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Backstreet Cafe

#34 of 6,990 Restaurants in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
Neartown/ Montrose
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1103 S Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77019-3609
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Bellaire, Texas, United States
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481 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Backstreet cafe is one of five restaurants owned by Tracy Vaught and Hugo Ortega, and arguably, the best. Located in the River Oaks area, it is easily accessed from Allen Parkway, Memorial Drive or Shepherd Drive. There is effective valet parking. The dining area is divided in smaller areas, giving the feeling of privacy and intimacy. There is a wonderful... More 

Thank Gabriel H
Houston, TX
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71 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Four of us had dinner last night at Backstreet. It is in a charming setting; a large converted residence with an expansive open back patio and several different dining areas both on the ground and second floors. We all had great meals. The four entrees were Cioppino, Grouper, Red Snapper and Coffee Crusted Tenderloin. They were all delicious and well... More 

Thank MikeandWilla
Houston, Texas
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had lunch today at Backstreet Cafe and ordered off the Houston Restaurant Weeks menu. As always, the service was wonderful. The food is marvelous. You can't go amiss in a Hugo Ortega restaurant. Backstreet is one of my favorites in Houston. The only thing I missed today was Nicholas was not there to help us. The lamb chops were... More 

Thank Billnhouston2n
Galveston, Texas
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant never disappoints, the ambience is wonderful, the service top notch, and the food is wonderful.

Thank Jackie C
Houston, Texas
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163 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed our lunch here at Backstreet Cafe out on their lovely -- and dog-friendly -- front patio. The menu is interesting and the service is good. We'll be back.

Thank PeanutButters
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed a great lunch today at Backstreet Cafe. We took advantage of their Houston Restaurant Week menu (lunch for $20). The food was amazing. The Red Tomato gazpacho was spicy and refreshing. The Kale Caesar Salad was nice and crisp. Two of us enjoyed the Hugo Burger, but requested it without the jalapeno. The Smoked Chicken and Potato Hash... More 

Thank Becki B
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the Backstreet Cafe yesterday and enjoyed our experience very much. I arrived around lunch time with my Mom and my 7 and 9 year old girls. While I waited at the hostess stand I noticed most people were dressed in business attire. We were promptly seated upstairs with several others that were dressed for a more leisurely lunch.... More 

Thank Teffani V
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70 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

Excellent food one of the best meals I have had. Warm Plum salad with walnut center very good, Perfectly prepared sea bass over risotto, excellent.

Thank JimSTex
Houston, Texas
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

Beautiful restaurant. Excellent waitstaff. Wonderful food. All people in our party agreed; we will be back often.

Thank Steve S
Los Angeles, California
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

Backstreet is always a go to for me when I'm in Houston. Food in Houston tends to get heavy, and Backstreet is always fresh with light and very tasty options. While there are many gluten free small plates and appetizers, more are needed in the entrée department. Funny thing is that many of the entrees looked like they should be... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$21 - $30
American, Gluten Free Options, International
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1103 S Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77019-3609
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston>  > Neartown/ Montrose
  • Neighborhood: Neartown/ Montrose
  • Phone Number: 713-521-2239

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?