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.
Houston, TX 77006
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, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Underbelly Ratings and Reviews
My girlfriend and I came here for our an ...
My girlfriend and I came here for our anniversary, we absolutely loved it. Service exceeded our expectations and the food was spectacular. I recommend Undebelly for special occasion or for those seeking fine dining.
The food was absolutely phenomenal. Our ...
The food was absolutely phenomenal. Our waiter Dakota was great. The pace of dining was fantastic and the order of the food coming out was perfect. The wine we ordered had wonderful taste and paired well with our meals. Will definitely be dining soon again here.
This place never disappoints. The food ...
This place never disappoints. The food is creative and delicious. Our waitress was informed and very knowledgeable about the menu, which was helpful since my wife and I wanted to try a variety of dishes (perhaps more than we needed, but all of the dishes sound so wonderful). She did a great job timing the dishes and bringing them out to the table in an order that allowed us to enjoy the flavors of each dish without competing with other dishes we ordered. Great menu, great service.
the atmosphere is good, however the food ...
the atmosphere is good, however the food is too pricy for what you are getting. A regular Asian restaurant can do it 10 times better. If you are using the Asian cooking techniques, then there is a lot of room for improvement.
Have been away from Houston for several ...
Have been away from Houston for several years, and was happy to see that Underbelly has only improved in my absence. My wife and I booked reservations for our anniversary and were treated to top-notch service and incredible food. Our server (Dakota) was knowledgeable and friendly, offering great suggestions for wine as well as food. He took care of us in a manner that reflects the quality of Underbelly's cuisine, and really helped to make a special evening all the more memorable.
Run, don't walk... especially if you like tasty food.
Food was good - some items better than o ...
Food was good - some items better than others. I was underwhelmed by the kale salad, the ciabatta bread & butter and the barrel fish. Ca cha snapper, short ribs, jalapeño sausage & goat dumplings were great. And I mean great. Incredible flavored. Desserts are not their strong suit. I remembered that from my last visit but decided to give it another go. My lemon upside cake could have been from the grocery store. Service was great.
Had a fantastic experience celebrating o ...
Had a fantastic experience celebrating our anniversary of 16 years. We fine dine often and were pleased to be relocated to the patio when we asked about a quieter area. The main dining room is very energetic -- at least during the holidays. The bartender served us and was absolutely fantastic. Very knowledgeable about the menu and saw to our every need. My wife is gluten free and he steered us to the best choices. Highly recommend underbelly! If you want/need an accommodation, just ask!
If you want to eat the food of Houston, ...
If you want to eat the food of Houston, then Underbelly is a must. Our party had courses including Korean style goat dumplings, Vietnamese style beef stew, gulf snapper, and pulled pork on traditional grits. Service was highly attentive and well informed. The food bursts with flavors. All items were well made.
Also in true Houston/Texas style, the food is not overly subtle and complex, but rather high quality, thoughtful, and exciting.
Have eaten there many times and it never ...
Have eaten there many times and it never fails to impress, the family style menu choices always make the simple act of choosing from the constantly changing menu a fun act in itself, and the dishes themselves, exquisitely presented and cooked to perfection. The wait staff are very knowledgeable and its nice when they recognize you from a previous visit - it makes you feel like part of the family. One of my favorite Houston restaurants. Would highly recommend, but would also suggest on making a reservation if you plan on eating at one of its busy times, as it can get crowded.
Underbelly did not underperform! Our gr ...
Underbelly did not underperform! Our group sampled 11 of the small plates and each got at least 5 out of 6 thumbs up! Fun, easy pace, knowledgable staff. A great time to celebrate two birthdays.....oh, and 3 of the deserts are awesome!!! We didn't have time or the room to try any but 3 ;)
Very good experience. Service was great ...
Very good experience. Service was great, professional, not too chummy but friendly and professional. Food was great, large enough plates to share. Only suggestion was to pre-slice the bread since it was difficult and messy for us to slice at the table.
While the menu says shareable plates rem ...
While the menu says shareable plates remember this is Texas and these ain't no tiny tapas. We made the mistake (again) of over ordering. 2 or 3 plates max if it's just two of you. Everything is good, but the goat dumplings are amazing and not to be missed.
Had been awhile since i last went. Was r ...
Had been awhile since i last went. Was really looking forward to this meal for my birthday. Had the flash fried Brocoli and korean dumplings. Broccoli was not what it once was, the dumplings didnt dissapoint. Had the snapper and tamales for a meal. I have to say the dumplings for the best part of this meal for me. :(
Went for our 3rd wedding anniversary. To ...
Went for our 3rd wedding anniversary. Told our server to "give us a tour" of the cuisine and pair it with wine. We had excellent service and were brought 6 separate dishes for two including a fantastic fried pie with dessert wine pairing at the end. Definitely the best meal I've had - out server was very knowledgeable and engaging. A great way to taste what Houston cuisine has to offer.
This was the fourth time i have been to ...
This was the fourth time i have been to this restauarant.
maybe a bad day, but the food was poor, and waiter did not seem to care. the Burratta tasted like potato salad and the crispy pork belly (usually great) was sloppy and disgusting.
Previously I have been with a large group in the evening, great fun and lunch which was pretty good./
The wine was superb, the food was excell ...
The wine was superb, the food was excellent, the cream soda was outstanding, the dessert was scrumptious, and service was prompt and friendly. The only less than excellent food was the somewhat overly fatty ribeye.
Our waiter took himself a little too ser ...
Our waiter took himself a little too seriously for me. He also did the dreaded- he told you that you must eat the dishes in a certain order for the flavor- instead of " we recommend". Food is subjective and let the customer have it how they want if they wish. They're paying after all!
Dined at Underbelly with friends we have ...
Dined at Underbelly with friends we have not seen for some time. Allover - an excellent experience. The food was delicious and creative. We tried and shared a variety of dishes, and everyone at the table enjoyed them all! The decor is modern and inviting. Service was excellent, including the valet parking. Recommended!
Let me begin by saying that my date and ...
Let me begin by saying that my date and I had high expectations for this restaurant from the numerous articles it has been featured in.
Upon arrival we were shown to a very loud corner table in front of the server station.
Next a wine glass was dropped right in front of our table causing glass to shatter against our legs, onto the table and the floor around us. Completely understand and staff apologized and did their best to clean it all up. Just want to establish the mood of the evening.
We ordered one of the family style meals for the ...grilled roast. Upon arrival it was so tough I had a hard time cutting it with my knife, much less chewing it. I gave up and ate veggies.
Server insisted we order beets dish. Nothing about the cold beets tasted any different than any other beets I have ever eaten. Best dish we tasted was the shrimp with turnip cake.
Needless to say we won't be back anytime soon.
Chef Gary Ly created a wide range of dis ...
Chef Gary Ly created a wide range of dishes for us and they were all wonderful. The ribs were ou of this world. The beet salad is so delicious. Ingredients were so fresh that it shines through the dish and the spectacular service made it a very memorable experience.
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