Pearland >Food & Dining > Killen's Steakhouse
2804 S Main St, Pearland, TX | Directions 7758129.557398 -95.284674
Mon. - Thu. 5pm - 9pm;Fri. - Sat. 5pm - 10pm;Sun. CLOSED
Texas steakhouses are all too often overpriced put-ons, but Killen's is the real deal: magnificent meat, sourced from all over, and prepared by a real chef rather than nameless functionaries at the broiler. The true Texas meat mecca, and that's saying something!
There are multiple ways to experience your selected cut of beef: from wet to dry-aged, to Wagyu or Mishima. It can be prepared on the 1800 degree broiler or on the wood-fire grill, and based on your selections, the server will suggest the best way for your selected steak.
Ronnie Killen makes scrumptious food. – If you love steak, Killen's Steakhouse is where it's at. Cordon Bleu trained Ronnie Killen has perfected the art of the perfect steak. Winner of the Rodeo Best Bites competition -- beating out at least 60 competitors two years in a row, the food speaks for itself. Crazy-good creamed corn, skillet potatoes, macaroni and cheese and other sides are well worth it, as are the desserts. Think cream cheese topped carrot cake or his signature bread pudding. For the ultimate indulgence, the dry-aged 32oz long bone-in kobe ribeye is ridiculously amazing.
Several types of aged beef and cuts to satisfy anyone. From a small filet to a huge T-bone, Killen's is definitely a quintessential steakhouse, even if its in Pearland. The porkbelly and empanada appetizers were scrumptious, a nice juxtaposition against the familiar steak and potatoes scene. The service is excellent as well.
not the best steak house – I try the Kobe long bone ribeye, and it S..ck. I eat kobe beef all the time in vegas and new york, and trust me it is not even closed. First of all, good KOBE Beef cost $30 to $40 a OZ.....final.... no if or but. The mac n cheese was dry, the spinach was good, the kobe steak was tough, but the service was good. I try almost every steakhouse in houston, if you want good steak try these restaurants: flemming, papa steak house, capital grill, and del fisho....place look nice, good tasting steak, good side order, and excellent service.
BAD Manaagement-BAD Waiter-BAD Experience. – We made reservations 2 weeks in advance for our 30th wedding anniversary. My in-laws had tried the restaurant about 3 weeks ago and couldnt stop talking about it. We had to wait abut 15 minutes for our table to be ready. We ordered the crab cake appetizer, and the crab was good but the shrimp was fishy tasting. Next was salad and french onion soup. The soup was cold, and we had asked for bread when the soup was brought to the table. We never got a chance to complain about the cold soup, as we never saw the waiter. The bread was finally brought once the soup and salad dishes were removed-not what we had in mind, but it gave us something to do during the extended wait we had until our steaks arrived-at least 30 minutes. All 4 steaks arrived cold, and had obviously been sitting undelivered for at least 15-20 minutes. One ribeye did not look or taste right, and we told the waiter it was a sirloin strip. When the manager came over we told him that all the steaks and the 2 potato sides were cold. He disappeared to get a tray, and finally took the food back to the kitchen 10 minutes later. Imagine our surprise when he returned with a fresh replacement for the suspect ribeye, and the other 3 original steaks. The 3 steaks were STILL cold, and had been sitting under heat lamps for the past 30 minutes. Since it was a special occasion and we were not alone we chose not to make a bigger deal of the situation. The manager seemed surprised that we expected FRESH HOT steaks. He eventually took off two of the steaks off the bill, but it was still expensive for BAD SERVICE, cold, heat lamp heated steaks, and cold side orders at $7 each for some less than impressive potatoes. Overall we were there 2 1/2 hours, and did not have dessert (and it wasnt offered), Save the drive to Pearland and enjoy the luxury of V*i*c & A*n*t*h*o*n*y*s downtown. Same prices, awesome service, much nicer surroundings,and Good Food.
Best Resturant South Houston – Visited Killen's New Year's Eve and was treated to the best meal of my life. I have noting bad to say about the establishment. If I had to nit pick the biggest issue facing the restaurant is the parking. Some people may complain about the price, I would not agree with this. I will be honest and say that I cannot afford to eat there on a nightly basis, but for any special occasion it is a must. For people that live outside of Pearland the restaurant can seem troublesome to find. Don't let this stop you from making a reservation and taking the drive. Killen's was graded the 10th best steakhouse in Texas. I think it should have been a little higher on the list. If you know what good food is you need to visit Killen's and if you don't know what good food is take a drive and let them educate you.
average meal, great desserts – We'd been trying to get to Killen's after reading about it in the Chronicle. We started with shrimp cocktail. The shrimp were very clean and fresh tasting. The creamed corn was okay, a little sweet with a little kick. The asparagus was a tad bitter. The bacon-wrapped filet was very tender with a heavily smoked flavor. The Kobe filet was not cooked properly. The outside was a perfect medium-rare while the inside was rare with the consistency of Jello. The grilled shrimp were simply grilled shrimp with no frills. Now the desserts were pretty good. The bread pudding was made with croissants. The carrot cake is served hot. Both desserts are enough for at least two people.
The parking lot is dreadful. The building doesn't look like a building you'd go to for an $85 steak. The decor is simple. The noise level at an 8:00 dinner was quite high.
The service was good. The waitstaff seemed to be well informed of the menu items and technique.
From all the reviews and published articles I'd come across, I was underwhelmed with my visit. For the price, I expected a spectacular meal in a fine dining atmosphere. I do not see another trip to Killen's in my future.
Best steak I have had...and I have had a lot! – So, this is the first time I have reviewed a resaurant. I use Citysearch all the time but I guess I have never been so inspired to actually review a restaurant until now! I can not stop thinking about how good this restaurant is. The service was amazing...our waiter was knowledgable, answered all our questions thorougly, helped choose an awesome wine. We ordered crab cakes and scallops for appetizers and both were delicious. I had the dry-aged ribeye as an entree and I have to say that it was the best steak I have ever had! Dry-aged is the way to go! I live in Houston, eat out a lot and have eaten at every acclaimed steakhouse in the area and have always declared Pappa's as my favorite but now Killen's has taken the title. I can't wait to go back and I am telling everyone about this place. This place is well worth the drive to Pearland. The only drawback is parking.
The New King of Steaks Is Now Located In Pearland, TX! – My wife and I have dined at Killen's three times so far. I was surprised that it took me so long to find out about it. What was funny is when I walked in the first time, I ran into two old friends that are always looking for a great steak, and there they were chowing down on what I later tasted as the best steaks west of NYC, and that includes anywhere in the Great State of Texas, bar none in my opinion. You want Kobe, you got it, but I love their dry aged prime NY Strip as my favorite so far.
We have been just the two us, my wife and I; another time with another couple, and even with a large group of about fifty. We never had a problem, but you do have to keep an eye open for it as you drive. Parking is limited, but we have always found a place. The service has alwats been wonderful, in fact, they seem to add that personal touch and have made us feel right at home.
What elese can you ask for in a great place like this... Great company, great service, and wow what a great selection in steaks... dry aged, wet aged, kobe, whatever cut you want... we can't wait to come back. It sure beats having to drive home from the other great steakhouses located well into Houston or out Katy way. Perry's we also enjoy, and Chris better pay attention to this neighboring steakhouse.
Seriously, finally having more than a few great places to dine in the Greater Clear Lake Area isnow a fact and I love it.
OK, pass me those crab cakes!
Only neg. is the small parking lot, and having to roll my window down on these hot summer nights, so I can locate Killen's by that aroma, since it is so small that we have a hard time finding it. Thanks for our GPS now, its no trouble, LOL.
HORRIBLE RUDE STAFF – My husband made reservations to celebrate our anniversary, but we were turned away because I was not in "proper attire" . I was wearing a nice top, skirt, and white patent sandals from Ann Taylor. I was told flip flops were not allowed, though I wouldn't consider my sandals "flip flops". Anyway the experience was horrible. The outside of the building looks like a shack, but my sandals were not good enough for them.
Delicious food in the suburbs... – Reservations are recommended (by phone) at this small, quaint restaurant. The exterior truly looks like a BBQ shack, but the interior is a cute, low-ceiling, simplistic, white table cloth restaurant. The waiters are knowledgable, the wine list is good, the food is excellent. The crab cake and fried roma tomatoes were delicious. The steak was perfectly cooked, the side dishes are family-style. We had the creamed spinach and the potatoes au gratin, which were excellent. The Chicken Francese was a bit too rich for me; fried chicken with a creamy mushroom sauce atop creamy tomato basil pasta. The bread pudding was excellent and surprisingly light. Although the name, Creme Brulee Bead Pudding is misleading as it has no crispy, caramelized sugar topping. A great place to dine when you don't want to make the 30 minute trek into town...
Best food in Clear Lake / Pearland Area – Steak was the best I have had in the Houston area and the two people that had seafood were just as impressed. We had the crab cakes, which were great, and the fried tomatoes were definitely different and we are glad we tried them. Service was excellent. and the wine list was varied and very affordable. The only issues we had were that their beer choices are not nearly as good as their wine list and that the restaurant is loud.
Pearland locals covet this hidden gem steakhouse for Gulf Coast seafood, flavorful steaks and impeccable sauces. – The Scene
Even before sampling the menu, diners will realize their coup as the barbecue shack exterior reveals a charming, white-tablecloth dining room. A subtle Western theme dominates with carefully chosen art, dark woods and ironwork accents. The atmosphere is crisp but casual as tables of regulars enjoy a visit from owner and Executive Chef Ronnie Killen. Servers are young but well-versed on the menu.
Killen's Le Cordon Bleu training is evident throughout the menu but is revealed in the sauces like the wedge salad's creamy Roquefort and the shrimp-topped, jumbo lump crab cake with its subtle lemon sauce. Simple seasoning and expert grilling define the steakhouse entrees and a la carte sides, including the center cut filet, 24-ounce bone-in ribeye and sky-high Niman Ranch pork chop. Fried Gulf shrimp with hand-cut steak fries, snapper sautéed with jumbo lump crab and chicken fried steak are all updated classics.
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