Before it was one of the Spring Branch Management District’s newest eateries and a seafood lover’s paradise, Low Tide Kitchen & Bar was part of the Finn Hall food court downtown.

By moving Low Tide to a free-standing building, owner Alli Jarrett said, the restaurant was able to expand its menu and offer full bar service. But also, the restaurant now offers special dining events and hosts an increasing number of private parties.

Now Low Tide is a finalist for best new restaurant in the Houston Chronicle Best of the Best 2023.

The Prisoner Wine Dinner was one such themed dining event, with shared appetizers and four food courses as well as pairings with wines from The Prisoner Wine Company. The restaurant even provided a sitter on site for just $10 extra for those parents who needed a little break.

The Chapelwood Chancel Choir held its end-of-season celebration at Low Tide, too.

While Low Tide is a “seafood-forward restaurant,” Jarrett, the Texas Restaurant Association’s 2022 Outstanding Restaurateur of the Year, said the menu can accommodate many palates with burgers, salads and chicken.

Of course, the special events like the wine dinner are a draw for those looking for “experiences” when dining out.

Warehouse 72, in the Spring Branch District’s Marq’E Centre, similarly offers special experience dinners featuring wine pairings or menus built around themes.

Richard Howell, operating partner at Warehouse 72, said special events help Warehouse 72 reach more community members.

Prisoner Wine Dinner

“The mindset is to build a relationship, create a brand ambassador, give a ‘wow’ experience” with interactive experiences,  Howell said.

Also, Low Tide will participate in the annual Houston Restaurant Weeks, with sophisticated restaurants all over town offering special deals from Aug. 1 to Sept. 4. The project benefits the Houston Food Bank.

Low Tide is also taking the show on the road as a participant in a “Sangria Showdown” for charity, hosted by Women of Wine Charities.

At the July 12 event, sommeliers and mixologists will compete to create the best and most creative versions of sangria. All proceeds benefit the Houston Area Women’s Center.

Get your tickets for the Sangria Showdown here:

Also for appreciators of wine, Low Tide officers special days like Thirsty Thursday — with happy hour all day long and half-off bottles of wine. On Sundays, Low Tide offers a brunch spread with mimosas for $1.

Jarrett also owns Harold’s, a Houston eatery that opened nine years ago in a 95-year-old building that formerly housed Harold’s in the Heights, an iconic clothing store owned and operated by Harold and Milton Wiesenthal.

Jarrett said she brought Low Tide to Spring Branch because of its growing community.

“I want Low Tide… to become part of its fabric,” she said.

Check out the local organizations Low Tide supports here:

Low Tide Kitchen & Bar
2030A Bingle Rd.

— by Dorothy Puch Lillig