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1100 Westheimer Rd Houston, TX 77006
1100 Westheimer RoadUSTexasHouston77006
$$$American RestaurantToday 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, 5:00 – 10:00 PM
Monday 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, 5:00 – 10:00 PMTuesday 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, 5:00 – 10:00 PMWednesday 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, 5:00 – 10:00 PMThursday 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, 5:00 – 10:00 PMFriday 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, 5:00 – 11:00 PMSaturday 5:00 – 11:00 PMSunday Closed

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Upscale eatery & on-site butcher shop dedicated to all things pork also features a wine bar.- Google
"The vinegar pie is sweet by itself, and the salt brittle is."
"Lastly, we ordered the Korean braised goat and dumplings."
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Cindy Tran
3 weeks ago
For the hype that this place gets, it is honestly not worth it. I have been here twice and it has been underwhelming each time. I honestly don't understand what is the hype is or I just have a different taste palette than everyone else on here. I figured it was because of the menu so I have tried the different menus they offered in the summer and fall of 2013. I was really looking forward to this place because my friend speak nothing but good things about it. Paul Qui even suggested this in "Where Chef Eats." The atmosphere was very laid back, loud, and a bit cozy. The first time I sat at the bar and ordered food/wine. Bartender was snobbish and off-putting. I saw him again the second time and you can imagine how ecstatic I was. My friend really liked the carpaccio and their bread there. So we ordered that. The carpaccio was okay, nothing out of the ordinary. I really wish Hawthrone was still open because their carpaccio was to DIE FOR. Literally. Back to Underbelly, their carpaccio doesn't come with any carbs to balance out the raw meat which was what I really am use to. I figured if they seasoned it well then it wouldn't be a problem. The carpaccio left me yearning for something better. The dish as a whole was missing an element that I can't place my finger on. Their sourdough bread with butter is once again, alright. We also ordered the dukbokki which a korean dish. The difference with Underbelly and the authentic is that Underbelly is fried with a crunch where as the authentic one is softer and stir-fried. Now with dukbokki in generally, you can get really tired of the flavor quickly because it's one note. Underbelly was no exception even if it was crunchy. Their dessert was mediocre at best. It's a warm fruit pie with ice cream... not much to say, but you can get one at your grocery store and there will be no differences. The second time, I went with a bigger group of friends so we opt out for the family style. I really really want to like the food but seriously I can't find anything I liked there. Our bill came out to be almost $500. We had a couple bottles of wine and a bunch of food. It was definitely a good time, but I most likely will not come back. We had the Pork Roast and the Fried Fish. We ordered dukbokki again because my friend really wanted to try that even though I already told them that it was not good. The Pork Roast was a bit overcooked so it was dry. The sauce lacked the oomph. The Fried Fish taste the same as you would get from Chinatown just really marked up. At least in Chinatown, we get it from that tank. For Dessert, we had panna cotta and peanut butter brownie. Panna cotta definitely wins the race in this case but only in this case. Their was waffle cookies in there to provide that crunch. The peanut butter brownie was decent. My verdict: It's a nice contemporary place with a big group of friends. If you are coming here to eat...horrible idea, you won't find a lot of food that you would be in love with.
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Evan Jackson
7 months ago
Although delicious, the food didn't wow me like other Chris Shepherd restaurants. The concept is interesting, and I believe this combined with atmosphere is the reason it receives such high reviews. When considering the cost of entrees, I'd much rather head right next door and grab a brew and burger at Hay Merchant. I simply believe there are better places to eat. That being said, the menu is constantly changing.
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Katie S
6 months ago
I know I'm generally going against the grain here, but honestly, I think this is one of most overpriced, underwhelming restaurants I've been to. Okay, I won't lie, I went with a group, and was really frustrated that, after ordering the family style pork dish, it took 30 minutes to come tell us that they were now out of it, and the best they could offer to substitute it with was brisket. Ugh, as a non-red meat eater, that left me eating only the snapper, whose flavor was totally lackluster, and the price high for the portion. I would have liked to have taken part in the family style salad, but we waited quite a long time for it (30 minutes) for it, and it arrived with the dressing mixed in although we absolutely asked for it on the side. The waitress did offer to remake it, but we all rolled our eyes at that point and I agreed to take one for the team (who knows how long it would take to get a replacement). While I do not mind paying a nice sum for a great meal, when it is underwhelming on all fronts, that changes. I would not return.
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Xavier Varela-Rosales
9 months ago
The atmosphere is pleasant and inviting, it's a good place to eat without being rush. With that said, I was very disappointed, understanding the menu was difficult even with a waiter trying to explain to you what it's. He said that it was something between home and cajun, you order like a tapas restaurant and you share, we had 3 plates, the pork plate was ok, the other plate was a carnitas, looks like something you cook and serve at home, no presentation and it had a lot of fat, we couldn't eat it. We order two glasses of house pinot noire, the waiter came back with a half bottle of wine, he suggested that it was a better value, after the meal we order another two glasses. In conclusion, 3 portions are not enough for two people, one portion we couldn't eat and the four glasses of wine cost $110. the total bill for both of us was $230 + tip. There are so many 5 star restaurants in Houston, I recommend you try another for half the price and better food.
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Charles Fletcher
a week ago
A jewel in Houston's crown. Everything is amazing and always a surprise. The recipes are experimental and dazzling. They only serve wine & beer.
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Michelle Mercurio
4 months ago
We had reservations for my boyfriend's birthday last Friday night. I had been to Underbelly years ago when they first opened and had a fantastic experience. I still talk about the one time I had rabbit kidneys. Stellar service, delicious food, great atmosphere (casual smart attire). Although we had a pleasant server and the decor hadn't changed, the vibe was much different this time. For one, our table wasn't ready nor did they have any idea when it would be available. I thought this was strange seeing as how I had booked a reservation only and not any specific table.. I was cool about it and just asked if it was going to be close to 30 minutes or an hour. Both ladies said no and I was told it would be closer to 10-15 minutes and offered the wine bar while we waited. The bar was a little hectic for a wine bar... 35 minutes later. We finally got sat. Server was nice, personable, had a good attitude...all of the things you look for in a quality server. He must have a much healthier appetite than us because he recommended that we get 4-5 plates off the menu. For two people! We ordered the snapper with some pickled fennel, meatballs, Korean dumplings and pork collar bone. Our "snapper" dish was replaced with grouper without mentioning it to us that they had ran out of snapper. The fish was delicious...but still, tell us you're out of something we order, man. The rest of the food was mediocre, bland and served on cheap, plastic Chinese buffet plates. Every table around us was served with porcelain. Maybe it's what they ordered...but what's the deal with the cheap ass plates? We had hoped to be eating something you could only find at a legit butcher shop, but instead had someone else cook us the same meals we could have made at home. The pickled fennel was the most creative attempt on that menu. We wasted about half of our food that night. Dessert was good, we ate all of that. Yeah...for $200, I am going to take my money elsewhere next time. Please put more emphasis on special occasions. Not a single person wished my boyfriend a happy birthday, We went to Uchi the following night and were completely wowed!
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Julio Resendez
10 months ago
I like to consider myself a foodie and although it was my second time at Underbelly I have to say that I was not incredibly impressed by the food. I understand that they change the menu daily so my experience will not summarize your experience but I feel like something was off. I was there with family from out of town and we like to order plates for the center of the table so we can all try a little bit from each dish. Most of the food was "eh" and some of it was really good. I would return here but not to impress anyone with a structured palette. However if I could give 5 stars for the service and overall look of the restaurant I would. Its a shame I cant split stars on the Google reviews but going inside underbelly is truly an experience from start to finish.
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Brandon Swendsen
6 months ago
From Florida but I make sure to stop here anytime I'm in Houston. The food is always excellent here - the goat dumplings are worth the trip alone. Go in, stuff your face, then head next door and pick one of the dozens of taps they have available while you talk about how good all the food was.


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