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
My husband and I have eaten at Underbell ...
My husband and I have eaten at Underbelly both times we were in Houston recently. It has become our "date place" when we are lucky enough to be in town. We love the food and service. Our most recent visit was in July. Each item we ordered were full of my favorite summer flavored with unexpected additions that made each bite a wonderful departure from an ordinary dish. Underbelly is an eating adventure for us.
Fantastic food and drink. Service was gr ...
Fantastic food and drink. Service was great, everything explained in detail when we asked about the dishes and also recommended wine for us with what we had ordered. Ambiance was nice, a little dark when we first sat down but then they opened the blinds to let some light in.
Great dinner with friends. Pricey but would go here for special occasions, date night or with visitors to Houston.
Whenever we visit Houston Underbelly is ...
Whenever we visit Houston Underbelly is on our list for dinner. The menu is so inventive and fun and as always, we over order because there are so many things we want to try.
The wait staff knows the food and wine and really helps you build your meal.
Dining at 5.30pm is perfect coz there's ...
Dining at 5.30pm is perfect coz there's barely a crowd so we can talk and hear each other (carpet but still bare walls and ceiling in an open room, noise bounces like crazy) and enjoy good and quick service from kitchen and wait staff. Fantastic bread from Slow Dough, nice crunchy crust. We had to order two loaves. The food servings were right but have to say the bresaola (dried beef) plate barely had a few shavings for $14. That's a bit much. Better value to get the charcuterie plate (we did). The goat Korean sticky rice dough sticks in Korean kochujan red spicy sauce are supposed to be a big favorite. I think it's just okay. Nothing really says "wow" about it. (If you want Korean, go eat Korean.) Though it would be more like "mandoo" coz the menu saying "dumpling." So don't be fooled if you're expecting something that comes out looking like a dumpling with filling inside. It ain't. Good waiter . Love the smoked meat balls. Big surprise of the evening. Didn't think there'd be that much smokiness in it, but there was!
I always love Underbelly. Since the menu ...
I always love Underbelly. Since the menu changes everyday I feel like I can keep coming every three months and get a different experience. Our server was great, I cannot remember her name. The wine list was good. Also, we had bar service before and that was fantastic. Thank you for the hospitality. We will be back.
Another great visit! We loved everything ...
Another great visit! We loved everything we ordered- especially the heirloom tomato salad, okra, smoked meatballs, and mocha parfait. And we would never go to Underbelly without ordering the goat and dumplings- yummy! By far our favorite place in town to go when we have a babysitter. Can't wait to go back!
Very cool restaurant that is casual, but ...
Very cool restaurant that is casual, but has a nice overall appeal. There are a variety of dishes to choose from so this is great for those more adventurous. They sell small plates that are to be shared amongst the table. Our choices were that two of the four were good. The okra was salty and the pork belly was just not too my liking though it may appeal to others. The beef shoulder and caprese salad were both very good.
We had a really good meal at Underbelly ...
We had a really good meal at Underbelly sharing all the dishes we ordered. We started with a fresh baked ciabatta, literally right from the oven and hot to the touch. It was served with a whipped peach butter, but truth be told I would have preferred butter or olive oil., since the peach flavor was tired. Our first dish was a delicious heirloom tomato salad followed by a bresaola and compressed melon dish punched with basil and paneer and with crusty salt flakes providing a tiny surprise of crunch. Flash fried green beans with fish sauce were good but too salty for me. The famous for good reason! Korean goat and dumplings had a smooth and rich ragu full of meat. The dumplings were bite-sized, crunchy on the outside and dense. We finished with a slice of the vinegar pie which was underwhelming and an outrageously delicious blackberry fried pie with honey Rosemary ice cream and crisp coffee cake crumbles. The service was somewhat disappointing considering it was an early dinner hour and not too busy. We were asked if it was our first time, which it was, but compared to what we heard around us, the dish explanations were abbreviated. I had to ask for a clean plate at one point when a new course arrived and a used plate from a prior course remained in front of me. We were not rushed and had to ask for the check. Would definitely return and would recommend.
The food was excellent, but the waiter w ...
The food was excellent, but the waiter was beyond rude. One of my guests asked him to describe a dish. She was not familiar with the type of pasta or sauce. He rudely responded, "You know what grilled shrimp is, right?" Sheesh! Next time we'll Google it. Isn't it the job of the wait staff to answer questions about the menu and treat guests with respect?
We dined here for our daughter's birthda ...
We dined here for our daughter's birthday. Everything was Ok, but at a high price. We ordered the pork belly and out came 2 small pieces of meat. They say it is meant for sharing, but I disagree. It was an appetizer portion at best. I pointed it our to the waiter and he said he would let the kitchen know. And that was that.
Not planning to return.
Our family of 3 went to Underbelly for m ...
Our family of 3 went to Underbelly for my husband's birthday. We ordered 5 different dishes plus dessert and shared them. We loved them all! They might note on the menu how spicy the Korean goat and dumplings are tho!
Very enjoyable and delicious evening spe ...
Very enjoyable and delicious evening spent at Underbelly. The service was exceptional and the food was, as my mother said, "really the best we've had in some time." We all just about died over the sauce on the eggplant pasta (scraping the bowl to get every last bit). The bread was the perfect chewy/crusty combination, and the steak had great flavor as well as being tender. Loved the tiny okra and the fresh corn in our dishes. And the desserts were exceptional. Ready for another fried pie as I write this.
Chef Chris Shepard creates some of the m ...
Chef Chris Shepard creates some of the most flavorful and delicious dishes I have ever tasted! His seared grouper with fresh gazpacho and fresh tomato pico along with the pork belly with kimchi was to die for! The service was outstanding! A true foodie dining experience! Will most definitely will return!
Underbelly is our favorite Houston resta ...
Underbelly is our favorite Houston restaurant. We went here recently to celebrate/mourn our move from Houston, and it was the perfect way to commemorate the occasion. We love having our waiter pick the dishes. Emily did a superb job doing so. She was friendly, entertaining, and super knowledgable. Underbelly is everything that I would expect from high-end, farm-to-table restaurant. It's delicious, conscious, and detailed-oriented. Chef does a wonderful job of curating dishes to tell a culinary story about Houston. We will truly miss Underbelly.
Service made the difference between this ...
Service made the difference between this visit and our previous visit nearly 4 years ago. We were a party of 3 and ordered five dishes. While they didn't all wow us, the pork chop, grits and pole bean dishes did! We won't wait 4 more years to return.
Awesome all around
This was our second experience dining at Underbelly, and an experience is exactly how I would describe Underbelly. Everything is on point: the wait staff, the atmosphere, the drinks, the food, and the letting the wait staff choose our food is super fun. The prices are not outrageous for the experience and service received. Totally worth it. Totally love it.
Underbelly group Friday June 3rd
We had a really fun meal at Underbelly with our group. We had several stellar wines (that were amazing values) and let our server dictate our meal, save for adding the kale salad. The only misses were an oversalted mushroom and grits dish and eggplant and shrimp dish. All of the cooking techniques and flavors were spot on and the Pork chop was commented by several in the group as being the best they had ever eaten. The goat milk pops and vinegar pie were a great ending to a really fun food experience!
What can I say that hasn't been said? C ...
What can I say that hasn't been said? Chris Shepherd has created an amazing restaurant with spectacular offerings.
Service was on point as usual. Very friendly and attentive, with excellent recommendations and answers to any questions.
If I had to say anything critical it would be to slow down on service :)
Maybe our group just ordered too much. We ordered about 20 dishes and for a little while it was slightly chaotic as so many delectable choices sprawled across the large butcher-block table.
Snow cap peas won the night. Whoever is buying their produce knows something the rest of us don't. Well done and a nice surprise.
If you have gone for lunch but never been to dinner, you need to fix that. Lunch is good. Dinner is stellar.
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