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Trenza Houston
  • Address:
    2800 Kirby Dr
    Suite A230
    Houston, TX 77098
    Upper Kirby / Shepherd Corridor
  • Cuisine:
    Latin / Spanish
    Price: $31 to $50

Trenza Houston Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.trenzahouston.com
  • Email: info@trenzahouston.com
  • Phone: (713) 526-1414
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Dinner: Nightly: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:30am -2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin / Spanish, Indian, International
  • Executive Chef: Susie Jimenez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Whether you are booking a business meeting or having a party, this rustic beautiful private room accommodates 25 people with accessibility to a TV where you can project. Special menus can be customized for sit down courses or passed appetizers.
  • Private Party Contact: Stephanie Troyer (713) 526-1414

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Westheimer
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet and parking garage.
A word from Trenza Houston
The restaurant will feature a unique blend of Latin fusion plates with multiple dining spaces aim to create a dynamic food experience. Signature cocktails with delicious combinations will complete the menu offerings. Trenza will also offer a weekend brunch, private room, group or private cooking classes and chef’s open table. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "The food is fantastic, creative, and spicy! The presentation is just as amazing. The ambience and service is great as well."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We ate early, so were virtually alone. The portions are generous so an entree was more than sufficient. The food was very tasty, different, unexpected. Loved it."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Interesting combination of Latin and Indian flavors and ingredients"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "As the only diners in the restaurant (Sunday at 645) we could have had an exceptional dinner but no. Instead everything was off. First they could not make a Rob Roy (no drambuie). Next the food was pretty pedestrian except for the fish tacos which were great. The scallops were under seasoned and cold and the soup while tasty could be eaten with a fork. The chef cane out to chat with us and seemed very nice if a bit delusional about the future of this restaurant. Think it is not going to make it."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Our group really enjoyed sampling many of the small dishes. Chef Suzie brought out her recommendations and she didn't disappoint. Great place for a group. We ended up staying 3 hours just enjoying the location."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "This was our third visit to Trenza and we have enjoyed it tremendously each time. The latin / indian fusion produces some memorable flavor profiles and the tapas style servings allow diners the chance to experience several dishes. While we have enjoyed everything we've had, the squash blossoms and empanadas are must haves. Service is attentive and knowledgeable without being cloying. The dining room is sleek and comfortable and the second floor setting allows great views of the Houston skyline."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Decent food, but over-priced for the quality and quantity you get."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The menu is compelling and interesting. We invited a pescaterian friend to join us and there were quite a few options to choose from. The food would have been delicious except it was overcooked and had cooled off. We may give them one more chance, but especially with seafood overcooked ruins the subtle tastes and textures."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "The food was ok, but we had really high expectations and didn't feel like it lived up to them. We were expecting different and unusual flavors but found them a little strange. Some of the dishes were REALLY spicy, almost too spicy, and we love spicy!! The service was extremely slow. We sat for 30 minutes before getting even a drink. The dishes came out at random, and after four dishes between two of us we felt like we had had a snack, not dinner."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Had such a bummer dinner on Saturday night. It started with our waiter being rude and pushy. Getting our wine took forever, the food took way too long and some of what we ordered either never came or other things came to our table that we did not order AND WE WERE CHARGED FOR IT (our waiter addressed none of this). Also, some of the food was flat out inedible. Really haven't had such a horrendous dining experience in forever and this was just a huge disappointment. None of us (table of 6) will be back...:-("
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I hope the resaturant can make it, as it was nearly empty on our rcent Saturday night visit. I believe that this is the 3rd restaurant in this location during West Ave's brief history. The food was creative and very well prepared. The herbs and spices that were on the carpaccio overpowered the delicate flavor. Other than that, the food was wexcellent. The service was outstanding, and our server doubled as bartender, doing both very well."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Wow! We read about this place in a newspaper article & were intrigued. We loved the ambience as soon as we walked in. Our waitress, Abbey, was friendly, attentive & knowledgeable about the cuisine - a fusion of Indian and South American... What? The food is tapas style - small bites of sharable food. They have a soup of the day (chicken corn chili the night we went - more like tortilla soup & simply wonderful). Then we shared empanadas, ravioli, carnitas & the tumbleweed crab cake. Everything was hot, fresh, full of flavor & fabulous! People complain that tapas are too expensive for little food but we didn't pay any more than we would for a fine, beautiful meal like this anywhere else & left satisfied. I can't say enough - we'll be back!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "First, let me say that in Houston, it is rare to find a restaurant at this quality, that you would not want to try a second time. That said, unfortunately, this is one of those restaurants. The food is ok, but in some cases all you taste is heat (spicy). It is small plates, but some of the prices are not small. The cauliflower dish was very tasty. I had a cranberry cardomme drink(not sure how it's spelt), that was undrinkable it was so bad. Everyone at the table tried it and agreed. We were a party of 5 and they sat another large party right up against us when there was another large open table right on the other side of the room. I'm sorry, but we will not go back."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The place has an interesting concept. Cocktails are creative and particularly good. Plates are small, but enough for sharing, and that allows taste experimentation. The execution still does not live up to the potential and the chef's ability, however. It's worth a try, maybe two, while waiting for it to get better."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "When i discovered this restaurant was latin/indian fusion, I was so excited to try it because I am a fan of both and thought they can certainly be mixed perfectly. While some of the dishes were good (snapper and arugula salad) the rest were mediocre. The dishes are served "tapas" style so they are all small portions to be shared. My husband and i tried 6 total and only 2 were ok. The bean bruschetta was overly spicy (and we love indian food so we can handle spicy) so much so that we barely touched it. The chicken skewers that came with the greek salad managed to be charred on the outside and undercooked on the inside (and totally dry at the same time). Service was also sub-par. At this price point, not going back."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I'll start with a nitpick, I'd like to see the owner/chef dressed a little better than a "Star Wars" t-shirt and cap. I guess that's her idea of hip but it bugged me. Otherwise my problems with Trenza start with attitude and end with food. The hostess was snarky and the waiter was elsewhere except to sell liquor. He forgot to order one of our tapas and blamed it on me. The food was odd and tasteless except for the spicy dishes which blew even this hot food lover's head off. The black bean hummus was odd, cold and tasted spoiled (like it was fermenting). Hostess said it was fine. Empanada chicken ground too fine, little flavor. Ceviche and veg strudel were decent. Valentines Saturday at 8:30, half empty. IndLatin? Odd, bye-bye."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We enjoyed our meal tremendously. Everything we had - the squash blossoms, ravioli, empanadas, and halibut tacos - were well prepared and the flavor combinations were tremendous. The service was polished and attentive. Trenza is a great find."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Great musica and red snapper. Too spicy for my daughters palate!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We dined here for a friends b day and they set us up in the private dining room which was nice and comfortable. The crab cakes and saffron shrimp were delicious. There was too much Bleu cheese on the chicken empanadas. Overall service and food was good."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Bday dinner last Fri night and it was an unforgettable experience! Cocktails -- we had a mint cucumber and their riff on a margarita, both were excellent and very refreshing. We each had their version of an old fashioned which was excellent! Enough bourbon to taste it but not overpowering. As far as food goes, we were extremely impressed. Started with the arugula salad and stuffed squash blossoms -- the blossoms are a must try. Next up we had the seared scallops and rack of lamb; the lamb was her favorite dish of the night and the scallops were mine! Finished with the chipotle ravioli which were spicy and delicious!! Our waiter was knowledgeable and attentive, and we received visits from the GM and Chef Susie. Ambience and food get 5 stars!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "enjoyed sharing a bunch of different small plates for dinner for 4. Eli was our waiter, very nice, knew the menu well and recommended a number of good dishes. Note most dishes are spicy, so we drank a lot of water, but enjoyable. One of us still feeling the heat from the food for a day or two, so watch it if that is an issue for you."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "This place got great reviews by Houston Chronicle, but the food was terrible. The place was way to expensive, they had no good liquour and the food was TOO HOT TO EAT!!! We ordered five entree's/appetizers and could not finish any of them becuase of the heat. Do doubt, i am sure the food would have been good, but it was to hot to eat. Do yourself a favor, go to Del Frisco's Grill instead...Thats what we did."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Food - Many choices of different countries spices mixed to create variety of tasty items. Good choices for small snack like items, if looking to feed your BIG appetite then may want to differ somewhere else. Service was good, not over bearing - wait staff knows what chef has to sell and they explain very well to help you determine what and how much to order. Caution - order as you go instead of ordering everything at one time, this way you can stop when you are full!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Latin food with a twist of Indian might frighten you at first, but man is it an interesting combination! The duck confit salad was amazing as well as the scallops. We made last minute reservations on a Saturday evening and they accommodated us in the lounge area. Everyone enjoyed their meals and was very impressed by the service."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Food was completely unbalanced. Everything was over spiced to the point of ruining the naturally good flavors that the ingredients could have provided. The reviews on this place are overly hyped. For those who know what good food should taste like, it's not worth your time."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "We were a party of 3 on a Monday night. We had 7pm reservations, and only one other table was occupied upon our arrival. A few more diners did arrive, but the restaurant was not even 1/3 filled by the time we left around 9pm. The service was promising initially, but our waiter disappeared for periods of time. We were encouraged to order several dishes to share, We had to ask for fresh plates and serving utensils. Food was very over- seasoned with heat, which detracted from the dishes overall. Additional charge for extra bread, although only gave us three small crostini to go with the black bean bruschetta. In a city with good, highly competitive restaurants, Trenza appears to be in serious need of upping its game."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "I was really looking forward to trying this new restaurant. The menu looked very interesting and I love fusion foods, especially one that tries to mix to Mexican and others. The layout of the restaurant indicates that it is a great place to have a drink with a nice bar area and a very open feeling. We had a party of 5 and I was celebrating a birthday. It is a tapas place and we did order tapas for eveyrone. The general theme was the heat was overdone and in practically every dish besides the tuna tartare, which by the way was excellent. When you eat something with so much heat that detracts from the taste, not ideal. I hope this is improved upon and I will return."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "Had followed this chef on TV and thought the menu sounded great. Four of us went for dinner. Ordered 8 items - all just OK. Some overly spiced. The ravioli was so spicy that I could not eat it. Asked for some bread to try to calm down my mouth and was given 4 thin slices of bread and charged $3. Our waiter was very amateurish. An expensive disappointment from start to finish."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "I eat out a lot and watch for new finds. This place has a small menu but it is well thought out. The flavor combinations were fantastic. The wild rice and mushroom strudel with chipotle and red pepper sauce was delicious. The phillo dough crust was light and flaky. The plates are meant to be shared and the empanadas were perfect for that. Nice twist on flavors with an Indian flair. I plan to bring a group back for a business dinner to try out more entrees. The chef is energetic, friendly and really wants to embrace Houston."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "I had very under seasoned meals. Ordered the tamale & was very appalled by the size of it. You can play catch football with it. Isn't it supposed to be a tapas dish??? Very, very disappointed!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Menu and food were very creative and fun to experience. The hostess for very accommodating given it was our anniversary and the atmosphere was very energetic. Wait staff needs fine tuning as the follow up table service was lacking. They were clearly busy and may require adjusting how much wait staff works on a Saturday night. However, they did a good job in describing the menu and concepts behind what was put together. Bar service was a little lacking but chalking it up to start up kinks to be worked out. It was a great experience with the food and we enjoyed all of our selections. I would definitely go back soon."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "We enjoyed our meal at Trendza. It was a dining experience. The menu was varied and interesting. I really enjoyed the ambiance-very chic and cool."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Enjoyed the atmosphere and overall experience. Great server & staff. Food fabulous! Will go back."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "Hadn't been to a tapas restaurant in quite a while. Really enjoyed the variety of food and fusion of Latin and Indian flavors. Service was excellent the server quite knowledgeable. . Especially liked the raviolis, the tuna tartar and the duck wraps. Visit to the table from the Chef/owner and manager was a nice touch to end the evening. This restaurant deserves the support of the Houston foodie community - check it out !"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Three of us shared 8 small plates and each was more outstanding than the last. The black bean bruschetta with its slight spicyness was a favorite, although it needs to come with more bread. I will definitely be coming back again and again."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "We went with a group of 10, adult children and some couples, not realizing it was a tapas restaurant. The portion sizes are way too small to work for a group this size. Even though we tried to make it work by ordering multiples of dishes, because they are so expensive our bill ended up being way more than we expected. For example, there's a flank steak dish we were going to order, but it's 4 oz for $22 (I think), which doesn't include any "sides". I"m ok with the $22 price, but normally that would be your meal with sides. The service was great and it's a neat spot with good decor. The food was delicious. I would recommend this more for a date night kind of place."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "We went here as its close to my office and I wanted to see what Latin/Indian/Spanish fusion really meant. What we got was a great selection of foods from Latin America / India served Tapas style - its a great concept!! The staff and owner were super attentive to us and our 14 month old son - he loves watching people cook and the owner was more than happy to let him watch. Go there now!! Cant wait for it to open for lunch...."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Trenza is a restaurant like no other. The food has a unique Latin/Indian flavor and everything we ordered was outstanding. We especially loved the Shrimp dumplings, Tumbleweed Crab Cakes, Chicken Tikka Masala Empanadas, Spiced Grilled Flank Steak, and the Braised Short Ribs Tamales. Wonderful ambience and excellent service. We can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "Food is just ok, tapas are either size of entrees (Tamales) or do not really taste as described (shrimp dumplings), ambience is loud, and one item on my bill was overbilled by several dollars. May be eventually good, but has a long way to go."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "The worst food and worst menu I have seen in Houston in a long time. Even the opening dips and spreads were inedible. We stared at the menu a long time and agreed to just find something to be polite and go eat elsewhere. We select a sizzling shrimp and bean bruschetta - both inedible. The chef's flavors are so exaggerated that the food is simply terrible. And the menu choices appear to be from someone who is bipolar and couldn't make a decision on cuisine or style. This was like looking at a Cheesecake Factory menu where they try to have offerings for every nationality from pizza to chinese to burgers. Plus this chef has never heard of a healthy or simple vegetable. The experience was so bad we had to laugh."
    Dined on 11/22/2013