Blackbird Izakaya (closed)

Blackbird Izakaya ribeye skewer
Grilled ribeye skewers. Courtesy photo

At a time when ambitious Japanese concepts from both local and out-of-town operators seem to be on an upswing, this casual spot from veteran restaurateur Ken Bridge (Ritual, Lola’s Diner, etc.) and chef Billy Kin remains highly satisfying. With a compelling menu of well-priced raw items, skewers, entrees, and more, Blackbird serves as either a place to get a quick snack and a beer or an elaborate, multi-course meal. Bridge has said before that he considers the space at 1221 W. 11th St. to be a test kitchen for different ideas; let’s hope this one sticks around for awhile.


Blackbird Izakaya (closed)
1221 W. 11th St.
Houston, TX 77008


Sun: 11 am-10 pm
Mon: Closed
Tue: 11 am-10 pm
Wed: 11 am-10 pm
Thu: 11 am-10 pm
Fri: 11 am-11 pm
Sat: 11 am-11 pm

Good to Know

  • Casual
  • Full Bar
  • Patio/Outdoor Dining
  • Takeout