The Best Cheap Eats in Houston

Houston is the fourth-largest city in America, but its claims to fame extend far beyond that! The city is packed with culture, arts, hotels, shopping, nightlife and world-class dining. Whether you’re checking out the famous Space Center Houston, wandering through the Museum District or taking in the beauty of the historic Heights, you can easily keep your days full of fun here. Southern hospitality abounds and mingles with urban sophistication and a laid-back attitude that makes it like no other city in the world. The dining scene here is famous across the region and you can even find amazing eats for cheap in this Texan paradise. Check out our list of where to find the best cheap eats Houston has to offer next time you’re in town.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Cafe Ginger, The Union Kitchen (Washington), Fratelli's Ristorante
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:Chinese, Contemporary American, Italian
Neighborhoods:River Oaks, Heights / Washington, Spring Branch
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Time
7:00 PM

Cafe Ginger

$$$$·Chinese·
River Oaks
419 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch

Cafe Ginger, located in the Galleria/Uptown neighborhood of Houston, is one of the city’s best affordable restaurants. The Japanese-Chinese fusion draws in both locals and visitors alike and the upsca...

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The Union Kitchen (Washington)

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Heights / Washington
457 reviews
  • Cozy
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Brunch

This Union Kitchen outpost offers a unique menu of Contemporary American and Continental cuisine. They focus on sandwiches, wraps, entree salads and some of the best burgers in Houston. They also have...

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Fratelli's Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Spring Branch
748 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion

Fratelli’s, located on Wirt Road in Spring Branch, is a casual but refined Italian restaurant and a great place for affordable food on the Houston culinary scene. It focuses on Italian food from all o...

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Lucille's

$$$$·Comfort Food·
W. University / Med Center
1,875 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Brunch

Lucille’s is a casual dining comfort food spot located on Branch Street in the West University / Med Center neighborhood. The Williams’ Brothers, who opened the place, set out to continue their Great-...

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Down House

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Heights / Washington
235 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

Down House is a funky neighborhood restaurant featuring creative locally sourced food, craft cocktails and an amazing selection of craft beers on tap. Located on Yale Street in the Historic Heights ne...

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Whiskey Cake - Baybrook

$$$$·American·
Friendswood
1,167 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion

Whiskey Cake, located on Gulf Freeway in Friendswood, has some of the best cheap eats in Houston. They serve up delicious farm-to-kitchen dishes and cocktails made in-house at both the kitchen and bar...

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Phil and Dereks

$$$$·Cajun·
Downtown
383 reviews
  • Live Music
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for a Date

Phil and Derek’s Restaurant is Houston’s most popular southern Creole and Cajun eatery. They offer tasty mouth-watering dishes and fun, live upbeat Jazz and R&B music. Located in the heart of Downtown...

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Taste Bar + Kitchen

$$$$·Comfort Food·
Midtown / Montrose
672 reviews
  • Hot Spot
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic

Taste Bar and Kitchen, located in Midtown, it a great choice if you’re looking for the best cheap eats Houston has to offer. The menu features a wide range of globally-inspired comfort foods at totall...

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Hot Spot in Houston
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Batanga

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Downtown
1,362 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Tapas
  • Great for Brunch

For delicious small plates that won’t make a big dent in your wallet, check out the menu at Batanga. It’s a casual dining Latin American restaurant on Congress in the First Ward, across from Market Sq...

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Crisp - Heights

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Heights / Washington
676 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date

Crisp Heights, located on Bevis Street, is a great place to go for an after-work drink with friends, colleagues or on a date. They have a solid, and reasonably priced, wine and craft beer menu. Grab a...

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Neighborhood Gem in Houston

Gratify

$$$$·Bistro·
Rice Village
77 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Fit for Foodies

For some of the best cheap southern food to be found in Houston, head to Punk’s Simple Southern. This home-style eatery is all about Southern hospitality married to a healthy dose of swagger and old-f...

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Hearsay on the Green

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
951 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for Groups

Hearsay on the Green is an upscale but relaxed restaurant located in Downtown, Houston. It sits next to the George R. Brown Convention Center and adjacent to Embassy Suites, making it a perfect stop f...

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The Union Kitchen (Ella Blvd)

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Heights / Washington
479 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Brunch
  • Quiet Conversation

Looking for the best cheap eats Houston offers in the Heights area? Head to The Union Kitchen, the outpost of the original globally-inspired casual dining eatery. They offer a unique menu featuring sa...

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Great for Brunch in Houston

D'Amico's Italian Market Cafe - Rice Village

$$$$·Italian·
Rice Village
351 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch

For the double win of finding cheap eats at a neighborhood joint that feels like home, head to D’Amico’s Italian Market Cafe! It’s a full service and to-go restaurant specializing in authentic Norther...

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The Union Kitchen (Towne Lake)

$$$$·American·
Cypress
442 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Brunch

This popular Union Kitchen outpost moved into the former Jaxton’s Grill House & Bar space at The Boardwalk at Towne Lake. It’s the 6th to open in the greater Houston area and this one features a spraw...

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Blanco Tacos + Tequila - Houston

$$$$·Mexican·
Galleria / Uptown
381 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

A great way to get a tasty and filling meal without spending a fortune is by heading to Blanco Tacos and Tequila. This casual Mexican place is located at the Galleria Mall on Level 1 close to Saks Fif...

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True Food Kitchen - Woodlands

$$$$·American·
The Woodlands
599 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Healthy

True Food Kitchen is a health-driven restaurant that combines nutrient-rich ingredients with a seasonal menu so you can always count on a fresh and healthy meal. The idea here is that food should enha...

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Monarch @ Hotel Zaza

$$$$·Contemporary American·
W. University / Med Center
784 reviews
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Hot Spot
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

Sometimes you don’t want to spend a fortune on dinner but you still want to go out in style! If you want a great meal in stylish digs, head to Hotel ZaZa, located on Main Street in the West University...

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Scenic View in Houston
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State Fare Kitchen & Bar - Memorial

$$$$·American·
Westside
1,557 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch

State Fare Kitchen and Bar is a casual dining spot with cheap eats located in the heart of Memorial City. They serve delicious lunch, dinner and Happy Hour specials throughout the week with brunch on ...

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