Hotel restaurants

8 Houston Hotel Restaurants You Must Try

Houston hotel restaurants aren’t just a convenience for foreigners anymore; some have won over Houston foodies with their mouth-watering food and drinks. And many offer perks: stunning surroundings, artwork, decor and furnishings, and easy parking. Diners also benefit from the ability of the hotel’s chefs to satisfy the palates of discerning international guests.

From upscale eateries to casual gourmet cafes, check out these eight restaurants that are all in Houston hotels.

Monarch at ZaZa Museum District Hotel

This chic indoor/outdoor social hub serves up fine American classics and fun cocktails. Every night, you’ll dine with as many Houstonians as travelers — couples who come weekly after spotting art or before theater performances and office mates who meet after work for bites and drinks. at happy hour. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the flavors are bright and the scene lively. Speaking of scenery, dine alfresco within sight of the Mecom Fountain and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. The large, enchanting semi-enclosed and covered terrace of the Monarch is even air-conditioned.

Flavor: Chef Daniel Hatcher’s culinary team caters to the appetites of carnivores, vegans and gluten-free. Savor the Superfoods Bowl filled with tricolor quinoa, avocado, roasted sweet potatoes, jalapeno and lemon-tahini or the Curious Traveler sampler.

Sip: Desert Sun—tequila, mezcal, pineapple juice, lime, cilantro and agave.

Dessert: Lemon Basil Crème Brûlée + Brownie à la Mode.

Car park: Street parking and valet ($15).

Terrace at the Cultivated F+B of the Lancaster Hotel.

Courtesy of Lancaster Hotel

Cultivated F&B at the Lancaster Hotel

Given the pristine, century-old reputation of the artwork-filled Lancaster Hotel, it’s no wonder its restaurant has won die-hard fans for its food and service. Now, a hot new menu and chef has elevated Cultivated F+B among Houston’s top restaurants. Chef Joseph Vinson has revisited the restaurant’s classics; for example, crispy seared salmon is now glazed with avocado and served with mashed sweet potatoes, sautéed shredded Brussels sprouts and mango salsa. There’s also a new brunch in town, served on Saturdays and Sundays. Bananas Foster Waffles, anyone?

Flavor: Seared salmon with Lancaster salad and Mediterranean roasted cauliflower garnished with currants, mint and toasted pine nuts.

Sip: West Texas Sunset, a variant of Ranch Water with a touch of cranberry.

Dessert: Bread pudding—toasted butter croissants followed by brandied dried cherries, fig confit, caramel sauce and fresh cream.

Car park: Street parking and valet ($8 for lunch, $18 for dinner).

Toro Toro at the Four Seasons Hotel Houston.

Toro Toro at the Four Seasons Hotel Houston.

Don Riddle for the Four Seasons Hotel Houston

Toro Toro at the Four Seasons Hotel Houston

Long-time favorite Quattro has been replaced by chef Richard Sandoval’s Toro Toro Pan-Latin Steakhouse, which showcases the bright flavors of Central and South America. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you can share small plates in a cool and stylish setting with a large central stone bar. Hit the Suviche (sushi and ceviche) bar for plates to share. After dinner, toast with inventive cocktails and rare spirits at the brand new speakeasy Bandista.

Flavor: Peruvian Ceviche and Mezcal-flamed Prime Tomahawk 52 oz.

Sip: Chance Encounter—TX Bourbon, Drambuie, and Cocchi Americano smoked in a glass box.

DessertLa Bomba, created table-side, involves a chocolate demi-sphere, vanilla, dulce de leche and strawberry ice cream, berries and a crumble drizzled with vanilla berry sauce.

Car park: Free valet parking for dinners.

The TRIBUTE wine room.

The TRIBUTE wine room.

Courtesy of Houstonian Hotel Club & Spa

TRIBUTE to the Houstonian Hotel Club & Spa

There are plenty of fancy restaurants in Houston, but one where the waiters can remember the names of regulars and what they like to drink? Welcome to Tribute, where Southeast Texas born and raised Executive Chef Neal Cox conjures up Tex-Lex cuisine inspired by Texas, Louisiana and Mexico. Perfect for a date night, the setting features chandeliers dripping with hand-cut Brazilian natural crystal tips and a beloved Texas live oak aglitter with 100,000 lights. A coveted secret: the Wine Room, where you can celebrate special occasions under a cascade of wine bottles, with blankets provided for snuggling up.

Flavor: Smoked blue crab fingers with tomato butter and Diamond H Ranch bacon-wrapped bandeur quail with jalapeño jack and mezcal glaze.

Sip: The Rye Not—WhistlePig 10-year Houstonian Barrel #2, barrel-aged Whistle Pig maple, Angostura and Marasca cherry.

Dessert: Churro with dulce de leche ice cream and chocolate fudge sauce.

Car park: Free valet parking for dinners.

Safina at the InterContinental Houston - Medical Center, an IHG hotel.

Safina at the InterContinental Houston – Medical Center, an IHG hotel.

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Safina Mediterranean at the InterContinental Houston – Medical Center

People who work in the neighborhood come for a Mediterranean getaway in food and ambiance. Natural light and touches of nature-themed sculpture and art fill Safina’s space. Chef Harol Ortiz brings French culinary touches to healthy and flavorful dishes using locally grown and raised ingredients.

Flavor: Grilled salmon with roasted corn, quinoa, sherry tomato and roasted red pepper sauce and Chilean sea bass, seared with butternut squash.

Sip: French Motorcycle—Rum Zacapa, Grand Marnier and lemon juice.

Dessert: Tres Leches cake.

Car park: Two free hours validated.

Artisanal catering at the Post Oak Hotel.

Artisanal catering at the Post Oak Hotel.

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Artisanal catering at the Post Oak Hotel

Good restaurants in Houston are a dime a dozen but here you can order gold! The $1,600 24k Black Gold Burger with Japanese wagyu beef, black truffle and truffle aioli on a caviar-infused bun covered in 24k gold and served with 24k gold fries carats and a bottle of Dom Pérignon.

But for the rest of us, Craft F&B serves artisanal Southern dishes and brews in a cool space covered in fine woods, exposed brick, and stained concrete floors. Make friends at the communal tables, watch the game or catch the breeze on the terrace. Award-winning executive chef Jean Luc Royere is a member of France’s prestigious Association of Master Chefs and has long led the kitchens of five-star luxury properties.

Flavor: Pizza Positano with homemade dough, San Marzano tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella and fresh basil. And the #1 Burger.

Sip: The Uptown—Don Julio, lime, blue curaçao, Cointreau and velvet falernum.

Dessert: Go to the Bouchée Pâtisserie for sweets and homemade ice cream.

Car park: $6 valet for dinners.

JW Marriott Houston Downtown main kitchen kitchen.

JW Marriott Houston Downtown main kitchen kitchen.

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JW Marriott Houston Downtown Main Kitchen

The Main Kitchen’s cuisine is American with an international twist, served in a setting of floor-to-ceiling windows. Associated with the 806 lounge, it is popular for business meetings, casual celebrations and brunches. The cocktail list includes premium spirits selected from around the world by Scottish native Andrew Gallacher. Chef Rafael Gonzalez draws on his menu-creating experiences around the world.

Flavor: Buffalo cauliflower topped with jalapeno ranch and carrot jicama salad. Or the MK Burger, with Texan ingredients.

Sip: Fifty 9, with H-Town’s Avonak Fifty 9 gin, petals, lemon and strawberries, topped with a Mediterranean citrus tonic and served in an Instagramable G&T balloon glass.

Dessert: King’s Cheesecake “Houston Style” – a Texas-sized confection with a graham cracker crust, Amarena cherries and homemade whipped cream topped with gold dust.

Car park: $10 valet for dinners.

Rosalie Italian Soul Restaurant located at the C. Baldwin Hotel in downtown Houston.  Photo credit.Julie Soefer, courtesy C. Baldwin

Rosalie Italian Soul Restaurant located at the C. Baldwin Hotel in downtown Houston. Photo credit.Julie Soefer, courtesy C. Baldwin

Julie Soefer for the C. Baldwin Hotel

Rosalie Italian Soul at C. Baldwin Hotel

Master chef Chris Cosentino named this friendly upscale Houston Italian restaurant after his great-grandmother. She taught him the secrets of old-world Italian traditions, which he now interprets with local Houston ingredients. Mid-century decor includes retro TVs, records, cookbooks, and rose-embroidered banquettes. The intimate Rosalie canopy is adorned with greenery.

Flavor: Fresh rigatoni with Texas wild boar stew and wild mushroom pizza.

Sip: Jessica Rabbit—Tequila Cuervo Tradicional Blanco, sour cherry molasses, ginger and lime.

Dessert: Creamy old-fashioned soft cream with chocolate, olive oil and Maldon salt and a swirl of vanilla seasonal fruits.

Car park: $8 valet for dinners.

If you are too drunk to move after your meal to one of these places, you can always get a room.