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The Best Houston Restaurants, According to our Tastemakers

The OpenTable Team

You’re in Houston for 48 hours, and you’re hungry. What’s the plan? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the best restaurants among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. You’ll find the best restaurants in Houston—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. You'll want to follow their lead.

Restaurants:BCN Taste & Tradition, Da Marco, Potente
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Spanish, Italian
Neighborhoods:Midtown / Montrose, Downtown
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BCN Taste & Tradition

$$$$·Spanish·
Midtown / Montrose
1,122 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
For a restaurant that is the quintessential flavor of Spain, you won't find one better than BCN Taste & Tradition. The look is contemporary, clean and colorful. You'll find priceleRead more
92% recommended
Best Overall in Houston
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Da Marco

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown / Montrose
1,006 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Located in Midtown, Da Marco is an unassuming restaurant with exceptional flavors. Whether it's pizza or pasta, you won't be disappointed. Some of the meals run exotic, so check ouRead more
91% recommended
Italian in Houston
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Potente

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
628 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Led by Executive Chef Danny Trace, Potente is an upscale Italian restaurant. Located in downtown Houston, every dish on the menu is locally sourced. The sophisticated Italian restaRead more
88% recommended
Italian in Houston

Yauatcha Houston

$$$$·Chinese·
Galleria / Uptown
1,077 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
Chef Ho Chee Boon, International Executive Chef at Hakkasan Group, is currently working with the team in Yauatcha Waikiki. This is to create a menu that is both authentic to CantonRead more
89% recommended

State of Grace

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Upper Kirby / Shepherd Corridor
1,498 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Opened in the classic, refurbished Lamar-River Oaks Shopping Center sits the State of Grace. It is a place pulled from recollections. Executive Chef Bobby Matos strums a jubilant mRead more
94% recommended

Killen's STQ

$$$$·American·
West Side
928 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
For the ultimate in steaks from a star in the culinary world, Killens STQ is the place to be. Killens STQ offers 28-day wet-aged USDA Prime and Nebraska corn-fed fillet. Also, rib Read more
93% recommended
American in Houston

Divino Italian Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
River Oaks
408 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
Divino's is a restaurant that offers both classic and modern dishes. They represent the best of regional Italian cooking, and their specialties are mouthwatering. For instance, oneRead more
100% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Houston
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Masraff's

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Galleria / Uptown
2,819 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
This popular Houston restaurant is well-versed in affordable elegance. The service is attentive, yet unobtrustive. You'll find the food prepared with the freshest ingredients arounRead more
94% recommended
Contemporary American in Houston

Cafe Ginger

$$$$·Chinese·
River Oaks
401 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Quiet Conversation
For food prepared fresh daily and the finest ingredients, Cafe Ginger is an ideal choice. They serve authentic Asian cuisine, including signature dishes. The main focus is Chinese Read more
89% recommended

Uchi Houston

$$$$·Sushi·
Midtown / Montrose
2,326 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
Located in the former historic Felix space on Westheimer, Uchi brings its hallmark level of quality and service. Culinary innovation melds with an approachable vibe. The menu featuRead more
96% recommended
Best Overall in Houston
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Bistecca

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Midtown / Montrose
675 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Winner of the Diner's Choice Award, Bistecca is Houston's only Italian steakhouse. The atmosphere is warm yet the decor is modern. It is a perfect blend of comfort and excellent foRead more
98% recommended

Costa Brava Bistro

$$$$·Spanish·
Bellaire
1,150 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
  • Quiet Conversation
This Houston eatery offers Spanish fare with a French twist. It includes paella and charcuterie in an intimate bistro setting. Costa Brava Bistro started with a combined 60 years oRead more
95% recommended

Songkran Thai Kitchen - Galleria

$$$$·Thai·
Galleria / Uptown
334 reviews
  • Spicy
  • Business Meals
  • Authentic
For classic Thai flavors in a modern eatery, Songkran Thai Kitchen delivers. The decor is welcoming, and there is also a bar and patio featured. Executive Chef Junnajet uses fresh Read more
100% recommended

Truluck's Seafood, Steak and Crab House - Houston

$$$$·Seafood·
Galleria / Uptown
2,058 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
For a swanky upscale restaurant, Trulucks makes the top 20 list of places to eat in Houston. Make sure to dress business casual at this fine dining restaurant. Savor the fresh-catcRead more
99% recommended
Seafood in Houston

Quattro - Four Seasons Hotel - Houston

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
1,177 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for a Date
Nestled in the heart of the Montrose area, this quaint, award-winning restaurant delivers. It serves up modern, creative and classic Italian cuisine. You'll enjoy a posh eatery witRead more
89% recommended

Sorrento Ristorante Italiano

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown / Montrose
2,251 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
Featuring creative Italian fare with an elegant interior, Sorrento Ristorante is pure authenticity. With its decorative murals adorning the walls, the atmosphere is elegant yet welRead more
95% recommended
Romantic in Houston

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse - Galleria

$$$$·Steak·
Galleria / Uptown
6,033 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
There's a warm, inviting atmosphere and family-focused attitude found in every Pappas restaurant. The secret to their incredible meat is the dry-aging process, and there are only tRead more
97% recommended
Steak in Houston

Rainbow Lodge

$$$$·American·
Heights / Washington
2,823 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
The Rainbow Lodge boasts sophistication, without being stuffy. Their iconic lodge style fine dining restaurant has a plethora of choices. Enjoy wild game and seafood with surroundiRead more
100% recommended
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Post Oak Grill

$$$$·American·
Galleria / Uptown
735 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Good for Birthdays
At Post Oak Grill, enjoy top of the line new American cuisine and service. The flavors are subtle, and the menu offerings are delicious. Chef Leopoldo “Polo” Becerra's creation of Read more

Laurenzo's Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Heights / Washington
1,601 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch
Impeccably prepared food with a sports bar atmosphere: This is what you'll find at Laurenzo's Restaurant. They only serve 100% natural grass fed beef, along with produce from theirRead more
94% recommended
American in Houston
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