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Underbelly Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.underbellyhouston.com
  • Email: info@underbellyhouston.com
  • Phone: (713) 528-9800
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday:11:00am - 3:00pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Chris Shepherd
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Waugh
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Underbelly
Underbelly is the perfect title to tell "the Story of Houston Food", and when it comes to Houston, there is no better storyteller than Chef Chris Shepherd. Chris’ upcoming restaurant shares his journey as a chef in a city he describes as "the most secretive and dynamic culinary destination in the country.” Beneath the well-known oily surface lies an endless array of local ingredients and cultures that shape Chris' unique perspectives on food.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "Each course was beautifully presented and prepared. We had carpaccio, shrimp, ribeye, fish, green beans . . . all were superb! Terrific wine, too!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "This was our first dining experience at Underbellys. Everything we ate was delicious and different. We will be back very soon."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "From all the hype, I was expecting to be blown away, but no such luck. The food was good, but not amazing. Service was prompt, but the waiter was a bit pushy. The dining room reminds me of a packet chain restaurant (just me, but I prefer more ambiance). Overall, was good, but will be trying some other restaurants (and returning to my favorites) before going back here."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "The best way to experience Underbelly is to go with a group of 4-8 people and just order lots of the little dishes. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Underbelly is certainly a fascinating and unique restaurant in Houston. it rates as a Houston icon. Never been disappointed."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "The Butcher's cut was the best piece of meat that I have ever tasted in my life. Enough said."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Chris Sheppard is a genius! Inventive, robust and exciting flavors. The flavors have multiple cultural influences, particularly thai and asian. My only complaint is having to wait for a reserved table- but this fits the relaxed style that is cultivated by the restaurant. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We had the family style of the beef. Came out like a tough roast beef. Definitely not worth the cost."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Was in the small room. No ventilation = sweating. No noise dampening = deafening. Waitress was subpar for this place. Food was great."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Unfortunately a few of dishes we did not enjoy and the waitress could have been a little clearer on what we were ordering as it may have changed our order choice. I have had very good and fair meals here and the lack of consistency was disappointing. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "let me start off by saying that I want to like underbelly . my colleagues and I had been planning at lunch trip there for weeks after learning about the restaurant on the TV show Bizarre Foods. needless to say we all had high expectations, but the overall experience was a total letdown...mediocre at best.feel like we need to try the dinner to give it up accurate writing though.I actually met Chris Sheppard while I was at the restaurant and he was working with the sous chef on new menu, and I believe in them in this place is a second chance."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Was worth going to once to experience an award winning chef's cuisine. Except for a short list of entrees intended for two people the entire menus is tapas style, very small portions or "tastes" at fairly high price points. Enjoyed the burrata cheese that accompanied grilled facade beans as well ad the salad that was built around beet greens. Not so impressed with the carpaccio or goat meat meatballs. The menu changes with the fresh market. BTW very expensive wine list but reasonable rose which compliments the food. And, the warehouse style dining room is loud in part due to the open kitchen as well as high ceiling and close tables. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Had dinner with some colleagues on Monday night. Two hostesses at the entrance could have cared less that we walked in the door. Poor attitudes and a very bad first impression. I think our server had one too many Red Bull's as she was moving and talking so fast, we couldn't get a word in to talk food & wines with her. The choices we made were really nice and the food is very good. Underbelly just needs to focus on their team of associates so that they represent this place in a better way."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "I would have to rate Underbelly as one of my favorite restaurants in Houston. There was such a vast array of beers and wine. The menu is small, but the food was simply amazing. The menu is always changing according to our waiter, but I would definitely go back and recommend all my friends to try this great place."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I'd read a number of critics' rave reviews for Underbelly, so perhaps my expectations were too high. We loved the Korean braised goat & dumplings, and our server, while unable to answer a few questions about the food and their house-made root beer, was pleasant. We had to ask (and wait for) a wine list, then (wait and) ask about the Butcher's cut for the evening, then (wait and) ask for a knife to slice our sour dough bread. For the bread, we were told: "Oh, just tear a chunk off. We don't have knives to slice the bread." Service overall was slow and we were given very little information about the food. The sourdough bread, beet salad, lemongrass shrimp and Wagyu tri-tip were very good (beef cooked nicely), but none made us go "ooooh.""
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Unfortunately, I was disappointed with the Underbelly. It was very loud and the food was not to my liking. It arrived already semi-cold and the salad I had ordered did not have any dressing, tasting like grass to me. Unfortunately will not recommend it to my frieds."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "I had dinner here with my sister last week while she was visiting and it was great. Our waiter chose items from the menu and the entire evening was sensational."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "I have heard mixed reviews from friends and online, so I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed my visit to Underbelly. I was seated promptly (with a reservation on a Saturday night). The server was relaxed and knowledgable about the food. The only hard part of the menu is trying to gauge if three dishes is enough for two people, but our server helped with that. While the prices may exceed the average in Houston, I think that it is worth the money. (Beet salad, crispy pork belly and goat/dumplings.) I will probably return to try more items on the menu."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I've been twice, both times at lunch. I love the decor of the restaurant. My first waiter was far better than my second, and it truly made a difference. The food is fresh and well seasoned, but I just chose something that I didn't like as much as what I chose the first time. I know this is one of the trendiest places in Houston to dine so I will definitely go again and try something else on the menu. My only complaint is that the wonderful, delicious hot bread & butter they bring you is not complimentary, but rather appears on your bill at a cost of $4.00! Seriously?"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "This will be my third time going to Underbelly for dinner. I can honestly say I'm never disappointed. I go there quite frequently for lunch with friends but I always feel like dinner has a different feel to it. The ambiance is always great and although the noise level is a little loud, it just means it is the place to be at. The food is on point and I couldn't ask for more. Service is top notch as well."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "The first experience was divine but this last time everything was over salted and difficult to eat from the salad to the fish. Service and beer selection were the stars of the dinner service."
    Dined on 9/18/2013
  • "This is the second time I have eaten at Underbelly in Montrose. It's expensive but the food is excellent! The food is organic and nearly all the produce and meat comes from within a 100 mile area of Houston - so local. They have a great wine menu and beer menu too. Would highly recommend this restaurant for a special occasion."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "A great place for those interested in tasty, immaginative, healthy food. My wife and I enjoyed the entire experience. The food was great, the waiter attentive but not obtrusive, service was fast and courteous. All in a comfortable laidback atmosphere. Highly recommended for those who enjoy trying new food combinations. Definately not for the chicken fried steak and mashed potato crowd"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Had late reservation on Saturday night but was able to move it a bit earlier. Good thing as we were there over 2 hours enjoying ourselves. Waiter was very helpful in navigating the menu. We chose the fish group dish and 4 small plates. Fish group plate was outstanding and fun. It presented several different ways to eat it. Butcher's choice ribeye was killer good. We did not have a bad choice. Chef came out to meet us and ask about dishes. Desserts were all great as well. We had one of each. Decent wine list, but no hard liquor. Overall was an oustanding experience and will definitely return to try other dishes."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Went to Underbelly as we love the food, atmosphere, wine. It is all good!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I live in Mississippi and travel to Houston several times month of. Underbelly, the food and the staff are a definite to see and enjoy each time. If I have a new client this is the spot I pick to make a memorable lunch or dinner. My top choice for incredible food and a great atmosphere."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "We very much enjoyed our first visit to Underbelly. The terrine plate, with charcuterie, terrine, head cheese, pickles and strawberry mustard, was outstanding and the grouper was beautifully cooked and came with a delicious broth. The warm Meyer lemon pound cake dessert was also excellent. I am sure we will be back."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Really enjoyed our first experience at Underbelly. Loved the idea that each dish was for sharing which we usually do anyway. We thought the food was creative and very tasty!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Been there for dinner a couple of times, first time for lunch. Dinner was much better."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Nothing less than amazing! Our food was delicious and the service was spectacular. Thank you for a wonderful evening!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The menu is eclectic and off the beaten path. Wine menu is great, but it's not a spot I would frequent - menu options are good for sharing, but hard to have a meal to oneself with the choices. Desserts were great, but we had everything on the menu and shared."
    Dined on 7/17/2013
  • "The food was delicious. Our table tried several items on the menu and we were all impressed."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We took two of the most finicky eaters here without ever having tried the food ourselves first. Amazingly they were super impressed and liked the dishes we ordered. I like the fact their menu changes daily and they throw in a surprise dish that the staff hasn't even tried. I can't rave enough about the flavors on the palette. I highly recommend others try this place. But don't go there expecting a cocktail. They serve strictly beer (and very tasty beer I might add), wine, sake, and cider. Don't let this discourage you because the food is excellent."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Not much more to say than hasnt alerady been written. high quality local foods focus. We tooks the small plate approach raher than family style and were exremely pleased with each dish."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Started with the Beet salad and bread - excellent. Had the salad - okay. Then the Rendang and Pork chop. Rendang (I'm Indonesian) beef was stringy and chewy. Was with a customer and didn't want to complain in front of him. Pork Chop was tougher than I was expecting from other pork chops I've had elsewhere. Seasoning was nice. Dessert was good. Coffee was not."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Though the food is excellent, this is my third experience, and was the third disappointing time. The first, we showed up for our reservation and waited 25 minutes past our reservation time. The second, we waited over an hour past our reservation time and were then seated in a cold, empty side room. This time, we only had to wait 10 minutes past our reservation, but the disappointment was in the food....specifically the portions. I couldn't believe how small the portions had become....especially when the prices had remained the same (if not increased). The braised goat and dumplings (while amazing) were HALF the size that they had been a few months prior. It was very disappointing, considering the cost of the meal."
    Dined on 9/7/2013
  • "You would be hard-pressed to find another restaurant in Houston that matches the quality of fare served here. Our party of 3 ordered 3 dishes to share, and all were excellent. I relied on our server to recommend a wine, and her choice was superb, and surprisingly affordable. Noise level was high, but that's the way it is here. We sat close to the open kitchen. Always a treat to watch the staff put dishes together."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Incredible food with a wonderful blend of flavors. Chef Chis is awesome!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "I had heard a lot of good things about the restaurant and was not disappointed. Six of us met on a Monday evening and the noise level was not too bad. We were seated at a round table which was nice so we could visit. We brought our own wine which is a really nice option. Our waiter, Sean, did a good job serving and we actually just let him pick the food for our table. He was spot on regarding the amount and we took home a very small amount considering how much we had. He had it brought out in stages and accommodated the non-meat eater in the group with selections not on the menu. Especially liked the roasted beets, the brussel sprouts and the brisket although we enjoyed every dish."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "We had an outstanding dining experience at Underbelly. Our server, Shawn, did an excellent job of explaining the concept and menu to us. Everything we ordered was better than the description. We will be returning when we next have the opportunity to visit Houston."
    Dined on 3/20/2014