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Upper Kirby Bistro

4.2
4.2
461 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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2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 8 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 3:00 pm–12:00 am Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (832) 353-2336

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Black/African American

  • Executive chef

    Keenan Williams

  • Private party facilities

    At Upper Kirby Bistro, we have several venues to fit your party. We specialize in large parties, celebrations, graduations, corporate events. Book a semi-private or private room now.

  • Private party contact

    Private Events: (833) 968-2390

  • Neighborhood

    Upper Kirby / Shepherd Corridor

  • Cross street

    Westheimer

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is available for a price and there is limited street parking.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Smoking Area, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 461 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Houston

    Great for Brunch

  • Houston

    Great for Brunch

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  1. R

    Robin

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, ambiance, and food and drinks! Will definitely recommend.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cancun

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The food and drinks were amazing! Had a great time with my friends for brunch!!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant and atmosphere. Delicious food and drink menu. Both the Host and Wait Staff make sure that you have an enjoyable experience while dining at Upper Kirby restaurant.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    very nice, loved it
  5. AT

    AudreyT

    Houston

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    We were highly disappointed. My husband's chicken was overcooked, and my lobster & shrimp ravioli was barely room temperature. I sent my food back and ordered a shrimp appetizer and "Truffle-Fries" what I received was a small bowl of "frozen style crinkle fries" with a few shreds of parmesan cheese on them. And to make matters worse the had the nerve to add an 18% gratuity because our bill was over a $100.00. I have no issue with paying for good food, but this was NOT good food.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father’s Day brunch. My fiancée’s dad loved it. We will be back. Thank you for a great time!!!
  7. H

    Hguy

    Houston

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    It was very noisy. The acoustics are poor and music and conversations were loud. The service was very good, the food was good but not great.
  8. R

    Renee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The fried catfish could have been seasoned a little more but that is to my liking. My boyfriend said it was seasoned enough for him. Drinks are French toast is great and the staff provides pretty good service. Can’t wait it to be back and try other dishes.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    We made a reservation. And got there to find out you couldn’t get crawfish inside and outside was full due to walk ins… which should have been said on the site prior to making a reservation. So we did not even get to sit down and eat because we came for crawfish that was not allowed inside.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, excellent food… fantastic experience overall!
  11. SP

    SPM16

    Houston

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Good food …. Great service… area is small and was at capacity so it was very noisy
  12. AS

    AcaciaS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    I felt like the customer service was horrible. We didn’t even get helped until 20 after we got seated. I even made reservations and it was not busy at the time I went. I had to find someone to help us. I felt judged as well because I wasn’t in a big group. I do not recommend the place. My friend and I did not like it.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    I took my father out for Father’s Day and everything was amazing! The food was very flavorful and the service was very good and fast. We loved the atmosphere. We will definitely be coming back!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Anniversary
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience4
    The waitress could have been more attentive. Also our bottle of ketchup’s cap was not screwed on and ruined 2 of our guests dresses and hair.. yet no one came to make sure everything was ok.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My Birthday
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food3service4ambience4
    Found hair in our food and so did the people next to me.
  18. DB

    DeeBernard

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I had crab cakes and chicken and waffles. Food was cold! The waitress took the plate and put it in the microwave and brought the same plate back. Chicken was not seasoned. Waffled were hard. Drinks were terrible. Bill was $100 and was completely unsatisfied
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    My experience was pretty good. Danielle was awesome I definitely would ask for her section again. She gave me her recommendation and they were spot on. The atmosphere was a nice cool chill vibe. My food and drinks was on point had the loaded French toast, greens, yams and bacon. My 1st drink was the Chef K Oj sooooo good then I had the Strawberry Patch Mimosa overall great!
  20. MS

    MrsSmith

    Houston

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    This was not our first time here. The service had gone down hill. The waitress keep telling us the kitchen was about to close 4pm. The reservation was at 315 if that is an issue with the kitchen then perhaps the cut off time should be different to allow new patrons to be seated. In addition several items brought out were ice cold. Obviously the kitchen staff was ready to leave and didn’t even bother to warm food before serving it. We will not be back
  21. VR

    VeronicaR

    Miami

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Went there for brunch. Not that many options on the menu for brunch.
  22. SI

    SIG1

    Houston

    20 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Walked in. Dark and weird vibe. Tried to cancel reservation. And couldn’t. We left. Nothing like website portrayed.
  23. P

    Paulette

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great experience and great food. Our waitress was very kind and even gave my friends and I a complimentary bottle of champagne since it was my sister’s birthday!!!!
  24. EN

    ElizabethN

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    The food needed seasoning, nobody enjoyed the fried chicken, the strawberry croissant was good
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress, Tashaura, gave us a Phenomenal Welcome Greeting! Food was superb and served quickly.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    My husband and i went out to celebrate our anniversary, was very excited knowing that it was black owned. However, we had a horrible experience! We spent about $150 on very small sized portioned meals and had one drink a piece. We waited 2 hours for our food, I was told by the waiter not to even order an appetizer bc it would not come out fast bc the kitchen was “behind”. We sat and waited 2 hours to receive food that was cold, small in size and overpriced. We wouldn’t have minded spending $150 for food if it was worth it. We do it all the time but gratuity was included and therefore no one cared about our experience. Would not go back and would not recommend.
  27. S

    Stevieg

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    It was a bit warm because of all tge people. Food was delicious, the waitress was great but at times didn't check on us for a while because it was so busy. But she did the best she could. Even gave us a comp bottle champagne. I would definitely go back and ask for Jade!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    The atmosphere is nice very very nice no complaints there. My issue was the service and the food. The portion size and prices don’t match. I paid $40 for $4 pieces of shrimp and 6 pieces of ravioli. The appetizers came out cold and both tables. The waitress forgot one members food and brought out the check and everything. We had to ask her to bring the food which was cold. I don’t mind paying money for food food and an experience but to wait 45+ for the main course after being served watery drinks and cold appetizer I probably won’t return. Management walked around several times and asked no questions. I can be understanding that a lot is going on because of how they place is set up but I left feeling like I didn’t get my moneys worth.
  29. JC

    JanaeC

    Baltimore

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I visit Upper Kirby Bistro all of the time, normally on Sunday’s after church. This visit, my family was in town for Mother’s Day and the restaurant continued to deliver delicious food and service! They even gave my mom a rose and complimentary glass of champagne! My mom, brother and I got the chicken and waffles with a side of cheese eggs and split an order of shrimp and grits. My dad got the oxtails and grits and my cousin got the Soulfood plate. Everything was seasoned, and came out hot and fresh! We also indulged in the Mimosa tour which always gets you where you need to be. The owner came over, introduced himself and offered us a tour of the property which holds a statistic for largest black owned business (not sure on the exact statistic but it was impressive!). The manager also came over and took a Polaroid picture of my family. It was a great experience and I will continue to patronize this business.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mother’s Day!!!
  31. C

    Chris

    Houston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food, service and atmosphere. Definitely will come back
  32. M

    Marthaw

    Houston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was really knowledgeable! The food and customer service was excellent!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The place was hard to find there's just too much going on. The name is Five Central Upper Kirby Bistro. Our sides were good but had to be sent back because they were like warm. I don't mind waiting for fresh hot food, but it only took them 10 mins to serve us our food, I knew then that I wasn't going to be 100% satisfied with my food. The parking is horrible also had to walk quite a distance in heels. This was not the best outting for me!
  34. K

    Keith

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    My wife had previously dined there with friends for brunch. They all enjoyed it very much. I thought I would return with her for an early Mother's Day weekend brunch. Neither of us were impressed the second time around. Positives: the waitress was very nice and efficient; always approached with a smile. Negatives: As a numbers analyst, I was shown a bill for $190.00. However, from the orders that were made the bill should have been around $140.00. The bill was paid without contest. After requesting an itemized bill, none was ever presented. Although there is a stated dress code, that apparently not adhered to by all patrons. I was aware that hookah was allowed on the premises. As a person with health issues, being around that substance could cause issues. It is an establishment I will most like not visit again.
  35. D

    Derrick

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great vibes and the brunch selection was perfect.
  36. FJ

    FoodJunkie

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a very nice lunch, brunch or dinner spot. The food was good, the drinks were good and so was the vibe. I will certainly visit the Upper Kirby Bistro again.
  37. R

    Raquel

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    The food was good. It is attached to a lounge so you may smell hookah while you are eating. There was flies around our table when the food was delivered so that was irritating. Also, they charge 20% gratuity if your check is over $100. We were a group of three and each check was about $50-$60 each so we were charged 20% each because out tickets individually equaled over $100. I’ve spent more and tipped more at other restaurants but for the service and ambiance I did not agree with charge.
  38. F

    Foodlover

    Houston

    34 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    The service was okay. We were gre
  39. AA

    AmalphyA

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Very loud. That part I wasn’t fond of. Our waitress kept forgetting our order. The gentleman that helped deliver the food was outstanding however. We didn’t get any silverware when we first sat down, took 30 minutes to get our drinks. Other than that, I will say the food was good
  40. S

    Shay0429

    Houston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Was super excited to get here for my bday bestie brunch. Service was extremely slow. Like, I waited 40 minutes for a drink slow. They did acknowledge this and gave us a mimosa carafe on the house. I moved to the outside(inside was small and holds noise) but wouldn’t recommend if the suns out cuz you’ll feel like a rotisserie chicken seeing as the tables have no umbrella covers. Moved to the bar once finished and the morning bartender didn’t even say hello and waited way too long to even ask if we wanted waters. The bartender after shift change was amazing tho and seemed much more experienced. If I come back it’ll be for the food, not the experience.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Upper Kirby Bistro using the Order Online button. Upper Kirby Bistro also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Upper Kirby Bistro also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (832) 353-2336.

Upper Kirby Bistro is rated 4.2 stars by 461 OpenTable diners.

Upper Kirby Bistro does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 8 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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Google Map for Upper Kirby Bistro

2736 Virginia St Houston, TX 77098

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Westheimer

  • Neighborhood

    Upper Kirby / Shepherd Corridor

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 3:00 pm–12:00 am Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is available for a price and there is limited street parking.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Black/African American

  • Executive chef

    Keenan Williams

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Smoking Area, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (832) 353-2336

  • Private party facilities

    At Upper Kirby Bistro, we have several venues to fit your party. We specialize in large parties, celebrations, graduations, corporate events. Book a semi-private or private room now.

  • Private party contact

    Private Events: (833) 968-2390

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