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Where to Eat Near 8 Houston Tourist Attractions

By Marcy de Luna
June 20, 2014

Summer vacation means out-of-town visitors. The task of showing them around town will have you starved. Here's where to eat near eight Houston tourist attractions.

Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park

Where to Eat: Ciao Bella 
Take in the view of Houston's multistory sculptural fountain and then nosh on Italian fare.
Must-Try: Cappelletti pasta with cognac sauce and a glass of wine from Ciao's Wine Picks.

Johnson Space Center

Where to Eat: Cullen's
You've got all the right stuff between a visit to the NASA mecca and a meal at this upscale American grill.
Must-Try: Prime rib.

Houston Zoo

Where to Eat: Trevisio
This Italian gem, located above two picturesque 65-foot waterfalls, is inside the Texas Medical Center and a short distance from the wildlife wonderland.
Must-Try: Risotto with jumbo lump crab.

The Museum District

Where to Eat: Danton’s Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen
The district is made up of 20-plus museums, galleries and cultural centers. You'll need energy to tour the Museum of Fine Arts, Contemporary Arts Museum, Rothko Chapel...and the list goes on. Load up at this seafood house first.
Must-Try: Super-fresh oysters and the white-chocolate bread pudding.

Minute Maid Park

Where to Eat: Long Sing Supermarket
Before you throw down big bucks on overpriced stadium nachos and dogs (go 'Stros!), get your fill of tasty Chinese that won't break the bank.
Must-Try: Barbecue pork or roasted duck.

Galveston Beach

Where to Eat: Gaido’s
Hit the sand and catch some rays, then chill out with some fresh seafood and a cocktail at this laid-back restaurant.
Must-Try: Any of seven signature crab dishes and the pecan pie.

Downtown Aquarium

Where to Eat: Aquarium Restaurant
Explore 500,000 gallons of ocean wonders, including rays, sawfish and sharks before hitting the underwater dining room.
Must-Try: The Mariner’s Mixed Grill combo (top sirloin, lobster tail and grilled shrimp). Don't leave without a ride on the Ferris wheel.

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Where to Eat: Jasper's
Rock out at a concert at The Woodlands music venue, and then wind down with homestyle American cooking at the stylish restaurant.
Must-Try: The signature Maytag blue-cheese potato chips and Texas peach barbecued pork tenderloin.

Places Mentioned

Ciao Bello

Italian • Galleria

Food20 Decor22 Service24 Cost$44
 
 
 
Trevisio

Italian • Medical Center

Food22 Decor25 Service24 Cost$38
 
 
 
Danton's Gulf Coast Seafood

Seafood • Museum District

Food24 Decor21 Service23 Cost$34
 
 
 
Gaidos Seafood Restaurant

Seafood • Galveston

Food22 Decor19 Service22 Cost$40
 
 
 
Jasper's

American • The Woodlands

Food24 Decor24 Service23 Cost$43
 
 
 
 
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