HTX food lovers have spoken! Zagat's 2015 Houston Restaurant results are in, based on 2,017 in-the-know contributors who reviewed more than 450 of our city's best restaurants. Check out the highlights, including this year’s biggest winners, below.
When it comes to all things culinary, the top three restaurants in Houston are Uchi (ranked No. 1), Chama Gaúcha Brazilian Steakhouse (No. 2) and Brennan's Houston (No. 3). Da Marco, Vic and Anthony's, Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, Masraff's, Kata Robata, Fogo de Chao and Tony's round out the Top 10. See all 50 Best Restaurants here.
Brennan's Houston takes the Top Service honor with a 28 out of 30. It's followed by Tony's, Da Marco, Chez Nous, Killen's Steakhouse, Masraff's, Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, Rainbow Lodge, Vic & Anthony's and Taste of Texas.
Brennan's isn't just a Service champ — the Creole restaurant also got the highest Decor mark of 28 for its elegant digs. Houstonians were also impressed by the dining rooms of Tony's, Vic & Anthony's, Rainbow Lodge, Chama Gaúcha Brazilian Steakhouse, Eddie V's Prime Seafood, Masraff's, Américas (River Oaks), Perry's Steakhouse & Grille, and Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House.
Houston's ever-evolving food scene is getting more diverse by the minute. Galleria favorite Kiran's takes the number one spot for Indian food, while this year's top Steakhouse goes to Chama Gaúcha Brazilian Steakhouse, which specializes in South American churrasco.
According to Zagat's recent National Dining Trends survey, here’s how Houston’s results differed from the national average:
- Houston’s avid diners eat out a total of 4.8 times per week for a combined lunch and dinner, which is more than the national average of 4.5 times per week; their average spend for a dinner out rings up to $36.49 per person, which is below the $39.40 national figure.
- In a surprise upset, when asked how they felt about recent food trends, more Houstonians gave the thumbs up to Brussels sprouts (44% "love" them) and beets (30%) than bacon (26%).
- With 30% of the vote, Houston diners cited Service as the biggest dining pet peeve (vs. 24% nationally), with a majority of complaints relating to slow service and inattentive staff.