Houston and Galveston Restaurants

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  • 1. Max's Wine Dive

    $$ | Memorial Park

    Come to this loud, silicone-and-Rolex-filled place with a big appetite and a taste for a great selection of Texas and world-wide wines. This local favorite...Read More

  • 2. Américas

    $$$ | Uptown/River Oaks

    A colorful mosaic-tiled, multistoried room delivers outstanding New World cuisine that includes roasted pork filet mignon with grilled shrimp and lump crabmeat and the crowd-favorite...Read More

  • 3. Arcodoro

    $$$$ | Uptown

    With executive chefs hailing from Sardinia, Italy, Arcodoro is the place to go for authentic Sardinian cuisine. The various pasta dishes, such as artichoke-filled ravioli...Read More

  • 4. Armandos

    $$$ | River Oaks

    Don't look for the sign—there isn't one at this clubby, see-and-be-seen River Oaks sorta-Tex-Mex favorite. Armando Palacios's eponymous eatery—fashioned after 1920s Mexico City—is consistently packed...Read More

  • 5. Baba Yega Restaurant

    $$ | Montrose

    An excellent choice for vegetarian cuisine, this eclectic bungalow in the Montrose neighborhood serves an avocado-and-mushroom-topped veggie burger plate that has been popular since 1975....Read More

  • 6. benjy's in the village

    $$ | Rice Village

    The self-designated "modern American cuisine" continues to evolve, but the cool factor and the quality remain the same at this Rice Village mainstay. Owners Benjy...Read More

  • 7. Bistro Lancaster

    $$$$ | Downtown

    Breakfast—make that power breakfast—and lunch are popular with the business set at this small, classy restaurant in the Lancaster Hotel downtown, but dinner is the...Read More

  • 8. Brennan's

    $$$$ | Downtown

    A cousin of New Orleans's Commander's Palace, Brennan's puts a Texas spin on Creole cuisine. This is one of the few restaurants in Houston where...Read More

  • 9. Carrabba's

    $$ | River Oaks

    After all these years, the original location of Carrabba's remains the busy and quintessential Inner Loop destination for reliable, Americanized Italian cooking. This location is...Read More

  • 10. Chuy's

    $$ | River Oaks

    Part wacky Tex-Mex restaurant, part shrine to Elvis, dogs, and hubcaps, and part kitschy gift shop, Chuy's is a true Texas original. Always busy and...Read More

  • 11. Damian's Cucina Italiana

    $$$ | Downtown

    "Timeless" is the word for this sophisticated, authentic Tuscan restaurant located where downtown becomes midtown. It's been a business luncheon favorite for more than 20...Read More

  • 12. Dolce Vita

    $$ | Montrose

    For fresh gourmet pizzas and interesting starters, head directly to buzzing Dolce Vita on lower Westheimer's restaurant row. Extremely casual, with gracious dining areas scattered...Read More

  • 13. El Tiempo

    $$ | Memorial Park

    Wildly popular and wildly good, El Tiempo on Washington (there are other locations on Richmond and Montrose) is the go-to Mexican restaurant for socialites, families,...Read More

  • 14. Fisherman's Wharf


    Even though Landry's has taken over this harborside institution, locals keep coming here for the reliably fresh seafood and reasonable prices. Dine indoors or watch...Read More

  • 15. Goode Company Texas Bar-B-Q

    $$ | West University

    Down-home Texas barbecue is prepared ranch-style—mesquite-smoked and served with tasty red sauce. Patrons young and old line up on the sidewalk to eat at picnic...Read More

  • 16. Ibiza

    $$$$ | Midtown

    Gutsy, sometimes playful cuisine prepared by Chef Charles Clark is served in a bustling Midtown dining room as seductive as its namesake island off the...Read More

  • 17. Irma's Original

    $$ | Downtown

    Irma and her family dish out home-style Mexican specialties to a wait-in-line breakfast and lunch crowd (weekdays only) of lawyers, judges, cube-dwellers, and sports fans....Read More

  • 18. La Griglia

    $$$ | River Oaks

    You know you've come to a dining hot spot when you're greeted by the cement handprints of local notables outside the front doors of the...Read More

  • 19. Las Alamedas

    $$$ | Memorial Park

    You could forget you're in the city at the grand hacienda of Las Alamedas, which overlooks a peaceful wooded ravine in Memorial. The menu is...Read More

  • 20. Mosquito Café


    This popular eatery in Galveston's historic East End serves fresh, contemporary food—including some vegetarian dishes—in a hip, high-ceilinged dining room and on an outdoor patio....Read More

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