Houston's Best for Wine Pairings

Hats off to the sommelier
September 7, 2016
by Zagat Staff

We've tracked down the best tasting menus with expert wine pairings in Houston.    

Italian · Greenway Plaza Area · $$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.7 · Service 4.7

Tony Vallone’s “timeless Houston classic” in Greenway Plaza is “still at the top of the game” thanks to “spectacular” New American and Italian creations featuring “fresh, high-quality ingredients in thoughtful and delicious combinations” ; sure, it’s “pricey” , but with “unmatched” service and a setting adorned with abstract works from boldface artists, it’s the “epitome of fine dining in all aspects.”
The Pass & Provisions
American · Montrose · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

“Inventive and tasteful” New American bites are the stars of this Montrose multitasker that’s “two restaurants in one” – The Pass serves ambitious “gastronomic” set-course meals in a minimalist setting with an open kitchen, while Provisions offers a modern bistro menu backed by “restored gym flooring” on the walls; the two also share an “unusual and equally interesting” wine list, and there’s a happening bar area and a good-sized terrace, to boot.
Sorrento Ristorante
Italian · Montrose
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.6

“Superb” Italian standards “presented in a beautiful manner” draw diners to this intimate, villa-esque oasis in the heart of bustling Montrose; a robust wine list, “first-class” service and a “romantic atmosphere” (think “soft” live piano music) complete the upscale package.
Artisans Restaurant
French · Midtown · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.4

“Finally, the French have arrived in Houston” via this Midtown bistro where chef Jacques Fox and his team are serving up “gourmet” specialties alongside a selection of wines from around the globe; it’s “fun to eat at the counter and watch the kitchen” amid the “attractive, contemporary” decor.
L'Olivier Restaurant & Bar
French · Montrose · $$
Food 4.2 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.1

You might expect fare like the “outstanding” pâté at this “modern French” outpost in Montrose, but the menu also nods to ex-Tony's chef Olivier Ciesielski’s time in Houston with such fan faves as the “fantastic fried chicken and champagne happy hour” ; the setting is somewhat “industrial” (metal tables, big windows), though still “comfortable.”