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Zelko Bistro

Zelko Bistro

(Now Closed)
New American Restaurant, Southern / Soul Food Restaurant, and Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant$$$$
Greater Heights, Houston
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  • ArtJonak
    ArtJonakApril 2, 2013 | Jaime Zelko (ex-Exec Chef at Bistro Lancaster) & Jeb Stuart nailed the concept of a comfortable but upscale neighborhood place. A deft touch in the kitchen + great room = GO!
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressAugust 4, 2014
    The Houston Press gave Zelko Bistro the Best Comfort Food award in 2010 for good reason: This cozy converted house in the Heights offers everything comfort food should be. Read more
  • Ed
    EdMay 29, 2015
    The $30 steak was cooked to absolute perfection and was very fairly priced given the high quality. It needs no steak sauce, but the included steak sauce was flippin’ fantastic.
  • Houston Press Street Team M.
    Tack on a giant plate of chef Jamie Zelko's infamous cereal-crusted Captin's Fried Chicken, shrimp and cheddar grits, and brioche French toast and your lazy Sunday just got a little bit lazier. Read more
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressAugust 27, 2013
    Try the Chopped Bleu salad! It has juicy apples, pecans and red onions! Add some bacon and romaine and suddenly you have a salad that rivals your entrée.
  • Jordy S.
    Jordy ScholhamerJanuary 20, 2014
    This place doesn't look like much from the front, but the menu and beer/wine pairings are very well done. The food was great and this place would definitely get 5 stars!
  • Christina M.
    Fabulous! Bruschetta with hummus was bursting with fresh flavor. Loved loved loved the shrimp and grits. Creamed corn was savored. Will be back again.
  • Roberto C.
    Roberto CandelariaNovember 10, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Foodie Heaven right in the Houston Heights. Try the Chopped Bleu, fried pickles, Captin's Fried chicken, or Blue Crab Cake. Save room for dessert: funnel Cake or ice box lemon pie are my favorites.
  • Cory G.
    Cory GiovanellaFebruary 19, 2011
    Fun, casual atmosphere with great food. We had the fried pickles, parmesan fries and bruschetta to start & all were terrific. For my entree, I had the meatloaf and it was also excellent.
  • Ed
    EdMay 30, 2015
    The steak, the cheese plate, the Captin's chicken, and the Rail Dog are all good.
  • Ed
    EdMay 29, 2015
    The Karbach Rail Dog does not get as much attention as the yummy Captin's Chicken, but it is filling akaushi deliciousness!
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressMay 31, 2012
    2011 Best of Houston Winner: Best Restaurant Wine List. Check out more Houston Press Best of Houston Winners here: Or go mobile with the free Best Of app.
  • Andres N.
    Andres NovoaNovember 5, 2015
    The Captain's Chicken (inspired by Captian Crunch himself 😜) really stood out to me! Their rosemary bread is also hard to put down!!
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressMay 31, 2012
    2011 Best of Houston Winner: Best French Fries. Check out more Houston Press Best of Houston Winners here: Or go mobile with the free Best Of app.
  • CultureMap Houston
    CultureMap HoustonFebruary 16, 2012
    Zelko seats about 50 people and has a no reservations policy. We recommend grabbing a spot at the bar or coming in at off-peak times.
  • Sarah P.
    Sarah Peacock 🎈November 16, 2015
    Gluten free pizza, rotating menu, beautiful patio, no reservations (grab a cocktail while you wait)
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressJanuary 26, 2011
    2010 Best of Houston® Winner: Best Comfort Food Restaurant: Try the meatloaf cooked in a can served over a mound of buttery mashed potatoes. They even have fried pickles, hearty soups & fab burgers!
  • Aisha T.
    Aisha TaylorMay 11, 2012
    Nice craft beer selection plus a great wine list. Special wine list of female winemakers. Yum!
  • Daniel R.
    Daniel RodriguezJuly 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    DO NOT get the fries... without truffle oil! OMFG. I just want to smash them against my face. And the fried chicken is slap yo' mama worthy.
  • Jenn
    JennNovember 19, 2011
    One of the hardest things to find in Houston is a BRUNCH on saturdays. The only harder thing to find is the actual restaurant.
  • Paula G.
    Paula GFebruary 10, 2014
    Great place, small, hard to find, has ample parking, staff is nice...would visit again
  • Rhonda P.
    Rhonda PowerJune 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Tough to choose between their fabulous chopped Bleu and yummy shrimp & grits.
  • Lora B.
    Lora BorregoJanuary 15, 2011
    The fried chicken looked amazing and hearty compared to my super tiny crab cake of the same price. Great wine selection!
  • Jenn
    JennJanuary 21, 2012
    Excellent grouper fish dish, and good ambiance, with a decent wine list. Gem!
  • Henry's Hungry Houston
    Henry's Hungry HoustonAugust 25, 2010
    This place rocks. Exquisite fried chicken. Outstanding service. Looks elegant but it's casual. Hot place for a date. Say hi to your mama.
  • Christine S.
    Christine StephensonSeptember 3, 2010
    Really cool atmosphere - I dig all the hardwoods. Liked the fried chicken & the bleu cheese salad. Wine by the glass is WAY over-priced.
  • Chris D.
    Chris DFebruary 27, 2011
    Fish tacos are so good. For the guilt factor, try the funnel cake. Well worth the calories.
  • Dena F.
    Dena FloridaMarch 14, 2012
    Nice relaxing atmosphere and a variety of food selections! Worth a stop
  • ndrfn
    ndrfnAugust 9, 2010
    Initially felt the hostess was a bit unhelpful - and seem to only smile at people she knew.... but the food.... enjoyed by all 4 people. In a rare case - I even cleaned my plate. The fried chicken is
  • Kim M.
    Kim McGawFebruary 2, 2014
    The waiters were assembling their napkins and silverware over an open trash can. Left the pile of napkins on a box balanced on the trash can rim. In plain view of customers!
  • Kireau K.
    Kireau KendrickSeptember 22, 2011
    nice craft brew selection. way too much food for their slow food aspirations. captin chix was good but i like Katz fried chix better. no pub wifi 4 a biz that warns you theres no cell reception. dumb!
  • Monica .
    Monica 💋December 11, 2011
    Get the Captain Crunch Chicken and Waffles. Your mouth with thank you :)
  • Raissa
    RaissaNovember 16, 2014
    The shrimp and grits are pretty much to die for.
  • Lindsey G.
    Lindsey GeorgeNovember 2, 2010
    yeah great double date spot! The mood is very inviting for good convo, good times and good food with good friends!
  • Kim W.
    Kim WoodruffMay 26, 2012
    Outside dining area is perfect if you don't like the noisy indoors.
  • Alvie J.
    Alvie JonesOctober 1, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    My girl did it right!! Anyone who doesn't like the food might as well eat out of a box. Amazing!! CONGRATS JAMIE!! LOVE YA!!
  • Stacey B.
    Stacey BurkeJuly 17, 2013
    Salad lovers: try the chopped bleu!
  • Jared J.
    Jared JarvisJanuary 18, 2016
    Fun place. Great food.
  • Jonathan G.
    Jonathan GardnerJuly 8, 2011
    Great food tucked away in the Heights. One of my favorite spots.
  • Peter
    PeterJanuary 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The sweet candied salmon - thank me later. Sit at the bar!
  • Christopher N.
    Christopher NapoliMarch 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    foursquare users: be sure to check-in here before entering - 3G signal is very weak (perhaps because of metal roof).
  • Laura C.
    Laura ChanFebruary 14, 2012
    Houston Press We Love Food - favorite Houston dishes - Captin's fried chicken
  • Aaron S.
    Aaron SmithMarch 15, 2012
    The parm fries can't be missed!
  • Ed
    EdMay 30, 2015
    Pro-tip: the Favor app delivers from here! Free delivery promo code: EDWAB9
  • Miranda B.
    Miranda BJuly 7, 2012
    Parm fries, fish tacos.
  • Kathrine
    KathrineJune 5, 2015
    The short rib is really good.
  • Kim M.
    Kim McGawOctober 28, 2011
    Meatloaf was delish! Parmesan fries didn't last long. :)
  • ali l.
    ali llewellynJuly 19, 2013
    Farmers Crop Pile is awesome (and paleo!)
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 28, 2014
    Check out Zelko Bistro as seen on Meat And Potatoes Read more
  • Trisha C.
    Trisha CornwellJanuary 8, 2012
    The bah-hah tacos are to DIE for.
  • Samantha Sarah W.
    Short ribs yum, chicken yum, vino yum
  • Laura C.
    Laura ChanOctober 2, 2011
    Best restaurant wine list
  • Erin S.
    Erin SmithJune 16, 2010
    Great Spot! Jamie and Jeb are a great match.
  • Leslie W.
    Leslie WrightNovember 9, 2012
    They have awesome service!
  • Clay W.
    Clay WhiteheadSeptember 28, 2015
    Chopped Blu Rocked
  • Clay W.
    Clay WhiteheadMay 19, 2016
    Rib eye oh my!
  • Kristi C.
    Kristi ChenowethJuly 7, 2012
    Captain's Fried Chicken
  • Jennifer M.
    Jennifer MartinAugust 4, 2011
    Meatloaf in a can - yum !
  • Annie
    AnnieAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Fish tacos
  • Chrissie R.
    Chrissie RichardsonJuly 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    People, this is not a kid restaurant.
  • Ryan M.
    Ryan MeansJuly 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask for Josh.
  • Laura M.
    Laura MJune 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Captains Chicken is da bomb !
  • Renee R.
    the ahi tuna salad is great!!
  • Susan P.
    Susan PerryMarch 25, 2012
    Try the Salad
  • Bill N.
    Bill NelsonJuly 31, 2016
    No longer in business
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