Costa Brava Bistro

4.7
1463 reviews
$50 and over
Spanish
Owners Angeles Dueñas and Kitty Bailey have created a home where they explore the rich traditions of the food and wine from Spain and France with a modern, personal approach.
Open Table's 2016 list - "100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in America"

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s wonderful ! Service is 4 star , food is delicious and restaurant is one of my favorites!

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vipTXfoodie
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are/have been fans since they opened. The food is always delicious, and the atmosphere is appropriately hospitable, neither too noisy nor too quiet.

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PamJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The gentleman that served us was excellent!
Very polished and attentive.

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vipTheEatZ
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food in this local Bellaire spot is very, very good. Both fish dishes we ate were perfectly cooked, super fresh, and deliciously sauced and accompanied. Quiet, lovely atmosphere and attentive service. Highly recommended.

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vipNeal
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2022
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Ordered risotto snd was extremely salty. Sent it back and then the scallops were undercooked. No sear and completely translucent from being under cooked.

Very poor mgt as no one came to see if my meal was ok or even apologize for serving such an over salted meal. Spending $140 for two people and one of the entrees was horrible and both the server and manager knew it and they did absolutely nothing. Never go back.

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JohnN
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had heard a lot about CB but this was our first time. I would say that it exceeded our expectations in all ways.

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Meansnoopy
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been to Costa Brava Bistro several times, for good reasons. Food, service, ambience were all excellent. We had the escargots and grilled octopus for appetizers. My wife had the Snapper, I had the roast pig, and our daughter had the quails. They were all very tasty! Alejandra was our server again last night and she was her usual impeccable self.

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John
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service as always was excellent. Food was not up to the standard we have come to expect over many years. Pork was really good but scallops and the paella was not as great was we have had in the past.
Octopus app was as always excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Adamir was our waiter again and he did an excellent job!

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vipRickB
Houston
46 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New to the neighborhood and tried restaurant for the first time for a Board Dinner…. Very good meal

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vipJulieR
Austin
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Costa Brava. It's only gotten better over the years!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Paella was not as good as we normally had it. Too runny and salty. Galician octopus was good but presentation and amount is not what it used to be. Service was good but seems to be pricey.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We have tried the Tasting Menu for a modern take of Spanish food which was nice and simple but lacks the Spanish influence. Whilst the ingredients tasted delicious, most of the dishes were missing a wow factor. E.g., iberico ham is of a high quality but it was just served as it is so it doesn't require much skill to prepare and the foie gras is pan seared which again lacks interesting condiments. The most memorable was the liquid olive which came as a pleasant gastronomical surprise in presentation and explosive in taste. As I have been fine dining a lot, this is not one that stands out. I would still applaud the quality where the tasting menu would be delightful for most and I would still recommend it so you get to try more dishes but it's not value for money compared to the many Michelin starred or highly rated restaurants that I have been. However, service and ambience are great. It was also pleasant to have taken a photo with Sous Chef so I had a great time

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skip
Houston
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing. The ambiance unique. Can’t wait to go again !

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PamL
Houston
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was divine as usual! Also the service and wine!

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RobertC
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very good food. Very pleasant atmosphere and service. A bit pricey.

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vipDchrome
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time to Costa Brava Bistro and were very impressed. We'll return.

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vipBurgerMark
Houston
52 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed a meal at the very UNDERrated Bellaire bistro. Excellent Spanish cuisine in an unassuming location. We had a nice, light Spanish red wine accompanied with delicious bread and appetizers. Two of our group had Beef Bourguignon and loved it. My wife’s seafood dish was a bit salty. Overall we enjoyed dinner very much and will go back for sure!

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marge
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Costa Brava Bistro for date night. The food and service are perfect. We always feel relaxed and special when we go there. It’s so great to have this restaurant in our neighborhood.

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LynnR
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had not been in two years, due to Covid. It was such a pleasure to return with friends for a happy experience. As usual the food was excellent and our server was attentive and helpful. Everything was just right and we are eager to return.

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vipBay2
Central Texas
43 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was great, couldn’t leave the appetizer list, had 4. Nice wine list , especially Spanish reds.
The runners & service staff all did great jobs.

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jeanice
Houston
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I met my 2 girlfriends for a Christmas dinner and it was absolutely wonderful. the food and wine were perfect. Great atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I have been many times. The salmon was overcooked, small and thin. First time this chef has ever disappointed. Other than that, definitely 5 star.

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GraceB
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can't say enough about this restaurant. The dish selections are interesting and delicious. I had the Grilled Spanish Octopus, something I've never eaten before. Based on the description by our waiter Waylon, I had to try it. It was wonderful. For an entree, my husband enjoyed the Short Rib Beef Bourguignon. Wow! And since it was his birthday, we shared the Apple Tart al a mode. Excellent as always.
Our waiter, Waylon, was excellent. He was attentive and gracious. He really made our dinner very special. Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and we really enjoyed the food

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Comida deliciosa, servicio excelente! Pasamos muy buena tarde!

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vipTXfoodie
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite home-away-from-home! Excellent food, super service

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CarlosL
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great dining experience, my first time in this restaurant with some friends. A very selective menu with delicious dishes. The food presentation was awesome. Service was outstanding and the ambiance was great as well.

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vipLuvsfish
Houston
39 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fantastic meal!

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Michele
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this small, intimate restaurant has consistently good food, good service, and it's not too noisy. It's a wonderful neighborhood restaurant where it's possible to enjoy a meal and talk to your fellow diners.

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MarleneA
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal and very attentive staff. I would highly recommend this restaurant!

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TrudyH
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Very good food. Recent price increases. Waiter recommended a very good wine.

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vipJohn
Houston
47 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was great! We love your place!!

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KaitlynV
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely delicious! My husband and I went here for date night, he got the duck and I had the short rib special. We followed it up with bread pudding and an apple tart. We were very impressed and left satisfied. Definitely worth trying out!

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vipTXfoodie
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a treat! Costa Brava is welcoming, warm, comfortable and delicious!

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CMPbellaire
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect pairing of food and wine during the wine dinner we attended. Staff is pleasant and welcoming. We enjoy dining here.

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vipZoobeefoo
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After a bit of a rocky start (more later), this was a happy, delightful, delicious dinner party for four. Our wait staff was outstanding. The food was perfection. The wine was amazing, and a great pairing. It was our first visit to the restaurant, and we will definitely be return guests. The only thing "off" was our greeting upon arrival. We made a reservation on OpenTable and arrived 5 minutes after our reservation time. The entrance door was locked which was understandable considering we took the first dinner hour. However, the woman who unlocked the door for us acknowledged our reservation, but then proceeded to scold us at some length, telling us that the evening was fully booked and how crowded they would be. It was just, well, odd. After the wait staff took over, it was HEAVEN! They put our two teenagers at ease, and helped them get more practice at fine dining. Really a lovely dinner.

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EdgarR
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food where not as good as I thought
Service was not good for site I expected better service for this class of restaurant
The table next to me was so noise and the waitress did not do any thing
I came from Spanish cultur
I do not think to recommend this restaurant and return to eat there

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a delightful evening and were very pleased with the Spanish and international cuisine dishes on the menu. The small but well curated wine list, featuring mostly Spanish wines, is also worth exploring. Will definitely go back.

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Lkwh
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great romantic atmosphere & wonderful respectful service.
The entrees we had were delicious! The salads however just ok, & the dessert disappointing (The baba-au-rhum was heavy & dry).
A bit pricey but willing to try again

FAQs

Costa Brava Bistro offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (713) 839-1005.

Costa Brava Bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 1463 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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