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
I was excited about this restaurant beca ...
I was excited about this restaurant because of its farm-to-table menu, and we enjoyed the food. But we found the dining room and overall vibe to be uninspired. It looked and felt like a Cracker Barrel.
The service even though helpful, was lac ...
The service even though helpful, was lacking just pleasantries and manners which cost nothing, no matter if your trying to be a local hang out place or first class dinning.
Great food, good service, one of my favo ...
Great food, good service, one of my favorite lunch spots!
Awesome experience. Great food, and ama ...
Awesome experience. Great food, and amazing service. Portions seemed a bit small, and pricey.
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.
Such amazing cuisine. Great staff that a ...
Such amazing cuisine. Great staff that are passionate about food. Fantastic atmosphere.
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!
Awesome as usual. Goat dumplings are jus ...
Awesome as usual. Goat dumplings are just awesome.
Menu is creative; food is very tasty. It ...
Menu is creative; food is very tasty. It is fun to select multiple menu items and share with everybody at the table. Jeff B waited on us and gave helpful commentary about our choices.
Underbelly is always good, creative, fre ...
Underbelly is always good, creative, fresh, flavorful, seasonal, spicy, sweet...whatever you crave, they have it. Best of what Houston has to offer.
Great food and service to match! Oooooo ...
Great food and service to match! Oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
Waiter was super helpful describing and ...
Waiter was super helpful describing and recommending the dishes. Owner very hands on. Have never had a bad experience!
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.
A bit confusing at first when your not f ...
A bit confusing at first when your not familiar with the concept, but was ok. Glad we didn't order more food than we were advised to. There is plenty of food overall
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!
Great evening out
Underbelly offers creative dishes in a very nice setting and with excellent service. It is a true gem in the Houston food scene!
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.
Lives up to its reputation.
I took my girlfriend here for her birthday. The waitstaff was very friendly and provided excellent service. We had an idea of the wines and foods that we wanted to eat, told our waiter, and he suggested an excellent meal course for us.
We ate at this restaurant when holidaying in Houston in May 2016. We had read a review in Mindfood Magazine in New Zealand and found ourselves in Houston. What a great find. Great food, helpful staff and of course fine New Zealand Wine.
Don't Understand All of the Hype
Went for family birthday. Food was good but not up to all of the hype. The shared dish style was a bit odd and led to strange service. Vegetables were brought our about 15 min before entrees. Overall a bit to trendy and pricy for my liking.
Great food, inspired menu, varied wine o ...
Great food, inspired menu, varied wine offerings. We had a really good server. Really made the night.
The atmosphere and service were good. T ...
The atmosphere and service were good. The menu has several interesting items which is what got us to attend in the first place. Food flavors were good, but quantities fall far below the mark. I do not need a big plate a food but some of the plates served were so meager that the Underbelly is an extremely poor value for money spent.
Always fantastic! Lots of flavor depth ...
Always fantastic! Lots of flavor depth at underbelly, always.
Really great food --- Underbelly is my f ...
Really great food --- Underbelly is my favorite restaurant in Houston. The server had a bit of an off day, though. He was oddly distant, didn't offer up any details about the menu (we had to ask). In the past, the servers have always given a spiel about the place before we've ordered. It wasn't bad service, just not quite the friendly service I'm used to there. Probably just an off day. Still a great lunch!
Excellent experience and a wonderful pla ...
Excellent experience and a wonderful place to go with friends or to celebrate a special occasion!
Amazing!! A chef friend recommended I tr ...
Amazing!! A chef friend recommended I try Underbelly while in Houston. The super courteous and attentive staff gave us the scoop on ordering and helped with recommendations. Everything we ordered was delicious and full of flavor; the mixed veggies, perhaps the simplest menu item, was somehow my second favorite. I'd definitely return.
Have to give Chris his due. He has put t ...
Have to give Chris his due. He has put together a simple concept with structure and hospitality and turned it up. Congrats. We will be returning.
I have been here twice now and really li ...
I have been here twice now and really like this place. Is is fun that the menu constantly changes so there are always new options. My husband and I like the option of sharing small plates so that concept works well for us. We liked all 4 of the dinner items and also the dessert we ordered. Will be back!
The Service and the food were better tha ...
The Service and the food were better than Exceptional. I was there for a business dinner that we had 6 people. We didn't even have to order because the Waitress said she would take care of us and bring us entrees and she and the food were incredible.
Always a fun experience.
Second time at Underbelly. Food was outstanding again. Ordered two helpings of the unique broccoli dish. Our waiter was attentive and amiable. The kitchen was a bit slow this evening; but, our waiter was our advocate with the chefs. That's the only reason overall rating was not "Outstanding." Once again a very pleasant dining experience.
Great Downtown Lunch Alternative
Great Downtown Lunch Alternative. Close to downtown, but with an entirely different lunch ambiance. Imaginative fare that is not too heavy, but very tasty. Room is quiet enough for business discussions.
Innovative and Rich Flavors
Truly innovative dishes using standard and exotic ingredients that are rich an succulent. Vibe is very welcoming and everything is very well put together. Had the brisket , the goat and dumplings, the broccoli in fish oil and the soft shell crab. All were incredible and came out quickly. The wine choices suggested by our server were excellent. Will certainly return when I am back in town.
Tasty Twist on Southern and Vietnamese Food!
Underbelly does a cool twist on southern classics with a vietnamese influence, melding both into something unique and exciting. Everything we ordered was delicious. The setting is pretty casual and the our waitress was very attentive. We will be returning.
Great food & amazing service. Get goat dumplings.
Delicious food, cool setting, and amazing service. Been twice and it never gets old. Be sure to get the goat and kimchee dumplings. They are amazing and unforgettable.
Great sharing menu
Wonderful spot for a business dinner. Choosing what to share, comparing notes on the different dishes, and ordering a wide array of foods was a great way to interact with folks you do not know well. Wait staff extremely knowledgeable in helping design the meal. We had grouper, steak, goat, broccoli, and salad. All terrific.
Underbelly came highly recommended from several business associates. Unfortunately, the place was noisy and the food was mediocre at best. The salad greens were crisp and fresh. The other items were not quite as flavorful as expected. I found the entrées to be somewhat bland. The problem may be my palate as I eat out quite a bit and have gotten used to more seasoned meats and vegetables.
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