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
Houston
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience5

We celebrated my grandmother’s 84th birthday. Ambience was great. Beautiful scenery. Reservation were made less than an hour prior to our arrival and accommodations were briefly made due to our reservation number increase in size. Hostess staff was kind and courteous and seated us at a beautiful corner table near the windows. Our waiter however was not the best, he actually wasn’t even good...he was just okay. We waited a long time for our food and on several occasions we had to beckon him to tend our table; he was mostly lackadaisical. Apart from service by the waiter, the experience was nice and the management staff did come by as we sat down which supplemented for our waiter. Overall, I’ll return as a customer.

OD
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A definite highlight to our visit to Houston. Service was top notch. All the servers were very attentive and the additional check in by-presumably the manager- was a pleasant touch. My hubby has quite the palate for filet mignon and he has had some very delicious meals in his life. After over a half century of life, he tasted the best filet mignon EVER here. I also savored my gulf red snapper and our tuna tartare. Bravo!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and the staff was very attentive while being discreet

S
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was outstanding, knew wine menu and recommended a great wine pairing.
Really enjoyed the Valet them as well professional and enjoyed the conversation.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aniversary

RG
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and ambience. Highly recommend

DC
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Stunning setting. The ambience and noise level are perfectly acceptable. The menu looks wonderful. However, when served with lukewarm appetizers and main dishes with garnishes that are dry and overcooked, the establishment falls short of expectations. Is it better than many restaurants in Houston – certainly. But with the competition at similar price points (and even lower) including the original Brenners, this one just doesn’t stand up in the class in which it intends. The wine list does not compete, either.

CT
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

The service was typical, not exceptional. The steaks were amazing, but the baked potato was luke warm, so the cheese didn't melt. We let them know and they were kind and gave us another one, but it had the same problem. I'm assuming they have the potatoes in a warmer, and it's not hot enough.

P
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only down side - your whole party must be present to be seating other than that I was completely in love ! The service and food was amazing ! I’m obsessed !

TR
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The locale is beautiful. Our food was ok but we expect better quality from Brenner’s. Fries arrived cold. My omelet had an abundance of onions. Their cocktail Ruby Red was very refreshing and tasty.

HG
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service!! Highly recommend for a date night!!

FH
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I like that they have read the special message that I have put for them and greeted my wife with "Happy Birthday!"

T
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service. Excellent menu. It is always a wonderful experience to dine at this unique and lovely restaurant.

OT
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening on New Year’s eve!

AB
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve was perfectly well spent at Brenners, they have a phenomenal wine list, the food was so deliciously prepared, and our waiter was very helpful and knowledgeable! Not to mention, I am not a quale fan, but their honey glazed bacon wrapped quale bites, are a must! We will definitely be back. Thanks Antonio for the great first time experience.

OT
Houston
117 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Brenner's for New Year's Eve. We were seated by a window, so we had a lovely view. While we go to Brenner's several times a year for special occasions, I had never had the lamb chops. They were the best lamb chops I have ever had - and I have eaten lamb chops at quite a few very good restaurants. The flavor was unbelievable. I will definitely be ordering the lamb chops there again. We had the souffle for dessert, and as usual it was light and eggy and just as high.

WG
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

New Years Eve

SK
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

They were overwhelmed at the bar with a private event going on outside. It took 15 minutes to even be noticed and then never again. We wanted to order an appetizer but ended up asking to be seated instead. Our waiter was great, the food ended up being decent, with the exception of the broiled oysters. Those were incredibly fishy and we sent them back. Overall the atmosphere, our waiter, and the manager helped make it an enjoyable evening even though it got off to a rough start. I’m not sure it will be on our places to return to with all the other options Houston has to offer. The location itself offers beautiful views though.

J
Houston
37 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal with excellent service. Our server, Mandy did a great job for us.
My wife had the duck, great and I had steak. I had bone marrow to accompany my steak and it as delicious. Definitely a super special occasion restaurant.

MT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

So I reserved my lunch/brunch 2 weeks in advance. I was clear that I was Vegan then I show up and there was nothing prepared as a meal. Even when asked all the chef could do is sautee veggie. I can do that at my house and better. What is the point of giving that info prior to going. I will never go back so disappointed. Truluck's had a vegan meal so delicious.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with a great view. I recommend showing up early before it gets dark to look at the beautiful landscape outside.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a gorgeous place! Food and service was excellent! We loved everything about our experience.

WS
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Being right along the bayou the location is spectacular with beautiful grounds.

The food was outstanding and there wasn't a person working who was not courteous and outgoing. The service was spectacular, and I mean spectacular.

My only down comment concerned dessert and coffee. We were there for my daughters 25th Birthday and although handled calmly it was clear that they wanted the table for another party. The waiter asked if we wanted to have dessert & coffee on the back porch. As the weather was as nice as the venue it was an easy YES. Should this happen again I may suggest speaking to one person at the table to explain the situation.

OT
Monterrey
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place and excellent food

JG
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Just ok. The service was unacceptable. The entrees took way too long to arrive. That happens on a crowded night, but then half the food was cold. Some items were delicious, some just average or not good. I had high expectations, but I wasn’t very impressed. I don’t think I’ll be back. However, the other steakhouses owned by Landry’s are fantastic: Mastro’s is my favorite, and Vic & Anthony’s is a close second.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Was not good

PK
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was exquisite, great ambiance, and outstanding service.

RJ
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience for my 30th Birthday! They accommodated my party and had amazing service.

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Overall a great place. Entrance is extremely crowded and wasn’t really directed where to go or how your notified about your table. Apparently they just come and get you when it’s ready. We waited at the bar outside where it wasn’t so crowded and just ended up eating at the table there. Food was good. Steak was good but I have had better. Scenery is amazing. Our waitress was great as she was serving the bar area. Dinner for 2 with drinks and sides came out to about $200 with a tip. Had the ribeye and date had the filet Mignon. Both were good but not mind blowing.

OT
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

3 of the 5 orders were wrong. Took 15 min to get a drink. Steaks were tuff. The other Brenner’s is so much better!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A bit pricey but overall good service

KW
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent table with view. Food and service was great.

DN
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere great, food delicious and service excellent. We were celebrating 3 birthdays. Very nice evening.

OT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I love the ambience there and the food. The service was also great but I’m a bit disappointed I got charged for dessert on my birthday. I expected something a little more special from such a high end place.

SH
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Went for Brunch, but wanted an items served on Dinner menu that was not available.

OT
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday's brunch was great. My family enjoyed it and I definitely recommend sitting out on patio when the weather is nice.

OT
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 5th wedding anniversary .

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was wonderful

PA
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

I really went into this expecting excellence, as I'd heard great things. Unfortunately, it was an average encounter at a relatively high cost. With only one glass of wine between us, with a 20% tip, we spent $310 - 2 people. Admittedly, we had some premium plates, but the food quality, while good, just wasn't all that flavorful, tender, or even as good as what I can grill myself at home.
The service was REALLY slow, and I don't blame the waiter for this - even he said the kitchen was backed up (This was a Thursday night, moderately busy), the steaks were OK, but not tender or juicy (I ordered the Akausha strip, my Wife had the small fillet with Lobster).
Just not a special night, but not bad. It just wasn't what I expected at a premium priced restaurant. The ambiance is nice, it has pretty gardens, etc - but kind of loud, and just left me feeling a little non-plussed.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got to sit right next to the Christmas tree for our annual girls dinner! Beautiful and the lamb chops were off the charts!!

Tweets by Brenner's Steakhouse on the Bayou