Costa Brava Bistro

4.8
915 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Spanish
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
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 915 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Very nice ambience and wonderful food! They made us feel special for our weddin anniversary:)

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

We go to Costa Brava every year for my birthday. My husband and my two grown children, so it is the four of,us. My husband, daughter and I were satisfied with our dinners. However, my son did not like his dinner at all. Overall, the food is very good and reminds me of the Spanish food I ate when I lived in Spain.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

As always this restaurant never disappoints. Great food, friendly, good drinks...
Will continue to go to Costa Brava .

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Always delicious. Wonderful experience. Quit, yet fun.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

always wonderful--great food and wine and exceptional service

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

We had a great time, the steak was extremely tender and delicious. Will go back again.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Great spot and food. Quiet at lunch loud at dinner. But good

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Worth the 30-minute drive! I had the paella which was better than many that I had in Spain. Husband had the lamb chops, requested medium but came out raw. When we pointed out the problem, the server apologized and came back with perfectly cooked and delicious ones. A little problem finding a parking space but I understand there's additional parking along the side street.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

One of the best restaurants in Houston

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

First time to restaurant, picked by a friend. Very pleasantly surprised. Hubby and I each tried the 3-course lunch. The soup and salad were both very good. The shrimp and scallop with risotto, and the filet were both excellent. The desserts were ok but not as much to our taste. The arroz con leche was more middle eastern in flavor (rose water). The chocolate crepe was interesting. Well done but just not to our taste. Its a great value at $25 each!

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

This place is outstanding. The house salad is fabulous. I have rabbit and it was the best.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Found the restaurant when looking online for trips to the Costa Brava. Thought we would give it a try and were very happy with the find. Service was excellent, atmosphere very pleasant and the food was very good. I know some will say, gaspacho is gaspacho but they made a delicious soup. Would be happy going for lunch and just having that.
Very pleasant dinner. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Always a 5/5 place. It’s been two years since I’ve been able to come back here, and I clearly waited too long.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Nice atmosphere, delicious food, terrific service!

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

I love this restaurant for so many reasons. The food, ambiance and service are very good. It is also one of the very few restaurants that are quiet and allows me to have a conversation without screaming.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Great food as always. I made the mistake of thinking that our reservation was 6:30 & not 6:15, so almost did not get seated. I appreciate the owner being accommodating in seating us, although we were 20 minutes late.

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4.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Very nice. Very helpful staff and friendly.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Superior food and excellent polite and knowledgeable service.

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4.0Dined on July 10, 2018

My first visit here and really enjoyed it. Good well prepared , nice wine list and great friendly service. Will be back!

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Great service, food and experience!! Love coming here.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

As always, the food was superb with new items on the menu.
The service is impeccable.
Our favorite restaurant

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4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Great food but terrible service. I think the turnover in wait staff is the Robles. Our waiter was incompetent

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

We had dinner on a quiet Monday night. Warm greeting and nice table. Lisa ordered the seared scallop and shrimp risotto and I had the Cochinillo. We decided to split the escargot, which was a good thing because it was one of the best bites in Houston. Served on and with a crispy baguette the escargots are sauteed in a wine/butter/garlic sauce. It was so good we asked for the recipe. The chef, from Spain, came out, apologized for his English and explained how to make it in a most pleasant manner. How often does that happen? Lisa's shrimp/scallop risotto looked excellent (she said it was), and my cochinillo was impeccably prepared. So many chefs try to serve suckling pig and most times you can wear out your jaw chewing the skin. Not here. The skin was wafer thin, crisp and had a tasty rub on it. It was cooked for 12 hours, which rendered the fat and yielded the crispy skin and tender meat. Served with a simple sauce and a side bowl of bean soup. It was a special so call ahead if this is what you're looking for. We shared a bottle of Emeritus Pinot which was served slightly chilled, another nice touch often overlooked in Houston where wine often tastes like it had been stored in the kitchen. The wine was excellent, if slightly over-priced. This is a restaurant label and you can't get it at Spec's. There's a fairly good Spanish wine selection but the prices rose steeply. The value rating reflects this little ding but don't be put off by it. The place is quite special.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

A neighborhood gem!

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

The food is exceptional and creative in preparation; service is excellent; the setting is intimate and conducive to quiet conversation.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

We’re done at Costa Brava bistro multiple times and always we had great food great service and great wine selection, is a hidden gem that I’m glad it’s not that well-known, otherwise it would be full to the brim all the time.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Excellent food and service. I have taken many people to this restaurant and no one has ever been disappointed.

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Elegant food and decor with outstanding service. Had fixed price lunch and the food was very good.

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Great food and service. We had red snapper and salmon. We loved them both. Also the leek soup is outstanding.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Really great food, excellent service. Costa Brava never disappoints. Lamb chops, snapper and lobster (special) are our favorites. Make sure to save room for the chocolate bread pudding.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Wonderful night!

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3.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Interesting...the host went by every table, took the time to visit with every single one, but ours. Don’t know what it was about us, but he avoided us. He spoke to both tables to the side of us, around us, again, but us. Better places for Spanish food in town.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Food was so good, service was the best. Can’t stop gushing this is my favorite restaurant

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Overall great!

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

This place has become a new favorite for us without having to drive into town. The food is tasty and flavored well. The wines have been great.
So far we have not been disappointed by the menu.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

It is like a small piece of Europe fell into Bellaire. Everything is good, we were sorry to miss the soft shell crabs.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

We went for lunch with a friend to discuss some business matters. There were very few tables filled, so it was very quiet - perfect for discussing issues. Each of us had outstanding lunches - i’m particularly fond of their unusual gazpacho & the cegetable/pesto linguini w/Shrimp at it was superb!

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

This is my favorite restaurant in Houston. The food is always exceptional and the service is caring and attentive. We were celebrating a birthday and had a great time. The lamb chops were perfect as was the stuffed salmon. The wine recommended by Charlie fit with the dinner very well. We will be back as often as we can.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Quaint little place. The whole menu looked good so was tough to make a choice! Even had good French onion soup. Enjoyed our meal!

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Service, attention , and food were amazing. We will definitely go back.

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