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Restaurants in Houston

The choice of restaurants across the city is pretty endless and it is hard to choose just a few from a truly eclectic mix. Whether you fancy hearty Tex Mex, an enormous steak or European or Asian food you won't have far to go to find a place to eat.

The Houston restaurants below have been hand-picked by our guide author and are grouped into three pricing categories: 
Expensive (over US$60)  
Moderate (US$30 to US$60) 
Cheap (up to US$30)

These Houston restaurant prices are for an average three-course meal for one person; they include sales tax, but exclude tips, unless otherwise stated.

Expensive

Reef

Cuisine:

Award-winning chef Bryan Caswell brings together his worldwide experience to offer exceptional seafood including delicious jumbo crab cakes. Diners find influences from Mediterranean and Asian cooking, as well as classic French preparations and locally sourced produce. Treats also include an extensive wine list and cocktails. Sleek interiors include mother-of-pearl tabletops, water images and a market-style open kitchen. Reservations recommended, particularly at the weekend.

Address: , 2600 Travis St, Houston, 77006
Telephone: (713) 526 8282.
Website: http://www.reefhouston.com

Taste of Texas

Cuisine:

A legendary restaurant serving only certified Angus beef and the finest steaks. Check who your neighbours are as you could be rubbing shoulders with celebrities or public figures, but this doesn't mean you have to dress up to eat here. Steak lovers can select their own cut of meat from the on-site butcher. There is also a help-yourself salad bar and delicious bread which is baked daily.

Address: , 10505 Katy Fwy, Houston, 77024
Telephone: Tel: (713) 932 6901.
Website: http://www.tasteoftexas.com

The Strip House

Cuisine:

The Strip House serves exquisite prime cuts of meat with signature side dishes such as truffle creamed spinach. The all red art deco interior is decorated with sumptuous rich materials including velvet, silk and leather and the lighting is seductively low. The walls are covered with saucy vintage photos of burlesque stars from the 1920s.

Address: , 1200 McKinney St, Houston, 77010
Telephone: (713) 659 6000.
Website: http://www.theglaziergroup.com

Moderate

El Real Tex-Mex

Cuisine:

Chef Bryan Caswell is a big player on the Houston food scene. His latest restaurant, in a restored historic art deco movie theatre, was an instant hit with the Tex-Mex-loving locals. Choose from tasty standards such as enchiladas and fajitas. Look out for the daily lunchtime specials. Order a margarita pitcher if you are there with friends.

Address: Central Houston, Westheimer Rd & Yoakum Blvd, Houston, 77006
Telephone: (713) 524 1201
Website: http://www.elrealtexmex.com

Kiran's Restaurant and Bar

Cuisine:

Popular at lunch and dinner for a variety of vegetarian dishes and classic meat curries and a lovely prix-fixé lunch, this plush Indian restaurant in the Galleria area also offers a tasting menu at dinner. The restaurant is particularly welcoming with light, warm colours and the waiting staff take care to explain the dishes to you. Treat yourself to high tea if you are there on the second Saturday of the month.

Address: , 4100 Westheimer Rd, Houston, 77027
Telephone: (713) 960 8472.
Website: http://www.kiranshouston.com

The Grove

Cuisine:

The Grove anchors one end of downtown's exceptional urban park Discovery Green. This hotspot is the domain of chef Robert Del Grande, who is turning heads with American rustic cuisine, like hill country venison, with most dishes sourced from local and organic producers. Artwork and interiors bring nature indoors with colour and texture. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks on the deck.

Address: , Lamar St, Houston, 77010
Telephone: (713) 337 7321.
Website: http://www.thegrovehouston.com

Cheap

Barry's Pizza

Cuisine:

This good-value pizzeria is a firm favourite, serving good, hearty deep-pan pizzas, as well as salads and basic pasta dishes. Barry's is in a log cabin, located close to the Galleria, with a covered area for al fresco dining. It is an ideal place to unwind in and even watch a ball game - there is a TV room and the walls are covered with baseball and sports memorabilia.

Address: , 6003 Richmond Ave, Houston, 77057
Telephone: (713) 266 8692.
Website: http://www.barryspizza.com

Beaver's

Cuisine:

This super-casual barbecue joint, in a converted ice house, is a place where taste thrills include spicy ground lamb wraps incorporating almonds and dried fruit. Sit on the patio and enjoy a cold beer. Or check out the plentiful cocktail choices that include Texas-made spirits. The kitchen is closed on Mondays but the bar is open.

Address: , 2310 Decatur St, Houston, 77007
Telephone: (713) 864 2328.
Website: http://www.beavershouston.com

Les Givral's Kahve

Cuisine:

Lovers of Vietnamese food will enjoy this downtown eatery with its hearty bowls of chicken or beef pho (rice noodle soup) or steaming shrimp fried rice. At lunchtime tuck into a tasty banh mi sandwich on French bread. A bustling restaurant with fast service and very affordable prices. Reservations not accepted.

Address: , 801 Congress St, Houston, 77002
Telephone: (713) 547 0444.
Website: http://www.lesgivrals.com

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This impressive 1,200-room Houston hotel is connected to the George R Brown Convention Center. Hilton Americas' rooms have modern facilities including internet, a fitness room and pool and three restaurants serving American fare with The Skyline Grill on the 24th floor having panoramic views of the city.

The Houstonian Hotel, Club and Spa

Set in eight hectares (18 acres) of parkland close to the Galleria, this award-winning hotel has an old world charm and oozes sophistication. The rooms are tastefully decorated and have floor-to-ceiling windows. The excellent facilities include a health club, three pools and a spa facility. There are four restaurants serving regional American dishes and lighter meals.

Hotel ZaZa

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La Quinta Inn & Suites

Part of a chain of extremely good-value hotels this one is in the upscale Galleria area. There are 173 bright clean and spacious rooms featuring free high-speed internet access. The hotel also features a pool spa and fitness centre. Breakfast is included in the rate. It is extremely good value for its location but far enough away to not be too noisy.

La Colombe d'Or Hotel

This tiny luxury hotel is situated just a few minutes from downtown with just five luxury suites and nine villas with one- and two-bedroom suites, each with a private dining room and marble bathroom. Built in 1923, the elegant French furnishings in this hotel are complemented by original art and antiques. La Colombe d'Or has a stylish restaurant serving modern French cuisine with a Texan twist, a library and a bar.

Comfort Inn Downtown

Part of a chain of budget hotels, this property is close to the Downtown Aquarium and just minutes from many major attractions. All rooms are comfortable, modern and spacious and some even have fridges and microwaves. There are limited facilities on site but there is a swimming pool. Breakfast is included.