Brenner's Steakhouse on the Bayou

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Situated in a wooded retreat on Houston's Buffalo Bayou, Brenner's Steakhouse offers an incredible setting for an unforgettable dining experience. Bask in the wonder of nature with our lush foliage & cascading waterfall. Inside, the dramatic two-story dining room features breathtaking views from every table. The rustic yet elegant restaurant, which formerly housed the Rainbow Lodge, boasts a stylish new decor, cozy cocktail lounge, wine cellar & spacious patio. Delight in our tender steaks & succulent seafood, while you toast from our award-winning wine list.
Our delectable menu offerings include original Brenner's favorites such as Crunchy German Potatoes & Apple Strudel, as well as prime cuts of beef & the freshest seafood.
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Houston
41 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Had to a half hour even with a reservation

By the time we were seated, there were four empty tables around us

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CG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although we had to wait almost 25 minutes past our reservation time, the food and atmosphere were fabulous. We had a great Easter dinner!

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M
Houston
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

First time to this Brenners location. Reservations for 4:15...4:55 still no table. Spoke to Manager...was given a table right away and offered a free appetizer. Service was outstanding yet steaks came out medium well...maybe well done... we ordered medium rare. The one person not eating steak basically got to eat alone while we waited on steaks. Second round came out rare...no complaint but odd a steakhouse can't get steaks right. The manager was more than apologetic and made everything right. We'll give it another shot...I'm sure this is a one off... Brenners on I-10 has always been amazing...I can't imagine this being different.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

It was my first time at this restaurant and I enjoyed it. The atmosphere was nice and the landscaping was amazing. Our waiter did an excellent job. He made sure we were having a nice time and that the food tasted good. One thing I would suggest is that they have a bit more organization when it comes to reservations and seating people in a timely matter.

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Houston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

It is ridiculous that they take my reservation and maked me wait until past half a hour to be seated after we complained and let them know we would be seated already in another restaurant and then when we were finally at our table we waited about 15 minutes without being waited so we just got up and left... We were absolutely treated like royalty in our second place of choice...

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H
Houston
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Went for Easter brunch. Didn't get seated until 1 hr 25 mins after our reservation. The kitchen was slow on top of that and the food was average. Really put a damper on Easter.

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CL
Houston
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

So disappointing! We had 12:30 reservations and were not seated till 1:15. That would have been ok since it was Easter Sunday but the food took even longer to be served and it was pretty bland. Our server was energetic but we were there for 3 hours. Probably will not go back for awhile.

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MM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

The most dismal dining experience at a restaurant of this supposed caliber we've experienced. Arrived at 12:15 for a 12:30 reservation; seated at 1:15. Menu was not what was posted on-line; took almost 1.5 HOURS to get our meal, two orders of which were wrong. Finally left at 3:15. Management came by the table ONCE to apologize for the delay, with no offers of compensation or explanation for the delays. Although it was Easter Sunday, this is no excuse for such poor service. And this is not our first time with experiencing such sub-par service, but it will definitely be our last.

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MI
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 5

Easter Sunday. 11:45 res. For 4. Sat down at 11:30.
Literally took 1.5 hours for entrees to be served after appetizers. We left restaurant at 2:pm.

Absolutely the worst dining experience I’ve had in my life.
Shocking to wait that long.
Been coming here about 42 years. Will not be back.
Embarrassing as I have three guests with me.


Manager had the nerve to say that the kitchen was doing all it could. Pathetic excuse. Truth was they added tables outside and kept accepting walk ins on patio. They overbooked simply to drive revenues.
In addition, seemed like there is no dress code here anymore either. It’s too bad as this used to be a great place.
Seems to be an effort to have a bar scene outside now with that crowd, combined with restaurant inside.

Talked with two other tables at valet. Both were also angry about similar situations.

Lunch was of course comped however Easter Brunch experience poor. We were not hungry after that long of an epic wait for food...1.5 hours. Extremely disappointing.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Waited over an hour for our food on patio today, decided to cancel it and leave, was still charged our app and wine (no problem) but was over charged on wine (2 glasses when only had 1) but didn’t want to deal with it and wait any longer.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was absolutely incredible. Amazing table along with amazing service. Will be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You can tell this establishment cares about making everything as comfortable as possible for its customers and makes them feel valued , as soon as I was done I talked about going again . Service was excellent just like the setting

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DD
Houston
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Please note: Our server was great , but the kitchen needs attention as it took longer than usual to bring out the food

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F
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The steak was out of this world. Loved the beautiful view. Was our first time there. Only complaint is why do people bring toddlers to a fine dining establishment? Had to listen to a screaming child throughout most of the dinner. I suggest they be seated in their own private area. Also, would like to see a dress code.

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RS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We’ve been patrons for years, and something was off during our recent visit. The food was mediocre, dessert was overly sweet (it’s a thing!) and the AC was blowing directly on us. We’ll be back, but will hope for a better experience.

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JQ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An evening well spent celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary with my wife! Will be returning! Thank you for a wonderful evening!

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OT
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our service people were superb. Food was prepared perfectly. We love Brenners!

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OT
Houston
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a great experience. Arrived early and enjoyed the outdoor deck in back; a trio playing soft rock. The dining experience was excellent - unique ambiance, great food and service! Great place for a special occasion. Oh, and the grounds are beautifully landscaped!

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S
Houston
43 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal in a beautiful spot! The patio is beautiful, we enjoyed a glass of wine outside prior to dinner. The food was delicious! The service was outstanding!

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

Birthday lunch

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Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Beautiful view. Great service!

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

girlfriend and i drove an hour for prom dinner. was not disappointed. the food was quite excellent and i would highly recommend anyone to come here if they had the money to afford it. worth the hour drive, and the food left a lasting impression on me that i’ll never forget.

i ate the shrimp & grits with a creamed spinach dish as a side. easily the best food i have ever eaten. part of me wishes i could time travel so i could eat the food again.

the venue was quite pretty too, both inside and outside. it felt rather small, but that added more value to it in my eyes. it felt more intimate and in turn made the experience that much more pleasant. the artwork was pretty, and the chandelier in the front was pretty as well.

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JS
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, wonderful escape from louder restaurants. Perfect service

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O
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Moved to outside - bad service. Moved back inside - great service.

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JK
Houston
62 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upscale venue with high quality food and service. Server was a bit persistant with the upsale bur I understand it.

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AP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very romantic setting very unique to Houston

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LU
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great restaurant to go to has very nice landscaping on hills of the bayou and many decks to have a cocktail or wine outside. In good weather you can even dine outside!
Great ambiance!

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HM
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great service. We had a dietary restriction (Gluten Free)and the staff was very attentive about it. Was really impressed with their attention, knowledge and service. Thank you.

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LH
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere! Excellent restaurant to celebrate a special occasion. Food and staff are outstanding.

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j
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything at this restaurant was absolutely wonderful. I highly recommend Brenner's on the bayou.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Drinks not very good, service was very slow even though not a busy time.

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SB
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time there and I was very impressed with all aspects of the restaurant. Beautiful ambiance on the bayou and food, service to match!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding staff from the desk check-in, to the general manager, waiter.....everything!! Definitely made our special occasion even better.

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E
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

My family and I were celebrating my birthday. Despite the restaurant being nearly completely empty, the hostess placed us right next to the kitchen where there was a ton of noise, traffic and a direct draft from the kitchen refrigerator. Both appetizers (fried burrata and brisket tacos) were cold and bland. We ordered a bottle of wine that came out 2 minutes after the food was served which was awkward timing (had to pause eating to taste it). Side of asparagus was cold and under cooked. Dessert was a mediocre vanilla ice cream with a luke warm brownie. Aside from the steak, the food was nothing worthy of note. I feel the need to be pointed about the bad because the sticker price on this experience was incredibly high and felt wholly unjustified. I never write food / restaurant reviews, but this place needs to make a much more intentional effort to have better service and food for such an absurdly expensive meal. I have had much better fine dining experiences in the Houston area for much more reasonable prices. Other than that, the steak and wine were excellent.

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JG
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My new favorite brunch spot in Houston - the off the beaten path vibe, tasteful live music, and AMAZING food (get the chilaquiles!) are TOP notch. We will be back again, and again, and again.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great steakhouse. Beautiful ambiance. The food and drinks were amazing

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RR
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Everything was fantastic! Only complaint would be that we asked for a side that we had only taken a few bites of to be boxed up, but it never came back to the table. I would definitely come back for my special occasions though!

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JL
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I was a little disappointed on the very little bread we had gotten at the beginning of the meal. The lettuce did not seem fresh, and our food took a long while. When it came out it was served rare even though we ordered medium rare. When brought back, it was brought back to perfection. The Godiva Soufflé was phenomenal. I’d go back for the steak and soufflé. Just wish the service was a bit faster. Overall we had a great experience.

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L
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre-concert dinner on the patio. Couldn’t have asked for more.

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k
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great place to enjoy a good meal/drinks with family and friends

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