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Diners' Choice: Contemporary American restaurants in Houston

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Contemporary American cuisine in Houston? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


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4.6
4.6 (80)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Downtown
About the restaurant
Welcome to Strato 550, Houston's most elevated lunch experience!
Set 43 stories above the downtown skyline, Strato 550 is your new power lunch destination, serving Mediterranean-inspired food, superb wines, classic cocktails and stellar views.


Strato 550’s lounge is also open in the evenings as a comfortable place to unwind and avoid the traffic rush while enjoying an after-work drink and appetizers.

Top review
dewhite04
Dined on Apr 23, 2024
I reserved a table for lunch for my wife's birthday earlier this week. Came expecting great views and hoping for decent food. Found food that beat the great views and very good service. Overall, I think this place presents a good value for any kind of special event and I expect that we will come again, maybe for dinner next time. I imagine the winter sunsets would be something special to see...
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4.8
4.8 (497)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Heights / Washington
About the restaurant
Taking his passion and the experience he gained staging at Picholine in NYC and Madrona Manor in Napa along with his work at Brennan’s, Haven, Soma and most recently as consulting Chef for Saint Genevieve in West Ave, at 26-years-old Kevin Naderi opened his first restaurant, Roost in December, 2011. Roost’s 50-seat space is cozy and unpretentious amid walls paneled with old shutters and Edison-like light fixtures fashioned from gutter drains. Roost’s rustic and diverse menu is revised every three weeks, inspired by local availability of farm-fresh seasonal ingredients and flavors of the world including the American south, Asia and from the Middle East, taking advantage of Naderi’s Persian heritage. Says Naderi, “I’ve taken a little bit from everywhere I’ve worked. It’s a good showcase for what we do.”
Top review
Luv2eat
Dined 2 days ago
First time here. Terrible parking. Quaint little house with quiet atmosphere. Tables very close together so limited space. We did their tasting menu. The cauliflower was excellent and the chicken karaga also good. Peach Burrata salad was good. Our 1st course selections were redfish and grits, Fuji pepper steak and brine turkey. The pepper steak taste was good but the medium rare steak was extremely chewy and I wouldn’t recommend. The redfish was probably the best item. The turkey breast was pretty good but nothing to really brag about. 3rd course dessert we had the coffee ice cream and donuts and the lemon cake. Both were really good. Also had the Brie for an appetizer and that was good. Overall I’m glad we chose the tasting menu as it’s more affordable than individually ordering each item. It wasn’t a bad experience but with vast selection available in Houston, it will be awhile before I go back. Worth a try though as their menu does change
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4.8
4.8 (3817)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Westside
About the restaurant
Masraffs, long recognized as a premier restaurant in Houston, offers affordable elegance, attentive service, impeccably prepared and exquisitely fresh American cuisine created with the best ingredients from around the world.
Top review
HoustonFoodievip
Dined 2 days ago
We have been going to Masraff's for many years, and it is one of the most consistently excellent restaurants in Houston. Mr. Masraff and his son have done a great job providing an inviting place to dine, with a wide variety of tasty food. The managers and wait staff have also been there for years, a testament to a wonderful working environment.
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4.7
4.7 (1815)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
The Woodlands
About the restaurant
We’re serving up tasty farm-to-kitchen dishes & cocktails out of our from-scratch-only kitchen and bar. Microwave? Never heard of it. We use slow-cooking methods on our live-wood grill, smoker, and spit because food just tastes better that way.
We believe that local is a place as much as it is a way of eating. Everything on our menu is infused with and inspired by the local ingredients available each season. All of this goodness is served to you as you kick your feet up in our rocking chairs, dine at a fancy table, or relax out on our porch.

Top review
DoloresB
Dined 3 days ago
First time visit nd we will be back. Waiter was nice and knowledgeable of the menu. Foods was wonderful
A photo of Vino & Vinyl restaurant
4.7
4.7 (444)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Sugar Land
About the restaurant
Vino & Vinyl is a chef-driven restaurant/supper club, with hand-selected small-production wines, a short craft beer list, music played on vinyl records, and the paintings of local artists on the walls.

Our Happy Hour consists of eight different small-bite food options (like the Chef's Fried Rissoto with tomato sauce, or the Pork Belly Bites with a bourbon glaze!), and a dollar off of all of our wines by the glass.

But dinner is where it's at. Be sure to check out our menu online for all the current offerings! Also, the Chef will offer a feature now and then, so make sure you ask your server upon arrival!

For the music, we play a wide variety of old and new... all on vinyl records!

Top review
NaShawnFvip
Dined 3 days ago
This place was AMAZING! The food was delicious and the service was fantastic. My husband and I have found a new date night place! Highly recommend this jewel:-)
A photo of Warehouse 72 restaurant
4.7
4.7 (746)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Spring Branch
About the restaurant
Warehouse 72 marries industrial aesthetics, commissioned artwork and outstanding hospitality with a Modern American menu inspired by Mediterranean flavors.

Diners may choose from a selection of starters, including seafood offerings such as PEI Mussels and Mediterranean Grilled Octopus. Salazar and his team are making mozzarella in-house, which is being showcased in starters such as the flash-fried mozzarella and bruschetta.

Warehouse 72’s signature dish is Angel Hair Pasta with truffle cream sauce, Parmesan cheese, black pepper, grated fresh black truffles, chives and a touch of truffle oil. There are plenty of hearty main courses to choose from as well, such as Australian Lamb Chop “lollipops” and a hefty 18-ounce, Bone-in Ribeye.

Book your next event at Warehouse 72 in one of our private dining spaces! Email us at tanzinia.reid@warehouse72.com

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
Amazing Mother’s Day Brunch!!! We truly enjoyed it.
A photo of The Union Kitchen (Memorial Dr) restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1954)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Westside
About the restaurant
The Union Kitchen features a unique menu served in a casual atmosphere. Our lunch menu focuses on sandwiches, wraps, entree salads and some of the best burgers in Houston. At dinner, steaks, chops, chicken dishes and seafood take center stage. We have a unique hand selected wine list that complements our cuisine perfectly.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 10, 2024
We had a great time. Wait staff was wonderful and everyone loved their food. Happy hour prices were a bonus. We will be back.
A photo of Relish Restaurant and Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (965)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
River Oaks
About the restaurant

Relish Restaurant & Bar is a neighborhood eatery serving up classic American food with Mediterranean influences. At Relish, we aim to create an environment where absolute guest satisfaction is our highest priority. Through a shared commitment to excellence, we are dedicated to the uncompromising quality of our food, service, and people, while taking exceptional care of our guests and staff. We simply believe food should be uncomplicated, delicious and something to be relished!

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MaggieA
Dined 4 days ago
Delighted lunch and excellent service. Great place for a visit with friends and not feeling rushed. We gather often and this is one of our repeat places. Never disappoints.
A photo of Ale & Ivy restaurant
4.5
4.5 (12)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
The Woodlands
About the restaurant
Ale & Ivy, eat drink and be social, where colorful fun meets exceptional experiences!
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on May 3, 2024
We had great food, especially the crawfish. Service was slow even though the restaurant wasn’t busy. Most servers were just standing around talking to each other. The food made up for it though!
A photo of Savoir restaurant
4.7
4.7 (218)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Heights / Washington
About the restaurant
Savoir is a chef-driven restaurant with an expansive wine program, beautiful ambiance and a service team with a focus on genuine hospitality and creating great experiences for our guests. Chef Robert Hebert brings the freshest ingredients to the table in a simple yet modern way. We want you, our guests, to be able to enjoy dining with us as your weekly go-to neighborhood spot and any special occasions!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
It’s was mine and my girlfriend’s first time to go. We were so pleased we had. We sat in the large windowed seating area providing a nice view of the patio and neighborhood. The real showstopper was the food we did shareable’s and the most delicious array of vegetables, some we had not had before. It was all great. The protein we ate was sea bass and grilled shrimp. Perfectly cooked and seasoned. We will definitely go back. We had to leave for a commitment but we both wanted to try their blackberry cobbler.
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