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
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Beer, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Underbelly Ratings and Reviews
An imaginative mix of Gulf and Asian inf ...
An imaginative mix of Gulf and Asian influenced food, using local ingredients, served in an almost tapas-like set up of small dishes creatives one of the most fun, surprising and outright tasty food experiences in Houston.
It has been around for a while. Great re ...
It has been around for a while. Great reviews have been written about it. However, it was my first time there. Parking in Montrose can be a challenge. So, the availability of valet parking was great. Food was great but service was superb. Ask for Arthur as a server. I would follow him wherever he works for his amazing skills. He has years and years of experience in the hospitality industry and truly understands food, wine, and stands up for excellence.
I had several colleagues in from Europe. ...
I had several colleagues in from Europe. I like to take such groups to Underbelly because it is a quintessential fusion of Houston food influences. We started with the charcuterie and freshly baked bread. The homemade pepperoni was especially noteworty. We had several courses, including the jalapeno cheese sausage, the chobia, the Korean braised goat and dumplings, the ribeye, the ham ribs, and the bulkogi pork collar. Each course was better than the last. Underbelly is always good, but they were really on their game that night. One of my colleagues (a Belgian, no less, so he know his food) said it might have been the best meal he ever had. A truly great meal. Thanks!
Our waiter spit on my date every time he ...
Our waiter spit on my date every time he spoke.
I was about to complain/ ask for another server, but felt embarrassed over such a disgusting thing.
Please, correct this.
I never want to go into your restaurant again, and certainly will recall that whenever Underbelly is brought up.
We came in less than an hour before clos ...
We came in less than an hour before closing on a Monday and were still served perfectly. Food and service were on point. This was probably my 15th time here and it's always been very good, but this time, it was the best we've ever experienced. Keep up the great work! Our server, Kim was extremely helpful and gave amazing service.
The food was unbelievable. Everything wa ...
The food was unbelievable. Everything was outstanding. We had the Pork Belly with melons, the flank steak, the charcuterie plate, and Korean braised goat with dumplings. The meal was a top class experience and we can't wait to go back
I wanted to love Underbelly but I just c ...
I wanted to love Underbelly but I just can't give it more than three stars. The concept of locally sourced, modern Southern fusion cooking sounds great. It's the execution (& the naming) of the dishes I struggled to love.
I started with their jambalaya. It showed up stuffed in a sausage casing. I inquired if it was the correct dish and was told this is their interpretation of jambalaya. I commented their interpretation is called Boudin. More importantly I thought the dish was bland & on the petite side for the price.
Next was the crispy okra with fish sauce which I absolutely loved!! Zero complaints!!
I finished with the Korean braised goat & dumplings. Again I thought the seasoning was to the bland side but the dumplings were incredibly heavy (dense & chewy). To me the dumplings were a fail! The art of making dumplings (pasta) is about delivering something light & fresh. The dumplings were little dough rocks, I can't see how any chef would eat those and not call them a failed attempt.
I liked the cocktail & wine selection.
So as much as I'd love to give them 5 stars I can't. First course was ok, 2nd course was great & 3rd course was average at best. Additionally, it's a BMW (bring my wallet) type place. It's pricy for what you get. Quality costs money but there's a line. At its core these are all Southern comfort food dishes. Okra is cheap, rice is cheap, dumplings are cheap so serving petite portions at premium prices doesn't come off to me as paying for quality as much as being over the appropriate price point. The menu is priced like a one star Michelin restaurant in Paris.
I'm sure I've probably offended all the James Beard foodies with this review but I can only call it as I see it.
The only reason I took back 1 star was m ...
The only reason I took back 1 star was most likely because of OpenTable/UnderBelly interface. I booked the special champagne dinner for my anniversary, only to find out that through Open Table, there was a mess-up and we ended up with regular dinner. I was about the cancel the dinner because I was really upset with the mess-up.
Otherwise the food was great. I like the asian influence in most of the dish. The food was very well executed, except it leaned on saltiness. I didn't try the goat dumplings this time because I thought this dish was always overspiced which overtook the goat taste.
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.
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