Brennan's of Houston

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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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TB
Houston
40 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a first class experience with a one of a kind menu. It makes you feel
like you’re in NOLA. Ask for a table with high back chairs for the ultimate intimate dining experience.

M
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Thanks for a good experience and good food. Would recommend and will return.

M
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was good...Turtle soup awesome. Hubby said his beef tips needed more season. Not sure why we were seated in the side dining room versus the big fancier main room that we like a lot better. We were dressed formally.

J
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Brennan’s of Houston was as expected. They sport an enormous wine list, a plentiful bar, and a menu that is fish, beef, and veggie stacked with a Louisiana flare. The staff was good, the food was great, and the location was easy to get to. Would eat there again when in Houston.

C
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Birthday night was terrific

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was my daughter’s 14 th birthday and they made her feel like”The belle of the ball”!

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! A true culinary experience.

AC
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great way to celebrate a birthday!!

GD
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always one of the best dining experience in Houston. Everything was fantastic.

BN
Houston
68 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

All four seafood dishes ordered by our party were delicious, particularly the Gulf fish Pontchartrain. Poached pear salad starter was made available although not on the menu. All soups get high marks. At the end, an outstanding cup of coffee! Our table was near a busy hallway and service area, thus a lot of hustle and bustle to contend with.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brennan’s offers great food and outstanding service in a warm inviting atmosphere.

OT
Pittsburgh
24 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go every time when visiting Houston. Always a great experience and meal!

b
Houston
28 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brennan’s is one of Houston’s finest restaurants. The historic building, the interior design, the cuisine and the service are all without equal. Brennan’s always exceeds our expectations.

FT
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Very disappointed Brennan’s high standards of excellence have been relaxed to allow patrons wearing shorts, sneakers and t-shirts, as there was at two different tables near us today! Brennan’s is less than it used to be!

CT
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, as always!

CW
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional quality and impeccable service keep us coming back! I love going to eat knowing Brennan's will exceed my expectations. The courteous staff were helpful and attentive to our elementary age children (this is not always the case in some high-end restaurants) and made them feel welcome with pre-meal strawberries and cream . Brennan's provided unsurpassed help in planning my wife's recent birthday dinner with family, even arranging the flowers for the table. I always recommend Brennan's of Houston for an unsurpassed dining experience.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

All good apart from our table stuck in the corner nearest the door.

MI
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere was festive. Service was great. Food is always good. Brennan’s is always a good choice

MD
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Brennan's is one of my favorite restaurants in Houston but our last experience fell short of their normal excellence.

The soup trio (1-1-1) is usually a highlight but this time the turtle soup was tasteless and the gumbo was so loaded with rice there was no room for anything else.

I was really excited for the Creole Spiced Ribeye but was disappointed again. I asked for it to be cooked Medium Rare +. The inside of the steak was leaning more towards medium well and the outside was burned and charred. I appreciate a good sear, but this was too far. The most disappointing part was the cut of meat. For $61 I expect a ribeye to just melt due to the wonderful marbling. This piece of meat was extremely tough and sinewy. Not at all pleasant to eat.

The other bothersome issue was the very rude waiter who constantly interrupted our conversation to get his job done. We were in no hurry and wanted to socialize over our drinks before ordering. The constant interruptions were incredibly off-putting and really put a damper on the evening.

I have had wonderful dinners at Brennan's and do hope this was just an anomaly as I would hate to take Brennan's out of our rotation. The other diners' dishes ranged from OK to really good. The Bananas Foster was fantastic as usual. We will be back, but it will be a while before we return.

SB
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

perfect birthday celebration location

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure.

QV
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining and everything tasted delicious!

RM
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is first class. Sunday brunch was very enjoyable and wandering jazz group and ambience

H
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food3service5ambience2

Our servers were great the food was not that good and the people at the table next us were in constant chatter with several wait staff and the head chef so much so that I did not enjoy my dinner with my husband. Will not go again. The steak which was touted as aged ribeye cost too much and was tough. The knife given to cut it did not do the trick. When I sent them a similar review they did not even acknowledge my response. Poor taste

K
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were outstanding. We were celebrating Valentine's Day at 2 PM. This was special. I also appreciated that the menu was the typical menu. We did not feel the prices were escalated for Valentine's Day.

LT
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Standing lunch date with my daughter on valentines for 20 years. Always great. Don’t know what we’ll do if they ever close.

r
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Awesome restaurant... only concern that I had was that I did not hang up my coat before sitting down and I had it comfortably on my chair and the server kept running into my chair and coat throughout the meal as we were dining.... he was in a hurry to get around our table and serve other guests, I suppose.

OT
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are HUGE fans of Commander's Palace and Brennan's in New Orleans and had high expectations going in. Those expectations were exceeded! The space is BEAUTIFUL. The food is PERFECTION. And service is IMPECCABLE!!!

Our meal began with a lagniappe of DELICIOUS shrimp remoulade and the most flavorful garlic bread. And of course a 25 cent Martini! It was suggested to us by Thomas, our SPECTACULAR server, that we order the Gulf Fish Borgne which is the signature dish and features Jumbo Lump Crab, J&J Shrimp, Louisiana Oysters, Parmesan Mushroom Rice, and Brennan's Creole Butter. We also got the Creole Cobb which had Wood-Grilled Texas Shrimp, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Brioche Croutons, Grape Tomatoes, Maytag Blue Cheese, and Cayenne Avocado Dressing. The dressing was the best we have ever had on a Cobb and the shrimp were moist and flavorful. And since it was crawfish season, Thomas suggested a side and it was divine!

But the highlight of the lunch was Thomas. As he seated us, he asked where we were from. When we told him "Los Angeles" he asked how we were all doing in LA with the loss of Kobe Bryant. As a third generation Los Angeleno, the heartfelt sincerity of his question brought tears to my eyes. We felt we were at home as we reminisced about what Kobe meant to his fans and Thomas shared his own stories.

And that is the gift of the Brennan restaurants. They feel like the best your home could be because of the care that goes into EVERYTHING!

B
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Iconic restaurant. Service has become far less crisp and attentive.

OT
Houston
53 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always great food and great service. The consistency of Brennan's is incredible. Their is never a doubt from the time you enter that it is going to be a great experience.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience5

our waiter was not good. got drink orders wrong, took too long to receive drinks.

RI
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual.

CB
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food, service and atmosphere was outstanding. We love going to Brennan's to celebrate special occasions. My husband and I have been going to Brennan's for 25 years. It is the perfect restaurant to celebrate any special occasion. Sunday brunch was great. The musicians came by our table and sang a song for my husband's birthday. Thank you

RG
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

the brunch entree could have been better. The ham on the benedict was too thick, and the Brennan benedict was not to my liking. In the past when I have had this meal, there were more selections.

KW
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Every thing about the food and service in the restaurant was FANTASTIC! We were downtown to attend the theater and it is very helpful that Brennan's offers a shuttle to and from the theater which worked out perfectly. The problem was getting vehicles after the 2 shuttles dropped all the guests off. There was not an organized system for taking the guests valet ticket and it was a lengthy wait in the cold for the cars! It would seem there could be a much more organized and efficient system developed to have guests on the shuttles vehicles staged for quicker delivery to those guests.

DM
Houston
26 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Why would you want to go anywhere else?

m
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very simple brunch for two; the grand seafood tower and some brandy milk punches. Simply wonderful,

s
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing experience every time!

LC
Houston
41 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent classic creole cuisine, fresh seafood, attentive service. Select a table out of the way for the best experience.

TB
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The first time we went, the food was amazing and very flavorful. This time, the food was so bland I had to keep adding salt and hot sauce just to add flavor. It was pretty disappointing, especially for the very high price.

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