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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in Houston

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants in Houston? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Aya Sushi restaurant
5.0
5 (162)
$50 and over
Japanese
Bellaire
About the restaurant
A fresh, modern sushi experience in the Bellaire Triangle featuring innovative Japanese cuisine from reknowned chef Yoshi Katsuyama.

Guests can expect to enjoy fresh fish daily in a vairety of nigiri, maki, and sashimi preparations alongside traditional Japanese favorites from the kitchen. Aya features an innovative cocktail program, as well as an extensive selection of wine, sake, and Japanese whisky.

For the full Aya experience, enjoy chef's multi-course omakase option alongside hand-selected pairings including sake and wine.

With limited seating capacity, we reserve the sushi bar exclusively for omakase at this time. To book your sushi bar experience, please inquire via email: info@ayasushi.com

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 25, 2024
Aya Sushi far exceeded my expectations. The interior is absolutely beautiful. We were welcomed and served straight away. We began with their happy hour small plates. Every single one was creative, fresh and absolutely delicious. The service was exceptional and we even received a complimentary apple pie as we were celebrating a birthday. It was affordable, unique and overall a 10/10 experience. Will be coming back!
A photo of Handies Douzo - Montrose restaurant
4.9
4.9 (17)
$30 and under
Sushi
Montrose
About the restaurant
Handies Douzo is Houston's first hand roll focused sushi bar. Following the popularity in the Heights, the team brings its second location to Montrose in 2022. With over 25 years of combined experience in award winning Japanese cuisine and sushi, rising star chefs Patrick Pham and Daniel Lee are excited to join the trendy neighborhood.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
I love that Handies is consistently delicious, the chefs are great to talk with, and the drinks and rolls have an attention to detail that I love.
A photo of Handies Douzo - Heights restaurant
4.9
4.9 (19)
$31 to $50
Sushi
Heights / Washington
About the restaurant
Handies Douzo is Houston's first hand roll focused sushi bar in the trendy Houston Heights neighborhood opened in 2019. With over 25 years of combined experience in award winning Japanese cuisine and sushi, rising star chefs Patrick Pham and Daniel Lee present their first brick and mortar restaurant.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 5, 2024
Incredible quality. Don’t miss out on this place.
A photo of Arturo Boada Cuisine restaurant
4.9
4.9 (772)
$31 to $50
Italian
Galleria / Uptown
About the restaurant
This neighborhood eatery serves up an eclectic blend of Italian, Spanish and Latin cuisine not to be missed. Try unique tapas like the camarones henesy en hamaca, mussels tomatillo, ceviche and many more. The wood burning-oven puts out authentic thin crust pizzas, with favorites such as the carnitas pizza. We offer a flavorful selection of fresh seafood and steaks. Our home made desserts are a must, from wood oven baked apple pastry to Arturo’s famous crème brulee. The hand picked wine list offers a variety of boutique and exclusive wineries. We are very happy to accommodate any of your special requests.
Top review
ziaavip
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent food. Excellent service. Highly recommended
A photo of Lucio's BYOB & Grill restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1193)
$30 and under
American
Montrose
About the restaurant
Lucio's is New American cuisine in a comforting yet upscale dining atmosphere, concentrating on seasonal and fresh local ingredients.
Life is to be enjoyed, if you want to go somewhere to appreciate your bottle of wine and be reminded of the simple pleasures of life, this is it.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 29, 2024
Best dining experience in the city. Food is consistently amazing and the Apple Pie is the best dessert in Houston.
A photo of Chez Nous French Restaurant restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2210)
$31 to $50
French
Kingwood / Humble / Atascocita
About the restaurant
Chez Nous is a modern French Restaurant where traditional French cuisine meets the needs of the American market. Chez Nous is renowned in its new world interpretation of the Parisian Classics. Seasonal menu items are prepared by Chef Stacy Simonson and highlight the fine locally produced ingredients served in an elegant yet comfortable setting.
Top review
StevDvip
Dined on Jul 3, 2024
We had our first dinner last night at Chez Nous and it was outstanding. The food is truly exceptional, every dish. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
A photo of Mezzanotte Ristorante restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1550)
$30 and under
Italian
Cypress
About the restaurant
Mezzanotte is a unique blend of fine restaurant and bar elements fused together to not only offer an unbelievable culinary experience but a place to truly relax and enjoy life.
Top review
TerryK
Dined 3 days ago
Beautiful restaurant for a romantic evening with incredible food choices and an amazing ambiance
A photo of Porta'Vino restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1433)
$30 and under
Italian
Heights / Washington
About the restaurant
Houstons newest BYOB Restaurant.
Casual Atmosphere, Incredible wine prices, Amazing Food

Top review
LONGHORN91vip
Dined on Jul 3, 2024
The food was delicious! Cauliflower crusted pizza was incredibly crisp and the toppings were high quality. Loved the milk shakes at the end too!
A photo of Chimichurri's South American Grill restaurant
4.9
4.9 (910)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Kingwood / Humble / Atascocita
About the restaurant
Chimichurri's is an enticing spot located in a beautiful waterfront village in Kingwood, Texas. We strive to bring together the amazing South American flavor both on the dinner plate and throughout the entire dining experience.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
The food at Chimichurri's South American Grill was amazing. Ask for Isidro, he was great!
A photo of Damian's Cucina Italiana restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2968)
$31 to $50
Italian
Montrose
About the restaurant
Since 1983, Damian's Cucina Italiana has been known worldwide as the top authentic Italian restaurant in Houston, Texas. Set in an old-world atmosphere which is elegant, yet warm and friendly, diners at Damian's are accustomed to extensive menu offerings, specially tailored dishes, and weekly specials created by Chef Izzy Morfin.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
Wonderful meal, great service, as always. We’re going to seriously miss Damian’s.
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