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Discover Trending Restaurants in Houston

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by The OpenTable Team
Updated February 12, 2020

A space center, a theater district, and a gorgeous view of Galveston Bay make up the city of Houston, and make it a popular place to live. Its diverse culture brings in people from different backgrounds and some wonderful cuisines. 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. Of course, some of these spots are true to Texas and serve up incredible meat, but many of these spots play with new flavors and add fun twists. Here’s our list of the fun, trendy restaurants in Houston.

A photo of Mastro's Steakhouse - Houston restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3840)
$50 and over
Steak
Galleria / Uptown
About the restaurant
Sophisticated, classic, and elegant are just a few of the many words used to describe Mastro's Steakhouse. With several locations all over the United States, Mastro's in Houston makes our list of the top trendy restaurants in Houston because of its consistently delicious offerings, its high booking frequency, and its unparalleled customer service. Mastro's also offers an extensive seafood menu for those that prefer the "surf" more than the "turf."
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
We had an exceptional dining experience at Mastro’s thanks to the outstanding service provided by our waiter, Tyler. From the moment we were seated, he was attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. He made excellent recommendations. The combination of the delicious food and impeccable service truly made our evening memorable!
A photo of Grace's restaurant
4.8
4.8 (4123)
$31 to $50
American
Upper Kirby / Shepherd Corridor
About the restaurant
This popular restaurant was an easy choice to include on our list of the top trendy restaurants in Houston. Grace's is located in Upper Kirby, near the Shepherd's Corridor, making it one of the easiest restaurants on this list to get to. Named for executive chef and owner Johnny Carrabba's Sicilian grandmother, Grace's specializes in distinctly Sicilian dishes with a Creole twist (a nod and a wink to Grace's adopted Louisiana roots).
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Food was delicious, waiter was a little all over the place but overall we are satisfied and will come back again! 
A photo of Eddie V's - West Ave restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3643)
$50 and over
Seafood
River Oaks
About the restaurant
Comfortable sophistication is the name of the game at Eddie V's, which is pleased to offer live jazz and a chill vibe to all of its patrons. But Eddie V's makes our list of top trendy restaurants in Houston for another reason: their aged prime cut center steaks. Each steak is aged for at least 28 days, then grilled to perfection and served with an award-winning side of the patron's choice. After dinner, patrons are invited to join the live jazz band in the V Lounge, where unique cocktails and classic drink mixes await.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Amazing time at this restaurant and service was absolutely wonderful! Our server was great and made my daughter in law’s birthday memorable! We celebrated her offer for a new job and her birthday- it was her first time there and she was thoroughly impressed. Ask for Steven the next time you visit, you will not regret it!
A photo of Perry's Steakhouse & Grille - Memorial City restaurant
4.7
4.7 (6018)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Westside
About the restaurant
Perry's is a national chain of restaurants, so if there's one thing that can be expected from this restaurant, it's consistency. And it's this consistency that's put Perry's Steakhouse and Grille on the list of the top trendy restaurants in Houston. One simply cannot go wrong with steak — it is, after all, one of the largest industries in Houston in particular, and in Texas as a whole — and Perry's knows how to deliver some of the best cuts of steak at the most reasonable prices.
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DTayNel
Dined 4 days ago
Service was superb! Pork-chops were a little dry this time around.
A photo of Grotto - Downtown Houston restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1536)
$30 and under
Italian
Downtown
About the restaurant
Grotto first made its mark as the perfect pre/post theater dining experience, but quickly became known for its unique decor and equally unique menu. Grotto's take on Italian cuisine can best be described as "revolutionary," and their shareable plates are perfectly paired with their in-house grappa and craft beers. It's a popular date night spot, too. Guests are known to rave about the amazing, attentive customer service and the cute decor. It's tucked a bit away, however, and may be easily missed by those who are none the wiser.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 9, 2024
Grouper was delicious!!! Lots of options on the menu…
A photo of Costa Brava Bistro restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1853)
$50 and over
Spanish
Bellaire
About the restaurant
Another exceptional restaurant is the Costa Brava Bistro, which specializes in fusion Spanish cuisine. Angeles Dueñas and Kitty Bailey combine their respective Spanish and French heritages for a unique dining experience. The Costa Brava is remarkable because it's one of the few places that has only gotten better with time. Consider, for example, the Costa Brava take on the classic paella dish, in which they combine shrimp, calamari, and mussels with chicken, pork, and beef. And don't forget to leave room for dessert, because the arroz con leche with canela (a Spanish-French take on rice pudding) is to die for.
Top review
NoblettSvip
Dined 6 days ago
We needed to try 5 desserts to pick our favorites; all were delicious. My favorites were the chocolate cloud and the bread pudding. Our fish dishes were fabulous as always!
A photo of Truluck's - Ocean's Finest Seafood & Crab - Houston restaurant
4.8
4.8 (4252)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Galleria / Uptown
About the restaurant
Seafood, steak, and crab alone sounds like the perfect dinner date, but Truluck's takes this simple concept a few steps further to create an unforgettable dining experience. Considered a "gateway for the senses," Truluck's Seafood, Steak, and Crab House has such a unique, diverse, and extensive menu, that diners can be rest assured that s/he can never have the same dish twice. But which dish could be considered the best on the menu? Is it the Faroe Island salmon? The Redfish Pontchartrain (smothered with crawfish tails, shrimp, and blue crab in a spicy piquant Creole sauce, and served with rice pilaf)? Or the Hawaiian tuna? Whatever it is, Truluck's is nothing but good luck!
Top review
Ryan
Dined 2 days ago
Outstanding as usual. Our go to for a last minute date night. Trulucks never disappoints.
A photo of Sorrento Ristorante Italiano restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3267)
$31 to $50
Italian
Montrose
About the restaurant
There are few, if any, cuisines that can compare to classic Italian cuisine. And, Sorrento — which is one of the few authentic Italian restaurants that have made this list of the top trendy restaurants in Houston — understands this better than any other restaurant in Houston. An attentive staff, a live piano bar, and an unparalleled wine list are all the perfect complement to their menu selections that include buffalo mozzarella pizza, butternut squash ravioli with sage and brown butter, and petite espresso chocolate souffle.
Top review
Br53vip
Dined 4 days ago
Service, food and ambiance were all excellent. David was fantastic and very attentive. Very good time
A photo of State of Grace restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3247)
$31 to $50
Contemporary Southern
River Oaks
About the restaurant
As its name probably implies, State of Grace promises a quasi-religious experience to every customer. Boasting a "contemporary Southern" cuisine, State of Grace takes the fusion concept and applies it to American soul food, and the result is a fresh take on a classic cuisine. With a mix of American, Latin, Gulf Coast, German, and Asian influences, State of Grace is a restaurant that must be seen to be believed.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Jess was awesome and drinks were delicious. Great vibe.
A photo of Killen's STQ restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1531)
$31 to $50
American
Westside
About the restaurant
Chef and owner Ronnie Killen fuses wood-fired cooking with a rustic, yet distinctly all-American, element at this restaurant. Killen's initially made its mark as a preferred local favorite, but quickly became a must-see for various Houston tourist groups. Despite its rising popularity, however, Killen's never lost its down-home, neighborhood vibe.
Top review
SusanMvip
Dined 7 days ago
We had another special anniversary dinner at STQ. The food and the service never disappoint. Would be nice if they would add a non alcoholic beer onto the menu. We will be back!
A photo of BCN Taste & Tradition restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1669)
$50 and over
Spanish
Southeast Houston
About the restaurant
BCN Taste & Tradition has an ultra-modern flair in both its ambiance and its menu. Rare is the restaurant that specializes in Spanish food from the Iberian Peninsula (as opposed to Spanish food from Latin and/or Central American countries), so this restaurant is worth trying for that experience alone. But don't forget to leave room for dessert, as the guests report that the "Gypsy's Arm" sponge cake — filled with whipped cream and fresh custard — is a must-try for the uninitiated.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 15, 2024
Our favorite restaurant in the city, we love all the recommendations and the cochinillo is my favorite dish in the city. I highly recommend this place. Note: the team are super comprehensive and friendly, they make you feel like you're visiting family.
A photo of Masraff's restaurant
4.9
4.9 (3835)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Westside
About the restaurant
Another Galleria offering, Masraff's makes our list of top trendy restaurants in Houston because of its contemporary American cuisine and matching simplistic contemporary decor. Co-owned by brothers Tony and Russell Masraff, Masraff's offers a fine selection of seafood, fowl, homemade plates of pasta, lamb, beef, and seasonal game. The quail is reportedly one of the top-selling appetizers on the menu, while the pan-roasted Alaskan halibut (which comes with wild mushroom risotto and sauteed asparagus) is a popular entree.
Top review
garyovip
Dined 6 days ago
Masraff’s is consistently a very fine restaurant across the board. Starting with the greatest hostess Olga, the service is A++! Menu and food are top notch, a GREAT dining experience!
A photo of Uchi Houston restaurant
4.8
4.8 (4295)
$50 and over
Sushi
Montrose
About the restaurant
Uchi — the brainchild of award-winning executive chef James Beard — "pushes the boundaries" of Japanese cuisine while rewarding the patron with a unique, upscale dining experience. Daily specials, hot and cool tastings, makimono, yakimono, tempura, sushi, and sashimi are just a few of the many offerings. There are even vegetarian offerings for the herbivores.
Top review
Jorgevip
Dined 5 days ago
I sat at the bar in front of the main chef and it was fascinating to see him work. Menu options were varied and it seems they change often. Wonderful ambiance and location. Valet service was free.
A photo of Pappas Bros. Steakhouse - Downtown restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2742)
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Downtown
About the restaurant
There are two Pappas Bros. Steakhouses — one downtown, and one in the Galleria. The downtown location, however, makes this list for what are, perhaps, obvious reasons. With nearly 4,000 wine selections, the downtown Pappas Bros. is conveniently located, as it's just minutes away from NRG Stadium, Toyota Center, George R. Brown Convention Center, and Discovery Green. And, as a result of its attention to detail, this restaurant is seen as not only one of the best in Houston, but indeed, one of the best in the United States.
Top review
RenierK
Dined 3 days ago
Exceptional experience. Food was absolutely delicious, staff was very attentive, a wine list that rivals the best. A quintessential steakhouse experience. Will be back!
A photo of Potente restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1863)
$50 and over
Italian
Downtown
About the restaurant
Highly regarded for its stellar wine list, Potente — which specializes in Northern Italian cuisine — makes our list of the top trendy restaurants in Houston because of its locally sourced ingredients, which make all the difference in the quality of the food (and for all the right reasons). Business casual attire is de rigueur for Potente, whose executive chef is the renowned Danny Trace.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Dining at Potento was a truly exceptional experience, made even more special by the incredible hospitality we received. Upon discovering that our party was also from South Louisiana, Chef Danny Trace graciously came out to our table for a delightful visit. His warmth and genuine interest made us feel right at home. Our server, Nicholas Velazquez, and his team did an amazing job caring for us. Nicholas epitomized professionalism, offering fantastic recommendations that enhanced our meal. His impeccable timing and pace ensured a smooth and enjoyable dining experience. Moreover, his personal touch and friendly demeanor made our evening memorable. We ordered a variety of dishes, including the Carpaccio, Duck, Veal Chop, and Scallops—all of which were excellent in flavor. Each dish was prepared to perfection, showcasing the kitchen's culinary skills. To top it off, you can't go wrong with any desserts; they are all delightful. I would certainly recommend Potento for an outstanding dining experience. Be sure to request Nicholas as your server—his presence will elevate your visit.
A photo of Brenner's Steakhouse on the Bayou restaurant
4.8
4.8 (5439)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
River Oaks
About the restaurant
Brenner's Steakhouse on the Bayou provides an authentic "natural" experience while still remaining in the heart of the city. Founded in 1936, and still retaining most of its original charm, Brenner's specializes in tender steaks, succulent seafood, and an award-winning wine list. Regardless of the quality of the food — which is unparalleled —- patrons are known to rave about the apple strudel the most!
Top review
TBirdvip
Dined 3 days ago
Great return visit to Brenner's on the Bayou! Was there to celebrate a friend's 55th birthday. Good service. Good food. Huge dessert!
A photo of Rainbow Lodge restaurant
4.7
4.7 (5135)
$31 to $50
American
Heights / Washington
About the restaurant
The scenic view. The exceptional food. The exceptional service. What more could one want in a dining experience? But the Rainbow Lodge prides itself on providing a "sophisticated, but not stuffy" dining experience. Menu hits include elk chops, brilled buffalo tenderloin, whole roasted lobster, and lodge smoked duck gumbo. But one of the most popular offerings at the Rainbow Lodge is the three-course lunch, at a can't-beat price! There's also a Sunday brunch which features mimosas, live music every Friday, and "Sunday suppers" with half-priced wine by the glass. For lighter fare, try the so-called "bar bites" menu.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
This was an wonderful spot for a lunch date. The food was delicious with excellent presentation, the service was stellar, and the environment was pleasant and comfortable without being overwhelming. They do have a small parking area but that problem is solved by having free valet parking (tips only) There are a variety of lunch items for every budget. I will be returning.
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