Brennan's of Houston Est. 1967

3300 Smith Street, Houston, Texas 77006, United States

This crown jewel of Texas Creole cuisine has a cute courtyard and charming Southern Hospitality to match. 
The historical New Orleans-style brick building was built in 1967 and has been a frequent “top restaurant” among extensive local and national rankings, ever since. The charming New Orleans-style backdrop is nestled on a quaint corner in vibrant Midtown.
The Lowdown
Type
Ballroom
Historic Building
Private Dining / Restaurant
Views
Courtyard
Water Feature
Style
Classic
Elegant
Garden Party
BEST type of CELEBRATIONS
Baby Shower
Birthday Party
Bridal Shower
Charity Event
Corporate Event
Dinner Party
Family Reunion
Holiday Party
LGBT Weddings
Rehearsal Dinner / Welcome Reception
Wedding Reception

Venue Setting

Brennan’s of Houston (no affiliation with Brennan's of New Orleans) has a rich history rooted in the 1967 opening as a sister restaurant to the world-famous Commander’s Palace in New Orleans. Incorporating the freshest local ingredients, we offer exceptional dining a la Texas Creole, including many original creations among our award-winning cuisine. A frequent “top restaurant” among extensive local and national rankings, Brennan’s delivers memorable experiences amid a charming New Orleans-style backdrop. Superlative food and wines are enhanced by convivial service, a delightful ambiance that is strikingly elegant, and genuine Southern hospitality.

Dishes are passionately prepared and meticulously plated each day for hundreds of lunch and dinner guests with varying needs, interests, and backgrounds: coat-and-tie business professionals, well-heeled ladies that lunch, world dignitaries, special occasion diners, and patrons of the city’s arts. Not to imply that we’re a hot spot for jet setters (although many of our patrons have jets), our dining rooms are also filled with plenty of regular folks that just love Brennan’s great food. And, of course, there are the doctors, lawyers and Indian Chiefs that we know so well they’re like family.

The air is filled with an abundance of tantalizing jazz music and the fragrance of fresh flowers; southern mainstays and twists on classic favorites are graciously served in sun-filled dining areas. With menu selections priced at the mid-level of Houston’s high-end restaurants, Brennan’s is nestled on the quaint corner of 3300 Smith Street at Stuart in vibrant Midtown. Long before the Brennan’s name was placed on the New Orleans-style building in 1967, it stood as a Houston landmark, designed by architect John F. Staub, to evoke an image of the Vieux Carré. Originally housing the Junior League of Houston, the building endured for many decades as one of Houston’s most beautiful structures, even inspiring the neighboring development of Houston’s French Quarter.

When the Brennans visited Houston in the 1960s to scout a restaurant location, the Junior League of Houston building became the ultimate serendipity, representing an almost-identical replication of the family’s original watering hole on Royal Street in New Orleans. In September 2008, a two-alarm fire along with the whipping winds of Hurricane Ike engulfed the historic building in flames, leaving behind a brick shell of ashes...everything, that is, except a single awning bearing the Brennan’s of Houston logo that was prophetically untouched. Over our 40 something year history, Brennan’s of Houston has survived floods, hurricanes, and economic downturns, taken a direct hit by a tornado, and been engulfed by a major fire. Our team has weathered each of those storms by remaining focused on the Brennan’s heritage, staying passionate, and turning those proverbial lemons into refreshing lemonade. To that end, Brennan’s 16-month restoration slated for early-2010 completion, reflects our soulful belief that tradition truly matters, including the replacement of a 40-year-old oak with twin oaks so that our guests will continue to be shaded on our welcoming courtyard. We’re also incorporating a slice of N’awlins on our patio, adding a fire fountain similar to the famous fixture at Pat O’Briens in the French Quarter. And what other restaurant caters to its clients in sooooo many ways? — an evening theatre shuttle, cooking classes, a hotel-size ballroom, cook books and business books, chef for a day, and a chef’s table? Helen Hayes summed it up by noting that if you rest, you rust, and we’re neither resting nor rusting.
Fees
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range

Does this include catering fees?

Yes

Additional Charges

Photography AV Live Music DJ Flowers Valet Outside rentals

Insurance

N/A

Capacity

Seated
406
Buffet
N/A
Standing
800
Celebrations Hosted Here Since
1967
Curfew
11 PM
Venue Spaces
Indoor & Outdoor Venue Spaces Available
Catering
Client Must Use The Catering Provided By The Venue
Alcohol
Provided By Venue For Fee – You Must Use The Venue For All Alcohol Services
Music
Indoors & Outdoors
The Venue is Closed During
Memorial Day Labor Day Christmas Day
Smoking
Designated Smoking Areas Only
Kid Friendly Events
Yes
Handicap Accessible
Yes
Inside Scoop

Reflecting the same warmth as our friendly greeting, each farewell concludes with Brennan’s signature lagniappe: an abundance of unforgettably fresh pecan pralines.

Amenities
  • A/V Equipment
  • Valet Parking
  • Wifi
  • Dining Chairs
  • Dining Tables
  • Onsite Restrooms
Venue Features
The Scene:
Brennan’s is nestled on the quaint corner of 3300 Smith Street at Stuart in vibrant Midtown. Long before the Brennan’s name was placed on the New Orleans-style building in 1967, it stood as a Houston landmark, designed by architect John F. Staub, to evoke an image of the Vieux Carré. Originally housing the Junior League of Houston, the building endured for many decades as one of Houston’s most beautiful structures, even inspiring the neighboring development of Houston’s French Quarter. When the Brennans visited Houston in the 1960s to scout a restaurant location, the Junior League of Houston building became the ultimate serendipity, representing an almost-identical replication of the family’s original watering hole on Royal Street in New Orleans.
Design:
From 10-150, we offer several dining rooms to accommodate your party size as well as full restaurant buy-outs. Each room has a personality of its own and perfect for any occasion. John Staub: Named after the building's famed architect, this cozy room enjoys a warming fireplace, great outdoor views and windows into the restaurant and modern chandelier lighting which runs the length of the room. Term of Endearment: This first floor dining room, named after the movie which was filmed in part here, is well lit from sunlight which pours in through floor to ceiling windows opening into French Quarter Courtyard. Courtyard: Our courtyard is anchored by a striking fountain with shaded oak trees and is completed with wrought-iron furniture and gas lamp post to finish the ambiance. Ballroom: One of Houston's oldest and most distinguished private party settings, evoking visions of a New Orleans carriage house with vaulted ceilings, skylights and crystal chandeliers. The Ballroom is the perfect setting for your special event with all your friends and family. NOTE: This room may be divided into three section to accommodate smaller groups. Courtyard Balcony: Beautiful views of the Courtyard can be enjoyed from every table in this second floor private dining room, framed by mirrored walls and floor to ceiling windows. Wine Room: An elegant second floor chamber, housing owner Alex Brennan-Martin's international wine collection in wall-to-wall bin. NOTE: This is a working wine room where staff may quietly enter to obtain bottles of wine. Due to wine preservation, the Wine Room is kept at cooler temperatures with subdued lighting. Solarium: A sunlit room overlooking our beautiful Courtyard. Can be joined with our Little Room for a larger party. Little Room: Our smallest private room overlooking our Courtyard.
Extra Perks:
Tables, Chairs and basic white linen (quantity depending on room)
Awards & Notables A restaurant guide with reviews and ratings by dines. In 2012, over 3,500 Texans surveyed voted us: #1 Top Service #1 Top Décor #1 Romantic #2 Most Popular #4 Power Scene #4 Outdoor #5 Business Lunch #5 Wine List In 2015, they voted us: Houston’s Best Restaurant Service #1 Houston’s Best Restaurant Décor #1 Houston’s Best Outdoor Dining #1 Houston’s Best for Brunch #1 Houston’s Best for First Dates #2 Houston’s Best for Shareable Desserts #1 Houston’s Best Cajun / Creole Restaurants #1 Houston’s Best for Irish Coffee #1 Houston’s Best for Family Brunches #1 Houston’s Best for Mint Juleps #1 Houston’s Most Romantic Restaurants #1 Best Restaurants in Midtown Houston #1 2011 MyTable (NOTE: ital only MyTable) Houston Culinary Awards Outstanding Wine Service Outstanding Bar Service Best Interior Design 2012 Feature on Food Network Magazine (NOTE: ital only Food Network Magazine) Brennan’s New Orleans-Style Pralines 2013 MyTable Favorite Bartender Award Richard Middleton
Eats & Drinks
Food, Restaurants, Cafes, Bars & Lounges
Food, Restaurants, Cafes:
A frequent “top restaurant” among extensive local and national rankings, Brennan’s delivers memorable experiences amid a charming New Orleans-style backdrop. Superlative food and wines are enhanced by convivial service, a delightful ambiance that is strikingly elegant, and genuine Southern hospitality. Dishes are passionately prepared and meticulously plated each day for hundreds of lunch and dinner guests with varying needs, interests, and backgrounds: coat-and-tie business professionals, well-heeled ladies that lunch, world dignitaries, special occasion diners, and patrons of the city’s arts. Not to imply that we’re a hot spot for jet setters (although many of our patrons have jets), our dining rooms are also filled with plenty of regular folks that just love Brennan’s great food. And, of course, there are the doctors, lawyers and Indian Chiefs that we know so well they’re like family.
Bars & Lounges:
Brennan's Courtyard Bar
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