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Diners' Choice: Best Value restaurants in Houston

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best value 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 Porta'Vino - The Woodlands restaurant
4.9
4.9 (540)
$30 and under
Italian
The Woodlands
About the restaurant
Discover delicious modern Italian & incredible wine prices at Porta'Vino in The Woodlands!

Porta'Vino offers an impressive wine list at prices competitive with local discount wine stores! In fact, many guests purchase cases of wine to go, so we consider Porta'Vino part wine store. You are also welcome to BYOB for a corkage fee.

Signature dishes include Calabrese Crispy Shrimp, Balloon Bread, Wild Boar Bolognese, Barramundi Sea Bass & our Double-Cut Smoked Pork Chop! Make sure to save room for our Coconut Cream Pie, Medium Rare Brownie, or Apple Crisp. You can't go wrong with our menu selections.

The restaurant has a welcoming dining room, a spacious patio, and private dining rooms for events. A free parking garage is located behind the restaurant. Park, Dine, then walk to the nearby Woodlands Pavilion.

Porta'Vino also hosts a Winemaker Dinner Series. To receive invitations to these special events, please email events@portavino.com.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
I cannot say enough wonderful things about the food, service, and atmosphere! Everything was absolutely delicious and prepared to perfection! We will certainly return soon!
A photo of The Cafe at Brookwood restaurant
4.9
4.9 (464)
$30 and under
American
Westside
About the restaurant
Bring the family and friends and come enjoy the spectacular garden views, complimented with exceptional cuisine created by our Chef Pablo and his team. We truly believe that our food, service, and ambiance can compete with any restaurant. Please dine with us…we think you will want to come again and bring your friends.
Top review
Nelson
Dined 3 days ago
Had a light lunch today of mesibov salad with grilled shrimp and a mixed veggie side, grilled. Everything was delicious today. Really delicious. And the portions they serve are more than adequate. I could barely finish my salad and left some veggies behind. Our server was Ziana who did a wonderful job. Quite friendly and helpful. A great luncheon experience. Thank you.
A photo of Mezzanotte Ristorante restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1553)
$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
TAGTAGvip
Dined on Jul 10, 2024
Our dining experience was outstanding as usual. Thank you
A photo of Benihana - Houston, TX restaurant
4.9
4.9 (6342)
$30 and under
Japanese
Far Westheimer
About the restaurant
Welcome to Benihana, a dining experience unlike any other! Our guests are seated at communal tables in groups, where your personal chef will perform the ancient art of Teppanyaki. Watch as we slice and dice, preparing a meal that will dazzle your eyes as well taste buds, whether you choose mouth-watering steak, tender chicken or succulent seafood. You can also enjoy sushi prepared by a talented sushi chef and indulge in a specialty cocktail.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Always love my business to Benihana. This place delivers every time.
A photo of Tavern By Hearsay restaurant
4.7
4.7 (30)
$30 and under
American
Downtown
About the restaurant
Situated in the heart of Downtown Houston, Tavern by Hearsay within the Market Square Tower Apartments invites you to experience the best of tavern-style dining. Embrace the historic charm of our modern building as you enjoy brunch, lunch, and dinner offerings. Start your day off right with our special breakfast menu, boasting a variety of delicious options. Join us and discover the perfect blend of tradition and contemporary flair.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 3 days ago
Loved this quaint, romantic place with great service, ambience & location. The Beef rib was AMAZING, shrimp n grits were so tasty, drinks STRONG! This place did not disappoint! Thanks for the great service Pablo-we will be back!
A photo of Lucio's BYOB & Grill restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1195)
$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 Dinervip
Dined 5 days ago
Always fantastic everything. Highly recommend this Houston Icon restaurant which is consistently exceptional on food and service.
A photo of Magnolia Society restaurant
4.9
4.9 (72)
$30 and under
American
Columbus
About the restaurant
WELCOME TO MAGNOLIA SOCIETY. Magnolia Society offers a food and wine experience like none other in Columbus, Texas. Sip on curated craft cocktails paired with chef-driven dishes or indulge in a bottle of your favorite wine. With a focus on providing hand-picked selection of premier wines paired with exceptional hospitality and crave-worthy cuisine, Magnolia Society sets the standard for an unforgettable affair where food and wine meet.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 11, 2024
Food was excellent except for calamari. They were kind and brought 2nd one as first was tough. 2nd batch was unfortunately the same.
A photo of Porta'Vino restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1434)
$30 and under
Italian
Heights / Washington
About the restaurant
Houstons newest BYOB Restaurant.
Casual Atmosphere, Incredible wine prices, Amazing Food

Top review
JackM
Dined 5 days ago
Another great meal at Porta Vino! We come here for the great food, the excellent service and the great values in excellent wines. Our favorite neighborhood choice and I highly recommend.
A photo of Stella's Wine Bar restaurant
4.9
4.9 (99)
$31 to $50
American
Galleria / Uptown
About the restaurant
Tucked away in the southeast corner of the hotel, Stella’s Wine Bar is Houston’s newest and most alluring wine destination for both casual wine enthusiasts and serious oenophiles. Offering over 30 wine-producing regions through a variety of flights and close to 60 wines by the glass, Stella’s Wine Bar provides a unique journey of tastes from around the world. Guided by our unrivaled team of highly skilled yet incredibly approachable sommeliers, guests can learn and explore both the new and the familiar wines in a social convivial atmosphere with world-class wine resources to share as little or as much as you want to know. The full Cellar wine program can also be accessed within Stella’s Wine Bar, so options are near limitless.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 3, 2024
Great for a small conversation place. Good atmosphere and excellent service.
A photo of Aburi Sushi restaurant
4.9
4.9 (63)
$31 to $50
Sushi
University of Houston
About the restaurant
Aburi refers to the technique of torching fish, enhancing its flavor by lightly searing it. This process not only brings out the fish's taste but also benefits from the use of premium Japanese white oak charcoal, imparting a subtle smokiness & effectively filtering out torch-related gases. Aburi involves a gentle searing, leaving the fish partially cooked.

Hailing from Houston, a city renowned for its cultural diversity, our restaurant draws inspiration from this multicultural hub. Despite our Japanese name, our culinary concept transcends borders, aiming to showcase a medley of global cuisines, mirroring the diverse food scene of Houston.

Fresh fish is flown in directly from Tsukiji Market, Japan.

ATTENTION:
We recommend arriving early to experience our specialty cocktail menu before dining!

Top review
DickS
Dined on Jul 5, 2024
Todd was great and we had a fabulous meal We will return many times
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