Houston is home to an eclectic array of restaurants. From casual sandwiches shops to upscale steakhouses, Houston has everything you could want in a vibrant up-and-coming city. Having such a versatile restaurant scene is definitely easier on the budget. But if you’re willing to dish out a couple of extra bucks for an expensive dish, you’ll want to check out these restaurants.
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1510 Texas Ave. | Downtown | vicandanthonys.com
If you’re in the mood for a sizzling steak dish or fresh seafood platter, you need to head to Vic & Anthony’s. Located in Downtown Houston, this award-winning restaurant will impress you with its impeccable service and upscale atmosphere.
To make the most of your meal, we recommend starting with a light appetizer. If you came with a group, you might like the Seafood Tower. Ringing in at $160, the Seafood Tower is no joke. Filled with oysters, lobster, mussel, shrimp, and more, the Seafood Tower will definitely give you your money’s worth. As for entrees, you’ll find upscale dishes like the Prime NY Strip and Fried Lobster Mac & Cheese. An extensive wine menu is also available for you to peruse.
“I wanted to take my niece to a really nice place since she was in town for a few days. Vic & Anthony's was perfect. The ambiance and food was perfect. Justin our server was efficient and sweet. He gave us 5 star service and explained everything. Despite this pandemic, they made sure the proper precautions were taken and we felt safe sitting down to eat our meal.” - Yelp Review
1520 Westheimer Rd. | Monstrose | damarcohouston.com
For a traditional Italian meal, you’ll want to head to Da Marco. This upscale Italian restaurant offers hearty and flavorful dishes inside a relaxed atmosphere.
On the menu, you’ll find enticing options like the sweet corn ravioli with lobster and pizza margherita. Fresh seafood dishes are also popular amongst guests. As for drinks, Da Marco also offers an extensive wine list and cocktail selection. Because this is an upscale restaurant, a proper dress code is required. The owners also recommend that you reserve a table ahead of time.
“I got the corn and lobster ravioli, and wow that was special. I loved how the corn brought the dish sweetness, lobster was butter forward and the pasta was fresh and chewy. You can absolutely tell that this pasta was homemade. The sauce brought it all together and it was just so special. I recommend this!!” - Yelp Review
1814 Washington Ave. | Sixth Ward | bbbutchers.com
B&B Butchers & Restaurant is another popular steakhouse in Houston that will ring up a hefty charge. However, you’ll quickly find that their cuisine easily makes up for the steep price. This award-winning steakhouse serves some of the finest Texas and Japanese Wagyu beef in the city. Its in-house dry-aged USDA prime beef is also highly-ranked among guests. In fact, OpenTable named B&B Butchers & Restaurant as one of the “Top 100 Steakhouses in America.”
“This restaurant has to be the best steakhouse in the greater Houston area. I look for two things in a steakhouse, one the quality of their meats that they offer and two impeccable service. This restaurant does both and goes above and beyond.” - Yelp Review
1515 Texas Ave. | Downtown | potentehouston.com
At Potente, you can expect to be treated to an unforgettable dining experience. The second you step inside, you’ll be swept away by its stunning interior and modern furnishings. Potente’s menu is pretty impressive as well.
All of the restaurant’s dishes are made from high-quality ingredients procured from local markets. Fresh-caught seafood, USDA steaks, homemade pastas, and more all await you at this popular Italian restaurant. Potente also offers an extensive wine list featuring fine Italian and Californian wines.
“The hummus was divine and the drinks were fabulous. The dessert waswere great and light, I didn't feel stuffed to death afterwards which I loved. The service was great. The waiter was attentive but not overbearing, very helpful with any questions we had and they all wore masks and gloves, etc.” - Yelp Review
2925 Richmond Ave. Suite 160 | Upper Kirby | kiranshouston.com
At Kiran’s Restaurant, you will be treated to world-class Indian cuisine. Led by Chef Kiran Verma, this classic Indian restaurant serves inventive and authentic dishes that will leave you ready to come back for more. Many of the dishes are inspired by the Awadhi style of cooking, which involves cooking meals over a slow fire. Some of the dishes are cooked in traditional clay ovens, also known as tandoors.
Kiran’s offers a wide variety of meat and vegetarian dishes. All of the restaurant’s meats are antibiotic and free of hormones. The dishes are also made from fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Whether you order a dish of Chicken Tikka Masala or vegetarian Paneer Makhani, you are sure to leave satisfied.
“Excellent! Some of the best Indian I have had in the US. I got it delivered (pandemic) and it arrived fresh, hot, and tasty. Definitely plan to order from them again and am looking forward to when I can safely visit the restaurant in person.” - Yelp Review
1 Birdsall St. | River Oaks | brennerssteakhouse.com
Brenner’s on the Bayou houses one of the most stunning outdoor patios in Houston. Located near the restaurant’s modern bar is a luxury lounge filled with sofas and firepits. As for the food, you’ll find fresh seafood dishes like the Lobster Cocktail and Jumbo Lump Crab Cake. The Crispy Duck Leg Confit and Heartbrand Texas Akaushi Beef Skirt Steak is also popular among guests. If you manage to save enough room for dessert, you’ll want to try the Godiva Chocolate Souffle.
“We had reservations which were honored promptly. We opted to sit outside on the patio which overlooks the bayou. Amazing atmosphere and views. It was perfect. Also on the patio was lounge chairs if you just wanted to enjoy the view and have a drink.” - Yelp Review
5365 Westheimer Rd. | Galleria/Uptown | TheCapitalGrille.com
Dry-aged steaks, fresh seafood, and more await you at this popular restaurant. Located in Uptown Houston Dallas, The Capital Grill is an upscale steakhouse known for its exceptional service and savory dishes.
Some of the restaurant’s most popular, and expensive, dishes include the Seared Tenderloin with Butter Poached Lobster Tails, Porcini Rubbed Bone-In Ribeye, and Seared Citrus Glazed Salmon. While you wait for your meal, you can enjoy a glass of wine from the restaurant’s extensive drink menu.
“Excellent service!!! We were a party of 15 and had the whole restaurant to ourselves on a Saturday afternoon for a private birthday lunch!!! We chose the $50/pp private lunch menu. I had the filet mignon and it was excellent paired with green beans and mashed potatoes. We felt safe and at home, our servers were attentive and considerate.” - Yelp Review
Listed above are some of the most expensive restaurants in Houston. Do you have plans to visit any of them? Let us know in the comments!