Top Restaurants in Houston, Texas
Having lived in Houston since 1989, I have entertained clients and guest for over 30 years and dined at many of Houston’s finest restaurants as well at some dives with incredible food. I have learned not to judge a restaurant by it’s street appeal. although I was often right. Here are a few of our top favorites and surprises in no particular order!
To my tasting, Sorrento is the finest italian restaurant based on food quality, atmosphere and service. I have eaten 3 of the top 10 meals of my life there. The staff is attentive and response to any challenges you might have as well. We Sunday brunch there often.
Bistecca is a wonderful, modern stylish setting with old world Italian Steak focus. The chef is incredible and creates unique appetizers and cuisine to die for. Table side carving, a great bar, wait staff extraordinaire and a location on Westheimer, just into montrose. I love the lunch menu and take clients and friends there often. It is a great meeting place for lunch as well as drinks after work, that also just happens to serve some of the best steaks in Houston.
Perry’s has been around for over 30 years as a great American Grill. We have seen their growth from a couple of locations in the Clear Lake/Friendswood area to over 7 in the Houston area and over 17 locations total in Texas, Colorado, Illinois, North Carolina and Alabama.
Built on excellent food, service and fine dining appointments, I have personally eaten at every location in Houston with one exception. Believe me, I will get there soon. (River Oaks). The steaks are incredible and the flaming deserts a favorite. We have had two (2) pre-wedding rehearsal dinners there.
Although new to the Kemah area, this restaurant located in a vintage home off the main road is a gem as well as a fantastic place to dine. The steaks are aged to perfection and the seafood is, um, incredible! Perfect place for date night or a family dinner. Check their web site for live music schedules.
When I was a lad in 8th grade, I visited New Orleans and at at several of the best restaurants in the city. I fell in love with Commander’s Palace and the Louisiana Creole cuisine. Brennan’s is a sister restaurant, offering the freshest local ingredients, exceptional dining, including many original creations among their award-winning cuisine. They have so much to offer in their just-south-of-downtown location on Smith Street. I promise you will not regret going, only leaving!
Dry Aged “in house” beef to perfection. One of the top ten meals of my life was in Pappas Brothers in 1998. I ordered a beautiful medium rare Prime Ribeye (16oz.) and two (2) sides. The first bite of that steak earned them my loyalty for life. The best I had ever had. Since then I have had several equally as good. Ok, they were all at the same place. The sides were creamed spinach and Au Gratin Potatoes. Call for reservations.
Aside from having the best Artichoke/Spinach dip in the world, Houston’s has a wonderful selection of dishes, including some excellent steaks, chicken and ribs. This is a go to place in the afternoon for social hour at the bar and dining. There are two locations in Houston.
I did list the Pappas Brothers Steak house separately, but, in order to save reading, if you see a Pappasito’s, PappaDeaux, Pappas Seafood, Pappas Barbecue or Mama Mia’s you know it is a great place to dine. I have my favorite, but they are all good. All are well run, food quality is consistently excellent and the service quality is generally a 7 or above.
B&B Butchers & Restaurant offers USDA Prime beef and superior meats, all dry-aged and hand cut daily in The Butcher Shop. Wagyu Carpaccio, raw bar selections, fresh seafood and classics such as Châteaubriand for two, Surf and Turf beef Wellington are served. The lunch menu, which is entirely different from the dinner menu, is excellent. Visit their website for menus and more information.