Best Restaurants in Heights

October 25, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Here are the top rated Houston restaurants in Heights. 

Rainbow Lodge
Brunch · Heights · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

Between the “amazing” decor (taxidermied hunting trophies, old rifles, etc.), the “beautiful” log cabin setting on the banks of a bayou and the “delicious” game-centered menu, it’s no wonder this Heights New American is a “classic dining experience” ; it’s perfect for a “romantic date night” , and “on a nice day, you can’t beat the deck” ; P.S. lunch, Sunday brunch and bar menus offer less expensive dining options.
Gatlin's BBQ
Barbecue · Garden Oaks/Oak Forest · $
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.4 · Service 4.0

“Tender, smoky” brisket, “succulent” ribs and “sauce worthy of being sopped up with store-bought white bread” are the backbone of this “regional barbecue titan” occupying rustic-casual digs in the Heights; “show up early” because they stop serving when they run out of meat.
Glass Wall Restaurant
Wine Bar · Heights · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

This “gem” in the Heights offers a playful menu of “exceptional” New American fare backed by an “eclectic” wine list and well-made cocktails; the “stylish” , modern space features an open kitchen.
Hubcap Grill - Houston Heights
Burger · Heights · $
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.2 · Service 3.7

“Juicy, handmade” patties from never-frozen ground beef piled with interesting toppings (Cheetos and cheese sauce, anyone?) create lines at these “hole-in-the-wall” counter-serve burger joints; don’t let the “semi-gruff” service or “spartan surroundings discourage you” , as it’s all about the “tasty” , inexpensive burgers here – plus the Heights and Kemah branches have a “nice selection of local craft beers.”
Seafood · Heights · $$

This lofty, contemporary spot features fresh Gulf seafood and sophisticated Southern cuisine, such as Dr Pepper–glazed duck or grilled Gulf snapper over stone grits with honey-glazed carrots, along with impressive wines and inventive cocktails.
Coltivare Pizza & Garden
Italian · Heights · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

“Bringing freshness to the Heights” , this “fun” eatery specializes in Italian-influenced dishes, serving “substantial portions” of “expertly prepared fish and pasta” as well as salads and pizzas; the snug reclaimed-wood interior features an inviting long zinc bar punctuated with an open kitchen boasting a wood-burning pizza oven, but be sure to “get there early” because it fills up fast and “they don’t take reservations.”
Lee's Fried Chicken & Donuts
Breakfast · Heights · $

Dine in or drive through this pint-size Heights chicken shack from the Cherry Pie Hospitality restaurant group (Petite Sweets, Pi Pizza, Star Fish, State Fare) for natural fried chicken, inventive sandwiches, hearty sides and made-daily donuts. Portraits of rainbow-sprinkled pastries garnish the walls of a modern diner-esque layout with a sauce bar and floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of leafy streets.
Revival Market
Heights · $
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.0

A “cute little place” that’s famed for selling local products from heritage-breed meats to housemade charcuterie and artisanal baked goods, this spot in the Heights is also known for its American cafe fare (breakfast and lunch only) and coffee drinks so attractive that “you almost don’t want to drink them” ; decorwise, the “beautiful meat case” is the focal point of the rustic-chic market setting, and as for seating, it’s seat-yourself tables and counters.