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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Houston

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems 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 Gyu-Kaku - Willowbrook, TX restaurant
4.9
4.9 (235)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Tomball
About the restaurant
Founded in Tokyo in 1996, Gyu-Kaku has become the world’s #1 Japanese BBQ brand! Thanks to our devoted fans we have reached over 700 locations worldwide. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people gather around the table-top smokeless grill, a centerpiece of our dining concept, enjoying selections of premium meats, just off the grill, and other freshly prepared foods from our kitchens, inspiring laughter, conversation, and a magical dining experience.

Our authentic yakiniku (grilled barbeque) dining experience crowns you the chef. Share a variety of delicious appetizers and premium cooked meats over a flaming grill, paired with Japanese sake, frosty cold beers, or other alcoholic and non-alcoholic options of your choice. We're the perfect spot to enjoy time with friends and family, organize an office party, or to spend quality time with your significant other!

Before you go, don't forget to taste our best-seller Harami Skirt Steak or Prime Kalbi Short Rib among other must-try dishes!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
Always enjoy Gyu , service was excellent as always!
A photo of Brossa's Cibo-e-Vino restaurant
4.8
4.8 (144)
$30 and under
Italian
Brenham
About the restaurant
Fresh Italian bistro in beautiful Brenham, TX. House-made pastas, sandwiches, soups and salads set in a a quaint converted craftsman home. Pair a bottle from our incredible wine list with our Wild Boar Pappardelle, Eggplant Parm or fresh branzino.
Top review
Dave
Dined 2 days ago
We are from Maui and we’re visiting to meet friends we hadn’t seen for years and Brenham was a middle ground to meet up. Looked on Open Table and this was one of the only restaurants on the app. I was a little concerned after us saw a street view as it looks like a converted house. Wow, what a surprise!! It is in a converted house but it simply amazing. My wife who coordinates the Kapalua Wine Festival on Maui was impressed with the wine selection. The server was so friendly, patient (we had a 4 year old with us), and very knowledgeable of the menu. I don’t think my glass of iced tea was ever empty before she had another to replace it. The food came out quickly and was nice and hot. Now, the mussels were awesome and a HUGE portion, more than enough for the four of us. I had the sausage, pepper, and pasta dish. Handmade noodles and the sauce was one of the best I’ve ever had. My wife had a salad and the tomato bisque which was off the chart good. We were so impressed, we talked about lunch all the way back to Austin! If you are ever in Brenham, you have to give this place a try.
A photo of Goode Co. Kitchen & Cantina - Heights restaurant
4.8
4.8 (286)
$31 to $50
Tex-Mex
Heights / Washington
About the restaurant
Bienvenidos, y'all!

Inspired by long days on the Gulf, late nights on the ranch and the colorful creations of our abuela, our family's Kitchen & Cantina showcases the rich foods and traditions we grew up with on both sides of the border. Nothing matches the flavor of food grilled over mesquite. Try wood-fired Texas quail swaddled in homemade tortillas, jalapeno rellanos stuffed with house-made chorizo and sizzling, family-style parrilladas - huge mixed platters of wild game and fresh vegetables, topped with pico de gallo and queso fresco - a unique spin on Houston barbeque. Our days begin roasting chilies and tomatoes, rolling fresh tortillas in our bakery and wringing every last drop of Ruby Red grapefruit for cocktails. We hand-grind our own sausage and hand-trim every ounce of meat in our butchery, then anoint it with the savory seasonings and marinades we've honed over generations. A few margaritas on our patio and you've found your new casa sweet casa.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 31, 2024
Fantastic service, ambiance, and ceviche! Cant wait to go back.
A photo of Crisp - Heights restaurant
4.7
4.7 (806)
$30 and under
Contemporary Italian
Heights / Washington
About the restaurant
CRISP in the Heights is an Italian Eatery that is open 7 days a week for Lunch, Brunch and Dinner. We offer up a full bar with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. Crisp is committed to providing exceptional customer service and quality dining through our chef inspired menu. Wood Fired Pizzas and Calzones are crowd favorites but there is something on our Chef Driven menu for every appetite to enjoy. We offer a large selection of hand selected wines stored in our temperature controlled wine room, a full bar and 24 craft brews on tap. Our venue is designed to evoke a sense of effortless sophistication in a stylish yet comfortable atmosphere where everyone feels welcomed. Book your next Happy Hour, Luncheon or Private Party by visiting us at www.crispheights.com . Thank You and Hope to Serve You Soon!
Top review
Donfvip
Dined 4 days ago
Great food and service, really enjoyed our time and will be back.
A photo of Joyce's Seafood & Steaks restaurant
4.7
4.7 (445)
$30 and under
Seafood
Galleria / Uptown
About the restaurant
Joyce’s Seafood & Steaks is a neighborhood bistro experience in Houston that has become a favorite with locals ever since opening the doors in 1997. Known for the freshest Gulf seafood and mouthwatering steaks, Joyce’s Seafood & Steaks has been given kudos and awards galore, including from Houston Press, Texas Monthly, Saveur Magazine and the Houston Chronicle.

House specialties at Joyce’s Seafood & Steaks include lobster and shrimp enchiladas, seafood gumbo, fresh fish, and Texas Gulf oysters . For something other than seafood try the filet mignon. Just be sure to save some room for dessert because the white chocolate bread pudding with pecans and bourbon sauce is to die for.
Top review
wormbassvip
Dined 5 days ago
Always great service and great food. Small local restaurant that caters to the locals.
A photo of Studewood Cantina restaurant
4.7
4.7 (111)
$30 and under
Tex-Mex
Heights / Washington
About the restaurant
Best fajitas in Houston are right here in the Heights! Mouth-watering skirt steak is marinated then charred medium-rare over a mesquite fire. From our house made tortillas and chips, smoked meat tamales and homemade tres leches down to our fresh squeezed margaritas and ice-cold beer, there's no better spot for Texas-Mex. See you soon!
Top review
DennisRvip
Dined on May 18, 2024
Fernanda, Delila, Micha..and everyone else...what a lovely evening. The fajitas were the most tender I have even eaten. Thank you
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 Astor Farm to Table restaurant
4.6
4.6 (297)
$31 to $50
Southern African
Katy
About the restaurant
South African and Latin American food is some of the most vibrant, colorful & tasty cuisine on the planet.
Tucked between Mason and Highland knoll road, in cozy proximity to I-10 in Katy Astor Farm to Table is a Favorite unique indoor/outdoor concept. Serving as the perfect ambience to share in business dinners, weekday breakfast/lunches, an evening out & more. Indulge in a global culinary journey, blending African and Latin American flavors flawlessly. From the finest steaks, high -quality seafood, robust Loving Good Oxalis to the exotic Peri Peri Oysters Rockefeller, every dish is a celebration of diverse tastes. Don't miss our award-winning South African sampler paired with fine wines from our extensive, award-winning wine list and our Penny mimosa Brunch Special. Chef Casey ensures a warm, welcoming atmosphere, where farm-to-table dishes shine with local ingredients. Expand your palate and savor the unique experience! With warm ambiance, neighborly reception and impeccable service.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
My wife and I came for our 5th wedding anniversary and we were genuinely impressed and very satisfied with our experience. Service was on point. Food was on point. They had soft, live music playing. Honestly, we were kind of surprised the place wasn’t more packed for a Saturday evening. But, we will definitely be returning soon
A photo of Uni Sushi restaurant
4.5
4.5 (355)
$31 to $50
Sushi
The Woodlands
About the restaurant
Uni Sushi excels in what is most attributed to Asian cuisine, Sushi. From the best quality of sushi, to some of the largest selections, and to the greatest eye appeal: Uni Sushi has it all!

Uni Sushi is a sophisticated Japanese/European fusion experience that’s not all about fish. You can cozy up to your dining partner over such delicacies as the Chilean Sea Bass, Kobe Beef Hibachi, Firecracker Chicken, and the ever popular Rib-Eye Beef Rolls.

Uni Sushi also offers an extensive drink list from domestic and imported beers to the finest sakes. The bar is the perfect place to enjoy a selection of fine wines as well as creative and calming martinis.
Top review
Heather
Dined on May 25, 2024
Uni sushi has some of the best sushi we have ever had! Already can’t wait to go back.
A photo of Goode Co. Armadillo Palace restaurant
4.5
4.5 (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!
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