The Most Fun Restaurants in Houston

The OpenTable Team

Houston’s dining scene has grown in leaps and waves over the past few years—some foodies even consider it to be one of the most interesting culinary scenes in the country. While the BBQ and Meat and Three restaurants here are still going strong, the city has branched out to welcome in all kinds of flavorful forces. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Houston now has amazing and eclectic food choices from all over the world—it’s a great spot for authentic flavors and recipes from first-generation chefs. When looking for fun restaurants in Houston, be sure to check out these spots.

Restaurants:Taste Bar + Kitchen, The Eatery at Hodge Podge Lodge, Kulture Restaurant
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Comfort Food, American, Southern
Neighborhoods:Midtown / Montrose, Montgomery, Downtown

Taste Bar + Kitchen

$$$$·Comfort Food·
Midtown / Montrose
636 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Great for Lunch
Taste Bar and Kitchen, located in Midtown, it a great choice if you’re looking for a fun restaurant in Houston. The menu features a wide range of globally-inspired comfort foods atRead more
93% recommended
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The Eatery at Hodge Podge Lodge

$$$$·American·
Montgomery
191 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Great for Lunch
The Eatery at Hodge Podge Lodge is the latest addition to the historic lodge located on Prairie Street in downtown Montgomery. It is a casual elegant American bistro that serves upRead more
98% recommended
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Kulture Restaurant

$$$$·Southern·
Downtown
189 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for Groups
  • Authentic
Kulture is a casual restaurant and bar located on Avenida de Las Americas right in the heart of downtown. It’s a popular place with Houstonians, visiting business folks, downtown lRead more
100% recommended
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Brasserie 1895

$$$$·French American·
Friendswood
589 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
Brasserie 1895 is definitely one of the most fun restaurants in Houston. They feature Old World Inspired, Wood Fired Cuisine, a Chef Driven Concept led by Chef Kris Jakob, formerlyRead more
91% recommended
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Phil and Dereks

$$$$·Cajun·
Downtown
370 reviews
  • Hot Spot
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Great for Brunch
Phil and Derek’s Restaurant is Houston’s most popular southern Creole and Cajun eatery. They offer tasty mouth-watering dishes and fun, live upbeat Jazz and R&B music. Located in tRead more
85% recommended
Great for Brunch in Houston

Blue Onyx Bistro

$$$$·Seafood·
Galleria / Uptown
435 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Blue Onyx Bistro is an upscale seafood and steak restaurant just inside the West Loop near the Galleria. It’s a large space with a luxurious open dining room, a breezy patio space Read more
89% recommended
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MAD

$$$$·Spanish·
River Oaks
696 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Hot Spot
  • Special Occasion
MAD is a unique restaurant and bar concept inspired by Madrid’s famous nightlife. It features the most popular form of Spanish gastronomy: classical and modern tapas and rice, meatRead more
89% recommended
Hot Spot in Houston

Lucille's

$$$$·Comfort Food·
W. University / Med Center
1,905 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Brunch
Lucille’s is a casual dining comfort food spot located on Branch Street in the West University / Med Center neighborhood. The Williams’ Brothers, who opened the place, set out to cRead more
93% recommended
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Artisans Restaurant

$$$$·French·
Midtown / Montrose
2,017 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Artisan Restaurant, located in the Midtown neighborhood, is definitely one of the most fun restaurants in Houston. The vibe here is casually elegant and they serve an eclectic menuRead more
96% recommended

Rainbow Lodge

$$$$·American·
Heights / Washington
3,414 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Rainbow Lodge offers a blend of fine dining and lodge-style relaxing. The restaurant sits in a 100-year-old log cabin and offers a cozy but refined setting. The menu offers succuleRead more
93% recommended
Scenic View in Houston

The Union Kitchen (Towne Lake)

$$$$·American·
Cypress
208 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
This popular Union Kitchen outpost is the 6th to open in the greater Houston area! It boasts a sprawling interior and a big, beautiful outdoor patio to enjoy when the weather is niRead more
94% recommended
Scenic View in Houston

Batanga

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Downtown
1,234 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic
  • Good for Groups
For delicious tapas at one of the most fun restaurants in Houston, check out the menu at Batanga. It’s a laid-back Latin American restaurant on Congress in the First Ward, across fRead more
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Avenida Brazil - Woodlands

$$$$·Brazilian Steakhouse·
The Woodlands
327 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Avenida Brazil Churrascaria Steakhouse is a Brazilian-inspired restaurant in Shenandoah that definitely qualifies as one of the most fun restaurants in Houston. They aim to spoil pRead more
93% recommended
Brazilian Steakhouse in Houston

Mezzanotte Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Cypress
891 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
Cypress-area residents have been keeping Mezzanote a secret for years - it’s so good they want it all to themselves! This restaurant serves upscale and contemporary Italian food anRead more
98% recommended
Italian in Houston

Mezza Grille

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Galleria / Uptown
342 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Healthy
  • Great for Lunch
Mezza Grille is the creation of Chef-Owner Mike Tibi, who brought to life his vision for an upscale yet relaxed fine dining restaurant in the Uptown neighborhood of Houston. The inRead more
95% recommended
Healthy in Houston

Costa Brava Bistro

$$$$·Spanish·
Bellaire
1,291 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
Costa Brava Bistro is a super fun place to dine and soak up the cool vibes while enjoying truly delicious food. The owners started the bistro with a combined experience of over 60 Read more
96% recommended
Best Food in Houston

Schilleci's New Orleans Kitchen

$$$$·Seafood·
The Woodlands
1,630 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Schilleci’s New Orleans Kitchen is an intimate, elegant French Quarter-style restaurant on Market Street serving lots of fresh fish from all over the world. The menu consists of LoRead more
93% recommended
Seafood in Houston

Wholesome Kitchen - Permanently Closed

$$$$·American·
Kingwood / Humble / Atascocita
132 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Wholesome Restaurant Group brings a unique flavor to Generation Park and Lake Houston with Wholesome Kitchen, their newest restaurant and bar. It’s an awesome spot for ha hung out Read more
100% recommended
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rise nº2 - Houston - Permanently Closed

$$$$·French·
Galleria / Uptown
400 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for Anniversaries
Rise No. 2 is a delicious French souffle bistro located in the Galleria neighborhood. It offers a full sensory experience for diners looking for a fun place to eat. Nestled amongstRead more
98% recommended
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