The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Seafood Restaurants

Fried oysters even come on the brunch plates at our No. 1 pick.
For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2011 Best of Houston® winners. In many categories, picking each year's winner is no easy task. We'll be spotlighting 20 of those categories, in which the winner had hefty competition from other Houston bars and restaurants.

10. Tom's Seafood

Who wouldn't want to eat seafood on a giant, fake boat? Tom's is wonderfully kitschy, and we love the place all the more for it. Oysters are fresh, plentiful and cheap and practically beg to be sucked down over happy hour beers, perhaps followed up by a big ol' fried shrimp platter for dinner.

Photo by Allisen Picos
Campechana at Goode Co. Seafood.
9. Goode Co. Seafood

No one does mesquite grilling like the Goode family of restaurants. That expert grilling technique means that the grilled shrimp po-boys here are out of this world just by virtue of the flavor the mesquite imparts to the shrimp -- even on those rare days when the bread or fixings aren't top-notch. Campechana is equally good, as are the Gulf oysters on the half shell. I recommend grabbing a seat at the bar in the old train car to watch the speedy shuckers at work.

Photo by Jeff Balke
8. J&J Seafood Market

Like Tom's, this spot gets our vote for some of the best cheap seafood around. But cheap doesn't mean the fish ain't fresh. After all, it's a seafood market first and foremost, with fresh flounder, red snapper, bass, shrimp and scallops on ice. More so, it bustles with eager customers lined up for the exceptional Gulf Coast-style fried fish, shrimp, and oyster dinners and combos. You get a choice of trout, drum, redfish, catfish or tilapia, and a large piece of it with three shrimp and french fries will cost $6.69. It doesn't stop there, with a menu of egg rolls, shrimp fried rice, gumbo, boudin balls and deep-fried everything else. You can watch the fresh fish being cleaned while you wait, and if you want to cook it yourself, there's a huge selection of any seafood seasoning that Texas and Louisiana have to offer.

Location Info

Captain Tom's Seafood & Oyster Bar

9651 FM 1960 Road W., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Goode Co. Seafood

2621 Westpark Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

J&J Seafood Market

3825 Wood Valley, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Connie's Seafood

2525 Airline Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Brasserie 19

1962 W. Gray St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Tampico Seafood and Cocina Mexicana

2115 Airline, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Tony Mandola's Gulf Coast Kitchen

1212 Waugh Dr., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pesce - CLOSED

3029 Kirby, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


2600 Travis St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Danton's Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen

4611 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Fatty FatBastard
Fatty FatBastard

While i disagree with your #1, I'm glad that my favorite, Tony Mandola's, made the list.  Be sure and try the super calamari there as an appetizer, also.  Bravo for including a Landry's restaurant, as well.  While there are plenty of crap Fertitta restaurants, he does have a select few that are worth attending (although I would've chosen Willie G's.)

Neil Hamburger
Neil Hamburger

Seefood is more like it. See food spew from your gullet like Old Faithful.



In my opinion Willie G's simply hasn't been the same since they renovated the restaurant and re-worked the menu. I've had multiple meals there in the past few years that have been utterly forgettable.

I was glad to see tony's on the list. They're as good as ever since moving to the new location. I believe their chocolate cake deserves mention as it's one of the best in the city.

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