Top 10 Restaurants in Montrose

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L'Olivier offers both hearty and light French fare.
7. L'Olivier

I loved L'Olivier from the moment I walked in and saw the herringbone marble floors in the charming, bright bar that leads into a low-key, comfortable dining room fitted with mod fixtures and a floor-to-ceiling glass wine room. Where Brasserie Max & Julie is all rustic, old-school, cozy French bistro, L'Olivier is light and airy and entirely modern -- an aesthetic reflected in its menu. You'll find a scallop, shrimp and fish ceviche in yuzu juice alongside more traditional favorites like paté, or a smoked salmon risotto (topped with a luscious poached egg) alongside that Julia Child favorite, boeuf bourguignon.

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Chef Anita Jaisinghani made her mark in Houston with Indika.
6. Indika

Although much of the buzz about chef Anita Jaisinghani's restaurants lately has been concentrated around Pondicheri, it's at older sister Indika where Jaisinghani first made her mark on Houston. Named the Best Indian Restaurant in Houston in 2006, 2007 and 2009 and "the best Indian restaurant in the country" by Robb Walsh, Indika doesn't skimp on spice and it offers the kind of exotic fare you wouldn't expect to find in gentrified Montrose: goat brains masala with apricot-pistachio naan, for example, or tandoori antelope.

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Pork belly and potato cakes at Feast.
5. Feast

Although its chefs -- Richard Knight and James Silk -- are well-known for cooking the kind of nose-to-tail British cuisine they learned under Fergus Henderson, there are actually far more dishes on Feast's menu than pork heart tartare, lamb tongue and beef sweetbreads (although those are all reliably excellent options). Vegetarians will take comfort in a dish of roasted portobello mushrooms with braised lentils and goat cheese, while pescatarians will enjoy a pan-fried filet of Gulf tuna. The wine and beer lists are short but stellar, and cocktails are well-made. Dessert is also a must here, with sticky toffee pudding standing out as the best in town.

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Tagliarini with truffles at Da Marco, one of Marco Wiles' three excellent restaurants along Lower Westheimer.
4. Da Marco

We named Marco Wiles's signature restaurant, Da Marco, the Best Italian Restaurant in this year's Best of Houston® issue and the Best Restaurant (yes, in the entire city) in last year's Best of Houston® issue in part because you can be assured of a fantastic meal here along with some truly lovely service. Gourmet once called Da Marco, "as close to Italy as you can get without leaving Texas," and this still holds true. Part of that is due to Wiles's insistence on flying in the best Italian ingredients on a weekly basis such as fresh Mediterranean seafood and items for its separate cheese menu. And part of that is due to Wiles's deep knowledge of Italian cuisine made modern, seen in dishes such as branzino carpaccio with pine nuts and foie gras or simple, house-made tagliarini with shaved black truffles.


Location Info

Cuchara

214 Fairview St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Pass

807 Taft St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Hay Merchant

1100 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Music

La Guadalupana Bakery and Café

2109 Dunlavy St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Mark's American Cuisine

1658 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

L'Olivier

240 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Indika

516 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pondicheri

2800 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Feast - CLOSED

219 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Da Marco

1520 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Hugo's

1600 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Uchi

904 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Underbelly

1100 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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43 comments
Wuwu
Wuwu

....Criminal  you list Underbelly numero uno....because I'm sure everyone wants to know my top 10 list I have included it....

 

10.  Nidda

9.  Njoy Thai, new place very nice and some of the best curry you will find.

8.  Danton's, nice spot always good service

7. L Oliver, needs improvement but shows promise for sure.

6. Maria Selma.....best tort soup in town.

5.  La Mexicana breakfast tacos, no on does it like them, no one.

4.  Da Marco, high end but worth every penny...

3.  Triniti...place is always solid.

2. Hugo's...that brunch, 'nough said....

1.  Uchi...come on folks this is not only the best restaurant in Montrose this is the best restaurant in the freaking state!  No one and I will repeat no one is in this league.

 

You will notice there is no mention of Underbelly, El Real, Marks, Dolce Vida, Feast or any of these over hyped places everyone has a hard on for.  So many better choices....

Jalapeno
Jalapeno

Mark's is badly overrated.  It would not be on my list.

CNoyes
CNoyes

Jeannine's Bistro for moules frites, Belgian beer on tap and crepes. Perfect fall weather food!

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editortopcommenter

Other restaurants I wanted to include, but which we ran out of room for (ten spots is <i>not</i> enough for Montrose, not at all): Roost, Mockingbird Bistro, Dolce Vita, Vinoteca Poscol, Brasserie Max & Julie, Canopy and -- if it's still considered Montrose -- Danton's.

Serena Godwin
Serena Godwin

Katz yummmmmmy smoke 1st lol Then have Ruben !! Bloody Mary~~,, ! Cheese cake shake ! Fried Pickles... Then Bring a Pie Home......

Delano
Delano

One of these things is not like the others....

That would be Guadalupana. Where I personally love to linger for breakfast. But it's not in the same league grub-wise. Poscol, Nelore, Brasserie Max & Julie, Dolce Vita....I've experienced equally charming moments at all these places, and the food I daresay rises to the level of Mitt Romney's hair before a debate.

Heather Guidry
Heather Guidry

My girlfriend likes Indika, LOVES hugo's and cafe brazil. my vote is, Harry's for breakfast, baba Yega's for a light lunch and niko niko's for dinner.

Jessica Alexander
Jessica Alexander

i havne't lived in houston for 4 years now, and although I am very familiar with Uchi (also here in Austin), I would say Mockingbird, Rivas and i LOVE the mention of La Guadalupana Cafe and Bakery. that was my weekly go-to b-fast spot for years. I miss their pastries sooo much.

Nicholas Dion
Nicholas Dion

All these spots are good. But Uchi stands out to me.

Mo Naqvi
Mo Naqvi

Nicholas Deon, you know your shit sir.

Enidbette Ruiz
Enidbette Ruiz

I no longer go to Niko Niko's after discovering Aladdins right down the block. You should try it out Deana.

Deana Sampson Thibodeaux
Deana Sampson Thibodeaux

mmm good question! Haven't been to the area for awhile when my fave Greek spot changed, so It'll be interesting to see all the comments for new suggestions! Of course we always eat at Niko Niko's and Katz's.

Anthony Reynolds
Anthony Reynolds

Uchi or Underbelly. It's hard to have them against each other as Uchi is a much different dining experience than Underbelly.

Kylejack
Kylejack topcommenter

Happy meals at Lola's Depot.

Enidbette Ruiz
Enidbette Ruiz

That's a pretty nice line up. Haven't been to Hugo's in a while!

Kylejack
Kylejack topcommenter

 @Wuwu I once liked Maria Selma a lot. It seems like it has gone downhill a lot in recent years. Cleanliness issues, food not tasting that great issues, a few lousy drinks. I don't even go anymore.

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editortopcommenter

 @Wuwu We are truly spoiled for great choices in Montrose. Triniti, though, makes me ask that question once again: What are the boundaries of Montrose? I don't even know what neighborhood I'd put Triniti into...

EatingOurWords
EatingOurWords

@ParkerLewis2000 Thanks! Thinking of doing the Heights next. Any other 'hoods you want to see covered soon?

Delano
Delano

 @kshilcutt The Montrose conundrum again: where is it exactly? Mockingbird and Roost? But not Sorrel? I live around the area and there's so much no man's land, I'm always baffled about what's what.

Kylejack
Kylejack topcommenter

 @Delano Just the opposite, I think Guadalupana is perhaps the best. If I wanted to show someone a great example of Houston or Montrose rather than just a good restaurant for anywhere, I'd take them to Guadalupana, and in fact, I have.

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editortopcommenter

 @Delano I figured some folks would take issue with La Guadalupana. I'll attempt to defend it by saying that the food and service are always consistent (at least in my experiences) and that it rings true to me as a treasure because it's also one of the few older, family-run places left in what's now a very gentrified neighborhood. That, and Trancito's cakes are just amazing.

Mai Pham
Mai Pham

@Keely Carter Aladdin! It's got my vote! Definitely Top 10. And where o where oh where is Eatsie Boys!!!???

Kylejack
Kylejack topcommenter

 @kshilcutt  @Wuwu Hm, could use the Super-Neighborhood 24 boundaries. That puts Triniti in, but anything east of the Spur like Brennan's out. Seems reasonable.

ParkerLewis2000
ParkerLewis2000

@EatingOurWords west U/southside place/Bellaire. But good luck with that!

jimbo1126
jimbo1126

 @Delano  @kshilcutt I consider Montrose bounded by Shepherd, Gray, Bagby and Westheimer. That's really too much, but a good general description.

 

A great list that I agree could easily have been a Top 20.

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