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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TJ
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brenner’s was a beautiful restaurant. The food was delicious. The staff were extremely kind and accommodating. Will definitely return!

MH
Houston
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best in Houston. Service and food is outstanding.

RB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous Ambiance & Food. Love the live music for Sunday Brunch. I brought my client, from New York, for a special taste of Texas - He loved the Apetizers & I really enjoyed the eggs Bennedict with the crab cakes. The cherry sorbet was just the perfect finishing touch. Laura, our server, was outstanding. You helped me make a good impression on my guest - Thank you!

RB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server (Max) was amazing. Also, each item ordered tasted great. Overall, it was a great experience. I am planning to come back real soon.

OT
Austin
32 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cameron did a great job taking care of us. His entire support staff were wonderful ... polite, professional and very helpful. Food was terrific as usual. The side order of German Potatoes were OK, but not up to the quality / tastiness of the same dish at the original Brenner's back in the 1980s ... but, OK.

Still a wonderful dinner experience. We will be back again on a visit to Houston.

Mike & Sue English
Austin, Texas

UO
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was so perfect that i will always come here for my anniversary each year.

a
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service here. The staff is great and not pushy at all. They are also very knowledgeable the food and wines choices they offer. The food is always good.

OT
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We went for a romantic anniversary dinner. But we got seated next to a table that had a baby that was very vocal. So, I would not recommend this place for a romantic meal. Food was excellent, it’s a cool place. Would be better for a birthday dinner or a night out with friends.

ZL
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great service, our waiter was extremely helpful, would highly recommend

T
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Will not be back. Bad experience and management.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Waitress did not even bother with telling us the specials. Took 25 minutes to get our drinks. Requested medium for filet preparation and received rare. Upstairs ambiance is old. Crying baby and drunk astros fans topped off the evening. This is my second time here...unimpressed to say the least.

KJ
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Ok it was a anniversary dinner and expectations were high. We we're 5 minutes late due to a thunder storm, and my text was blowing up asking if we were going to make it in . We did and we we're seated promptly. Are server Keys did an amazing job. He was fun and seemed to really enjoy his job. The sommelier was very nice and presented the wine nicely.
Are order started with cocktails that were very good but over priced. WE also ordered apps (Crab Cake and Quail) don't bother with the Quail it's more a chunk of Bacon. Crab cake was good.
All the sides were good, however $30 for a small bowl of mac and cheese with maybe a 3oz portion of lobster was disappointing. I wouldn't order that again at that price point.
Finally are mains showed up. Two friend ordered there steaks medium well done. I know most like mid rear but you would think a high end kitchen would be able to get this right. Both were way to under cooked for there liking. I had the Lamb chops and asked for a medium cook. I mean to tell you it was still cold and purple inside. they did take it back to cook some more but all the goodness was gone when it came back. Very disappointing. My wife had the snapper, that should be an easy Prep for any line cook. Nope it was like a rubber ball, way over.
If I ever go back and I will, because the service and ambience was spot on, I'll have drinks and Apps but will be extremely picky about the Main course. We spent over $750 for dinner and drinks for 4 and went home disappointed, That's a shame Brenner's you can do better.

GW
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday. Great waiter. Ask for Ulysses!

L
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Celebrated 18th Bday. Great experience with excellent service. Desserts took quiet a time but it was worth it. Small portions.

j
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience. My girlfriend was down from D.C. and was looking for somewhere that would compare to the nicer places we’ve been to there. This place did not disappoint in any way. If you are looking for some place to take that someone special or for that special occasion, this is the place.

TK
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Brenner's had outstanding service and the food was extremely good! The only reason that I gave it a 4-star overall is because we did have to move tables because the AC duct started dripping but outside of that no complaints and would recommend it to a friend.

CJ
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great and food was awesome

OT
London
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Brenner’s on the Bayou! Absolutely delicious food, beautiful ambiance, excellent service (shout out to Cameron!) and it still managed to be an intimate experience even though it was full of people.

Thanks for taking great care of us and we are looking forward to coming back soon.

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice, will definitely go back.

PP
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

delicious as always. staff super attentive and understanding as we had our 16month old with us who a, was insisting on making a mess, and b, was probably the loudest person there! We frequent a couple times a year and Brenners never disappoints.

JL
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere great customer service loved the food . Will be back !

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

For our 50th Anniversary, we couldn't have made a better choice for a great night and a leisurely dinner. We weren't hurried in the slightest. Great service and food.

F
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my father’s 80th bday. Serving sizes are enormous! Very nice setting. Good food. Our service was impeccable. We did have a large group so some of us had to stare at a wall and not get a view of the beautiful setting... but, overall a very nice experience.

TS
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just about a perfect dining experience

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

Amazing service as always! Joey was phenomenal and made amazing recommendations all evening. Food was incredible and cooked to perfection. Bartender was also very helpful. Thank you for always keeping the highest standards in the restaurant industry. Brenner's has our heart!

QB
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brenner’s in the Bayou was a very nice place. Good was good and ambiance was very pretty! I do feel like it was a little over priced but I would go back again, but it would have to be a special occasion!

ER
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A military discount would be appreciated.

We enjoyed the birthday celebration dinner for my fiance.

S
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love this place !!!i I think Maurice is he’s name and I hope it is !!! My favorite brunch place !!!!

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

You cannot go wrong with Brenner’s. It’s a delightful venue and delicious food.

DC
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never disappoints! From the food, waiters, management and hostess! You are treated immensely well upon entering the restaurant! Top notch service! If I could give 100 stars I would...

Thank you...

VC
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an excellent experience. The wait staff was attentive e and the food was delicious. We had a table that overlooked the waterfall. It was perfect for our anniversary!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the time we pulled up with complimentary valet, to being greeted with a smile, to having a great server, named Keys. Everything was great and the portions were plenty. The ambiance was great, and although it was over 100 degrees outside, it wasn’t too hot or too cold. It was comfortable.

We ordered the lamb chops, double pork chop, red snapper. Everything was well prepared. The indulgences (sides) cornbread dressing with bacon, creamer spinach, smoked Mac and cheese and Mexican corn, so delicious. For dessert, we had the butterscotch creme brûlée, cheesecake and a sundae. We all left stuffed and happy.

Good place for my girls and I to catch up with life’s happening.

Best food and service.

SB
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went to dinner (made reservations) for 5:45 we arrived at 5:30 and sat immediately. There was no one there until about 6. We got drinks and appetizers fast! Filet was amazing. Prime rib was (alright) Mac and cheese was the best! Over all great.

KR
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience! Ambience, view and Morgan’s excellent service was outstanding. Menu choice was satisfactory and our food was prepared and presented nicely.

A
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Came to Brenner’s to celebrate a birthday with my girlfriend, and booked the reservation as so through open table. I was expecting that this would be communicated to our server, or the kitchen staff to at least have a happy birthday written on the desert plate my girlfriend ordered. However, to my surprise no such consideration was given. It was a huge disappointment, as I specifically indicated that our dinner would be a celebration in my reservation. I inquired with the manager after dinner to see what happened, of course this wasn’t a huge deal nor was it a reason to be upset at the overall experience, but it was a huge let down. The manager reviewed my reservation, and they indeed received the information of it being a birthday celebration. The manager apologized and said they completely dropped the ball, as I had done everything I should have on my end. I was told there was nothing he could do for me on the night of our visit since I had already paid my tab, again it wasn’t a huge deal so I went ahead and paid/tipped accordingly. However he told me I could “mention his name next time I come in for a free appetizer”. I find it pretty laughable that I would need to tell the wait staff to find him in order to give me a free appetizer on my next visit, whenever that would be. The dinner was great, service was nothing to be upset about. But the overlook of the birthday was a very big let down, since we were paying good money for a celebration dinner. I would expect a higher level of communication between staff members. At the end of the day we chose to celebrate our special occasion at this establishment, and it seemed to go ignored. Huge disappointment.

N
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing!
Had a large bill at the end of our meal but with 3 glasses of wine, lobster Mac & cheese, salmon everything was worth every penny. Even our leftovers were super tasty even two days later.
Definitely will be back again! Loved everything about this place and was surprised even when I picked this one out. Super happy find in Houston 💗

ES
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My now fiancée and I took a risk coming to this new restaurant on our anniversary. But it turned out to be an amazing experience. The whole staff were so polite and welcoming, the manager Mr.Danny helped me pull off my proposal.

The staff worked together to separate us to allow me the time and give them the ring , sat my fiancée facing the window so she won’t be able to easily see their arrival.

Overall they did a great execution and helped my proposal go better than planned!! Thank you Brenner’s On The Bayou for an amazing experience !!

DB
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had quail, steak and snapper. It was all amazing. I highly recommend Brenner’s on the Bayou.

JG
New England
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place. Nice environment. Server was very attentive and provided great recommendations.

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

Awesome! One of our favorite restaurants around! Will definitely be enjoying the outside bar in the future!

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