If you’ve been waiting to try a new restaurant in town, August is a good month to do it. The start of the month marks the start of Houston Restaurant Weeks (HRW), a five-week-long extravaganza of specially priced menus in the city’s top restaurants, all benefiting the Houston Food Bank.

UPDATE, 8/31/2020: Houston Restaurant Weeks has been extended through the month of September!

Get that belly ready to eat at one of the participating 200 restaurants in Houston and its surrounding areas, which offer two- and three-course menus at set prices. Lunches are $20, brunches are $22, and dinners are either $35 or $45. Restaurants donate anywhere from $1 to $7 from each meal to the Houston Food Bank.

While reservations aren’t required at most restaurants, they are recommended. Not sure where to start? Here’s a list to get you started. For a full list of participating restaurants and menus, visit houstonrestaurantweeks.com.

Alice Blue

This Heights restaurant is a top destination during this year's Houston Restaurant Weeks. Starters include dishes such as deviled eggs and Caesar salad. For your entree option, select from summer fusilli, market fish, or enjoy a roasted airline chicken breast.  At $20, Alice Blue’s two-course lunch menu is also a good bet with options such as its popular double bacon cheeseburger among its offerings. 

Backstreet Cafe

This Houston favorite is known for it’s brunch, but make sure you take advantage of their Houston Restaurant Weeks menus too. The $35 dinner menu gives you a choice of starters such as lobster chowder, and entrees such as chilli rubbed scallops served with lemongrass risotto. Try the summer peach and huckleberry crisp for dessert.

Brennan’s of Houston

Get a small taste of one of the city’s most popular brunch spots for $20. The HRW brunch menu at Brennan’s includes a savory and a sweet course of your choosing from about a dozen options. Try the heirloom and pickled green tomato salad followed by the creole shaking beef tips and fried egg. Brennan’s also has a lunch and dinner menu; we say opt for dinner. The three-course menu includes Brennan’s snapping turtle soup, shrimp remoulade and fried maitake mushrooms among its starters, as well as honey ham brined pork loin and wood grilled filet of beef among the entree choices. For $45, you can’t go wrong. 

Coltivare

The rustic Italian restaurant by Agricole Hospitality’s chef Ryan Pera and Morgan Weber is a locals’ destination in the Heights. Well known for its commitment to local and regional ingredients, the restaurant serves a variety of Italian inspired dishes, including wood-oven fired pizzas and house made pastas. For HRW, Coltivare’s $35 dinner menu includes a selection of snacks, pizzas, pastas, and desserts. Starter choices include the popular cauliflower with pine nuts and raisins and grilled figs served with prosciutto and blue cheese. For your entree, choose from seven pizzas, five pastas and some heartier dishes such as eggplant parmesan and half wood-grilled chicken. For a sweet ending, choose panna cotta, Trentino gelato, or a wood roasted pear crostada. 

Craft F&B

Located in the Post Oak Hotel in Uptown, guests can enjoy the $20 Houston Restaurant Weeks menu all day long. Stand outs on the menu include the crispy pickle fries, black angus beef chili and the grilled chicken sandwich. Try a restaurant favorite, the positano pizza, with your choice of crust, san marzano tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella and fresh basil.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Le Colonial

This gorgeous restaurant in the River Oaks District serves a menu that carefully balances classic Vietnamese dishes with French-Asian cuisine in a beautiful two-story restaurant inspired by the 1920s French Colonial Indochina. Its three-course $45 menu for Houston Restaurant Weeks is a good introduction to the restaurant’s take on French-Vietnamese fare. Start with your choice of cold summer shrimp rolls, crispy shrimp, pork and mushroom rolls, or steamed chicken and mushroom dumplings. Second course choices include grilled salmon and baby bok choy, curried Texas Gulf shrimp with bamboo shoots, snap peas, and zucchini, or bo luc lac. For dessert, try the sponge case, soaked in coffee syrup, layered with buttercream and raspberry sorbet.

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Peli Peli South African Kitchen

This South African fusion restaurant was among Houston Restaurant Week’s most popular destinations last year. Head on over to get a taste of the restaurant’s South African inspired specialties.  The $35 dinner menu includes starters such Saldanha Bay mussels, a South African favorite that's best enjoyed with white wine, garlic and micro cilantro. Follow with beef or chicken skewers, Sandy Bay seafood platter, or cauliflower steak. For dessert choose sticky toffee pudding or chocolate lekker Tarts. Peli Peli is also offering a lunch with special pricing for kids.

Potente

Potente’s early 2017 opening was highly anticipated among Houstonians. Owned by Houston Astros owner Jim Crane, the restaurant offers upscale Italian fare in a luxurious setting. If you haven’t tried it yet, Houston Restaurant Week may be a good excuse to do so. The $45 dinner menu starts off with an amuse of artichoke hummus, followed by your choice of four starters that include classics such as burrata, or diver scallop served with a corn risotto. Entrees include sea bass, crispy Texas softshell crab and an 7-ounce beef filet. For dessert, Hill Country cheesecake, and Tropicale make fine choices. 

Tony's

For years, Tony Vallone’s namesake restaurant has been among Houston’s premier restaurants. The award-winning restaurant which is a favorite power lunch spot, is offering dinner and lunch during Houston Restaurant Week. The $20 two-course lunch includes starters such pansoti, and squash filled pasta, and entrees including veal scaloppine antica and a lobster, crab and shrimp salad. The $45 three-course dinner gives diners a choice from seven appetizers, seven entrees and five desserts. 

The Rustic- Downtown

Located in Avenida Houston, in the heart of Downtown, this 25,000 square-foot restaurant offers a large selection of spirits and beer and lively music. For $35, patrons can enjoy favorites like the double queso and chorizo empanadas. Second course offerings includes the rustic burger, drunk chick and wood-grilled salmon Caesar salad. End on a sweet note with banana pudding, ice box s'mores or pecan turtle pie.