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Since our 1967 opening as a sister restaurant to the world-famous Commander's Palace in New Orleans, Brennan's of Houston has evolved into the city's premier destination for memorable dining served with true Southern hospitality. From the reservationist to the waiters, chefs and every associate behind the scenes, our team is focused on the highest standard of excellence and equally dedicated to creating enduring memories of snapshots in time: the sealing of business deals, wedding proposals, joyful celebrations, and the marking of significant milestones along life's way. And the proof is in the (bread) pudding, with loyal patrons returning time and again to create new memories.Reflecting the same warmth as our friendly greeting, each farewell concludes with Brennan's signature lagniappe: an abundance of unforgettably fresh pecan pralines.

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Phone: (713) 522-9223

Fax: (713) 520-1718

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Price Range
South Central Houston, Midtown

Brennan's Restaurant

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Parking: Valet

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Dressy

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Cuisines: Southern, American, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Healthy, Seafood, Cajun & Creole

Cuisine: French, European, Seafood, Cajun & Creole

Good For Groups: Yes


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Provided by Citysearch - 
Fantastic! Chic, romantic. Wonderful

Fantastic! Chic, romantic. Wonderful meal and service.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Not like the past

We hadn't been to Brennan's since The Fire and were eager to have a taste of the good old turtle soup. But this was so aggressively spiced and out of balance we thought we had been given a bowl of Texas Red. More like chili, we agreed, than the old turtle soup. Now some folks might like this. We didn't. My partner also handed over his Bloody Mary after two sips. ""I can't drink this. You have to,"" I was told. Too much of something, again. Tamarind? Our eggs were poached beautifully. But my hussard seemed out of whack again. The Marchand du vin sauce seemed over-reduced. Hard to say. I used to say the eggs hussard here were the single best thing I ever ate. Not this weekend, though. Too bad. The eggs sardou were better, but the spinach overwhelmed the artichokes.

This all said, the service was -- as usual -- beyond reproach. One feels special, cosseted and thoroughly at ease. The desserts: one bananas Foster and one bread pudding souffle were excellent .

The space is lighter, airier than in the past. It is a nice update from the previous structure given all the damage.

I might have a more glowing review had we eaten NEW items. After such a hiatus, it IS always dangerous to try to go with the stuff you've loved for thirty years.

Go. See for yourself. The experience is worth it!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Excellent Food and Service

Went to Brennan's for the first time and my wife and I both thoroughly enjoyed the food and atmosphere. The service was prompt but not in your face. The waiter didn't have the best personality, but I'm not paying him/her to be conversational, I'm paying them to serve my food and be there when I need them. I rate it 4 out of 5 because it doesn't quite compare to my favorite place to eat, Pappa's Bros Steakhouse. As for another review I read on here. Seriously? You go to a a high end restaurant and complain about having to valet park and pay $5 for it? I always valet park, it's part of the experience of eating out at a high end restaurant, and $5 is the minimum tip anyway, unless you're a real cheap skate.



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Bad Birthday Gift

Like every good boyfriend, I picked a restaurant that was one of the top rated dining establishments in the city as a birthday treat. I was tolerant of the slow start to the service as the restaurant was busy, but did not understand why I had to ask the waiter (Marshall) three times for a wine list. The food was exceptional as always, but the service never recovered. I love the New Orleans Brennan's concepts, but southern hospitality apparently does not cross the Mississippi river.



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Service was slow given the pricey menu

The eggs benedict was very good but not as good as Ruggles. Now, having said that the service was a bit, let's tell it like it was, slow on all phases. Slow on drinks, slow to get my turtle soup. Finally the entree and after finishing the eggs benedict the plates sat there for an inordinate amount of time. Given they are using the Captain's system, it was awlful. I know because I owned and operated two full service restaurants in my date. Thus, the critique comes from an insider of the business. Given, the lunch run was partiacially over and not busy, the service was very, very slow.

Not what I was expecting and quite frankly, disappointing.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Sinfully delicious!

Brennan's is a Houston institution with reason! The service is impeccable, the food is delicious. The menu is interesting, beautifully served. There is a dining section for those more casually dressed (no flip flops or shorts, please!). Relaxing, tasty, great service. One note for improvement: I was not offered a coffee refill (this was coffee following lunch).



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great place, terrible Valets

I brought my 67 year-old father and the rest of my family to Brennan's for an early Father's Day... I have to say that the meal and everything was great... in fact, if it weren't for the valet parking I would have given it a 5-star rating.

When I pulled up, I asked where the self-parking area was - I was told there was no self-parking option available. I find this an incredibly obnoxious thing - its really ridiculous to be forced to use valet parking, and then have to pay $5 to have someone park my car some half-block down the street when I'm perfectly capable and willing to do it myself. Furthermore - the valets won't take any responsibility to damage, theft, or vandalism to my vehicle - whats the point? That's not a feature - its a disaster waiting to happen. Without any choice, I reluctantly relinquished the keys to my vehicle and had a fantastic meal.

Upon receiving my vehicle - it was clear that whoever parked it decided to hang out in my car and enjoy my stereo... radio settings were all adjusted differently than I had it... the bass was cranked up, the treble was tweaked - and the volume was obnoxiously turned up and playing a track that I would never have been playing with my elderly parents in my car. For all I know they cruised around in it while I was eating.

To Brennan's - make a self-park option available... charge me $5 to park it myself if you have to... but don't force me to relinquish the keys of my fancy new car to a bunch of valets who have no respect for other's property. They are not doing your establishment any good and its leaving people with a sour note at the end of an otherwise perfect evening.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Local Fine Dining Landmark Returns to Glory

Upon entering we are overcome by the classic old-world elegance too often missing in modern fine dining. Although sat in a crowded table, we ask to move to one of the larger corner tables with high-back chairs and are promptly accommodated.
Our waiter is excellent throughout the evening, particularly considering that we have a late reservation. His only fault is that our wine arrives after our appetizers and our food arrives a bit too soon after that. He does, however, offer to send the food back.
My boyfriend began with the classic turtle soup, not too heavy on, but with the distinct taste of sherry. His delicate soup was, however, immediately overpowered by the fine carnivorous artist's palette placed before me. Playfully titled ""Chef's Playground,"" the array of terrines and sausages was by far one of the most delightful, flavorful and yes, I'll venture to say it, 'bargain' dishes I have had state-side in years. The venison terrine melted upon my tongue, reminiscent of a veal carpacio I had at the French Laundry, and the duck confit rillette was a gorgeous spiral of flavor and texture!
Deeply engrossed in this plethora of p?t?, our second courses arrive - duck for him and Colorado rack of lamb for me. His duck is overwhelmingly tender and succulent, while my lamb is a perfectly crisp yet rare showcase of fine meat. Neither dish is particularly innovative, but prepared exquisitely and richly flavorful, each served with a house sausage, a slightly odd but fine accompaniment.
As our meal draws to a close, the flamb? cart arrives to prepare a freshly flamed bananas foster. It is a simple but delicious dessert and the tableside flames only add to the romance of the evening.
Shortly thereafter, yet another dessert arrives - pralines and strawberries, ""Happy Anniversary"" written in chocolate! We are given the classic Brennan's party chef hats and photos taken.
On our way out we notice the chef at the bar and stop to thank him for a wonderful meal. Chef Trace invited us into the party immediately and offered a round of drinks. The boy ordered a Whiskey Smash while I ordered a Hemingway. Both were artfully prepared and we enjoyed sipping them while chatting with the bartender, Richard, and the Sous Chef, Javier, a native Texan and lifetime kitchen-man who enthralled us with tails of pig roasts.
Although there were only three patrons left in the whole place, Richard insisted on preparing another round of Whiskey Smashes for us. A rare find in the modern bar scene, Richard is of the old school NY grand hotel bartender class who serves up the classics with perfect attention to detail and pride.
We may not be able to dine at Brennan's on a regular basis, but will rush back to the bar. The ambiance, friendliness of the staff and cocktail perfection make it hard to think of many places in town I'd rather be.
Bravo, Brennan's, we are oh so glad to have you back!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Favorite, most memorable place I have been.

I have taken dozens of employees to eat at Brennan's for their 5 year anniversary with our business. Many look forward to going to Brennan's for lunch. I was to take another employee next month and now very sad that we will have to choose another place. I hope they plan on rebuilding as I will miss greatly those special occasions for lunch. Alex, our prayers are with your family during this time. Chris Smith, Grace Community Church.



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Please rebuild; Houston needs you

Knowing that the family supported their workers displaced after Katrina made us feel proud to call this one of our favorite restaurants, and our family, both local and those who have visited Houston, had many memorable dining experiences here. The food is sublime; a treat for palate and senses combined. Never did we have an experience that was not memorable; never did we have a meal that was not exquisite. Thank you for the memories.

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