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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4.6
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CC
Houston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Our meal was very good. A little pricey but relatively worth it. If we would’ve had the service to match the price then would’ve been definitely worth it.

AL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our visit to this dining facility on the bayou. We found the staff very friendly, and helpful ,and the service excellent . We were also very impressed with the ambiance and the food was superb.
We would highly recommend this restaurant to someone planning an exquisite evening out!

JB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my girl out for our one year anniversary and she loved the drinks they wearnt strong but had a kick to it. Loved that they got her stake right the first time and my f
Chicken was amazing non like I ever tasted before. Waitress was just kind and sweet .very easy to get along with n very helpful for first timers beginning there. Was just amazing.

JS
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Good service and good food. Venue has lots of character. We had a very nice evening.

TM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Waiters allowed a guest to FaceTime at their table. Really? I paid $200 for Valentine's dinner and got to listen to someone else's conversation over their phone. They need to get rid of the pork fritters. Service was good although the food seemed to all come out at once and then we had to wait for a dessert. Just not the normal Brenner's experience.

CL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food4service4ambience1

We were placed upstairs in a small room. Ruined it for me. No view

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best steak in Houston by far, and the ambiance is very confortable and nice

QV
Houston
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Nice place and ambiance

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mayra was absolutely amazing. I think she was the hostess? I’m not sure, but she sure acted like a manager checking on us and making my partner laugh so much. She gave us such an experience from the last time I came in Valentines.

LH
Houston
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was very good but was a little disappointed that where was a $95 set menu for Valentines Day instead of being able to order off the menu. It did not show that on their website or on Open Table. That being said, their scallops and veal chop were outstanding. Did not care for the complimentary hard bread pieces they served. The decor was very outdated and their service was decent but could be better considering we paid $150 per person with drinks and gratuity. No one came and asked how our meal was and it was not overwhelmingly busy. Would come back again during the day when it’s not winter to check out their landscaping.

MH
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brenner's Steakhouse on the Bayou is a beautiful restaurant. We were amazed by the ambience and décor. We both ordered Ribeye's during Valentine's day, and both were cooked with amazing flavor and at the correct temperature.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated Valentine’s dinner here. The pre-set menu was wonderful and even better than we anticipated. Look forward to returning.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food1service4ambience4

So disappointed about spending our Valentines Day at Brenner’s. Maybe this is our fault, but no one informed us ahead of time that there would be a prefixed menu. It wasn’t listed on open table, so we figured we could actually order from the menu. We were especially looking forward to a few things. The items that were available to choose from were not what we were expecting from Brenner’s- pulled pork fritters were underwhelming and the chicken fried quail was alright but full of bones. The second course brought us a tomato soup which was again underwhelming and a ravioli option made from meat NOT pasta. Again, maybe it’s our fault for not interpreting the menu better, but the ravioli dish is to be the worst thing we’ve ever had. Ever. It was laughable watching my boyfriend try to keep his face neutral as he chewed and eventually got it down. The entree’s were nice which was a relief. We were hoping we could try their macaroni and cheese, but they weren’t serving it. Instead, we order mashed potatoes with our meal. They were yummy! Lastly, there was two dessert options- a chocolate mousse and a strawberry tart. I was so looking forward to the strawberry option! However, our waiter came to inform us after we finished our entrees that they had run out of desserts and we could have a small brownie sundae instead. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! We had a reservation for 6:00 on Valentine’s Day when they were planning on serving this meal for the next two days after. How in the world do you run out of the dessert options that early? I felt bad for our poor waiter having to tell us the news- he really was a great server. Overall, we were so disappointed with the food and that we spent $300 on this meal. Was hoping to try one of the great steak restaurants in Houston and add a new place to our celebratory restaurant list, but I just can’t imagine ever going back here.

JB
Houston
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good food & our server, Joe, was wonderful. Only hitch was that, despite a 5:30 reservation, neither of the 2 Valentine's menu desserts were available. This was very disappointing as this is one of our favorite anniversary celebration restaurants, but this is the second time this has occurred. The manager did however compensate generously with alternative choices.

OT
Houston
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Place for Date Night or Dinner with Family. The Attention to Service, Detail and Quality of Food makes for great experience.

RM
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great food overall and a very nice atmosphere / location.

IM
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

I was so disappointed with our visit this time around. We have had corporate events (Vitol) at the outside bar and company meetings (Gideon Asset Mgmt) in their private rooms, but this visit was extremely disappointing.
In hopes of celebrating Valentines early, we made reservations on a Wednesday and figured the experience would be lovely. Ordered the char-grilled oysters, Red fish entree, and my bf ordered a steak. My fish was overcooked and cold by the time I got it. His steak was ordered Medium-Well, it was basically raw with bloody liquid pooled on his plate. It was so dark in the corner we sat in, he couldn't see it. We took it home, he tried eating it the next day and even 5 min. in the microwave didn't help. Our waiter Max was not great, he checked on us twice the whole time we were there, just not what I have experience before. May be the last time visit unless they can make it right.

RA
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Meh. Brunch menu could be better. Not really worth the price. Better options out there.

GN
Amarillo
10 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Waiter, James, was the absolute BEST! Going to Brenner's is ALWAYS a fabulous dining experience!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an Amazing night!! Food, Ambiance, Service, everything was exquisite!! Couldn’t have asked for a better night!! Hands down the best experience in quite some time.

a
Houston
118 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Lots of steak places in Houston. The food here is only fair. Not many good choices beyond steak. No vegetarian choices so beware for those in your party! Nice grounds but they won’t hold your table if you want to look around.

QJ
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

People were welcoming but I didn’t see my own server much as I wanted. Fool was Phenomenal and will definitely be back for more .

C
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a beautiful place to have a meal! We will definitely be back again!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Service and Delicious Food!

OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service.

CC
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

INCREDIBLE dining experience! The ambiance, the service, the food, the location! Sheer perfection for celebrating my beloved's 49th birthday! We will be back!
Catherine & Bryan

MB
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This particular night there was a 18 y/o birthday party on the patio. It was not the usual ambiance but who cares the food is always great, staff are helpful and polite. It was a nice change to see some young people enjoying the place. This is an up scale establishment and that isn’t the usual crowd. Won’t deter me from returning

P
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

All the servers we encountered were very knowledgeable, polite and helpful. The reason for the rating is the delays in corralling them for assistance. I think that’s not typical as many were preparing for a large BD party for some teenagers.
We will return.

JC
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It was my daughters baptism and the third time we have been there for such an event. I would just like to see more variety in the brunch menu. The menu was identical to what it was a year ago.

MS
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Not at this time. You still need to fix some quarks but overall it was 85% better than my first visit of 0%. Thank You

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place!!! Everyone on the staff knew it was our anniversary and congratulated us. From the hostess, bartender, waiter and server were great! I never knew they had a such thing as a tequila old fashion until the waiter told me about it and my favorite drink is the old fashion. AWESOME drink!! I just want to say thank you to all the workers there who made me and my wife feel welcomed.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. Not to be missed! Spend extra time on the patio after dinner.

BW
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a nice setting. Will be back. Highly recommend the NY Strip house special. Excellent

JB
Mississippi
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was in town for a visit at M D Anderson. First time to try this Brenner's on the Bayou. It is an oasis in the city. Quite, relaxed atmosphere (which we needed). Started the evening off with a drink from the bar and met Nick our mixologist. Top notch! Very accommodating and friendly. We then were seated for our meal in a very unique setting overlooking the bayou. There we were served by Mac, very knowledgeable and cordial. The food was great...we really recommend the Texas Quail! The steaks were exceptional as was the side dishes. I highly recommend you try this unique restaurant...I believe you will return again and again. We will be going back.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was super good!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we stepped out the car I was impressed. Valet service was professional and courteous. The hostess was friendly and helpful in answering my questions. The bar tender and our waiter were absolute gems! The view was absolutely breathtaking, while the food was delectable.
We’re already making plans to return real soon.

MM
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whether you are celebrating an anniversary or birthday or just going out for a romantic date night this place is a must if u haven’t been

GS
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy the consistency of Brenners. I will say, I was dissatisfied with the way our Landry’s points were handled. We split the bill with our friends and I did not receive any points. I have not ever had troubles before. There must have been some confusion on our servers side. He was a great server. His name does escape me. He provided a nice experience overall and for that I’m grateful.

IP
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my son’s first job and what a treat to get a special dessert

KC
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my fiancé to celebrate and we were impressed!

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