Brennan's of Houston

4.8
2889 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Creole / Cajun / Southern
Since our 1967 opening as a sister restaurant to the world-famous Commander’s Palace in New Orleans, Brennan's of Houston has evolved into the city's premier destination for memorable dining served with true Southern hospitality.
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1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time at Brennan’s. My husband and I went out to dinner with friends and it was our friends birthday. The service, food and noise level were great. I had the crab cakes and they were awesome!!! The only thing we didn’t like about Brennan’s, was the HUGE wine list and only one Pinot Grigio with a so so price.

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TR
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service is always Great. Staff really tries to accommodate and meet your needs when possible. I'd recommend Brennan's to anyone. I'll definitely be returning for another great experience.

Thanks So Much!

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AL
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

World-class service. Manuel made our evening just right.
Thank you!

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SB
Los Angeles
65 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, wonderful service. Have eaten here before, but can’t so often anymore since moving back home to Los Angeles. Cannot wait to return. Wonderful place. Started with Seafood Gumbo; next, seared scallops with crawfish étouffée; ended with table side sautéed Bananas Foster. Excellent. Thank you to all that made my first return in years so wonderful.

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AD
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brennan’s has long been one of my very favorite restaurants in Houston. Excellent food with outstanding service in delightful surroundings.

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Houston
12 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is unreal good. Very nice resteraunt, no shorts, i would even suggest a coat.

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New England
23 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brennan’s was great. We were greeted at the door by a completely professional greeter. Our table was perfect, and the owner, Alex Brennan Martin always passes by the tables to make sure that our experience is the best. The food is wonderful New Orleans style, which is authentic because the owner is from New Orleans. The wait staff is very professional. We could not have been more happy. And, of course, after sublime desserts and great wines, one cannot pass up those homemade pralines. Brennan’s always turns dinner into a celebration. It could not have been better.

Brennan's of Houston
Responded on July 12, 2019

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Houston
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great experience. The food was excellent. The ambiance was great as usual. However, very disappointed when we realized that bread pudding soufflé was something that could be ordered for dessert. When we inquired about it with the waiter and why it wasn’t on the menu his response was it was up to the chef. We go all the way to New Orleans every year to Commander’s Palace to get this dessert. It would have been nice to know this was an option at Brennan’s. We will know for next time.

Brennan's of Houston
Responded on July 12, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are thrilled you enjoyed yourself, however, the captain misspoke. It does take some time to make but we can absolutely make that for you. I'm going to privately contact you to get your information so we can make this up to you. I'm sorry you didn't get to enjoy one on your visit.

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AJ
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Houston has LOTS of good restaurants. But only Brennan's has a dining room made for conversation and a staff that has mastered hospitality. Many establishments find competent staff who are helpful and personable....but what sets Brennan's apart is that their staff is attentive without being intrusive, and seem to know know how to make you feel like you are the most important person in the world. If I could afford it, I would dinner there every week.

Brennan's of Houston
Responded on July 12, 2019

Hello Aunt Jen, What kinds words to share. We are so honored to have you dine with us and appreciate you touting about our staff. They will be thrilled to hear this when we share it with them. Thank you!

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m
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome Great food

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DM
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our “go to”spot for guaranteed great food and exceptional service!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, food and ambiance!

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Houston
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent drinks food service and atmosphere. One of a kind in Houston.

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Houston
74 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been coming to Brennan's for many years and have always enjoyed our meals there and it is where I chose to have a retirement dinner from a previous position. We really enjoy lunches there and our server Manuel last time was a delight. We also appreciate the seamless teamwork provided by the staff.

In reading reviews I just cannot believe the negative comments provided by a few malcontents. They are obviously people who shouldn't be dining there or can just not be pleased by anyone. No place is perfect, but Brennan's has been close to that for us.

Brennan's of Houston
Responded on July 12, 2019

Edndeb, Thank you for your patronage. It is always great to have you dine with us. We'll be sure to share with kudos with Manuel and team. Have a great weekend and we look forward to having you dine with us again soon!

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G
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brennan's is one of the best places to eat in Houston. Especially, if you want a quiet place to visit and not have the wait staff bug you. The food is great. They know how to take care of their customers. I would recommend dinner and brunch. Both are super and different. Breakfast is bright and more fun.

The wine choices are fantastic. You can find want you want.

Don't forget dessert.

Brennan's of Houston
Responded on July 12, 2019

Thank you, Gary! We love when our guest make recommendations for others diner to consider. We hope to have you back in soon!

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B
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

I am absolutely appalled at my experience and would NEVER eat at Brennan’s again. From the moment we arrived and were walked past the main area of the restaurant, to what can only be described as a very disappointing ‘side room’ (to the instant sight of a waiter dropping a plate and saying ‘sh*t’ loudly), our experience at this place was decidedly average at best. Overpriced and average food with average service in a small room lacking any atmosphere whatsoever isn’t what I’m used to at a supposedly ‘top’ Houston restaurant. The only good thing I can say is that the cocktails were great!

I can only advise any future diners to insist on eating in the main dining room, and lower their expectations on the food. I won’t be dining here again, that’s for sure!

Brennan's of Houston
Responded on July 12, 2019

Hello Brylands, I'm sorry to hear about your experience with us. If you don't mind sharing your information, I'd like talk to you about your visit. I'll message you privately.

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

Birthday celebration for my mom. We had a great time; table was decorated and service/food was amazing.

Brennan's of Houston
Responded on July 12, 2019

So glad you and your mom had a great time. We are honored you choose to dine with us for her celebration!

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BM
Houston
100 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gregg and his co-worker made some very good recommendations and listened to my wife about celebrating her Bday. Will be back for more turtle soup and soft shell crab.

Brennan's of Houston
Responded on July 12, 2019

Hello BigMac, We are delighted to hear you and your wife enjoyed your visit. We are honored to have been chosen as the celebration location and we look forward to seeing you both in again!

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DS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Gumbo and Crab Cakes to die for. Topped off with Bananas Foster.

Brennan's of Houston
Responded on July 12, 2019

Hello David, Those are some of our favorites, too! Thanks for taking the time to recommend some dishes to other diners!

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Houston
11 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Overall the restaurant menu was very limited. The offerings were basic and not very creative. The food was mediocre and the service was just ok. It was extremely expensive given the menu and food choices and I wouldn't go back. What bothered us the most was the bread service and the wine was place too far from us. Not our favorite by any means. I would pass it by....

Brennan's of Houston
Responded on July 12, 2019

Hello, I'm sorry you didn't enjoy your visit with us. I'd love to hear on ways to improve. I'll message you privately if you're willing to share.

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

Anniversary
Slow start with service. High expectations as we dive here quite often. Lots of mix ups with upstairs tables. Strong finish. Made up for it.

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SU
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

2nd time .... a 4.5- 5 star restaurant has great food great service and an awesome experience.Unfortunately this place lacks. The food is pretty good , although the wait staff was nice the service is Chillis/ appleby's caliber.
-Our waiter did not introduce himself nor alert us that there would be 2 waiters.
-We were asked for our drink order but no cocktail menu was given
-We ordered the seafood tower, which was brought to our table without an explanation of what or where everything was placed.
-We had to alert our wait staff that we were ready to order, no other sides were offered.
-We were not checked on frequently
The manager never came by, nor were we greeted by him when we arrived.
-As we were leaving we noticed staff place food in hallway.... a steak and potatoes in the hallway while customers passed right over it ....

Again had this been Chillis i would not have expected a high quality of service
But when you spend over 200$ for 2 people on dinner
You have to bring it WAY better.
We frequently dine at restaurants of a high caliber and we are used to a certain type of experience.
Not sure how you have made it this long with suboptimal service. Having Nice servers isn't good enough.... lower your prices to match the level of wait service you give.
I don't blame the staff , I blame the management.

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KC
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

The waiter we had was amazing. He was awesome. However our food was cold. I honestly didn’t think the food was that great. The sommelier was not the friendliest. Interrupting the waiter to discuss a bucket of ice. Just overall I didn’t like the restaurant. Will not recommend. Will not return.

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G
Houston
61 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brennan’s never disappoints. Consistently good food, top notch service, and extremely comfortable surroundings.

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, greater food.

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A
Houston
40 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We requested a window table. The hostess at first took us to a table in the back corner of the secondary room. When my wife objected, she gave us a sterling window table in the main room. Food and service were outstanding, as expected.

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BR
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Much better than the Brennan's on Royal St. in New Orleans. Brennan's in Houston KNOWS HOW to make Eggs Sardou like Brennan's on Royal St. used to make it. We went to Royal Street 3 times since they changed hands and every time wrote on their comments request that they should NOT fry the artichoke hearts used in the Eggs Sardou. It ruins the delicate flavor. After the third visit, with no change made, we quit going. Now we go to Court of Two Sisters in New Orleans where two of our favorite waiters from the old Brennan's now work and to Brennan's in Houston every time we are in Houston. We live in Baton Rouge, LA.
PS. We had been going to the old Brennan's in New Orleans since 1972.

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a
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always a treat to dine at Brennan's The food is excellent. The service Saturday evening was great. No Rush

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New York Area
115 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A gem in midtown. Great ambiance and service. Great food for the value.

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e
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love Brennans great food and excellent service by Manuel.

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OT
Houston
39 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great evening! Food and service was fantastic! Everyone in our group was very pleased with the evening.

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

Thank you Brennan's for the balloons for my daughter and the cake. the food as usual , delicious!!

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Boise
8 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Photos don't do this place justice - the service was perfect, the food divine, and the presentations and overall experience will be one of many experiences to jade our 8-month old's palate. Yes. We went early and brought our little girl - the server and bussers were very accommodating, the neighboring tables gracious, and overall we felt welcome. That's a rare feeling sometimes when dining anywhere with a kid, so we really like to call it out when possible.
We loved all the food - shrimp Ottawa and the duck - but the presentation of the shrimp took the cake. That's all the flame tableside you see in others' photos - the heat alarmed the kid but she stayed mostly quiet through the whole experience. We took beignets to go and got while the experience was still good for everyone!
I'd recommend this place for couples, well-behaved families, and really anyone who isn't afraid to pay for a fine-dining experience. The food and service are top-notch and worthy of all the accolades that led us there. We'll be back when we find ourselves in Houston again.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Non voyage dinner. Enjoyed our visit.

Brennan's of Houston
Responded on May 30, 2019

Thank you for your review!

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S
San Antonio
23 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an outstanding meal with fabulous service.We're placed in a quiet area so it was really a fantastic evening.

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TK
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Certainly not the most budget friendly, but lunches are somewhat reasonably priced. Great for special occasions

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S
Houston
122 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pecan redfish was incredible.

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DM
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed entire experience

Brennan's of Houston
Responded on May 23, 2019

Thank you, Donald! We are delighted you enjoyed your visit.

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Dallas
59 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The soft crab was the best on the menu and as always great service

Brennan's of Houston
Responded on May 23, 2019

Thank you!

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Houston
8 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best in Houston. Definitely.

Brennan's of Houston
Responded on May 23, 2019

Thank you so much. We appreciate you taking the time to leave a review.

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