Best Restaurants in Midtown Houston

October 25, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Here are the top rated restaurants in Midtown Houston. 

Brennan's of Houston
Southern American · Midtown · $$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.8 · Service 4.8

An “way to visit New Orleans” without leaving town, this “peerless” Creole classic in Midtown combines “impeccable old-school service” , an “elegant setting” in a structure designed to evoke the Vieux Carré and “outstanding” food that includes – but goes well beyond – the “holy trinity of turtle soup, eggs Benedict and bananas Foster” (plus cocktails that'll “knock you off your barstool” ); the prices are “expense-account heaven” , but hey, “it’s more than just a meal, it’s an experience.”
Spanish · Midtown · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.5

Throngs flock to this Midtown Mediterranean–New American (with a seafood focus) from Charles Clark and Grant Cooper (Brasserie 19, Coppa), who pair “fabulous” culinary creations with an “extensive” wine list that’s one of the “fairest priced in town” ; the “bustling” scene overflows to an “excellent outside patio” , so really, “what’s not to like about this place?”
Damian's Cucina Italiana
Midtown · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

Expect an “old-fashioned dining experience” at this upscale Midtown Italian that’s been turning out “wonderful” meals made with “fresh ingredients” for three decades; “low noise levels” are “great for dinner conversation” , and “one huge plus: they have a shuttle to the Theater District.”
The Breakfast Klub
Breakfast · Midtown · $
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.3

For what is “arguably the best breakfast in town” , those in the know head to this “unique” daytime-only cafe in Midtown beloved for its “delicious” “real-soul-food” day-starters that “mix and match” things like fried chicken and pancakes or shrimp and grits; the lines “just to order can be exhausting” , but once inside, service is “speedy” and “friendly” , and a “cool, artsy” scene awaits.
Seafood · Midtown · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.3

The contemporary dining room at this Midtown spot fills with fans of chef Bryan Caswell’s “absolutely wonderful” seafood creations (which are often “inventive takes on the classics” from the Gulf Coast and beyond), as well as creative sides like the “fantastic” fried mac ’n’ cheese; just know that it can get “very loud” , perhaps due in part to the “incredible” wine selection.
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.
Fluff Bake Bar
Bakery · Midtown · $$

Pasty chef Rebecca Masson goes brick-and-mortar, bringing her signature decadent sweets (think Fluffernutters, macarons and cakes) to Midtown with this quaint bakery/cafe. Pastries are available alongside savory options (cheese and charcuterie) and plated desserts, plus craft beers and wine curated by sommelier Antonio Gianola (Houston Wine Merchant).
Cyclone Anaya's Mexican Kitchen
Mexican · Memorial · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.0

The Houston outposts of this homegrown cantina mini-chain are a favorite for “upscale Mexican food” backed by “potent” margaritas in “lively, upbeat” environs; service and setting vary by locale, but they all boast a well-attended happy hour.
Jinya Ramen Bar
Ramen · Midtown · $$

These branches of a California-based chain offer hearty bowls of the Japanese noodle soup including a signature Black Ramen, a pork broth infused with charred garlic oil and topped with pork chashu, scallions, nori, cabbage and crunchy garlic chips. There are also chicken and vegetarian options, plus a variety of starters and sides, rice bowls and curries – and a full bar.