Discover Trending Restaurants in Houston

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.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Mastro's Steakhouse - Houston, Grace's, Eddie V's - West Ave
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Steak, American, Seafood
Neighborhoods:Galleria / Uptown, Upper Kirby / Shepherd Corridor, River Oaks
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Mastro's Steakhouse - Houston

$$$$·Steak·
Galleria / Uptown
2,597 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries

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 ...

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Most Booked in Houston
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Grace's

$$$$·American·
Upper Kirby / Shepherd Corridor
2,981 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Special Occasion
  • Comfort Food

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 easies...

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Great for Lunch in Houston

Eddie V's - West Ave

$$$$·Seafood·
River Oaks
2,994 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

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 H...

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Seafood in Houston

Perry's Steakhouse & Grille - Memorial City

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Westside
5,193 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date

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 t...

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Grotto - Downtown Houston

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
993 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays

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 descri...

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Costa Brava Bistro

$$$$·Spanish·
Bellaire
1,413 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem

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 uniqu...

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Best Overall in Houston

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

$$$$·Seafood·
Galleria / Uptown
2,963 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date

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 ...

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Seafood in Houston

Sorrento Ristorante Italiano

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown / Montrose
2,743 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries

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 restaurant...

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Italian in Houston

State of Grace

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Upper Kirby / Shepherd Corridor
2,275 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

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...

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Best Service in Houston
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Killen's STQ

$$$$·American·
Westside
1,222 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date

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 quickl...

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American in Houston

BCN Taste & Tradition

$$$$·Spanish·
Midtown / Montrose
1,661 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

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 L...

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Masraff's

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Westside
3,231 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

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 T...

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Contemporary American in Houston

Uchi Houston

$$$$·Sushi·
Texas
3,288 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries

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...

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Best Food in Exclusive
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Pappas Bros. Steakhouse - Downtown

$$$$·Steak·
Downtown
1,829 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic

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 selection...

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Steak in Houston

Potente

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
1,140 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date

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,...

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Italian in Houston

Brenner's Steakhouse on the Bayou

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River Oaks
4,679 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View

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 ...

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Scenic View in Houston
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Rainbow Lodge

$$$$·American·
Heights / Washington
3,811 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Scenic View

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” dini...

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Scenic View in Houston
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Da Marco

$$$$·Italian·
Texas
993 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

Branzino isn't really branzino unless it's flown in directly from Piedmont, Italy, and Da Marco knows this. That's why this top trendy restaurant in Houston specializes in authentic, imported branzino...

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Yauatcha Houston - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Chinese·
Galleria / Uptown
1,167 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

While most people believe that Chinese food is meant solely for takeout, Yauatcha is here to challenge this notion. This top trendy restaurant in Houston definitely exceeds in delivering a unique expe...

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