Top 10 Restaurants in the Galleria

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Photo courtesy of Oceanaire
7. Oceanaire Seafood Room

The Oceanaire -- a sleek seafood palace that anchors "restaurant row" in the Galleria -- is designed to resemble an art deco ocean liner, and the pampering service fits right into the theme. The staff is extremely well-trained, with spot-on knowledge of every oyster and fish variety on the menu and the attention to detail that means getting a white or black napkin based on the color of your clothing. Tell them it's your birthday or anniversary when you make your reservation and you'll get a specially printed menu and a congratulatory card when you sit down at your table. And that's really where the Oceanaire shines; it's a special-occasion sort of place that really does make the occasion feel special. The Oceanaire was also one of the first places in Houston to carry so-called Gulf appellation oysters -- so you know it's on-trend with its dishes -- but it also carries old standbys that most places have done away with, like Baked Alaska.

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The Tasting Room at Uptown Park features a big, inviting, wrap-around patio.
6. The Tasting Room

This is not your typical wine bar food, between small bites like miniature grilled cheese sandwiches on Slow Dough pretzel baguettes with chèvre and sweet tomato jam and entrées like a pizza topped with house-made Broken Arrow Ranch venison sausage,
Gruyère, caramelized onions and roasted red peppers. Sunday brunches with a distinctly Southern twist are hugely popular events, as are the occasional crawfish boils thrown on the patio in the summer. And while you normally wouldn't consider a weekday lunch at a wine bar, the menu of gourmet sandwiches and dishes is so alluring that you'll even forget they serve wine.

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The Fiddler on the Roof of Your Mouth at Kenny & Ziggy's.
5. Kenny & Ziggy's

Homesick New Yorkers make lunch and weekend breakfasts a standing-room-only affair at Kenny & Ziggy's, widely hailed as the best New York deli in the country -- despite being located in Houston. Local customers scarf down the fluffy, delicious matzo balls, the legendary three-inch-thick deli sandwiches (served with Hebrew National mustard, flown in from New York), the Hungarian-style stuffed cabbage, the Hungarian goulash or big bowls of barley-based kasha varnishkas -- total Jewish comfort food. A bowl of delightfully crisp and tangy pickles is delivered to the table as soon as you sit down, and they're almost as much of a draw as the knishes and blintzes. The slices of New York cheesecake are nearly as big as the sandwiches, with a dense exterior that gives way to a fluffy inside. Jovial owner and chef Ziggy Gruber was recently featured in a documentary, Deli Man, as he's "the only third generation Jewish deli man who is still actively running a restaurant," according to former Houston Press food critic Robb Walsh.

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Beef short rib and cheese enchiladas at RDG Bar + Annie
4. RDG Bar + Annie

This contemporary, multi-space restaurant sits in the newly built two-story mall on Post Oak near San Felipe that also houses fancy French restaurant Philippe and retail boutiques such as Hermes. The restaurant is broken up into three main sections: the Grill Room (upstairs), Bar Annie (also upstairs) and Blvd Lounge (downstairs). The Grill Room is the most upscale of the three, serving the same gourmet, French-influenced Southwestern cuisine that first made owner and chef Robert del Grande famous. Bar Annie is a step down from the Grill Room, price-wise, and Blvd Lounge is the most casual of the three, serving bar food and cocktails. Thanks to chef del Grande's celebrity status, this is a destination restaurant. Most diners come in with high expectations, and those expectations are usually met or even exceeded.

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1252 Tapas - CLOSED

1101 Uptown Park Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Tango & Malbec

2800 Sage, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

E-Tao

5135 W. Alabama St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Oceanaire Seafood Room

5061 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Tasting Room -- Uptown

1101 Uptown Park Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Kenny & Ziggy's Delicatessen Restaurant

2327 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

RDG + Bar Annie

1800 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Ciao Bello

5161 San Felipe St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Philippe

1800 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

5839 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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14 comments
tinyhands
tinyhands

Jenni's wasn't really on the list, just mentioned as part of the previous list. Good thing, since both it and Jake's Philly Steaks just aren't good anymore. And I think Chacho's was a joke to see who was paying attention.

 

Pho Binh, Chama Gaucha, and Burger Palace are all great. Mayuri and India's are good. Sylvia's and Cafe Lili are good, albeit overpriced for what they serve. And a certain sushi place that will go unnamed because I don't want a bunch of hipster innerloopers ruining it.

gossamersixteen
gossamersixteen topcommenter

Chinese Cafe should be on this list; it sure isn't fancy but it is delicious and consistently so. Jenni's PTOOEY.; the post oak location is by far the worst...

theoshu1
theoshu1

Latin Bites technically falls in your border, but that probably is more Tanglewood.

 

The dining options sure look better than when I worked in the area 5 years ago.

del.martinis
del.martinis topcommenter

People complain about the congestion, but I'm all for densely populated built up areas of town..or what should have been our downtown.  The best neighborhoods and cities I've lived in have that feeling of everything being close and packed in.  Having said that, great list!  

Jalapeno
Jalapeno

I avoid the congested Galleria area at all cost, so it's not surprising that I've never been to or even heard of some of these places.  But I would point out that you included Oceanaire which is Landry's owned and therefore should not be on here IMO.  I dined there before the sale and it was good.  Natch though, the menu changed after the sale.

Occupy Food
Occupy Food

If they are not organic what is the point?

overmatt
overmatt

$80 for a bottle of wine is a "bargain"? Excuse me but LOL

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editor

 @Jalapeno I've eaten at Oceanaire before and after the changeover and I honestly can't say I noticed a difference.

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editor

 @overmatt It's a bargain considering the rest of the wine list, for sure.  :)

tinyhands
tinyhands

 @Salvie  @del.martinis Nope. Oishii is already overcrowded and Sage 400 isn't so much of a sushi place as a "let's see what we can roll up in rice & seaweed and call it 'sushi' " place. Like Ra and Uptown.

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