Costa Brava Bistro

4.8
1006 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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B
Houston
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and attentive service, but loud diners at the adjoining table

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OT
Houston
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's always wonderful!

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

This local favorite never disappoints! Love the new location!

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DM
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal. I had the salmon. It was excellent except for the cauliflower bed which was creamed but too thin. My two guests had rabbit and steak. They were both impeccably prepared. We love the new restaurant location.

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S
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Veal loin was tough. Quail was uninspired. Gazpacho was excellent albeit very mildly spiced. Charging for bread is absurd and insulting. Dining room is new and nice. Would not go back.

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J
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I love the food here. We go on special occasions as our Friday night date is not usually this expensive. Not that it is not worth every $ we spend. Love the new location and larger room. Not only is the food over the top, the people serving are excellent with everyone working as a team. We will be back soon. Thank you everyone that served us for making our evening special.

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LC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, amazing bilingual services, easy access, beautiful decoration.

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RS
Houston
35 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Took my wife to Costa Brava Bistro for Valentines Day. Food was good,but very bland. I chose Costa because it was very highly rated. Definitely not a 5 star restarting. But it is very good. Very nice accommodations. Neighborhood Gem for Bellaire. I won’t return. Food is not something I would want again. And I love Spanish food. They did not have calamari on the menu, no sangria. I’ve been to Spain, this was not a Spain experience!

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ST
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place got seated right away with reservations very friendly staff and food was great desert was just as good will definitely be a repeat here

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was outstanding, from the appetizers to the desert. This is now our favorite restaurant for true Spanish cuisine in the Houston/Galveston area. A very warm, friendly atmosphere with really great service.

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H
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love our neighborhood gem. The new location is beautiful. It’s always a dependable place for a special meal.

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AG
Houston
59 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to the new restaurant location. Costa Brava has always been the best fine dining restaurant in Bellaire, but now it is truly a destination dining establishment that competes with the best of Houston.
The new restaurant channels the original but with more room, a larger bar and cocktail area.
The menu is relatively unchanged, but to food seems even delicious.

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F
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very authentic and well seasoned, appetizing dishes. Friendly environment. Each visit a new surprise.

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Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend brought me here for my birthday and the place was really nicely decorated and cozy. The service was good and food was delicious. The restaurant is classified as Tapas, Spanish and French food but it is mostly seafood. I would definitely recommend this place

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OT
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love the new place!

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m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The price of wine was extremely high. We enjoyed our lunch and will visit again.

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e
Houston
29 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food, quiet atmosphere for dining.
Like the new, bigger location- but it is still just as charming.

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CS
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

The salad had chunks of lettuce in it from the stems - a restaurant of this quality should not be serving parts of lettuce that I would throw away . The rest of the meal was good but very small servings for a pretty high price.

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GC
Houston
106 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, gracious, attentive, delightful food, along with a reasonably priced wine list.

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S
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined at Costa Brava several times and always have a good experience.

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K
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food. Love the new space

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IM
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Costa Brava recently moved in a new location. We were frequently visiting them before and wanted to check out the new ambiance.
Slightly larger but with the same cosy, European feeling, the new location is only a block away. The staff is excellent and the menu fits our preferences extremely well. The chef and the owners are the same.
We had a great time enjoying a quiet dinner with excellent food.
This remains our favorite Bellaire dining place and we are very happy to see them strive.

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GB
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience at Costa Brava last Friday night. Even spent time chatting with the owner and chef. Very special!

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G
New England
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Had a reservation and. They seated us 25 minutes late. Very poor wine selection . Indifferent attitude as to keeping people waiting. (Not Just us)

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RS
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I am sorry to say that the food was bland, the list of appetizers was "difficult" and I would be unable to recommend this to anyone.

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Austin
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My friend, who has enjoyed this restaurant many times, and I both appreciated the food, the wine, and the very friendly, professional service. I am looking forward to dining at Costa Brava in its new location.

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AJ
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was very good; food was not cold when served and was very good.

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JB
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always Costa Brava lives up to expectations. Specials were excellent. Server very good and helpful. Great wine
Looking forward to their new venue next week.

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f
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We walked in having made a reservation on the way to the restaurant and were greeted immediately. Lovely surroundings and a quiet table were perfect. The waiter was a consummate professional and provided information about wines, specials and was completely unobtrusive when he appeared to either remove dishes or refill water or tea. He was attentive band not overly chatty. The food was absolutely delectable from the special stuffed pepper appetizer to both the snapper and salmon dishes we ordered, and completed by the fantastic Spanish version of crème brule' and the warm chocolate cake with raspberries and whip cream florets. We have been to Costa Brava about 3-4 times and it has been an outstanding experience each occasion. Highly recommend!

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SM
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and cuisine were impeccable. One of our guests travels the world...and this is her favorite restaurant in Houston. We do recommend reservations.

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Houston
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant! The food is always great as is the service. They make you feel like they are genuinely glad to see you. Best of all it you can have a conversation without shouting. It is a gem.

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C
Houston
96 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. The food, service and ambiance is perfect for a nice lunch. It’s quiet where you can have a good conversation with your party without having to yell or hear the next table. I always go for the Prixe fixed menu and the food is always fresh and delicious. Our waiter was Anthony very polite and attentive without hovering. Already looking forward to my next meal there.

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JW
New Orleans
28 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The lamb chops were excellent. The give you four lamb chops. Most places give only three. The Asparagus salad was the best. I highly recommend it. Our waiter was highly attentive. All in all, a very pleasant experience.

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Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Anthony was exceptional and the food was at least as good as any I had in Madrid or Barcelona. So glad I tried this restaurant!

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Q
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La atención, el servicio, la estupenda cocina , los vinos, el ambiente son varias de las razones por las que siempre mi familia y yo decidimos regresar a Costa Brava, ya sea para celebrar una ocasión especial o simplemente volver a degustar sus exquisitos platos.

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EL
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb dinner in beautiful restaurant! Wine list was extensive, food was superlative, service was excellent & price was appropriate. Noise level was ok for our table. The evening was lovely & we look forward to returning!

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m
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best food in Houston combined with good, friendly service. A special place.

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B
Houston
28 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always!

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a
Houston
93 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always exceptional in service and food, cozy ambiance.

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D
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was outstanding.

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