Upper Kirby Bistro

4.3
306 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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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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DANYELLS
Houston
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joshua made the experience 10x’s better. Very polite, knowledgeable and friendly server. We will definitely visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed everything on the soul food plate. Jade the waiter was nice to let us take in this beauty of a place . Love the fact that we was able to transition to different rooms!! Can’t wait fir the next adventure! A true gem-!

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JaiCake
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was spectacular but not overpriced. Tasty, strong drinks and a fun dj on Sundays. If you can’t afford the valet prices or to tip well, please stay home. This place is a gem that I want to see make it in Hou.

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CedrickW
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was very good and the portions and taste were worth the price tag. If there was a complaint, it seemed like the restaurant was not ready to open at 11 even though our table was ready (right by the door). Also my date said her first mimosa was warm which I assume was due to not yet chilled champagne? Overall it was really good and I would like to come back again maybe for a dinner service.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Risi was the best bar tender I’ve ever had! I got the chicken and waffles and it was great!

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TamaraB
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service & food was excellent. I would most definitely recommend them. They have many sections.

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Ames
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My friends and I visited Upper Kirby Bistro (UKB) on a Thursday evening. The hostess and waitress were very kind and sat me down at the table fairly quickly. The waitress was very attentive and checked on me regularly as I waited for my party to arrive. I ordered the oxtails and rice and it was delicious! I’d order it again. As we left, one of the owners gave us a full tour of the entire Five Central location that includes UKB. He was extremely kind and informative. Overall, we had a wonderful time and will be back. I recommend everyone visit UKB!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

This place is one of five different areas at Five Central. It offers a little something for everyone complete with outdoor seating. However, wear plenty of bug repellent if you sit outside.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience5

Normally I’ve had great experiences there, this visit was NOT the case. Waitress ( Burgundy hair) wasn’t attentive, lacked communication, seemed to disappear. There was obviously a new chef, smaller portions, presentation of food & taste were mediocre. There was a very nice older gentleman who inquired about experience & stated he would give us a percentage off ( which was appreciated). Overall experience was extremely disappointing as i bragged to an associate how great it was prior to Sunday Dinner.

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Shay
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was good and nice ambiance. Will definitely go back again.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

I have gone to this restaurant more than once. We returned for my birthday! However, this time the food was terrible! We ordered two soul food platters! It is our favorite but this time it was horrible! The chicken taste like they threw the chicken in grease without any seasoning, the one oxtail was dry and tuff, the greens and sweet potatoes were very bland. In the past we received more than one ox tail and it included juices from the ox tail! I never complain Bc this time the food was HORRIBLE! We wasted $70 on two soul food platters. We will not be returning!

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TamikaR
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Our Server was good and very apologetic as we know she had no control of the kitchen! We were a party of 3 and we ordered appetizers at 8:40. Appetizers came out at 10:00. Dinner never came out. We had to threaten to only pay for the appetizers we ordered and leave in order to get something going. At 10:45 our food came out in To-go bags. They allow people to smoke cigars and Hookah’s indoors so the smell of smoke was too much. We’ve never been to the restaurant so we didn’t know about the smoking. The only parking is on the street and to valet your car is $20. It’s in a very nice area of town so I was expecting just a little bit better of an experience but the food we did receive was very good. Just should have done a little more research before booking the reservation.

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DerrickY
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and Service was great. Excellent spot, not a long wait time for the food, will definitely visit again

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MirandaB
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. No wait for a table to be available. The drinks and food were great. The waiter was excellent. Couldn’t ask for better service.

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AshleyW
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

TJ
TomekaJ
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious. The service from Jahmel and the manager, Amy was absolutely wonderful. They both were very attentive in making sure we enjoyed the food and also assisted in celebrating my friend's birthday. The only issue we had was the food took a long time to come out. They mentioned they had lots of private events that night so the kitchen was behind. Other than that, I would defintetly revisit.

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MelindaW
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Very nice place . Great music and party place. Appetizers wings were cold, Entrees were ok. Order chicken with greens and mash potatoes. Potatoes hard and greens tasted of straight vinegar. Waitress was nice and helpful. Drinks were good . Might try brunch instead of dinner .

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KrisM
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Slow service, food was just okay and dessert came cold. Not what I was expecting from a $49 HRW menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Very bad food and service and very loud.

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ReginaL
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Initially excited to experience Upper Kirby, however left disappointed with a two person $14O tab and $20 valet parking ticket. The food was served warmed and overcooked salmon; service was mediocre and the ambiance was subpar.
The location is nestled into a neighborhood, so self-parking is a hassle if you don’t get there early and watch out for the automatic 18% gratuity if your bill is over $100. If you are looking to socialize and hang out, it may be the place to try. However, if you are looking for the experience of great food and service, it may not match up close to other popular spots in Houston.

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SivivianM
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the time we walked into the restaurant the EXCEPTIONAL customer Service began. Jada was attentive and really nice! Amy was really appreciative if usbeing first timers and gave us a gift for our 1st visit to bring back when we visit again. We thought it as a NICE TOUCH! Excellent food! We will be back!

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KimberlyC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is great. My daughter and I had a great time! Food was so delicious!! We will definitely be coming back!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My 1st time here and I must say I really enjoyed the atmosphere of this restaurant. Very welcoming energy.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Didn’t know there was a dance club right next door. No sound insulation.

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ValenciaK
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience5

I had the soul food plate: corn bread was hard and cold, greens were tough, grits needed some type of gravy. Chicken and oxtails were good

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Nixie
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was not flavorful. I had the stuffed blueberry waffle that was fried like a funnel cake. The concept was nice but there was too much oil in the waffle so the temperature must have been off because the batter soaked up the oil. I also got a side of wings. They were fried fine but the seasoning was not great. The bellini was tasty and there were many other brunch drink options on the menu.

I would come back again for drinks for sure.

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SabreenW
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to celebrate my husband's birthday and everything about Upper Kirby Bistro was amazing! The ambiance and decor was a real vibe and food was delicious! We took advantage of Houston Restaurant Week.

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JohnS
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

I was very disappointed with this restaurant. We were seated in a high traffic area, where there shouldn’t have even been a table, and had to endure staff walking back and forth around us, behind us and bumping us. It took over 6 minutes for anyone to take drink orders. The waiter didn’t seem very capable. He kept coming back to verify the orders. The food was mediocre and overpriced. The beers were warm. I also do not like to see bus boys carrying dirty tubs to the tables to clear them!! That happened numerous times. I will not go back and won’t recommend this restaurant.

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DionneN
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Our compliments to the chef ! Our server was wonderful. Not a lot of room for parking.

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KristinK
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic happy hour food & drinks specials

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LaurenW
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, very fast and wonderful customer service .

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vipk226
Houston
127 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience1

I have to echo a lot of what's been written. Fried chicken piccata was excellent, crispy outside and well-cooked inside, with a nice cream gravy. But they put it on top of generally cold potatoes beside cold, watery green beans. I used the HRW menu, and the accompanying salad was large and fresh. I was there at lunch, and there were only 2-3 other tables of patrons, and it felt dark, damp, and dreary inside. I was able to park on the street, but I doubt you could do so if there were more guests. I don't know that I would "recommend" it to friends, but maybe give them full disclosure and say they could try it if they liked fried chicken and wanted to give it a chance.

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MoniP
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Despite having a reservation we were told our table had been given away. The accommodation that was offered was completely unacceptable. Only because I was paying attention did I notice an available two top, then we were seated. I ordered the shrimp and grits. It was cold. The grits and sauce had developed a solid film on top as the plate had clearly just been sitting somewhere. The only positive thing was our server, and his impeccable service. Everyone else was trash.

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foodie
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome birthday experience! Chef Holly came and greeted us. The Host Evelyn made sure we were taken care of and our waitress was on point "M"

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Tansi
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Staff was great…Good food in a nice environment…will visit again

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Food quality was horrible. Took forever to bring our drinks. Disappointing to say the least.

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Kittie
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

LoVe LoVe LoVe this place. The food is always delicious and made to perfection! The owners are very personal and amazing!

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AndreaB
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good was really good! I would recommend it for a friend. Only bad thing was limited parking.

NH
NicoleH
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5s