8 Perfect First Date Spots in Houston

By Amber Ambrose  |  January 29, 2014

First dates can be tricky. Start out small with a cup of coffee or jump off the deep end and go for an evening of fine dining? So many decisions to make and only one chance at leaving a good first impression. We've come up with a wide range of date ideas that covers everything from coffees to cocktails. All you have to do is muster up the courage to ask that special someone out. 

  • Indika

    Go if: Your date is a fellow foodie
    Impress your date with: A four-course tasting menu ($45) if you're both feeling adventurous

    516 Westheimer Rd.; 713-524-2170

  • Southside Espresso 

    Go if: A casual coffee date is in order, but could turn into something more (there's plenty of restaurants and bars within walking distance if it goes to the next level)
    Impress your date with: The best latte art in town

    904-C Westheimer Rd.; 713-942-9990

  • Mala Sichuan

    Go if: Your date is adventurous and loves spicy foods
    Impress your date with: Spicy and crispy chicken ($10.95) that will keep your tongue tingling with spice

    9348 Bellaire Blvd.; 713-995-1889

  • Hearsay Gastro Lounge

    Go if: You share a mutual love of cocktails and want to hang out in Downtown
    Impress your date with: A Humbolt County cocktail ($10) made with bourbon, orange, lemon, mint, basil and ginger beer

    218 Travis St.; 713-225-8079

  • Mockingbird Bistro 

    Go if: A classic dinner is more your style
    Impress your date with: The Colorado lamb trio ($46) with a grilled T-bone, seared loin, Merguez sausage, eggplant and goat cheese gratin

    1985 Welch St.; 713-533-0200

  • The Breakfast Klub 

    Go if: You're tired of the same old dinner and cocktails dates
    Impress your date with: 'Katfish' and grits ($10.99)

    3711 Travis St.; 713-528-8561

  • Cottonwood

    Go if: The weather is mild and your date is in the mood for some fresh air
    Impress your date with: A game of cornhole and a T.S.O cocktail made with rum, framboise, lemon and bitters ($9)

    3422 N. Shepherd Dr.; 713-802-0410

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    Go if: You anticipate the date could turn into a long, leisurely lunch
    Impress your date with: Ostiones asados - wood-roasted Gulf oysters in a smoky chipotle butter ($23 for a dozen)

    2200 Post Oak Blvd.; 713-622-9996