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Musaafer, Houston, TX

Musaafer

4.6
4.6
821 Reviews
$50 and over
Indian
Two chefs of The Spice Route Co. were sent on this ambitious task of traveling 29 states of India; gathering stories and experiences along the way and bringing home age-old regional recipes, which have been translated into our eclectic menu. You’ll find Musaafer in Houston in the Galleria shopping complex, close to the city’s lively business district. The elegant two-story space with sweeping windows offers a luxurious and memorable dining experience. Guests are treated to unforgettable Indian cuisine, a world-class wine program and unparalleled hospitality.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 39 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Indian, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Fri–Sun 12:00 pm–4:45 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (713) 242-8087
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    South Asian/Indian
  • Executive chef
    Mayank Istwal
  • Catering
    To begin soon!
  • Private party facilities
    For private events, please visit our website and complete our private event inquiry form.
  • Neighborhood
    Galleria / Uptown
  • Cross street
    Westheimer & Sage
  • Parking details
    Drive to parking lot situated @ the Galleria Mall from Westheimer ( near Sage & next to Saks 5th Av.).Valet & free parking are both available.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 821 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Houston

    Healthy

821 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing space, and a fantastic array of dishes. The lamb and Cornish hen was delicious

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  2. KimberlyT

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic presentation, service, flavor. I will be back.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was spectacular! Justin was phenomenal and Chef Mayank out did himself! My cousin was visiting from DC and she is a vegetarian and said I could pick the restaurant, and I knew that Musaafer was the perfect place! Thank you Musaafer staff and Shammi and Mithu for a great experience!

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  4. LynnS

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant with fantastic and beautifully presented food!

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  5. MikeR

    Houston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and terrific service. Best Indian cuisine in town!

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  6. SteffenW

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent customer service as always! Thank you for the hospitality!

    1 person found this helpful

  7. RavikanthT

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The service charge is fixed at 20% but we don't get the food served. I'm not sure if we have to ask the waiter for it to be served or not.

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  8. JeffA

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful dinner experience last night. Our meal was fantastic! The two servers that we had really enhanced the experience by sharing details, background and stories around our food. After dinner, Humberto took us on a tour of the restaurant, which was exquisite.

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  9. StacyD

    Oklahoma City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sarah B. , our waiter, was incredible and very knowledgeable about the wine and menu. Food was amazing. We will be back!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The whole experience with the restaurant was amazing. The restaurant is not your typical restaurant. I felt the culture as soon as I walked in to the time I left. The food was so good as well as the dessert. This Is the prettiest restaurant I been to. The staff was amazing and made you feel welcome. They even gave us a tour of the restaurant. This place should be the #1 date night restaurant in Houston.

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  11. Natalia

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Beautiful atmosphere and extremely expensive. Service was impeccable.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great, delicious food, great atmosphere, and Jerry our waiter was very knowledgeable with great service. Will recommend to all my friends and family.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible food, ambiance, and service. Highly recommend coming back again.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    They had a set menu for valentine’s day that was very restrictive and did not account for allergies. Food choices were not communicated ahead of time. Portions were very small, price of overall experience was hidden until the very end. Price of food did not match what we received. For two people we paid $450 when the food we got was gloried snacks.

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  15. AjitS

    Houston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, Musaafer did not let us down! An outstanding Valentine's Day, 7-course meal, wine pairing, and saxophone.

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  16. Mikey

    Houston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Server forgot wine order Nonalcoholic person served another person’s alcoholic drink People in our party not served concurrently Desserts very pricey

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, presentation and attention to detail. Service was prompt and the taste of ingredients came out. Sitting arrangement, especially chair height and table height is suitable for tall people, but not for average height people. After dessert experiences like mouth freshener, finger bowls could be a value add. Overall, a great experience!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The experience was fantastic; the service was prompt and dependable.

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  19. ThomsonV

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to take guest for dinner. Food is amazing

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  20. Mimi

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Poor service for a fine dining establishment. Good ambience and mediocre food. Good presentation.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the moment we stepped into Musaafer, nestled in the heart of Houston, it became clear that this was not just another dining experience—it was a journey. Celebrating my parents' 43rd anniversary, we sought somewhere special, and Musaafer exceeded every expectation. The ambiance of Musaafer is an enchanting blend of sophistication and cultural richness, transporting you straight to the heart of India with its meticulously crafted decor. Every corner tells a story, making you feel part of something extraordinary. The service was impeccable. The staff went above and beyond to ensure our celebration was memorable. Their recommendations from the menu were spot-on, accommodating every dietary preference with grace and knowledge. They even surprised us with a thoughtful gesture to honor my parents' anniversary, adding a personal touch that truly made the evening shine. Now, onto the cuisine. Each dish was a masterpiece, a testament to the chef's artistry and deep respect for Indian culinary traditions. The flavors were bold yet balanced, innovative while paying homage to the classics. The ingredients were fresh, and the presentation was nothing short of a visual feast. Highlights included the Aloo Methi, the Dal Makhani, and an unforgettable dessert platter that was both a delight to the palate and the eyes. But what truly set Musaafer apart was the way they made us feel—not just as customers, but as honored guests. They transformed a simple anniversary dinner into an unforgettable experience, weaving a tapestry of flavors, aromas, and memories that we will cherish forever. In conclusion, Musaafer is not just a restaurant; it's a destination. For anyone looking to celebrate a special occasion or simply indulge in a culinary adventure, Musaafer promises an experience that's as extraordinary as it is enchanting. We left with full hearts and a newfound appreciation for the magic that

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  22. Saheb

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best restaurant in town. They make dining such an experience!

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  23. AliM

    Houston

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional from start to finish. Pricey - plus automatic 20% charge on check even with only 2 guests - I would have tipped 20% but having it forced is disappointing

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Spectacular as always. The choice and variety are great.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent; atmosphere was superb. Service was slow (despite restaurant not being full or near-full).

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  26. Madhvikas

    New York City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The lychee appetizer was great. The rest of the food was just ok. The favors were very muted.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the experience at Musaafer. Ambiance was pleasant, charming and low key but still inviting. The service was attentive and friendly and the food and drinks were delicious! Want to highlight the Vegan Dal Makhni which was amazing! Highly recommend along with the Butter Chicken Experience. Can’t wait for my next visit.

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  28. Mike

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time with family. Ambiance was excellent and the server was very good too. Highly recommended!!

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  29. Lovefunfood

    New York City

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was incredible! Kudos to an amazingly crestive chef who we understood traveled all through India to collect these incredible spices! The food was interesting, tasty and a fabulous presentation. We had a wonderful waitress Sarah B who made the whole experience that much better! She had so much enthusiasm around every dish and explained why they were special. She was terrific. I hear they are opening in NYC and can not wait to go when they open!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful service Downside music was too loud It needs to be turned down to allow conversation

    1 person found this helpful

  31. GusM

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing. Everything was perfect! Food, drinks, ambience, music, service, history of restaurant. Perfection.

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  32. UTMom

    Houston

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Absolutely wonderful! We all had an outstanding dining experience all around. Our only suggestion would be to either lower the volume on the background music, or switch to a slightly more easily ignored beat as it is hard to have a table conversation at times. Other than that we recommend it wholeheartedly. :)

    1 person found this helpful

  33. HemaG

    Houston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The Ambience and hospitality was good but the food wasn’t. Having lived in India for 37 years, the food here did not match my expectations plus it was way too expensive. So in my opinion this place is not worth the money.

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  34. hcsd

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    The space is gorgeous. The food was delicious, creative and beautifully presented. The service was excellent but it was so loud we were literally screaming to hear each other - and there were only 5 of us. We were not in the room with the DJ, but it was being piped in just as loud. Frankly - it ruined what would have otherwise been an excellent experience.

    1 person found this helpful

  35. KushP

    Central Texas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was okay but ambience and service is five stars. Good to visit one time for experience but not place to go frequently to enjoy the authentic Indian food.

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  36. RajeevD

    Houston

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Humberto makes the evening by delivering his personal touch.

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  37. RavindraK

    Houston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The food (while different) is not totally impressive. A little bit of additional spice (it is Indian food after all) would make it perfect. Music was loud, could be lower. The cost for the experience is on higher side ...

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  38. TexasOilGirl

    Houston

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic experience with great food, large format wine options and excellent staff

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  39. AllisonR

    Orange County

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A Culinary Gem in Houston: Our Unforgettable Evening at Musaafer Last night, my husband and I had the pleasure of dining at Musaafer, and it was nothing short of a magical experience. As soon as we stepped into the restaurant, we were captivated by the enchanting atmosphere and ambiance. The decor, a seamless blend of elegance and cultural richness, set the stage for an evening we knew would be special. The staff at Musaafer, especially Zo, our main waiter, deserve a standing ovation for their attentiveness and friendliness. Zo, with his passion for Indian cuisine and exceptional service, made our experience even more delightful. He shared fascinating stories about each dish, enriching our understanding and appreciation of the flavors we were enjoying. His warm smile and genuine hospitality made us feel truly welcomed. One of the highlights of our visit was learning about the restaurant's history and the chef's inspirational 100-day journey through all the states of India. These personal stories, many shared by Zo, added an extraordinary depth to our dining experience, allowing us to appreciate not just the food, but the passion and dedication behind it. Speaking of food, the culinary delights at Musaafer are a testament to the chef's skill and creativity. Each dish was a masterpiece, both in taste and presentation. The flavors were rich, authentic, and perfectly balanced, taking us on a gastronomic journey through India's diverse culinary landscape. The quality of the ingredients shone through in every bite, making it clear that no detail is overlooked in their kitchen. In conclusion, our evening at Musaafer was an experience we will cherish forever. It's not just a restaurant; it's a journey through the flavors, stories, and heart of India. For anyone looking to indulge in an exquisite dining experience, Musaafer in Houston is a must-visit. We can't wait to return and relive the magic all over again, hopefully with Zo as our guide through this culinary advent

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  40. TLeezy

    Alabama

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything about Musaafer was amazing! Wonderful ambiance, cozy, intimate seating, outstanding service, and unbelievable food. We even got the opportunity to learn about different wines and wine/food pairings. I woke up thinking about our meal the next day, and I can't wait to go back!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Musaafer using the Order Online button. Musaafer also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Musaafer also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (713) 242-8087.

Musaafer is rated 4.6 stars by 821 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 39 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Musaafer

5115 Westheimer Rd Ste C-3500, Houston, TX 77056-5528

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Westheimer & Sage
  • Neighborhood
    Galleria / Uptown
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Fri–Sun 12:00 pm–4:45 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Indian, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Drive to parking lot situated @ the Galleria Mall from Westheimer ( near Sage & next to Saks 5th Av.).Valet & free parking are both available.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    South Asian/Indian
  • Executive chef
    Mayank Istwal
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (713) 242-8087
  • Catering
    To begin soon!
  • Private party facilities
    For private events, please visit our website and complete our private event inquiry form.
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