Brennan's of Houston

4.7
2440 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Creole / Cajun / Southern
Since our 1967 opening as a sister restaurant to the world-famous Commander’s Palace in New Orleans, Brennan's of Houston has evolved into the city's premier destination for memorable dining served with true Southern hospitality.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Creole / Cajun / Southern, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Sunday: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:45 PM- 10:00 PM
***HOLIDAYS*** NO online reservations taken, call in only.
****DRESS CODE****
Jackets Preferred - NO Shorts, Flip-Flops, Torn Jeans, Beach Wear or Athletic Wear will be Seated
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Phone number
(713) 522-9711
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Jacket Preferred
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Executive chef
Joe Cervantez
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Private party facilities
We know that each event is special and at Brennan’s, our mission is to make your event a great memory.
From 10-150, we offer several dining rooms to accommodate your party size as well as full restaurant buy-outs.
Ballroom-seats up to 160: One of Houston's oldest and most distinguished private
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Stuart
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Parking details
Street parking is available but limited. Valet parking is recommended.
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Entertainment
For weekend diners, Brennan’s Creole Jazz Brunch remains a four-star tradition among Houston's Sunday brunch enthusiasts. The air is filled with an abundance of tantalizing jazz music and the fragrance of fresh flowers; southern mainstays and twists on classic favorites are graciously served in sun-filled dining areas.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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KC
Houston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 4

I have dined at Brennan's many times and enjoyed the experience. Yesterday's visit was disappointing - the waiter gave us little attention, we felt like an afterthought. The food was bland. I had to ask for ice tea refills. I had to ask for the dessert menu - the beneighs were doughy and hard to eat. Extremely disappointing meal.

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BC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful time had by all in our party! The entire staff was professional, courteous, and friendly! We even were given a tour of the kitches dining room, wine room, and wine cooler! Our waiter, Joe, was personable, knowledgeable, and attentive to our needs. Great birthday celebration for friends! LOVE the pralines!

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EF
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice Creative Cajun Local Food. Professionally Prepared. Outstanding service. Beautiful Building. Good Business Model. Food this good is hard to find.

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DG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiters were knowledgeable about the menu and made excellent recommendations. Food arrived quickly and tasted very good. Waiters provided the appropriate attention.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience. Food was outstanding.

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BS
Houston
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely no complaints. The service and food were outstanding.

(Sunday Brunch celebrating my wife's birthday and out anniversary.)

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BP
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints and continues to modify menu to stay up to the trends. Service team is outstanding and service is attentive but comfortable. Manager came by too!

Brunch was great and a great value. The jazz music and personalized attention from the band made the morning special. We rode their bus to the theater and that was great too.

Afterwards, had happy hour drinks and bites at the bar and a really great time with friends. Simply Houston's best Restaurant!

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BC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been going to Brennan's for over 40 years. It has always been amazing, without exception.

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m
Houston
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch! Had the grilled pork tenderloin. It was prepared well with a good blend of flavors. Started with the soup de jour; it just happened I be lobster bisque. It was lighter than a New Englander is used to, but was very flavorful—the lightness was good for brunch. Finished with beignets-classics.

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C
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

I love Brennans and their service however this time around it wasn't the best. The waitress made the experience not one of my favorites. She was very slow and not attentive to the table. I had to ask for menus & bread. No pralines at the end. I've gone several times before but this time I regret picking them as a place to celebrate my birthday. For the amount of money I spent I expected the service to be a lot better. It felt like I was at Pappedeaux with the service level. Very disappointing.

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M
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The $99 wine and dinner for 2 special was a great value with outstanding good and service. Thanks!

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AL
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and ambiance. Wonderful service and excellent food.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Business meeting

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MG
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great experience as usual. Great experience as usual. Great experience as usual. Great experience as usual.

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S
Houston
64 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

A meal at Brennan's is supposed to be over the top. The finest. The most captivating. I did not find this to be the case on my most recent visit. I have a few allergy issues, however I have never had a restaurant of this caliber have an issue meeting my needs. Brennan's completely missed the mark for me. Typically I have had someone from the kitchen staff review my allergies and verify that the items I selected would not be problematic. This did not happen. I asked the waiter which of two dishes I would be better off with considering my allergies. I don't think he paid any attention. He simply selected the more expensive dish. Great for Brennan's. Not so great for me. I specifically told our waiter that I could not do any spicy dishes and specifically no pepper...not black, red, white or any other. He selected the red fish for me. The spinach that the fish came upon was loaded with white pepper. I was hosting a business dinner and did not want to make a fuss, but I basically picked at my dinner. I brought the remainder home only to find that the fish had several bones in it. Again, another turn off. Had I known that the waiter was merely there to sell and not to serve the customer, I would have gone with a salad. I ordered the mini beignets for dessert and was also disappointed. They tasted like they had been made earlier and had been sitting on the counter. They were super powdery (sugar), but aside from that fairly tasteless, except for a greasy aftertaste. Very disappointing visit.

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L
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The service was superb! We were celebrating my Dad's 78th birthday. The only disappointment was that I was expecting them to give my dad a small gift (small bag of their famous pralines) as he was looking forward to it but I guess the waiter forgot.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, Great environment, Great Service!!! What else do you need when dining out in Houston.

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AE
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband took me here for my birthday and it was perfect! I recommend the filet mignon and the crab cake. Both were very well seasoned, cooked perfectly, and not too heavy. The bread pudding was also fantastic.

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RS
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brennen's is always quality. Highly recommend when place, food and service count!

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JL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service never disappoint. Absolutely love this Houston staple!

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TS
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brennan's of Houston continues to be one of our favorite restaurants. The food is amazing, the atmosphere is inviting but still formal. We had a great meal.

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E
Houston
40 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great meal with very good service. There was a special with 2 3 course meals & a bottle of wine. Enjoyed a great Anniversary celebration. Loved everything. Wonderful banana foster with table side preparation. I will be back soon.

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LD
Houston
34 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

We have been to Brennan’s on a number of occasions and found it to be good. However, this was a disappointment. The breads were cold, not even warm enough to soften the butter. The food was tepid. Service was much slower than usual. Servers were pleasant, but maybe short handed?

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Pork belly app was really good. My ribeye was cooked nicely. The Asian style duck was dry, the skin was not good, and the overall taste of the plate was subpar. This was our second time at Brennan’s. The first time was wonderful. Second time, not as good. 4 stars

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UT
Austin
26 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

I have always loved Brennan’s of Houston, but I have to write this review because of the terrible service we received when seven of us tried to enjoy a business lunch. We were asked if we had a time constraint by our server Bazzle. He asked if an hour would work and we said yes. The meal took three hours because of cold food. Undercooked food. Slow service. One of the guests had cold soup of the day. One had undercooked lamb. It took twenty minutes to even get menus and we had to go ask for them at the host stand. 45 minutes to get the soup. Forgotten drink orders. There were no more than 20 tables seated in the entire restaurant. I sincerely hope this was a mix up, but we didn’t have a manager come apologize. The chef did come out to apologize for the undercooked lamb. We appreciated that. But a three hour lunch and all we were offered was three free shared deserts which took more time. Even getting our check was a cluster when the bill was split evenly amongst 7 of us...but five were charged. Not 7. Cards lost. Overall I’m glad the company was enjoyable. The experience was not.

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J
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, and great ambiance makes Brennans of Houston the gem that it is. I prefer it over it's cousins in New Orleans. If it's your first time I recommend the Chicken and Sausage Gumbo and the Redfish.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The ambiance was the best for a romantic date night.

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JA
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

table is to small and food is just average . It is ok

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R
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Dinner was disappointing. Salad was wonderful, wine was good, but fish ponchartrain
mediocre. Fried oysters very dry, not enough sauce, was not happy with Mahi mahi.
Expected snapper or redfish.
We have concluded to not dine on Sunday night at Brennans again

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8
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant - great food, great staff! Friendly, caring, attentive to every detail making for a sublime evening!

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LN
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I just wish my visit had earned Open Table points. I did not know that until after I left the restaurant.

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S
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing and service was just as amazing !!!

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S
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our "go to" place for special occasions or if we want some really good Creole food. Impeccable service and very appropriate small New Orleans music group roaming the place. Beautiful job of renovation after their fire a few years ago. Also the turtle soup is outstanding!

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TB
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Out-of-town friend visiting and decided to do Brennan's for brunch (last day of Houston Restaurant Week). Good choice as environment, service and food were great.

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R
San Antonio
28 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was great missed Leo

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E
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

We had to wait a long time to get initial service. It seemed like the area we sat in was not staffed appropriately. Captain Ethan was a pleasure to have served us for the evening. The grits in the table-side preparated shrimp and grits were not great and had a grainy-plastic texture. The shrimp were flawless! The filet steak was undercooked, but the homemade Worcestershire sauce was amazing. The beignets for dessert were much heavier and dough-like than I remember in New Orleans.

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AO
New Orleans
29 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Service was friendly and fun, food was great. Only downside was being seated in what appeared to be an upstairs event space.

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g
Yorkshire
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Food was awesome, service great, ambiance perfect.

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PF
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have loved Brennan’s for many years. The food & service are outstanding - a perfect place to celebrate our anniversary.

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TD
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Enjoyed the visit for my birthday. One of our favorite places in Houston. Looking forward to our annual visit at Christmas.

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