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Restaurants in Houston

Houston has numerous restaurants in chic Uptown and fashionable Midtown. For a special meal, try fresh stone crabs at Truluck's, and don't leave Houston without tasting a Texan barbecue at Pappas Bar-B-Q. 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.

Churrascos, Houston. Courtesy of Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau
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RDG Grill Room

Sophisticated south-western cuisine

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.



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 Website

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

French gourmet cuisine

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.



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 Website

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

Dinner jazz

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.



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 Website

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*17

High-class cuisine

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.



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 Website

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Trulucks's

Fresh crab specialities

Truluck's is renowned for fresh seafood, particularly stone crabs. When in season, these are transported from the restaurant's own fisheries in Florida for Monday-night crab claws all-you-can eat sessions. But beware, stone crabs don't come cheap. This popular restaurant in Central Houston has an updated menu each week, depending on what seafood is in season.



Opening Hours

Mon-Thu 11am-10pm; Fri 11am-11pm; Sat 12pm-11pm; Sun 4pm-10pm

Address

5350, Westheimer Road, Houston 77056

Telephone

+1 713 783 7270

Transport

Bus 82 to Westheimer and Post Oak

Website

Truluck's Website

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

Latin-American flavours

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.



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 Website

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Shade

Lively local eatery

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.



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 Website

Strip House, Houston. Courtesy of Strip House
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Strip House

Prime American steaks

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.



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 Website

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

Hearty meals

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.



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 Website

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

Spicy Tex-Mex

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.



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

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The Breakfast Klub

Big Breakfasts

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.



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 Klub Website

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Barry's Pizza and Italian Diner

Pizza heaven

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.



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 and Italian Diner Website

13

Mi Luna

Tapas to share

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.



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

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Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

Welcoming seafood restaurant

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.



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 Seafood Kitchen Website

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Pappas Bar-B-Q

Slow-cooked barbecue

Diners receive a true Texan welcome in a lively country-and-western setting at Pappas Bar-B-Q in Downtown Houston. The restaurant cooks up some of the best slow-smoked barbecue around, and there's plenty of it. Enjoy a good-value meal of juicy, tender beef, pork or chicken, served with all the trimmings and a homemade smoky barbecue sauce.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 10.30am-10pm; Sun 11.30am-9pm

Address

1217, Pierce at San Jacinto, Houston 77002

Telephone

+1 713 659 1245

Transport

MetroRail to Downtown Transit Center, or taxi

Website

Pappas Bar-B-Q Website

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