The Grove Situated on the beautiful south end of Discovery Green, Houston’s newest urban park, this culinary hot spot has redefined dining in the downtown core. Ahi tuna sashimi, house corned beef salad, Gulf shrimp and grits, rib-eye steak with roasted onions, and truffle parmesan fries are but a few of the savory choices at The Grove. 1611 Lamar St. (Downtown) 713.337.7321 thegrovehouston.com
Hearsay Market Square Located in Houston’s second-oldest building (built in 1860, rebuilt in 1889 after a fire), this restaurant offers a unique, chic dining experience. Hearsay offers fine craft cocktails, small and large appetizers, and New American dishes, and it’s a great place for a late-night cocktail and bites. 218 Travis St. (Downtown) 713.225.8079 hearsayhouston.com
House of Blues Restaurant & Bar This downtown gem brings together authentic American food, live music, and art like no other place on Earth. The sounds are electric, the art is inspiring, and the kitchen is as rockin' as the talent onstage. Join them for lunch, happy hour and dinner before a show!
3600 Kirby Drive (Upper Kirby) 713.526.8858 katarobata.com
Kiran’s Kiran Verma, considered the godmother of Indian fine dining, has created world-class Indian cuisine at her eponymous restaurant. Here, diners enjoy Indian hospitality with French sophistication and American informality. Kiran’s house specialties include sea bass, lobster, lamb, and an array of the chef’s own fresh-fruit chutneys and light, flavorful sauces. 2925 Richmond Ave. (Upper Kirby) 713.960.8472 kiranshouston.com
La Griglia In a lively, festive atmosphere reminiscent of a neighborhood trattoria, diners enjoy a delicious display of authentic Italian cuisine in the presence of colorful Italian murals. Relax and savor the aromas of Sicily, Roma, and Tuscany while choosing from the broad array of specialties, including fresh fish, creative pastas, chicken, beef, fresh vegetables, and more.
Hugo’s Authentic interior Mexican flavors shine through in the award-winning eponymous restaurant from Chef Hugo Ortega. Familiar Mexican flavors combine in innovative new and classic dishes. Put the excellent tequila and mezcal lists to good use and order a tableside shaken margarita to accompany your meal. 1600 Westheimer Road (Montrose) 713.524.7744 hugosrestaurant.net
Kata Robata Sushi and Grill From its inception in 2010, this Asian restaurant has served a modern and creative array of Japanese fare with French fusion undertones. The ever-changing menu centers on the freshest local and international ingredients and an Omakase offering sure to pique the palate.
Local Foods The menu showcases seasonal bounties from farms throughout Texas and is best described as fresh, local, and inventive. Local Foods celebrates Texas with artisan sandwiches crafted of locally handmade bread, farmer’s market sides, homemade soups, and an all-Texas beer and wine list.
714 Yale St. (The Heights) 713.360.6133 420 Main St. (Downtown) 713.227.0531
This premier contemporary American restaurant offers affordable elegance, attentive yet unobtrusive service, and impeccably made, fresh cuisine prepared with quality ingredients and wine from around the world. 1753 Post Oak Blvd. (Galleria/Uptown) 713.355.1975 masraffs.com
From the family that brought you El Tiempo Cantina comes Laurenzo’s Restaurant. Experience American comfort classics with caring service. They provide the best in food and customer service, and we go the extra mile to create a delightful dining experience. 4412 Washington Ave. (Washington Heights) 713.880.5111
Max’s Wine Dive This dive is fun and eclectic. Guests can relax in the casual, industrial atmosphere while choosing among gourmet comfort-food offerings and a curated selection of wine. The menu includes classics from all Wine Dive locations and items unique to Houston.
214 Fairview St. (Montrose) 713.528.9200
Liberty Kitchen & Oyster Bar
4720 Washington Ave. (The Heights) 713.880.8737
This restaurant is home to one of the few Houston oyster bars that features varieties from the East, West, and Gulf coasts. Specialties include steaks, spare ribs, chicken, and burgers prepared on the charcoal and apple-wood grill.
Moxie’s Grill & Bar
1050 Studewood St. (The Heights) 713.802.0533 libertykitchenoysterbar.com
Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette
The Oceanaire Seafood Room This Houston favorite has been voted one of the best seafood restaurants in the country. Only top-of-the-catch fish from the world’s most reputable suppliers is served, and each dish is carefully crafted and perfectly plated. The menu is based on market availability, so selections change daily. 5061 Westheimer Road (The Galleria) 832.487.8862 theoceanaire.com
2555 Westheimer Road (Upper Kirby) 713.255.4440
4848 Kirby Drive (Upper Kirby) 713.529.2385
220 Main St. (Downtown) 832.667.4470
1204 Caroline St. (Downtown) 888.402.5837
This dependable menu features diverse American classics in which exceptional ingredients take center stage, as area growers and purveyors provide the premium produce, meat, fish, and chicken. A long-standing interest by the owner in art and architecture enhances the ambiance and overall dining experience.
Savor mouthwatering dishes reflecting the bounty of Texas’ coast, waterways, farms, and ranches at this restaurant located in the Hotel Icon in downtown Houston. Saddle up to the L & L Bar for a unique blend of mixology that includes both iconic and contemporary craft cocktails.
2002 W. Gray St. (River Oaks) 713.526.4700
Line and Lariat
This Awards’ Winning Eatery, combines the best of two divergent Southern traditions: the genteel manners (and manors), and the delicious, get-your-fingers-dirty down-home cuisine. Southern comfort food with eclectic tendencies reigns supreme in a chic house that sports countrified touches like a screened-in porch and herb garden. 3939 San Felipe St. (River Oaks) 713.528.2264 ouisiestable.com
Pondicheri Striving to bring together the best of classic, homestyle, and street foods from India, this restaurant inventively pairs traditional flavors with nourishing, locally sourced ingredients. The eatery also features fresh-baked goods in the Bake Lab and spices, chutneys, and snacks to take home. Pondicheri serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and an afternoon happy hour. 2800 Kirby Drive (Upper Kirby) 713.522.2022 pondichericafe.com
Quattro A warm, inviting retreat in downtown Houston’s business and financial district, Quattro’s focus is authentic, contemporary Italian cuisine by Chef Maurizio Ferrarese. Bringing Houston seasonally driven cuisine from Ferrarese’s native Italy, Quattro serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, and a popular Sunday brunch. 1300 Lamar St. (Downtown) 713.276.4700
This open-space showplace redefines what an oyster bar should be. With more than 90 menu items, Liberty Kitchen features a wide variety of local and regional seafood dishes and local beef from Kenney and Cameron, Texas.
Find globally-inspired dishes and handcrafted cocktails created with fresh ingredients at Moxie’s. Experience Moxie’s and fall in love with the atmosphere, energetic hospitality, and crave-worthy food!
4224 San Felipe St. (River Oaks) 713.622.1010
5000 Westheimer Road (Galleria) 346.571.6164
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