8 Houston Restaurant Weeks Spots That Don't Require Reservations

No planning? No problem!
August 3, 2015
by Marcy de Luna

From now through September 7, Houston Restaurant Weeks will present special prix fixe menus (proceeds go to the Houston Food Bank) — brunch ($25 per person), lunch ($20 per person) and dinner ($35 or $45 per person) — at restaurants from The Woodlands to The Galleria. While many of the featured spots require some advanced planning to snag a seat, we pulled together a guide for our more spontaneous diners. Check out eight restaurants where reservations aren't required (and see all our HRW recs here).

Andes Cafe

Serving: Dinner, brunch
Why you should go: The casual East End cafe highlights the cooking of South America, going from Ecuador to Peru. Don't miss the signature ceviches.

Details: 2311 Canal St.; 832-659-0063

Brooklyn Athletic Club

Serving: Dinner
Why you should go: The Montrose neighborhood hangout has great New American fare, along with gaming areas for bocce, beanbags, Ping-Pong and mini-croquet.

Details: 601 Richmond Ave.; 713-527-4440


Serving: Dinner
Why you should go: The playful bistro features a revolving menu of American fare, including a can't-miss Asia fried cauliflower (bonito flakes, pine nuts, scallions and miso dressing) that's earned a permanent spot on the menu — so you can enjoy it during HRW and beyond.

Details: 1972 Fairview St.; 713-523-7667

Paul’s Kitchen

Serving: Dinner
Why you should go: Expect globally influenced Southern fare that highlights locally sourced ingredients at this Upper Kirby spot.

Details: 2502 Algerian Way; 713-360-2002

Rainbow Lodge

Serving: Dinner, lunch, brunch
Why you should go: This game-centered American restaurant is housed in a log cabin on the banks of the bayou. Once you set foot into the wood-paneled dining room, you'll forget all about your city-life troubles.

Details: 2011 Ella Blvd.; 713-861-8666


Serving: Dinner
Why you should go: This elegant dining spot offers top-notch, contemporary American eats. Dine alfresco on the covered patio or in the expansive bar area with an elevated fireplace.

Details: 1753 Post Oak Blvd.; 713-355-1975

Antica Osteria

Serving: Dinner
Why you should go: Grab a corner table and escape the city at this Italian eatery in West University. A Tuscan paradise boasting charming aged walls and woodwork, it's the ideal spot for a snug rendezvous

Details: 2311 Bissonnet St.; 713-521-1155

La Griglia

​Serving: Dinner
Why you should go: There's always a buzz at the see-and-be-seen River Oaks neighborhood restaurant, known for its Italian-inspired power lunch

Details: 2002 W. Gray St.; 713-526-4700

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