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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in Houston

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Updated 05 April 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants in Houston? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyses nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favourite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Roost Houston restaurant
4.9
4.9 (491)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Heights / Washington
About the restaurant
Taking his passion and the experience he gained staging at Picholine in NYC and Madrona Manor in Napa along with his work at Brennan’s, Haven, Soma and most recently as consulting Chef for Saint Genevieve in West Ave, at 26-years-old Kevin Naderi opened his first restaurant, Roost in December, 2011. Roost’s 50-seat space is cozy and unpretentious amid walls paneled with old shutters and Edison-like light fixtures fashioned from gutter drains. Roost’s rustic and diverse menu is revised every three weeks, inspired by local availability of farm-fresh seasonal ingredients and flavors of the world including the American south, Asia and from the Middle East, taking advantage of Naderi’s Persian heritage. Says Naderi, “I’ve taken a little bit from everywhere I’ve worked. It’s a good showcase for what we do.”
Top review
eatoutalotvip
Dined 4 days ago
Food was ok, nothing extraordinary. Different is necessarily better. Steak came out raw not medium as ordered. Replacement came out well done. No pink. Chicken skewers were over cooked and dry. Passed on desert after disappointing main course. Service was good.
A photo of Lucio's BYOB & Grill restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1178)
$30 and under
American
Montrose
About the restaurant
Lucio's is New American cuisine in a comforting yet upscale dining atmosphere, concentrating on seasonal and fresh local ingredients.
Life is to be enjoyed, if you want to go somewhere to appreciate your bottle of wine and be reminded of the simple pleasures of life, this is it.

Top review
RickW
Dined 4 days ago
Best restaurant in Houston. Chef John prepares to perfection. The service is first class and I love all of the art
A photo of Rich’s Houston restaurant
4.9
4.9 (202)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Montrose
About the restaurant
The new Rich's Houston is a vibe restaurant, cocktail lounge & boutique day / night life experience located in Montrose, Houston. Our Executive Chef, Diego Chiarello, has been featured on The Food Network and has won countless accolades for his culinary strength. Our menu is prepared onsite including our dough, sauces, juices and flavorful ingredients used in our unique foods. Most of our menu is shareable and pair well with our approachable wines and specialty cocktails. Our menu is edited seasonally but our most desired items are always available. Come try our Étouffée Egg Roll, Meatballs Parmigiana, Truffle Tortellini Mac & Cheese, Blue Crab Grilled Cheese, Jambalaya Balls, Flatbreads, or our legendary Sunday Service Drag Brunch favorites like Shrimp & Grits, Chicken & Waffles, Creme Brûlée French Toast or homemade Louisiana gumbo.
*There is a $15 show fee per person for Drag Brunch or a $20 show fee per person with special guest/celebrity entertainers. Burlesque show fee $20 pp.

Top review
AveryE
Dined 5 days ago
Love, drinks were great, food was great, love this place
A photo of Saltgrass Steakhouse - Pasadena restaurant
4.9
4.9 (134)
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Pasadena
About the restaurant
Saltgrass Steak House is an award-winning steakhouse in Pasadena, TX famous for serving Certified Angus Beef® steaks. Each steak is cooked to perfection with Saltgrass-7 Steak Spice, and topped with garlic butter. All breads, dressings, soups and desserts are made from scratch daily. Great food and legendary hospitality make Saltgrass an enjoyable experience for the whole family.
Top review
Scarpantibusvip
Dined on 11 Apr 2024
Friendly service, relaxing atmosphere, and good food.
A photo of Goode Co. Kitchen & Cantina - Heights restaurant
4.9
4.9 (274)
$31 to $50
Tex-Mex
Heights / Washington
About the restaurant
Bienvenidos, y'all!

Inspired by long days on the Gulf, late nights on the ranch and the colorful creations of our abuela, our family's Kitchen & Cantina showcases the rich foods and traditions we grew up with on both sides of the border. Nothing matches the flavor of food grilled over mesquite. Try wood-fired Texas quail swaddled in homemade tortillas, jalapeno rellanos stuffed with house-made chorizo and sizzling, family-style parrilladas - huge mixed platters of wild game and fresh vegetables, topped with pico de gallo and queso fresco - a unique spin on Houston barbeque. Our days begin roasting chilies and tomatoes, rolling fresh tortillas in our bakery and wringing every last drop of Ruby Red grapefruit for cocktails. We hand-grind our own sausage and hand-trim every ounce of meat in our butchery, then anoint it with the savory seasonings and marinades we've honed over generations. A few margaritas on our patio and you've found your new casa sweet casa.

Top review
MattBvip
Dined 4 days ago
Can never go wrong with a Goode Co restaurant - I love everything about the food and ambiance!
A photo of Stella's Wine Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (93)
$31 to $50
American
Galleria / Uptown
About the restaurant
Tucked away in the southeast corner of the hotel, Stella’s Wine Bar is Houston’s newest and most alluring wine destination for both casual wine enthusiasts and serious oenophiles. Offering over 30 wine-producing regions through a variety of flights and close to 60 wines by the glass, Stella’s Wine Bar provides a unique journey of tastes from around the world. Guided by our unrivaled team of highly skilled yet incredibly approachable sommeliers, guests can learn and explore both the new and the familiar wines in a social convivial atmosphere with world-class wine resources to share as little or as much as you want to know. The full Cellar wine program can also be accessed within Stella’s Wine Bar, so options are near limitless.
Top review
KarlaA
Dined 7 days ago
Went April 16th for wine games and our server / wine expert was the best time ! Learned so much and it was a very engaging experience.
A photo of The Capital Grille - Houston restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2297)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Galleria / Uptown
About the restaurant
Make it a day to remember. From birthdays and anniversaries to professional milestones, we aim to make every gathering special at The Capital Grille. Open seven days a week, The Capital Grille is best known for our expertly prepared steaks, which are dry aged in house for 18 to 24 days and then hand-cut by our restaurant's on-premise butcher. The Capital Grille's wine list features more than 350 selections, and its floor-to-ceiling wine kiosk regularly houses 3,500 - 5,000 bottles. Reservations are recommended but not required. For more information, please visit our website. We look forward to delighting you.
Top review
Lonestar1vip
Dined 6 days ago
Been coming here for years when I am in Houston. It meets my idea of a perfect steakhouse
A photo of The Cafe at Brookwood restaurant
4.9
4.9 (441)
$30 and under
American
Westside
About the restaurant
Bring the family and friends and come enjoy the spectacular garden views, complimented with exceptional cuisine created by our Chef Pablo and his team. We truly believe that our food, service, and ambiance can compete with any restaurant. Please dine with us…we think you will want to come again and bring your friends.
Top review
ScherrieB
Dined 5 days ago
Love everything about it. Precious Ann showed us her art work. The kindness and gentleness felt everywhere. Such a blessing for residents and customers. God is good
A photo of The Federal Grill - Downtown restaurant
4.8
4.8 (24)
$30 and under
American
Downtown
About the restaurant
Dress Up or Dress Down. A Bourbon or a Beer. A Ribeye or a Burger. Where precision cooking meets quality ingredients in a tribute to classic American cuisine. Dining experiences are complemented by an exceptional whiskey and cocktail list—the essence of the Federal Experience. This location also will serve lunch, happy hour, and dinner, as well as weekend brunches – and will offer catering to our downtown neighbors. New to this location will be a grab-and-go coffee bar, which will offer pastries, sandwiches, and salads throughout the day – and a variety of locally owned 4WD Coffee drinks.
Top review
Txsuze123
Dined on 16 Apr 2024
Great service & food! We can’t wait to come pback!
A photo of The Republic Grille - Spring restaurant
4.8
4.8 (419)
$30 and under
Southern
Spring
About the restaurant
Enjoy a relaxed dining experience in a rustic, yet classy setting featuring notable Texas born people. Owners Terry & Jennifer McBurney offer guests a variety of Texan and Southern inspired cuisine complemented by professional and courteous service. Enjoy mouthwatering appetizers such as Crab Cakes, Coconut Shrimp, Jumbo Grilled Wings or Caprese. Entrees include American Wagyu Chicken-Fried Steak, Texas Quail, Certified Angus Steaks, Blackened Flounder unique Pasta dishes and Salads. End your meal with one of many scratch made Desserts including a gluten free Strawberry Shortcake.

Featured on the TV show GoodTaste, it has received rave reviews in the Houston Chronicle, Zagat, Open Table and PKWY Magazine. This restaurant even provides a relaxing patio where guests can enjoy live music depending on the season.

Top review
LizWvip
Dined on 15 Apr 2024
Great service from beginning to end. Food and wine were delicious!
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