The Most Fun Restaurants in Houston

Houston’s dining scene has grown in leaps and waves over the past few years—some foodies even consider it to be one of the most interesting culinary scenes in the country. While the BBQ and Meat and Three restaurants here are still going strong, the city has branched out to welcome in all kinds of flavorful forces. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Houston now has amazing and eclectic food choices from all over the world—it’s a great spot for authentic flavors and recipes from first-generation chefs. When looking for fun restaurants in Houston, be sure to check out these spots.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Taste Bar + Kitchen, Kulture Restaurant, MAD
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Comfort Food, Southern, Spanish
Neighborhoods:Midtown / Montrose, Downtown, River Oaks
Party Size
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Date
Time
7:00 PM

Taste Bar + Kitchen

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

Taste Bar and Kitchen, located in Midtown, it a great choice if you’re looking for a fun restaurant in Houston. The menu features a wide range of globally-inspired comfort foods at totally affordable ...

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Hot Spot in Houston
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Kulture Restaurant

$$$$·Southern·
Downtown
187 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Comfort Food
  • Live Music

Kulture is a casual restaurant and bar located on Avenida de Las Americas right in the heart of downtown. It’s a popular place with Houstonians, visiting business folks, downtown locals and event atte...

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MAD

$$$$·Spanish·
River Oaks
1,254 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Tapas
  • Hot Spot

MAD is a unique restaurant and bar concept inspired by Madrid’s famous nightlife. It features the most popular form of Spanish gastronomy: classical and modern tapas and rice, meats and fish cooked on...

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Artisans Restaurant

$$$$·French·
Midtown / Montrose
2,296 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date

Artisan Restaurant, located in the Midtown neighborhood, is definitely one of the most fun restaurants in Houston. The vibe here is casually elegant and they serve an eclectic menu of French food incl...

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French in Houston

Rainbow Lodge

$$$$·American·
Heights / Washington
3,972 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date

Rainbow Lodge offers a blend of fine dining and lodge-style relaxing. The restaurant sits in a 100-year-old log cabin and offers a cozy but refined setting. The menu offers succulent wild game includi...

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Best Ambiance in Houston
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The Union Kitchen (Towne Lake)

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

This popular Union Kitchen outpost is the 6th to open in the greater Houston area! It boasts a sprawling interior and a big, beautiful outdoor patio to enjoy when the weather is nice. It features the ...

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Batanga

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Downtown
1,363 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Tapas
  • Great for Brunch

For delicious tapas at one of the most fun restaurants in Houston, check out the menu at Batanga. It’s a laid-back Latin American restaurant on Congress in the First Ward, across from Market Square Pa...

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Avenida Brazil - Woodlands

$$$$·Brazilian Steakhouse·
The Woodlands
440 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for Birthdays

Avenida Brazil Churrascaria Steakhouse is a Brazilian-inspired restaurant in Shenandoah that definitely qualifies as one of the most fun restaurants in Houston. They aim to spoil patrons with authenti...

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Brazilian Steakhouse in Houston
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Mezzanotte Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Cypress
1,078 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion

Cypress-area residents have been keeping Mezzanote a secret for years - it’s so good they want it all to themselves! This restaurant serves upscale and contemporary Italian food and regulars rave abou...

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Italian in Houston
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Costa Brava Bistro

$$$$·Spanish·
Bellaire
1,467 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

Costa Brava Bistro is a super fun place to dine and soak up the cool vibes while enjoying truly delicious food. The owners started the bistro with a combined experience of over 60 years in the hospita...

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Schilleci's New Orleans Kitchen

$$$$·Seafood·
The Woodlands
2,021 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine

Schilleci’s New Orleans Kitchen is an intimate, elegant French Quarter-style restaurant on Market Street serving lots of fresh fish from all over the world. The menu consists of Louisiana classics, fr...

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Seafood in Houston