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Where to Eat in Houston: The Occasion Edition

Updated: Mar 15, 2022

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….

  • Xin Chao ($$) Insider tip: Chef Christina Ha is a MasterChef winner!

  • Pondicheri ($$)

  • 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.

  • Cuchara ($$-$$$)

  • Ostia ($$-$$$) Insider tip: We love the shareable plates at this Montrose hot spot.

  • MF Sushi ($$$)

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.

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

  • Tiny Champions ($$)

  • Kata Robata ($$-$$$)

  • Rainbow Lodge ($$-$$$)

  • Riel ($$$)

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

  • Pinkerton’s BBQ ($-$$)

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

  • Field and Tides ($$)

  • Giacomo’s Cibo e Vino ($$)

  • Xochi ($$-$$$)

  • 1751 Sea and Bar ($$-$$$)

For something fast, fun, and casual…

  • Niko Niko’s ($-$$)

  • Underbelly Burger ($-$$)

  • BB’s Cajun Café ($-$$)

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

  • Eight Row Flint ($-$$)

For something boujee…

  • 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 ($$$)

For something to please everyone…

  • Piggy’s ($-$$)

  • Empire Café ($-$$)

  • Dish Society ($-$$)

  • Urban American Kitchen ($$)

  • Adair Kitchen ($$)

For watching the game….

  • Little Woodrow’s

  • FM Kitchen

  • Revelry on Richmond

  • McIntyre’s

  • Christian's Tailgate

  • Shoot The Moon

  • Pitch 25

  • Kirby Icehouse

For boozy brunch…

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

  • State Fare ($$)

  • Traveler’s Table ($$)

  • A’Bouzy ($$-$$$)

  • Hugo’s or Caracol ($$$)

For your big group happy hour…

  • Heights Biergarten

  • Holman Draft Hall

  • The Patio at the Pit Room

  • Cedar Creek (or any Creek restaurant)

  • Memorial Trail Icehouse

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