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Award-Winning Restaurants

The best of the best

We don't mean to brag, but it's hard not to when our restaurants are consistently being recognized. Read on for some of the city's most-loved spots.

Oxheart
Oxheart was named one of the Top 10 Best New Restaurants in the Country by Bon Appetit in 2012.
  • Named one of 50 hot restaurants for summer by Nation's Restaurant News (2013).

Al Aseel Grille & Cafe


  • Included on Southern Living's list of The South's Best Fried Chicken (2013).
 

Américas

  • Chef Michael Cordua named James Beard Award semifinalist for Best Restaurateur (2011).
  • Chef Michael Cordua was inducted into Food & Wine's Hall of Fame (2008).
  • Named Restaurant of the Year by Esquire (1993).

Backstreet Cafe

  • Named one of 50 hot restaurants for summer by Nation's Restaurant News (2013).
  • Chef Hugo Ortega named James Beard Award finalist for Best Chef: Southwest (2013).
  • Chef Hugo Ortega named James Beard Award finalist for Best Chef: Southwest (2012).
  • Sean Beck named Rising Star Sommelier by StarChefs.com (2011).

Barbecue Inn

  • Included on Southern Living's list of 100 Places to Eat Now (2013).
  • Included on Southern Living's list of The South's Best Fried Chicken (2013).
  • Included on Travel + Leisure's list of America's Best Fried Chicken (2010).

Beaver's

  • Included on Food & Wine's list of the best steaks in the U.S. (2012). 
  • Featured on The Food Network's Meat & Potatoes (2011).
  • Named a Hot 10 Summer Blockbuster by Bon Appetit--a list of restaurant openings with marquee chefs and lots of buzz (2008).

Blacksmith

  • Included on Garden & Gun's list of the Best Breakfast Joints in the South (2014). 
  • Vietnamese steak and eggs Included on Details magazine's list of the Best Breakfast Dishes of the Moment (2013).

The Breakfast Klub

  • Included on Texas Monthly's list of the 40 Best Breakfast Spots in Texas (2011).
  • Named one of Zagat.com's Best Bets for Breakfast in the U.S. (2010).
  • One of Good Morning America's four finalists in the America's Best Breakfast search (2010).
  • Included on Esquire's list of the 59 Best Breakfast Places in America (2009).

The Burger Guys

  • Featured on Eater.com's list of Where to Eat Right Now (2011).

The Chocolate Bar

  • Featured on The Food Network's Kid in a Candy Store (2010).

Churrascos

  • Included on Travel + Leisure's list of the Best Steakhouses in America (2013).
  • Chef Michael Cordua named James Beard Award semi-finalist for Best Restaurateur (2011).
  • Chef Michael Cordua was inducted into Food & Wine's Hall of Fame (2008).

Ciao Bello

  • Featured in Esquire as one of 11 Restaurants You Don't Want to Miss (2010).

Coppa Ristorante Italiano

  • Named one of the 10 Best New Restaurants in Texas by Texas Monthly (2012)

    Danton's Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen

    • Listed on Gourmet magazine's list of "Places We're Talking About" (2008).

    Dolce Vita

    • Named one of the Top Pizzerias in the Country by Every Day with Rachael Ray (2010).

    Dot Coffee Shop

    • Included on Texas Monthly's list of the 40 Best Breakfast Spots in Texas (2011).

    Down House

    • Included on Texas Monthly's list of the 40 Best Breakfast Spots in Texas (2011).

    El Real Tex-Mex

    • Featured on Esquire's list of New, Not-To-Miss Restaurants (2011).

    Fluff Bake Bar

    • Named one of the South's Best Bakeries for Cookies by Southern Living (2012). 
    • Chef Rebecca Masson competed on season 2 of Bravo's Top Chef Just Desserts (2012).

      Fung's Kitchen

      • Listed in USA Today as one of 10 Great Places to Welcome Prosperity for the Chinese New Year (2009).

      Gatlin's BBQ

      • Named one of the 50 best BBQ restaurants in Texas by Texas Monthly (2013).
      • Featured on Eater.com's list of Where to Eat Right Now (2011).

      Gilhooley's


      • The 21 Best Oyster Bars in the Country, according to Thrillist (2014)

      Goode Co. Barbecue

      • Named one of America's best BBQ joints by National Geographic Traveler (2013).
      • James Beard Award semifinalist for Outstanding Restaurateur (2013).
      • James Beard Award semifinalist for Outstanding Restaurateur (2010).

      Goode Co. Seafood

      • Campechana Extra was featured in Garden & Gun's list of 100 Things You Simply Must Eat Before You Die (2008).

      Goode Company Hamburgers & Taqueria

      • Named one of the top burger joints in the U.S. by USA Today (2013). 


      Green Seed Vegan

      • Named one of the Top 20 Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in the U.S. by Food & Wine (2013). 

      Hugo's

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      Hugo's
      • Named No. 3 on Gayot's Top 10 Best Mexican Restaurants in U.S. (2014)
      • Included on Travel + Leisure's list of the Best Mexican Restaurants in the U.S. (2013). 
      • Chef Hugo Ortega named James Beard Award finalist for Best Chef: Southwest (2013). 
      • Chef Hugo Ortega named James Beard Award finalist for Best Chef: Southwest (2012).
      • Sean Beck named Rising Star Sommelier by StarChefs.com (2011).
      • Named one of the Top 5 Mexican Restaurants in Texas by Texas Monthly (2010).
      • Featured on Gourmet's list of Where to Eat Now in 30 American Cities (2004). 
      • Named one of the 8 Great Mexican Restaurants in America by Delta's SKY magazine (2004). 
      • Named a Top Table by Bon Appetit (2003). 
      • Featured in Gourmet as a Restaurant We Love (2003).

      Ibiza

      • Chef Charles Clark competed against Mario Batali on The Food Network's Iron Chef (2007).
      • Included on Food & Wine's The Go List for Best Wine Experience, featuring the 376 hottest restaurants around the world (2006).
      • Included on Travel + Leisure's list of the Best New American Restaurants (2004).
      • Chef Charles Clark featured as an "engaging young chef" in Wine Spectator (2004).

      Indika

      • Chef Anita Jaisinghani named James Beard Award semifinalist for Best Chef: Southwest (2012).

      Irma's

      • Winner of the James Beard Foundation's America's Classics Award, as a "small, regional restaurant that has carved out a special place on the American culinary landscape" (2008).

      Kata Robata

      • Chef Manabu "Hori" Horiuchi named James Beard Award semifinalist for Best Chef: Southwest (2012).
      • Chef Manabu "Hori" Horiuchi named a Houston Rising Star by StarChefs.com (2011).

      Kenny & Ziggy's

      • Featured on The Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (2010).
      • Named one of North America's 10 Best Jewish delis by Maxim (2009).

       

      Killen's Barbecue

      • Included among the 15 Best New BBQ Joints in America from Thrillist (2014).
      • Featured in the Texas Barbecue Roundup: 30 Must-Try Spots by Zagat (2014) 
      • Among the 50 Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings of 2014, Eater.com (2014).

        Killen's Steakhouse

        • Included on Gayot's list of the Top 10 Steakhouses in the U.S. (2013).
        • Included on The Daily Meal's list of America's Top 20 Steakhouses (2013).
        • Included on Travel + Leisure's list of the Best Steakhouses in America (2013).
        • Included on Food & Wine's list of the Best Steaks in the U.S. (2012). 
        • Included on OpenTable.com's list of the 100 Restaurants with the Best Service in the U.S. (2012).
        • Creme Brulee Bread Pudding made Food & Wine's list of the Best Restaurant Dishes of 2008.

        Kiran's

        • Named Best New Restaurant of 2005 by Zagat.

        Lankford Grocery

        • Featured on The Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (2010).
        • Included on Gourmet magazine's list of 20 Burgers to Eat Before It's Too Late (2009)

        Lucille's

        • Named one of 50 hot restaurants for summer by Nation's Restaurant News (2013).

        Mark's American Cuisine

        • Listed among the Top 10 Restaurants in the U.S by the Zagat Survey (2007).
        • Named by Wine Spectator as one of the "brightest and most exciting new restaurants in America" (1998).

        Max's Wine Dive

        • Included on Southern Living's list of The South's Best Fried Chicken (2013).
        • Named one of the "Hot 10" wine bars in the country by Bon Appetit (2008).
        • Named one of Texas Monthly's Top 10 Places to Eat Now (2008).

        Mockingbird Bistro

        • Named one of the Best Bars in America with Very Good Food by Esquire (2010).
        • Included in Esquire's 2002 list of the Best New Restaurants in America.

        Molina's Cantina

        • Enchiladas de Tejas (cheese enchiladas with chili con carne) named one of the greatest "guy" foods in America by Men's Health magazine (2010).

        Niko Niko's

        • Featured on The Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (2010).

        Noé at the Omni Houston Hotel

        • Rated as one of Robb Report's Best of the Best restaurants (2005).

        Ouisie's Table

        • Included on Texas Monthly's list of the 40 best breakfast spots in Texas (2011).

        Oxheart

        • Included on Southern Living's list of 100 Places to Eat Now (2013).
        • Named one of the Best New Restaurants in the American South and one of the 70 best in the world by Conde Nast Traveler (2013).
        • Sommelier Justin Vann named one of Food & Wine's Sommeliers of the Year (2013).
        • Named James Beard Award semifinalist for Best New Restaurant (2013).
        • Chef Justin Yu named James Beard Award semifinalist for Rising Star Chef of the Year (2013). 
        • Included on GQ's list of the 12 Outstanding Restaurants of 2013.
        • Named one of the 12 Best New Restaurants in Texas by Texas Monthly (2013).
        • Included on Food & Wine's list of the Best New Places to Drink Wine (2012). 
        • Included on Bon Appetit's Hot 10, a list of the Top 10 Best New Restaurants in the U.S. (2012).
        • Named one of the 5 Hottest Restaurants Openings of 2012 by GQ.

            The Pass and Provisions

            • Included on Southern Living's list of 100 Places to Eat Now (2013).
            • Included on Bon Appetit's Hot 10, a list of the Top 10 Best New Restaurants in the U.S. (2013).
            • Received Eater.com's So Hot Right Now Award (2012).
            • Included on Eater.com's list of the 33 Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings of Fall 2012. 


            Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

            • Included on The Daily Meal's list of America's Top 20 Steakhouses (2013).
            • Included on Eater.com's list of the 22 restaurants with the best value wine lists in the U.S. (2012).
            • Recipient of the 2010 Grand Award from Wine Spectator magazine, the highest award granted from the magazine. It's one of 78 restaurants in the world with this distinction, and the only holder of the award in Texas.

            Pondicheri

            Pondicheri Houston Texas
            Pondicheri
            • James Beard Award semifinalist for Best New Restaurant (2012). 
            • Chef Anita Jaisinghani named James Beard Award semifinalist for Best Chef: Southwest (2012).
            • Named one of the 10 Best New Restaurants in Texas by Texas Monthly (2012).

            Quattro

            • Named one of the Top Hotel Restaurants in the country by Zagat and USA Today (2010).

            RDG + Bar Annie

            • Chef Robert Del Grande named a James Beard Award semifinalist for Outstanding Chef (2011).
            • Chef Robert Del Grande named a James Beard Award Semifinalist for Outstanding Chef (2010).
            • Rated by MSN.com and Gayot.com as one of the 10 best new U.S. restaurants (2010).
            • Chef Robert Del Grande won the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southwest (1992).

            Red Lion Pub

            • Featured on The Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (2010).

            Reef

            • Included on Southern Living's list of 100 Places to Eat Now (2013).
            • Included on The Wall Street Journal's list of six outstanding oyster bars in the U.S. (2012). 
            • Named one of the Best Seafood Restaurants in America by Travel + Leisure magazine (2012). 
            • Named one of the 101 Best Restaurants in America by TheDailyMeal.com (2011).
            • Chef Bryan Caswell named Rising Star Restaurateur by StarChefs.com (2011).
            • Chef Bryan Caswell named James Beard Award finalist for Best Chef: Southwest (2011).
            • Chef Bryan Caswell competed on The Food Network's The Next Iron Chef (2010). 
            • Chef Bryan Caswell named James Beard Award semifinalist for Best Chef: Southwest (2010). 
            • Rated by MSN.com and Gayot.com as one of the 10 best seafood restaurants in the U.S. (2010).
            • Chef Bryan Caswell named James Beard Award semifinalist for Best Chef: Southwest (2009). 
            • Chef Bryan Caswell named one of six Texas Tastemakers in Saveur (2009). 
            • Included on Travel + Leisure's list of the 50 Best New U.S. Restaurants (2009). 
            • Chef Bryan Caswell named one of Food & Wine's Best New Chefs (2009). 

            Roost

            • Named one of the 12 Best New Restaurants in Texas by Texas Monthly (2013).
             

            Shade

            • Listed among Travel + Leisure's Best New American Restaurants (2004).

              Sorrel Urban Bistro

              • Included on Gayot.com's list of the 2012 Top 10 New Restaurants in the U.S.

                Sparrow Bar + Cookshop

                • Chef Monica Pope was a contestant on the second season of Bravo's Top Chef Masters (2010).
                • Chef Monica Pope named one of six Texas Tastemakers by Saveur (2009).
                • Chef Monica Pope named James Beard Award semifinalist, Best Chef/Southwest (2007).

                Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen

                • Named one of 10 great Mexican restaurants across the USA (2013).

                  Three Brothers Bakery

                  • Owner/chef Bobby Jucker competed in Food Network's Cake Challenge (2011).
                  • Pecan pie named one of five best mail order pies in America by Country Living (2010).

                  Tiny Boxwoods

                  Tiny Boxwoods
                  Tiny Boxwoods

                  • Vanarin Kuch competed on season two of Bravo's Top Chef Just Desserts (2011).
                  • Vanarin Kuch named a Rising Star Pastry Chef by StarChefs.com (2011).

                  Tony's

                  • Chef Grant Gordon named James Beard Award semifinalist for Best Chef: Southwest (2012).
                  • Named one of the Top 10 U.S. Restaurants for a Power Lunch by Forbes (2012).
                  • Included on Esquire's list of the Top 10 Destination Restaurants in the U.S. (2011).

                  Triniti

                  • Named one of the 12 Best New Restaurants in Texas by Texas Monthly (2013).
                  • Included on OpenTable.com's list of the Top 100 Restaurant Hot Spots (2012).

                  Uchi

                  • Named one of 50 hot restaurants for summer by Nation's Restaurant News (2013).
                  • Chef Tyson Cole named James Beard Award semifinalist for Best Chef:Southwest (2013).
                  • Included on GQ's list of the 12 Outstanding Restaurants of 2013. 
                  • Included on Bon Appetit's list of the Top 50 Best New Restaurants in the U.S. (2012). 
                  • Included on Bon Appetit's list of the Best New Sushi Restaurants in America (2012).
                  • Included on OpenTable.com's list of the Top 100 Restaurant Hot Spots (2012). 

                    Underbelly

                    • Chris Shepherd awarded Best Chef Southwest by the James Beard Foundation (2014).
                    • Included on Southern Living's list of 100 Places to Eat Now (2013).
                    • Named one of the Best New Restaurants in the American South and one of the 70 best in the world by Conde Nast Traveler (2013).
                    • Chef Chris Shepherd named one of Food & Wine's Best New Chefs (2013).
                    • Included on TheDailyMeal.com's list of the 101 Best Restaurants in America (2013). 
                    • Named James Beard Award semifinalist for Best New Restaurant (2013).
                    • Chef Chris Shepherd named James Beard Award finalist for Best Chef: Southwest (2013). 
                    • Named one of the 12 Best New Restaurants in Texas by Texas Monthly (2013).
                    • Named one of Esquire's Best New Restaurants in America (2012). 
                    • Included on Bon Appetit's list of the Top 50 Best New Restaurants in the U.S. (2012).
                    • Included on Food & Wine's list of the best steaks in the U.S. (2012). 
                    • Named one of the 5 Hottest Restaurant Openings in America in 2012 by Bon Appetit (2012).

                      Vic & Anthony's

                      • Rated by MSN.com and Gayot.com as one of the 10 Best Steakhouses in the U.S. (2010).
                      • Received an Award of Ultimate Distinction from Wine Spectator magazine for "impeccable service, outstanding food, alluring decor and imaginative and energetic wine programs" (2006).
                      • Recognized by Food & Wine as one of ten new restaurants with a stellar wine list-the first time for a Houston restaurant to be included.

                      Virgie's

                      • Named one of the 50 best BBQ restaurants in Texas by Texas Monthly (2013).

                      Zelko Bistro

                      • Featured on The Food Network's Meat & Potatoes (2011).
                      • Chef Jamie Zelko named a Rising Star Sustainability Chef by StarChefs.com (2011).
                      • Featured on Eater.com's list of Where to Eat Right Now (2011).