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Main Dining Room  - Upper Kirby Bistro, Houston, TX

Upper Kirby Bistro

4.2
4.2
481 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

7:00 pm


Booked 16 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

  • Area

    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, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 481 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
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Houston

    Brunch

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  1. BH

    BrookeH

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Shannon was a great waitress… Very attentive and accommodating.
  2. AG

    AuntGLoweMcC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was beautifully presented and delicious! Wait staff was attentive but not intrusive. Delightful.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Love the place.
  4. BH

    BelindaH

    Houston

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food2service2ambience3
    I always read customer reviews before selecting a place to eat and this one had fairly decent ones. Not sure when you went or what you had, but this place was, unfortunately, a TOTAL disappointment!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience
  6. C

    Christina

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    The noise level was pretty rough. I understand it was live music night but somehow to get to the location where the live music was, guests had to walk through the dining area making the ambiance a little more hectic than soothing. They also have a pretty volatile bartender on-site named “Crazy Mike” or something along those lines. A person in our group had a slight issue with their drink which in true Customer Service could have easily been rectified by simply remaking it however, we watched him completely overreact to our server who was just kindly trying to help her customers and deny the remake. While the General Manager quickly resolved our issue to our satisfaction, it was a very disappointing display. He is a liability to their establishment and should be disciplined appropriately. This place has the potential to be fantastic but there are a few kinks that remain to be worked out including not having servers or busboys running around the place, yelling across the dining room, etc. The food was fantastic and the redemption of the night.
  7. B

    Blueskies

    Houston

    106 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    106 reviews

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    The food, especially the gumbo was delicious. If I had to make a suggestion is that the servers should pay more attention to their guests and spend less time chit chatting with one another because this is a distraction and tables should be cleaned as various dishware are being picked up. We may try the club adjacent to the dining area at some point. Cajun chicken balls were too dry but sauce was delicious.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    we ordered the restaurant’s week menu where it has two courses and one of our second courses got delivered first. delivered so early that she finished her whole meal before any other food came. and both first courses were delivered nearly after the second courses were completed. the food was amazing, but disappointed with the service.
  9. HB

    HoneyBee

    Houston

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 2 August 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Food was very bland. Nothing special. Not bad but not good. No flavor. Fries are most likely from the freezer. Croutons from a bag (not homemade) Our server was very working very hard to accommodate the dinners. He was friendly and polite.
  10. EW

    EricaW

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Always a good time !!!! Never disappoints!food service dj always deliver
  11. FN

    FreddieN

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the food and I definitely will do the brunch again
  12. DS

    DedrickS

    Mississippi

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Fried chicken wasn’t fresh. Collard greens and mash potatoes were cold and not even warm.
  13. B

    Bell

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Brunch was wonderful!!! All our food came out peeping hot. Angelica was our waiter and bartender running her entire area and she was FREAKIN AWESOME!!! This was our first brunch and Angelica made our experience something to remember with her prompt service and friendly inviting vibe. We will continue to revisit for brunch and maybe do the evening seen
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Me and my fiancé had an amazing time at Five Central. We ordered the vegan rice. It was BOMB! Our waitress Shannon was friendly attentive and provided us with amazing service. We’ll be coming back to visit again very soon!
  15. V

    Vinatage1973

    Houston

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Overpriced and underwhelming. From the $20 valet to the dried out salmon that was either overcooked or brought to me after sitting under a warmer for too long, this place was not worth the time it took to drive the 3 minutes from my house. Despite arriving early in the evening to an empty valet lot, my car was still parked blocks away. I could have been home and back at least three times by the time they returned my car to me. If you live inside the loop, save yourself some money and hassle and take an Uber. Now, the bars inside other areas of this space were great. The ladies serving drinks were friendly and fast and poured well. The music and vibe throughout all the other areas made for a wonderful ending to a long week. I wouldn’t mind returning to have just a drink or to enjoy a cigar in the lounge, but I doubt I will return to the restaurant. There are too many other great options in the area for an enjoyable dinner.
  16. TD

    TyeD

    Houston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    I got the soul food plate. Overall the food was great. Everything was seasoned well but I only received one oxtail and it was a little tough and chewy. Not soft and falling off the one bone. My jalapeno cornbread was hard.
  17. K

    Kenni

    Houston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The wait staff is the main reason I return to this location. The food is ok but I always feel appreciated and respected
  18. DC

    DCAC

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fully of energy and great food. I have rarely felt so welcome and my patronage so calved as I did here. I look forward to returning soon.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mobile

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always enjoy when I’m here! Service is great! Vibe is great! Food is filling! I love the atmosphere here! Just probably need to keep those back patio tables clean lol! But that’s it
  20. MS

    MirandaS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good atmosphere and good food. Lobe it here. I will be coming back.
  21. R

    Robin

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 July 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Cancun

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 June 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 June 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.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    very nice, loved it
  25. AT

    AudreyT

    Houston

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 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.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

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

    Hguy

    Houston

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 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.
  28. R

    Renee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 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.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 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.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

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

    SPM16

    Houston

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

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

    AcaciaS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 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.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 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!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Anniversary
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 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.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My Birthday
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

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

    DeeBernard

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 June 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
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 5 June 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!
  40. MS

    MrsSmith

    Houston

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 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

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff 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 481 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

7:00 pm


Booked 16 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

  • Area

    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, Takeaway, 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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