Houston >Food & Dining > Backstreet Cafe
1103 S Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX | Directions 7701929.755297 -95.408577
Sun-Thurs 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat 11am-11pm
Neighborhoods: Central, Neartown/ Montrose
It's been around for years, but this neighborhood bistro still has the goods, with a solid menu by Chef Hugo Ortega & stellar drinks program by Somm Sean Beck. The backstreet patio is one of the best in the city, a sunny, umbrella-covered space where you can enjoy the weather on the weekend while enjoying a scrumptious brunch.
Places to pretend it's winter: It's not all patio play at Backstreet. The upstairs has double fireplaces for fantasizing about snowfall and summer reprieve
Amazing Saturday Brunch – Great outdoor sitting area. Spinach souffle was delicious! Our server was professional and attentive as well.
Just perfect – This was my 2nd time to Backstreet and it was amazing once again. The crab cakes are the best I have ever had. Service was excellent and the price was very reasonable for the quality of the food. Thanks for the great night out!
OMG! – Oh my god where do I begin???? First of all the restaurant is incredibly cute. The food is sooooo good and the service is even better. Our waiter, I think his name was Jose, was very knowledgable and answered all of my questions about the menu and the wine. The food runners were also very nice and the bartendar made my sister an incredible drink. Before I left I made reservations to bring my father back for his birthday. Highly recommended and we can't wait to go back.
Wonderful experience – I went to Backstreet for my birthday dinner with my family and boyfriend. We showed up a few minuted after our reservation time and we were still seated promptly. The waitress was very nice and extremely helpful in helping us decide what to order. The menu was great and they have a huge wine list. We ordered the crab cakes and salmon tacos as appetizers and they were both excellent. I got the fettucine pasta as an entree which was amazing and everyone else loved their food too. My boyfriend had bought cupcakes from Crave and the waitress brought them out on a nice platter that said "Happy Birthday" on it. Then the manager brought me a complimentary drink. The only complaint I have is that it was a little noisy but we were upstairs where a few other large groups were. But really, everything else was so wonderful that I can't complain. There is also free valet service which is nice because there's nowhere to park around the restaurant.
EXCESSIVELY LOUD for Sunday brunch – No more Sunday brunch here -- TOO LOUD!!! Although I have been a fan of Backstreet Cafe for years, I will definitely think twice before venturing there again for Sunday brunch. Our visit this past Sunday (12:30 reservation for 7) was undoubtedly the LOUDEST dining experience imaginable. We requested indoor seating, and were subsequently directed to the normally quiet and pleasant upstairs rooms. As soon as we entered the front door, the noise was overwhelming, and increased as we headed up the stairs (reminiscent of a very packed and joyous happy hour). Upon being seated, we found that we literally had to SHOUT to communicate across the table. Any attempts at conversation were useless. The rauccous table of 6 next to us was yelling (literally), and their frequent outbursts would jolt you out of your chair. Our waiter seemed to add to the furor, as each visit from him resulted in additional loud yelling and laughing. Increased noise level when the place is packed (which it was) is expected, but it made for a very unpleasant experience. The food was fine, as always, but be warned that one should be in the mood for shouting out their lunch conversation.
Fine meal and even finer service. – Innovative and very tasty treatment of home favorites, excellent service, helpful waiters, large variety of wine choices. Set in a rambling but cozy, well-decorated old house. Went on a rainy night, so the patio wasn't in use, but it looked like a nice garden setting I'd like to try out. Reasonable prices - so you leave feeling satisfied and not broke! My fussy husband, who hates to valet park, really enjoyed the food, so we will be back.
Great Local restaurant that would be great for out of Town Guests – My wife and I have eaten at backstreet for Sunday brunch on a number of occassions and we have always had an enjoyable meal on the patio with great service. We recently had the opportunity to go for dinner and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We didn't feel like drinking an entire bottle of wine so we tried Managers recommendation and it was just what we were looking for. The meal was great and the service was better.
Consistently Great Food – At the end of December, my boyfriend and I dined here on a Friday night. He was hesitant about going for very silly reasons, but I persuaded him nonetheless since it's one of my favorite spots in Houston. He ordered one of the popular chicken dishes, and I had a pasta dish. We both licked our plates clean, especially him!. I can't recall the wine, but it was fabulous--as was our waitress (Lauren I think is her name). She was delightful and knew the menu extensively. Can't wait to dine here again.
One of my favorite places in Houston! – I've been going here long before they remodeled, and it's always been outstanding. The pecan crusted chicken is the best! Great location, great patio, good service, just a great place to dine with friends!
Great food, great service, love that valet parking! – Just a wonderful location. Great for couples or groups! Attentive service. Great menu options and good selection of wines.
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