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About Costa Brava Bistro

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"

5115 Bellaire Blvd
Bellaire, TX 77401
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Spanish, French, European

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm;
Dinner: Monday -Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm;
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
CLOSED SUNDAY

Cross Street:
S. Rice Ave.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(713) 839-1005

Website:
http://www.costabravabistro.com/

Parking Details:
Plentiful Front and Back of Building

Executive Chef:
Kitty Bailey

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Monthly Wine Event held on the last Monday of each month. Call for details.

Costa Brava Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (39)
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Fit for Foodies (28)
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Authentic (23)
Romantic (21)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Worth the Drive (19)
Notable Wine List (19)
Business Meals (14)
Tapas (11)
Great for Lunch (10)
Casual (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Healthy (6)
Comfort Food (5)
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Local Ingredients (4)
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Fun (4)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Great time! Food excellent. Maria was great!!

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Consistently great food and service, very attentive to customers. Love the menu that has something for everyone. Don’t know why we don’t go more often!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

The four people in our party were very pleased with the wine, salads, and entrees we had. Unfortunately, we did not have room for dessert.

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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food5
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Not only the food was extraordinary, but the service was very professional and friendly. I would, definitively, recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Cozy
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Fantastic restaurant. I've been there twice now and I just love the place. The service is super, the food is fabulous. Excellent wines as well. I plan on being a regular there.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 17, 2017

A regular, reliable favorite. Excellent cod special with clams and mussels in a luscious broth. We love having a dependable , inventive menu wilh intriguing and reasonable specials.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Authentic, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Romantic, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Healthy, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Our second time here. We came back with friends. Great Spanish cuisine.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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food5
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 10, 2017

This is a nice neighborhood restaurant, a true gem in Bellaire. It is pricey, and there is no lunch menu, so it a very pricy lunch if you go then. I do wish they would have some lighter fare, but most of their food is quite heavy. I usually just eat a small portion of the meal and bring the rest home. All that being said, the food is very good, and the service is A+. They offer a very nice selection of wine, and the sangria is delicious. The salmon with cauliflower purée is delicious, as is the chicken dish with lentils. I can't say I've ever had a bad meal here, so essentially you can't go wrong with any entree! They have nice coffee, but no non-fat milk if you like that for a latte or a cappuchino. The desserts are ok, but very sweet. The atmosphere is nice and welcoming. It can be chilly in the restaurant, so bring a wrap if you tend to get cold easily.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great place go every year for wedding anniversary and other special occasions.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Menu and ambiance geared to an older audience. Food was good, but lacked creativity. Entrees did not really seem to follow the theme of the rest of the menu.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Other than waiting for 35 minutes after our reservations, the food, ambience, and service were exceptional. Highly recommend but beware this is a popular place and even reservation times can’t guaranteed with the limited seating.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tapas, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great value, courteous service. Highly recommended!

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 (Tucson)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Costa Brava is our only "go-to" restaurant when we're visiting Houston a couple of times each year.
It has never, over five years, disappointed us in any way. And we are, I can assure you, very picky guests, having dined throughout France, Spain and Italy.
Go. You'll be impressed, too.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Costa Brava does not disappoint. Food is consistently very good or excellent, whether it is a special entree or standard menu item. Two of us had lamb (chops, lamb "Osso buco") and another had quail. All were fantastic. The special stuffed pepper appetizer was just enough to whet our appetite; and the two desserts were fantastic.Service is extremely attentive without being cloying. Good wines both by the glass and bottle. All in all, a great spot.

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Neighborhood gem. Best restaurant in Bellaire. Great food, dessert and fantastic service !

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on October 27, 2017

One of the best restaurants in Houston

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on October 21, 2017

It's always excellent, from top to bottom.

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 (Houston)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We have been before and enjoy it every time. The staff really show they care that you enjoy your meal. They are adaptable to different requests for different folks. We asked for a slow pace between courses and the people next to us were speeding through and going to a show and everyone seemed happy. Their Octopus appetizer is always good and never rubbery so if it is something you always wanted to try this is the place to do it. The wine list has a nice selection of Spanish wines which are not always on the list at other California dominated places. All in all a dependable good experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on October 19, 2017

The service wasn't quite up to usual standards. Food was wonderful, and it's so nice to be able to have a conversation in a quiet elegant atmosphere.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Excellent, always fresh food offerings. Excellent ambiance, with a personal touch!
Any of the seafood (i.e. The Grilled Rainbow Trout and the Snapper are favorites) dishes are expertly prepared, with a nice selection of sides. On this visit, my husband had a lamb shank that was 'fork-tender'! Nice wine selection, and dessert options (if you have room, try the Manchego Cheesecake or the carmel apple tart)!

We dine here often, and have never had a bad meal!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

The food was delicious, presentation was amazing. Wait staff was extremely attentative and polite. Would highly recommend!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Absolutely love the food here! I dine here often and the food is always consistent.

Tags: Cozy, Casual
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Wonderful food great atmosphere recommended highly

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 16, 2017

Elegant, casual but love that it is quiet and cozy. Most tables were full and yet you had to stop and look to think about it. The menu is diverse and the food is excellent. Not disgusting portion sizes too.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

My friend and her daughter were visiting from Ecuador. They have both travelled extensively and are well versed in regional cuisines of the many places they've been to. I wanted to impress their taste buds with an authentic Catalonian meal. In addition, my friend has developed some intolerances so food items recently and has had to become a vegetarian. Luckily for us, Costa Brava had delicious selections for everyone, and they even adjusted some to her vegetarian needs.
Wine was very good, as usual. And I had my customary glass of cava. Lifes doesn't get any better!

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Authentic, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Tapas, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Costa Brava is one of our Houston favorites. The propriortist is always on hand, always helpful and always kind. The menu is very appealing and the final product more so. Wine list is very adequate with a tilt to modestly priced Spanish grapes.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Wonderful service and delicious food!!!!

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Superb food and excellent service.
Great value in every way

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Excellent as Usual. Angeles is the queen of the restaurants

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Business Meals
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Amazing service along with frequent visits from the most pleasant management staff I’ve ever encountered.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on October 6, 2017

The place is small & the tables are very close together. You can hear everyone else's conversation. I am very surprised that that has not been noted. No one asked if our food was great or exceptional service . I am sure regulars get * treatment. but to give if proper credit The food was delightful.. we had salad, ribeye steak & snapper.

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 (Houston)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Stepping into Costa Brava, you would never suspect you are in a strip center on a busy street. The atmosphere is elegant, cozy, and comfortable. The food is outstanding, very fresh and very well prepared. The service is excellent. Costa Brava is a favorite.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Costa Brava never let's us down. The service is great and the food is insanely good. Chef is so creative and a true artisan.

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 (Houston)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Excellent menu selections from the creative Iberico Bone Broth Soup to the New Zealand lamb, Icelandic cod, Paella and Manchego Cheesecake. The proprietors who double as hostess and chef are welcoming and engaging with their clientele. Good wine selection without being overwhelmed by choices. We will be returning to this Bellaire gem.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Our first visit. Service, food and atmosphere were all excellent. We will be back soon.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We dine here at least 3 - 4X per month for the past several years. Love the food, service and owners - Angie & Kitty.
This past week we booked 5 days in advance, noting it was for a birthday and hoped for a good table. We were offered one immediately - next to the kitchen, by the back door and poopers! The seat manager has disappointed us several times before giving us inferior tables while betters ones go empty. This time, we told him it was unacceptable.
Rather than apologize, he starts a litany of complaints about his job, the crowd, people not leaving as planned, full house, etc. That capped it for us... we do not go out to spend $100 - $150 to listen to an incompetent employee complain!
The only way we will ever return is if this buffoon is not there and Angie personally assures us of a decent table. There are far too many good restaurants in the area to consider having another miserable evening caused by incompetency.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Excellent food and service, as always. The bread was served warm, the entree cooked perfectly.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 22, 2017

The food was absolutely delicious. We had 4 different main courses, all wonderful: salmon, red snapper, shrimp and scallops, veal. The sauces and sides were perfect. Service was good as well. Food is consistently great!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Excellent Spanish restaurant with great Spanish wines (in addition to others).

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 18, 2017

The service couldn't have been better. We felt we were at home. It was very cozy. Food was great as always.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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