New Restaurants and Bars in Houston

A weekly updated guide to the latest openings
February 13, 2018
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by Zagat Staff

You can’t stay on top of the Houston dining scene without knowing what’s new — which is why we offer this indispensable list of the most notable restaurant openings around town. We’ll update the guide every week, keeping the latest openings at the top of the page.

Holman Draft Hall
Bar · Midtown · $

Draft beers and wines fill the 100 taps at this stylish Midtown beer hall from The Kirby Group (Wooster's Garden, Heights Biergarten), which also serves modern shareable plates like Tandoori nachos, 12 flavors of wings and fusion sandwiches. Chic accents like steel and glass offset private and communal reclaimed wooden tables and colorful velvet seating.
Golden Bagels & Coffee
Bagel · Heights · $

New York–style bagels in classic flavors are the focus of this Heights deli offering all the trimmings, including cream cheese, lox and eggs, along with coffee drinks, in a simple, modern setting with a colorful mural and table seating.
Nancy's Hustle
New American · EaDo · $$$

New American and European cuisine comes in varying sizes of shareable plates (housemade pasta, roasted meats and seafood, raclette) at this modern EaDo bistro, which also offers house cocktails, all-natural wines, ciders and sherrys. The minimalist interior features lots of polished concrete and a bar made from a reclaimed bowling alley.
Maison Pucha Bistro
French · Heights · $$$$

Sophisticated French fare with hints of Ecuadorian and American flavors is the focus of this chic Heights bistro, where elegant desserts and craft cocktails round out the concise menu. The contemporary dining room with high ceilings and big windows blends pale blues with rustic woods and a few midcentury modern furnishings.
Wicklow Heights
Bar · Heights · $

Occupying a Heights bungalow, this cool neighborhood bar boasts more than 50 beers on tap as well as craft cocktails, while a spacious backyard patio hosts live music and movie nights.
Dish Society
American · Memorial · $
Food 4.2 · Decor 3.8 · Service 3.8

“Following the locavore trend” by “featuring whatever may be fresh and locally grown” , these “cool, casual” New American spots offer “creative plates and beverages” via counter service for breakfast and lunch and table service at dinnertime (they also host weekend brunch); the Briargrove original's industrial-chic space with high ceilings and an open kitchen is appealing, but when it fills up, it can get “loud.”
Wiki Poki
Hawaiian · Chinatown · $

Compact counter-service cafe offering customized bowls of Hawaiian-style poke with a choice of fish, sauces and toppings like spicy Cheetos, seaweed and fried onions.
Theodore Rex
New American · Downtown · $$$

A rotating daily menu of globally inspired comfort fare is the draw at this intimate kitchen, which offers a mixture of small and large shareable plates, plus an international wine selection. Brick walls and high ceilings give a rustic feel to the cozy space, headlined by pendant lights and a long, patterned banquette.
Lucienne
European · Downtown · $$$$

Set in Downtown's Hotel Alessandra, this chic, all-day eatery serves modern Mediterranean and European cuisine, including 4- and 6-course tasting menus at dinner, alongside wines and specialty cocktails. Sleek finishes, arched ceilings and plush seating anchor the sophisticated space.
Bardot
Cocktail Bar · Downtown · $$$

Located inside Downtown's Hotel Alessandra, this stylish lounge serves dual purposes: barista-prepared coffees and house-baked pastries by day, cocktails and small bites by afternoon and night. Cushioned cream-colored chairs and intimate tables pepper the space, while expansive floor-to-ceiling windows bring in natural light.
Oxbow 7
Southern American · Downtown · $$$

Refined bayou cuisine – including gumbo, seafood and takes on Vietnamese and Thai dishes – is the focus of this lofty venue inside Le Méridien Houston Downtown from chef Bryan Caswell (Reef). The spacious, retro-modern interior features plush booths, sculptural lighting and a colorful abstract mural.
Red Circle Ice Cream
Ice Cream · Chinatown · $

Ice cream is stuffed into macarons, donut sandwiches and Hong Kong–style "bubble" waffle cones at this Chinatown parlor also turning out signature heart-shaped churros. The simple, modern space has a red, black and white palette with counter service and table seating.
Kukuri
Japanese · Washington Corridor · $$$$

High-end sushi and sashimi headline this Washington Avenue venue that offers elevated omakase tasting menus of cold and hot Japanese dishes, plus à la carte meat and vegetable selections, alongside beer, wine and plum wine. High ceilings, rough walls and exposed ducts create an industrial vibe, while blond woods provide a sophisticated, minimalist edge.
Over the Moon
Ice Cream · Heights · $

Creative vegan ice creams in both traditional and seasonal flavors, like blueberry lemon and blackberry maple, are the focus of this cozy Heights dessert shop, which adds organic, vegan sprinkles, marshmallows and chocolate chips to the mix. Wood and pastel tones keep the space light and welcoming.
Piggy's Kitchen & Bar
American · Montrose · $

From The Creek Group (Onion Creek, Cedar Creek) comes this casual eatery serving updated American classics like burgers, pizza and wings, plus regional beers and house cocktails. Blue checkered banquettes lend a homey vibe indoors, and there's a large tree-shaded patio.
Spring Street Beer and Wine Garden
Bar · Washington Corridor · $

A large selection of beer, wine and cocktails are the main draw at this laid-back First Ward bar, which also hosts a rotating roster of food trucks. The intimate, modern tasting room has an airy, modern vibe, while a dog-friendly covered patio extends the seating outdoors.