. I went back. This time was so bad. The salad had 2, yes TWO, leaves of brown old lettuce, a cup of dressing and crab and other fixings. Two leaves of lettuce and those leaves weren't even good. I had to send the two leaves of lettuce back. The lady at the next table didn't send hers back but she didn't eat it either. I don't know what has happened to this place. Here is the worst part, they marked me as a "no show" so I couldn't even review it at first. Talk about adding insult to injury. To his credit the manager said it should have never left the kitchen so I at least credited them for the service. "
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Very enjoyable. Service was outstanding which was good considering our prior Easter try at flagship Ousie's. Setting not as nice as the original but acceptable. Food was very good - crabcakes excellent, salmon excellent - though the fish tostada's were a bit under seasoned with one tortilla that was virtually impossible to cut though. Still a very enjoyable Easter Sunday and a place I would recommend / return to."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Good but nothing special. In a town like Houston, I don't know if this bird will fly."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We had Easter Brunch at this restaurant and were impressed with the extensive choice selection for a special menu. There were even vegan entres! Prices were reasonable and the dessert options were fantastic, too. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "So glad we chose the Bird and the Bear for our Easter brunch! Not only was the brunch menu fantastic, they had a cute and creative kids' menu that our children enjoyed. There was also a very special touch: a florist made Easter coursages for my mom and daughter and delivered them to our table. It made the entire experience very special!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Our New Orleans relatives were thoroughly impressed with the food and the whole atmosphere - the red fish was the best they'd ever had - the asparagus was perfectly cooked crisp tender - overall unique menu, hard to choose just one entree - staff was very attentive, friendly - we felt very special - a definite thumbs up!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "This was our first time and the food and service were great. We had a party of 5 and everyone loved their starters and entrees. Our waiter was friendly and attentive. We were there on a Friday evening and I was surprised that the restaurant was empty. I read some other comments about the food taking a long time and yes, the entrees (not the salads) took a while to come out of the kitchen which was surprising for how few customers there were. For us though it was nice as we were able to visit and talk which made for a relaxing experience. Good find..I will be back."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We have been here many times and tonight was the best service we have ever had at the Bear and Bird. It was not very busy for a Friday night and was very pleasant. Great place for lunch also."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Arrived with my guest on time and was told that the restaurant had been rented out for an event and they would not honor my reservation. Open Table and The Bird and Bear need to be in communication!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "The food and service just don't seem to be what they were when the restaurant initially opened."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "I took my out of town friend for brunch/lunch. We ended up ordering non-brunch items that weren't too memorable. Service was ok. I think the waiter was a bit distracted with a group near by. I'm a bit hesitant about going again. I have gone to dinner here before...several times. The food is not always consistent. However, I'm willing to give it another try. Maybe I need to order their "specialty.""
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "The restaurant looks great, and the menu and food descriptions also look good. However, it took an hour for us to receive our food (which it was lunch and there really were only a few other tables there), and when we received the food, it definitely was not the quality that we were expecting. We were a group of 10 people, and probably 1/2 of them weren't impressed with the food. It's almost like they tried to make it too fancy by adding certain things, and yet didn't add much seasoning to other dishes."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Our waiter was very slow with everything. However the food was amazing."
    Dined on 3/2/2014