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The Best Bars for Foodies in Houston

The OpenTable Team

Houston is a hub for culture and it’s known for having a great selection of bars and restaurants, especially when looking for a good steak. But where are the smartest, savviest diners going for drinks? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Whether wanting to dress-up or dress-down, hungry for steak or tapas, here’s our list of some of the best places to go out for a drink in Houston.

Restaurants:Potente, Mastro's Steakhouse - Houston, Yauatcha Houston
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Italian, Steakhouse, Chinese
Neighborhoods:Downtown, Galleria / Uptown
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Potente

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
602 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
Potente is one of the most impressive and visually stunning additions to the Houston bar scene. The bar offers great happy hour specials on cocktails and champagne, along with highRead more
92% recommended
Best Overall in Houston
12 people mentioned the Truffle Pasta

Mastro's Steakhouse - Houston

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Galleria / Uptown
1,241 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Mastro’s Steakhouse is another high-end steakhouse in a city with no shortage of great restaurants. Mastro’s offers sushi and seafood dishes and boasts an excellent cocktail bar. SRead more
88% recommended
30 people mentioned the Butter Cake

Yauatcha Houston

$$$$·Chinese·
Galleria / Uptown
1,045 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Yauatacha is a significant departure from most bars on this list. The dumplings at this dim sum restaurant are complemented perfectly by the mix of cocktails, beers, and wines. It Read more
84% recommended
67 people mentioned the Dumplings

Uchi Houston

$$$$·Sushi·
Midtown / Montrose
2,293 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
Uchi is already known as a top-flight sushi and seafood restaurant. It’s also a great spot for after-work cocktails, especially for sake aficionados. Uchi has two dozen different sRead more
98% recommended
Best Food in Houston
41 people mentioned the Omakase
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Pappas Bros. Steakhouse - Galleria

$$$$·Steak·
Galleria / Uptown
5,935 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Pappas Bros. has won critical acclaim ever since it opened, from the Food Network to numerous local and regional awards. As a top-flight steakhouse, diners can expect the best cutsRead more
98% recommended
Best Food in Houston
112 people mentioned the Filet Mignon

Eddie V's - City Centre

$$$$·Seafood·
West Side
3,226 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Eddie V’s is best known as a fantastic steak and seafood chain, and that reputation is well deserved. Besides a great menu, the Houston location also offers fantastic cocktails in Read more
98% recommended
Seafood in Houston
93 people mentioned the Banana Foster

Masraff's

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Galleria / Uptown
2,765 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Masraff’s in Post Oak Plaza offers a wonderful blend of formal or casual drink options. The restaurant’s pan-European menu complements an extensive wine selection. Masraff’ boasts Read more
96% recommended
Contemporary American in Houston
183 people mentioned the Calamari

Brenner's Steakhouse on the Bayou

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River Oaks
3,815 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
This steak and seafood house replaces the traditional wood paneling and linen with rich foliage and a cascading waterfall. The more intimate cocktail lounge offers expertly craftedRead more
97% recommended
Scenic View in Houston
59 people mentioned the Filet Mignon

BCN Taste & Tradition

$$$$·Spanish·
Midtown / Montrose
1,102 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
BCN is one of Houston’s best Spanish restaurants. The restaurant’s menu lends itself well to wine and cocktails like BCN’s famous Gin & Tonic—the Lavender Gin & Tonic and the GingeRead more
93% recommended
Best Ambiance in Houston
21 people mentioned the Iberico Ham

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse - Downtown

$$$$·Steak·
Downtown
1,344 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Pappas Bros. downtown restaurant is the second location in Houston. The downtown location features a similar menu to the original but has an even broader wine selection at 3,900 boRead more
95% recommended
Steak in Houston
16 people mentioned the Filet Mignon

Grace's

$$$$·American·
Upper Kirby / Shepherd Corridor
2,088 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
Grace’s mix of upscale American food and a warm, brick-lined interior make each visit feel like a visit to a friend’s home. The restaurant offers specialty drinks like the Frozen MRead more
96% recommended
American in Houston
42 people mentioned the Fried Chicken

Truluck's Seafood, Steak and Crab House - Houston

$$$$·Seafood·
Galleria / Uptown
2,017 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Truluck’s is a seafood house with a real emphasis on its crab dishes. The restaurant sources from its own fisheries and offers other Gulf Coast seafood classics as well. Truluck’s Read more
97% recommended
Seafood in Houston
111 people mentioned the Stone Crab

Eddie V's - West Ave

$$$$·Seafood·
River Oaks
2,435 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
The other Eddie V’s location in Houston offers a similar selection of Gulf Coast and East Coast seafood. There’s also live music most nights during the week and special events likeRead more
97% recommended
Seafood in Houston
74 people mentioned the Banana Foster

Sorrento Ristorante Italiano

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown / Montrose
2,213 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
Sorrento Ristorante Italiano is another fine Italian restaurant located just outside of Houston’s central business district. The restaurant’s interior is draped with elegant muralsRead more
94% recommended
Best Service in Houston
25 people mentioned the Roasted Garlic

Quattro - Four Seasons Hotel - Houston

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
1,171 reviews
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals
Quattro, located in downtown Houston, is a great happy hour option in the financial district’s bar scene. Quattro is a contemporary Italian restaurant, which means great food and bRead more
90% recommended
Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in Houston
27 people mentioned the Caviar

Seasons 52 - Westheimer

$$$$·American·
Galleria / Uptown
2,386 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Healthy
  • Seasonal
Seasons 52 serves up fresh takes on classic American dishes. The menu changes frequently to accommodate seasonal offerings like the Nantucket Bay Scallops and Copper River Salmon. Read more
92% recommended
Healthy in Houston
37 people mentioned the Flat Bread

Rainbow Lodge

$$$$·American·
Heights / Washington
2,823 reviews
The Rainbow Lodge is one of the most unique and memorable locations on this list. The lodge itself is a faithfully preserved 100-year old cabin, serving wild game and other farm-toRead more
76 people mentioned the Bread Pudding
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Grotto - Downtown Houston

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
671 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Business Meals
Grotto’s downtown Houston location serves up authentic Italian fare in an Old World Mediterranean atmosphere. While the Neapolitan-inspired menu is well balanced, Grotto’s happy hoRead more
93% recommended
6 people mentioned the Calamari

Perry's Steakhouse & Grille - Memorial City

$$$$·Steakhouse·
West Side
4,414 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille is a more upscale take on the traditional Houston steakhouse, and while the elegant stone-lined interior feels fit for a Bond villain, the menu is all bRead more
91% recommended
85 people mentioned the Pork Chop Special

Seasons 52 Houston City Centre

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Side
1,821 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Healthy
  • Business Meals
The other Seasons 52 location in Houston offers much of the same fare in a more convenient location. The City Centre location is a great happy hour and after-work drinking hole witRead more
95% recommended
Healthy in Houston
26 people mentioned the Filet Mignon
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