The Best Restaurants in Houston, According to our Tastemakers

Houston is a big city with a lot of big appetites. From steaks, seafood, and barbecue to international cuisine, you will find it here. Whether you are there to visit the Space Center Houston, the coastal visitor center at NASA's astronaut training and flight control complex, the theater district, the Houston Grand Opera, or the historic district - with so much to do, this means there are so many places to eat.

But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. We've pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners.

Houston has a plethora of cultural cuisines. Ethnic foods include Mexican, Chinese, Nigerian, Korean, and more. There is a heavy emphasis on southern cooking, as well as Tex-Mex and Louisiana Creole.

We invite you to check this list of Houston's top restaurants from locals and seasoned diners.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Potente, State of Grace, Killen's STQ
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Italian, Contemporary Southern, American
Neighborhoods:Downtown, Upper Kirby / Shepherd Corridor, Westside
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Potente

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
1,204 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

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 restaurant is a dining ex...

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Italian in Houston

State of Grace

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Upper Kirby / Shepherd Corridor
2,353 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

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 medley of old favorit...

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Best Overall in Houston
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Killen's STQ

$$$$·American·
Westside
1,247 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem

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 eye, New York strip ...

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Fit for Foodies in Houston

Masraff's

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Westside
3,262 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 around the world. The dec...

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Contemporary American in Houston
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Cafe Ginger

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

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 cuisine, but Cafe Gi...

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Uchi Houston

$$$$·Sushi·
Midtown / Montrose
3,317 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu

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 features items culled fro...

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Best Food in Houston
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Costa Brava Bistro

$$$$·Spanish·
Bellaire
1,446 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

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 of hospitality field ...

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Songkran Thai Kitchen - Galleria

$$$$·Thai·
Galleria / Uptown
555 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for Groups

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 ingredients and meld...

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Truluck's - Ocean's Finest Seafood & Crab - Houston

$$$$·Seafood·
Galleria / Uptown
3,078 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-catch seafood menu or pr...

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Sorrento Ristorante Italiano

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown / Montrose
2,752 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries

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 welcoming. The pasta is...

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Best Service in Houston

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse - Galleria

$$$$·Steak·
Galleria / Uptown
7,192 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • 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 three written copies ...

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Steak in Houston

Rainbow Lodge

$$$$·American·
Heights / Washington
3,905 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Scenic View

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 surroundings that are comfort...

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Scenic View in Houston

Post Oak Grill

$$$$·American·
Galleria / Uptown
810 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Business Meals
  • Neighborhood Gem

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 dishes is Picassoesq...

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Neighborhood Gem in Houston

Laurenzo's Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Heights / Washington
1,918 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups

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 their very own organic ga...

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American in Houston