Restaurants you can't miss while visiting Houston

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- If you're visiting Houston for the Manchester Derby, you're in for a culinary adventure. The Bayou City is known for its vibrant food scene, and restaurants around the area offer nearly every different kind of cuisine imaginable.

On this page, we've compiled a list of the Houston area's best restaurants, all organized by neighborhood and/or city. Explore the map below to see eateries near you, or scroll down to see a text list with names, descriptions, addresses and websites.


Galleria-area eateries (southwest)

  • Caracol (2200 Post Oak Blvd, Suite #160) -- Upscale coastal Mexican cuisine by James Beard Award - nominate chef Hugo Ortega

  • La Table (1800 Post Oak Blvd) -- Modern French-American restaurant, with bar and bakery

  • Kenny & Ziggy's (2327 Post Oak Blvd) -- New York-style deli serving generous portions

  • Shake Shack (5015 Westheimer Rd, Space A2411) -- Famous New York-based burger joint, serving the classics

  • Peli Peli (5085 Westheimer Rd) -- Bold, flavorful South African dishes served in a colorful, energetic environment

  • Le Colonial (4444 Westheimer Rd G-140) -- French-Vietnamese colonial cuisine served in elegant environs

  • Hopdoddy (4444 Westheimer Rd H100) -- Burger joint serving a creative spin on the classics, plus craft cocktails

  • Steak 48 (4444 Westheimer Rd, A-100) -- Trendy, upscale steakhouse

  • Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette (4224 San Felipe St) -- A creative take on Gulf Coast cuisine served a modern, clean interior

  • Ouisie's Table (3939 San Felipe St) -- A Houston institution serving southern dishes in a pretty setting

  • Pondicheri (2800 Kirby Dr B132) -- Indian street food and combo dishes served in a sleek, casual environment

  • Escalante's (4053 Westheimer Rd) -- Tex-Mex cuisine in an lively environment, family-friendly

Downtown (central)

  • The Grove Houston (1611 Lamar St) -- Fine dining in the heart of Discovery Green

  • Vic & Anthony's (1510 Texas Ave) -- Elegant restaurant with traditional steakhouse offerings

  • Quattro at the Four Seasons (1300 Lamar St) -- Modern Italian cuisine served inside the Four Seasons Hotel

  • Ninfa's on Navigation (2704 Navigation Blvd) -- A Houston institution serving margaritas, fajitas, and other Tex-Mex favorites

  • Andes Cafe (2311 Canal St, #104) -- Casual BYOB restaurant serving authentic Central and South American dishes, BYOB

  • Hunyh (912 Emmanuel St) -- Homestyle Vietnamese fare such as spring rolls & rice plates, BYOB

  • Tout Suite (2001 Commerce St) -- Industrial-chic café and bakery serving coffee

  • Phoenicia Specialty Foods (1001 Austin St) -- Mediterranean market and café, good for take-out

  • Pappasito's Cantina (1600 Lamar St) -- Tex-Mex favorite with margaritas

  • Hupcap Grill (1111 Prairie St) -- No-frills burger bar

  • Prohibition Supperclub & Bar (1008 Prairie St) -- Decadent dinner and bites, burlesque theatre

  • Batanga (908 Congress Ave) -- Buzzy, industrial eatery in an 1800s saloon featuring Pan-Latin small plates, live music & a patio

  • Niko Niko (2520 Montrose Blvd) -- Classic Greek eats draw large crowds at this no-frills spot serving gyros, cabbage rolls & more

  • Barnaby's (1701 S Shepherd Dr) -- Local chain member offering American comfort food in pooch-themed digs with a dog-friendly patio

  • El Big Bad (419 Travis St) -- Bi-level bar & cantina serving a host of tequilas, margaritas & Mexican eats in a muraled setting

  • Treebeard's (315 Travis St) -- Local chain offering a menu of Southern comfort-food classics, open weekday lunch

Midtown (central)

  • Brennan's (3300 Smith St) -- New Orleans character & cuisine shine at this decadent eatery serving turtle soup, oysters & more

  • Weights & Measures (2808 Caroline St) -- Bakery in an industrial space offers bread, donuts & pastries made daily in-house

  • Cyclone Anaya (309 W Gray St #111) -- Local go-to for potent margaritas & familiar Tex-Mex fare with happy hour & outdoor seating

City Centre (west)

  • Ruggles Green (801 Town and Country Blvd) -- Health-conscious spot with a wide variety of vegan, vegetarian & gluten-free menu items

  • Monnalisa (800 Sorella Ct) -- Stylish lounge at Hotel Sorella featuring a fireplace & poolside patio, plus an American tapas menu

  • Taste of Texas (10505 Katy Fwy) -- Huge steaks from an on-site butcher shop & a vast salad bar star at this family-friendly steakhouse

  • Escalante's (12821 Kimberly Ln #10) -- Tex-Mex cantina with a vibe that's both family-friendly & happening, plus a weekend brunch menu

  • Grub Burger Bar (799 Town and Country Blvd #200) -- Vibrant, contemporary outpost of a small chain known for its innovative specialty burgers & drinks

NRG Park area

  • Original Timmy Chan (5926 Scott St) -- Chinese food, wings, and waffles

  • Mama's Oven (9295 Main St) -- Casual Southern soul food

  • Antone's Import Co. (8057 Kirby Dr) -- Deli-style poboys complete with signature "chow chow"

  • Houston's Famous Deli (2130 Holly Hall St) -- No-frills joint serving deli classics, including muffaletta, hot & cold subs, salads & sides


If you're staying out in the suburbs, you can't miss these local eateries:

Sugar Land (west of Houston)

  • Guru Burger & Crepes (2268 Texas Dr) -- Burgers and crepes from local ingredients

  • Benihana (2579 Town Center Blvd N) -- Hibichi-style Japanese dining

  • Texas de Brazil (16535 Southwest Fwy #2001) -- Brazilian churrascaria with all-you-can-eat meat carved tableside, salad bar

  • Aura Brasserie (15977 City Walk) -- French-American fine dining

  • Mia Bella Trattoria (16535 Southwest Fwy #2510) -- Traditional Italian restaurant, family-friendly

Galveston (southeast of Houston)

  • Shrimp and Stuff (3901 Avenue O) -- Fried seafood, hush puppies & gumbo fill the menu at this cozy seafood spot with a shady patio.

  • Farley Girls Café (801 Postoffice St) -- This cute, counter-order café offers sandwiches, salads, mains and weekend brunch

  • Brews Brothers Brew Pub (2404 Strand St) -- Craft beers and bar bites are offered at this inviting brewpub

  • Mosquito Cafe (628 14th St) -- A local favorite known for brunch, served in an 1870's building

  • The Spot (3204 Seawall Blvd) -- Burgers, seafood, house-made desserts with a Gulf view

  • Gaido's (3828 Seawall Blvd) -- A Galvestion institution since 1911, serving classic gulf seafood dishes with old-school elegance

The Woodlands (north of Houston)

  • Mi Cocina (1201 Lake Woodlands Dr) -- Modern chain for classic & innovative Tex-Mex plates, plus frozen cocktails, in stylish surrounds

  • Grimaldi's Pizzeria (20 Waterway Ave #100) -- Casual, Brooklyn-based pizzeria chain serving brick-oven pies & calzones plus wine & beer

  • Jasper's (9595 Six Pines Dr) -- Upscale grill turns out creative takes on home-style American barbecue dishes in a modern setting

  • Amerigo's Grille (25250 Grogans Park Dr) -- Live piano tunes enliven this elegant Italian venue with an ambitious menu & a lengthy wine list

  • Black Walnut Cafe (9000 New Trails Dr) -- Branch of a warm, casual chain offering American fare for breakfast, lunch & dinner & a full bar


As you travel in and out of town, check out these airport-area restaurants:

George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)

  • Urban Crave (2800 N Terminal Rd) -- Hip airport pit stop serving internationally inspired street food, from tacos to burgers to ceviche

  • Upper Crust (2800 N Terminal Rd) -- Sandwiches in Terminal D

William P. Hobby Airport (HOU)

  • Frank's Diner (4702 Telephone Rd) -- Huge plates of pancakes & other American classics star at this daytime-only, no-nonsense diner

  • C&D Burger Shoppe (10606 Fuqua St) -- No-frills burger joint

  • Tel-Wink Grill (4318 Telephone Rd) -- Unpretentious diner serving classic American comfort food for breakfast & lunch

  • Casarez (887 Edgebrook Dr) -- Neighborhood Mexican joint serving tacos, fajitas, Tex-Mex eats & other basics in relaxed surrounds

  • City Cafe (513 College Ave) -- Hearty Texas-style breakfasts and steam table lunches

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