Upper Kirby Bistro

4.3
214 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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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 214 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.2
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4.2
ambience
4.1
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Noise · Moderate
83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipRws13
Houston
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food4service3ambience1

The air conditioning was not functioning well, we noted later we had been warned via email, Our table was located next to a working cooler and storage which was entered several times during our meal. The Noise level was high. The food was very good.

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TanishaL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Maybe because we were outside in the back. It just seemed like we got forgotten about. It was a my birthday dinner. The fried chicken and greens were good! I enjoyed the food. Thanks.

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Darri
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, hostess was friendly and timely, the vibe was grown and sexy with live music starting at 10pm. Loved it and will return! 💕💕

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QBrisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my husband's 45th birthday at Upper Kirby Bistro. The food was delicious and the service amazing. We will be going back

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vipSassyana18
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice little brunch spot for a friend get together. Food was good and service was excellent!! Also they have DJ Super Neil playing during brunch on Sunday's that get the place popping!! Will return!!

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Tea1992
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hostesses were very nice! The oxtails are delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, from the food, ambiance, service, dj and live band. Can’t wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Amazing environment

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Clw15
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Food was good. Service not so much. Probably would not return.

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Stephie
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience5

We were sitting on the patio and there was only ONE server for the entire patio! She did her very best but it wasn't enough. Orders and checks were mixed up and missing and the wait was over an hour for food. Then to add insult to injury, I decided to eat my food at home because it was getting late. I got the curry chicken and it was RAW on the inside. To wait an entire hour only for my food to be undercooked is ridiculous.

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LeeM
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding. From the owner, to the staff and food. Will not disappoint you. Perfect for planning an event or just a special date. This place has Everything.

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RobertL
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The service from our waiter was fair the food was good as usual

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TamaraT
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very great experience at upper kirby bistro, food and service were both awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! Table was clean and ready for us as soon as we arrived! Food and mimosas were delicious! After we ate our food we went to another part of the venue and listened to music!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Food was ok, not worth the money! service was horrible parking is ridiculously pricey! Won’t be back.

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adgibbs
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I loved the food and the service. The whole experience was really nice and I plan on going again!

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vipDiningforFun
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, delicious food and amazing staff!!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Perfect night out for my first outing in Houston. The food, music, and vibe was perfect.

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PennyM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great ambiance, great music, great company! Would highly recommend for the mature crowd (35 and older).

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irhopkins
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prompt service and excellent food! Will be back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All good. Great experience

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Micheala
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice upscale restaurant. The food was delicious, and the great service added to the atmosphere. I will definitely be going back!

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TamaraM
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service.Great staff .Good food.Nice atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Food took way too long coming out so my wife didn’t have a Mother’s Day dinner. They did finally bring it out once we were leaving but they boxed it up and comped us the meal. Wrong music for Mother’s Day.

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MrzDuBoss
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was for a Mother’s Day Brunch! The staff was very professional and the food was delicious. We even went to the outside to the bar area. It was a great overall experience! I will be returning.

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jackiet
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I’ve tried to give this place another try after I went before on my birthday. Restaurant has an odd smell as soon as you walk in. The waitress the first time was drinking and dancing instead of bringing the food that took a while to get and then my salmon was raw in the middle. This time food was forgotten had to keep reminding the waitress for things and had a 20% mandatory gratuity for a party of 8 that states on the menu it would be for 10 or more. The $41 tip for the service and bland food was not worth it

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viptrulygrateful
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food is delicious but the service was a bit slow. I felt bad for the wait staff because it was a very warm day and they had on long sleeve black dress shirts

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Belle
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Wouldn't return. Wasn't what I expected with the environment or ambience.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

I expected a bit more from this restaurants. The staff was a bit unprofessional and irritating. The food was decent besides the frozen fries. The prices and valet didn't match the value at all.

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vipBrettM
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. The food was amazing, with several inventive twists on Southern favorites. Will return again.

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vipmillsT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The talking got very loud....but all was good. And, they need a much bigger sign tell people where they are. …Parking was 20.00 we refused to pay!!!!!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had a fun time. Did was good ! Great portion size for the price. But it was loud, we couldn't hear ourselves

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Alyciaj27
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was AMAZING!!! It was our first time there and our bartender E was great. He made our very first experience here absolutely wonderful. We will be back.

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NeNe
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Nice black owned restaurant with a great atmosphere. I would definitely recommend again.

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VictoriaR
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

The decore was the issue for me. If I have to make a reservation with a card holding the reservation and if I cancel or just so happen to miss it I would be charged 10 a person. Ima need for the inside to look a bit better. The tables and the set up was very lack luster almost bad for y’all doing all that. Ijs.

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OpenTable Diner
Shreveport
7 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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CrystalU
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time at Upper Kirby and it was a great experience. The Happy Hour food and drinks were tasteful!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was nice our waiter was nice & patient & once she understood we weren’t from out here she explained things more throughly. I enjoyed my time here food & music legit!

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AprilG
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this venue for my birthday lunch all of my friends are still talking about how awesome the food was!

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) 831-7489.

Upper Kirby Bistro is rated 4.3 stars by 214 OpenTable diners.

Upper Kirby Bistro does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/five-central-2736-virginia-street/giftcards.

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.