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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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great service!

M
Houston
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always!!! Service was good. I wish the bowl of turtle soup contained more. It felt more like a cup.

MB
Anchorage
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service. Brennan’s goes the extra mile to make a great evening. Expensive but worth it. Great for special occasions.

OT
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants and dining experiences I’ve ever had. Great staff, amazingly decadent food, and lots of great conversation with friends. Strongly recommend this Houston classic!

OT
Houston
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was over the top! The food was delicious. Loved the old Southern charm of the decor.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brennan's was an amazing restaurant that made our anniversary perfect! The food and service was excellent

OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out of state business guests, first time to Houston. Brennan’s is always my go-to for great Houston experience.

JD
Philadelphia
97 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Our table was lovely and well placed for conversation. Our waiter had an ethnic accent which was charming but difficult to understand. It was difficult to order our food. It was also difficult to question him about ingredients and preparations. He worked with a bus girl who was attentive and tried to intervene to help us in ordering. I think she may have had difficulty understanding her coworker. Many mistakes were made when the food came to the table incorrect placement and overall confusion in presentation.
The Gulf oysters on the half shell were excellent. Very briny and good sized. The turtle soup was thin and lacked depth in taste, plus too much sherry poured in. Our diver scallops were perfectly cooked. The beef ribs were generous and tasty. My husband enjoyed the cheese grits and desserts did not disappoint. The bananas foster table side flambé was just as we had hoped.
Drinks were good but pricey as usual.
We will return but hope for better service next time

P
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best brunches I have ever had, Brennan's-Houston is just like the Original in New Orleans. I have been going to the New Orleans restaurant since I was a child. Excellent food and excellent service!

M
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistent quality as usual!!! Thanks

M
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent. The table next to us was quite loud and that distracted us from our own conversation.

SR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Have not been to the restaurant in several years. It was very quiet on this night because the world series was playing in town. Should have been great food and service because they had time to focus. Not So. Sauces and seasonings were just average and this is a Cajun specialty. Overall the meal was just average the the prices was very expensive for what you got. Not the same place it used to be. Go to new Orleans if you like Brennans food.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Overall experience at this restaurant was very good. The food was great as always. Disappointed with are main waiter which effected the experience. Will definitely go back. Hopefully we’ll have a waiter which will make the experience more enjoyable.

DD
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reunion with friends

EQ
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food as always, the pecan pie was delicious!!!

R
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

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 on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

C
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and great services!

m
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
9 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always awesome!

m
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an excellent experience.

GE
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual

Brennan's of Houston
Responded on October 9, 2019

Thank you, Gary!

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C
Austin
16 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
10 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
9 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

$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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience. Best in Houston.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday brunch celebration with girlfriends!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service

JP
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service! Amazing meal!!

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