Where to Eat in Houston Right Now

Breakfast heavy-hitters, jam-packed food halls, and fine dining’s finest.

When it comes to a ravishing meal, Houston’s stunning catalog of eateries, from diminutive to powerhouse, are here to serve. Within a 10 minute drive, Houstonians and visitors looking to liven up their weekend can indulge in a hotbed of cultural cuisines, not to mention a top shelf boozy drink to wash down those flavorful platters. It’s so much to choose from, but don’t worry, Eat Seeker—our carefully curated list of the city’s best places to dine—is here to craft a four course meal for you.

Our latest lineup includes a restaurant teeming with delicious remixes of traditional Cantonese dishes, a breakfast (with a hint of lunch) joint overflowing in dreamy egg and waffle specials, and an eccentric bistro whose menu is coated in Southern-meets-European flare. Foodies, start your engines.

Dumpling Haus
Dumpling Haus | Photo by Roger Tam Photography

Dumpling Haus

Washington Avenue

The gist: Since 2016, this mouth-watering gem has been polishing their Cantonese-style dishes with local ingredients and family tradition. Self-trained gourmand Elaine Won originally began Dumpling Haus as a pop-up with her daughters Amiley and Ashley, bouncing from flourishing farmers markets to holy grail watering holes around the city. It wasn’t long before customers realized that weekend-only servings of their plump dumplings and utterly delectable noodle soups weren’t enough, and this family-run eatery scored a brick and mortar spot in the ever-growing Sawyer Yards.
The food: Beloved (obviously) for their pillowy dumplings, guests can also score additions like steamy Braised Pork Belly and marinated BBQ chicken-laden Rice Bowls tossed with chili oil, and veggies, and aromatic protein-stuffed Wonton Soup peppered with green onions. Dip a spoon into the “haus favorite” Vegan Fried Rice stocked with oyster mushrooms, carrots and peas galore—or indulge in all three, it’s that good.
The cost: Dumplings $8, noodle soups $10 - $13, signature bowls $9 - $10, fried rice $10 - $12, soft drinks $1 - $3.50, sides $.50 - $4.50.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating, order take-out via Toast.

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The gist: Normally, approaching your favorite restaurant and spotting a line wrapping around the corner is a total nightmare—but for this star-studded haven, it’s well worth it. The Breakfast Klub boasts a breakfast drip so legendary that even Third Ward’s own Beyonce regularly stops by when visiting the city. If it’s Bey-approved, it’s definitely Houston-approved.
The food: Sprint, not walk, to this cozy establishment when hankering for a “cheezy” breakfast sandwich loaded with savory meats and scrambled eggs, buttery (and ridiculously creamy) grits paired with crispy chicken, or pillowy buttermilk biscuits doused in thick sausage-laden gravy. The lunch menu (served only after 11 am) is pretty delicious, too, decked out with familiar favorites like hearty salad and soup combos.
The cost: Plates $9.75 - $15.95, breakfast and lunch sandwiches $8.95 - $14.75, salads $13.50.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or order take-out via Toast.

The gist: Every hustlin’ and bustlin’ city should have an outpost or two that matches its lively energy. For H-town, that’s Nancy’s Hustle. This buzzing bistro has only been around for a little over two years, yet has attracted a loyal following among both Texas- and non-Texas-based crowds. Emphasis on the word “crowd”—if you want to witness the well-deserved hype, be prepared to squeeze.
The food: Chow down on flaky Grilled Rockfish served in an unforgettable butter bean puree and pickled peppers, or cleanse your palate between bites of Smoked Trout and thickly cut Fries with a small Green Salad drizzled with Dijon dressing and diced apples.
The cost: Starters and mains $5 - $29, cocktails $11 - $12, desserts $10 - $12.

Available for Reservations
Georgia James Tavern
Georgia James Tavern | Photo by Julie Soefer

The gist: This casual little sibling to Underbelly Hospitality’s Georgia James opened at the end of July, bringing Old Hollywood vibes and GJ’s beloved cast-iron steaks to the ground floor of Market Square Tower. Chef de cuisine Matthew “Tally” Coburn (an Underbelly alum) runs the kitchen while pastry director Victoria Dearmond crafts crave-worthy desserts.
The food: Gorgeous hunks of perfectly seared beef ride alongside classy everyday fare driven by high-quality ingredients and technique. Expect hearth-roasted oysters dripping in green garlic-chili butter, confit chicken wings with candied peanuts, and a Tavern Burger made with 44 Farms beef, house pickles, and smoked onion fancy sauce. Finish with Dearmond’s wood-fired apple crumble a la mode—topped with bourbon ice cream, obviously.
The cost: Starters and small plates $14 - $25, sandwiches $18 - $25, mains $36 - $85, desserts $6 - $12, beer and wine by the glass $5 - $20, cocktails $10 - $18.
How to book: Reserve via Resy.

Available for Reservations
Le Jardinier
Le Jardinier | Photo by Emily Chan

Le Jardinier

Museum District

The gist: Michelin star chef Alain Verzeroli, who worked under late culinary legend Jöel Robuchon for nearly 20 years, masterfully harnesses the power of peak-season ingredients at this artful French restaurant. Tucked away in the Museum of Fine Arts campus, guests can wine and dine in full view of the majestic sculpture garden.
The food: With Le Jardinier—French for “the gardener”—sporting a menu of well-balanced creations, guests with diverse palettes will have no problem scoring a dish overflowing with nutrients. Seafood lovers can bask in the buttery King Kampachi, emblazoned with squash and white sesame, while health nuts can slice into a grass-fed Tenderloin partnered with nutty ratte potatoes and gem lettuce. Pastry chef—and fellow Michelin Star recipient—Salvatore Martone’s desserts, like the Venezuelen Dark Chocolate Crémeux draped in salty caramel sabayon, are equally as stunning.
The cost: Seasonal tasting menus $130 - $240, a la carte starters $18 - $34, a la carte mains $30 - $48, a la carte desserts $15 - $25, a la carte cocktails and wine by the glass $13 - $34.

Available for Reservations
ReikiNa
ReikiNa | Photo by Kat Ambrose

ReikiNa

Memorial City

The gist: Uchi alum Thomas Stacy brings his culinary chops to life in a thought-provoking Japanese concept in CityCentre. Guests can book a seat at the 20-person communal table and marvel at eight-course presentations from the restaurant’s private tasting menu. Even though well-crafted cuisines are gorgeous to look at, that’s not the only supreme view eaters will have—the restaurant’s intimate interior is decked out with a backdrop of vintage vinyl tunes and a 105-foot-long gallery wall featuring works from local artists.
The food: Highlighting Asian flavors through a European lens, expect Stacy and team—including sous chef Jacob Larimore (MAD, BCN) and pastry chef Carla Briseño (MAD, BCN, Roka Akor)—to switch up the tasting menus every six to eight weeks. Past highlights include plates of Char Siu Heritage Pork Belly and Tart Cherry Bao, Octopus Carpaccio with yuzu vinaigrette, and “Duck Duck Goose” Dumplings in blueberry-spiked hoisin.
The cost: Tasting menus $150 - $246.50, a la carte cafe dishes $18 - $30, soft drinks $14, cocktails $12 - $16, beer, sake, and wine by the glass $7 - $25.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating at the cafe, Wednesday through Saturday from 4:30 to 10 pm.

Available for Reservations

Railway Heights

Washington

The gist: This highly anticipated two-story food hall hails from the minds behind Houston’s very first food hall, Conservatory, as well as its chef-driven follow up, Bravery Chef Hall (long story short, these folks know their way around a marketplace). Its early August soft opening brings a combination of food and drink vendors, restaurants, and art and retail outposts, while awesome additions like a beer garden, coffee bar, dog park, and farmers market are slated to debut soon.
The food: Some of Houston’s hottest purveyors set up shop alongside exciting newcomers, with over a dozen spots already open. Current and upcoming standouts include Polish comfort food slinger Pierogi Queen, Japanese sandwich concept Sando, Mykuna, a Latin-Asian spot from chef David Guerrero (of Andes Cafe fame), sweets specialist Scoop Craft Creamery, and BOH Slice, a spinoff of chef Ben McPherson’s BOH Pizza & Pasta.
The cost: Menu prices vary by vendor.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

The Lounge at March Restaurant
March private dining room | Photo courtesy of Julie Soefer Photography

March

Montrose

The gist: After much anticipation, the Goodnight Hospitality team (Rosie Cannonball, Montrose Cheese & Wine) fittingly opened the doors to this stunning Mediterranean tasting menu emporium back in March.
The food: Chef-partner Felipe Riccio whisks diners through a modern, Levant-oriented journey in six or nine courses, which might range from Snapper Crudo with chermoula to Couscous with fennel and urchin. Helmed by an all-star team spanning beverage director Mark Sayre, master sommelier and partner June Rodil, and bar manager Alex Negranza, the wine and cocktail programs are also of note—and make good use of the 11,000-bottle-deep cellar lurking below.
The cost: Tasting menus $175-$225, additional wine pairings $70 - $180.

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Tonight And Tomorrow
Tonight & Tomorrow | Photo courtesy of COMOcreatives

The gist: As part of boutique hotel La Colombe d’Or’s grand reopening comes this luxuriously renovated day-to-night restaurant spotlighting Chef Jonathan Wicks’ modern European cuisine with a Houston twist—all in the stately dining room of a 1920s mansion.
The food: Stop in for varied breakfast options like Chilaquiles, Bagels and Lox, and a Sourdough Tartine served with avocado, egg yolk, and furikake. Dinner is a similarly international affair, from the appetizers (Curried Carrots with labneh, fresh-caught Gulf Crudo) down to the entrees (Bucatini with squash and heirloom tomatoes, Red Snapper served Vietnamese-style with vermicelli, chili, and basil). Similar to the bistro’s neighboring tavern Bar No. 3, Tonight & Tomorrow coolly boasts references to creative visionary Wes Anderson and his film Rushmore with a Bourbon-spiked Cold Brew Cocktail.
The cost: Starters $13 - $22, dinner mains $38 - $40, lunch, breakfast, and brunch mains $14 - $40, cocktails $15, soft drinks $8.

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The gist: The brainchild of Chinese-American brothers Robin and Terry Wong and pitmaster Quy Hoang, this critically-acclaimed Asian-inflected ‘cue joint churns out a daily menu that offers new discoveries with each visit.
The food: Beyond staples like Brisket Fried Rice and the Pulled Pork-stuffed Pig Moe Sandwich, recent offerings have included Vietnamese Thit Nuong Pork Belly done in the style of burnt ends and Mexican-inspired Seared Octopus served with chimichurri and street corn. With the Blood Bros. team teasing two new concepts, LuLoo’s Pantry and LuLoo’s Bodega, set to open later this year, there’s never been a better time to get reacquainted with their genre-defying take on Texas fare.
The cost: Meat by the pound $16 - $24, sides and shareables $12 - $60, cocktails $9 - $10.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

Bludorn
Bludorn Restaurant | Photo by Julie Soefer

Bludorn

Montrose

The gist: Chef Aaron Bludorn’s namesake restaurant and all-around New American stunner may have been the best thing to come out of Houston in 2020. It’s the first solo project for the former Café Boulud chef, who is married to Victoria Pappas of the local Pappas restaurant empire.
The food: Set in the former Pass & Provisions space on Taft, Bludorn shows off the chef’s skillful European technique alongside a much-welcomed punch of Gulf Coast love via next level dishes including a brioche donut and foie gras, Gulf cioppino, lobster pot pie, and a baked Alaska you never knew you needed. Snag a reservation to see what all the deserved fuss is about.
The cost: Dinner shareables and mains $13 - Market Price.

Available for Delivery/Takeout
Available for Reservations

UME

Heights

The gist: This riveting sushi bar experience comes from the genius team behind MF Sushi, including sushi guru and chef Chris Kinjo, AKA “Magic Fingers.”
The food: Compared to lil’ bro MF Sushi, this concept bears a more casual silhouette. Sitting right on White Oak, UME offers a thoughtful landscape of eats from Grilled Whole Squid and Wood-smoked Hamachi to a tour de force of sushi and sashimi.
The cost: Small plates and starters $3 - $20, sushi and sashimi $3 - $35.

Available for Reservations

93 ‘til

Montrose

The gist: Cali-raised chefs Gary Ly (Underbelly) and Lung Ly spent some time cooking and hanging out in tiny record-strewn dives in NYC together before returning to Houston to open up this super cool kitchen, bar, and lounge. Stashed inside the former Night Heron space, its name is a nod to hip hop legends Souls of Mischief’s song “93 ‘Til Infinity,” and that chill vibe carries throughout the experience.
The food: Expect good tunes and even better food, with playful, cheffy plates like Foie Gras Torchon PB&J mixing with comfort grub from Fried Chicken Sandwiches to Pork Cheek Shepherd’s Pie.
The cost: Brunch plates $10 - $22, dinner plates $12 - $25, cocktails $10 - $15, beer and wine by the glass $3 - $17.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

Ostia
Ostia dinner | Photo by Jenn Duncan

Ostia

Montrose

The gist: Hometown chef Travis McShane brings his impressive culinary chops back to Houston, with a damn good roast chicken by his side.
The food: McShane, a Houston native who climbed the ranks in acclaimed chef Jonathan Waxman’s haunts from Barbuto in New York to Adele’s in Nashville, plays with Mediterranean- and Italian-influenced New American fare. Don’t miss the Half Chicken, a simple stunner with lemon, salsa verde, and herb jus, or the ever-changing lineup of gnocchi, bucatini, linguine, and other fresh pasta favorites.
The cost: Brunch and lunch mains $8 - $45, dinner mains $10 - $45.
How to book: Order take-out via Toast.

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The gist: The talented crew behind Nancy’s Hustle has created another home-run neighborhood joint on Houston’s east side.
The food: This time, the team moves its attention to pastas, pizzas, small plates, and ice creams by the scoop. Bring a friend and grub on Mortadella Tortellini, Blue Crab and Chili Butter Polenta, Fried Mussels and aioli, and pies topped with everything from anchovy and garlic to pineapple, speck, and jalapeño. For dessert, you’ll want some of that ice cream—think piles of Mint Stracciatella, Meyer Lemon Sorbet, and Toasted Almond finished with olive oil, maldon sea salt, and labhen whip.
The cost: Small plates $6 - $18, pastas and pizzas $10 - $21, desserts $5 - $9.
How to book: Order take-out via Toast.

Available for Reservations

The gist: You’ll find a multitude of creative tastings at this sushi hideaway tucked into an office building off West Alabama. Billy Kin, who caught all of our attention at the now-closed Blackbird Izakaya, is the man behind the scenes here, promising a world-class journey through Japanese delights.
The food: A5 wagyu sliders stacked with Hudson Valley foie gras, exquisite truffle and scallop sushi, and oysters with Japanese salmon caviar are just a few of the enticements. Kin puts out a multi-course omakase—AKA an intimate chef-led menu progression—and you’ll definitely want to be one of the lucky 14 diners to experience it (trust).
The cost: Tasting menus $175, BYOB corkage fee $20.

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Street To Kitchen
Photo by Kirsten Gilliam

The gist: Chef Benchawan Jabthong Painter (who grew up in Thailand and cut his chops at spots like Theodore Rex) dishes out unapologetically traditional Thai cuisine at this street food mecca in the far East End.
The food: When Painter says her food is “unapologetically Thai,” she means she’s not using any sugary, watered down, readymade short cuts. Everything is legit made from scratch in her kitchen, from the steamed ork and Shiitake Kanom Jib Dumplings and spicy northeastern-style Larb to Rice Noodle Shrimp Pad Thai and fiery Green Curry. You’ll also want to try your new favorite Fried Chicken, dished up extra crispy with fried lemongrass and a delectable chili-cilantro sauce at its side.
The cost: All day menu $6 - $18, sides $3.

Available for Delivery/Takeout
Available for Reservations
Musaafer
Musaafer | Musaafer

Musaafer

Galleria

The gist: The duo behind Dubai’s Spice Route Co tapped rising star chef Mayank Istwal to show off the fare of his native India in an over-the-top dining experience.
The food: A mix of traditional and cutting edge eats match the majestic atmosphere at this extraordinary Indian concept. Expect dramatic presentations of pani puri (filled with fresh ceviche, no less), gorgeous stuffed squash blossoms, fiery smoked goat meat, and butter chicken done three ways. 
The cost: Starters $16 - $29, dinner mains $16 - $38, brunch mains $20 - $30, dessert $18 - $25.
How to book: Order take-out via Toast.

Available for Reservations
One Fifth Mediterranean
One Fifth Houston | Photo by Jacklyn Warren for StarChefs

One Fifth

Montrose

The gist: This game-changing restaurant from chef and local hero Chris Shepherd and his talented team—including but not limited to chef de cuisine Matt Staph, culinary director Nick Fine, and pastry director Victoria Dearmond—shifts its focus to red sauce Italian for its final run.
The food: After taking a turn through steaks, pastas, oysters, kabobs, and more, the dynamic crew at One Fifth is cheff-ing it up Italian-style with a bill of familiar comforts in all their red sauce-drenched glory. We’re talking homestyle Spaghetti and Meatballs, luscious baked pastas, ooey-gooey Chicken Parm, and a New York-style Cheesecake to rival anything Brooklyn has to offer.
The cost: Starters $12 - $24, mains $17 - $145, pastas $22 - $29, desserts $12.

Available for Delivery/Takeout
Available for Reservations

The gist: Downtown’s cool factor cranked up at least 10 levels when these talented chefs (including Uchi veterans Daniel Lee and Patrick Pham, MasterChef winner Christina Ha, and others) took center stage inside this glossy modern food hall.
The food: Start by making a killer smörgasbord of Vietnamese street eats from The Blind Goat and Korean Bibimbap from sister concept The Sighted Pig before embracing BOH Pasta & Pizza's alarmingly good pastas and Roman-style Pizza al Taglio. Change things up with first-class sushi and yakitori from Kokoro or double-down on Texas Ribeye from wood-burning steakhouse Cherry Block Craft Butcher. Elsewhere, chargrilled oysters and lobster from Margaux's Oyster Bar demand a date night return. Done and dusted.
The cost: Menu prices vary by vendor.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or order take-out and delivery via Toast.

Squable

Heights

The gist: The mod, Euro-style bistro comes from the powerhouse trio behind Better Luck Tomorrow, which includes bar genius Bobby Heugel, culinary whiz Justin Yu, and restaurateur Steve Flippo.
The food: With a kitchen backed by Mark Clayton and team, menu offerings like Pasta a la Béarnaise, Mussels Bruschetta, and the French Cheeseburger—in which a perfectly fatty beef patty and a gorgeous house-baked pain de mie bun are made all the more mouthwatering by an oozing cascade of Raclette cheese—certainly hit the spot. Add retail-priced wine, take a look at Sunday brunch, and hit up the baller Sunday steak night.
The cost: Small plates $8 - $20, pastas and mains $16 - $35, desserts $10 - $12.
How to book: Order take-out via Toast.

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Brooke Viggiano is a Houston-based writer who thinks she may need to book some of these properties before y’all do. Let her know if you beat her to it on IG @brookiefafa or on Twitter @brookeviggiano.
Dan Q. Dao is a New York City-based freelance writer and editor covering food, drink, culture, and travel.
Adrianne Reece is a contributor for Thrillist.