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Upper Kirby Bistro

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85 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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!




Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Social Distancing
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 85 people are saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
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4.0
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The service was TERRIBLE. Wait staff was unmasked and left us sitting for over 10 minutes. Chef staff was also unmasked while prepping food

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AshleyH
Houston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Poor service. Sat outside and looked at a roped offcabana with caution tape around it. Paid $20 for valet and $15 for a glass of cheap wine. Food is overpriced.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the atmosphere and experience we'll go again

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

My party & I were promptly seated by our hostess. Amy greeted us & made sure that we were comfortable. She was truly a delight. The food, drinks & ambience were PERFECT!!! I can’t wait to try their brunch ❤️

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RodeyW
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

When making a reservation I recommend contacting the restaurant directly. To have them explain which room you'll be sitting in.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was amazing!! The food & drinks were outstanding! My new favorite restaurant!

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KarenaJ
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Was very hopeful. Food looked amazing but was cold. Met the owner and she was a delight. Our server was amazing too!!

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Meshia
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Food and drinks were good. Service could have been better. After being seated for about 10-15 minutes, no waitress approached us. We had to stop someone and ask for a menu.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The music was extremely loud during our meal. I guess this restaurant caters to a younger crowns but the music should be lowered a tad just so that people don’t have to scream during a conversation. The food was sub par. I ordered the soul food plate and to be honest it seems like the food had been cooked earlier and warmed up in the microwave.
The only satisfaction for me is that I supported a black owned business. Other than that, I’ll pass on another visit.

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BDaFoodie
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Great service, great ambiance and music! The food unfortunately is lacking, I wish it tasted as good as it looked!

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AmeerahJ
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time visiting here and everything was amazing from the food to the service. No long wait on the food, will definitely be back!!

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adrianag
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and equally great food! Very authentic and I would recommend to anyone who asked

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Brittany was great! It was my third time here, every time I’ve had the oxtails. This night was oxtails night, they weren’t the freshest but the flavor was still good. I enjoy the music that is heard through the restaurant. My date had the burger, it was juicy. The art work really adds color. This has quickly become one if my favorite places.

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Monica
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great atmosphere, good food and drinks. Service just a little slow. But overall I had a great birthday celebration.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The amount of time it took to get seated for our reservation and the amount of time it took to get our food was beyond ridiculous. We were not seated from our 5:15p reservation until 6:30p & then our food was put in at 5:20p and we did not receive it until after 7p. The manager did come over and rectify the situation. She was very sweet and understanding. However, I’m not sure that it is worth the time or price to have to endure this type of service. This is a great place overall- The potential is there with some major tweaking of the current processes. They have great bartenders & waitresses but from the host stand to the kitchen staff I think the issues are far deeper. I hope this gets fixed sooner than later.

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Kennishat
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

I love the atmosphere!!! They used to have fans outside so it was hot and muggy !!!

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Tomikio
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

It was extremely hot on 9/27 and It took Forever for someone to come to the table to bring us water. But once she came she was very friendly with a great personality.

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Liz24
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The food was great however the oxtails were extremely tough. I expected them to fall off the bone. Everything else tasted excellent. I ordered the soul food plate.

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vipOkay
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food1service1ambience5

I was unable to eat because the menu did not agree with what was available. I sat at the bar because although I made a reservation and there massive empty tables, there was no where to seat me since I was alone??? The place looks nice and there werre patrons there I was unable to get my choices tho.

I will try it again. Everyone has an off day.

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LaShaunteR
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience2

Food was excellent. During our dining experience it seems as if we were in a club and not a resturant. The music was extremely loud and people started to congregate at the bar and social distancing and mask were not being enforced.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Birthday for a family member was great we tried this venue and love it.

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NeneS
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I sat for a hour and never even got my drink so I got up and left

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The drinks and waiter were great! However this was my second time going here and the temperature of the food always seems to be room temperature and not warm or hot!

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Lola
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience as always !!! My fav spot

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CandaceM
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The service was poor. The young lady servicing us didn’t know much about the menu. She also wasn’t very helpful. The table, utensils, and glasses where absolutely filthy. Lipstick on the glasses and makeup. There was also a large dead bug on the table. She didn’t apologize just started squirting cleaner on the table which got on our clothes, purses, and phones. We asked for a manager and no one ever came. Food was okay. It was not hot just luke warm when brought out. I wouldn’t go back. There is no parking and valet parking is $20.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall very good going back soon. Owner is a great guy. Very nice!!!

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StephenB
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience2

The restaurant could’ve dimmed the lights a lil bit. The salmon was ok. Add just a little more seasoning. Nice retro vibe. Parking is limited.

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GwenM
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food wasn’t hot just warm. And plates are small portions. Was hungry again before we left.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Waiter was slow and forgetful. Had give several reminders about food that I didn’t receive. Food was just warm and not hot.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first visit. Myself and 3 additional persons. Our server Kametra was personable, knowledgeable, and very pleasant. I will definitely visit again.

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Meeka
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was only 7 people in the restaurant. We left the restaurant after over 30 minutes had passed, and we still didn't receive our drinks. To make matters worse, two staff members stepped outside, had a shouting match b/w each other, then one of the staff members pushed the other guy. Our poor waitress tried to intervene, but he pushed her out of the way, too. I try to support black owned businesses, but this one I will have to pass. I will not recommend any one coming here, and I will not visit this establishment ever again.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and drinks. Waiters were quick and available. Live dj playing good mix of old school and new music

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vipLadyD
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was spectacular!. Our first time going. It was just a tad bit cramp for the other tables, but we had plenty of space. The service was good. Music was lively!. We had a great time. Also the food warms up great the next day. Collard greens and Mac n cheese is awesome!!

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Keepinit100
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First time visitor, I love that they practice social distancing between the tables and the ambience is great. There was a DJ playing smooth grooves. Now on to the food, we ordered the chicken and waffles and oxtails and grits. The chicken could use more seasoning, the oxtails had a wonderful flavor but could stand to be more tender. I would give them another try based on the excellent customer service.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

All good nice vibe,, with social distancing in place!!

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MisRedd1
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Overall a really great restaurant. Delicious foods, and the Lavender Lush cocktail is delicious, but adding some garnish would have made it perfect. 👌🏽

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were outside for brunch and had a great time. Everything was great- food, service, drinks, music! Amount the four of us we tried shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles, oxtails, grits and greens. We thoroughly enjoyed everything

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CarlaG
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The ambience is very nice! The food was good, I'll have to eat there again to give an accurate rating on the food.

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TeishaF
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around great restaurant great service great food. I’m definitely going back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Going early is key for “grown folks” after Sunday brunch it’s tine for us to go and let the young and cute take over! Very cute vibe all around. Food is spectacular and service is impeccable! Nice!!!

FAQs

Upper Kirby Bistro does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Upper Kirby Bistro also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (832) 831-7489.

Upper Kirby Bistro is rated 4.1 stars by 85 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.