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Discover the Best New Restaurants in Houston

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by The OpenTable Team
Updated October 23, 2019

Thanks to its roots as a port city and energy giant, immigrant workers flocked to Houston, Texas from nearby Latin America and Cajun Louisiana all the way from Vietnam. Ethnic neighborhoods sprung up, as a result, showcasing cuisines from home. Since Houston has more restaurants per capita than New York City, this diverse city has everything from Tex-Mex to Eastern European eats. A trip to the Third Ward feels more like a trip to Saigon! But where do the city’s savviest foodies consistently trust for an amazing meal and experience? Welcome to TasteMaker 20. By gathering data from thousands of restaurants within the OpenTable network, we’ve identified the spots that experienced diners love the most. Make a reservation and let the feasting begin!

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4.6
4.6 (2258)
$31 to $50
Spanish
River Oaks

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About the restaurant
The bright sign outside of MAD combined with the inviting outdoor dining area have a magnetism that attracts even passing cars. Luckily, there’s a valet outside to help them along their journey. Inside, guests are treated to animalistic art, avant-garde globe lighting, intriguing sculptures and other décor reminiscent of Madrid nightlife. The menu offers Spanish delicacies such as serranito, Bravas Tomas, Salmon Ahumado and a variety of tapas and desserts. Diners have to be careful not to get hypnotized by the neon-covered walls in the restroom hallway.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Very good service and upscale quality environment.
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4.5
4.5 (989)
$31 to $50
Greek
River Oaks

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About the restaurant
Those seeking both Mediterranean cuisine and new restaurants in Houston should stop by Ouza Bay. Located in the River Oaks District, the eatery's menu channels the Greek islands directly into Texas. Fresh seafood is flown in on international flights, and menu options include impressive fare such as grilled Portuguese octopus, garlic tiger shrimp, Australian lamb chops, Chilean sea bass and local lamb shank. The ambiance throughout the eatery screams fine dining – with luxurious lighting, fancy dining sets and gorgeous flowers at every turn. Don’t forget to check out one of the largest Greek wine lists in Texas while visiting this impressive new restaurant in Houston.
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ShawnM
Dined on Apr 22, 2023
The food and service was fantastic. We would not hesitate to recommend this restaurant to anyone.
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4.6
4.6 (1078)
$30 and under
Seafood
River Oaks

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About the restaurant
One of the favorite new restaurants in Houston, Loch Bar, is a classic seafood tavern that has live music every day of the week. Popular East Coast dishes are prepared with Gulf and local seafood to create delectable menu offerings ranging from Maryland crab and grilled Atlantic swordfish to Classic Baikal caviar and live Maine lobster. In addition to one of the largest raw bars in the city, guests are treated to a relaxing ambiance that includes soft lighting, unique marine wall decor, elegant seating and well-dressed staff members.
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NormalEatervip
Dined 6 days ago
We absolutely love this place. We come all the time and have never had a bad experience. I highly recommend for fresh fish, great service, and great live music.
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4.6
4.6 (2413)
$30 and under
Creole / Cajun / Southern
Upper Kirby / Shepherd Corridor

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About the restaurant
Named after the Southern Louisiana town that the executive chef hails from, Eunice provides a taste of modern Cajun-Creole that’s cemented its place as one of the best new restaurants in Houston. The menu is seasonally inspired and offers options such as charred broccolini, gulf shrimp etouffee and slow roast pork jambalaya. There's also a full raw bar with everything from oysters to seasonal blue crab. Guests enjoy their meal while surrounded by exquisite décor that includes fancy light coverings, expensive seating and vintage design elements interspersed with contemporary features.
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DawnS
Dined 7 days ago
The food was amazing and we had great service. Restaurant was packed when we got there and a little loud. Will definitely be back.
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4.1
4.1 (1189)
$50 and over
Continental
River Oaks

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About the restaurant
Hailed as the city’s newest social dining haute spot, Bisou provides an atmosphere that one might expect to see in a popular nightclub. The modern art, innovative lighting structures and high-class social events – ranging from Ladies’ Lunch to Social Hour – create a scene where showing up in one's finest threads is fully expected. Curated entertainment is offered with Continental Cuisine that includes wagyu beef, shrimp cocktails, smoked duck, lamb chops and prime filet mignon. It may be one of the many new restaurants in Houston, but Bisou undoubtedly stands out in the classy arena.
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BLAZEXBLACK
Dined 5 days ago
EVERYTHING WAS EXCELLENT AND OUR SERVER KK WAS THE BEST. THEY MADE THE NIGHT SO SPECIAL
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4.7
4.7 (678)
$30 and under
Mexican
Galleria / Uptown

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About the restaurant
“Mama” Ninfa began her culinary career when she opened The Original Ninfa’s in 1973. This champion of cuisine is credited with bringing fajitas to America, but the menu and the number of locations has expanded a bit since that point. Offerings include handmade tamales, combination fajitas, beef brisket tamales and a variety of seasonal specials ranging from wood-oven octopus to roasted duck. The inside offers traditional Spanish décor with a few contemporary ornamentations sprinkled in. Guests can even snag a picture of the ofrenda set up in “Mama” Ninfa’s honor when filling their cup with complimentary flavored water if there's a wait.
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RobertTvip
Dined 5 days ago
Overall service was great - waitress paid attention to my every dining need
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4.7
4.7 (2434)
$30 and under
Contemporary French / American
River Oaks

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About the restaurant
Down in the River Oaks neighborhood sits a'Bouzy – a place that is lovingly referred to as "champagne-fueled" and has multiple wine buckets spread throughout the eatery. The exposed brick combines with large antique bottle openers and reclaimed wood to create a uniquely rustic aura. Guests who want to really be impressed by one of the new restaurants in Houston, though, need only look up. There are hundreds of champagne bubbles hanging from the ceiling. Diners should try out the seared Gulf shrimp, local seafood pasta, braised chicken or just head over to the fresh market raw bar.
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AnitaEvip
Dined 6 days ago
This restaurant is really fun to go to during happy hour the happy hour menu is very delicious and they have cocktails and wine selections to go with their happy hour menu. The staff especially the manager is very attentive. Often the manager stops by each table and even will fold their napkins if they’ve left the table to go to the bathroom. They have a valet but you can park on the side of the restaurant on the street they get there early there’s not too many of those spots.
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4.6
4.6 (498)
$30 and under
Mexican
Galleria / Uptown

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About the restaurant
Not many of the new restaurants in Houston make their food and beverage offerings as obvious in their name as Blanco Tacos + Tequila. Fortunately for those with varying tastes, they offer more than just tacos and Mexican liquor. The menu also includes their famous guacamole, braised chicken, pork chile verde and fajita and margarita selections. The large “Blanco” sign out front makes this place hard to miss, but it’s the packed patio area that usually catches the attention of passersby. The interior offers comfy, intricate murals and a wall packed with decorative flower boxes.
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AlejandroP
Dined 6 days ago
We enjoy our event including our food and excellent services.
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4.7
4.7 (2213)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
River Oaks

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About the restaurant
Opening its newest location in 2018, Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille brought its decades worth of culinary excellence to the new Red Oaks location. They provide a social hour, live entertainment Monday through Saturday, and a variety of delicious cocktails at Bar 79. The teal chairs surrounding their marble bar, extravagant overhead lighting, fine dining sets and grand staircase all provide guests with an experience they might expect on a luxurious ocean liner. Guests are treated to a variety of delectable options such as BBQ octopus, prime beef carpaccio, escargot, seafood stuffed mushrooms and the impressive Iced Seafood Tower.
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KathyLvip
Dined 2 days ago
I asked the manager to turn down music. She was very accommodating and efficient.It is an older crowd so we don’t appreciate loud music. Server was very good. We think this is the best deal in Houston.
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4.7
4.7 (730)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Spring Branch

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About the restaurant
Guests at Warehouse 72 are surrounded by extraordinary commissioned murals, exposed brick, vintage lighting and stained-wood tables that create an industrial atmosphere. That makes it no surprise that their menu has contemporary American offerings, but each is inspired by Mediterranean and Italian flavors. This includes their salmoriglio grilled filet, Za'atar roasted chicken, Margherita pizza and short rib ragu pappardelle. Just look for the red carpet leading up to the door and murals to find one of the best new restaurants in Houston.
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IvanG
Dined 6 days ago
The chef and the staff helped me with my proposal to my girlfriend and it all went amazing! I cannot thank yall enough.
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4.7
4.7 (232)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Tomball

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About the restaurant
Few of the new restaurants in Houston are as impressive as Gyu-Kaku. Each table has its own personal grill, and they offer "Shared Plates" in order to help guests experience a truly social outing. There’s a brunch menu on Saturday and Sunday featuring popular items like Shio Negi tofu, spicy pork, miso soup and chicken breast teriyaki. Other menus feature similar offerings in addition to the lunch sets which feature around eight different items. The Japanese art spread throughout along with contemporary lighting and décor make this eatery as impressive to the eyes as the palate.
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ThomasY
Dined on Feb 3, 2024
This had to have been our best visit. Waiter Hao was amazing and helpful. He was very attentive! And food came out quick
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4.4
4.4 (776)
$30 and under
American
Cypress

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About the restaurant
Located just minutes away in Cypress, The Union Kitchen is still considered one of the best new restaurants in Houston. It offers a very casual atmosphere and is located on the Towne Lake – making beautiful views of the water a huge appeal. The inside features exposed brick, visible ducts, vintage lighting and an impressive focal wall that all give off an industrial vibe. Outdoor dining is year-round and has air coolers for when the Texas heat becomes a nuisance. The impressively diverse menu offers New Orleans BBQ shrimp, Texas blue lump crab cakes, Frito pie mac & cheese, Korean short ribs and the Lolo Hawaiian tostada.
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Khet
Dined 6 days ago
The food was outstanding...as always and the staff was very helpful.
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4.3
4.3 (559)
$30 and under
Italian
The Woodlands

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About the restaurant
Located on The Woodlands Waterway, Sorriso Italian Kitchen offers a modern take on traditional fare from the Old Country. Live music, neon-lit stairs leading to the Como Club, a pillar of wine and breathtaking views of the city combine to provide a contemporary atmosphere in this eatery. There’s also a wine list with over 200 unique selections, and many of the boutique offerings are organic. When it's time to enjoy the cuisine, offerings like the broccolini pesto, grilled branzino, roasted chicken marsala and grilled octopus all make this one of the best new restaurants in Houston.
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JohnC
Dined 6 days ago
Compliments to the chef for fantastically crafted entrees. The cocktails were excellent as well.
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