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Restaurants in Houston

Houston has numerous restaurants in chic Uptown and fashionable Midtown. For a special meal, try fresh oysters at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen. There is a sales tax of 8.25% added to bills and tipping of around 15% is expected. Check before leaving a tip as this may have already been included as a service charge.

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  1. 1. Sambuca - Top-end: (More than US$55-US$65 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Sambuca, Houston. Courtesy of Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau

    Located in the historic Rice Hotel in Downtown Houston, Sambuca serves hearty American food with a Mediterranean twist. Dishes include blackened ribeye and three-course specials available from Sunday to Wednesday. The nightly entertainment of foot-tapping jazz and the intimate dining areas make this more reminiscent of a supper club.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Thu 11am-4pm & 5pm-10pm (until 11pm Thu); Fri 11am-4pm & 5pm-12am; Sat 5pm-12am; Sun 5pm-11pm

    Address

    909, Texas Avenue, Houston 77002

    Telephone

    +1 713 224 5299

    Transport

    MetroRail to Preston Station, or taxi

    Website

    Sambuca

  2. 2. La Colombe d'Or - Top-end: (More than US$55-US$65 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    La Colombe d'Or, Houston. Courtesy of La Colombe d'Or

    The sophisticated make their way to the award-winning La Colombe d'Or in Central Houston. The intimate low lighting, wood panelling, original art and antiques add to a very special meal. The French gourmet food comes in surprisingly generous portions, some dishes with a Texan twist. The service is discreet and excellent.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 11.30am-2pm & daily 6pm-9pm (until 10pm Fri & Sat)

    Address

    3410, Montrose Boulevard, Houston 77006

    Telephone

    +1 713 469 4750

    Transport

    Bus 42 to Lovett and Yoakum

    Website

    La Colombe d'Or

  3. 3. RDG Grill Room - Top-end: (More than US$55-US$65 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    The star of the Uptown dining scene, RDG Grill Room is where the beautiful and powerful dine on seasonal specialities, prepared by an award-winning chef. Dishes include smoked salmon tartare with Serrano chillies and duck breast with grilled summer fruits. The cuisine and the impeccable service make a trip to this multi-levelled restaurant a worthwhile treat.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 11.30am-2pm & 6pm-10pm; Sat 6pm-10pm; Sun 5pm-9pm

    Address

    1800, Post Oak Blvd, Houston 77056

    Telephone

    +1 713 840 1111

    Transport

    Bus 33 from Post Oak Boulevard and Westheimer

    Website

    RDG Grill Room

  4. 4. Hugo's - Top-end

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    Chef Hugo Ortega serves up excellent food from the Mexican interior, often with a wonderful contemporary twist. He has local sources for hard-to-get fresh ingredients, which, when available, become part of the offerings. The churros Spanish-style doughnuts are delicious, as are the margaritas, and both are a good alternative to dessert. The dining room is large and airy with comfortable furniture. 

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    Cost

    Main courses $15-$25

    Opening hours

    Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat 11am-11pm; Sun 10am-9pm

    Address

    1600 Westheimer Rd, Houston, USA

    Telephone

    713/524-7744

    Website

    Hugo's

  5. 5. *17 - Top-end: (More than US$55-US$65 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Just off Main Street in Downtown Houston, *17's smart scarlet and chocolate-brown interior complements the carefully prepared seasonal food. Chef Samuel Beier's menu includes modern American dishes with a European twist, alongside Texan favourites like rib-eye steak with Sam Houston Bourbon sauce. Service is attentive and there's an enticing domestic and international wine list.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 6.30am-10.30am & 5.30pm-10.30pm; Sun 7am-11am; Lunch Mon-Fri 11am-2pm

    Address

    1117, Prairie Street, Houston 77002

    Telephone

    +1 832 200 8888

    Transport

    Metrorail to Preston station

    Website

    *17

Mid-range

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  1. 6. Baba Yega - Mid-range: (US$30-US$55 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Baba Yega, Houston. Courtesy of Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau

    Baba Yega in Central Houston is an old local favourite, serving burgers, sandwiches, pasta and vegetarian food. Located in a converted bungalow, it has small dining areas throughout as well as a patio (ideal for people watching) and veranda for outdoor dining overlooking a pretty garden. Mondays are steak nights and Tuesdays are pasta nights.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Thu 11am-9.30pm; Fri & Sat 11am-10.30pm; Sun 10am-9pm

    Address

    2607, Grant Street, Houston 77006

    Telephone

    +1 713 522 0042

    Transport

    Bus 81 to Smith and Elgin

    Website

    Baba Yega

  2. 7. Shade - Mid-range: (US$30-US$55 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Claire Smith's inventive cooking at Shade combines a number of styles, but with a distinctly American sensibility. Close to Memorial Park in Houston's Historic Heights, the restaurant's decor is modern and simple, with a couple of playful references to 1960s Dada. A shaded outdoor patio allows alfresco dining in summer.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Lunch/brunch Mon-Fri 11am-2.30pm, Sat & Sun 10am-3pm; Dinner Tue-Thu 5pm-10pm; Fri & Sat 5pm-10.30pm; Sun & Mon 5pm-9pm

    Address

    250, West 19th Street, Houston 77008

    Telephone

    +1 713 863 7500

    Transport

    Bus 26 to Yale & East 20th

    Website

    Shade

  3. 8. Cyclone Anaya - Mid-range: (US$30-US$55 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Cyclone Anaya, Houston. Courtesy of Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau

    Particularly popular at the weekends, Cyclone Anaya is a tasteful Tex-Mex restaurant in Midtown with a patio area. The menu is standard Tex-Mex but the portions are large and the margarita cocktails excellent. There are Happy Hour discounts on weekdays. Reservations are not accepted so be prepared for a long wait at busy times.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Wed 11am-10pm; Thu & Fri 11am-11pm; Sat 9am-11pm; Sun 9am-9pm

    Address

    309, Gray Street, Houston 77002

    Telephone

    +1 713 520 6969

    Transport

    MetroRail to Downtown Transit Center Station

    Website

    Cyclone Anaya

  4. 9. Churrascos - Mid-range: (US$30-US$55 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Churrascos, Houston. Courtesy of Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau

    Churrascos in Central Houston is a smart but relaxed restaurant, decorated in warm earthy tones and South American-style textiles. The extensive menu includes dishes from countries such as Argentina, Cuba and Peru. Every table is served the restaurant's signature plantain chips and chimichurri (spicy sauce). Eat indoors or on the pleasant garden patio.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Thu 11am-9pm; Fri 11am-10.30pm; Sat 5pm-10.30pm; Sun 11am-9pm

    Address

    2055, Westheimer Road at Shepherd, Houston 77098

    Telephone

    +1 713 527 8300

    Transport

    Bus 82 to Westheimer and Shepherd

    Website

    Churrascos

  5. 10. Strip House - Mid-range: (US$30-US$55 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Strip House, Houston. Courtesy of Strip House

    Steak lovers savour the exquisite cuts of meat served at Strip House in Downtown Houston. The all-red interior is dressed with lush silk, velvet and leather fabrics and seductively low lighting, and vintage photos of burlesque stars line the walls. This is a restaurant where well-dressed diners can enjoy the attentive and understated service.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 11am-2pm; Mon-Thu 5pm-11pm; Fri & Sat 5pm-12am; Sun 5pm-10pm

    Address

    1200, McKinney Street, Houston 77010

    Telephone

    +1 713 659 6000

    Transport

    MetroRail to Main Street Square, or taxi

    Website

    Strip House

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  1. 11. Mi Luna - Budget: (Less that US$30 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Mi Luna in Central Houston is a loud, busy restaurant where diners can enjoy a good-value meal and share several plates of Spanish tapas. There are several themed, fun nights including live flamenco on Wednesdays that'll get the feet tapping and on Sundays there's a sumptuous buffet brunch.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Sun-Wed 11am-10pm; Thu 11am-12am; Fri & Sat 11am-1am

    Address

    2441, University Boulevard, Houston 77005

    Telephone

    +1 713 520 5025

    Transport

    Bus 26 or 27 to Greenbriar and Rice

    Website

    Mi Luna

  2. 12. Backstreet Café - Budget

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    Wonderful cooking, a good selection of wines, and excellent service make this place perennially popular, especially in good weather when diners flock to the tree-shaded patio. The starters are delicious creations, especially the lobster potpie and the smoked corn crab cakes. Dining areas include two upstairs rooms, one downstairs, and the patio. Don't even try to park your car; let the valet do it.

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    Cost

    Main courses $15-$28

    Opening hours

    Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat 11am-11pm; Sun 10am-9pm

    Address

    1103 S. Shepherd, Houston, USA

    Telephone

    713/521-2239

    Website

    Backstreet Cafe

  3. 13. The Breakfast Klub - Budget: (Less that US$30 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    The Breakfast Klub in Midtown Houston offers breakfast until the early afternoon. There's often a queue but the wait is made worthwhile by the fast turnaround and the satisfied faces of the diners as they leave. There are daily specials or try the unlikely signature dish - waffles served with crispy chicken wings.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 7am-2pm; Sat 8am-2pm

    Address

    3711, Travis & Alabama, Houston 77002

    Telephone

    +1 713 528 8561

    Transport

    MetroRail Ensemble/HCC

    Website

    The Breakfast Club

  4. 14. Barry's Pizza and Italian Diner - Budget: (Less that US$30 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Diners don't go home hungry after a delicious deep-pan pizza piled high with pepperoni, mushrooms, onions and green peppers. Barry's Pizza and Italian Diner in the busy Uptown area is located in a log cabin, just minutes from the Galleria shopping mall, with a covered deck for outdoor dining.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Thu 11am-10pm; Fri & Sat 11am-11pm; Sun 12pm-10pm

    Address

    6003, Richmond Avenue at Fountainview, Houston 77057

    Telephone

    +1 713 266 8692

    Transport

    Bus 32 to Fountainview and Westheimer

    Website

    Barry's Pizza

  5. 15. Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen - Budget: (Less that US$30 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen in Central Houston is part of a small chain of seafood restaurants across Houston that always gives a warm welcome to diners. It serves fresh seafood and Louisiana-style favourites such as seafood gumbo. Take a hearty appetite as the portions are huge or share with a friend for a good-value meal.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 11am-10pm (until 11pm Fri & Sat)

    Address

    6015, Westheimer Road at Greenridge, Houston 77057

    Telephone

    +1 713 782 6310

    Transport

    Bus 82 to Westheimer and Hillcroft

    Website

    Pappadeaux

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