The Best Restaurants in Houston, According to our Tastemakers

The OpenTable Team

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.

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

BCN Taste & Tradition

$$$$·Spanish·
Midtown / Montrose
1,385 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
95% recommended
Best Ambiance in Houston
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Da Marco

$$$$·Italian·
Texas
1,006 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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
93% recommended
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Potente

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
912 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • 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
94% recommended
Special Occasion in Houston
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State of Grace

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Upper Kirby / Shepherd Corridor
1,900 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • 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
95% recommended
Best Service in Houston

Killen's STQ

$$$$·American·
West Side
1,116 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • 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
92% recommended
American in Houston
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Divino Italian Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
River Oaks
438 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
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
92% recommended
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Masraff's

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Side
2,943 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
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Cafe Ginger

$$$$·Chinese·
River Oaks
425 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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
100% recommended
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Uchi Houston

$$$$·Sushi·
Midtown / Montrose
2,821 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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
97% recommended
Best Overall in Houston
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Costa Brava Bistro

$$$$·Spanish·
Bellaire
1,277 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
97% recommended
Best Food in Houston
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Songkran Thai Kitchen - Galleria

$$$$·Thai·
Galleria / Uptown
409 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Casual
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
89% recommended

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

$$$$·Seafood·
Galleria / Uptown
2,509 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
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
93% recommended
Seafood in Houston

Quattro - Four Seasons Hotel - Houston

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
1,234 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Great for Brunch
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
88% recommended
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Sorrento Ristorante Italiano

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown / Montrose
2,509 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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
97% recommended
Italian in Houston

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse - Galleria

$$$$·Steak·
Galleria / Uptown
6,676 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
95% recommended
Best Overall in Houston

Rainbow Lodge

$$$$·American·
Heights / Washington
3,327 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
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
93% recommended
Scenic View in Houston

Post Oak Grill

$$$$·American·
Galleria / Uptown
784 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals
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
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Laurenzo's Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Heights / Washington
1,762 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
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
99% recommended

Yauatcha Houston - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Chinese·
Galleria / Uptown
1,167 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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
86% recommended
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Bistecca

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Midtown / Montrose
718 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • 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
92% recommended
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