Costa Brava Bistro

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Spanish
Owners Angeles Dueñas and Kitty Bailey have created a home where they explore the rich traditions of the food and wine from Spain and France with a modern, personal approach.
Open Table's 2016 list - "100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in America"

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JC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We found this place with a google search. We had a great dinner. The food was delicious and the service was great. The restaurant is small but it has a charming, romantic ambiance to it.

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MA
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Kitty and staff are wonderful. My wife and I travel extensively and one of the very best restaurants is just around the corner.

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SC
Houston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and excellent service. We will definitely go back soon.

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CM
Houston
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the new space. The food was super and we dined in quiet even though the restaurant was fairly full. Consistently delicious food and good wine list.

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DS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our forth visit and first to the new location. Once again, the food was wonderful and the wines terrific.

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CH
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal at new location. A little pricey but worth it.

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AP
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

First time. Treated dad, mom and kiddo for a Father’s Day weekend celebration. The ambience was European, simple,classy and warm. The ocutupus was superb! The apple pie and creme Brulee (brûlée needed to be warmer) were divine and decadent, yum. Service was decent. Would repeat

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OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice evening meeting friends - had reservations- sat at bar til friends arrived. Nice wine list, several good food specials, relaxed elegant dinner.

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BS
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks for a great meal!

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H
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was there for lunch and had a squid ink rice seafood dish. It was delicious and beautifully presented. This is a very special restaurant

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HG
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and attentive service.

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A
Houston
354 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an outstanding choice for a business lunch. The wait staff was accommodating and paid attention, but let us concentrate on business without being intrusive. The food was excellent and the new location's interior os very pleasing.

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a
Houston
100 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful new home and environment. Felt very welcomed for our return for dinner as this is one of our favorite Saturday places to have a great meal with friends and guests. Waiter forgot to offer water the entire time once we were served. Didn’t ask as we were having a lively conversation

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t
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

First time here, and we were delighted with all. Lovely menu, and our waiter was absolutely superb!

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AM
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

magnificent restaurant to celebrate any kind of occasion. European atmosphere. Happy to back

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T
Houston
41 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in Houston. Small, intimate, personal, comfortable, welcoming, and very relaxing. Add wonderful food, great wine, and fantastic wait staff and they've once again knocked it out of the park. Surprised its not more difficult to get a table then it already is. Can't wait to return!

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k
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten at Costa Brava many times an it never disappoints.

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JB
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

love this place. We've never had a bad dinner there in all the years they've been open. One of our all-time favorite restaurants in Houston!!

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r
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We spent $168 with the tip for two of us — drinks, appetizer, entree, dessert, coffee. We can't afford that every day but for us, it was a wonderful anniversary dinner with friends. The new restaurant is still intimate, gorgeous, just wonderful. The new menu items were wonderful as well. We take out-of-town visitors there when we want to impress them!

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FA
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new location is great. The good is as good as ever. One of our favorites.

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HS
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food

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a
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our favorite restaurant in Houston. Delicious food and excellent service. The sangria ain't bad either!

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k
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great server and welcome. New location is lovely and food was great. A little put-off by “no-sharing” policy stated on menu. Would definitely go back.

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JM
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We had to wait almost an hour, although we had reservations. The owner apologized, but we were hungry.
When we finally sat at the table we had to insist to the waiter to bring the menu card.

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i
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dark and intimate dining - great for the date we were on. Only had time for a few apps and a bottle of wine but the server was great and all the food recommendations were fantastic. Chef Kitty came out and stopped by the table too! Will definitely be coming back!!

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OT
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was cooked to perfection, the wine selection was excellent. Our only issue is the music. Why not spanish guitar or something in keeping with the countries you represent. Or classical. This is one of the few restaurants where one can carry on a conversation.

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LH
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place! The food was out-of-this-world fantastic. The service was impeccable. And such a nice touch to be greeted with 2 glasses of champagne to celebrate our anniversary. Costa Brava is one of my very favorite places in Houston!

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DM
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service (Anthony). Trout, soft shell crab and scallops great; beef filet tender, prepared perfectly and well accompanied but not a great piece of meat taste-wise; should have gotten the rib eye.

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IF
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Spanish/Portuguese influence, including wines. Reminded me of being in Europe. Love, love the gazpacho and shrimp appetizer loaded with garlic. Definite jewel in Bellaire.

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EC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and service was good.
I will definitely recommend Costa Brava to my friends

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RG
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time at the new local and found it quite nice and great for conversation. The food was delicious! The service was excellent. Great wine list with a price range for all pockets. We had the grilled Spanish octopus for an appetizer and it was cooked to perfection. For main course my wife had the crispy Skuna Bay Salmon. It was served with a tasty cauliflower puree that complemented the Salmon very nicely. I had the roasted Veal tenderloin with an exotic mushroom risotto. The veal was tender and tasty. The risotto was to die for! The Emilio Moro Tempranillo Ribera de Duero went well with the meal and brought out the spices and flavor in our meal. For desert we had a very refreshing citrus and cinnamon rice pudding. If you are looking for great Spanish cosine, excellent service. a wonderful wine list the Costa Brava Bistro is the place to go! Highly recommend the restaurant!

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r
Houston
75 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best in Houston. We have never been disappointed here after many visits.

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RS
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent restaurant, very good food.. The place is not big so it is more interesting. Lovely style. Very European.

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ND
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic eatery! Its a shame Bellaire can't have more good restaurants like Costa Brava.

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n
Houston
31 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always- the food was exceptional, the service excellent! Love the new space!

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ME
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Second visit. Food always interesting. Noise level on this Friday vending was not conducive to relaxed dining. First visit on a Wednesday was better for sound level.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Waiter and new place was great!

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T
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is excellent and innovative. It is expensive, but the ambiance is worth it.

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OT
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful time from beginning to end.

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