2023 New & Notable

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December Openings

1891 American Eatery and Bar

Nestled in the heart of Houston's historic Heights district, 1891 Eatery and Bar emerges as a culinary gem in an iconic building on E. 11th Street in late 2023. The restaurant pays homage to the roots of the community by commemorating the year the Historic Heights was…

Baso

Developed with Houston's tastebuds in mind, Baso in the Heights offers a unique menu catering to the taste of Houstonians but with Basque influence. The darling restaurant that takes history into account in every detail offers caviar service, a raw bar, pasta dishes, fish, meat…

Cocody Restaurant & Bar

Cocody Restaurant and Bar, near River Oaks, offers a multi-faceted experience, allowing patrons to choose from various settings, including the bar, dining room, chef's table, or the inviting outdoor dining area. From the moment guests step into Cocody, they are enveloped in an…

Tavola

Tavola is set to elevate the culinary experience, promising an exquisite journey through the flavors of the Italian Riviera. This upscale Italian eatery, located on the first floor of 6 BLVD Place in the Galleria area, invites diners to indulge in a vibrant atmosphere that…

Wild Oats

With a mission to celebrate true Texas cuisine and showcase the flavors and diversity of the food Houstonians indulge in every day, Wild Oats serves up Tex-Mex, just Tex, and Gulf Coast flavors in unique combinations. At the end of 2023, they reopened in a new location: 1222…

November Openings

Bumpy Pickle

Bumpy Pickle, Houston's dynamic outdoor pickleball and sand volleyball facility opened in Houston when Roberto Escalera, a former professional soccer player, and Mark Appel, a former Astros first-rounder and Phillies Major Leaguer, united their passion for good drinks, great…

Flower & Cream - Regent Square

Regent Square got a little sweeter when Flower & Cream opened in 2023. Destined for Instagram sensationalism, Flower & Cream serves up fancy desserts in a picturesque shop just waiting for ice cream taste-tester models to stroll in.

Katami

Katami, nestled in Montrose, specializes in sushi, sourcing fish from Japan almost daily, with over 80 percent of the menu's fish caught off the coast of Japan by local fishmongers. The dining experience goes beyond traditional omakase, offering a nine-, 12-, and 15-piece…

MaKiin

Katami, nestled in Montrose, specializes in sushi, sourcing fish from Japan almost daily, with over 80 percent of the menu's fish caught off the coast of Japan by local fishmongers. The dining experience goes beyond traditional omakase, offering a nine-, 12-, and 15-piece…

Street to Kitchen

Look out Thai lovers, there’s a new reason to celebrate. Street to Kitchen is spicing up Houston’s East End with traditional Thai dishes made from locally sourced ingredients. Self-described as unapologetically, authentically Thai, Chef Benchawan Painter uses family recipes from…

Sunny Coffee at The Flat

Houston-based record producer and DJ SUN, has joined forces with Cruiser Coffee to introduce a fresh coffee bar experience to The Flat, a popular Montrose nightlife destination.

Tom’s Watch Bar

Tom's Watch Bar, dubbed "America's super sports bar", opened its first location in Texas on October 29, 2023, at 1201 Caroline Street in Downtown Houston, steps away from the Toyota Center, home of the Houston Rockets.

October Openings

Annabelle Brasserie

The fall 2023 addition to Berg Hospitality Group's impressive portfolio is Annabelle Brasserie, nestled as the anchor restaurant within Autry Park. Annabelle Brasserie brings a touch of modern French elegance to Houston's culinary scene. With picturesque views and a lively…

Auden

Auden, a culinary haven nestled in the heart of Autry Park, invites guests to embark on a journey of exceptional dining experiences that seamlessly blend impeccable service, seasonal and sustainable ingredients, and masterfully crafted cocktails and wines.

Coastline Pizza

Coastline Pizzeria, a culinary venture born from the close friendship of Armando DiMeo and Jordan Kone, arrived in the Heights to redefine the pizza scene in Houston. With a shared passion for the art of pizza-making, these two friends set out to craft the very best pies the city…

Dough Zone Dumpling House

Dough Zone Dumpling House, situated in the vibrant Midtown Houston, is a culinary gem that beautifully blends the warmth of classic Chinese comfort food with a touch of modern innovation.

RAKKAN Ramen

RAKKAN Ramen in City Centre is based off its original Tokyo location that opened in 2011 with only four seats. Luckily for Houstonians, the Westchase location seats more than just four and serves delectable bowls of ramen and accompaniments.

Rumi’s Kitchen

Rumi's Kitchen, near the Galleria, is a culinary jewel that brings the rich and vibrant flavors of Persian cuisine to the heart of the city. Boasting a stylish bar and an elegant dining room that features an open kitchen, reminiscent of its acclaimed locations in Atlanta and…

Tenfold Coffee Company

Tenfold Coffee Company, nestled in the heart of Houston Heights, is a coffee aficionado's dream come true. With a wealth of experience in coffee procurement, roasting, and cafe management, Tenfold is a coffee oasis that stands out in the bustling Houston coffee scene.

September Openings

Balboa Surf Club

Balboa Surf Club's menu takes everyday dishes to new heights, featuring prime-grade meats and seafood that include a blend of wild-caught treasures like Nantucket scallops and Hawaiian tuna, as well as thoughtfully farm-raised selections. Everything, from the desserts to the…

Best Regards

Best Regards, a sophisticated cocktail bar and lounge, made its grand debut in the fall of 2023 in the Heights. Whether guests prefer sipping indoors or basking in the fresh air outdoors, this establishment offers a delightful array of wines, champagnes, mocktails, and expertly…

Betelgeuse Betelgeuse

Nestled in the heart of Montrose, Betelgeuse Betelgeuse is a neighborhood cocktail bar and pizzeria that caters to the late-night crowd, staying open until 2 a.m. every day.

Gaspachos at Levy Park

Nestled within the vibrant surroundings of Levy Park in Houston, Texas, park-goers discover the lively and colorful food truck known as Gaspachos Fruits and Cravings. This festive mobile eatery is your passport to the flavors of authentic Mexican cuisine and delightful cravings.

Gold Tooth Tony’s

Gold Tooth Tony's, nestled in the heart of Houston Heights, offers delectable 10- and 14-inch rectangular pizzas, boasting perfectly crispy edges and a symphony of cheesy goodness.

Norigami

Norigami, the monthly sushi hand roll pop-up that launched in 2021 from The Hidden Group opened their first location in the Fall of 2023 near Rice Village. With two distinct spaces, the intimate restaurant and speakeasy-style bar seat 24 guests.

Ocean 12

Ocean 12, situated in the Montrose area, maintained some key elements reminiscent of its predecessor, Gatsby's. Certain beloved menu offerings, such as the indulgent seafood towers, the deviled eggs accompanied by crispy shrimp and bacon jam, the crab cakes, campechana, twin…

August Openings

The Big Casino Kitchen + Bar

In the summer of 2023, the owners of popular tapas restaurant Batanga, converted the space to The Big Casino Kitchen + Bar, an upscale restaurant, bar and lounge. Known for the expansive 3,600 square-foot patio, the restaurant, bar and lounge is a must-visit destination

Dookki Tteokbokki

Dookki tteokbokki debuted its first U.S. location in Houston in the summer of 2023 and introduced a fresh twist to a beloved Korean tradition. Hailing from a renowned global chain with over 350 establishments.

Fiora’s Bottle Shop

Fiora's Bottle Shop, a vibrant wine bar nestled in the Montrose Collective. The charming spot specializes in crafting unforgettable moments that capture the essence of casual elegance and the joy of sharing good food and wine with friends and loved ones.

Josephine's

Josephine's, a culinary gem nestled in the heart of Midtown, Houston is an enchanting restaurant captures the essence of Southern charm with its rustic ambiance and vintage-inspired decor. The painted tin ceilings evoke a sense of history, transporting you to a time when…

Love Croissants

Indulgence takes a delectable form at Love Croissants, Houston's premier destination for those seeking the epitome of croissant perfection. Within the walls of the bakery, a symphony of flavors, textures, and artistry converge to create pastries that transcend mere confectionery…

Nando’s Peri Peri

Nando's Peri Peri in the Galleria area fuses together South African culture and Portuguese-South African heritage. Each Nando's restaurant serves as a gateway to these traditions while also becoming an integral part of its local community.

Nonno's Family Pizza Tavern

Nonno's Family Pizza Tavern, north of the Museum District, transports guests to the past with its Midwestern tavern-style square pizzas. Their retro arcade oasis adorned with pinball machines and shuffleboard, complemented by neon accents, vintage furnishings, and Tiffany pendant…

Tin Drum Asian Kitchen

Tin Drum Asian Kitchen in the Heights showcases vibrant flavors, and Asian-inspired delights take center stage. Guests can start their culinary adventure with appetizers like the irresistible crab n cheese rolls, vegetable spring rolls, and savory pork wontons.

July Openings

The Audrey Restaurant & Bar

The Audrey Restaurant & Bar in The Woodlands is inspired by old Hollywood’s starlet, Audrey Hepburn. The 3,000 square foot space is on the second level featuring old Hollywood glam style with 40-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows offering scenic views of the green space…

Benny Chows

Benny Chows, a culinary gem nestled in the Heights, is renowned for its eclectic fusion of American Chinese. This unique restaurant offers a delightful blend of traditional Asian recipes with a contemporary twist, showcasing the visionary culinary expertise of Chef Shirong Mei.

Elro Pizza & Crudo

Elro, an inviting neighborhood pizzeria and crudo bar nestled within a charming bungalow house, gracefully positioned at the crossroads of Houston's Montrose and Midtown neighborhoods.

PS-21

PS-21, an Upper Kirby delicacy, is the embodiment of passion and devotion from two French connoisseurs deeply enamored with their country's culinary delights.

The Rado Market

Rado Cafe & Market finds its roots in history, nestled beneath the iconic Eldorado Ballroom. It proudly stands as a unique all-day cafe and neighborhood market, catering to the vibrant Third Ward community.

Reel Luxury Cinemas

Reel Luxury Cinemas in The Woodlands takes movie going to a whole new level with heated reclining seats, touch-button seat side food and beverage service, boutique style privacy pod seating, front row chaise loungers and a complimentary blanket at every seat.

The Big Casino Kitchen + Bar

In the summer of 2023, the owners of popular tapas restaurant Batanga, converted the space to The Big Casino Kitchen + Bar, an upscale restaurant, bar and lounge. Known for the expansive 3,600 square-foot patio, the restaurant, bar and lounge is a must-visit destination.

June Openings

The Chelsea Bistro and Bar

The Chelsea Bistro + Bar, situated in the ever-growing Montrose Collective, offers a varied selection of New American cuisine within an elegant setting that draws inspiration from timeless European dining establishments.

Citizens of Montrose

The highly acclaimed Australian café-restaurant, Citizens, debuted in Houston during the summer of 2023. Citizens of Montrose, the all-day Australian café-restaurant marked the brand’s first location outside of New York, where Australian co-founders Justin Giuffrida and Andrew…

NOTO Houston

NOTO Houston, an innovative entertainment venue poised to revolutionize Houston's nightlife. Situated in the dynamic EaDo neighborhood, NOTO Houston offers an unrivaled experience for music and entertainment enthusiasts.

Refuge - Coffeehouse & Bar

If the name alone, Refuge Coffeehouse + Bar, isn't enticing enough, the hip spot in Montrose collaborates with Houston's esteemed Tenfold Coffee Company, sourcing their exceptional coffee to create a delightful array of beverages.

Stuffed Belly Co

Stuffed Belly, a culinary venture from renowned Houston restaurateurs Christine Ha and John Suh, brought a new dimension to the dining scene when it arrive in the summer of 2023 with its family-owned and operated drive-thru American sandwich shop.

Trill Burgers

Trill Burgers emerged in Houston with vibrant pop-ups at local culinary events, swiftly capturing attention with their delectable smashburgers. Crafted from two succulent all-beef patties, adorned with caramelized onions, pickles, and exclusive Trill Sauce, each masterpiece is…

May Openings

Albi

Albi takes a modern approach to Mediterranean cuisine, all set within a stylish and luxurious environment in Montrose on West Gray Street. Albi brings together the culinary expertise of Nano and Jimy Fakhoury, owners of Mary'z Mediterranean Cuisine, with the vision of local…

Bari Ristorante

Step into Bari, a culinary haven in River Oaks District where patrons are treated to an extraordinary homage to Italian cuisine while being transported to the glamorous ambiance of Milan and Rome. The restaurant proudly showcases the timeless classics found throughout Italy, from…

Dante’s River Oaks

Dante's River Oaks has a story that originates from long-time restaurateur Brian Doke’s passion for Italian food and wine. The serendipitous business decision came after frequent visits to the former Italian restaurant and his love for the tucked away space off Mid Lane.

Lankford’s Grocery and Market - Bellaire

The second location of Lankford Grocery & Market, the well-known Montrose staple icehouse, is nestled in Bellaire, just outside of Houston, and includes a grill that offers hamburgers — greasy real-beef patties and all the fixings. Good ol' boys, professionals and other types…

Little's Oyster Bar

Little's Oyster Bar, near Upper Kirby, hosts a strong focus on thoughtfully sourced seafood, particularly from the Gulf. Chef Jason Ryczek has crafted a menu that showcases the region's finest catches.

Ojo de Agua

Ojo de Agua, the renowned Mexico City establishment, is now nestled in River Oaks District. This expansion brings the vibrant flavors of authentic Mexican cuisine, with a particular focus on acai bowls, to eager Houstonians.

Roswell's Saloon

Roswell's Saloon, an out-of-this-world cocktail bar nestled in the vibrant neighborhood of Montrose, boasts a two-story, mesmerizing blend of retro vibes and futuristic elements. The space comes alive with an explosion of blacklight neon reminiscent of the mid-2000s laser tag…

April Openings

Andiron

Andiron, a 4,500 square-foot wood-burning steakhouse, provides a unique steakhouse experience that incorporates the traditional with the new. The menu honors the classic steakhouse while also offering a modern small plate progressive dining experience.

Cafe Juju

Café JuJu, stowed away in Lyric Market, was originally founded by Julia Hogan-McNeil after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2013. The concept offers cold-pressed juices, including their best-sellers Charcoal Juice, Pineapple Cucumber, Beet Juice and more.

Home Run Dugout

Home Run Dugout, the first-ever sports bar, restaurant, and entertainment venue featuring indoor soft-toss baseball, is now open in Katy, Texas at 1220 Grand W. Blvd. A brand-new way to play baseball with friends, Home Run Dugout has reinvented the batting cage, offering an…

HONGDAE 33 KOREAN BBQ

Hongdae 33 Korean BBQ, situated in Chinatown’s highly popular Dun Huang Plaza at 9889 Bellaire Blvd, Ste. D-229, specializes in premium all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue paired with a soju-focused beverage program.

Mama’s Texas Smokehouse

Mama’s Texas Smokehouse, nestled in Lyric Market, serves fresh, authentic Texas barbecue sandwiches and meat plates. The Mama’s team seasons and prepares all their dishes with natural seasonings and ingredients at both their Katy, TX food truck location as well as their stall at…

Padre’s Wine Shop + Bar

At Padre's Wine Shop + Bar in the Heights guests will find an impressive collection of over 250 unique bottles carefully crafted by boutique wineries hailing from different corners of the globe. In addition to featuring renowned wine regions, the staff takes pride in offering the…

March Openings

Chi’Lantro BBQ

Chi’Lantro BBQ, the nationally-recognized Korean BBQ Inspired® restaurant featured on Shark Tank, Food Network and Food & Wine opened its 11th location and first outside of Austin in the Houston Heights in 2023. The award-winning fast casual concept is located at The Heights…

Eau Tour

Eau Tour (water journey) is an exciting, creative concept focusing on an easy and relaxing atmosphere serving chef-driven, shareable feasts, perfect for a gathering with friends and family in Rice Village. The cozy 2,000 square foot space features bar seating for 11 guests with…

Heights Social

Heights Social, an upscale bar in, you guessed it, the Heights, offers a trendy environment for colorful, artistic cocktails and delectable dishes for any variety of tastebuds. The menu features crispy flatbread pizzas, burrata, brussell sprouts, and mozzarella sticks. The…

Muse

Exclusive River Oaks area boutique carries trendsetting New York and L.A. brands of women's clothing, accessories, handbags, and jewelry. Introducing designers who are not yet well known to Houstonians, but have experienced a cult following in Los Angeles and New York, Muse…

Oheya by Uchi

Oheya by Uchi, a collaboration between the team behind the acclaimed Uchi restaurant and chef Kaiser Lashkari of Himalaya is Japanese-inspired concept with a focus on small plates and izakaya-style dining. The menu will feature dishes like robata-grilled meats, sushi, and…

PrimoHoagies

PrimoHoagies is a popular sandwich chain in the United States that specializes in Philadelphia-style hoagies. The chain was founded in 1992 in South Philadelphia and has since expanded to over 100 locations across the country, including the Houston Heights location in 2023.

Rockhouse Southern Kitchen

The highly anticipated ROCKHOUSE Southern Kitchen, an expansive 14,000-square-foot space, is a Houston go-to spot for live music and all things southern-inspired. Guests can expect brass bands and live saxophone artists that will rotate nightly.

Salad and Go

Salad and Go, a fast-food chain in West University, offers healthy and affordable options to its customers. Their menu features a variety of freshly made salads, wraps, and breakfast items that are free from artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives.

February Openings

Bad Astronaut Brewing Company

Bad Astronaut Brewery sells beers all around town, but their 36,000-square-foot brewery and taproom is nestled just north of downtown Houston. Dedicated to making fabulous beer and having a good time, the owners of Bad Astronaut Brewery share a passion for craft beer. Check it…

Black Rock Coffee

Tasty syrups? Check. Alternative milk options? Check. A beverage for your little one in tow? Check! Black Rock Coffee Bar has all the necessary makings of a good coffee shop, plus some unique offerings to entice guests over from a Starbucks undoubtedly on the other corner.

Bluestone Lane - Rice Village

An Australian lifestyle cafe chain made its way to the Rice Village in 2023. Hot coffee, cold coffee, smoothies, juices, breakfast dishes, sandwiches, salads, wine, beer, cocktails — what more could a local or visitor ask for? There are so many beverage options on the menu…

Eight Row Flint - East End

The Eado location of Eight Row Flint, a hangout for patrons seeking a casual yet modern icehouse, is the brand's second location and came after popularity soared at their Heights venue. The Texas ice house, generally known as an open-air bar serving up plenty of cold beer, has…

Graffiti Raw

Houston has a reputation for a diverse food scene, but how about a variety of choices all in one place? Graffiti Raw, in Montrose, showcases flavors from Mexico, the Mediterranean, the Big Sur region and others all in a coastal, chic atmosphere. The menu includes a selection of…

Layne's Chicken Fingers

Aggie alums will rejoice at the site of a Layne's Chicken Fingers inside Houston city limits. Get the delectable taste of College Station in the Houston Heights right on Ella Blvd. This to-go only location serves everything Layne's is "soon to be famous" for: chicken tenders…

Little Hen

With an affinity for afternoon tea and a strict dress code, Little Hen arrived in the River Oaks District from Florida in 2023. The English-inspired breakfast and brunch boutique prides itself of being Instagrammable and fancy and serves the dishes made from high-quality…

January Openings

Bayou Heights Bier Garten

Bayou Heights Bier Garten in the Heights is a hangout spot for any day of the week and, really, any time of day. Featuring a two-story windowed silo and stunning patio, the restaurant serves specialty house curated cocktails, beer, wine and upscale bar food.

The Blind Goat - Spring Branch

The Blind Goat, in Spring Branch, takes a modern approach to Vietnamese cuisine. Christine Ha, winner of MasterChef (season 3), opened the gastropub's brick and mortar in early 2023. Diners can feast upon epic dishes in a colorful, casual atmosphere designed for an easy night out…

Bitty & Beau’s Coffee

Houston welcomed Bitty & Beau's to it's perfect H-town home in Rice Village in early 2023. Bitty & Beau's serves coffee, pastries and a human rights movement from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily. The shop is run by people with intellectual and development disabilities with a mission to…

Fat Boy’s Pizza

Fat Boy's Pizza landed in Texas from Louisiana in early 2023. Just outside of Houston, in Richmond, pizza lovers can indulge in massive pizza pies with a variety of toppings, meatballs, garlic knots or loaded waffle fries.

JUN BY KIN

Top Chef (Season 19) star and Houston local, Evelyn Garcia, opened Jun by Kin in early 2023 with Henry Lu. The restaurant focuses on New Asian American cuisine. Artfully crafted and posed to perfection, the dishes at this charming Heights establishment are sure to give diners a…

Killen's BBQ - Cypress

Chef Ronnie Killen, best known for his icehouse-turned-fine-dining-restaurant Killen’s Steakhouse, opened Killen’s Barbecue in Pearland in February 2014. This Cypress location opened in early 2023

Kriti Kitchen

Kriti Kitchen truly allows guests to sit back, relax and enjoy a meal, either in their restaurant or with their heat and eat offerings. This West U spot offers Greek food on-the-go for busy, hungry people.

VINSANTO

VinSanto in Memorial Green appeases wine drinkers, shoppers and hungry people all at once. A combination of a premier wine bar, wine shop and bistro, VinSanto serves and sells worldly wines.