Treebeards on Market Square

If you were adventurous enough to trek through a somewhat neglected Market Square in the spring of 1978, you might have come across the original Treebeards on Preston street. Our 30 seat café, tucked in between a peep show arcade and a rowdy bar, opened March 1, 1978, in what had been a pool hall. The menu featured many of the same Southern style dishes that we still serve today.

Luckily, people did find us and enjoyed our food enough to recommend us to their friends and co-workers. We soon outgrew the original location and made the move to Travis street in June of 1980. Known to historians as the Baker-Travis Building, circa 1861, our current location facing Market Square Park is the second oldest building in Houston.

We have expanded over the years and now operate five restaurants in downtown Houston. The Cloister became our second location when we were approached by the clergy of Christ Church Cathedral to operate the food service in the church’s restaurant, The Cloister. We began serving Treebeards’ menu in the unique setting of the church’s social hall and adjoining courtyard in 1981.

Our search for a third location led us into downtown Houston’s tunnel system. At 1100 Louisiana, we found a previous tenant’s vacant employee cafeteria. The setup was ideal and we opened for business in 1990.

A desire for something simpler sparked a take-off on the Treebeards concept at The Shops at Houston Center in 2011 and Pennzoil Place in 2012. These locations were designed to serve a limited menu of Treebeards’ favorites for take-out only.

Event Catering

Whether you have a luncheon, small gathering, or a large party, Treebeards can spice up the occasion with the great flavors of the South. We can bring the food to you, or check out our Market Square location, available for parties or business meetings. For groups of 20 people or more downtown, or 25 people or more outside of downtown,* we offer lunch catering Monday through Friday.


We have a variety of Treebeards’ favorites on our menu – sure to satisfy everyone at your event. If you would like to be contacted by one of our representatives to schedule our lunch catering services, fill out our online Catering Request Form below.

Private Parties

We also cater large private parties or events in the evenings and weekends – please contact us for menus and more information at 713-228-8228 or fill out our online Catering Request Form. You will be contacted by a catering representative to discuss the details and pricing for your event.

We are proud of our more than thirty years in business and we thank you and our many loyal customers.