The Best Bars for Foodies in Houston

The OpenTable Team

As the biggest city in Texas, Houston has some big shoes to fill in a state where everything's bigger. This vibrant city does not disappoint. Exuberant and unapologetically Southern, Houston surprisingly represents the most ethnically diverse area in the U.S.! To boot, the city houses high-powered businesses, high-culture entertainment and all the pomp and flair of a true metropolis. In addition to The Space Center, the Houston Zoo, and The Galleria along with a lively music and arts scene, Houston also has over 11,000 restaurants and bars! It has a pulsing nightlife, and if you seek someplace to enjoy a refreshing drink, good food, and entertainment, well, Houston, you have landed. Check out our Tastemaker List of the best bars in Houston.

Restaurants:Taste Bar + Kitchen, Phil and Dereks, MAD
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Comfort Food, Cajun, Spanish
Neighborhoods:Midtown / Montrose, Downtown, River Oaks

Taste Bar + Kitchen

$$$$·Comfort Food·
Midtown / Montrose
634 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for a Date
  • Comfort Food
Located on Bagby Street in Midtown, Taste Bar + Kitchen is one of the best bars in Houston for craft cocktails. With a concept inspired by Chef Don Bowie and entrepreneur Kevin KelRead more
93% recommended
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Phil and Dereks

$$$$·Cajun·
Downtown
346 reviews
  • Fun
  • Late-night Find
  • Live Music
With an inconspicuous location in the heart of bustling Midtown, Phil and Derek’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar offers the perfect respite for locals and tourists in search of great foodRead more
88% recommended
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MAD

$$$$·Spanish·
River Oaks
588 reviews
  • Hot Spot
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
MAD is a unique restaurant and bar concept inspired by Madrid’s famous nightlife. It features the most popular form of Spanish gastronomy: classical and modern tapas and rice, meatRead more
84% recommended
Hot Spot in Houston

Wholesome Kitchen

$$$$·American·
Kingwood / Humble / Atascocita
129 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Wholesome Restaurant Group brings a unique flavor to Generation Park and Lake Houston with Wholesome Kitchen, their newest restaurant and bar. It’s an awesome spot for a leisurely Read more
97% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Houston

Bisou

$$$$·Continental·
River Oaks
521 reviews
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Bisou, located on Westheimer Road in the River Oaks neighborhood, is a new concept by Cle Group with Master Chef of France Frederic Perrier at the helm. If offers a unique combinatRead more
Hot Spot in Houston

Kulture Restaurant

$$$$·Southern·
Downtown
188 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Kulture is a casual restaurant and bar located on Avenida de Las Americas right in the heart of downtown. It’s a popular place with Houstonians, visiting business folks, downtown lRead more
100% recommended
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Mastro's Steakhouse - Houston

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Galleria / Uptown
1,860 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Located on West Loop South, this Mastro’s Steakhouse is the first to pop up in Houston. The restaurant chain offers elevated cuisine, an upscale atmosphere and impeccable service. Read more
87% recommended
Most Booked in Houston

Moxie's Grill & Bar - Houston

$$$$·American·
Galleria / Uptown
405 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
Moxie’s, located on Westheimer Road in the Galleria / Uptown neighborhood, is a trendy bar and restaurant that promises a superb dining experience. Culinary Architect, Chef BrandonRead more
94% recommended
Scenic View in Houston

The General Public - Houston

$$$$·Contemporary American·
North Side
269 reviews
  • Happy Hour
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
The General Public, located in CityCentre, is an upscale, spirited restaurant and bar with a gourmet menu. The menu brings a more sophisticated approach to gastropub fare and featuRead more

Steak 48 - Houston

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River Oaks
5,153 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Steak 48 is a fantastic place to enjoy fine dining and drinks in the River Oaks neighborhood. It’s a warm, contemporary steakhouse featuring prime steaks, a raw bar, and an extensiRead more
97% recommended
Best Ambiance in Houston

Truluck's - Ocean's Finest Seafood & Crab - The Woodlands

$$$$·Seafood·
The Woodlands
2,238 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
Truluck’s, located on Hughes Landing in The Woodlands, is a high-end dining destination featuring one of the best bars in Houston. They serve fresh, high-quality crab and fresh seaRead more
98% recommended
Scenic View in Houston

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - Houston

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,306 reviews
  • Live Music
  • Casual
  • Fun
House of Blues Restaurant and Bar is a casual spot for great food and drinks in Houston. Conveniently located near the George R. Brown Convention Center and the Houston Theater DisRead more
87% recommended
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Warehouse 72

$$$$·Italian·
River Oaks
201 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
Warehouse 72, located on Katy Freeway in River Oaks, is a casual gathering spot for excellent food and drinks. The restaurant features industrial aesthetics, commissioned artwork aRead more
92% recommended
Special Occasion in Houston

Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar - The Woodlands

$$$$·Seafood·
The Woodlands
1,610 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch
  • Special Occasion
Tommy Bahama’s Restaurant and Bar, located on Six Pines Drive in The Woodlands, is a casually elegant place to escape the bustle of the city. It features a tranquil environment witRead more
92% recommended
Seafood in Houston

Sambuca Restaurant - Houston

$$$$·American·
Downtown
943 reviews
  • Live Music
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Located in the historic Rice Hotel downtown, Sambuca is Houston’s only rock’n’roll dinner club. They serve American food with a focus on seafood and steak and a selection of pizzasRead more
90% recommended
Hot Spot in Houston

51fifteen Cuisine & Cocktails

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Galleria / Uptown
782 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Lunch
  • Romantic
Located on the second floor of Saks Fifth Avenue in Houston’s Galleria Mall, 51Fifteen Cuisine and Cocktails is a five-star restaurant featuring Globally Inspired and Locally-mindeRead more
95% recommended
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Ouzo Bay-Houston

$$$$·Greek·
River Oaks
406 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Ouzo Bay is the second of two swanky, side-by-side restaurants that Baltimore-based Atlas Restaurant Group brought to Houston. Located in River Oaks District, they serve authentic Read more
90% recommended
Hot Spot in Houston

Perry's Steakhouse & Grille - River Oaks

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River Oaks
719 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
For great steaks, fine wine and an elegant dining experience, head to Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille on West Gray Street in the River Oaks neighborhood. Remaining true to its southeRead more
89% recommended

Zanti Cucina Italiana - The Woodlands

$$$$·Italian·
The Woodlands
566 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Zanti Cucina Italiana, located on Research Forest Drive in The Woodlands, offers authentic Italian cuisine in a high-end casual atmosphere. The interior features contemporary decorRead more
94% recommended
Best Overall in The Woodlands