Development never stops in H-Town! New restaurants, bars, and attractions are opening all the time. Consider this your go-to guide for staying in the know in Houston.
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The Heights recently welcomed Blackbird Izakaya. For those not familiar with the term, izakayas are informal Japanese pubs traditionally visited for after-work drinks and dinner.
Cacao & Cardamom - River Oaks
The tiny jewel-box store in River Oaks Shopping Center is the second location for Cacao & Cardamom.
The restaurant is the brainchild of the King’s Group, the same group behind King’s Beirgarten and King’s Beerhaus. With 13 gourmet kolaches to choose from, patrons can enjoy bratwurst, smoked polish, drunken chicken stuffed with Spaten Lager marinade, sautéed peppers and buffalo sauce.
Chef Jonathan “Jonny” Rhodes takes diners through a cultural and historical exploration of soul food at his north Houston restaurant, Indigo.
In the mood for fried chicken or a seafood dinner? La Lucha, chef Ford Fry’s new restaurant in the Houston Heights, is just the ticket.
One Fifth: Mediterranean
The third iteration of James Beard award-winning chef Chris Shepherd’s ambitious One Fifth restaurant opened in August 2018, called One Fifth: Mediterranean, bringing Houstonians a taste of the cuisine of the eastern Mediterranean and northern Africa.
Hot pot fans will love this all-you-can eat shabu shabu restaurant Shabu Zone in Chinatown. The new restaurant offers a varied selection of ingredients for diners to create their own hot pot.
At the first Houston outpost of Dallas-based chain Shell Shack, diners can get a seafood boil made their way.
Smoosh (Brick & Mortar)
Those who had the chance to try Smoosh’s delicious ice cream sandwiches can now enjoy them any time at the popular food truck’s new brick-and-mortar location. At the cheery Heights store, painted brightly in orange and teal, visitors can make their own ice cream sandwich creations and enjoy them on site.
Native Houston chef, Ford Fry, opened his long-awaited restaurant, Superica. The Houston outpost of his Atlanta restaurant by the same name offers diners a mix of Tex-Mex classics such as tacos, tamales and fajitas, and traditional Mexican dishes such as pozole and menudo.
Chills 360, a popular Dallas-based ice cream shop known for its Thai ice cream rolls, arrived to Montrose with its totally Instagram-worthy ice cream treats.
The Classic – All Day
Benjy Levit, owner of Benjy’s and Local Foods, has brought a new neighborhood restaurant, The Classic - All Day, to Washington Avenue.
This popular 80s and electronic music lounge has found a new home in downtown Houston. Having outgrown their space in Montrose, Etro Lounge is now ready to party at its new digs on Main Street, where clubgoers can dance the night away to 80s, indie and electro music.
Kau Ba Saigon Kitchen
Kau-Ba Saigon Kitchen opened to much fanfare as celebrity chef Nikki Tran brings her take on “Viejun”, a fusion of Vietnamese and Cajun, to Houston.
Will Gruy, a native Texan and former motorcycle racer who spent part of his childhood in Italy, opened Pizza Motus because he missed the unique crispness and flavor of the pizza he ate as a kid on the streets of Rome.
Pop + Pan
Formerly known as Houston Panini & Provisions, Pop + Pan is back with a new name and in its shiny new, expanded digs after a short hiatus to refresh the property.
Described as Houston’s first fresh-casual Asian restaurant, SING offers Houstonians a taste of Singapore.
Twisted Love offers hand crafted pan-Asian influenced flavors made with premium ingredients. Located in Chinatown, this new ice cream shop puts a literal twist on the delicious dessert.
Is it possible for a restaurant to mix wellbeing and pleasure? At Vibrant, they're doing just that. Vibrant creates foods that are gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free and non-GMO.
Fusion Eats expands the concept of Fusion Taco, offering tacos, homemade salsa, sauces and tortillas, complemented by margaritas, draft beer and pitchers.
The brainchild of Michael Mina and Ayesha Curry (yes, Steph Curry’s wife), International Smoke aims to offer a culinary experience through the art of grilling.
Kau-Ba Saigon Kitchen
Kau-Ba Saigon Kitchen opened to much fanfare as celebrity chef Nikki Tran brings her take on “Viejun”, a fusion of Vietnamese and Cajun, to Houston.
El Segundo Swim Club
Tucked away in East End is a new membership-based swimming facility that offers a fun and lively ambiance complemented by an exciting drink menu.
La Villa Saint-Tropez
Nestled in Houston’s Montrose district, this chic French Mediterranean restaurant will transport you to the French Riviera.
Matcha Cafe Maiko
Matcha lovers rejoiced with the arrival of the Houston outpost of Matcha Cafe Maiko, a Hawaiian chain solely dedicated to this popular powdered green tea.
The retro, Palm Beach-inspired patio bar located in Montrose is stunning with its bright pink, yellow and orange hues, tropical accents, birdcage chandeliers and neon lights.
East Hampton Sandwich Co.
After recently opening up in the River Oaks District, Dallas-based restaurant East Hampton Sandwich Co. is making its way to the Montrose neighborhood.
Located in the Garden Oaks neighborhood just north of downtown, pho-enthusiasts can rejoice at Flying Pho, where warm bowls of Hanoi-style soup await.
Katz's Deli and Bar (renovation)
There's a new look at Katz's Deli and Bar which meshes old and new, creating an environment that fits the needs and wants of its loyal, late-night visitors.
While Houston certainly has its fair share of hot spots for creative rolls and delicately sliced sashimi, few have the international prestige of the newly opened Nobu at the Houston Galleria.
Pitch 25 Beer Park
Pitch 25 is a brand new, soccer-themed bar, grill and epic neighborhood hangout for followers of the beautiful game.
Tubs Poutine offers a choose-your-own-gravy-covered-adventure any French fry lover can get behind.
4J Brewing Co.
Women-owned and family-operated 4J Brewing Company is the product of a family passion that turned into a business. Siblings Jessica, Jackie, Joanna and Jennifer know good beer and how to brew it.
Burger Libre is a fun lucha libre-inspired burger joint in La Porte, about 30 minutes southeast of Houston.
Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
This Memphis-style fried chicken chain with a devoted following finally arrived in Houston after a nearly two-year wait.
La Vista 101
La Vista 101 is Chef Greg Gorden's newest version of a neighborhood favorite. The reimagined (and relocated) Italian eatery is located in the heart of the historic Heights and serves up bold Italian flavors, great drinks, and a relaxing atmosphere.
Leiberman's Eatery, Market, Gifts
Those who visited Leibman’s on Memorial Drive and Kirkwood before it closed will find the same impressive selection of wines, prepared foods, gourmet food products and gifts they were used to at its new digs near Memorial City Mall.
Lua Viet Kitchen
This fast-casual Vietnamese restaurant in Montrose brings Vietnamese dishes prepared with local and high quality ingredients to Alabama Row, a development on the corner of West Alabama and Mandell.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston - Glassell School of Art
The teaching institute of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston moved to a new location as part of the museum's $450 million renovation project. The Brown Foundation Plaza, along with the Glassell School of Art, serve as a public gateway to the Susan and Fayez Sarofim Campus, creating a new public greenspace in Houston.
Poitin is located in the heart of the burgeoning Washington Avenue Arts District at Sawyer Yards. The 9,600-square-foot full-service restaurant and bar is the brainchild of restaurateur Ian Tucker, who in 2017 launched Balls Out Burger in the Heights following 16 years of experience owning and managing successful concepts in his native Dublin.
Describing itself as an adult playground, Truck Yard Houston offers brews, grub and tunes in a come-as-you-are atmosphere. With its first location in Dallas, Truck Yard chose Houston as the perfect spot for its second location.
UB Preserv (formerly Underbelly)
James Beard award-winning Chef Chris Shepherd turned the success of his restaurant Underbelly into a concept for his new restaurant UB Preserv. UB Preserv pushes the limits of dining to offer new and interesting menu options.
Soup dumpling enthusiasts, unite! Wanna Bao offers Szechuan and Shanghainese cuisine in Houston’s Midtown area.
Blue Onyx Bistro
Taking three things Houstonians love and combining them into one concept is what makes Chef David Chang's Blue Onyx Bistro the perfect choice for any palate.
The Cottonmouth Club
The Cottonmouth Club, located in the historic Brewster Building at 108 Main St., is Downtown’s newest cocktail experience.
Houston welcomes another poke restaurant with Diced Poke in Midtown. Described as chef driven and locally owned, Diced Poke offers more than the typical poke venue.
Just when you thought Vietnamese cuisine in Houston couldn’t get any better, Les Noo’dle in Montrose hits the scene with much buzzed about pho.
This Phoenix-based restaurant is bringing its award-winning wine and beer program to Heights Mercantile. Inside its swinging glass doors, Postino WineCafe features local art, vintage music posters and a large art installation made from cut up skateboards sourced from Postino guests and small skate shops around the country.
Tea + Victory
Calling all board game fans! Tea + Victory in Shady Acres is redefining game night by treating Houstonians to more than 500 board games in a coffee shop setting.
Velvet Taco - Montrose
Dallas-based Velvet Taco continues to expand its upscale taqueria concept, opening a fifth in Houston’s Montrose neighborhood.
The Yellow Cup Coffee & Tea
Described as a place to slow down, connect and enjoy the moment, The Yellow Cup Coffee & Tea is a great spot to pick up some coffee before work or to catch a mid-afternoon break.
Bloom & Bee
Inside the luxurious The Post Oak Hotel in Uptown Houston, Bloom & Bee invites diners to fresh, locally inspired dishes in a gorgeous setting. The restaurant at Houston Rockets owner and famed restaurateur Tillman Fertitta’s newest development is reminiscent of a lush garden filled with beautiful flowers, including blown glass blooms that hang from the dining room’s ceiling.
Transport yourself to Paris at this confectionery in the lobby of The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Park. Like many of the additions to the newest development by Houston Rockets owner and restaurateur Tillman Fertitta, this Parisian-inspired gourmet pastry and coffee shop has a striking aesthetic.
Kick back at Craft F&B, a gastropub in The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Park, the latest venture of Houston Rockets owner and Landry’s owner Tillman Fertitta. Exposed brick, concrete floors and exposed ducts give this casual restaurant an industrial vibe while rich woods and dark colors add warmth to its atmosphere.
The Escape Game Houston
Located in CityCentre, The Escape Game Houston joins the list as the third Texas location (Austin opened in December 2015 and Dallas opened in May 2017) and like its predecessors, the Houston location makes those dreams you have of cracking a mystery or saving the world a reality.
Houston loves its barbecue and Feges BBQ is no exception. Patrick Feges, a self-taught pitmaster known in the culinary world as the 'Whole Hog Guy', has teamed up with industry veteran and Chopped champion Erin Smith to open Feges BBQ in Greenway Plaza.
Fig & Olive
After enjoying a day shopping at The Galleria, treat yourself to a meal at the 7,000-square foot dining destination Fig & Olive. The French Riviera-inspired restaurant is an oasis in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Houston’s shopping district.
Step back in time at H Bar. The vintage-inspired bar is located in The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Park. Sip on creative cocktails while you lounge on velvet banquets. Black-and-white photos adorn the walls creating a sensual environment for any date or just a night cap.
After enchanting the Dallas-Fort Worth area with their first two outposts, restaurateur Shannon Wynne and his partners, Keith Schlabs and Larry Richardson are bringing the creative burger concept, Rodeo Goat Ice House, to Houston.
The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston
The Post Oak’s 38-story tower boasts the epitome of luxury and Houston class. Located in the Galleria area, this mixed-used space includes a hotel, residential units, restaurants and Houston’s first, and only, Bugatti dealership.
Take a trip to Paris at the new bar Victor, located at 4321 Montrose. Named for the French author Victor Hugo, this bar/lounge is the perfect destination for Houston Francophiles.
BCK: Kitchen & Cocktail Adventures
From the owners of Bosscat Kitchen + Libations comes BCK: Kitchen & Cocktail Adventures. The Heights neighborhood bar and eatery serves American fare inspired by the owners’ childhood favorites.
Love coffee and gaming? Coral Sword is the place for you. A collaboration between former Astros player Hunter Pence, his wife Alexis, Greenway Coffee’s David Buehrer, Ming Chen of Comic Book Men, and barista and gamer Sanford Bledsoe, III, the East End coffee, comics and gaming bar is an exciting place to hang out.
Relax with a beer in hand at Frank’s Backyard, an addition to the already popular Frank’s Pizza that aims to help you feel as if you were hanging out in someone’s backyard in the middle of downtown Houston.
The Breakfast Klub’s Marcus Davis brings his take on African-inspired cuisine to downtown with the opening of Kulture. African and classic jazz tunes provide soothing background music to the casually-elevated atmosphere, made complete with colorful tribal and jazz artworks.
Local Foods - Heights
Fans of Benjy Levit’s wildly popular Local Foods were excited when the restaurateur opened a Heights location in early 2018. The Heights location in the Mercantile features an expansive patio facing the bike trail, the shops first free standing juice bar and a seasonal menu with locally-sourced ingredients.
Named after the herons that nest on in the century-old live oaks of North and South Boulevards in Montrose, Night Heron is Agricole Hospitality’s (Coltivare, Revival Market, Eight Row Flint) first Montrose establishment. The come-as-you-are neighborhood bar and restaurant serves small and shared plates from executive chef Jacob Pate and a bar program at the hands of general manager Julie Rogers.
Flip ‘n Patties opened its first brick-and-mortar in the Briar Forest area near Energy Corridor. Houstonians welcomed the new concept, which started out as a Filipino food truck and foodie-favorite for locals.
In line with the recent demand for poke shops in Houston, Green Ceviche is bringing the flavor and freshness of South America to Westheimer Road near Dairy Ashford.
Golden Bagels & Coffee
Move over store-bought bagels! Katz Coffee is expanding its’ Houston brand to offer a bagel shop that caters to bagel lovers everywhere at Golden Bagels & Coffee. Centered in the Heights, the coffee shop and bagel-lovers market offers several options for guests thanks to their cosmopolitan meets old-world approach to bagels.
Harlem Road BBQ
On the outskirts of town – just inside Highway 99 in southwest Houston – you'll find a small, rustic building on the side of Harlem Road. Here hungry patrons can be found lined up for some of the city's biggest BBQ flavor at Harlem Road Texas BBQ.
Holman Draft Hall
Midtown welcomes its newest watering hole in the long-waited Holman Draft Hall. Armed with industrial chic décor, seating for large and small parties alike, and over 100 selections of beer and wine on tap, get ready to settle in to your new favorite neighborhood spot.
Italian American Grocery Co.
Italian American Grocery Co. brings visitors grocery authentic food, frozen treats, beer and spirits. Located in the Heights neighborhood, the interior has an industrial feel, with natural light, wide aisles, and the wafting aromas of freshly-baked goods made daily.
If you think you know what to expect from Willie G’s, think again. Houston Rockets owner and famed restaurateur, Tillman Fertitta, has a revamped take on his longstanding seafood restaurant.
Snooze: An AM Eatery - Heights
Denver-based breakfast joint, Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, opened in the Heights and locals can’t get enough of the company’s creative spin on breakfast tacos, sandwiches and pancakes.
The River Oaks District just received a jolt of energy with the opening of Cavo Coffee. Cavo Coffee is a project of Siphon Coffee co-founder Michael Caplan, and uses the same beans sourced from Houston’s own Amaya Roasters and Portland’s Heart Roasters, and made by using the siphon method that gives Caplan’s first coffee shop its name.
Doris Metropolitan (formerly Triniti)
It’s not hard to find an amazing steakhouse in Houston, but Doris Metropolitan is not your traditional steakhouse. Founded by three business partners who share a Middle Eastern heritage, the menu pulls inspiration from their ancestry through the restaurant’s robust meat seasonings and vegetable-forward appetizers.
El Tiempo Cantina (Webster/Clear Lake)
The eighth El Tiempo location is bringing its Tex-Mex empire to the Webster/Clear Lake area. Sizzling fajitas provide delicious background noise in the authentic border town Cantina.
Part bistro, part bar, part lounge, Emmaline is the new neighbor hotspot in the Montrose area. Inspired by iconic places like The Ivy in West Hollywood, designer Ashley Putnam created a welcoming space with floor to ceiling windows with Instagram-worthy views of the Houston skyline, a garden room and an upstairs deck perfect for enjoying specialty cocktails.
Goode Co. Kitchen & Cantina
Houstonians dining out in the Memorial neighborhood are in for a very Goode experience! After 40 years of serving some of our city's best comfort food, the Goode Company family of restaurants has opened an exciting new westside spot offering delicious Tex-Mex cuisine at Goode Co. Kitchen & Cantina.
Goodnight Charlie’s is a good ‘ole fashioned combination of comfort food, countless libations, and honky-tonk with a modern twist. The motto sums it up perfectly: “Our Houston honky-tonk welcomes all with the Texas spirit.”
EaDog Park is the newest green space designed to let your dogs run and play, all while you enjoy a nice view of the Houston skyline.
Hotel ZaZa - Memorial City
After the success of Hotel ZaZa Museum District, another Hotel ZaZa location is open in Memorial City.
Le Peep (relocated)
LePeep, a local breakfast and lunch institution, opened its new Galleria-area location at 4340 Westheimer Rd., in the Westheimer Oaks development.
Legendary restaurant Mastro’s opened up its first Texas location in Houston. The restaurant chain, owned by Tillman Fertitta’s Landry’s Inc., is a favorite of celebrities and food critics from coast to coast. Mastro’s Houston is located at The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston.
This new wine bar and bistro will be having you do the hustle. Located in the ultra-trendy EaDo district, Nancy’s Hustle is joining other bars and restaurants that is making the East End the place to see and be seen. Nancy’s Hustle diner vibe brings a cozy atmosphere to the growing neighborhood.
Bellagreen at Vintage Marketplace
Rebranded from the former Ruggles Green, Bellagreen at Vintage Marketplace is the six location across Houston, serving up more healthy fare in a fast casual setting.
Bespoke HTX is an outpost for the craftsman and creative. Founded on the idea that the story and people behind every piece of art is as significant as the craft itself, Bespoke HTX provides a platform for the artist to tell their story and connect with the consumer.
Delta Blue Smokehouse
Check into an upscale barbecue experience when you visit Pappa's Delta Blues Smokehouse, the latest concept in the Pappas Restaurants portfolio.
The Gypsy Wagon
The Rice Village/Medical Center area now has its own slice of Paris in the newly opened Éclair Paris.
Jin Korean BBQ
Bring an appetite to Jin Korean BBQ, the all-you-can-eat joint near Chinatown. Choose from a variety of beef, poultry and seafood including Galbi, Bulgogi, Samgyupsal (pork belly), spicy chicken, tilapia and more.
MFA @ Heights Mercantile
The Museum of Fine Arts Houston teamed up with Heights Mercantile to open MFA Contemporary @ Heights Mercantile.
Momentum Indoor Climbing Gym
Momentum Silver Street is a 43,000 sq. ft. full-service bouldering gym and training facility, considered one of the largest bouldering gyms in the world.
Moxie Grill and Bar
Moxie's Grill and Bar , the popular Canadian restaurant, opened its second U.S. location in Houston in November 2017 and brings with it a globally inspired menu.
Pho Hung has reopened their outpost on Bellaire following a brief closure.
Spring Street Beer and Wine Garden
Spring Street Beer and Wine Garden, a neighborhood bar in Houston’s First Ward, is the perfect spot for an after-work drink, watching the big game or just patio sitting on a nice afternoon.
Union Kitchen- Washington
Armed with 15 years in the restaurant biz, Paul Miller introduced his globally- inspired Union Kitchen to the Houston market in late-summer 2010. In the years since, Miller has expanded the venture to Kingwood, Memorial and now the Heights.
Zayed’s Mediterranean Grill
Fresh, organic, healthy and gluten-free are words that describe the menu at Zayed’s Mediterranean Grill. With a brand-new restaurant in CityCentre, Zayed’s provides varied dining options focusing on the best of the Mediterranean.
In a city that has long buoyed the bigger is better mantra, Houston’s Hotel Alessandra aims to reverse tradition with intimate intrigue. The twenty-story, 223-room building, which occupies a prime site in downtown Houston’s pedestrian-oriented GreenStreet development, opened fall 2017.
Fabergé, one of the world's most iconic artist jewellers, opened their first retail boutique in Texas in fall 2017. Located in The Galleria, the boutique features distinctive design elements and motifs that illustrate the story of Fabergé's illustrious heritage.
A seat at the chef’s table? At James Beard Award winner Justin Yu’s new restaurant, the answer is always yes! One of Houston’s hottest new restaurants, Theodore Rex, will keep several tables and seats at the bar open for walk-in diners at this modern bistro.
Whether you're in the mood for tea or something sweet to drink, Zero Degrees offers yummy and whimsical beverage options for everyone.
Cloud 10 Creamery – Heights
Touted as one of Houston’s best dessert spots, Cloud 10 Creamery’s second location in the Heights may surprise even the most discerning frozen treat connoisseur.
Melange Creperie has been cooking its way into Houstonian hearts for a while now, starting with street-style crepes in Montrose, then farmers markets, parties and festivals. Last year, they caught a following at downtown’s beloved food hall, Conservatory. Today, guests can count on crepes daily at their first brick and mortar spot in the historic Heights neighborhood.
With a wide selection of sweet, gluten-free and even jumbo savory muffins, Merry Muffins is making everyone’s favorite breakfast snack an all-day event.
One Fifth: Romance Languages
Chef Chris Shepherd, along with business partners, Kevin Floyd, Whitney Mercilus and Steve Flippo launched their One Fifth restaurant in January 2017—a five-year project that will feature five different restaurant concepts. In its latest iteration, Romance Languages, Shepherd offers his take on French, Italian and Spanish cuisine.
Raven Tower (re-opening)
Situated right next to White Oak Music Hall, The Raven Tower is the perfect sidekick to one of Houston’s hottest hot spots for live music
Snappy Salads offers fast, casual and healthy salad mixes in the Houston area. The Dallas-based restaurant chain provides fresh, leafy greens, fish and vegetables to keep its guests feeling light and energized.
Elevated Bayou Cuisine. That’s how celebrity chef and James Beard Award nominee Bryan Caswell describes the food at his new restaurant, Oxbow 7, located in downtown Houston’s central business district.
Milk and Cream
What happens when you take a warm, milky, slightly-sweet bun, add in a few scoops of ice cream and then roll it around in a sweet topping? The answer is one of Houston’s newest, hippest dessert spots – Milk & Cream.
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