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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Houston

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 Goode Co. Armadillo Palace restaurant
4.7
4.7 (219)
$30 and under
American
Upper Kirby / Shepherd Corridor
About the restaurant
Our Armadillo Palace brings the best of Texas together with one dance hall, two bars, three stages and a state-of-the-art kitchen serving indoors and out. It's our tribute to the city that's been so good to us for generations - and a celebration of all that makes our buttons-pop-proud to be Texan.

Since crossing the big pond too long ago to count, the Goode family has dedicated itself to sharing the culinary convergence of our flavorful past: the salt of the Gulf, the soul of the South, the spice of the border and that sweet smoke of Texas. From spit-roasted chicken to grilled redfish on the half shell, our dishes are steeped in tradition - and just as much flavor.

Whiskey-forward and born from lore, our Orange Blossom Bar takes its cue from our longtime friend and local music legend, Leon "Pappy" Selph. Pappy was known for his love of smooth whiskey and the stories that flow when a few drinks and good company come together.
Top review
BrandonIvip
Dined on Jun 5, 2024
Unique twists and perfect execution were legendary!
A photo of Goode Co. Fish Camp restaurant
4.7
4.7 (399)
$31 to $50
Seafood
The Woodlands
About the restaurant
Inspired by the time Levi and his father spent on Christmas Bay in search of speckled trout, flounder and redfish, Goode Co. Fish Camp & Oyster Bar is a tribute to the excitement of the catch, the satisfaction of harvesting and cooking freshly-caught food, and the ritual of coming together to enjoy a homemade, hard-earned meal.

With recognizable elements of other Goode Co. concepts here – signature dishes like seafood Campechana, a curated bar featuring handcrafted cocktails and wines, and a vibrant yet comfortable feel – Fish Camp showcases limited-time seasonal offerings that change throughout the year.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Manager reset our reservation from 2 people to 7!! For us for my birthday. Drinks were great, food better than ever and lots more choices! Server was probably the best we’ve ever had and it was all so great! It was my birthday and everyone was so accommodating. We had so much fun and we love the vibe of this restaurant! One of our favs for sure! Oh and the desserts were amazing to top off a great evening!
A photo of Blue Sushi Sake Grill - Houston restaurant
4.7
4.7 (255)
$30 and under
Sushi
Heights / Washington
About the restaurant
Blue Sushi Sake Grill unites creative ingredients with energetic vibes, premium cold sake with happy moments to give you a fresh and fun new way to experience sushi. Our sushi and grill menus allow you to explore your sushi favorites in new and unexpected ways. We like to say that sushi is for sharing, and our menu encourages it. Order a spread of all your maki, nigiri and sashimi favs from the sushi bar, and throw in a few orders of starters from the grill. We'll stagger your plates so you can savor it all bite-by-bite, and maximize the sushi experience you've been craving all week. If you're not sure where to start, tour the menu during Happy Hour, where all our guest favorites — from our sushi, grill and drink menus — are available at an amazing value. We offer Happy Hour every day of the week at Blue Sushi Sake Grill!
Top review
Haydeevip
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
Food was delicious, service slow, but overall it was good
A photo of Quad HTX Restaurant and Sports Lounge restaurant
4.7
4.7 (20)
$31 to $50
Contemporary Southern
Midtown
About the restaurant
Quad mission statement is to build a group of unique, founder inspired restaurants' cigar lounges and sports bar that deliver exceptional quality customer services and welcoming hospitality that make ours the establishment Choice!

**Please Be advised of our Age Restriction 21 and Up **
*Reservations 20min late will be Canceled*
No Outside Food or Beverages / Cake Fee $25

For special events or celebrations- 9ppl or more, Please Contact (713)-449-1985

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 30, 2024
I absolutely love the ambience at Quad. I have been coming for 3 weeks and each week is a better experience.
A photo of Soto's Cantina - Grant Rd restaurant
4.7
4.7 (18)
$30 and under
Mexican
Vintage Park
About the restaurant
Family-Owned
Mexican Restaurant
Serving Houston, TX
Soto’s Cantina is an award-winning Mexican restaurant proudly serving the Houston, Cypress, Jersey Village, and Spring, TX communities. Here at our restaurant, we feature authentic Mexican food prepared from generations of family recipes and delicious Tex-Mex cuisine, including local favorites like fajitas, Chile Rellenos, Quinoa, Shrimp Tacos, and Especialidades.



Our delicious burritos, tacos, flautas, and fajitas continually receive a surplus of rave reviews, including being called the best fajitas in all of Texas! In addition to our great food, delicious margaritas, and delightful atmosphere, Juan Soto has also thoughtfully incorporated healthy options into our menu so everyone can find something they love.



Place an order online or visit us soon; we look forward to serving you!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 5, 2024
The management is amazing. Mariachi was a bit loud inside but always good drinks.
A photo of Julep restaurant
4.6
4.6 (38)
$31 to $50
Cocktail Bar
Heights / Washington
About the restaurant
Julep Bar stands as an illustrious recipient of the prestigious James Beard Award, celebrated for its exquisite blend of craft cocktails, thoughtfully curated bar bites, and an enchanting ambiance. The menus, ever-evolving to mirror the changing seasons, captivate with their meticulous emphasis on fine ingredients and flavors. Located on Washington Ave between Sawyer and Silver St. The neighborhood is full of restaurants and B&B Butcher's Steak House is within walking Distance.

We always take walk-ins so shoot us a texas or stop by and see us if you don't see a table available.
Top review
ShopGirl1597vip
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
Food, service and ambience were great! The truffle sliders were delicious but need an accompaniment of FRIES!
A photo of Blanco Cocina + Cantina – Houston restaurant
4.6
4.6 (504)
$30 and under
Mexican
Galleria / Uptown
About the restaurant
Blanco is more than your typical Mexican restaurant, it‘s an escape from the ordinary, a happy hour hang out, a place to sit back, recharge and party. It’s a vacation in your neighborhood that helps you relax with your favorite people. For food, margaritas, and good times, Blanco is the perfect place to find your bliss.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Asiah was our waitress and was very attentive. The food was excellent and the service was impeccable.
A photo of BORI - Montrose restaurant
4.6
4.6 (13)
$31 to $50
Korean
Montrose
About the restaurant
Bringing an original and unique dining experience to Houston, BORI introduces the first authentic South Korean inspired steakhouse by using the finest and highest quality meats for a complete exposure to the cultural flavor and essence of Korean taste. This clean and fun atmosphere is a landmark destination for local and international food enthusiasts in search of the best Korean food in town! BORI is one of the few restaurants that offers selections of A5 Wagyu from Japan, Dry‐Aged Steaks, Filet Mignon, & our favorite Marinated Boneless Short Rib. We are equipped with the best ventilation system in Houston, so you won’t leave the restaurant smelling like BBQ. The table servers are trained to ensure a perfectly cooked meal while maintaining a fun and eyecatching experience for the customers. BORI promises not only a luxury, fine dining experience but an entertaining one as well. We have the freshest ingredients and the friendliest staff to cater to your every need!
Top review
Ashley
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
Amazing service and food was delicious! Will be returning to this location.
A photo of P.F. Chang's - Sugarland restaurant
4.5
4.5 (113)
$30 and under
Chinese
Sugar Land
About the restaurant
We are an Asian & Chinese restaurant offering dine-in, takeout, to-go, delivery, and catering. Make a reservation online to dine in. Order Asian and Chinese food delivery, takeout, and catering online or through the P.F. Chang's mobile app. Let us cater the perfect feast for you - corporate office catering menus are also available. P.F. Chang's offers a variety of signature Asian, Thai, Korean, Japanese, Mongolian, and Chinese food dishes including Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Chicken Pad Thai, Signature Lo Mein, Fried Rice, Mongolian Beef, Chang's Spicy Chicken, and Pork and Shrimp Dumplings. Order online for sushi delivery and takeout. Many gluten-free and vegetarian menu items are available. Try our seasonal cocktails and seasonal menu items.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
Great service and food! Even though it was Mother’s Day they were able to sit us on time and service was excellent! Music was a little loud so it was hard to have a convo but everything else was very nice
A photo of Scott Gertner's Rhythm Room restaurant
4.5
4.5 (498)
$31 to $50
American
River Oaks
About the restaurant
SCOTT GERTNER "Houston's First Name in Entertainment" This venue highlights the best live entertainment from the local, regional and national scene. Enjoy a delicious full menu including our Happy Hours, Steak Nights and Live Music Showcases.. Our SGRR has a full bar including delicious signature cocktails, wine and champagne. Our award winning Scottie Hottie Chicken Wings won 1st Place in Houston! Plan ahead for your next visit. Join us inside or on our outdoor patio....and be a part of the ultimate Scott Gertner experience.

DRESS CODE : DRESSY CASUAL
NO BALL CAPS , ATHLETIC APPAREL, FLIP FLOPS, BACKLESS SANDALS, BAGGY CLOTHING, TALL TEE SHIRTS OR SHORTS.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 2, 2024
I didn’t care for the fact that the Mac & cheese was not that good so we sent it back but we were told that it wood not be remove from our bill. Also be aware that there is an 18% gratuity automatically added to the bill.
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