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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in Houston

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants in Houston? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Aya Sushi restaurant
5.0
5 (161)
$50 and over
Japanese
Bellaire
About the restaurant
A fresh, modern sushi experience in the Bellaire Triangle featuring innovative Japanese cuisine from reknowned chef Yoshi Katsuyama.

Guests can expect to enjoy fresh fish daily in a vairety of nigiri, maki, and sashimi preparations alongside traditional Japanese favorites from the kitchen. Aya features an innovative cocktail program, as well as an extensive selection of wine, sake, and Japanese whisky.

For the full Aya experience, enjoy chef's multi-course omakase option alongside hand-selected pairings including sake and wine.

With limited seating capacity, we reserve the sushi bar exclusively for omakase at this time. To book your sushi bar experience, please inquire via email: info@ayasushi.com
Top review
Velveetavip
Dined 5 days ago
Love love love this place. Great experience! Good food and so original
A photo of Damian's Cucina Italiana restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2958)
$31 to $50
Italian
Montrose
About the restaurant
Since 1983, Damian's Cucina Italiana has been known worldwide as the top authentic Italian restaurant in Houston, Texas. Set in an old-world atmosphere which is elegant, yet warm and friendly, diners at Damian's are accustomed to extensive menu offerings, specially tailored dishes, and weekly specials created by Chef Izzy Morfin.
Top review
Louise
Dined 2 days ago
We have loved Damian’s for 40 years! And last night is no exception to their exquisite food. NO one can make Alfredo sauce like Damian’s!
A photo of Lucio's BYOB & Grill restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1189)
$30 and under
American
Montrose
About the restaurant
Lucio's is New American cuisine in a comforting yet upscale dining atmosphere, concentrating on seasonal and fresh local ingredients.
Life is to be enjoyed, if you want to go somewhere to appreciate your bottle of wine and be reminded of the simple pleasures of life, this is it.
Top review
JulieMvip
Dined 2 days ago
Great restaurant and super friendly, helpful staff! Food was delicious, and we got great personal attention. Highly recommend!
A photo of Vargas Cut & Catch restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1219)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Galveston
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of Galveston's historic downtown district, Vargas Cut and Catch is a contemporary Steak House serving USDA Prime Steaks and the Freshest Seafood available.

We look forward to serving you soon!!

Sincerely,
Paco Vargas and family

Street parking is complimentary after 6:00pm
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jun 16, 2024
What a wonderful restaurant! The cocktails were perfect, the food was incredible and the service couldn’t be better. The only “problem” was deciding what to order since everything on the menu looked amazing. We can’t wait to go back to try other menu items. And our waiter, Brandon, if you get a chance to sit in his section you will not regret it!
A photo of Stella's Wine Bar restaurant
4.9
4.9 (98)
$31 to $50
American
Galleria / Uptown
About the restaurant
Tucked away in the southeast corner of the hotel, Stella’s Wine Bar is Houston’s newest and most alluring wine destination for both casual wine enthusiasts and serious oenophiles. Offering over 30 wine-producing regions through a variety of flights and close to 60 wines by the glass, Stella’s Wine Bar provides a unique journey of tastes from around the world. Guided by our unrivaled team of highly skilled yet incredibly approachable sommeliers, guests can learn and explore both the new and the familiar wines in a social convivial atmosphere with world-class wine resources to share as little or as much as you want to know. The full Cellar wine program can also be accessed within Stella’s Wine Bar, so options are near limitless.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Overall experience was very nice and upscale. Food and wine was tasty and moderately priced. Our biggest complaint was the music. Would have been more appropriate and complimentary to have soft jazz playing.
A photo of Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar restaurant
4.9
4.9 (3852)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Galveston
About the restaurant
Paco is the definition of the "All American Dream", awarded the 2019 "Faces of Diversity Award" by the National Restaurant Association. This prestigious award honors those who have achieved success through perservance and determination embodying the American Dream.

Rudy & Paco's offer the freshest seafood and steaks with a Central American flare. Come experience fine dining at its best with Paco and his staff.

We are honored to have the opportunity and privilege to serve you and your family.

~ Paco Vargas and Family

Lunch - Street parking is available, pay at parking meter or by App
Dinner - Street parking is free after 6 pm.

Dress code is strictly enforced for Dinner.
No shorts for men, women (including rompers) and children. Men must have a collared shirt (no t-shirts) and no hats.

Dress code for Lunch is casual with shorts acceptable but no hats.



Top review
VicCruzvip
Dined 3 days ago
This restaurant is always the best. Paco welcomes all his guests personally and engages them in warm conversation. All dishes are delicious. Make reservations as it is not a large restaurant.
A photo of Arturo Boada Cuisine restaurant
4.9
4.9 (767)
$31 to $50
Italian
Galleria / Uptown
About the restaurant
This neighborhood eatery serves up an eclectic blend of Italian, Spanish and Latin cuisine not to be missed. Try unique tapas like the camarones henesy en hamaca, mussels tomatillo, ceviche and many more. The wood burning-oven puts out authentic thin crust pizzas, with favorites such as the carnitas pizza. We offer a flavorful selection of fresh seafood and steaks. Our home made desserts are a must, from wood oven baked apple pastry to Arturo’s famous crème brulee. The hand picked wine list offers a variety of boutique and exclusive wineries. We are very happy to accommodate any of your special requests.
Top review
Fantastic
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent ambience coupled with incredible dishes!
A photo of Brennan's of Houston restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3801)
$50 and over
Creole / Cajun / Southern
Montrose
About the restaurant
Not seeing an available reservation? Please call us at 713-522-9711.

Since our 1967 opening as a sister restaurant to the world-famous Commander’s Palace in New Orleans, Brennan's of Houston has evolved into the city's premier destination for memorable dining served with true Southern hospitality.

NOTE: We enforce a dress code minimum of business casual. Jackets are preferred but not required. We do not allow shorts, t-shirts, flip-flops, torn jeans, baseball caps, or athletic wear in the dining rooms.
Top review
DanielleG
Dined on Jun 14, 2024
Always a great dining experience! Our servers/bartenders (Hailey & Brian) were exceptional.
A photo of Chez Nous French Restaurant restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2205)
$31 to $50
French
Kingwood / Humble / Atascocita
About the restaurant
Chez Nous is a modern French Restaurant where traditional French cuisine meets the needs of the American market. Chez Nous is renowned in its new world interpretation of the Parisian Classics. Seasonal menu items are prepared by Chef Stacy Simonson and highlight the fine locally produced ingredients served in an elegant yet comfortable setting.
Top review
JennS
Dined 5 days ago
Amazing food, service, and ambience. Quiet and classy like a good restaurant should be. One of our consistent favorites.
A photo of Gyu-Kaku - Willowbrook, TX restaurant
4.9
4.9 (236)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Tomball
About the restaurant
Founded in Tokyo in 1996, Gyu-Kaku has become the world’s #1 Japanese BBQ brand! Thanks to our devoted fans we have reached over 700 locations worldwide. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people gather around the table-top smokeless grill, a centerpiece of our dining concept, enjoying selections of premium meats, just off the grill, and other freshly prepared foods from our kitchens, inspiring laughter, conversation, and a magical dining experience.

Our authentic yakiniku (grilled barbeque) dining experience crowns you the chef. Share a variety of delicious appetizers and premium cooked meats over a flaming grill, paired with Japanese sake, frosty cold beers, or other alcoholic and non-alcoholic options of your choice. We're the perfect spot to enjoy time with friends and family, organize an office party, or to spend quality time with your significant other!

Before you go, don't forget to taste our best-seller Harami Skirt Steak or Prime Kalbi Short Rib among other must-try dishes!
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jun 16, 2024
I always go here my family loves it great food and service.
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