Underbelly is the perfect title to tell "the Story of Houston Food", and when it comes to Houston, there is no better storyteller than Chef Chris Shepherd. Chris’ upcoming restaurant shares his journey as a chef in a city he describes as "the most secretive and dynamic culinary destination in the country.” Beneath the well-known oily surface lies an endless array of local ingredients and cultures that shape Chris' unique perspectives on food.
Contemporary American, Southern
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday:11:00am - 3:00pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Underbelly Ratings and Reviews
Don't Understand All of the Hype
Went for family birthday. Food was good but not up to all of the hype. The shared dish style was a bit odd and led to strange service. Vegetables were brought our about 15 min before entrees. Overall a bit to trendy and pricy for my liking.
Great food, inspired menu, varied wine o ...
Great food, inspired menu, varied wine offerings. We had a really good server. Really made the night.
The atmosphere and service were good. T ...
The atmosphere and service were good. The menu has several interesting items which is what got us to attend in the first place. Food flavors were good, but quantities fall far below the mark. I do not need a big plate a food but some of the plates served were so meager that the Underbelly is an extremely poor value for money spent.
Always fantastic! Lots of flavor depth ...
Always fantastic! Lots of flavor depth at underbelly, always.
Really great food --- Underbelly is my f ...
Really great food --- Underbelly is my favorite restaurant in Houston. The server had a bit of an off day, though. He was oddly distant, didn't offer up any details about the menu (we had to ask). In the past, the servers have always given a spiel about the place before we've ordered. It wasn't bad service, just not quite the friendly service I'm used to there. Probably just an off day. Still a great lunch!
Excellent experience and a wonderful pla ...
Excellent experience and a wonderful place to go with friends or to celebrate a special occasion!
Amazing!! A chef friend recommended I tr ...
Amazing!! A chef friend recommended I try Underbelly while in Houston. The super courteous and attentive staff gave us the scoop on ordering and helped with recommendations. Everything we ordered was delicious and full of flavor; the mixed veggies, perhaps the simplest menu item, was somehow my second favorite. I'd definitely return.
Have to give Chris his due. He has put t ...
Have to give Chris his due. He has put together a simple concept with structure and hospitality and turned it up. Congrats. We will be returning.
I have been here twice now and really li ...
I have been here twice now and really like this place. Is is fun that the menu constantly changes so there are always new options. My husband and I like the option of sharing small plates so that concept works well for us. We liked all 4 of the dinner items and also the dessert we ordered. Will be back!
The Service and the food were better tha ...
The Service and the food were better than Exceptional. I was there for a business dinner that we had 6 people. We didn't even have to order because the Waitress said she would take care of us and bring us entrees and she and the food were incredible.
Always a fun experience.
Second time at Underbelly. Food was outstanding again. Ordered two helpings of the unique broccoli dish. Our waiter was attentive and amiable. The kitchen was a bit slow this evening; but, our waiter was our advocate with the chefs. That's the only reason overall rating was not "Outstanding." Once again a very pleasant dining experience.
Great Downtown Lunch Alternative
Great Downtown Lunch Alternative. Close to downtown, but with an entirely different lunch ambiance. Imaginative fare that is not too heavy, but very tasty. Room is quiet enough for business discussions.
Innovative and Rich Flavors
Truly innovative dishes using standard and exotic ingredients that are rich an succulent. Vibe is very welcoming and everything is very well put together. Had the brisket , the goat and dumplings, the broccoli in fish oil and the soft shell crab. All were incredible and came out quickly. The wine choices suggested by our server were excellent. Will certainly return when I am back in town.
Tasty Twist on Southern and Vietnamese Food!
Underbelly does a cool twist on southern classics with a vietnamese influence, melding both into something unique and exciting. Everything we ordered was delicious. The setting is pretty casual and the our waitress was very attentive. We will be returning.
Great food & amazing service. Get goat dumplings.
Delicious food, cool setting, and amazing service. Been twice and it never gets old. Be sure to get the goat and kimchee dumplings. They are amazing and unforgettable.
Great sharing menu
Wonderful spot for a business dinner. Choosing what to share, comparing notes on the different dishes, and ordering a wide array of foods was a great way to interact with folks you do not know well. Wait staff extremely knowledgeable in helping design the meal. We had grouper, steak, goat, broccoli, and salad. All terrific.
Underbelly came highly recommended from several business associates. Unfortunately, the place was noisy and the food was mediocre at best. The salad greens were crisp and fresh. The other items were not quite as flavorful as expected. I found the entrées to be somewhat bland. The problem may be my palate as I eat out quite a bit and have gotten used to more seasoned meats and vegetables.
Food runs the gamut; great service
Some of the dishes we ordered were amazing. Others were less impressive, very salty. Server was great. Noise made conversation difficult.
Lived up to it's reputation.
It was our 32nd anniversary, I had never been to Underbelly, although my wife had been twice before. The service was relaxed but attentive, the staff was friendly and un-fazed by special requests. The food was every bit as fabulous as writers have asserted. The charcuterie was marvelous, the rice dumplings with braised goat was absolutely nuts, and their pork belly was top-notch, second only to Le Ren's in Nederland.
Incredible food made by a culinary mastermind!
Mr. Shepherd is a genius!!! The gumbo will make you forget your Tante's. The caramelized fish sauce on the veggies was amazing. Everything was amazing. I have dined at Underbelly several times for lunch and dinner and I have never been disappointed.
Everything was fantastic. The highlight ...
Everything was fantastic. The highlights for me? The pork belly on the charcuterie plate was like butter. Delicious and melt in your mouth good. I would also highly recommend the tamales! They were fresh and delicious and the pork in them was spiced to perfection.
Wonderful dining experience. Much of the food is Asian influenced but with a wide ranging scope. Everything was excellent and despite a fairly wide variety of selections for the table, there seemed to be clear, and appreciated flavor profile ties between the different items. Very impressed with the creativity and depth of flavor. Great relaxed ambience. Lots of care went into the selection of menu items and crafting of individual dishes, this was readily apparent. Can't wait to go back.
I took my parents here who were visiting from out of town- we all LOVED it. Our server helped us order just the right amount of food- we wanted to order more but I'm glad we listened to him! The grilled beef was amazing, so flavorful! Extremely knowledgeable staff and overall wonderful experience.
We came to celebrate my Friends birthday with a group of people we all chose excellent place to share with an each other and the server was very knowledgeable of the wine and helped us choose the perfect wine to pair with their food it was an amazing night
Bacon sausage, and maybe the best pork c ...
Bacon sausage, and maybe the best pork chop ive ever had
Underbelly always good
Always reliable and creative menu. Excellent service.
Uniquely Delicious Dining
We loved dining at Underbelly while my parents were in town. The menu is very unique with a variety of shared plates. Everyone will find something new and something they love. Be prepared to spend $$$ for this unique dining experience, farm fresh ingredients and extensive wine list.
A fine dinner
A fine dinner, with excellent service, a superb Condrieu wine, and really wonderful food!
Great food. Quite lunch location.
Great food. Quite lunch location.
Very good dinning experience. Everything ordered was great and on point. Some dishes may have been borderline too spicey but not complaining. Meal was perfect! Everything tried exceeded expectations!
We've been to Underbelly several times n ...
We've been to Underbelly several times now and will keep going back. The food is amazing and the service is outstanding. The goat-dumplings and crispy market vegetables are our favorite, but there were several new items (to us) on the menu which were delicious as well like the steak and short rib. Overall a terrific value.
Let the staff help with the sequence of ...
Let the staff help with the sequence of the plates you order.
Great food but pricey
Loved our underbelly experience but the prices have gone up! $30 for the prosciutto appetizer was shocking.
Our waitress was completely unfazed by o ...
Our waitress was completely unfazed by our party of 12, which was mostly comprised of Underbelly newbies. She chose most of our dishes, and each was a freaking culinary masterpiece. The pork belly? Amazing. Tamales? Yes. Cha Cha Snapper? Droooool. Go here. Do it.
We would recommend letting the waiter se ...
We would recommend letting the waiter select your menu! Live a little! They know best! The food was really well done, the service phenomenal and everyone working there was on point. Fantastic experience.
Can't figure this place out....
We have been to Underbelly about four times now and each time we walk away unimpressed. It's a cool place and the service is always good and the staff friendly, but we just can't figure the food out. It's not that it's bad or anything, it's just nothing special. The names of the dish's on the menu are all modern or whatever and sound really good but when you're done, you go "well, that was just ok". I don't think we'll go back. We would like to go back, as we like the restaurant and it's concept, but we have yet to walk out of the restaurant and go, wow, that was great. Just sayin'.
Underbelly continues to impress and not rest on their laurels. Menu is very diverse so there really is something for everyone. Catfish and crab fingers dish was incredible...very fresh, bright flavors. Fried chicken and dumplings also was spot-on delicious. Love this place!
I had a nice time and the food was good ...
I had a nice time and the food was good. Kim, our waitress was wonderful.
Was our first visit to Underbelly. Enjoy ...
Was our first visit to Underbelly. Enjoyed our dinner very much. Could have ordered less food. Very noisy and low lighting. Had to use or cell phone to read the menu and to read the bill.
Exceptional Food Experience
this was not just a dinner but an experience. Very impressed with the quality of the food and service.
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