Don’t be fooled by the ‘bistro’ in the name – Mockingbird packs a serious punch when it comes to Houston fine dining. It’s a New American restaurant with French flair that’s perfect for special occasions or when you just want to treat yourself. Multiple course dinners and stellar service are the main attractions at this restaurant where traditional Texas dishes meet international sophistication. Shrimp and grits are elevated with local cheddar cheese, while truffle fries and foie gras take burgers to a whole new level. The filet mignon is carefully cooked for the right texture and taste in every bite. The dining room is simply but gorgeously decorated, and diners can also choose to eat in the front patio.
Address & telephone number: 1985 Welch St, Houston, TX +1 713 533 0200
Da Marco is a trendy and modern Italian restaurant with intimate ambiance, flawless service and a carefully planned menu. Flavors of prosciutto, truffle, burrata and branzino predominate the menu. Try the calf liver venenziana for an interesting and truly Italian experience, or the maple leaf duck with saba for a decadent, fun twist on duck. Fresh whole fish is shipped in from all over Europe to satisfy even the most specific tastes. Affordable margherita and prosciutto pizzas are available for those seeking lighter fare. Panna cotta, sorbets and cannoli delight the taste buds at the end of the meal.
Address & telephone number: 1520 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX +1 713 807 8857
Houstonians love Oxheart, and with good reason. It’s a restaurant you’ll want to come back to over and over again thanks to its hip environment, quirky service and traditional but innovative dishes. The menu changes often but always includes fresh local ingredients combined and cooked in unexpected and creative ways, which means there are no dishes that are constantly available. However, there are always staples, like great meat stew, perfectly seasoned fish and refreshing vegetable combinations in the salads. There are two tasting menus to choose from, each with various courses that can be adjusted for vegetarian diners. Make reservations ahead of time, as the restaurant fills up quickly.
Address & telephone number: 1302 Nance St, Houston, TX +1 832 830 8592
Elevate your sushi experience at Uchi, an innovative and elegant fine dining Japanese restaurant in the middle of Montrose. A great experience is guaranteed whether you choose to sit at the sushi bar or at a table, although serious fans of Japanese food might want to pick up some tips from the chefs at the bar by choosing a seat there. The service is attentive, generous and friendly, making this a great restaurant for birthday parties or corporate events. As for the food, you can choose from their daily menu, which changes based on ingredient availability, or enjoy something off the tasting menu, a selection of classics that are well loved by regulars. Try the Jar Jar Duck, the Avo Bake or the Uchiviche to see what the hype is about.
Address & telephone number: 904 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX +1 713 522 4808
Everything about Mark’s is stunning from the venue to the food. Housed in a renovated church from the 1920s, this is a Houston restaurant you won’t want to miss. Stylish interiors with brass staircase railings, impressive chandeliers and a domed ceiling set the scene for an unforgettable dining experience. Tasting menus are available if you’re looking to try various items off the menu, and prix fixe lunch specials for those who come here during their midday break. As for the food, you can rest assured everything is perfectly cooked; the lamb trio with the rack, loin and belly, the pear salad, and the mascarpone blueberry tart are our favorites.
Address & telephone number: 1658 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX +1 713 523 3800