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Houston is home to many a fine restaurant, but if you truly want the best fine-dining experience, we recommend our two star-rated restaurants: The Inn at Dos Brisas and Quattro. When you book a reservation at one of these two stellar restaurants, you can be sure that the meal you'll enjoy is not only delicious, but also served with attentive and personalized service.
Some travelers come to Houston solely for the experience of enjoying a meal at The Inn at Dos Brisas, a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant located in Washington, Texas — about an hour's drive from Houston. The leisurely drive to this rural gem is part of the experience of a meal here. As you arrive at the Inn, you'll see several acres of farmland; that's where many of the key ingredients on the restaurant's seasonal menu are sourced from. The ten-course tasting menu is a top draw for visitors, but the restaurant also serves a three-course Sunday brunch that's a perfect way to finish off a weekend in Houston before jetting off for home.
We weren't surprised when Quattro earned its Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant status; what else would you expect from a restaurant of that name? You'll find this modern Italian-American dining room in the Four Seasons Houston Hotel, another Four-Star property. (Coincidence? We think not.) Menu options run the gamut from the antipasti buffet offered around lunchtime during the work week, to mouthwatering lobster, shrimp and scallop risotto at dinner. The Sunday brunch here reflects the restaurant's Houston soul with options like huevos rancheros and biscuits and gravy. Bright red leather accents and stained glass-paneled walls give this restaurant an alluring aesthetic that's almost as memorable as the food.
Texas Creole is such a thing and Brennan’s of Houston has mastered it. No relation to Brennan’s in New Orleans, this Houston staple is instead the sister restaurant to the grand dame of New Orleans restaurants, Commander’s Palace. Located in Midtown, Brennan’s has been a fine dining staple in Houston since 1967. The atmosphere is sophisticated with its crystal chandeliers, elegant table settings, and attentive staff, yet it’s very welcoming at the same time. The menu is filled with perennial favorites such as turtle soup, pecan crusted gulf fish, and bananas Foster. A variety of surf and turf options fill the menu along with creative specials and side dishes. Not just for lunch and dinner, Brennan’s jazz brunch on Saturdays and Sundays is one of the most acclaimed in the city. Their courtyard is also a great place to grab an after-work or pre-dinner cocktail.
Vic & Anthony’s:
Owned by the Galveston-based Landry’s group, Vic & Anthony’s is the quintessential great steakhouse. The elegant dark woods, clean lines, and unfussy interior add to its warm feel. Vic & Anthony’s has an extensive wine list and offers only the best cuts of prime beef, lamb, and veal. The menu also includes the freshest seafood featuring favorites such as oysters, crab, shrimp, and fish. Open for dinner seven days a week and lunch on Fridays, Vic & Anthony’s is easily one of the best restaurants in Houston.
Ask anyone about fine dining in Houston, and the standard bearer is definitely Tony Vallone's eponymous Tony's. From billionaires to socialites, Presidents to CEO's and celebrities, Tony's has entertained them all with impeccable service, fine food, and yes, those perfectly starched white tablecloths that are emblematic of true fine dining institutions.
Other excellent fine dining options include newcomer The Pass (the restaurant inside The Pass and Provisions); Da Marco, Marco Wile's Italian restaurant on Westheimer; Cinq inside the historical La Colombe d'Or on Montrose; Quattro, the Italian restaurant inside the Four Seasons; and Ristorante Cavour, the intimate restaurant at the Hotel Granduca.
Steakhouses also offer some of the best fine dining experiences in Houston. For those, I would suggest Eddie V's, Del Frisco's, Perry's Steakhouse and Vic and Anthony's.