Costa Brava Bistro

4.8
955 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Spanish
Owners Angeles Dueñas and Kitty Bailey have created a home where they explore the rich traditions of the food and wine from Spain and France with a modern, personal approach.
Open Table's 2016 list - "100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in America"

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Spanish, French, European
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm;
Dinner: Monday -Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm;
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
CLOSED SUNDAY
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Phone number
(713) 839-1005
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Kitty Bailey
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
S. Rice Ave.
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Parking details
Plentiful Front and Back of Building
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Special events & promotions
Monthly Wine Event held on the last Monday of each month. Call for details.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary there last night with our 2 little girls. My youngest had the Australian Lamb chops and she loved❤ it so much, leaving only 1 piece left for her sister, me and husband to taste. 😍 My 2nd daughter had the Beef Fillet and she also loved it! She said the mashed potato with manchengo is perfect! My husband had the 12oz Grilled Hereford Ribeye. 😍😍😍 Yummm He ate it ALL!! LOL I was debating on the Grilled Rainbow Trout & Jumbo Shrimp or the Seared Red Gulf Snapper and ended up with the Trout! DELISH!!! 😋😍😋 The staff was great and the food was remarkablel!!
Thank you for the wonderful experience!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place, food was amazing

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O
Houston
51 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Second time client. Food is typical Spain. Nice bistro atmosphere. Parking can be a problem. Staff is all friendly efficient and helpful

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DD
Austin
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite food. Delicate with very sophisticated flavors.
Wife and I shared white asparagus w iberico ham,
Then onto the special appetizer of Piccadillo peppers stuffed with Serrano in a pimiento sauce Amazing
The. As an entire we shared the house Paella
Shared a great Spanish Rioja and life is good!!!
Definitely going back to this one !!!

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JC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superior quality of food, cooking techniques, ambiance, service, but noisy.

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m
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anthony took great care of us. Food was amazing (shrimp and scallops with risotto, and filet with onion rings), cooked to perfection with wonderful mixtures of flavors and textures for the palate. A wonderful culinary experience!

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HM
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a wonderful, cozy restaurant in the heart of Bellaire! We love it, the food and wine are excellent!

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g
Houston
39 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had dinner at Costa Brava Halloween night. There were very few diners so it was very quiet. The menu and wine list include a lot of interesting choices focussing on Spanish food. Our salads were very good and my wife's suckling pig entree was excellent. I had the octopus. The octopus was tender and delicious but, in my opinion somewhat drowned in olive oil. However we had a very enjoyable dinner and look forward to returning.

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H
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious as always!

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BM
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Costa Bravo Bistro is always spot on for a fabulous lunch or dinner experience. The staff is professional, courteous and willing to ensure a wonderful experience.

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TC
Houston
45 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, especially good service — prompt, pleasant, professional, helpful, fun — in a nice comfortable atmosphere. An excellent experience, one we definitely look forward to repeating!

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r
Houston
62 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in Houston

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LT
Houston
28 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy the food and service. The server accidentally added an appetizer that we didn’t have to our bill and we paid without checking. I called when I got home and they immediately took it off of our credit card.

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JF
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time was great, would absolutely go back. Nice wine, interesting food options. Not expected at all.

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M
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accodating service-fabulous Ribeye and Scallops

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OT
Houston
90 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service, excellent everything. Easy, free parking. The trout dish was superb, the jamon delicious. We will be back.

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IM
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful entrees from Spain and France. Service extraordinaire. A true gem. Both owners meet and greet the patrons.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

My wife and I went on our monthly date, and tried this place for the first time. Sometimes we like share the food we order, from our appetizers to the main course. We were surprised that at this place you cannot share your main dish with your date. So each of us had to order, even if we were not that hungry. We order the paella, and the flavor was not authentic, like you usually expect from a Spanish restaurant.The sangria was good, but the food was not the best.The prices are high, and the atmosphere is okay. We probably will not go back.
Thanks

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t
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A Houston favorite, every time. A great place to catch up with friends.

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IM
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Costa Brava has been our ‘go to’ restaurant in Bellaire ever since they opened a few years ago.
The location is perfect, the food is excellent and the service is absolutely superb, all while the prices are reasonable.
We love the salpicon de marisco (seafood salad - not exactly certain I spelled it correctly) as appetizer, greatly enjoy their paella or their mussels, love to taste the red snapper and the steak.
And then, the specials are usually things that you can’t find any place else in town. The suckling pig - stuffed peppers and the lamb are delicious.
Have to mention that the owners are extremely nice and always present making sure everyone is having a very enjoyable experience.
We very highly recommend it.

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JT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible meal with authentic ingredients and meticulous preparation. Great wine list. Excellent service. Highly recommend.

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C
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall Costa Bravais one of the best and most aprasivel bistros in town/ Highly recomended

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HF
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We went here for a couples dinner. Great food and ambiance. Portion size was a bit on the small side.

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MC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been there three times and the food and the service has been consistently very good
Highly recommend

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AJ
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

All was up to usual standards of excellance in food and service.

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CF
Houston
27 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We also love to be at CB. The specials are always interesting and hard to resist.

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MB
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food, service and overall experience was first class. We always enjoy spending our special occasion dining at this quaint neighborhood restaurant.

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r
Houston
42 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my family's favorite restaurant. Their lamb is to die for and I could bathe in their gazpacho.

Service is always wonderful and the food is even better.

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KM
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lamb chops are perfect and the apple tart with homemade ice cream melts in your mouth. Great romantic atmosphere- great for dates.

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LS
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We sat at the first table, we felt like those waiting to be seated were hovering over us...I felt someone on my back....
Although the food was good , we were VERY uncomfortable with the pressure of those waiting....
Dissappointed

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FD
Houston
61 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorites

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r
Houston
62 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best in Houston

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WG
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Most things on the menu are unusual and delicious!

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JJ
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spouse and I just celebrated our 20th year anniversary with our favorite restaurant in Houston. No doubt in our mind where to go Costa Brava has never let us down. Surprisingly intimate, international flavor, you feel like you are taken to Europe and back during the course of your meal. Staff/owner always makes sure your meal is worth any drive with the attention you get. Worth every penny!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best parts of the meal were the paella - and the company!

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g
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

excellent food, great service overall, occasionally slightly slow
multiple options for all tastes
will return - already have a few times

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S
Houston
27 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time dining there- food was wonderful! Had the lamb chops- delicious. My brother-in- law had steak- said it was one of the best he’d eaten. Small restaurant with limited seating, so I recommend reservations. Save room for desert- Chocolate- Orange Pots de Creme was wonderful! Can’ t wait to go back.

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h
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Lovely restaurant in Bellaire. We had not been in several months as we find the menu doesn't change and the food is pretty heavy. Food is good, well prepared, but heavy with sauces and very few vegetable options. Our waiter was very nice and accommodating. I think many people would be very pleased with Costa Brava, but if you would like lighter and healthier options, this is not the place for you. Offering vegetable sides would be an easy step toward making the meals more appealing to those diners who would like a healthy meal.

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AS
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very nice ambience and wonderful food! They made us feel special for our weddin anniversary:)

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n
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We go to Costa Brava every year for my birthday. My husband and my two grown children, so it is the four of,us. My husband, daughter and I were satisfied with our dinners. However, my son did not like his dinner at all. Overall, the food is very good and reminds me of the Spanish food I ate when I lived in Spain.

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