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
The food was great. The atmosphere is a ...
The food was great. The atmosphere is a a bit casual but do not be deceived; the food was impressive. Lover of pork, I felt as if I was in a candy store. Pork belly, smoke room, butcher on site, and delicious. I will be back for more.
This restaurant deserves its rep! Absol ...
This restaurant deserves its rep! Absolutely amazing! I would not go with two people--you need at least four because everything is family style and you need to be able to buy enough items to get a good selection of appetizers, veggies and meat. Beef was amazing as were the green beans, beets and omg the dumplings! That is a small plate so if you do want to go w just two people, it is an excellent choice. Nothing was just okay. Everything was great to "best I ever had"!
Underbelly continues to be one of my fav ...
Underbelly continues to be one of my favorite restaurants any where. The food is creative, unique and fantastic. I love the ambiance that is casual, rustic and elegant. The service is always efficient and accommodating; and I love that I can bring wine from my cellar. Chris Sheppard is a genius. I can't wait till the next time.
We ordered 5 plates so that we could sam ...
We ordered 5 plates so that we could sample the most interesting sounding items on the lunch menu. I am not going to say that the food tasted bad...not at all. Odd is the best way to describe all but 1 dish. What you expect to taste is not at all what you taste. Let me break it down plate by plate:
Flash fried green beans tossed in caramelized fish sauce - it smelled foul but tasted pretty good. The smell, however, didn't make eating it very easy.
Korean beef stew - it looked like a regular beef stew and the meat was tender, but there was something in that dish that gave it a sour taste. Also the meat tasted like it had been marinated in something very different. There was a side of spiced sauces that we didn't know how it was to be consumed. I ended up pulling my meat out of the liquid and dipping it in the sauce - which made the meat taste better to me.
Grilled flank steak over rice noodles with peanuts and cucumber - the flank steak was great but it tasted like fajita meat on top of an Asian noodle salad. The two just didn't go well together. So we ate the meat first and the noodles/cucumber/peanuts as a side.
Braised pork on cheese grits - the pork was delicious. It was like a Korean BBQ pulled-pork. The cheese grits were simply awful. They tasted butter-milky and the texture was so odd that i thought the grits weren't cooked...but after further inspection it turned out to be some sort of hard corn husk (like you'd find in popped corn).
Pork Schnitzel over pickled cabbage - this was absolutely delicious. It tasted exactly like we expected...only 10 times better.
Overall, it was an interesting experience - but a little too adventurous for my taste. My business associate, who IS quite adventurous, also felt like the dishes were a little too interesting - even for his taste.
Took my girlfriend here to celebrate our ...
Took my girlfriend here to celebrate our 1 year together.
First off, service was exceptional! Austin was our waiter and he intricately explained the items on the menu in great detail and recommended some great choices for us. Other staff members were cordial and very professional.
Ambiance was great; I'm not a great fan of the "hoity toity" over the top fancy places. Underbelly's decor and overall presentation gave the impression that they simply want to serve quality food.
Value was awesome. We ordered the red snapper, Underbelly-style Korean dukbokki and the pork chop. The quality and QUANTITY of the food was amazing!
Overall, I highly recommend Underbelly for anyone looking for a restaurant that offers great food, exceptional service, professionalism and incredible value.
everything was wonderful , until it took ...
everything was wonderful , until it took 15 minutes before the last course of dishes were removed from the table and only after I asked someone to clear the table , other than that , it was great , love the cuisine and menu
Always has an amazing and ever changing ...
Always has an amazing and ever changing menu that does not disappoint. One of the only restaurants around in which the flavor of the food is always spot on - requires no doctoring like extra salt, pepper, or sauces.
While I've been a fan of Shepard's since ...
While I've been a fan of Shepard's since the Catalan days, I'd been out of the Houston scene for a time - back for a visit. This was certainly very good overall, the space and vibe solid, interesting wine list absent dramatic pricing, the meals were well put together but lacked the serious punch and layers which are expected at this price point. Maybe I'm just looking at it from fond remembrances, but the other this was a good one still seeming to perform via reviews, delivered on those expectations.
Had a great time trying out Underbelly. ...
Had a great time trying out Underbelly. The menu has a lot of unique combinations and the plates come designed to be shared with the table. I was here on a date and it was a fantastic place to spend time, chat, and share a meal and a bottle of wine. I would highly recommend Underbelly to anyone looking for a unique dining experience. It was a tad loud when we first arrived in the middle of a Friday night prime dinner rush, but as we stayed later into the night the volume lowered and even with it having been loud, we had a blast here. I should also note that the wine list was pretty intimidating to both myself and my date. The waitress was happy to help us out and helped us pick out a delicious wine that we both enjoyed.
This was the 2nd time my wife and had di ...
This was the 2nd time my wife and had dinner at Underbellys and it was just as exciting as the 1st time. First and foremost, GREAT FOOD!! Very authentic and only one item one the menu from the 1st time, the dumplings and Korean Goat (we were glad to see it as you will not taste a better dish with a Houston flair.)The wine pairings were right on each plate ( we ate family style ordering each item on the menu for 4in the party). Then came the dessert paired with a port wine only a King would love. Look forward to our next trip back. Thank you for another great night out
A Houston gem. Great food with a unique ...
A Houston gem. Great food with a unique menu. This restaurant has a fun, informal atmosphere located in a happening spot in the city. It is a good-- friend get together spot-- to share unique menu items and enjoy really good food. I would describe the menu as casual elegant. One feature I learned on this most current visit is that you can BYOB. The corkage fee is $15 so bring one of your better wines. The servers are all well trained and very pleasant to work with and guide you through the food selection process.
Four of us went to this dinner and each ...
Four of us went to this dinner and each of us felt this was among the most memorable dinner of our lives, and perhaps at the very top of our list. As this farm to table restaurant advises on the menu for the adventurous, we asked our waitress to order the meal for us and pair wines appropriately. With knowledge that we weren't big eaters but loved to taste, we ended up with 8 courses that we were unable to decide which topped which since every course had a new revelation from the best Steak Tartare I've ever eaten to the charcuterie butchered and aged on the premises (yes, underbelly was one of the items) to homemade cheese within a bean salad, to a vietnamese red snapper that took vietnamese cuisine to levels I never had experienced previously, to out of this world wood ear mushrooms accompanying steak tips, to a spicy barbecued pork collar, to a different spiciness in the korean dumplings with braised goat that this restaurant is known for (crisp on the outside, soft on the inside), to the monkey bread with homemade ice cream dessert. A beautiful and leisurely tour accompanied by the perfect wine chosen by our guide. She was given carte blanche so I was pleasantly surprised that the choice of wines was reasonably priced ($31 and $75 per bottle). When you consider that this feast really cost a little over $100 a person and the Chef Chris Shephard is first class, that's about as good as a bargain as one could hope for on a safari like this. One could easily spend much less for first class food and service. The other dinners I've had that were this memorable were made by a Cordon Bleu Chef at a Michelin Three Star Restaurant in Lausanne, Switzerland and a personal 12-course tasting meal by a chef who was a relative of the party. Ten Thumbs Up!!!
Awesome simply awesome. We were 6 peo ...
Awesome simply awesome. We were 6 people and the menu has a lot of great interesting choices. We told the server to just pick items and bring them her choice. It was great and made for a fun dinner. Wine list is great and being from New York it was a great value. A+
Underbelly lives up to its incredible re ...
Underbelly lives up to its incredible reputation. The food was absolutely delicious, the service was impeccable, and the atmosphere is lively. I couldn't be happier with the experience. All three dishes we ordered were excellent and the wine suggestions were on point. Thank you for a great dinner.
Maybe the best meal I've had since retur ...
Maybe the best meal I've had since returning to Houston from NYC in 2011. The three friends I took to lunch would agree with me...we all want to return soon and continue working our way through the menu. We each ordered a dish and then shared them...honestly could not decide which was the best. Ah, but dessert....the Vinegar Pie! Sounds awful but is to die for -- puts any lemon or chess pie to shame.
Immediately walking in I was blow away. ...
Immediately walking in I was blow away. The atmosphere and employees were just so inviting! I've never been to Houston and this being my first time I didn't want to leave, I personally work in a local restaurant and ab
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