Houston, TX 77006
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, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Underbelly Ratings and Reviews
Let me start by saying that their coffee is terrible. I was surprised for such a high priced dinner that there wouldn't be a fine quality coffee being served with desserts. Being from the Bay Area, I expected more quantity or lessor expensive for the type of food we had. The prices We're too high for the proportion of the plates served.
Simply put Underbelly is amazing! My wife and I love this place. Date night, special occasion, double date, just want to eat somewhere outside the suburbs, etc. Underbelly is our choice more times than not. Typically, going to the same restaurant over and over and over would get old and boring and routine, however Chris and his outstanding team at Underbelly break that mold by continually changing the menu to feature fantastic Bayou City inspired entrees. Tonight I had grits. And gravy. Topped with a fried egg. For dinner. Yeah grits, gravy and eggs for dinner. [expletive deleted] awesome! Would recommend to everyone and I usually do!
My 4th time to Underbelly and it will not be my last. One of the more interesting menus in Houston and there is something to fit everyone's taste. Surprisingly good wine list. The shared items are great for a group of friends. Go next door to Hay Merchant before or after to complete your evening.
The service was very slow. Had to flag the waitress several times. She did offer very good recommendations for the food. Thought the food was good overall, just to expensive for the amount we received. There were four of us, ordered four dishes at around 20 each and it was one bite per person. Ordered two cauliflower dishes which were amazing and two deserts.
Underbelly continues to be a top level Houston restaurant destination. This was one of our favorite places for years. We moved from Houston and hadn't been back for 2 years. We specifically decided that we would make the trip back if we could get reservations at Underbelly! It lived up to every thing we remembered! Spectacular food great wine and impeccable service! Sure wish they would open in New Orleans!
The entire experience was wonderful. Whimsical menus, a view of the curing room, a seat next to the open kitchen, a lengthy wine menu, a "big bowl of salad" with delicious crunchy vegetables and a tangy lemon vinaigrette, goat and dumplings that were surprisingly crispy (and a must have), the braised short rib with fried rice (possibly one of the best dishes I've ever had, YUM), and the vinegar pie, which was an unexpected treat. I loved every minute!
Went here with colleagues and friends for lunch, and we ordered family style. The charcuterie board was plentiful and included generous servings of 4 meats, prepared and cured in house, and pickled radishes, carrots, all locally sourced, especially when ordered with a loaf of hot out of oven ciabatta. The Korean braised goat and dumplings was a favorite- spicy, great texture and taste with minimal gaminess that I had come to expect from goat. The dumplings were perfectly sized rice cakes, chewy with a nice crust reminiscent of my favorite part about fried rice ( the crunchy stuff from the bottom of the pan ). Pulled pork and grits were creamy but not mushy. The dishes were brought out at a nice pace so everyone had a chance to enjoy the food at hand. Chicken lettuce wraps also great for sharing, with good portion of meat.
Tasty homemade drinking vinegar shrubs made for refreshing cocktails, with options for sparkling water, a pilsner or sparkling wine as the base.
Despite all the food we saved room for dessert - panna cotta had perfect texture, fried carrot pie and the lard biscuit strawberry shortcake all were served with a dollop of ice creams. All were fantastic.
Service was attentive and friendly.
We made reservations for our large party although at that early weekday hour there was plenty of seating.
So glad to know places such as Underbelly are part of the Houston scene.
The wine was excellent. Me and my wife were kind of dissapointed in the food. The Korean goat dumplings were awesome, five stars. The cobia was not very good at all. The 20 month old perchutta was awesome. The tamales were not very good. The beef collar was fairly good. I think we had a few other things to eat but nothing really stood out. But i would recomend the place for the wine, and me and my wife will go back for the wine. For 240$ i expect everything to be outstanding, and it just wasnt. I think next time we will just go to the wine bar and have the bar food with wine.
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 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.
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.
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