Blue crab and Gulf shrimp gumbo

Photography by Shannon O’Hara

Chef Danny Trace in the kitchen at Brennan's

Soft-shell crab and grits

Photography by Shannon O’Hara

Crispy catfish

Real-deal turtle soup

Cajun, Creole, Seafood, Southern
Price Scale

Housed in the old Junior League of Houston building on the edge of Midtown where it meets Montrose, this stalwart seafood palace was also the site of Aurora and Garrett’s lunch date in Terms of Endearment (the film for which a room in the restaurant is now named). Under chef Danny Trace, more modern dishes have been introduced to the menu since Brennan's of Houston first opened in 1967, including excellent pecan-crusted Gulf fish with Creole meunière sauce and Gulf fish Pontchartrain topped with jumbo lump crab, J&J shrimp and crispy Matagorda oysters. Staples such as the authentic turtle soup, bread pudding and Bananas Foster, which was invented in 1951 at the original Brennan’s in New Orleans, remains as popular with its brunch, lunch and dinner crowds as ever.

Meal Times
Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Good to Know
Outdoor Dining, Reservations
Good For
Business Lunch, Conversation, Date Night, Private Parties


3300 Smith St., Houston, TX, 77006
Midtown Houston  •  713-522-9711
Lunch: Mon–Fri 11am–2pm, Brunch: Sat 11am–2pm, Sun 10am–2pm, Dinner: Mon–Sun 5:45pm–10pm