Houston’s food scene is booming and there is no shortage of standout restaurants. From fine dining to food trucks, and everything in between, Houston has got it all. There’s also a wonderful selection of places perfect for a delicious date night. Ready to wow and woo that special someone in your life? We’ve got you covered, with our picks of the best romantic restaurants Houston has to offer.
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The lush, natural surroundings of Brenner’s On The Bayou makes it feel incredibly scenic and serene. Perfect for a picturesque date night. On a fine evening, book a table on the patio. Its mood lighting really sets the scene, and you’ll be dining out under the stars, which is incredibly romantic too. The food here is just as impressive as the surroundings and it will be love at first bite.
Paris is always a good idea, but if you can’t whisk your date off to France, you can do the next best thing and take them to a French restaurant. Channelling the vibe of the City of Love, Étoile Cuisine et Bar on Uptown Park Boulevard oozes Parisian sophistication. It seduces with its charms and delectable food and wine. All that’s left is for you to use your charm to seduce your date. Bon chance!
Log cabins conjure up romantic images of cosy nights by a roaring fire, and that’s exactly the vibe at the Rainbow Lodge, a log cabin restaurant set along the banks of the White Oak Bayou. The seductive surroundings are enhanced by the succulent wild game, steaks and seafood on the menu which are accompanied by seasonal produce from the restaurant’s kitchens, local ranchers and growers. Impress your date even more by booking Table 23 in the Creek Room or Table 32 in the Pullman Room, both of which offer beautiful views of the garden.
Is there a more romantic combo than Champagne and oysters? Both are exquisite, and expensive, which raise expectations, but that’s not all they raise. Ahem! Oysters are an aphrodisiac and Champagne a très romantique libation!
Get your fix of both at a’Bouzy, a Champagne-centred restaurant that serves brunch, lunch and dinner. With its raw bar, caviar and oyster selection not to mention bubbles by the bucket load, this is the ideal spot to let your love to sparkle and bubble over.
Whatever the weather, you can wine and dine your date in beautiful surroundings in the Backstreet Cafe. If there is a chill in the air, book a fireside table in the Garden Room and get close and cosy up to each other. Weather as fine as your date? Nab an outside table on the patio and dine beneath the magnificent camphor tree. For added romance, request the table by the fountain and watch as your love for each other flows over. This is one courtyard made for courtship.
6. Bar Boheme
With its casual and lively atmosphere, Bar Boheme is a great place for a first date. The menu has plenty of dishes for sharing, and sharing food is a wonderfully intimate thing to do. Settle into a table on the terrace with its romantic fairy lights or snuggle into one of the leather sofas and tuck into tasty food for two. At night time, when the temperature dips, huddle close together under the heaters and by the fires and fan the flames of love.
For high-end date-night dining, Mastro’s is one of the best romantic restaurants Houston has to offer. Mastro’s impresses with its breathtaking design and exquisite food and wine. The beautiful space seamlessly merges the indoors and the outdoors with the dining room spilling out onto a picturesque patio. The patio is set in front of a water wall and romantically-lighted pool. The running water creates a very soothing atmosphere in which to enjoy your meal and each other’s company. The extensive menu features steaks, seafood and sushi but whatever you order, leave room for the mouth-watering desserts.