Uptown is home to four of the seven AAA ranked “4 Diamond” restaurants in Houston with chefs from around the world creating tasty menus for swanky venues.
Inside The Galleria are two mouth-watering Asian-inspired restaurants: Nobu and Yauatcha. Nobu is known to slice up some of the highest grade sushi on the planet, while Yauatcha is the Houston outpost for the globally-known teahouse with a modern take on dim sum.
Nearby is the local favorite, Post Oak Grill, which for years has been a reliable spot for quality American cuisine, happy hour and live music. There’s also Café Annie with a bustling bar, Southwestern eats and sunlit patio that epitomizes those Sunday brunch vibes.
➡️ The Guide: A Perfect Day of Eating in The Gallera Area
If you're in the market for a real dining experience, we have to mention Peli Peli, located in The Galleria. This restaurant fuses South African cuisine with local Texas ingredients. Our recommendation? The Chicken Espetada is a mouth-watering skewer of chicken, hung vertically and drizzled with a garlic butter that will make you forget any other condiment you've ever tasted. Yes, it's that good.
Another must-experience restaurant in Uptown has to be Caracol, from James Beard Award-winning chef, Hugo Ortega. Taking from his childhood days of cooking with his grandmother, Chef Ortega brings traditional Oaxacan cuisine to another level. A dish not to miss? Definitely the El Coco. This spherical chocolate dessert makes you take a mallet to the crunchy exterior, before getting to the heavenly ingredients inside.
If you are looking for lunch or a quick bite, Kenny & Ziggy’s is towards the top of the list. This authentic deli will transport you to New York with noches like handcrafted hot dogs, pastrami sandwiches, and some of the top bagels and lox in the city. If you're looking for something with a little more spice, Yia Yia Mary's has been a lunch time staple for years, and for good reason.