Restaurants in Houston

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Though located some 40 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico, by 1920 Houston was a booming port, known as the city where 17 railroads meet the sea&mdash... Read More

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

The more casual sibling of Churrascos, which has locations in Westchase and River Oaks, Amazón Grill still brings the flavorful, creative Latin... Read More

Moody lighting, sleek surfaces, and intimate dining areas characterize Américas, chef Michael Cordua's Latin fusion restaurant and bar, one of... Read More

Said to be one of the only authentic Sardinian restaurants in the country, Houston’s Arcodoro seeks to transport diners to this beautiful island... Read More

Ideal for pre-show dining, Artista offers contemporary American cuisine inside the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. The high-ceilinged dining room... Read More

With its mix of gold-colored and limestone walls, cherry wood floors and soft lighting, Arturo's dining room transports you to Tuscany. At this classic... Read More

This little bit of Paris, charmingly set in an unassuming brick house at the edge of the Museum District, is the labor of love of two young Frenchmen,... Read More

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

Inside a charming '30s-era house in Houston’s Montrose neighborhood is the Backstreet Café. The intimate dining room spans two floors, but... Read More

Eating at the old-style family diner in Houston feels like an Edward Hopper dream with a Deep South spirit on the side. The same soulful bunch of ladies... Read More

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

Once a neighborhood icehouse, the renovated building on the corner of Sawyer and Decatur Streets now houses Beaver’s restaurant and bar. Inside,... Read More

Located in Houston’s Rice Village, Benjy’s offers modern American dining experience. Inside the dining room, exposed light bulbs dangle from... Read More

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

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

This Montrose eatery is a neighborhood favorite for those looking to relax with a cup of coffee or light sandwich. Besides the exposed brick interior,... Read More

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

Over the years, this rambling old Arts and Crafts bungalow with sunny rooms and a deep front deck that overlooks the street has housed a string of... Read More

A line of patrons wrapping around the entirety of this bright yellow building is a common sight in Midtown, especially on weekends. Serving breakfast... Read More

Established in 1967 as a sister restaurant to Commander’s Palace in New Orleans, this Midtown landmark is renowned for its award-winning Southern... Read More

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

Thanks to a tagline that promises Churrascos is "further south than you have ever been before," patrons expect to find the best Latin American American... Read More

The Westchase location of Michael Cordúa's upscale Latin American franchise offers a cozier setting than its more contemporary River Oaks sibling... Read More

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

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

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

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

An overnight success when it opened in 2006, Dolce Vita, which occupies a rambling two-story Victorian house, feels like a private—but very... Read More

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

Just five minutes from Memorial City Mall in West Houston, this Turkish restaurant’s unassuming strip mall location belies an interior of classic... Read More

One of the most nourishing and idiosyncratic spots to open in town since, well, ever, is Feast, set in a rambling Arts and Crafts house in Montrose. The... Read More

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

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

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

Located in the Heights neighborhood, the Glass Wall offers seasonal menus of modern American cuisine created by chef Jorge Rodriguez. Adorned with... Read More

Texas is known for its barbecue, and as locals will tell you, Goode Company Texas Bar-B-Q is the place to go in Houston for authentic Texas barbecue.... Read More

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

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

Housed in a 1925 structure built by well-known Houston architect Joseph Finger, Hugo's brings regional Mexican cuisine to the Montrose area. As a... Read More

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

Named after an island off Spain, Ibiza delights Houston's Montrose residents with a fusion of Spanish, Mediterranean, and French cuisine from the open... Read More

Just a few blocks east of Montrose, Indika blends traditional Indian ingredients with fresh, local ingredients to create a progressive take on Indian... Read More

Just down the street from Minute Maid Park, this restaurant is a lunchtime favorite for downtown business folks. Knickknacks like plastic dolls and... Read More

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

Located in midtown Houston along the light rail line, Julia’s Bistro offers modern Latin cuisine served amid fresh flowers and vibrant color block... Read More

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

About 30 minutes south of Houston, this renowned steakhouse is tucked away inside a deceptively understated former icehouse. The dining room, however,... Read More

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

In a town of many fine Tex-Mex restaurants, La Tapatia is the standout. Located on a busy block of Richmond Avenue, this glorified diner offers nothing... Read More

Terminal C in George Bush Intercontinental Airport may be the last place travelers expect to find a French brasserie, but Le Grand Comptoir is just that... Read More

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

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

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

Corny to say, but eating at Mark's can be a religious experience, and although it occupies an early 1920's brick church complete with sanctuary, side... Read More

Reservations are hard to come by at this tasting menu restaurant, but vegetarians rejoice over the meat-free tasting menu option, while elegant meat and... Read More

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

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

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

First established in Guatemala in 1971, this family-owned eatery is now an international franchise offering authentic, affordable Latin fare. At... Read More

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

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

About two years ago, when Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s restaurant Bank, at the Icon Hotel, closed, its chef de cuisine Bryan Caswell turned his... Read More

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

Located in The Heights, Shade showcases a cross-cultural menu from executive chef David Luna, offering everything from Asian-inspired entrées to... Read More

One of Houston’s most famous steakhouses, the Strip House occupies a prime downtown location within walking distance of the George R. Brown... Read More

A farm-to-table restaurant in every sense of the phrase, chef Monica Pope's t'afia offers a refreshingly approachable take on New American cuisine.... Read More

It’s hard not to feel like a kid inside this River Oaks candy store. Shades of purple fill the shop, which, as the name suggests, sells everything... Read More

Nestled within the city's newest park, Discovery Green, the Grove seems on track to be Houston's 21st-century answer to Tavern on the Green, except here... Read More

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

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

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

As you pass through a wall of water, divided by double glass doors, you realize you’re in for a special meal at Tony's. Inside the dining room,... Read More

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

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

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

Located just down the street from Minute Maid Park, this downtown steakhouse offers USDA Prime beef and fresh seafood alongside an award-winning wine... Read More

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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