Some like dripping in butter. Some like it too hot to handle. And some prefer to be able to taste the organic flavors of their seafood. Whichever category you fall into, Houston probably has a restaurant out there that will fit your needs.
Being right on the Bayou, you might find yourself overwhelmed with the cajun flavored options in your area. Whether that’s what you’re looking for or not, we’re here to help you out! These are the best seafood restaurants in Houston.
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Address: 2825 S Kirkwood Rd, Ste 300, Houston, TX 77082
Looking for a new regular seafood restaurant where the fare is cooked up in cajun seasonings that aren’t too spicy but still add a bunch of flavor? Lotus Seafood is where it’s at when it comes to homemade cajun cooking.
From lobster with a healthy coating of their homemade seasoning to cajun seasoned fries, you can find just about anything here to curb your seafood cravings. Oh, and did we mention that they have oysters, as well?
As had been said by pretty much anyone who's left a review for Lotus Seafood, do yourself a favor and slather some of their special sauce onto literally anything you order. The sauce is an attraction in and of itself!
“Wow. Hands down one of the best meals I have ever had. Everything was flavor packed and had the perfect fry to it...Next level food and great customer service, need more of these locations around Houston!!” - Yelp Review
Address: 300 W Little York Rd, Houston, TX 77076
On the other end of the cajun seafood spectrum, you’ll find Swamp City, a seafood restaurant that really brings the heat to each dish. In fact, they’re food is generally considered so spicy that they’ve even added in a “mild” option for people who don’t like that much heat.
The best news: both types are absolutely delicious! You can check their website to see exactly what goes into each and every dish on their menu.
Swamp City is typically described as no-nonsense when it comes to placing your order, so if you know what you’re getting into beforehand, you’re more likely to be able to modify your order to create something that’ll really satisfy you!
“You won't find it anywhere else. Just simply delicious!! Staff is very friendly and it is always jumpin. Food is always hot and exactly the way you order it.” - Yelp Review
Address: 2200 Post Oak Blvd, Ste 160, Houston, TX 77056
Contrary to popular belief, seafood isn’t relegated only to coastal regions along the Pacific Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. In fact, you can find seafood as a part of almost any type of cuisine - including Mexican!
At Caracol, their menu takes you on a culinary tour of all of the waters surrounding Mexico - the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea, and the Pacific Ocean. Each dish is infused with a little bit of Mexican flavor that reminds you precisely where the dish originated.
They offer menus for almost any occasion and dietary need. If you’re in it for the seafood but you have a friend who’s vegetarian, you can both be accommodated. They even have a brunch menu! From Lobster to oysters to scallops, all of your seafood cravings can be satisfied here.
“The best part is that they have all you can eat oysters. Very fresh and pretty good even though it wasn't the season. Overall, a great spot in Houston to dine at.” - Yelp Review
Address: 4720 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77027
Neighborhood: Highland Village
Asian countries have been known to bring some of the most beloved flavors and fresh styles of cooking to the western world. At Blue Onyx Bistro, they’ve taken some of those traditional Asian flavors and combined them with a French style of cooking to create something truly unique.
Headed by Chef David Chang, the kitchen at Blue Onyx Bistro is here to bring you some of the most delicious seafood in Houston - and we can truly say that you’ve probably never experienced anything like it.
Enjoy a meal with the most beautiful presentation you’ve ever seen, such as their Blue Onyx Pasta or their Japanese-style Crab Cakes! You’ll have a craving for some more in no time.
“We ordered the Ahi tuna tower, blue crab fingers,Buffalo wontons, and the short ribs. All the food was well prepared and delicious , our waiter was attentive and very helpful with helping us decide which items to order.” - Yelp Review
Address: 11209 Bellaire Blvd, Ste C-36, Houston, TX 77072
It’s all in the name here at Crawfish Cafe. While they serve all kinds of seafood (see: the shrimp pictured up above), what they’re really most well-known for is the crawfish that they serve up on a day-to-day basis.
The best thing about the crawfish here (besides the crawfish itself, which many reviewers have declared the absolute best in the city)? You can actually order it in whatever size you’d like to - even by the pound!
You can stop by to enjoy their crawfish on any day except Wednesdays. And if you’re not a huge crawfish fan, well, like we said a little bit earlier, they have plenty of other seafood options to help curb your cravings!
“The BEST crawfish in Houston IMO! It was here that I discovered the gloriousness of Viet Cajun garlic butter crawfish. I feel the waterworks in my mouth every time I think of this.” - Yelp Review
Address: 1753 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056
When it comes to seafood, Masraff’s is a bit of a hidden gem in the Houston area. Located in the Galleria area, if you don’t live nearby, it’s probably a bit out of the way for what you’re typically used to, but it truly offers up some of the best seafood in Houston.
It’s so good that some people have even said that they’ve been reluctant to review in case their favorite spot suddenly becomes so popular that it’s difficult for them to get a table whenever they want one.
From calamari to caviar to sea bass, Masraff’s has a little bit of everything to offer in the realm of seafood. The best part - they have a wine to pair perfectly with almost every single dish.
“We had the diver scallop that my bf raves about for weeks and it lived up to the hype. Everything else was super tasty too. It's one of those new American restaurants but all of the flavors paired so well together.” - Yelp Review
Address: 3737 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77098
Neighborhood: Upper Kirby
Looking for a new favorite seafood restaurant with a bit of a history behind it? While Eunice has only been around for about five years now, the name itself has quite a bit of history behind it, being named for the hometown where the head chef and founder grew up in near New Orleans!
Inspired by his hometown, much of the menu here is infused with flavors that are most definitely inspired by the traditional flavors of New Orleans.
From oysters to gumbo to shrimp po boy, you’ll definitely find something here at Eunice to scratch that itch for seafood that’s been ailing you for a while. Stop in today to experience some authentic New Orleans cuisine made by someone who’s actually lived near there!
“Every single dish did not disappoint. Good presentation, flavors well balanced and such a variety that there's something for everyone. I can't even choose a favorite dish. Enjoyed them all!” - Yelp Review
Address: 4224 San Felipe, Houston, TX 77027
Neighborhood: Highland Village
The Declaration of Independence states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
At Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette, it is built into their mission that these should all be rights that they celebrate - and they do their very best to try to incorporate this concept into the way they run their business.
You can find some of the most unique flavors of oysters here - including some that are topped with jalapeno peppers! If you don’t mind a bit of spice, this is definitely a place you don’t want to miss out on.
“The oysters were phenomenal and fresh. So tasty. The entrees were really good and the perfect size. Shrimp were huge and perfectly cooked.” - Yelp Review
No matter what style of seafood is your favorite, there’s a little something for everyone in Houston. Let us know which of these restaurants is your favorite in the comments below!