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Sparrow Bar + Cookshop

572 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
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The Sparrow Bar and Cookshop in Houston provides global-inspired eats made from locally-sourced ingredients. Chef Monica Pope combines farmers' market finds into New American dishes with a rustic feel. Stop in for creative cocktails and a snack or a filling dinner with friends.

The Sparrow Bar and Cookshop offers plenty of apps to share, including avocado sashimi, sika deer Bolognese, local lettuces and many others. Center of the plate entrée options range from crispy chicken to seared sea scallops, venison noisettes, bratwurst and more. Make sure to save room for freshly made breads or sweet desserts to complete the meal The Sparrow Bar and Cookshop.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Contemporary American, Comfort Food, Southern
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Hours of operation
Tuesday through Saturday: 10:00am - 12:00am
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Phone number
(713) 524-6922
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Monica Pope
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Cross street
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Parking details
Valet and Street Parking
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on March 12, 2016

Great food often using local organic ingredients, great ambience (except when my group gets obnoxious) and excellent service, always.

OpenTable Diner (Houston)
4.0  Dined on February 27, 2016

Enjoyed the meal. Ordered the scallops and also had the pate as an appetizer. Scallops were fresh and not overcooked. Husband ordered the stroganoff and if hit the spot after his 5 hour bike ride. Good flavored meal

OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on February 26, 2016

Good food and just a short walk from the MATCH. Don't bother with the wines by the glass as the prices are high. Just buy a bottle.

vipOpenTable Diner (Austin)
5.0  Dined on February 20, 2016

Sparrow was a fortunate find. We were looking for a sustainable restaurant, local/seasonal foods, and we decided on Sparrow. It was the best decision we've ever made. I would chalk this up as my favorite meal in Houston ever. Each course was delicious. We had something from each part of the menu and not one morsel was outshined. I bought a gift card because I can't wait for my local friends to try the place and I can't wait to come back in town to go back there. I know I won't be able to have thget exact same meal because the chef changes the menu daily, but I know whatever he decides to prepare that day will be just as amazing. I miss it already.

BrettM (Houston)
5.0  Dined on February 20, 2016

Attentive and informative service, delicious appetizers and entrées, and a belly too full for dessert. We will have to make another run at dessert next visit.

LadiesLunch (Houston)
3.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

We were fans of Sparrow Bar for years, but hadn't been in about a year and a half. Something has changed. The food portions are MUCH smaller, and the quality of the food was WAY down. Monica Pope has always had ingenious, tasty, and interesting food. I have always had a good experience - until this past visit. The portions were very small, a noticeable difference from past experieces. I had the squash soup, that was supposed to have spicey was very bland. To me, it tasted like blended squash with nothing else in the soup. For a main course, I had the vegan Chick Pea dish - can't remember more specifics. It tasted like mush with a lot of sweet yellow curry powder. I ate about 5 bites, and that was all I could stomache. My husband had the flat chicken - said he did like it. Our friends had the hang steak, and thought it was good, but WAY overpriced for the cut of meat that it was. For dessert, I had a vanilla cake. It was so dense that it tasted pastey. It had a lemon zest sauce - but it was too strong on the zest. I felt like I was eating lemon peel with a bit of sugary jam. I hate to write a bad review, but I hope something changes before people quit going to Sparrow. Monica is always so creative.

tpowell (Houston)
1.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

Went here for dinner the night before Valentine's Day. I've been going to Monica Pope's restaurants since Boulevard Bistro and have always had good experiences at Sparrow Bar + Cookshop until last night.....

We sat outside, it was a bit chilly and asked if someone could turn on the outside floor heaters. Staff tried - got one to work and it went out shortly after. Was told no propane. Not a big deal. We sipped on our cocktails and chatted. Our meals were served, I ordered lamb porterhouse which was a good deal fat and some meat. While we were eating the staff came out and started dismantling the patio furniture and bringing tables and chairs and place settings upstairs for a private event I am gathering was the following day. Loud - tables banging, chairs dragging across floor as we are eating our dinner. We were the only ones sitting outside, and it felt like if we didn't finish soon they would take our table as well. It was a weird experience and not at all what I expected from this restaurant based on my past experiences. On the plus side, our waiter was very nice and apologetic for the noise and weirdness of the whole patio dismantling.

There are so many good restaurants in town to chose from, I don't think I'll be returning to Sparrow Bar + Cookshop and can't say I can recommend to my friends.

3AussiesinAustin (Houston)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

We loved everything but especially the beignets filled with Gruyere

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

Shiitake mushroom dumplings were only warm; they were good but could have been warmer. This is not the first time an appetizer was not fully heated. Lamb porterhouse was one small lamb chop and grits, and nothing to get excited about. We've had good experiences at Sparrow, but this was not one.

OpenTable Diner (Houston)
4.0  Dined on February 6, 2016

We went in on a Saturday and were quickly sat. There was a party upstairs, so although the restaurant didn't appear busy, the staff was certainly hustling! Service at first was a bit slow, but our server was on point once we got past our appetizers, which sadly were a little underwhelming. However, by the main course, the tables had turned...our entrees were scrumptious...sidenote - order the brussel sprouts...seriously! The lemon curd cheesecake was delightful! I liked the fact that our waiter was well versed in his wine selections and was able to persuade me to try a white pinot noir...extra kudos for the Oregon wine option! We'll be back. Thanks!

OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2016

Creative and beautifully executed dishes, flavorful cocktails with a dash of whimsy, warm and attentive service - a much enjoyed and much needed date night we loved at a Houston gem.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2016

The food was unique and amazing. They should bottle the dumpling sauce! I had the scallops, which were, I think, among the best I have had. The Brussels sprouts were terrific, as was the cheesecake. We were a party of 8, so we tried a lot of different apps and sides, each one as good or better than the last. I will go back the next time my travel brings me to downtown Houston. The wine list was short, but with excellent selections. The music was alternative and also terrific. The decor is hip, but comfortable. The servers were accommodating and attentive. If you are looking for something special and not your average steak or seafood place, Sparrow should be at the top of your list!

OpenTable Diner (Houston)
4.0  Dined on January 9, 2016

Excellent comfort and earthy food. This was our first time and we appreciated the great service and ambience. The food came out in a timely fashion and as ordered. Some of the appetizers, such as the butter but squash soup, were a little heavy on the sweet side. The scallops were cooked perfectly and the bread pudding was fantastic. All in all despite being a little overpriced, we had an excellent dinner.

ComposerFoodie (Houston)
5.0  Dined on January 9, 2016

We stumbled upon this restaurant/bar by accident, looking for a place to eat within walking distance of Houston's stunning new MATCH theater. The ambience, the food, the service, and the bar offerings were all of the highest order---I couldn't have asked for a better meal, and if I lived in Houston I'd make a point of going there for dinner as often as I could. (I might go back to Houston just to eat at Sparrow!)

vipOpenTable Diner (Houston)
2.0  Dined on January 8, 2016

I've always loved Monica Pope's restaurants. The hostess forgot to check us in on arrival. We arrived a little early and sat at the bar until the rest of our party arrived. The bar was great and the bartender made us exactly what we wished. The food was good but the service was rather odd. Massive wine pouring that emptied the bottle after 3 glasses (we had a party of 5). They tried to charge us for the tip twice. I would't have noticed it and was VERY happy my spouse saw it. Things were fixed in the end but then I received an email saying I no-showed the restaurant. We won't be back :(