This steakhouse and butcher shop combo offers an experience that’s equal parts rustic and refined. Start with fried oysters on thick-cut bacon before consulting the list of prime steaks, including certified A5 Kobe directly from Japan. Lunch and dinner daily.
1814 Washington Ave.
BCN Taste & Tradition
True Spanish food shines in TexMex-loving Houston, especially when prepared by a Barcelona star chef, in a graceful Montrose manse, and accompanied by Spanish wines. Don’t miss the razor clams. Dinner Tue.-Sat.
4210 Roseland St.
Bosscat Kitchen and Libations
Chef Peter Petro creates a menu that combines American comfort food with contemporary flavors—try the famous Fruity Pebbles French toast for brunch, and the Gulf shrimp and grits for dinner. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun.
4310 Westheimer Road
New Orleans’s chef Drake Leonards brings his version of upscale Cajun to H-town in a chic setting. Highlights include blue crab and shrimp étouffée over pasta, fried oyster salad, and Bandera quail with Tabasco honey. Lunch Mon.-Fri, dinner Mon.-Sat.
3737 Buffalo Spdwy
Chef Chris Shepherd’s newest concept in his former Underbelly space showcases prime local steaks, chophouse specialties and raw bar indulgences. Gussied up sides include cornbread custard and bacon sausage hash browns. Dinner Mon.-Sat.
1100 Westheimer Road
A modern honky-tonk with farmhouse touches is buzzing in Montrose with live music and a casual menu of Houston favorites. Think regional tacos galore, hot chicken and queso, and steak night! Great happy hour specials. Dinner Tue.-Sun.
2531 Kuester St.
The Kirby outpost of this Hillstone Restaurant Group classic has been a staple in Houston since the 1980s. On the menu find American classics like prime rib, Thai steak, noodle salad and house-smoked salmon. The prime filet and enchilada aren’t to be missed. Lunch and dinner daily.
5888 Westheimer Road
4848 Kirby Drive
With an airy minimalist room and a menu of vibrant immigrant fare, this EaDo spot by Agricole Hospitality has foodies aflutter. Try the rainbow trout with tomato salsa veracruz, ricotta gnudi and New York cheesecake. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun.
1201 St. Emanuel St.
Counter seating and a nightly tasting menu are the game at this upscale neo-soul food spot in North Houston. Assimilation is not Freedom (smoked leg of lamb pastrami, Carolina heritage brown mustard, and stewed beets) or pecan soup with flowers and crispy grains are dishes making cameos. Dinner Thu.-Sun.
517 Berry Road
Jonathan’s The Rub
In this sophisticated and roomier space than his original in Hedwig Village, chef-owner Jonathan Levine is dishing new flavors inspired by his travels. Translation: barbecued shrimp, fried chicken and grits, steaks with classic sauces and myriad upscale seafood entrees. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun.
12505 Memorial Drive
A unique Japanese tapas and sushi concept, this slick Upper Kirby spot—tucked away in an unassuming strip center—is a chef-driven restaurant. Manabu “Hori” Horiuchi is arguably among the best sushi chefs in the state, and with his innovative interpretations of modern global food, Kata is the crown jewel of The Azuma Group. Lunch and dinner daily.
3600 Kirby Drive
From the team behind sophisticated BCN Taste & Tradition comes this chic hot spot in River Oaks District named for the Madrid airport code. Wood-fired paellas, daily chef specials and genuine tapas unlike any in Houston are drawing crowds. Dinner Tue.-Sun., late-night lounge Thu.-Sat.
4444 Westheimer Road
Tilman Fertitta’s Post Oak Hotel beckons with several eateries, and this temple to prime steaks is the showpiece. The formal dining room serves up tomahawk chops, Japanese wagyu, rack of lamb and lobster, of course. Dinner Mon.-Sun.
1650 W. Loop S.
European bistro meets edgy EaDo with boldly flavored seasonal plates and all-natural wines. Must-orders: roasted duck, housemade ricotta and lamb dumplings. Dinner Tue.-Sun.
2704 Polk St., Ste. A
Ninfa’s on Navigation
Although famous for its tacos al carbon and green sauce, this mainstay constantly reinvents Tex-Mex. There’s also a festive Sunday brunch and a party-ready patio. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun.
2704 Navigation Blvd.
World-renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa brings his iconic sushi empire to Houston at the Galleria. Order classic Nobu favorites like black cod with miso, as well as cherry blossom-smoked wagyu beef. Dinner daily, lunch Fri.-Sun.
5115 Westheimer Road, Ste. C-3515
Chris Shepherd’s yearly changing Montrose eatery has gone coastal. One Fifth Gulf Coast takes a deep dive into the waters and terrain of the Gulf Coast states. Think Texas stone crabs (and other “shells”); hearthcharred okra and hush puppies (small plates); roasted flounder almondine (“big things”) and pineapple upside-down dessert. Dinner daily.
1658 Westheimer Road
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse
In-house dry-aged prime steaks are always in style at this Houston classic by one of the city’s most famous families; expense accounters opt for the three peppercorn bone-in filet mignon. Decadent sides abound, and the wine list boasts more than 3,900 choices. Dinner Mon.-Sat.
5839 Westheimer Road
1200 McKinney St.
Led by executive chef and Manitoba native Ryan Lachaine, this modern menu is inspired by the Gulf and constantly rotating. Tempura cauliflower, barrelfish and hangar steak are some of the highlights. Dinner Mon.-Sat.
1927 Fairview St.
The dream team behind Better Luck Tomorrow and other popular bar-focused concepts brings a comfy slice of Europe to the neighborhood. Small and large plates range from marinated mussels and calico beans to a pork neck schnitzel with kraut. Dinner Tue.-Sun.
632 W. 19th St.
State of Grace
Sophistication and scene meet the Deep South at Atlanta-based celeb chef Ford Fry’s River Oaks place. The crawfish hush puppies with cane syrup butter, the twice-fried hot chicken and the charred Brussels sprouts can’t be missed. Lunch Mon.- Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sun.
3258 Westheimer Road
Chef-owner Justin Yu’s remake of nationally lauded Oxheart sports a seasonal a la carte bistro menu of whimsical dishes. His tomato toast is justly famous, or try the cantaloupe in broth sparked with serrano. Dinner Thu.-Mon.
1302 Nance St.
Per Tony Vallone’s motto—“First in season, first at Tony’s”—the pampering service, the more than 1,000 well-priced vinos and the careful stewardship of Vallone himself are what make this classic restaurant world-famous. Reservations are a must. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat.
3755 Richmond Ave.
Chris Shepherd carries on the legacy of his award-winning Underbelly, now closed, with creative shareable plates like crispy rice salad, crawfish and noodles and whole roasted snapper with salsa verde. Dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun.
1609 Westheimer Road
This jewel in the crown of the Marriott Marquis Downtown is well known for its Oaxacan menu. Anticipate a bounteous buffet that ranges from egg dishes to seafood and grilled meats. Don’t forget the dessert buffet table, aguas frescas, coffees and cocktails. Lunch and dinner daily.
1777 Walker St., Ste A