Where to Eat Near 8 Houston Tourist Attractions

By Marcy de Luna  |  September 18, 2015

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

Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park

Where to Eat: Peska Seafood Culture
Take in the view of Houston's multistory sculptural fountain and then head to the Blvd Place fish market/restaurant for simple and clean recipes that blend the cooking styles of the Mediterranean, Europe and South America. ​
Must-Try: Tarragon- and Pernod-infused lobster "cappuccino" (served with truffle foam and a Brie- and lobster-topped crostini) and crusted tuna (seared rare with onion ash, citrus soy sauce, radish and baby zucchini). ​

1700 Post Oak Blvd.; 713-961-9229

Johnson Space Center

Where to Eat: Cullen's
Between a visit to the NASA mecca and a meal at this upscale American grill, you've got all the right stuff.
Must-Try: Tender smoked prime rib.

11500 Space Center Blvd.; 281-991-2000

Houston Zoo

Where to Eat: Lucille's
This cozy American eatery with modern takes on Southern favorites served in generous portions, located in a cozy house, is near the Texas Medical Center and a short distance from the wildlife wonderland. ​
Must-Try: Shrimp and grits (Gulf shrimp, andouille and stone-mill grits in sherry tomato broth).

5512 La Branch St.; 713-568-2505

The Museum District

Where to Eat: MF Sushi
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 swanky joint with standout sushi and modern Japanese dishes.
Must-Try: The can't-miss multicourse omakase dinner.

1401 Binz St.; 713-637-4587

Minute Maid Park

Where to Eat: Jackson Street Barbecue
Before you throw down big bucks on overpriced stadium nachos and dogs (go 'Stros!), get your fill of tasty 'cue that won't break the bank.
Must-Try: Along with stellar favorites (brisket, chicken, sausage and ribs), spring for a side of fried mac 'n' cheese.

209 Jackson St.; 713-224-2400

Galveston Beach

Where to Eat: Number 13
Hit the sand and catch some rays, then chill out at the high-end seafood and steak restaurant, located in the Pelican Rest Marina, with sweeping views of the water.​
Must-Try: Try the seared halibut with sofrito risotto, chorizo, fennel and cilantro salad, or the 18-oz. rib-eye, which is dry-aged in-house for 28 days.

7809 Broadway; 409-572-2650

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 (flat iron steak, lobster tail and grilled shrimp). Don't leave without a ride on the Ferris wheel.

410 Bagby St.; 713-223-3474

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Where to Eat: Cureight
Rock out at a concert at The Woodlands music venue, and then wind down with an intimate dinner at ​the interactive chef’s table concept tucked inside Hubbell and Hudson Bistro — only open Thursday through Saturday.​
Must-Try: The eight-course menu, which changes weekly.

24 Waterway Ave.; 281-203-5600