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
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.
Food was amazing and totally lived up to ...
Food was amazing and totally lived up to the hype! Our waitress offered to "feed us" and it was the best option as our entire group got to taste a wide range of the menu securing return visits for us all. Would love to come back with another large party to taste a different menu!
Loved this meal. Truly the best short ri ...
Loved this meal. Truly the best short ribs I have ever eaten, portions are generous. Fun place, service was excellent, servers knowledgeable about the foods and recommended just the right amount for me and my mom. Would be great to come here with a group, to try more stuff. A wee bit noisy unless you are in the quieter side room.
Our party of 4 had a wonderful dining ex ...
Our party of 4 had a wonderful dining experience. We ordered 6 items to share, and our waiter brought them out 1 at a time. He was very attentive and knowledgeable.
The only negative thing was the lighting at night. You need to use a flashlight to read the menu.
Food was excellent -as usual.
It was my first visit to Underbelly, my ...
It was my first visit to Underbelly, my wife's 2nd. It was everything I have read about it and much more. Our server was excellent, I believe her name was Katherine! She was informative, fun and quite interested in meeting our wants. Watching the kitchen scene was also wonderful as my wife is in culinary school after more than 30 years in corporate America. The teamwork was just, well, cool!! I would certainly recommend Underbelly to any person, let alone foodie, in a heartbeat. I am looking forward to my next visit.
Food was absolutely amazing. Had a glute ...
Food was absolutely amazing. Had a gluten free need for a member in the group and our waitress knew the menu like she designed the dishes (she may have). Beer selection was good but a little higher priced than I'm used too in similar settings where I live. Deserts (pumpkin pie concoction with marshmallow) was bomb. Definitely need to find Underbelly if you get a chance. I would have liked to have been in the larger dining area to fully enjoy the setting/ambience Underbelly had to offer. If I had to redo my dinner plans the Friday night I went to Underbelly I would only have eaten more of the goat dumplings, tamales, and the pumpkin pie desert because I'm a 2 hour dive plus a 2 hour flight away.
I came here to show a business associate ...
I came here to show a business associate from Berlin, Germany a taste of Houston cuisine, and what a perfect place to take him.
Our server was amazing, he helped us with wine choices and explained thoroughly to my colleague what Underbelly was about and how their menu was structured. We walked ourselves through the menu, but it was not hard to understand.
We ordered a crispy pork belly dish that was served with noodles in a broth, with a fried egg. My coworker told me it was the best pork he'd ever had - I'd go so far as to say the same.
We also had a beef shoulder dish, with pureed turnips and greens. Trust me when I say that it has been a long time since a restaurant has impressed me the way that Underbelly has.
My only suggestion is that they should make the music more audible. More speakers, better placement, something; it was already pretty noisy in there, so I fear that raising the volume may just serve to make the restaurant an uncomfortably loud place - just making the music more audible would have enhanced my experience by a considerable amount.
It's a hearty finning experience. We ask ...
It's a hearty finning experience. We asked the waitress to bring whatever is the best in the menu that day. And we didn't regret it. It's an experience of unexpected flavors under one roof.
Something for everyone....My 14 year old daughter loved their rib eye steak and ciabatta bread. We enjoyed kimchi with some tender meat too tasty to know what. If you have open mind to meats & flavors, Underbelly is a must!
I have been to this place more then once ...
I have been to this place more then once, Its my absolute favorite restaurant in Houston TX.
My wife and I have been to many fine establishments in Houston and ALWAYS come back to Underbelly its the best meal for the price and ambiance!
Chef Chris Shepards and all the Underbel ...
Chef Chris Shepards and all the Underbelly staff flawlessly executed this concept. It's not often that I read about a restaurant on their website and am even more blown away in person; I was literally in awe the entire time. Incredibly thoughtful food and wine menus which married perfectly, clearly fresh and astounding proteins and a beautiful portrayal of the Houston food scene. I have been saying for months now, "why do people fight over the bill at dinner? Why can't we all just go out, share a bunch of food and wine, and enjoy the night?" Underbelly was literally the answer to that plea of mine. Only way the experience could have been more perfect is if Bun B had been there to actually read the wine comic to me. Thank you, Chef!
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.
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