Houston and Galveston Restaurants

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  • 1. Dharma Cafe

    $$ | Downtown | American

    On rapidly gentrifying Houston Avenue—in a historic industrial building that's beginning to be surrounded by new town houses—cool, laid-back...Read More

  • 2. Max's Wine Dive

    $$ | Memorial Park | American

    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...Read More

  • 3. Strip House

    $$$ | Downtown | Steakhouse

    Naughty vintage pinups fill the walls of this sexy downtown steak house, where the menu is chock-a-block with old-school prime cuts of beef...Read More

  • 4. t'afia

    $$ | Midtown | Mediterranean

    Sleek and open t'afia's coastal Mediterranean cuisine blasted with local ingredients is a consistently great dining choice in the Midtown/Montrose...Read More

  • 5. Américas

    $$ | Uptown | Latin American

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

  • 6. Arcodoro

    $$$ | Uptown | Italian

    With executive chefs hailing from Sardinia, Italy—whose cookbook, Sweet Myrtle and Bitter Honey, was published in 2007—Arcodoro is the place...Read More

  • 7. Armandos

    $$ | River Oaks | American

    Don't look for the sign—there isn't one at this clubby, see-and-be-seen River Oaks sorta-Tex-Mex favorite. Re-opened in its third incarnation...Read More

  • 8. Baba Yega Restaurant

    $ | Montrose | Vegetarian

    An excellent choice for vegetarian cuisine, this eclectic bungalow in the Montrose neighborhood serves an avocado-and-mushroom-topped veggie...Read More

  • 9. benjy's in the village

    $$ | Rice Village | American

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

  • 10. Bistro Lancaster

    $$$ | Downtown | American

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

  • 11. Brennan's

    $$$ | Downtown | American

    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

  • 12. Carrabba's

    $$ | River Oaks | Italian

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

  • 13. Catalan Food & Wine

    $$$ | Memorial Park | Spanish

    From the people who brought Houston Ibiza Restaurant and Lounge comes Catalan Food and Wine Bar, a smashing Spanish tapas emporium with consistently...Read More

  • 14. Chuy's

    $ | River Oaks | American

    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...Read More

  • 15. Daily Review Cafe

    $$ | Montrose | American

    This casual eatery housed in a former printing plant proves that comfort food and urbanity can coexist. The menu's appeal is as broad as the...Read More

  • 16. Damian's Cucina Italiana

    $$ | Downtown | Italian

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

  • 17. Dolce Vita

    $ | Montrose | Italian

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

  • 18. El Tiempo

    $ | Memorial Park | American

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

  • 19. Fisherman's Wharf

    $$$ | Seafood

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

  • 20. Goode Company Texas Bar-B-Q

    $ | West University | Barbecue

    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...Read More

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