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11 Houston restaurants perfect for special occasions

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by OpenTable
Updated December 18, 2023

Houston’s celebration spots are as diverse as the rapidly growing city. And restaurants know how to add fuel to your festivities, whether that means a complimentary dessert, hand-written note, or a pitch-perfect Champagne bottle to match your epic night out.

Your celebration might call for a round of margaritas and a queso or a stiff martini and a perfectly cooked steak. You’re in luck, because there’s no one way to celebrate in Houston. Read on for a guide to 11 restaurants made for special occasions.

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4.4
4.4 (605)
$30 and under
Brazilian
Montrose
About the restaurant

There’s nothing quite like an all-you-can-eat meat fest to mark a special occasion, and this family-owned Brazilian churrascaria is a pro at it. Servers, known as gauchos, regularly appear at the table with skewers of prime beef, pork, lamb, shrimp, and poultry. Whether you and your crew land up on the outdoor patio or inside the stone-accented dining room, there’s not a bad seat in the house. Head in on a Friday or Saturday night for live Brazilian bossa nova or tango for an especially upbeat meal.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
This is a family place that makes guest feel like family.
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4.7
4.7 (2548)
$30 and under
Contemporary French / American
River Oaks
About the restaurant

a’Bouzy was designed for celebratory meals, as reflected by its massive sparkling wine menu. Choose from more than 250 kinds of bubbles to pair with your French-inspired meal—lunch, brunch, and dinner here all encourage sharing, giving you many reasons to party it up. Book well in advance to snag an umbrella-covered seat on the popular patio, though the white-washed brick dining room is also an elegant backdrop for clinking glasses and sharing plates of pomme frites.

Top review
JohanV
Dined 5 days ago
great food and great service; excellent background music
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4.8
4.8 (767)
$31 to $50
Korean
Spring Branch
About the restaurant

Kevin Koo’s Korean steakhouse is a go-to for lavish family-style feasts. Each table includes a small grill for diners to cook thinly sliced cuts of meat, so a celebration meal here will be a DIY one. Bond over dry-aged steaks, marinated boneless short rib, and A5 wagyu. If you’d rather come for a happy hour party, pair your soju and Korean wine with traditional specials like seafood pancakes, bibimbap, and kimchi dumplings.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Very good restaurant, for sure we will be coming back with friends.
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4.2
4.2 (651)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Upper Kirby / Shepherd Corridor
About the restaurant

A modern black-and-white dining room sets the stage at this creative soul food spot. Upper Kirby Bistro’s cushy banquettes fit the bill for whatever occasion you’re marking—even if it’s a just-because midweek dinner—and its wood-fired oven churns out everything from coconut curry wings to jerk salmon. For a daytime party, book a weekend brunch, bring some friends, and celebrate with stuffed blueberry waffles for the table.

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AudreyH
Dined 7 days ago
The Hubby and I had brunch at this restaurant Father’s Day 2024. Our reservation was early at 10am. The staff (even that early) was bright and provide excellent care. The food and ambiance was great 😊
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4.8
4.8 (1280)
$30 and under
Seafood
Heights / Washington
About the restaurant

Some restaurants stand out for the memories they’re linked to, and that’s definitely the case at chef Ford Fry’s beloved seafood spot. La Lucha takes cues from a treasured childhood restaurant where Fry and his family regularly celebrated over fried chicken and towering seafood platters. Which explains why La Lucha’s menu is full of modern twists on Gulf Coast classics—and best when shared. The restaurant’s lounge-like dining room, stylish bar, and tranquil shaded patio are all ideal settings to make memories of your own.

Top review
Quest4yum
Dined 1 day ago
Our server was sooo nice. She checked on us frequently and gave us order suggestions. The food was delicious and the restaurant gave me a birthday icecream dessert. Will definately return.
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4.8
4.8 (3801)
$50 and over
Creole / Cajun / Southern
Montrose
About the restaurant

Brennan’s has aced the special-occasion test since opening in 1967. From Mardi Gras parties to marriage proposals and even long-overdue martini catch ups with friends, this fine-dining spot can do it all. Consistently excellent Creole food makes any meal feel celebratory, and you can choose from several spaces to dine in style, whether that means the ornate dining room, beautiful garden courtyard, or private rooms for especially exclusive occasions.

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DanielleG
Dined on Jun 14, 2024
Always a great dining experience! Our servers/bartenders (Hailey & Brian) were exceptional.
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4.7
4.7 (5131)
$31 to $50
American
Heights / Washington
About the restaurant

This century-old log cabin sits on the banks of the White Oak Bayou and is home to one of Houston’s most popular fine-dining celebration spots. Get comfortable inside the wood-lined dining room, complete with sconces and wall-mounted stags, or book a patio table for a meal under the great big Texas sky. There’s lots of wild game on the menu, including a knockout smoked duck gumbo—a tribute to the cabin’s hunting-lodge past. Monthly wine dinners and rotating Sunday suppers keep repeat celebrations here fresh.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
We are frequent guests at Rainbow Lodge. Our experiences date back decades. The interestingly good selection of appetizers, salads and entrees, even for lunch, is truly inspiring. The duck gumbo never fails to impress nor does the pecan crusted trout. You are able to have a conversation at normal levels and I do not believe we ever had issues with surrounding tables being boisterous. (Again, we normally go for lunch). The "lodge" is very high on our repeat list.
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4.6
4.6 (2318)
$31 to $50
Spanish
River Oaks
About the restaurant

This energetic, Spanish-inspired spot channels a club in Madrid, and the vibe is like a luxe funhouse. Celebrate with bold, artistic plates (available a la carte or in tasting menu form) like hamachi tostadas with citrus foam and foie gras with a drizzled cassis reduction. Tables in the neon-lit dining room—which is decked with an original Picasso—are especially hot commodities, so be sure to book well in advance of your big night out.

Top review
ShaneX
Dined 1 day ago
Location is perfect, but It’s ok overall, nothing special.
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4.8
4.8 (6523)
$30 and under
Unspecified
Heights / Washington
About the restaurant

It’s not just the perfectly cooked steaks—or the thick-cut bacon drenched in blue cheese and truffle-infused honey—that make B&B Butchers a steady favorite for marriage proposals, business deals, and everything in between. Great service also sets Benjamin Berg’s flagship restaurant apart. Case in point: if you mention what you’re celebrating when booking, B&B Butchers will sweeten the deal with a complimentary dessert, a plate noting the occasion, and a handwritten card.

Top review
Bradvip
Dined 5 days ago
Loved the service and food. The bottom floor is very loud and would definitely sit in another area next time
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4.8
4.8 (2683)
$50 and over
Indian
Upper Kirby / Shepherd Corridor
About the restaurant

When a celebratory meal calls for an elegant touch, head to chef Kiran Verma’s namesake spot for refined north Indian food. The James Beard semifinalist’s lineup includes expertly executed faithfuls like vindaloo and saffron basmati biryani, plus more innovative fare like a knockout pizza-naan hybrid. Weekend afternoons mean a special tea service featuring an assortment of colorful finger sandwiches, petit fours, and Verma’s iconic chai blend.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Excellent quality cuisine served in a friendly manner at this beautiful restaurant.
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4.7
4.7 (1256)
$30 and under
Tex-Mex
Westside
About the restaurant

Abuela-approved Mexican food meets smoky Texas staples at this industrial-chic cantina. Goode Co.’s mesquite-grilled meats set a high bar in a city known for top-notch Tex-Mex. Over-the-top occasions require the restaurant’s parrillada familiar, a supersized feast for four to six people of fajitas with jalapeño cheese-smoked sausage, Texas quail, jumbo Gulf shrimp, and more. Not to mention celebration-friendly margaritas, which come in many inventive versions including roasted poblano pepper and strawberry habanero.

Top review
JasonBvip
Dined 2 days ago
Eduardo was fantastic. Food was great. May be best beef fajita in the city!
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