The 15 Most Romantic Restaurants in Houston

Caviar service in Montrose, chic Heights wine bars, and other date night gems.

Musaafer
Musaafer | Photo by Julie Soefer
Musaafer | Photo by Julie Soefer

Need a little assistance in the romance department? These Houston restaurants will up your game so you don’t have to. Our city’s sexiest, swaggiest restaurants go well beyond your typical candlelit fine dining spot (though we’ve included a few of those, of course). There’s an exotic lounge and breezy patio that’ll make you feel like you’re in a place far, far away from the gritty Bayou City, a lush wine bar where you can make googly eyes over piles of fries, and a 22-seat handroll spot with a naughty-feeling secret bar stashed next door. Here’s exactly where you want to spend your next date night in Houston.

Bludorn
Bludorn | Photo by Julie Soefer

Montrose
What is sexier than Baked Alaska set aflame before your eyes? That’s what you’ll be asking yourself at chef Aaron Bludorn’s absolute whopper of a restaurant, one that’s been steadily sliding into its role as the hottest ticket in town since opening last year. Vamping up the old Pass & Provisions space on Taft, the moodily lit interior makes for an intimate date night, while the breezy outdoor canopy brings the charm with lush greenery and twinkling cafe lights. Both are perfect settings for taking down Bludorn’s refined, satisfying fare, from oysters, foie, and risotto specialities to a gorgeous Lobster Pot Pie for two.
How to book: Reserve via Resy.

Musaafer
Musaafer | Photo by Julie Soefer

Galleria/Uptown
Whisk yourselves off to far-flung place by date nighting in a gilded dining room, cozying up on tufted sofas in a sultry lounge, or wining and dining on a patio inspired by the breezeways of Indian palaces at this well-traveled fine dining spot. Opulence flows abundantly as chef Mayank Istwal churns out seasonally inspired Spice Route dishes bound to titillate the senses. Get the juices flowing with indulgences like Coriander Prawn, Truffle Chaat, and Braised Lamb, and end the journey with a mosaic of rich, silky Kheer scented with saffron and cardamom.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable or order take-out via Toast.

Tonight & Tomorrow
Photo courtesy of Tonight & Tomorrow

Montrose
Tucked away in the luxurious reimagined La Colombe d'Or hotel lies this alluring newcomer, which serves up coastal European cuisine with a side of local intrigue. Whet your appetites with Gulf Crudo paired with a killer caviar service, then linger over Steak Frites, Whole Market Fish, and Ricotta Chantille Honey Cake complemented by a glass of fine Port. Afterwards, keep the vibes going by relocating to the storied hotel bar… or perhaps even a room upstairs.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

Ostia
Ostia | Photo by Jenn Duncan

Montrose
Go ahead and lick your fingers after scarfing down chef Travis McShane’s enviable Roast Chicken—just try to make it sexy while you do. Ostia’s ambiance will help, with tiny tables and mood lighting, an open kitchen firing scratchmade pastas and Whole Branzino, and a verdant greenhouse and patio combo known to ratchet the romance factor up quite a few notches.
How to book: Reserve via Resy or order take-out via Toast.

Nobie's
Nobie's

With a revolving supper menu and plates you’ll definitely want to go Dutch on, this intimate neighborhood staple is where locals do date night right. Pop a few Stuffed Dates and tear into pull-apart Milk Bread with Smoked Trout Roe, swipe right on Roast Chicken and Truffle Jus, and go all Lady and the Tramp on a bowl of Tagliatelle Bolognese. And if there’s a wait, no problem—loosen up with one of beverage director Sarah Troxwell’s excellent libations at the well-stocked bar.
How to book: Reserve via Tock.

Potente
Potente

Downtown
This Downtown stunner oozes sophistication, with a dark and luxe space that evokes a modern Italian villa. Set the mood with a superb bottle of wine, and keep the excitement going with fancy-pants Italian steakhouse gems (think Aleppo-crusted Tonno, housemade Cacio e Pepe hit with black truffles shaved tableside, and a Prime Porterhouse for two). Finish the night with Limoncello-spiked cocktails and a delectable Amaretto Crème Brûlée.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

Savoir Restaurant
Savoir Restaurant

Heights
It may sit in what was once a neglected warehouse, but after a little polishing up, this Heights haunt now has charm for days. Details like exposed brick, plush seating, and tealight candles in Old World-style glassware set the stage for you to flirt over plates of Jasmine Tea-smoked Yellowtail, Five Spice Foie Gras, and Curly Fry Flights, which are obviously the sexiest thing on the menu.
How to book: Reserve via Resy.

BCN Taste & Tradition
BCN Taste & Tradition

Montrose
An exceptional wine list, anchovies straight from the Cantabrian Sea, and desserts like Aged Rum Raisin Catalán Brûlée are just a few of the reasons to bring your date to this Barcelona-inspired fine dining spot. Intoxicatingly good dishes like grilled Spanish Octopus, Foie-stuffed Quail, and Suckling Ibérico Pig are a few more. You’ll find it all tucked away in a quaint 1920s home turned contemporary chic escape in Montrose.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

Rainbow Lodge
Rainbow Lodge

Shady Acres
If you’re looking for a space with character, this lodge-style restaurant in a century-old log cabin on the rolling grounds along White Oak Bayou is your jam. The longtime Houston institution has some serious game—provided your date’s not averse to antler-based decor—as well as some actual game on the menu in the form of venison, elk, and wild boar chops. Cozy up next to the fireplace and settle in for a delightful (and adventurous) night.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable or order take-out online.

Hando
Hando

Heights
There are only 22 seats at this hot new hand-roll sushi bar. Snag a pair and you and your date can go all in on temaki tubes stuffed with toro, yellowtail, scallop, and shrimp katsu, offered a la carte or in sets of three, four, and five. Japanese Highballs and House Spiced Milk Punch only sweeten the deal, as does a neighboring speakeasy-style cocktail den dubbed the Kanpai Club.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or order take-out via Toast.

Doris Metropolitan
Doris Metropolitan

River Oaks
This Israeli steakhouse dry-ages its beef in a chandelier-lit meat locker, while the menu itself takes inspiration from the Middle East with dishes like Cheese-stuffed Beetroot and Demi Glace Sweetbreads. You’ll find luscious, top-quality cuts like Prime Bone-in Ribeye and Japanese A5 Wagyu, and there are even little piles of seasoning on the plate so you can unleash your inner Salt Bae.
How to book: Reserve via Resy.

Bar Boheme
Bar Boheme

Montrose
Is there anything more sensual than sharing a bottle of wine and a mountain of fries? Perhaps only when said wine is consumed on a dreamy, string-lit patio and said fries come absolutely stacked with devilish add-ons like smoked pork shoulder and yellow curry mayo. Did we mention there’s pizza, too? Because there is.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

MAD Houston
MAD Houston

River Oaks District
Sexiness and weirdness often go hand-in-hand, and this avant-garde concept is about as weird as it gets. You’ll feel like you’re going down the rabbit hole as you slice open a tomato only to realize it’s not a tomato at all, but a gelatinous veil for Parmesan Mousse and Pesto over Pumpernickel Crumble. The showy light fixtures and wacky decor are straight out of a Picasso painting, and there’s a top-notch collection of gin to enhance the whimsy.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable, order take-out via Toast, or get delivery via DoorDash.

Mutiny Wine Room
Mutiny Wine Room

Heights
Save a ton on airfare by skipping the flight to Napa and opting instead for a few wine flights at this buzzy Heights tasting room instead. The space screams Cali-cool with its farmhouse looks and superlative library of boutique wines. Pair your grapey sips with Drunken PEI Mussels, Chicken Liver Mousse Toasts, and Pumpkin Butter Pasta.
How to book: Reserve via Resy.

Brenner's on the Bayou
Brenner's on the Bayou

Memorial Park
Nestled into lavish grounds along the banks of the Buffalo Bayou, this wooded retreat has served as backdrop to many a romantic evening (and even some weddings). Maybe it’s the cascading waterfall or dramatic, two-story dining room. Or maybe it’s the Fire-roasted Oysters, Crispy Duck Leg Confit, and steaks of all kinds dripping with truffle butter and Cognac sauce. Regadess, there’s something seductive about this place. Triple bonus points if you start your date with bayouside drinks and live blues at the al fresco Blue Bar.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

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Brooke Viggiano is a Houston-based writer who obviously believes fries are romantic. @ her about it IG @brookiefafa or on Twitter @brookeviggiano.