Upper Kirby Bistro

4.4
354 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Remember the good ole days of Corner Table, 1919 Wine & Mixology, and The Brownstone?

This Houston historical landmark venue is now open Tuesday – Sunday for corporate events, private and holiday parties! We are the perfect location with five unique venues for your special event or a weekly night out dining!

Five Central is an Events, Dining, and Entertainment Center located in the heart of River Oaks. Here we feature five unique concepts under one roof offering full-catering, food, and beverage service for events as well as a full dining experience in our restaurant Upper Kirby Bistro.! Your one-stop-shop for Events, Dining, and Entertainment!

• 15,000 total sq ft.
• 600 standing capacity
• Custom Theme Food and Drink Menus
• Full-Service Catering & Events Staff
• Meeting Facilities
• $10 Valet, arrangements can be made for private service
• Private breakout rooms
• River Oaks District
• Located Near I610 & I59
• Turn-Key Venue Experience!




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  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 354 people are saying
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LakeishaG
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining, great atmosphere,great service!!! Will be back.

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LenoreS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience2

The drinks were 14 and couldn’t taste any alcohol, we waited a little while and our food was super cold, had to
send it back. The table we had was super close to the bar and kitchen so we constantly kept getting bumped. I just didn’t even the constant disappointment. The lounge was nice and the music was great. But I will not be back.
Spent too much money for cold food.

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NatashaP
Houston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience3

My sister never received her meal. We were done eating when decided to just cancel her order

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Mallory
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fried chicken picatta was great. I paired it with greens and macaroni instead of the original sides. I was not disappointed

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent!!!

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CESJr
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It’s was a nice vibe and atmosphere.
Food was very good especially the oxtails!

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BridgetA
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was great. Our server was on point. We all enjoyed the food.
Great place and will DEFINITELY continue to come thru.

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Coachjameswill
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good environment. Good food.

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JAIME
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Food was ok but our waitress was amazing Above and beyond

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Tiffaney
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server was perfect. I really liked the ambiance and service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here will not be my last!! Awesome place! Food Great and The AMBIANCE was Amazing!! Loved the Concrete walls and hardwood floors! Artwork on the Walls! Love Love Love!!

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vipToshikaHP
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The oxtail and grits and catfish and grits were EXCELLENT!

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vipjosephr
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

So I had high hopes for this place in it completely let me down. The wings had good flavor but weren’t cooked At all. The service was super bad like you off Kirby every restaurant I’ve went to over there service is always great I attended this place that has the majority of my people working and the service was one of the worst every and there only maybe 4 other tables not counting mine and a full set of staff walking around doing much of nothing. Also one of the signature drinks they were out of tajin ok fine but as a restaurant you only had one bottle of a $4 ingredient that is in one of you top 3 drinks. There is no excuse for a few issues here. I don’t like writing reviews like that especially for my own kind, but we have got to do better. Ball def dropped on this visit I will give them another try maybe someday in future

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My siblings and I went for brunch just to get in some family time and we enjoyed everything! The server was very attentive and accommodating even when my sis in law was not happy with her salad. The food was so good! My brother says he will definitely be back! I always enjoy my time here.

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LT21
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We went at 2:00 on a Thursday so there was quite slow. Not too many people there. It was the Thursday before Christmas eve but we had a nice time. The server was excellent. The food was okay but needed a little more seasoning for me. I would go back again.

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DinibgDiva
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We had a lovely time. Arriving when it was opening time delayed the service & we waited an extended amount of time but were the only people there. Once we did receive service, it was great. Food was great & filled with flavor. We enjoyed the lunch special & the banana pudding was Excellent!

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vipPAI2013
Houston
59 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was Ok! Pricey

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Being with friends was great. Food was ok. Waiter was great. I was very disappointed the restaurant reported to Open Table that we did not show up for our reservation. Open Table threatened to charge a no show fee. I let Open Table know that we had receipts to prove we were there and on time. The restaurant had many, many tables available so I’m not sure why reservations were really needed. I was planning to go again next week with more friends but since we received the email from Open Table that the restaurant lied on us, I don’t plan to go back.

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BreaB
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Service too extremely long , food was overpriced for what we got. Our food was cold as well. People in the kitchen area had their hair loose . Dreads , braids, weaves , all down. So unsanitary.

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SchneseW
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was AMAZING! The food was DELICIOUS ! WILL DEFINITELY BE BACK

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Chrissy
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great service. Food did not take long at all to come out. Good background for pictures with friends. Definitely recommend their oxtails 10/10

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was very attentive and accommodating. The food was good and the price was inexpensive for the amount of food served.

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DavidT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had a great experience at Upper Kirby Bistro. We were impressed by the food, service, and atmosphere. We love brussel sprouts and the cripy brussels were amazing. We also really enjoyed all the other dishes ordered (Asian shrimp, cauliflower tacos, mac & cheese, and the fried chicken). Our server Joshua and the manager that night were awesome and made us really feel welcome. We will be coming back for sure and we want to check out the other connecting areas of this venue.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I was very impressed with the service and attentiveness to detail. Everyone was very polite and helpful. I was there with a friend celebrating my upcoming marriage and it was so loud (there was a BIG party celebrating a birthday in the main dining area), we had a hard time having a conversation. Only for that reason did we feel we should have picked a quieter atmosphere. The food and drinks were great and we both plan to definitely return with the understanding that it may be pretty loud and we’ll have to sit next to each other to have a conversation. 😊

I also thought it was interesting that the staff were not wearing masks, at least for their own protection considering masks have to be removed by guests in order to eat and drink.

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LynleyM
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience3

The food was terrible buy the service was great. I won't be back sorry

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GrandeurS
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A sensational experience by far. Will definitely be back

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Ashley
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good and service were fantastic! The brussel sprouts were especially delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our girls Sunday fun day was great and everything was just right and a lot fun. We definitely will be doing it again

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vipPerryE
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The food and food service PROCESS needs improvement.

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MichelleL
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great place, needs minor improvements. FOOD is good and comes out quickly but sometimes gets to the table COLD. The side dishes are served in tiny bowls. Very friendly and helpful STAFF but they could check back more quickly and frequently. They don’t know the wines on the menu either. Mature professional patronage which is great! People from various ethnic backgrounds who like hip hop eat there. The host/hostess greets you immediately with a smile. I would definitely return since the vibe is perfect for me and the food tastes good!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Waitress could use some customer service additional training. Food took extremely long over 30 mins or more when it was only 4 people dining at the time . My food was not too good, my friend didn’t get what she ordered and it was cold. I heard their food was good so hopefully it was just an off day. Maybe I’ll give it another try.

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vippatrickc
New Mexico
17 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

This place has a great menu with imaginative takes on classic dishes. We thought the food was terrific. Service was friendly but a bit more leisurely than we like. They were out of the first two wines we ordered and had to go somewhere to get a substitute bottle. But, we enjoyed our dinner very much and would come back again.

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SReed
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing and service was exceptional. Drinks were good too!

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HopeP
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very nice hidden secret.
Loved the atmosphere 😘
Will visit again.

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Davon
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Was dissatisfied due to them running out of oxtails and not telling me until my food is placed in front of me and I had to ask Where's my oxtails. Then the manager on duty comes and say I'll give you a discount as if she's doing me a favor. 1. This is not what I ordered so of course it should be another price. I came expecting to pay full price so I'm not one of them. . 2. Let the customer know before they order so they can choose something different if they want. 3. Don't offer me 1 more wing to suffice for the oxtails. 4. Please know I love food and will drive an hour or more away to purchase. But $37 for a wing dinner is not what the Dr. Ordered. And then u take 10% off and expect me to be happy with that. It's wings.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Service was slow to take our order. Food came out quick but was very bland. A one and done restaurant for me.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I love upper Kirby so much I’m on my way back! The food is good, love that it’s black owned and i can actually get a same day table without a 4 hour wait. I gave it a 4 instead of a 5 because it is extremely LOUD and despite my reservation they only offered outside dining or bar dining when I arrived. My original brunch hour bar tender was outstanding, but he got off shift at 4 and the next bartender seemed to want us out of her space. We were still ordering drinks and finishing our food! I’ll go back but I’m hoping for a 5 star experience.

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Cyn2015
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I went for the cauliflower tacos and had no idea they didn’t serve them until after 3pm. Other than that, the was satisfying.

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EricaW
Las Vegas
2 reviews