Best Restaurants in Houston

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One might think that the Houston culinary scene is dominated by Tex-Mex, but there’s so much more to this emerging foodie hub. And, if you need proof, here’s a list of the best restaurants in Houston just waiting to be tried.

If you’re looking to rent in Houston, don’t pass up on the opportunity to get a taste of the city. Fine dining, street food, mouth-watering desserts and some of the best cocktails you’ve ever had. Here in Houston, you can have it all!



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Good home cooking is a Southern staple, and nowhere is this more true than at Lucille’s. Named after the owners’ great-grandmother, the restaurant’s concept is simple: to transport us back to some of the best meals we had as children. In fact, their website says they also serve Houston’s best Southern brunch — and you best believe them.

La Carafe


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Rule #1 when bar-hopping in Houston: never skip La Carafe. More of a tavern than a restaurant, La Carafe is a time capsule that’s been around for generations — and the years-worth of melted candle wax is testament to that. With its soothing atmosphere and oldies blasting from the jukebox, you don’t even need to check the menu to know the drinks will be good and the bar snacks will hit the spot.

Giacomo’s Cibo e Vino

Yes, you can get authentic, tasty pasta in Houston! Giacomo’s may fool you into thinking that it’s just your run-of-the-mill neighborhood café, but one look at the menu will leave your mouth watering. Whatever type of pasta is your favorite, you’ll find it here. Oh, and soups, salads, sandwiches, desserts and … Mamma mia! The list of European comfort food goes on and on.

Rosie Cannonball

Consider yourself warned: it’s nearly impossible to choose a favorite item off the menu at this establishment, which is centered around a wood-burning grill that triggers your appetite as soon as you walk in. Here, you can find Mediterranean eats that are just perfect for a night out. And, what better way to pair the exquisite food than with some of the best wines handpicked by a sommelier who also happens to be the owner?



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Squable hits all the right spots: no matter your reason for eating out, somehow this place seems like the right answer. And, the star of the menu here is clear: marinated mussels and calico beans on grilled bread — an entree you must try at least once while in Houston. Squable offers a chill atmosphere, even chiller cocktails, great service and food that will have you asking for seconds — what more could you ask for?

Nancy’s Hustle

As soon as you step into Nancy’s, you know you’d best strap in for a culinary adventure. The bistro takes as much pride in its food as it does in the drinks it serves. Plus, they know exactly which beverage to pair with your desired item on the menu, so don’t hesitate to ask the staff. And, whatever you do, don’t leave without trying the griddled Nancy cakes!



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One of the finest dining spots in town, Riel will show you why it deserves its share of regulars. The eatery is proof of how perfect French-Canadian influences go with local dishes. And, the open kitchen — where you can see the dishes being prepared — is an amazing experience for anyone who wants to see skilled chefs doing their thing.

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Alexandra is a creative writer and researcher for RentCafe. With a background in e-learning content writing and a passion for knowledge-sharing platforms, she's covered topics from prop-tech to renters insurance to interior design tips. Very familiar with the renter lifestyle herself, Alexandra enjoys researching and writing about renter demographic shifts and residential real estate market trends as much as she loves writing about how to get along with roommates. You can connect with Alexandra via email.

Alexandra’s work includes collaborations with financial and business publications. Her articles have been featured in several national and international online publications, including the New York Times, Barrons, Inman, Forbes, Architectural Digest, Marketwatch, Bisnow, and Curbed. Her educational background includes a B.A. in Japanese and English and an M.A. in Journalism and Cultural Studies.

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