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Killen's of The Heights, Houston, TX

Killen's of The Heights

4.5
4.5
980 Reviews
$30 and under
Creole / Cajun / Southern
James Beard nominated chef Ronnie Killen brings Southern comfort food to the Heights. His restaurants' greatest hits, all on one menu.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 28 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Creole / Cajun / Southern, Contemporary Southern, American

  • Phone number

    (713) 637-4664

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Ronnie Killen

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What 980 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Houston

    Creole / Cajun / Southern

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  1. RS

    RobS

    Houston

    98 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    98 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent lunch at Killins. BBQ 2 meat plate was fantastic. Brisket is best in Texas/USA/The World! Wife had the Chicken Fried Chicken and loved it.
  2. SA

    SeattleAreaDiner

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Service was very good but food was hit or miss. Chicken fried steak and/or the gravy on it were incredibly salty. Calamari appetizer was excellent, fried green tomatoes had too much batter - couldn’t taste the tomato. Fried okra was very good as was the Cajun trout special. I recalled the food being better when I visited earlier this year.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    I went to eat at Killens for the first time to celebrate a co-worker’s bday. I read some reviews regarding the food but I figured eh sometimes people just have a bad day. I’m afraid the reviews were not wrong. At least in regard to the brisket. My son makes brisket all the time and I’ve had brisket at several other places and I’m sorry to say that this is by far the worst. It was very dry, I couldn’t eat all of it if I tried. I got the brisket plate with sausage, the sausage was good, the sides were very good but the brisket was extremely dry. They did ask if I wanted the lean or moist part of it and to be honest, no one has ever asked that before. Regardless of that, that recipe needs to be redone. That is way to dry to be serving. I definitely will not order that again.
  4. ML

    MissyLea

    Houston

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Chicken fried steak was wonderful. Others at our table had the chicken pot pie, meatloaf and chicken friend chicken. Everyone was very happy with their choices. One weird thing - the meatloaf didn't come with a side . . . hmmmmm.
  5. SC

    ShellyC

    Houston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    We went there because I had the chicken pot pie last time and loved it! It was no good this time ..real runny and not appealing at all. I sent it back and the response was they could give me another one but could not guarantee that it would be any better. Never saw a manager and left without eating
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The smoked pork chop was excellent as well as the barbecue sampler. Wonderful service!
  7. PS

    PaulS

    Dallas

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall4food5service1ambience5
    Our waiter seemed afraid of us. He spoke so softly no one could hear him and he only asked half the table for their drinks before trying to run away. I had to call him back to finish our order. Then I had to get up from the table and away from my guests to find a manager to place our order. We didn’t have time or interest in letting him delay our lunch. I’ve been to Killen’s more times than I can count but this new lunchtime crew is way below their standards. If I ever get that waiter again I’ll make sure to ask for another right away. He’s the short, super skinny guy with a beard, long hair, and tatts
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    I hate giving Killen’s a mediocre review because I really like this place. So much that we went for my birthday lunch. But on this occasion, it really missed the mark. The chips and queso were good as always. The missteps came in the brisket pasta special and the sliced beef that was part of the two meat plate. When I say I really like Killen’s, there are Sundays that the only reason I gonto a football game at NRG is to get a Killen’s bbq sandwich. The sliced beef that I had on Monday had the texture and moistness of sliced beef that was left over from Thursday’s football game at NRG. And yes, when our server asked if I wanted moist or lean, I said moist. That was the cut he brought, so it was not his fault. It was just dry. Very dry. So dry that when we left I told the manager they should toss the brisket. And the brisket pasta seemed like a failed attempt to use that five-day old dried out NRG leftover brisket for something creative. Maybe with better meat it would have worked. You can’t blame them for trying, I guess. Today was likely just an off day for them. Maybe their chef or pitmaster was out celebrating since the Astros won the Series and was at the parade downtown. That’s fine. And I’ll still go back to Killen’ss because it has been consistently very good. But I kind of feel like honesty in the review process also has to include the misses, and today, it was like Framber Valdez was on the mound and the back of the house was swinging and missing. I was so disappointed in the meal that I passed on my all-time favorite carrot cake.
  9. l

    luv2dine

    Houston

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The food was okay we went on a Sunday we didn't know brunch was all day. Had our mind set on a full menu.
  10. FH

    FredH

    Houston

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Amazing food.
  11. C

    Carcos

    Houston

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great place for comfort food. Most dishes can be shared by two people. I had the chicken pot pie and it was the best I ever had!
  12. JC

    JoseC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and amazing service, would totally recommend going!!!!
  13. MK

    MKAY

    Houston

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    This restaurant has great ambiance and it is VERY clean with a visible, open kitchen. Our server was very responsive and checked on us multiple times. We had the fried chicken, mashed potatoes and collard greens. The food looked amazing but I was a little disappointed as it was too salty for me and the chicken seemed to be a little bland. My husband had a different opinion and thought that it was all quite good.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good foods, down to earth atmosphere and courteous staffs are components of a relaxed, stress free dining experience
  15. P

    Pac95

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome dinner experience and had great food and drinks!
  16. RR

    RonR

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    The chicken fired steak had a little too much breading on it .. other that that the meal was excellent ..
  17. SC

    SCOTTH

    New Orleans

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Ate there last night with three of my friends, excellent service and good food. We'll be back!
  18. L

    Lauren

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food is good but a little pricey for brunch food on a Sunday. Drinks were good. Our bartender Kylie was phenomenal.
  19. F

    Foodie95

    Houston

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As always, brunch was fabulous. Our server, Tony, was spectacular…super attentive and showed up when needed. Love coming to Killen’s!
  20. MM

    MicM

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Dinner was great, but save room for dessert because you have to try the carrot cake!
  21. GC

    GCHouston

    Houston

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great menu but wish they had a few more vegetarian options
  22. GC

    GaryC

    Houston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    The breaded meat on my wife's chicken fried steak sandwich was stiff and hard. The gravy was like paste. The fries were very good. My beef stew was a huge disappointment. It was a charred, and dry piece of meat, sitting in a thin broth. I could only taste the rosemary, not the meat. It was also way over salted. We have been here twice before and all was good. Not going back. We eat out 4 or 5 times a week, and hit or miss in food quality is a non starter.
  23. WK

    WKR5

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Mat recommended the pork chop special which was as outstanding as his service! He made it a memorable first visit and we will be back!!!!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love everything about Killen’s!
  25. FH

    FredH

    Houston

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great comfort food.
  26. P

    Pac95

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing appetizers, amazing entrees and sides, and amazing drinks. Perfect restaurant.
  27. G

    Guesswho

    Houston

    139 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    139 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The chicken pot pie was awesome. And big enough for 2 people to share.
  28. CM

    CarolynM

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was friendly and very knowledgeable. He gave food and drink suggestions. Great personality.
  29. B

    Butterfliesohmy1

    Houston

    23 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Service is not the best anymore. The menu have never been extensive however the options were much better in the past.
  30. L

    Lfhhouston

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Another great experience at Killans. Food was excellent!
  31. SE

    SER1991

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    There was a hair in my food as well as my eggs not being prepared how I asked. Definitely would not come back. The only think I enjoyed was my peach mojito and the collard greens.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great food and great service!
  33. DG

    DarceeGrice

    Houston

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Down home cooking, a definite crowd pleaser!
  34. ES

    ErikS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chicken Fried Steak was great and my friends loved the BBQ plate.
  35. e

    eguffy

    London

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We took some of our out-of-town colleagues to dinner. They had a great time.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service. My son’s new favorite chicken fried steak. Mac and Cheese is killer.
  37. KS

    KimberlyS

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Excellent service!!
  38. PC

    PatC

    Houston

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Inattentive server who was difficult to understand and easily confused. Fried catfish and porkchops were good. Meatloaf was trash. Good old fashions, but had to wait awhile for them. Meh...
  39. B

    Bulaw01

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service. 1st time visiting Killen’s and my wife and I can’t wait to visit again.
  40. JF

    JohnF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent, high quality and fantastic food, great service. Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, fried okra, collard greens and macaroni and cheese were all amazing. We will all be dieting for a few weeks... :)

FAQs

Killen's of The Heights does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now.

Killen's of The Heights is rated 4.5 stars by 980 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 28 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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Google Map for Killen's of The Heights

101 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77007-3728

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Heights / Washington

  • Cuisines

    Creole / Cajun / Southern, Contemporary Southern, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ronnie Killen

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Wine

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