Restaurants in Houston

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Houston’s top chefs are enjoying well-deserved national attention of late, finally being recognized for a vibrant restaurant culture that competes to... Read More

Houston’s top chefs are enjoying well-deserved national attention of late, finally being recognized for a vibrant restaurant culture that competes to serve the varied cultures represented in the city. Sure, regional dining styles abound (Southwestern, Cajun, Tex Mex), but the best restaurants in Houston offer a chef’s ability to meld traditional cooking styles with flavors that are reminiscent of other large segments here—the city’s Indochinese population is second in size only to Los Angeles’, for example.

In fact, Underbelly’s chef took home the James Beard Award for his menu that pays tribute to the variety of flavors that make up the city (Vietnamese, Southern, Indian, Thai, to name a few). Other places to eat in Houston that are newer to the scene are State of Grace, Coltivare, Oxheart and The Pass & Provisions—all the types of places Houstonians are proud to show off to visitors. Extremely popular for lunch or a daytime coffee break is Tiny Boxwood’s, housed within a provençal nursery.

There’s no denying that Texas is known for its barbeque, and Goode Company still gets consistent raves. There are now seven Goode Company locations in town, but the one on Kirby Drive is the original, having opened in 1977. If your tastes run more expensive, De Marco is one of the city’s best Italian restaurants. Located in an unassuming house in the Montrose neighborhood, the kitchen gives roasted Texas quail and Colorado lamb chops the Italian treatment, which satisfies their loyal guests.

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  • Adair Kitchen Restaurant in Houston Courtesy of Adair Kitchen
    Adair Kitchen

    High ceilings, wrap-around windows and an open kitchen make for an inviting feel at this family owned restaurant, where menu offerings are... Read More

  • B&B Butchers & Restaurant in Houston Felix Sanchez
    B&B Butchers & Restaurant

    Housed in a gorgeous red brick former bakery in the sixth ward, B&B is a butcher shop, deli, and fine-dining steakhouse in one. Decadence begins... Read More

  • BCN Taste & Tradition Restaurant in Houston Courtesy of BCN Taste & Tradition
    BCN Taste & Tradition

    A former 1920s home in Montrose is the setting for this small, stylish restaurant whose name is an abbreviation of Barcelona. Gallery-like white walls... Read More

  • Bistro Menil Restaurant in Houston Courtesy of Bistro Menil
    Bistro Menil

    A red jack marks the spot—the large toy-inspired outdoor installation is iconic in Houston—at the modern, open-all-day bistro adjacent to the famous... Read More

  • Bramble Restaurant in Houston Courtesy of Bramble
    Bramble

    Experimental young chef Randy Rucker received immediate accolades for his Briar Grove area restaurant, where the menu is written based on what's... Read More

  • Brasserie 19 Restaurant in Houston Courtesy of Brasserie 19
    Brasserie 19

    Even on a hot day, the tables outside this modern, sleek French brasserie are as packed as those inside. A designer handbag and steak frites sit atop... Read More

  • Caracol Restaurant in Houston Courtesy of Caracol
    Caracol

    Here, coastal Mexican cuisine and authentic seafood dishes are served in a pristine, modern, white dining room with playful sea creature contemporary... Read More

  • Coltivare Restaurant in Houston Courtesy of Coltivare
    Coltivare

    Serving pizza made with ingredients from the on-site garden in a wood burning oven, the no-reservations eatery's cult following isn't deterred by large... Read More

  • Common Bond Restaurant in Houston Courtesy of Common Bond
    Common Bond Cafe & Bakery

    Perched on one of the busiest corners in Montrose, this coffee shop and bakery bustles from early morning 'til evening, and is an uber-hip setting for... Read More

  • Coppa Osteria Restaurant in Houston Courtesy of Coppa Osteria
    Coppa Osteria

    The people-watching is as good as the Italian at this Rice Village hot spot, where fans congregate over authentic, thin crust pizzas topped with black... Read More

  • Da Marco Restaurant in Houston Courtesy of Da Marco
    Da Marco

    Often lauded as the best Italian restaurant in Houston, Da Marco is set in an unassuming Montrose cottage that belies an elegant interior of hardwood... Read More

  • Down House Restaurant in Houston Courtesy of Down House
    Down House

    A well-dressed hipster crowd gathers at this brick firehouse-turned-restaurant in the Heights that is consistently packed, especially for brunch. Often... Read More

  • Flo Paris Restaurant in Houston Courtesy of Flo Paris
    Flo Paris

    Offering the type of dishes one would find at a typical Parisian cafe that are just as authentic, the display cases at Flo offer a challenge. Here, it's... Read More

  • Fluff Bake Bar Restaurant in Houston Courtesy of Fluff Bake Bar
    Fluff Bake Bar

    Pastry chef Rebecca Masson earned her stellar reputation providing desserts for trendy and high-end restaurants and top bakeries in town, becoming such... Read More

  • Foreign Correspondents Restaurant in Houston Courtesy of Foreign Correspondents
    Foreign Correspondents

    The husband-and-wife chefs here exhibit skillful talent at creating traditional northern Thai food—evidence of their years spent abroad. The ... Read More

  • Helen Greek Food and Wine Restaurant in Houston Shannon O'Hara
    Helen Greek Food and Wine

    A unique concept opened by a local sommelier, this Rice Village taverna boasts an all-Greek wine list and menu that offers modern takes on Greek... Read More

  • Holley's Restaurant in Houston Courtesy of Holley's
    Holley's Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar

    With floor to ceiling windows that overlook the bustle of Midtown, the sleek restaurant offers seafood from the nearby Gulf and other coasts. The lively... Read More

  • Hunky Dory Restaurant in Houston Courtesy of Hunky Dory
    Hunky Dory

    Serving up splendid, authentic British fare in a relaxed tavern setting, a respected local restaurant group is behind this neighborhood concept in the... Read More

  • Izakaya Restaurant in Houston Courtesy of Izakaya
    Izakaya

    Elevated Asian street food is the inspiration for this modern Japanese pub concept in trendy Midtown. Diners return again and again to taste their way... Read More

  • Kata Robata Restaurant in Houston Courtesy of Kata Robata
    Kata Robata

    The ordinary strip center location may not be indicative of the elevated cuisine inside, but the amount of cars, day or night, is—sushi and grilled... Read More

  • KUU Restaurant in Houston Courtesy of KUU
    KUU Restaurant

    With a seasonal and local take on modern Japanese cooking, this upscale Gateway Memorial restaurant serves what some call the best sushi in town. But... Read More

  • Les Ba'get Restaurant in Houston Courtesy of Les Ba'get
    Les Ba'get

    Serving authentic bánh mì and pho in a converted Montrose bungalow, this order-at-the-counter Vietnamese cafe is relaxed yet modern, with a wood-wrapped... Read More

  • Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette Restaurant in Houston Courtesy of Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette
    Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette

    The scene is lively at this upscale-yet-approachable oyster bar, where the seafood menu has a decidedly Southern twist. The large central bar offers... Read More

  • Local Foods-Upper Kirby Restaurant in Houston Courtesy of Local Foods-Upper Kirby
    Local Foods

    Locally sourced ingredients are king at this popular eatery with counter service by day and full service by night. An homage to the best fresh produce... Read More

  • Pass & Provisions Restaurant in Houston Courtesy of The Pass and Provisions
    The Pass & Provisions

    No visit to Houston is complete without a stop at either The Pass & Provisions, a hip two-in-one concept that is one of the city's top... Read More

  • Pax Americana Restaurant in Houston Chuck Cook
    Pax Americana

    Follow the yellow awning to this brick-front American hot spot in Montrose, where a large metal map of the U.S. is a focal point of the lively main... Read More

  • Peli Peli Restaurant in Houston Courtesy of Peli Peli
    Peli Peli

    Diners will see an LED art display of an entire sunrise and sunset over the South African desert on the dining room's domed ceiling in this multi-room... Read More

  • Peska Seafood Culture Restaurant in Houston Courtesy of Peska Seafood Culture
    Peska Seafood Culture

    Overhead, a metal installation of a school of swimming fish by a local artist sets the stage for beautifully plated seafood inspired by South America... Read More

  • Pondicheri Restaurant in Houston Courtesy of Pondicheri
    Pondicheri

    Serving updated Indian classics using fresh, local ingredients and unexpected flavor combinations, expect counter service by breakfast and lunch, and... Read More

  • Pour Society Bar in Houston Courtesy of Pour Society
    Pour Society

    The upscale sports-oriented gastropub in the fast-growing Gateway Memorial City district is massive, but feels warm and inviting thanks to careful nods... Read More

  • SaltAir Seafood Kitchen Restaurant in Houston Courtesy of SaltAir Seafood Kitchen
    SaltAir Seafood Kitchen

    The see-and-be-seen swirl the central bar at this Upper Kirby hot spot, which exhibits Brandi Key's most graceful touch in fresh fish (cooked and raw)... Read More

  • Tiny Boxwoods Restaurant in Houston Courtesy of Tiny Boxwoods
    Tiny Boxwoods

    A line swells out the door at meal time, but chalkboard specials inside the greenhouse-inspired space (the restaurant sits on the grounds of Provençal... Read More

  • Tiny Boxwoods Restaurant in Houston Courtesy of Tiny Boxwoods
    Tinys No. 5

    An off-shoot of the popular Tiny Boxwood's, this beautifully landscaped restaurant in the West University enjoys an extremely loyal (and well-dressed)... Read More

  • Tout Suite Restaurant in Houston Courtesy of Tout Suite
    Tout Suite

    A coffee shop for coffee lovers, neighbors rejoiced when this large, converted industrial space (formerly a Ford dealership, among other things) opened... Read More

  • Uchi Restaurant in Houston Courtesy of Uchi
    Uchi

    An offshoot of what is arguably the most popular restaurant in Austin, Houston's Uchi is a place where, like the original, diners come to worship at the... Read More

  • Underbelly Restaurant in Houston Courtesy of Underbelly
    Underbelly

    Even before the national acclaim started rolling in, chef-owner Chris Shepherd had a hit on his hands with this culinary homage to the city's many... Read More

  • Weights and Measures Restaurant in Houston Vladimir Ambia
    Weights + Measures

    Wrapped entirely in windows, the high design both inside and out gives this multi-purpose restaurants its cult following status. Part coffee house, part... Read More

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