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Costa Brava Bistro

4.8
858 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Spanish
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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"

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Spanish, French, European
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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
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Phone number
(713) 839-1005
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Kitty Bailey
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
S. Rice Ave.
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Parking details
Plentiful Front and Back of Building
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Special events & promotions
Monthly Wine Event held on the last Monday of each month. Call for details.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 858 People Are Saying
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food
4.8
service
4.7
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4.4
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Noise · Moderate
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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

One of my favorite restaurants in Houston because of the great food and excellent service. Easy to overlook because of its location in a strip shopping center but well worth finding and enjoying.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Creative dishes with attractive presentation. Waiter was very attentive.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Love size of the restaurant and noise level is manageable. Food and service hard to beat.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Always a fine meal.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Unimposing strip-mall exterior, but don't be fooled by external appearances. Inside, the ambiance is wonderful (very European) and the food is terrific. So is the service.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

It's always a great experience at Costa Brava, but last night was even more wonderful than normal. Those may have been the finest lamb chops I've ever had in my life, and that's saying something because I didn't think they could get better than the last time I had them at Costa Brava.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

The food at Costa Brava is consistently superb. It's the first place I think of for birthday lunches. Love the prix fixe menu!

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

All really good

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

It's always a great evening, and this was no exception.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

I really enjoyed my experience there. Nice and cozy place so tasty the food. I will highly recommend it to my friends.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Outstanding experience, we will be back!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Amazing attention to detail. A true get for Spanish/French food.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

A peaceful oasis in the Houston maelstrom

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

This had to be one of the best meals I've ever had--lamb Wellington with creamed spinach and a chocolate bread pudding for dessert. My husband had a romaine salad, shrimp and scallops and the bread pudding. He said the salad was excellent and the scallops were as good as any he's had. We travel around the world and eat out a lot. Service was excellent, ambiance was lovely. A thoroughly exceptional evening.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Attentive service by management and wait staff
Very good food and value
Definitely a neighborhood gem

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

This small neighborhood gem has become our favorite restaurant in Houston. Attention to quality, authentic Spanish cuisine, wonderful service and great prices make it a standout. Bravo!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

First dinner experience there and I see why everyone likes it so much. First, you are so kindly greeted when you arrive. This really feels like you are welcomed into a home of a neighborhood friend. It was hopping, totally full and busy at the bar, but still, the noise level was fine and it remained very relaxing. Food...superb. Beautiful presentation and stellar service with good recommendations if needed. Three of the party had specials. They all sounded delicious as wonderful additions to an already appealing menu. Two folks had lamb wellington; one had the duck over cassoulet; I had the menu red snapper. Simply divine. I can't imagine any bad choices here. This is a lovely little neighborhood gem and we were greeted and thanked just as warmly upon leaving a delicious and easy evening.

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Celebrating a birthday and all in all good experience. One person in party ordered 12 oz ribeye which was rather tough. Not easy to cut with steak knife. They didn’t want to cause a problem by telling management but have had better steaks purchased from local grocer.

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4.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Always a pleasure to eat here. The most delicious gazpacho in town.
Fabulous snapper and scallops.

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4.0Dined on March 13, 2018

I have always wanted to try this hidden gem! I was not disappointed. Octopus was tender and tasty. Trout was great and so it was the Salmon my wife ordered. Great overall experience. We'll be back soon!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Costa Bravo is our go to tapas restaurant. The dishes and service are always good every time we dine there.

It's a cozy restaurant so make sure you make reservations since it's a packed house.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Another fantastic meal at Costa Brava. We have never been disappointed.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

We found what we were looking for: a delicious Spanish flavor. Excellent taste as expected.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The service was attentive. The food was quite good. The shrimp and garlic appetizer and the gazpacho were very enjoyable. I had the Costa Brava version of bouillabase; with mussels, clams and cod. A more delicate broth than you might expect, but quite enjoyable. My wife liked her shrimp and scallops.

I had one small complaint. The selection of sherries available was almost non-existent. Not what you should expect from a Spanish restaurant, but the wine selection was good.

Would recommend it.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Food was cooked to perfection. Not over or under done. Seasoned well. Wine recommendation of the excellent staff was superb. The best over all dining experience in Houston.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Amazing attention to detail. A gem.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

I made the reservation to celebrate a friend’s engagement. There were only a couple of parking spaces in the back during peak lunch hour, but there is parking. It’s a small quaint restaurant that’s unassuming from its exterior appearance. Service was phenomenal! Our waiter was attentive, knowledgeable, and kind. Our champagne glasses and water were always refilled the moment we emptied them. We had the escargot and octopus to start. Both of which were delicious, but the escargot and the sauce it comes in was amazing and a must order. We had the lamb, the snapper, and the sea bass. The lamb was tender and well prepared at the perfect temperature. The snapper was ok nothing to rave about. We finished the meal with the chocolate cake which was the right amount of decadence without being overly sweet. Overall a great meal, and wonderful experience. I wouldn’t recommend a casual lunch as the ambiance is more business casual and intimate. I’d recommend everyone to consider costa brava for an occasion.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Convenient free parking, great ambiance, excellent menu choices and service.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

One of our favorite and best restaurants in Houston!!!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We showed up on a Saturday night at 7:00 without a reservation. They were booked, so we sat at the bar and were served dinner there. Very attentive service & absolutely delicious meal!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

The food and service were exceptional; however it was a little too noisy (in our opinion) for much conversation. We will be back but we'll request a table in the back or corner, in hopes for a quieter experience.

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Simply one of The best restaurants in Houston. Find Spanish, not Mexican, food. Well crafted and well thought out.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Spectacular in every respect. They made us feel as though we we family . Food was crazy good.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

As a long time customer of CB, I have always loved the ambiance and the service. They remember your preferences, so they knew where I like to sit and which waiter, and which wines I prefer. They had this all ready for me on my arrival. NOW THAT"S SERVICE. And when the owners and staff have a personal relationship with you- that's SPECIAL.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

My wife and I took a friend to Costa Brava for his birthday. The gazpacho was excellent although different from that I have had elsewhere as the vegetables are essentially puréed into the cold tomato base with just a few tiny pieces sprinkled in the middle. My wife had a garlic shrimp appetizer while I ordered the paella. The shrimp were not overcooked and both were quite tasty and good. Costa Brava unfortunately does not allow for split plates, which my wife and I routinely do to keep from overeating and feeling uncomfortable after a meal, so we had to swap plates periodically so we could share all of our orders. We all shared the rice pudding for dessert (served in a single bowl with 3 spoons) and enjoyed it mightily. The wine list is reasonable extensive with a variety of good choices that are not horribly priced.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent dinner and atmosphere, staff very friendly and knowledgeable. Early Valentines Day dinner and enjoyed it. Definitely will be returning soon

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

My first time there! Food was excellent and worth the long drive to get there.

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

I really enjoyed the food and service. Would stay away on weekends as it was extremely
crowded with very tight seating.

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

One of our favorite places! Always excellent food and service! It is also quiet, which is a real treat. Duck Confit is heavenly!

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Costa Brava has an excellent selection of spanish fare, particularly with excellent seafood and a nice selection of Spanish wines.

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