BRIO Tuscan Grille - Houston - City Center

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$30 and under
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Italian
BRIO (meaning "lively" or "full of life") is a "polished casual" restaurant serving authentic, northern Italian cuisine. The subtitle, "Tuscan Grille" is descriptive for a menu that features broiled steaks, chops, and seafood; similar to what one would find in an authentic ristorante in Tuscany. BRIO's philosophy of "to eat well, is to live well" is why they only use the finest and freshest ingredients. BRIO brings the pleasure of a Tuscan country villa to the American city. To learn more, go to www.BrioItalian.com.
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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day dinner

F
Houston
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious on the day after Valentines Day. We celebrated a birthday and was very quiet. The staff we’re attentive and friendly! It is a place to return!

PC
Houston
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Service was poor. Never got a water refill, took 30 minutes to get a bottle of wine. Food was tasty.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Well first of all I had to wait 15 minutes after I had made a reservation. I understand that y’all are busy, but I made this reservation 10 days in advance just so I didn’t have to wait. The waitress was alright. She was attentive, but it seemed like her attention was elsewhere other than our table. We didn’t even get the cheese offered to us which other tables did.

c
Houston
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

really wish the chips that were in the bread backet came on a plate. Both bread and seeded chip were delicious however the seeds were everywhere and the floor in the entire restaurant were so dirty from it. not a complaint, 10 out of 10 would eat again just wish it came in an actual basket

P
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Valentine’s Day. We got in & seated right away with Open Table (7:15pm). They gave us a good four top. We were able to talk. The ambience was good. They brought out bread. We tried the soups, the salmon, and the bass. All excellent. The service was very good but a bit too fast. We will for sure coming back again.

LJ
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

It was Valentine’s Day, and although busy, it wasn’t super crowded but our server, Dino, was very harried. It took him awhile to come to us, and then he didn’t introduce himself, or say Happy Valentine’s Day, but rushed and seemed preoccupied. Our table did not have rose petals like the other tables and I just felt like we were an inconvenience. As an afterthought, Dino asked... so what can I get you... or would you like to hear the specials? Our food came and my wine did not. We waited for Dino to come ( the food was delivered by someone else) so that we could get Parmesan cheese. My hubby had shrimp and lobster over fettuccine and he thought his pasta was overcooked. I had mushroom ravioli and added on shrimp ( mistake) as they were quite small and “fishy” tasting. The mushroom ravioli was ok but rather bland and the mushroom filling was sort of like paste- not really fresh and flavorful. We have always enjoyed Brio but this was not the best visit.

GS
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was good and very reasonably priced.

IG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you. It was a great dinner with delicious food, great atmosphere and attentive service.
I will recommend BRIO to my friends.

AA
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good place for gatherings with lots of well portioned options

KM
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food and excellent service

J
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The food was fantastic. Our server did not introduce himself. He took our drink order and did not return for 20 minutes. Our drinks were brought by someone else. When our server came back he took our order disappeared again and our appetizer was brought by another person. I would visit again but would not chose the same sitting area.

VT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

This is the first time that I actually used Brio for a meeting I think it was hard on the server to not be attentive, She was very courteous and didn’t really want to interrupt us but wanted to make sure that we knew she was there so she did a wonderful job, and everything was great and I would very much do my lunch meetings there more often thank you

OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place and good food.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Celebrated our anniversary (put in reservation notes) but waiter seemed to rush our dinner. Took bread away before we were done, made no drink recommendations, (I asked for a sample of wine to see if I liked it but once I sipped it and ordered a full glass, he took the remaining sample out of my hands not letting me finish it). The entree arrived before we were done with our salads. I mentioned to the waiter that it was our anniversary when ordering dessert but all that he did was put a single birthday candle in the dessert we ordered. Was hoping for a special celebratory meal but at least the food tasted good. Can’t even say the ambiance was good either because we were facing the busy kitchen.

SG
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

We wanted a bottle of wine
Our server was awesome bringing us each a sample of three wines that we wanted to try. Impressive and yes we bought a bottle thank you

ER
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fettuccine with shrimp and lobster was fabulous. Great atmosphere.

TP
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

OK overall but 2 issues:
1. Ordered the salmon which arrived much later than all other orders at our table. The waiter did inform me that it was late and apologized. Also, a manager delivered the dish, letting me know that it would be comped. They handled it well ultimately but was still disappointing, especially with a large group including kids.
2. I noted on my Open Table reservation that this day was both my wife and daughter's birthday. Nothing was done to celebrate or recognize this. I actually forgot I had done that until after we had left, knowing we still had to get home to do presents. Again, disappointing, especially for my 10-year old daughter.

tfp

GV
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BRIO is the perfect place for a night out. The food is delicious. The drinks are amazing! The ambiance is perfect for a night dressed up or casual. BRIO is perfect for “treat yo self” vibes. If you’re in jeans or a dress you feel welcomed and will have a great time.

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always lovely on the patio. Wait staff is exceptional.

LA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Family holiday dinner

JG
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience5

We went there for Christmas Eve dinner. Food was good, service was horrible. We watched the 2 waitresses argue about who was handling our table, then never saw either of them again until we were packing up the leftovers and one came to ask if we wanted refills. Would’ve been nice to have them during dinner? Thank goodness for the guy that stepped up to wait on us in between his regular tables, but even that was not what it should’ve been for the price of the restaurant. What was supposed to be a Christmas Eve treat from myself to my sons, turned in to me apologizing to them for the restaurant choice as we walked to the car.

JN
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely restaurant in the City Center area at Town and Country. Great menu selection. I love the wedge salad and the Salmon Fresca entree. An awesome explosion of flavors.

OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent service and very good food!

WA
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food! Superb wait staff! Superb ambiance! It was a fantastic evening! I would highly recommend BRIO to all my friends.

T
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food, service and location. This is one of my favorite restaurants.

DC
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Service was incredibly slow. Our reservation was at 11:45 and did not leave the restaurant until well after 2:00pm because of the length of time it took to get our food.

EL
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fabulous. We enjoyed it very much. Great service and wonderful food/drinks.

MA
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food was delicious. Friendly elegant atmosphere. Sure I will be back

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was so amazing and accommodating to the group we had with is the food was outstanding. The service was amazing I will most definitely be going back.

SL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Waitress seated us, and then forgot about us - even tho she was serving two tables over (so we knew she was still there) and it wasnt crowded ay all, week night w several open tables around us. We had to ask 3 times for our drinks, and our water was never refilled at all. They werent busy; so we couldnt figure it out. We did have a nice girls night out catch up - the waiters didnt come back; so we had lots of time to talk. We had to flag them down to order food. Food is good but not memorable. Since parking is always a problem in this area, we wont be back. Just not worth it.

MM
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was our Holiday Luncheon, book a room for 30. Arrived and a long table was ready out in the main room.

The room would have been better, but the long table seated all of us and that is what mattered.

Made it a bit difficult to carry a group conversation, boss could not give prepared speech, but the food was excellent as will as the service.

Waiters was very attentive, no one went without refills on drinks. Which is a plus in my books.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice but a bit too noisy!

MK
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great location, very good food. Service wasn't quite as attentive as I would have thought at this price point. But overall a good experience and recommended.

DG
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice evening with excellent service.

CH
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wait staff, hostesses did a good job...the reason I gave a 4 star instead of 5 on food is the Marsala sauce tasted more like brown gravy... everything else was very good...will certainly return.

KS
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, prices, atmosphere! Went there for a girl's night out to catch up with some friends. The noise level was excellent as it is quiet and you can have a great conversation. Our waiter was almost invisible and perfect as everything was timed perfectly and wonderful. He was a true professional!!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was amazing.

FO
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Family dinner after Thanksgiving. We like the restaurant very much. Our waiter professional but not our first choice. The food is excellent, my son had the beef tenderloin in Gorgonzola which is delicious.
Our choice of Pinot Noir was slightly acidic and dry.

CD
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It was our first time at Brio. Upon walking in for our reservation, we noticed a fellow diner talking to one of the hostesses regarding another party being seated ahead of her. The hostess she spoke with was very curt and unprofessional in her dealings with the guest. Perhaps, we should have left then, but we chose to stay. The calamari and crab cake were delicious! The spaghetti bolognese was dry and a bit less cooked than al dente. The manager did attempt to make this right by allowing a substitution (lasagna), which was not much better. We let our waitress know that we were celebrating my birthday and there for the first time. She asked if I'd like a lemon or vanilla birthday dessert, which she never brought out.

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