Best Poke Bowls in Houston

From quick serve to izakaya, fresh Hawaiian-style fish abounds
July 30, 2017
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by Zagat Staff

Bejeweled bowls of raw fish tossed with fruits, vegetables, sauces and toppings have been cropping up all over Houston. Originating from Hawaii, poke offers something for nearly everyone and endless ways to customize. Here are some of the best spots to hit right now. 

North Shore Poke Co.
West Houston · $

Bowls of fresh fish and fixings are the focus of this breezy poke bar in Briarforest with Hawaiian-style toppings like macadamia and kukui nuts, mango and sweet onions, and less traditional offerings such as poke nachos and tacos. The simple counter-serve spot, an offshoot of a California-based chain, also offers fish by the pound.
Pokeology
Fast Food · Rice Village · $

Fresh fish is flown in daily and combined with a range of veggies, toppings and sauces at this walk-up counter inside the Rice Village bar Doc Holliday's, a casual hangout with exposed-brick walls, a woven wooden ceiling and some seating both inside and out.
Pokii Eatery
Hawaiian · West Houston · $

Classic poke meets modern presentation at this sleek Memorial counter serve where fish, scallops, shrimp and vegetables come with rice, as a salad or wrapped burrito-style and layered with sauces and toppings. It's all served with Hawaiian water or sodas in a bright, minimalist space.
Izakaya
Japanese · Midtown · $$

Azuma Group (Kata Robata, Soma Sushi), Manabu (Kata Robata) and chef Jean Philippe Gaston (Cove) have teamed up to bring this casual Japanese pub to Midtown, featuring two outdoor spaces, an extensive bar menu and globally inspired takes on Japanese small plates.
Ono Poke
Hawaiian · Montrose · $

Choose from a multitude of fish, vegetables, sauces and toppings at this bright Montrose poke joint specializing in Hawaiian-inspired ingredients and combinations. The crisp, modern counter serve has a few communal tables, and a quaint patio adds several more.
SeaSide Poke
EaDo · $

Poke bowls can be customized with various types of fish, vegetables, sauces and toppings at this modern East Downtown counter serve with a blue and white sea-inspired palette, a colorful art wall and ample table seating.
Kata Robata
Japanese · Upper Kirby · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.4

“Excellent sushi and other Japanese delicacies” from Manabu Horiuchi and his staff keep this Upper Kirby hot spot “deservedly always crowded” ; the warm interior is sophisticated yet “feels very relaxing” , and there’s a tranquil patio too; P.S. during the daytime, the “lunch bento is a great value.”
Liberty Kitchen & Oyster Bar
Breakfast · Heights · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

“Oysters are always a treat” , as is the “extensive” menu of locally attuned seafood faves and American grub (steaks, burgers) at this upscale-casual eatery in the Heights, which also pours “excellent” drinks; though contemporary, the interior is “warm, wonderful and cozy” – no wonder it’s a “packed brunch destination” on weekends.
Poké Bar - Memorial
West Houston · $

Specialty poke bowls anchor this Memorial fast-casual eatery, part of a California-based chain, featuring a variety of fish, seafood, vegetables, toppings and sauces plus salads and soups. The bright, modern space has industrial overtones and plenty of seating.