Midtown has long been one of our favorite neighborhoods in Houston to cut loose and relax. With its central location and proximity to Downtown, it’s the perfect area for a nice dinner out, followed by drinks at one of the many bars around. With so many options to eat and drink, we collected our top ten favorite Midtown restaurants that we love to frequent again and again! Have you tried them all?
Restaurants in Midtown Houston
The Breakfast Klub
3711 Travis St, Houston, TX 77002
If you live in Midtown, there’s no doubt that you’ve seen the line at this Midtown Houston restaurant wrapped around the corner. That many people can’t be wrong! They were even voted “Best Breakfast” and “Best Family-Friendly Restaurant” in the Houston Chronicles Best of the Best 2021. This is the spot to get down on some soul food, with options like their famous chicken and waffles and other diner-style meals. Make sure to get here early because this restaurant fills up every day of the week!
The Gypsy Poet
2404 Austin St, Houston, TX 77004
Looking for artisan pizza with a side of live poetry or open mic night? The Gypsy poet is one restaurant in Midtown Houston that delivers both mouth-watering pizza and the best atmosphere and vibes you could ask for. On top of pizza, they have the perfect craft beer and wine selection to complete your dining experience.
3201 Louisiana St, Houston, TX 77006
For a romantic restaurant near Midtown Houston, check out Artisans. They serve high-end French fare in an intimate and cozy space that’s perfect for date night. On top of their delectable French cuisine, they offer fun events like jazz night, dinner pairings, and even a hands-on cooking class with the chef.
Localite Tip: For the full fancy experience, you have to try their Gastronomique Menu – a six, seven, or eight-course meal perfectly crafted by the chefs here. It is available Monday through Saturday (only Monday through Thursday for the eight-course option), but you must reserve ahead of time.
Weights and Measures
2808 Caroline St, Houston, TX 77004
If Guy Fieri says to eat somewhere, the people should listen. The “guy” knows his food. This restaurant in Midtown Houston was featured on an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives thanks to their unique dishes like the famous Carrot Pizza and Braised Short-rib Sandwich. Their seasonal, handcrafted menu is constantly changing, but staples like their handmade pasta and wood-fired pizzas are forever.
Localite Tip: They’re open for breakfast from Tuesday to Sunday, so if you get that midweek hankering for some epic brunch or breakfast food, Weights and Measures has your back!
Gen Korean BBQ House
3201 Louisiana St #101, Houston, TX 77006
Gen Korean BBQ House is another restaurant in Midtown Houston that seems to always have a line out front, so you know they’re delivering the dankest food. But it’s not just the food here. It’s the whole experience. For those new to Korean BBQ, here’s how it works. They deliver the meat to your table, where you cook it yourself on the grill at your table. It’s all you can eat, so come hungry!
125 W Gray St #500, Houston, TX 77019
Oporto offers Portuguese-fusion food in Midtown Houston, so it’s the perfect stop if you’re in the mood to try something new. The best way to enjoy Oporto is to order many small plates and share them amongst the table. Guests can’t stop raving about the Piri Piri BBQ Chicken, scallops, and empanadas, but no dish here will disappoint. Don’t forget to try the incredible Portuguese dessert as well, Pastel de Nata.
Localite Tip: If you love Oporto, check out their new concept da Gama off of Shepherd. It’s an Indian-Portugues kitchen with an organic wine and cocktail bar. Yummy!
2850 Fannin St #400, Houston, TX 77002
The best sushi restaurant in Midtown, hands down, is Kanau Sushi. Their trendy dining room is accentuated with valet parking, an attentive staff, plenty of tasting menus to choose from, and the freshest sushi you can imagine. They offer a massive selection of sushi and sashimi and a variety of other dishes for anyone who might not fancy raw fish.
Localite Tip: Save yourself some cash and come for happy hour – daily from 4 to 6:30 and all day Sunday. They have specials on cocktails as well as food.
309 Gray Street &, Bagby St #111, Houston, TX 77002
This Mexican restaurant in Midtown Houston has been a favorite for years now, but not many people know that the owner was actually the professional wrestling champion of Mexico! Once he met his wife, a former Miss Houston, the two decided to open a restaurant serving her original homemade Mexican recipes. Houstonians love their food along with their boozy brunches featuring giant margaritas, spicy micheladas, and, of course, mimosa carafes.
4104 Fannin St, Houston, TX 77004
One of the lesser-known restaurants in Midtown Houston is Mantra, a plant-based kitchen that offers food free of gluten, soy, and refined sugar. Local favorites from the menu include coconut “calamari” and yucca fries. On top of their legendary vegan food, they’re praised for their epic customer service and chill vibes.
917 Winbern St Suite A, Houston, TX 77002
Nothing worse than when you’re trying to load up your poke bowl, but all the toppings are extra! That won’t happen here at Diced Poke, one of the best casual restaurants in Midtown Houston. You can top up your bowl however you see fit or wrap it up into a Hawaii-style burrito. The options here are endless, but one thing is for sure – they use the freshest ingredients and serve it up with a smile.
Prefer to head to Downtown Houston? Check out our favorite options for Downtown eateries!
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