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
No dish that we tried failed to deliver ...
No dish that we tried failed to deliver on smoky unique flavours,caramelised green beans and ribeye were standout in taste. Cool,casual vibe,unpretentious service ,there when you need them,good explanation on menu. Would definitely recommend this restuarant,and would absolutely go again.
This place was WAY over priced for the q ...
This place was WAY over priced for the quality of food. As a visitor to Houston, I was encouraged to visit this establishment. Not sure what all the hype is about, but now I know. My pork tostada was dried out, snapper prepared nicely, but overall quite bland. Needed more flavor (and I am one that usually thinks things are too salty).
Underbelly is a creative, delicious meal ...
Underbelly is a creative, delicious meal that is interesting and fun too. Lots of choices that are very creative but also some "down home southern cooking" too .. Service was great and came to the table at just the right pace.
Very disappointing. Had been looking fo ...
Very disappointing. Had been looking forward to going there for months, but the flank steak was tough and absolutely tasteless. The cherry tomatoes were good, and that's about the only good thing I can say about the salad. The desserts were great, though, especially the vinegar pie. Both the salad and desserts were over-priced.
Food is delicious and is brought to the ...
Food is delicious and is brought to the table with a relaxed timing that allows to best savour the dishes without having to wait for it. The waiter was a bit brisk and I almost got oil on my trousers. The setting is simple and could benefit from a bit more of decoration in particular on the outside patio
What a fabulous meal we enjoyed here wit ...
What a fabulous meal we enjoyed here with friends and family, celebrating my husband's birthday last week. The food was incredible, like we expected it would be, and the staff was helpful and attentive. I just wish we didn't have to fly all the way from Virginia to get there! Very memorable dinner!
We went to Underbelly for our anniversar ...
We went to Underbelly for our anniversary. The service was wonderful and the food was great. Our two favorites were the goat dumplings (not to be missed) and the pork belly on grit cake (so delicious). We ordered 5 plates at our waiters encouragement and ate almost everything (three were proteins and two vegetables). We did not have room for dessert and definitely came hungry.
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.
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