Houston's Most Romantic Restaurants

Wine and dine
September 7, 2016
by Zagat Staff

These Houston restaurants set the tone for a romantic evening out.

Brennan's of Houston
Cajun · Midtown · $$$
Food 4.6 · 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.”
Seafood · Greenway Plaza Area · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.6

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.”
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.
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.
Da Marco Cucina E Vino
Italian · Montrose · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.6

It’s “almost like being in Italy” coo legions of fans of this Montrose Italian, a longtime “Houston treasure” known for its “outstanding” fare – “the butternut squash ravioli is to die for” , the “truffle anything is fantastic” – and “excellent” wine list that’s “extensive in Italian offerings” ; the “warm, intimate” setting is tended by a “superb” staff, all adding up to an experience that’s “pricey, but worth the cost” ; P.S. beer and wine only.
Steak 48
Steakhouse · Galleria · $$$

From the team behind Steak 44 in Phoenix comes this upscale River Oaks steak-and-seafood concept with a posh second-level lounge. Kitchen specialties include a raw-bar menu and fresh shellfish, prime beef and chops, plus classic appetizers and entrees (gluten-free and vegetarian options are also available).
Le Colonial
French · Galleria · $$$

The look, feel and flavors of Vietnam headline this two-story locale in haute River Oaks, serving everything from seafood to spring rolls alongside beer, wine and cocktails. The downstairs dining room features lush foliage and dark wicker chairs, and an upstairs lounge, expansive bar, private room and two balconies provide varied seating options for those hoping to see and be seen.