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Where to Eat in Houston: The Occasion Edition

Updated: Apr 4, 2023

Ever been asked to pick a place for the next gathering of your friends or family, and you draw a blank? Us, too. That's why we put together this list of occasions you might run into and where you should go in Houston for each one.


Where to take your group of foodie friends….

  • Tatemo ($$-$$$)

  • Nancy’s Hustle ($$-$$$) Insider tip: Don’t sleep on the wine list. They specialize in organic wines and also have orange wines, which is a unique offering for Houston.

  • Jūn ($$-$$$)

  • Sushi by Hidden ($$-$$$) Insider tip: This spot is BYOB!

  • Xin Chao ($$) Insider tip: This spot also has fantastic cocktails and great happy hour specials.

  • Musaafer ($$$)

  • Dinette ($$)

  • Cuchara ($$) Insider tip: Head to their new breakfast spot Cucharita for a laid-back weekend morning!

Where to go for date night….

  • 93 ‘Til ($$) Insider tip: show off your love of music here! They have a special playlist nightly based off their collection of records.

  • Zanti ($$$)

  • Handie's Douzo ($$)

  • Miss Carousel ($-$$) Insider tip: Go to Miss Carousel for cocktails and order food from Indianola or Vinnie's!

  • Tiny Champions ($$)

  • Blue Sushi ($$-$$$)

  • Trattoria Sophia ($$-$$$)

  • Fiori ($$) Insider tip: This Italian spot is also a flower shop and offers a variety of educational dinners.

Where to take your in-from-out-of-town guests….

  • Pinkerton’s BBQ ($-$$)

  • The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation ($$)

  • Field and Tides ($$-$$$)

  • Giacomo’s Cibo e Vino ($$)

  • Xochi ($$-$$$)

  • Goode Co. Cantina ($$)

  • Coltivare ($$)

  • Feges BBQ ($$)

For something fast, fun, and casual…

  • Cochinita ($) Insider tip: Be sure to check out their loteria night! Kickin' Kombucha shares this location, too.

  • Niko Niko’s ($-$$)

  • Pizaro's Pizza ($-$$) Insider tip: BYOB to this Vera Pizza Napoletana-certified pizza spot!

  • burger-chan ($)

  • The Taco Stand ($) Insider tip: Get your order to go and cruise over to Eureka Heights just down the street for beers!

  • Hughie's ($)

  • Eight Row Flint ($) Insider tip: Their burger is as delicious as their tacos.

  • Winnie's ($)

  • Mico's Hot Chicken ($)

For something to impress…

  • Bludorn ($$-$$$) Insider tip: Get your reservations EARLY for this hot spot. While the lobster pot pie is tempting, we suggest ordering more smaller plates to try more, if this is your first time to visit!

  • MARCH ($$$)

  • Le Jardinier ($$$)

  • BCN or MAD ($$$) Insider tip: Look at the art on the walls while sipping a signature gin and tonic. There are original pieces by Spanish artists Picasso, Dali, and Joan Miro.

  • Steak 48 ($$$)

  • Brennan’s ($$$) We love their beautiful courtyard and bar! The turtle soup and the bananas fosters are must-tries.

For watching the game….

  • EZ's Liquor Lounge

  • The Boot

  • Little Woodrow's

  • Christian's Tailgate

  • Pitch 25

  • Kirby Icehouse

  • St. Arnold's Brewery (or any of the breweries around town)

For boozy brunch…

  • Roots Wine Bar ($$)

  • Daily Gather ($$) Insider tip: Brunch boards here look great on the ‘gram.

  • State Fare ($$)

  • Little Hen ($$)

  • A’Bouzy ($$-$$$)

  • Hugo’s or Caracol ($$$)

For your big group happy hour…

  • Heights Biergarten

  • Angel Share

  • The Rustic

  • The Patio at the Pit Room

  • Cedar Creek (or any Creek restaurant)

  • Memorial Trail Icehouse

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