Houston's New Restaurant Openings
photo credit: Jenn Duncan
If you tried to keep track of every new restaurant and bar in Houston, your head might spin. So just read this list instead. These are the openings that seem like they have the most potential. Although, keep in mind, we make no promises about the places we haven't visited yet. Go forth and be a pioneer—or just keep up with our Hit List to see which new restaurants we checked out and loved.
What started as a food truck will now be one of the 11 stalls in the new Conservatory Galleria food hall. Blk Mkt Birria will serve their popular beef birria tacos, alongside quesadillas, tortas, and burgers.
The Peruvian restaurant Cvché Kitchen, also located in the new Conservatory Galleria food hall, serves, well, ceviche, and dishes like lomo saltado, chicken anticuchos, and grilled octopus.
The folks behind MF Sushi have opened a restaurant completely dedicated to lobster. Housed in Houston’s first completely round restaurant, MF Lobster & Ceviche serves lobster in nearly every form we can think of— sandwiches, sushi rolls, tacos, macaroni and cheese, and more—and has a dog-friendly patio where you might see someone sneak their goldendoodle a lobster nigiri (we would never recommend that).
Postscript is a plush restaurant in River Oaks with a rose quartz bar, convenient “Press For Champagne” buttons at each booth, and enough pink to make Barbie jealous. Expect a decadent menu with seafood towers, oysters on the half shell, and donut holes topped with caviar.
Xiaolong Dumpling is the latest spot to open in the Fourth Ward. As the name suggests, the Sichuan restaurant specializes in dumplings, but you also go for shrimp dry pot, boiled beef, and fish coated in green peppercorns.
The highly anticipated bagel shop Brazos Bagel is now open in The Heights. What started as a small pop-up has expanded to a brick-and-mortar serving nine different types of hand-rolled bagels, three bagel sandwiches, and 10 types of cream cheese.
Filling an important gap as Houston’s only “family-friendly” hookah lounge, The Tent Houston opened in the Sharpstown neighborhood. This spot has a sprawling covered patio, plenty of seating, and a jungle gym.
A new location of the sushi spot Hando is open in Spring Branch. As the name suggests, hand rolls are the stars of the menu, with small plates and skewers playing supporting roles. The space has a sushi counter that fits 30 people, and they plan to add a speakeasy in the future.
From the team behind Karne, Korean fried chicken joint Dak & Bop has returned to its original location in the Museum District. After closing in 2020, Dak & Bop has soft opened, serving dishes like kimchi fries, bao bun sliders, and, of course, crispy twice-fried chicken wings.
A third location of the taco joint Fusion Eats is now open in Montrose. Along with a vaguely nautical theme, expect steak quesadillas, shrimp and crab nachos, and a whole lot of fusion tacos. For example, spiced lamb topped with tahini, and deep-fried tofu taco served with peanut sauce and ginger slaw.
Adding to Houston’s thriving brunch scene, Breakfast Bar HTX in the First Ward has a sprawling patio and bottle service complete with sparklers. You can expect a menu full of Southern breakfast classics like catfish and grits, chicken and waffles, and biscuits and gravy.
The Tex-Mex restaurant HiWay Cantina comes from the team behind EZ’s Liquor Lounge and Lightnin’s Good Times. The rustic EaDo spot has a menu full of Tex-Mex classics like enchiladas covered in green chile gravy, fajitas, and a mile-long list of margaritas.
This French fine-dining restaurant just opened in River Oaks. Cody is decked out in gold and light shades of pink, and is open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Expect menu items like roasted duck breast with a foie gras sauce as well as a large selection of seafood that spans Texas red snapper, Chilean sea bass, Atlantic cod, and Maine lobster. There’s also a four-course tasting menu for $120 per person.
Sun Japanese Kitchen is the newest kid on the block in Montrose. Sun comes equipped with a bar, sushi counter, and a sneaky little patio. In addition to the izakaya and the sizable sushi menu, Sun Japanese Kitchen also offers a 90-minute AYCE menu for just over $35.
Located in an unassuming corner of a Medical Center strip mall, Vietnamese restaurant Pho 5Plus (that’s not a typo, that’s the name) focuses on bowls of, you guessed it, pho. The restaurant serves almost 20 different types of pho, along with a few salads and a couple of milk tea options.
Oeste is a Mexican restaurant in the Galleria. Alongside the dark and moody interior, expect some of the classics on the menu like bowls of pozole rojo, carne guisada, and enchiladas covered in mole.
Airy and full of sunlight, Mi Tierra Mexican Kitchen just opened in the Lazybrook neighborhood. The menu has dishes like tacos al pastor, fajitas, ceviche mixtos, and pork belly tostadas. Mi Tierra also has Happy Hour where you can get $1 oysters.
Focused entirely on Basque food, the long-anticipated Baso (the initial opening announcement went out almost three years ago), is now open in The Heights. With a minimal, modern dining room, a menu of pintxo plates and various vegetable- and meat-centered small plates, as well as a Spanish-focused wine and cocktail menu, Baso brings a bit of moodiness to its corner of Shepherd and 19th.
Part sports bar, part chill patio bar, Space Cadet on the north side of The Heights serves beer, booze, and a bunch of bar food like cheeseburgers, chicken and waffles for brunch, and the tongue-and-cheek 2017 World Series Champions Banging Trash Can Nachos. We see you, Space Cadet.
With the opening of Le’Drip Coffee And Tea, a Vietnamese-focused coffee shop in Dun Huang Plaza, Chinatown continues to diversify its already deeply varied portfolio of restaurants and cafes. And while most Vietnamese spots serve a version of iced coffee, Le’Drip adds in a lot of new flavors—like ube, pandan, and guanabana—to coffee and different dessert drinks.
Opened by a large-ish Dallas-based restaurant group, Lombardi Cucina offers fairly standard but slightly fancy Italian food, like selections of caviar, crudo, wagyu meatballs, and large format fish and steak to share. There’s also a giant tree in the middle of the dining room, so you can feel like you’re outside while you’re inside. And that’s ambiance.
Just as DJ Khaled once declared, “Another one!” so did Berg Hospitality with the addition of Tavola in River Oaks. The Italian restaurant serves a classic menu of antipasti, pasta dishes like clam vongole, scallop risotto, and wild boar pappardelle, and a few entrees in a flashy, Gucci-inspired dining. Oh, and there’s also something called a “party booth.”
Adding to the massive list of vendors in the Post Food Hall downtown is Yoyo’s Hot Dogs. Though the location is no longer a mobile operation, the gourmet hot dogs—stuffed in potato buns and decorated with kimchi, onions, and secret sauce—will remain the same.