Top 16 Best Restaurants in Houston
Houston - A City of Delicious Eateries

Did you know that Houstonians eat out more than any other state in the country? It’s not hard to see why! With over 10,000 restaurants in Houston, it’s no surprise that locals and visitors alike flock to the city for the incredible culinary scene. With world-renowned chefs, foodies often plan their travels around this incredible food destination. With a food scene as diverse as the residents who live there, it can be hard to pick where to eat, especially if you’re on vacation with limited time. Here's Red Roof's list of all the best restaurants in Houston that will help you make the most of your time! 

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Nancy's Hustle
Nancy’s Hustle is one of the hottest restaurants in Houston according to, well, pretty much anyone you ask. As a hotspot for locals and tourists alike, the modern European American bistro is a must-try experience on Houston’s East Side. Thanks to the savory menu selection and cocktails that pair perfectly, the press consistently names Nancy’s Hustle as one of the top restaurants in Houston.
Killen's Barbecue
Killen’s Barbecue has repeatedly been featured as one of the top restaurants in Houston for a reason. If the massive line out the door isn’t enough to catch your attention as you walk by, the savory aroma of Killen’s signature blackened brisket will. It’s worth the wait, even in the sweltering Texas heat! Other worthy favorites include the pulled pork and beef ribs with a side of mac and cheese or creamed corn. With locations in Pearland and Woodlands, this world-class barbecue joint sells out daily.
Located in the heart of West Houston, Maize will take you on a culinary adventure as if you were vacationing in Mexico. Chef Fabian Saldana brings you truly authentic recipes as a Mexican native who grew up helping in his abuela’s kitchen. His specialties include barbacoa de res, seared scallops, and cachete de puerco. Or if you’re feeling particularly brave, why not order the tacos de insectos?
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Tian Tian Lu Chuaner
Looking for something casual or a quick bite? There’s no need to dress up for this hole-in-the-wall Chinese spot that only the locals know about. Houstonians flock to the snack bar for the outrageously affordable bargain prices. We don’t know anywhere else you can get spiced skewers starting at $1.50 apiece. Pair them with a range of delicious side dishes, with everything from custard buns to dumplings to wonton soup. Fair warning — you’ll regret it if you don’t order extra to go!
Trattoria Sofia
In the mood for some authentic, rustic Italian eats? You’ll feel like you’ve just been transported to Italy when you step into Trattoria Sofia. Pop by for brunch, try out their delicious oven-fired personalized pizzas at lunchtime or make a dinner reservation for date night to enjoy a more intimate atmosphere. Their signature dishes include polpo arrosto, pollo alla parmigiana, and the cold meat platter (perfect for sharing!).
Feeling parched in the Texas heat? Then stop by the bar at Squable for half-off booze between 4-6 PM during the week. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, then it’s time to snag a spot on the romantic outdoor patio. Serving up European food with an American twist, the cozy and lively atmosphere is perfect for date night or an intimate dinner. Their namesake dishes include the French cheeseburger, Dutch baby pancake, and marinated mussels.
Cali Sandwich & Fastfood
Are you dining out on a budget? Then don’t miss a quick stop at Cali Sandwich. The Vietnamese eatery is a Houston staple for sandwiches, soups, and other delicious authentic dishes under $5. The price and the food are truly unmatched! Regulars can’t seem to get enough of the Bahn mi, marinated tofu sandwich, garlic beef, and the wonton soup with shrimp and pork dumplings. Whether you prefer to dine in or take your meal on the road, Cali Sandwich in Midtown is a must-try on your next trip to Houston.
The slow-cooked dishes at Urbe are inspired by the culinary traditions of Mexico City, Oaxaca, Puebla, and Jalisco to name a few. If you have a craving for breakfast tacos or pan dulce, then make sure you stop by in the early hours. For lunch and dinner, the menu is packed with all of the traditional favorites like chicharron, barbacoa, elote, al pastor, carnitas, and more. There are a surprising amount of vegetarian options for the non-meat eaters as well.
Street to Kitchen
In the mood for some “unapologetically authentic” Thai food? That’s exactly what Street to Kitchen offers, tucked away off the beaten path in a cozy little corner in Houston. Locals love the drunken noodles, red curry, stir-fried Thai basil, and cashew chicken. You can choose from a range of mild to hot dishes — just be sure to adjust the spice level to your liking. Once you give it a try, this restaurant will quickly become your go-to Thai spot in Houston. Just don’t forget to make a reservation!
The Breakfast Klub
This Midtown hotspot has consistently been recognized as one of the best restaurants in Houston and the nation. Be sure to try their famous breakfast plates like the wings & waffle or the katfish & grits, with a wide selection of koffees to choose from for a little pick-me-up. Ask just about any Houstonian — The Breakfast Klub is one you won’t want to miss!
Ethiopian food
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This authentic family-owned Ethiopian restaurant will make you feel at home. It has the perfect combination of flavorful, colorful food and a beautiful ambiance that will have you wanting to come back for more. To make the most of your experience, skip the liquor and ask for the Ethiopian coffee ceremony. Dishes like the shinbirra assa wat and green lentil are bursting with flavor and spice. When all else fails, opt for the family dinner to try a combination of all the classic Ethiopian plates.
The Pit Room
The Pit Room is the best traditional Texas barbecue you’ll find in all of Houston. Locals and tourists come from all over to eat meat smoked to perfection at this cozy family-owned restaurant. With everything from Tex Mex to brisket to crawfish by the pound, you won’t be disappointed you stopped by. Head to the patio with an ice-cold beer for a truly southern experience that will delight your palate. Let’s just say, the bar is set high with Houstonians when it comes to barbecue, and The Pit Room blows it out of the water every time!
In the mood for an intimate venue with a great selection of craft cocktails and New American cuisine? Then make sure Nobie’s is on your radar during your trip. Post up on the patio as you listen to the loud vinyl soundtrack and grab some of their mouthwatering appetizers to share. Then take your pick from their truly unique dinner menu, with creative items like “did it all for the gnocchi” and “endiiii-ee-iive will always love goouuudddaaa.” Walk-ins are welcomed but with all of the attention they’ve been getting, reservations are recommended!
Mexican food
If you’ve ever been to Houston or you’re simply a big foodie, then you may have already heard of Xochi. It’s a great spot if you’re looking for a romantic date night, anniversary celebration, or business dinner — or simply if you’re looking for some of the best food in town. The presentation of Oaxacan-inspired dishes is the closest thing to perfection and the flavors are out of this world. Dishes like the Xochi burger, barbacoa de res, and enchiladas are sure to make a great first impression. Can’t make up your mind? Then order the 2 for $24 and get the best of both worlds.
french cuisine
Who wouldn’t love eating exquisite French cuisine at one of the best restaurants in Houston? The best part is, the prices don’t break the bank either (although they get much higher when you opt for the six or seven-course meal!). The lobster bisque is incredible, the seafood is fresh, and the steaks are juicy and cooked to perfection. They often have live jazz performances, making them the perfect choice for a night out with your significant other or for a special occasion. The wine list is exceptional and locals can’t seem to get enough of the Aviation cocktail.
Kata Robata
Kata Robata imports fresh fish from Japan to bring you nothing but the highest quality Japanese food in Houston. Take your pick from sushi and sashimi or order one of the kitchen’s hot specialties like the Texas wagyu or grilled octopus cooked to perfection. If you’re a fan of saki or Japanese whisky, you’ll fall in love with their drink menu. On the other hand, they also have a great selection of wine, beer, and cocktails to go hand-in-hand with your meal. Can’t choose what to order? Then make a reservation for the omakase, which includes a variety of the chef’s daily specials and classics.
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There you have it! Those are some of the best restaurants in Houston. As you can see, the city is home to virtually every kind of cuisine you can imagine. No matter what you’re craving, one of these top restaurants in Houston is sure to have what you’re looking for and more. When it's time to call it a night, Red Roof will be right here waiting to welcome you.