Top Restaurants in Houston
Collected by Kristin Finan, AFAR Local Expert
Houston knows food. Sample some of the best barbecue in the U.S. at Killen's, or stuff yourself silly with tacos al carbon at Ninfa's. Whether it's Indian street food you're after or waffle sandwiches sold out of a bus, this list will help you get strategic.
1641 Westheimer Rd B, Houston, TX 77006, USA
Many a late night in Houston ends at Poison Girl, a beloved dive bar tucked between Westheimer Road’s antique stores and secondhand shops. You’ll find a full range of cocktails, beer, and wine at this eclectic bar, which has a wide...
2349 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005, USA
Named after the 1947 Malcolm Lowry novel, Under the Volcano is beloved by Houston locals, who flock here for the live music and drink menu standouts like the strawberry-basil margaritas and the frozen screwdrivers. The bar is also home to one...
813 Congress Ave, Houston, TX 77002, USA
This offbeat bar envelops you in a time warp as soon as you walk through the historical building's front door. Decades-old memorabilia adorn the walls instead of the TVs found in a typical sports bar, and in the evening you’ll find...
2220 Brazos St, Houston, TX 77002, USA
Do you love waffles like most well-adjusted members of society do? Then you'll be a big fan of the Waffle Bus. This innovative Houston food truck offers a variety of savory and sweet waffle sandwiches that will put your taste buds on high alert....
2202 Dallas St, Houston, TX 77003, USA
The Eatsie Boys has long been considered one of Houston’s best food trucks thanks to the "gourmet grub" made with locally sourced, high-quality ingredients. These days it's holding down a daily residence at 8th Wonder Brewery, Monday...
3130 Fry Rd #800, Katy, TX 77449, USA
If you’re craving something sweet, keep an eye out for the adorable, vintage-inspired Frosted Betty Bake Shop truck, where the treats are as delicious as they are cute. Offerings include cupcakes—salted caramel, red velvet, or vanilla...
11360 Bellaire Blvd #990, Houston, TX 77072, USA
Crawfish season is a big deal in Houston. But for a truly unique experience, head to Crawfish & Noodles in Chinatown. This easy-to-miss restaurant, tucked away in a strip mall on Bellaire Boulevard, is well worth the drive for its spicy...
4210 Roseland St, Houston, TX 77006, USA
Wish you could instantly transport yourself to Barcelona? At BCN Taste & Tradition, you can—all it takes is a single bite of food. The restaurant, helmed by chef Luis Roger, who grew up in Barcelona and was once hired to travel the...
1658 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006, USA
Leave it to beloved Houston chef Chris Shepherd to blow up the typical restaurant experience. One Fifth, his latest project, is designed to feature five different restaurant concepts over a span of five years. The first was One Fifth Steak. The...
3201 Louisiana St, Houston, TX 77006, USA
Chef Mark Holley has been a Houston foodie-scene darling for years, so it was only a matter of time before he opened his own restaurant. Holley’s Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar pays tribute to Holley's diverse roots—including...
3000 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77098, USA
There’s no better way to spend a Saturday morning than at a farmers market, where the region's bounty takes center stage. At the Urban Harvest Eastside Farmers Market, you’ll find local vegetables, fruits, dairy products, farm...
1424 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006, USA
Craft cocktails have been a thing for a while now, and Anvil Bar & Refuge, opened in 2009, was one of the first places to put Houston’s mixology scene on the map. Specializing in drinks that use local ingredients and house-made...
2000 Lyons Ave, Houston, TX 77020, USA
Houston's beer scene has commanded national attention for years thanks to its quality craft brews, and there’s no better place to sample some than at Saint Arnold Brewing Company. Founded in the mid-1990s, it has the esteemed title of...
3711 Travis St, Houston, TX 77002, USA
Yes, there might be a line. Yes, you need to go anyway. The Breakfast Klub is a Houston institution for good reason—you’ll find simple food, done right. Choose from classic breakfast dishes like French toast, omelettes, and...
88 Dennis St, Houston, TX 77006, USA
One word: Hamburgers. Hamburgers are the reason to come to this tiny grocery store–restaurant that’s still one of Houston’s best-kept secrets. Here’s a sample of the life-changing combinations you'll find on the menu: the...
2704 Navigation Blvd, Houston, TX 77003, USA
For an authentic Houston experience, head to the Original Ninfa’s on Navigation, where the food is always top-notch and the longtime servers are revered as rock stars. With chef Alex Padilla at the helm, you can expect everything from...
2800 Kirby Dr B132, Houston, TX 77098, USA
In a city like Houston, which is bursting with international flavor, it’s not difficult to find fantastic Indian food. But Anita Jaisinghani, who formerly owned the beloved Indika, serves up the best of the best with Pondicheri. The menu...
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