Houston is home to an eclectic array of restaurants. From casual sandwich 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.
Want to treat your loved ones to a delicious meal at one of these upscale restaurants? Surprise them with a virtual GiftYa card! Not only can you adjust the amount of cash you add to the card, but you can also add a personal message before sending them. GiftYa cards can be applied to a number of different restaurants around the city, including most of the ones we featured below! Check them out now.
Upscale steakhouse in Houston known for its elegant atmosphere and award-winning dishes.
Enjoy some of the finest steak in Houston at this upscale restaurant. Image courtesy of Instagram.
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.
This restaurant is open from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays and from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. on Fridays and 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Saturdays.
“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.” - Yelp Review
Sophisticated Italian restaurant that serves gourmet Tuscan dishes and wine.
Guests are treated to top-notch service at this elegant Italian restaurant. Image courtesy of Instagram.
1520 Westheimer Rd | Montrose | 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.
Lunch hours are from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Tuesdays through Thursdays, and dinner hours are from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and and 5:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturday.
“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.” - Yelp Review
Unique and popular steakhouse in Houston that used to be a bakery.
Enjoy delicious meals and a full bar at this restaurant! Image courtesy of Instagram.
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.”
B&B Butchers is open from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Fridays, 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Saturdays, and 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Sundays.
“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.” - Yelp Review
Modern Italian restaurant located in downtown Houston.
You should definitely save room for dessert at this restaurant! Image courtesy of Instagram.
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.
Potente may be closed on Sundays, but it’s open from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays and from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
“The hummus was divine and the drinks were fabulous. The dessert was 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.” - Yelp Review
Elegant and expensive restaurant that serves divine Indian fusion dishes.
There are lots of different delicious dishes at Kiran’s, so make sure to try a little bit of everything! Image courtesy of Instagram.
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.
Hours are from 11:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays and from 1 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
“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
Popular steakhouse that features a large patio with a tree.
Enjoy some great food in a great atmosphere for the ultimate dining experience. Image courtesy of Instagram.
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.
Brenner’s is open from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Mondays through Wednesdays, from 5 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. on Thursdays, from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Sundays.
“We opted to sit outside on the patio which overlooks the bayou. Amazing atmosphere and views. It was perfect. Also on the patio [were] lounge chairs if you just wanted to enjoy the view and have a drink.” - Yelp Review
Expensive steakhouse in Houston known for its fresh dishes and fine wine.
The food looks just as delicious as it tastes at The Capital Grille. Image courtesy of Instagram.
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.
On Sundays through Thursdays, this restaurant is open from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Hours are from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
“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 felt safe and at home, our servers were attentive and considerate.” - Yelp Review
Delicious steak and many other dishes at this expensive Houston restaurant.
The steak may be the star of the show, but don’t forget about the dessert either. Image courtesy of Instagram.
1650 W Loop S | Galleria | mastrosrestaurants.com
This upscale restaurant has a strict, upscale dress code to match. The gorgeous dining room is just as sure to enhance your dining experience as the food is. You definitely won’t want to miss out on this restaurant if you’re spending some time in Houston.
With appetizers, sushi, soups, salads, steak, seafood, and desserts on the menu, there’s something for everyone at Mastro’s. You can even choose to purchase raw steak that you can cook to your liking from the comforts of your own home.
Mastro’s Steakhouse is open from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. from Sundays through Thursdays and from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
“I came from out of town with my friends to celebrate and I've been to a Mastro's before but this location was amazing... The server made excellent food and drink suggestions and everything was SO DELICIOUS.” - Yelp Review
Fine Italian dining in Houston for 56 years!
Tony’s has a gorgeous interior that’s the perfect place for a sit-down dinner. Image courtesy of Instagram.
3755 Richmond Ave | Greenway Plaza | tonyshouston.com
Tony’s is popular in Houston, and has been for many years, due to their fine Italian cuisine made with the best ingredients. Their dishes bring Naples and Milan inspired flavors all the way to Texas.
On the menu, you’ll find all of your favorite authentic Italian dishes, whether it’s an appetizer, pasta, or entree. In addition, you can book catering or a private event.
Hours are from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays and from 5:30 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Saturdays.
“The service was fantastic, all the waiters and staff were very attentive. You couldn't take a sip of water before someone was at your table refilling it.The manager came by and welcomed us in.” - Yelp Review
Fresh seafood in a shopping center in Houston.
Choose the perfect drink to go with the perfect meal. Image courtesy of Instagram.
2800 Kirby Dr Suite A100 | River Oaks District | eddiev.com
Eddie V’s has locations across the United States, and this one is located within the West Avenue River Oaks Shopping District. Sit down for some of the fresh seafood and hand-crafted cocktails this restaurant prides itself on.
You can also choose to grab a seat at The V Lounge bar for a more intimate dining experience, where you can order all the same great drinks and appetizer dishes.
Eddie V’s is open from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, 4 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Sundays.
“This is our favorite seafood restaurant. Service is excellent and food is scrumptious. They never fail to make each occasion a special one. We have been to 2 anniversaries and they always make it extra special.” - Yelp Review
One of the most popular fine-dining spots in Houston.
Steak isn’t the only delicious dish on the menu at this expensive restaurant. Image courtesy of Instagram.
4444 Westheimer Rd | River Oaks District | steak48.com
Also located in the River Oaks District, an outdoor shopping complex known for luxury brands and fine dining, is Steak 48. This restaurant has locations in several cities, including Houston, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Charlotte.
On the menu, you’ll find appetizers, salads, prime steaks and chops, sides, fresh seafood, and a raw bar. The drinks are also impressive— you can choose from the wine list, specialty cocktails, bourbon and whiskey, scotch, tequila and cognac, or dessert wines.
Steak 48 is open from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Sundays through Wednesdays, and from 4 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
“This place totally lives up to its hype for the food, ambiance, and service. I have been a few times since relocating here in January, and each time I walked away with a greater appreciation for the experience.” - Yelp Review
An expensive dining experience you won’t forget!
The portions at Brennan’s of Houston are definitely worth the price. Image courtesy of Instagram.
3300 Smith St | Midtown | brennanshouston.com
Serving both delicious brunch and dinner, Brennan’s is definitely worth a visit if you’re looking for a delicious— if pricey —meal in Houston. Here, every visit will feel like a special occasion. If you do want to celebrate, you can choose to book a private party.
Brennan’s has a selection of starters and entrees for brunch, lunch, and dinner, as well as an extensive list of desserts that you’ll want to be sure to save room for.
Brunch hours at Brennan’s of Houston are from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays and from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Sundays. Dinner hours are from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. every day except Monday, when the restaurant is closed.
“It was an overall great dining experience. The food and service was awesome. The food came out in a timely manner. It was my husband's birthday dinner and the crew was very welcoming by wishing him a happy birthday.” - Yelp Review
Listed above are some of the most expensive restaurants in Houston, the majority of which also happen to be supported by GiftYa! Do you have plans to visit any of them? Let us know in the comments!