Houston is home to some of the finest restaurants in the nation. With 8,000 restaurants representing cuisine from more than 35 countries and American regions, Houston’s restaurant scene is as ethnically diverse as its 4+ million residents. Esquire named Houston one of the top 10 restaurant cities in American (2010), and The New York Post called Houston “one of the most satisfying food scenes in the country” (2010). Whether you’re looking for high-end fine dining or quaint comfortable eateries, you’ll find them here. Find a listing of some of the favorites, and some not so well known hidden jewels here.
Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse • 1510 Texas St. • Houston TX 77002 • 713-228-1111 • Elegant, intimate, distinctive dining atmosphere, featuring only the finest prime beef, fresh seafood, and more, as well as an extensive wine collection.
McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant • 1151-01 Uptown Park Blvd. • Uptown Park Shopping Center, Houston, TX 77056 • 713-840-7900 • McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant brings the Pacific Northwest’s favorite restaurant to the Bayou City! Two locations conveniently located in the Uptown Park Shopping Center – off of Post Oak Boulevard and Loop 610 West, and Downtown in the Houston Pavilions at 1201 Fannin Street.
Chef Rey’s Restaurant and Catering • 2865 Dulles Ave • Missouri City TX 77459 8 281-403-2900 • “Touching the Palette with Passion and Class” Chef Reynold Darthard is a featured chef in the Houston area, catering to many celebrities. His small intimate restaurant features many great items including Chilean Sea Bass, Coconut Shrimp, and a fabulous brunch with shrimp or chicken and waffles. Especially known for his signature cheescakes.
Eddie V’s • 12848 Queensbury Lane • Houston TX • 832-200-2380 • Prime Seafood and Steak. Offers the freshest seafood, and USDA prime, center-cut steaks. Warm, inviting atmosphere. Get in rhythm in the V-Lounge with dining and live music nightly.
Brenner’s on the Bayou • 1 Birdsall Street Houston • Houston TX 77007 • (713) 868-4444 • Situated in a picturesque location along Buffalo Bayou near Memorial Park, Brenner’s intimate and upscale Steakhouse offers an incredible setting for an unforgettable dining experience. A cozy cocktail lounge, dark wood accents, wine cellar, outdoor terrace and two story tree-house main room create a on-of-a-kind ambience. A menu featuring steakhouse classics like beefsteak tomato salad with homemade Roquefort, French onion soup, expertly prepared filets and ribeyes, plus Brenner’s favorites like crunchy German potatoes and apple strudel. Also the superb brunch on Sunday features chicken and waffles, french toast, pan grilled shrimp and grits and much more.
Fogo de Cháo • 8250 Westheimer Rd. • Houston, TX 77063 • 713-978-6500 • Amazing upscale Churrascaria, Brazilian Steakhouse.
Yao Restaurant • 9755 Westheimer Rd & 1201 Fannin St • Houston, Texas 77042 • 713.739.9267 • This home of contemporary Chinese cuisine is a gem in the Houston restaurant scene. Owned by the family of Houston Rockets’ star Yao Ming, the restaurant offers traditional cuisine and a full sushi bar. Two locations, one on Westheimer and one at Houston Pavilions Downtown.
BLU • 2248 Texas Dr, Sugar Land 77479 • 281-903-7324 • Blu offers a warm, yet exciting atmosphere combined with the creative tastes of Euro-Asian cuisine. Set in the middle of the hopping Sugar Land Town Center, BLU is a place to enjoy an evening dinner, cool out by the bar, or lounge outside on the covered patio and watch the game on one of the large screen televisions. Stop by and Let the magic of Chef Jett please your palate with flavors from their vast array of entree’s and desserts.
Not only does Blu offer an incredible lunch, dinner and brunch but it’s the night life that really makes Blu transform into the hottest place in Sugar Land.
Taste of Texas • 10505 Katy Fwy • Houston, TX 77024 • 281-509-9608 • The Taste of Texas Restaurant sets the standard in steakhouse excellence, serving only certified Angus Beef, the finest steaks and prime rib available. Salad bar, award winning wine list, and homemade desserts.
Hungry’s Cafe & Bistro • 2356 Rice Blvd • Houston TX 77005 • 713-523-8652 • International Café offering an array of healthful, flavorful choices. Art-deco, chic decor, yet cozy friendly atmosphere.
Star Pizza (Montrose) • 2111 Norfolk St. • Houston, TX 77098 • 713-523-0800 • Excellent deep dish Chicago style pies. Speciality pizzas on whole wheat crust like Chicken Alfredo, Salsa Verde, and variety of Focaccia pizza, as well as Margherita and much more.
Niko Niko’s Greek • 2520 Montrose Blvd. • Houston TX 77006 • 713-528-1308 • Greek, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Genji’s Japanese Restaurant and Karaoke Bar • 7964 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77063 • 713-780-0827 • A tiny Japanese restaurant and karaoke bar that provides unexpectedly good Japanese food at a reasonable price. A great place for an adult’s birthday.
Maggiano’s Little Italy • 2019 Post Oak Blvd. • Houston TX 77056 • 713-961-2700 • Authentic family-style Italian. Red checkered tableclothes and casual, congenial atmosphere.
Thai Cottage II • 4723 Sweetwater Blvd. • Sugar Land TX 77479 • 281-313-0707 • Thai Cottage has won a number of awards for their authentic cuisines including: ‘Best Thai Restaurant’-Citysearch 2003. ‘Best Thai Restaurant’-Houston Press 2001. A few notable menu items include the Princess Chicken consisting of chicken sauteed with mushroom, onion and zucchini in homemade sauce.
Zake Sushi Lounge • 2946 South Shepherd Drive • Houston TX 77098 • 713.526.6888 • www.zakehouston.com
Modern decor and excellent atmosphere set the stage for a menu as varied as the clientele. The sushi and sashimi menu features traditional favorites like salmon and tuna, as well as unique selections such as the spicy Sugar Land roll with spicy tuna, salmon and avocado. Favorites from the grill include a charbroiled churrasco sirloin and a grilled seafood platter.
Uchi • 904 Westheimer Rd • Houston TX 77006 • 713.522-4808 • http:www.uchirestaurants.com
2011 James Beard award-winning Chef Tyson Cole brings his signature style to the Houston location of his restaurant Uchi. Uchi brings unexpected textures and flavors and pushes the boundaries of Japanese cuisine, drawing flavor inspiration from numerous points around the globe. On Westheimer near the corner of Montrose, Uchi brings its high level of quality and service to an urban location.
Chef Cole’s menu offerings include daily specials, hot and cool tastings, makimono, yakimono, tempura and, of course, sushi and sashimi.
Aka Sushi House • 2390 W Alabama St • Houston TX 77098 • 713.807.7875 • http:www.akasushi.net
This hip sushi lounge sports an energetic atmosphere, with authentic delicious sushi and hand rolls.
Blue Fish House • 2241 Richmond Ave • Houston TX 77098 • 713.535.9258 • www.bluefishhouse.com
Sushi and sashimi enthusiasts enjoy the reliable array of seafood treats, including such novelties as sushi pizza and crispy baby octopus. Other options include piquant chili-and-lime beef salad, a radioactively spicy shrimp soup, and for the vegetarian, a tofu steak slathered with a wasabi-mayo sauce.
Zushi Sushi • 5900 Memorial Drive • Houston TX 77077 • 713. 861.5588 • http:www.zushihouston.com
This hip sushi lounge sports an energetic atmosphere, with authentic delicious sushi and hand rolls.
RA Sushi • 2 locations, 3908 Westheimer Rd and CITYCENTRE • Houston TX 77027 • 832.539.4528 • www.rasushi.com
A sleek décor of red, overhead lamps and stained woods, bears a hip Asian feel. At RA you are treated to an Asian fusion menu and artful sushi, including specialty rolls like the Tootsy Maki, Lone Star Roll and lotus-root-topped Viva Las Vegas. Great atmosphere, great drinks, and great sushi.
Uptown Sushi • 1131 Uptown Park Blvd Ste • Houston TX 77056 • 832.271.6524 • www.uptown-sushi.com
Sleek modern decor creates the scene, and great sushi seals the deal. Accents like jellyfish-inspired lighting and a stunning mother of pearl sushi bar. Cool music invites the trendy, upscale crowd. Other features include rib-eye beef rolls, thin slices of tender beef wrapped around avocados and sweet Japanese yams.
Miyako Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar • 6345 Westheimer Rd • Houston TX 77057 • 713.781.6300 •
Traditional Japanese setting, with bargain-priced sushi. Order from the all-day happy hour menu, which lists very inexpensive prices for a selected assortment of rolls.
Sushi King • 3401 Kirby Dr • Houston TX 77098 • 866.653.9428 • www.sushiking.us
Sushi King boasts some of the freshest sushi in Houston, a lounge-like decor as well as a full bar carrying specialty cocktails, sake and beer. Live pianist all week long.
Downtown Aquarium • 410 Bagby Street • Houston TX 77002 • 713-223-3474 • Part attraction, part restaurant, the 500,000-gallon Downtown Aquarium complex is multi-functional destination boasting a Ferris wheel, an aquatic carousel, Shark Voyage, a white tiger exhibit and a restaurant. The spectacular wall-to-wall aquarium view complements the surf-and-turf menu. Parents can dig into silky lobster bisque and crabmeat-topped Gulf red snapper, while the little ones nosh on popcorn shrimp, ‘sand dollar’ pizza and ‘Captain’s’ grilled cheese. During dinner, keep an eye out for scuba divers feeding fish in the restaurant-set tank.
Amazon Grill • 5114 Kirby Drive, Houston TX 77098 • 713-522-5888 • A fast-casual Latin cuisine concept. Located just south of Highway 59, along Kirby Drive, Amazon remains a popular, counter-service destination for West U families and the professional set, alike.
Lupe Tortilla’s • 2414 Southwest Fwy, Houston 77098 • 713-522-4419 & 15801 Southwest Fwy, Sugar Land 77478 • 281-265-7500 • Be ready for colorful and inviting atmosphere at this local Tex-Mex chain. From stacked-high chalupas to grilled chicken soft tacos or sizzling beef fajitas. Plates like chicken-stuffed poblano or fajita steak Lupe are big, cheesy deals. On the lighter side you can order tacos al carbon, grande ensalada verde or no-meat tacos. Great creamy handmade guacamole, spicy jalapeno nachos and non-oily tortilla chips with smoky tomato salsa.
HOUSTON LOCAL FAVORITES
The Breakfast Klub • 3711 Travis St. • Houston, TX 77002 • 713-528-8561 • Outstanding Southern Comfort food. Enjoy chicken and waffles, catfish and grits, and much more.
Frenchy’s Chicken • 8110 Kirby Dr., 77054 and 3919 Scott Street, 77004 • Amazing fried chicken and cajun sides such as spicy red jambalaya, soulful collard greens, dirty rice, and red beans and rice. Frenchy Creuzot’s unassuming walk-up operation located a couple blocks away from the University of Houston’s main campus has been a culinary institution since the late 1960s.
Reggae Hut • 4814 Almeda, Houston 77004 • 713.520.7171 • www.reggaehutcafe.com • 11am -9pm Mon. – Sat. • This colorful, friendly cafe offers up excellent authentic Caribbean cuisine. You’ll feel like you are taking a trip to Jamaica as you enjoy favorites like Jerk Chicken, Curry Chicken, Oxtails, Garlic Shrimp, Plantains, Creole Snapper, and much more.
This Is It, Soul Food • 2712 Blodgett St. Houston TX 77004 • 713-521-2920 • Southern hospitality and excellent customer service, This is It specializes in traditional southern Soul Food. From Ox Tails, Chitterlings, Turkey Wings,and Fried Catfish, to Smothered Pork Chops, Candied Yams, Mac and Cheese, Banana Pudding, Bread Pudding, Peach Cobbler and Sweet Potato Pie.
Mikki’s Soul Food Cafe • 10500 W. Bellfort, Houston TX 77031 • 281-568-5115 • Mikki’s is the epitome of the soul food experience. Eating here is like eating at Grandma’s house. The food is typical soul food, with some mean oxtails in a thick, gelatinous sauce served every day and daily specials that include baked catfish, pork chops and meat loaf, all served over rice. Traditional sides including collard greens, yams and cabbage.
UPTOWN PARK DINING
Located conveniently in the Uptown/Galleria area of HoustonUptown Park has 13 fabulous establishments for your dining indulgence all within the luxurious center. Whether it’s a sandwich, Italian, seafood, wine, gourmet cupcakes, ice cream or drinks, every last craving will be satisfied at Uptown Park. • 1101 Uptown Park Blvd. • Houston, TX 77056
Upscale sushi bar and restaurant. • 713-871-1200
A must have! Every day these homemade gourmet cupcakes with creamy frosting are baked up fresh for your enjoyment. • 713-622-7283 • www.cravecupcakes.com
The Tasting Room
A stylish and comfortable wine cafe. 150 quality labels, by the glass, bottle or case. Light gourmet food to compliment your glass. • 713-993-9800
McCormick & Schmick’s
Prime meat and poultry, and the freshest seafood in town. All served with your favorite cocktail in a very inviting atmosphere. • 713-840-7900
Looking for an upscale place to relax, watch the game on huge plasmas, and enjoy some great food? Come on in. • 713-627-2333
Traditional American favorites and some great gourmet surprises will draw you into this cool, cozy and comfortable cafe. • 713-963-9222
Arturo’s Uptown Italiano
With it’s limestone walls, romantic setting and music you’ll be charmed by the atmosphere. And you’ll love the outstanding Italian food and extensive wine list. • 713-621-1180
Andre’s Pastry Shop and Cafe
Delicious European Sweets are served up in this family owned cafe. Stop in for breakfast and lunch as well • 713-877-9401
Houston Pavilions Downtown • 1201 Fannin Street • Houston, TX 77002 • (832) 320-1201
Houston Pavilions Downtown offers several great different dining experiences in one center full of other entertainment and shopping. Listed below are restaurants in the Houston Pavilions.
Andalucia Tapas Restaurant and Bar
Guadalajara del Centro
House of Blues
House of Blues Foundation Room
Lucky Strikes Lanes
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant
Mia Bella Trattoria
Yao Restaurant & Bar