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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New England
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Unfortunately, we've dined at Brennan's when everything was excellent some years ago, especially the food. This time, while the service was still really excellent, the food was disappointing. The Gulf Fish Pontchartrain was overcooked and tasteless. The Osso Bucco's pork quality was good however the sauce and risotto was mediocre. We were disappointed in the main events due to general lack of taste! The lettuce wedge was outstanding. I must comment on the bread. Buying HEB frozen baguettes and serving them at Brennan's might have saved a star or two - what you served in the little white paper bag was really soft, dry and a ball of dough! A white paper bag does not make up for lack of quality! Maybe this was an off night and someday we will try again. In a city of so many really great restaurants serving many similar dishes, a name restaurant like Brennan's should not have off nights as you depend on good turnover and repeat business. Unfortunate!

N
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

C
Houston
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Brennan’s hasn’t been updated in 35 years. Really needs to be refreshed all the way around. That may antagonize it’s foundational patrons, but they’re all over 80, right? Keep the bananas foster, naturally, but come on, this isn’t the 1980s anymore.

NP
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbeatable. We've had bridal showers at Brennan's - absolutely fabulous, the service was impeccable, food delicious, and staff professional! I've had brunch and lunch here and it never fails to impress! One of my all time favorites! Oh! Did I mention the live jazz band and NOLA atmosphere on Sundays! So so much fun!

SN
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and great services!

m
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have enjoyed many meals at Brennan's. The food has always been exception, this most recent visit was not exception. Service was attentive without being overbearing or intrusive. This is an excellent restaurant with reliable quality and service.

ML
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

All good! Some dishes a little more complicated than necessary. Simpler would’ve been better. But, that said, all was super delicious and staff were superb!

Brennan's of Houston
Responded on October 9, 2019

Thank you for your feedback, Mark. If you'd like to leave specific feedback about which dishes you are referring to, our culinary team would love to hear about them. Thanks again for visiting us!

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RW
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always awesome!

m
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an excellent experience.

GE
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual

Brennan's of Houston
Responded on October 9, 2019

Thank you, Gary!

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C
Austin
15 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the service was impeccable, the food absolutely delicious and always my favorite place in Houston !

Brennan's of Houston
Responded on October 9, 2019

Thank you, Cindy! Thank you for your patronage and continued support. We are just delighted to have you visit us. Have a great day!

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CS
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time going to Brennan's. We had the brunch menu. Great time.

Brennan's of Houston
Responded on October 9, 2019

Hello Curtis, We are thrilled you joined us for brunch. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and we hope to see you again soon!

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SS
Amarillo
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we come to Brennans we are never never disappointed. The service, food and ambiance is outstanding. I know we will continue coming there for all our celebrations.

Brennan's of Houston
Responded on October 9, 2019

Hello Sue, Thank you for your patronage. We love hearing that and are just delighted to have you dine with us each time. Have a wonderful day!

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OT
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

$99 wine and dine for two special was truly special!

Brennan's of Houston
Responded on October 9, 2019

Thank you! So glad you enjoyed it.

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SL
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fabulous! Everything was perfect.
The 3 pralines for the birthday was a little shocking.

Brennan's of Houston
Responded on October 9, 2019

Hello SandeL, Thank you for joining us for your special occasion. We appreciate you taking the time to leave us feedback.

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OT
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Returned to Brennan's while in Houston for a trip. Wonderful venue and evening! It is always special to visit Brennan's

Brennan's of Houston
Responded on October 9, 2019

Thank you!

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GI
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The grilled oysters were disappointing. The red fish pontchartrain was very good. The ambiance and service were excellent!

TM
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of Houston's finest restaurants, with a wide selection of a variety of fish, poultry and beef, expertly prepared. The restaurant is a great place for a romantic evening in an intimate and quiet setting, with outstanding service provided by experienced wait staff. We had a specialty birthday treat that was complimentary, and a reasonably priced and delicious bottle of champagne. Several dishes are prepared at tableside, including sauteed shrimp, bananas foster, and more. If you have not experienced Brennan's you definitely should.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time with friends and our waiter was the best!

Brennan's of Houston
Responded on October 9, 2019

Thank you!

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JH
Houston
35 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Started in the bar with a flaming Old Fashion. Great value! Beautiful restaurant. Our server Wally was fun and enthusiastic and his teammate Jesse made a perfect Bananas Foster!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience. Best in Houston.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great birthday brunch celebration with girlfriends!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service

JP
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I have been to Brennan's many times. This visit did not have the level of service that I've come to expect.

We gave the waiter our whole order up front and asked that he bring our appetizer before our soup. He brought it all at the same time. I had ordered the duck and he failed to ask how I would like it cooked. When the duck came I was only left with a butter knife to cut it with. The waiter did little to engage with us.
We picked Brennan's because it was our 30th anniversary and I wanted it to be a special evening. I know I will come back to Brennan's because I love the food. I just hope the service is better next time.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service! Amazing meal!!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great birthday experience!

OT
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service!! Love the pralines!!!

H
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant evening! Great food, nice bottle of wine and the pralines are always fabulous.

VB
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The wine n dine is an incredible value! Setting is so lovely and civilized (as compared to the current trend of ultra modern and loud).

DT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary. Staff went over and above to make it a special occasion. Restaurant has many protocols in place to recognize special occasions including a florist who will deliver gorgeous flowers/centerpieces. Loved the 3-person serenade. Food/beverages were above average. Fabulous experience!!!

r
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A special treat for us when we have a birthday to celebrate or special accomplishment. This restaurant has given us excellent service and delicious Creole/Cajun food literally for decades. Never disappointed a single time.

LD
Houston
39 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Brennan’s is a very nice place. However, for our most recent visit the food was a disappointment. The soup was lukewarm, the roll and muffin bordered on stale. The peach cobbler (with no discernible peach) was a soggy biscuit with a milky mess. When desserts were served, the cobbler with ice cream was brought at the same time as the bananas foster. By the time the production of making the bananas foster was done and the desserts were served, the ice cream on the cobbler was completely melted.
The waitstaff was excellent. No complaints there.
We had taken our friends to celebrate birthdays for their first visit after touting Brennan’s for quite some time. I hope they will make a return visit and give it another chance.

GY
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was restaurant week and the selections were excellent and the food was outstanding.

GC
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently outstanding!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Joel Was a wonderful waiter and we had such a great, personalized experience.

W
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Yes I was there on Friday of last week and Sunday of last week for Restaurant Week. I have not been there in year. Wait was ERIC on Friday and Oscar and Josh or Noah? on the Sunday dinner.

All were exceptional in providing service.

Other restaurants visited were Ouisie's and Backstreet

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was Eric and he was very helpful in assisting us with making decisions on our drinks and food choices. We also enjoyed the band that was playing!

R
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always, always a job well done. Thank you for your graciousness as well as a delicious meal.

LT
Houston
28 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Great Sunday brunch and excellen value during HRW. Celebrated a birthday and LOVED the festive live Jazz Music - really made experience more enjoyable. Enjoyed our bottle of wine, the Shrimp and grits are always awesome and only Brennan's can do Banana's Foster. Service was good but could have been more attentive, had to ask for bread / rolls twice, which has never happened in the past. Overall, LOVE Brennan's and we had a very nice meal.

CM
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Felt a little rushed during restaurant week. Food was still good but service was lacking.

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