Top 10 Restaurants in Upper Kirby

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Huevos con venado at Goode Co. Taqueria.
7. Goode Co. Seafood and Goode Co. Taqueria (tie)

Since these two long-term favorites are tucked right next to each other on the other side of Highway 59 from the rest of the Upper Kirby district -- and since both are owned and operated by the same family that's served Houston barbecue, Tex-Mex and seafood for years -- it seemed fitting to include them together. We're still crazy about Goode Co. Seafood after all these years. But that's not all that the Goode family does well: mesquite-grilling is their specialty, as seen at Goode Co. Taqueria right next door. If you're dining at Goode Co. Seafood, be sure to grab a seat in the "older" part of the restaurant: a converted train car with retro fixtures and photos. And if you're hitting the Taqueria, be sure not to miss breakfast, which it is now serving seven days a week, where quail, venison and catfish mingle with traditional Tex-Mex favorites like migas and huevos motuleños.

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Steak tartare as presented by Riccardo Palazzo-Giorgio.
6. Hawthorn

Those who mourned the closure of Sabetta and the loss of its talented chef, Riccardo Palazzo-Giorgio, will find something in common with those who mocked the former incarnation of this newish restaurant at 3200 Kirby (mawkish, members-only nightclub Dorsia, which was roundly ridiculed from the moment it opened). Hawthorn, which opened this past spring, has been quietly drawing rave reviews with its menu of refined Italian standards mixed with more upscale Texan fare under the expert guidance of chef Palazzo-Giorgio. Witness an appetizer of Texas quail stuffed with farro, toasted pinenuts and dried cranberry, for example, or an entree of housemade agnolotti with braised rabbit. Wrote Alison Cook in her recent review of Hawthorn in the Chronicle: "...if there's any justice, the restaurant won't stay a sleeper for long."

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Spaghetti alla carbonara at Giacomo's.
5. Giacomo's Cibo e Vino

By day, it's a casual and cute place to grab an inexpensive Italian lunch. By night, it's effortlessly and casually romantic, just as you'd want a great date to be. Fairy lights twinkle in the canopy of the sweet little patio; the wine bar is dimly lit and well-stocked with Italian classics; the dining room is low-slung and moddish; and the small plates of elegant (and surprisingly inexpensive) food are meant to be shared, leading to plenty of Lady and the Tramp-style moments along the way as you both go for that last little chard-filled raviolo and lock eyes. But aside from being a charmingly romantic spot, Giacomo's also offers simply exquisite Italian fare from chef/owner Lynette Hawkins, with timeless dishes such as spaghetti alla carbonara and eggplant involtini delighting every time.

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Scotch eggs and curry at The Queen Vic.
4. The Queen Vic Pub & Kitchen

A bit of Britain in Houston -- and a bit of India, too -- keeps me coming back to The Queen Vic Pub & Kitchen. Indeed, it's the kind of place where you can get so cozy with a craft beer and a curry with chips, you might never want to leave (especially on a cold, wintry evening). Befitting its name, the pub also has a brilliant beer selection, including hard-to-find classics and limited-batch Houston brews. Better than the beer, though, is chef Shiva Patel's Texas-British-Indian fusion food, from her Oysters Victoria topped with saag paneer to an outstanding pub burger between two English muffins.


Location Info

Elevation Burger

3819 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Nosh Bistro - CLOSED

3983 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Chuy's

2706 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Turquoise Grill

3701 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

BB's Cafe

3139 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Goode Co. Seafood

2621 Westpark Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Goode Co. Taqueria

4902 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Hawthorn - CLOSED

3200 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Giacomo's Cibo e Vino

3215 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Queen Vic Pub & Kitchen

2712 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pondicheri

2800 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Haven - CLOSED

2502 Algerian Way, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Kata Robata Sushi & Grill

3600 Kirby, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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18 comments
UpperKirbyResident
UpperKirbyResident

I’m not sure if Sorrel Urban Bistro was open when this list was put out, but, as of June 2014, I would put it at the top of the list!  I agree with @julianbajsel that Houston’s (formerly known as Hillstone formerly known as Houston’s) deserves to be in the list as well.

markh
markh

A new Del Frisco's has opened in West Ave near Eddie V's...... plan on checking it out soon

markh
markh

Last time I ate at Kata Robata, I felt the quality was going downhill.    Also, BB's is not as good as the original on Montrose was.   The menu is not the same anymore, plus the last couple times I went, the gumbo was cold, had to send it back, and then they forgot about it, and other things went wrong.  We started going to the original on Montrose when it first opened in Houston and loved it.   Has it changed too?    I will have to try Giacamo's, as it sounds and looks good....

markh
markh

Carabba's on Kirby is the original and not a franchise store.  It offers great food!

markh
markh

Eddie V's is a fantastic restaurant!   The entire menu rocks!

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard topcommenter

Think the whole UK thing might be the initials of Upper Kirby?

julianbajsel
julianbajsel

Hillstone (formerly Houston's) on Kirby has consistently served high-quality entrees over the years. Although the prices have steadily crept upwards, I think it's more an indication of inflation than anything else and still very reasonable when compared to other establishments. Sad to see they didn't make the list but I guess I shouldn't be too surprised, although it seems a bit unfair to put Chuy's and Goode. Co on there while simultaneously ignoring them. I'll have to check out a couple of these other places on your list but that dish from the Goode Co. taqueria looks far from appetizing, let alone intriguing.

conebaby
conebaby topcommenter

Finally got to Giacomo's--so charming. The food is wonderful. Doesn't hurt that the puppy pictures by the front door look EXACTLY like our dog.

Had the Amberjack dish @ Kata the day before Tgiving. Spectacular.

vigoM
vigoM

Love Giacomo's! Bird and Bear might have made it, had they not fallen asleep at the wheel.

Kylejack
Kylejack topcommenter

"Before you stop reading right here, consider this: Chuy's is consistently packed for a reason."

 Argumentum ad populum.

 The Hatch chile items are the only thing I ever liked there.

katie
katie

Chuy's but no El Tiempo?  Wrong.

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editor

@FattyFatBastard Yes, I technically understand the connection. I've just always felt it was a bit silly.

EricS
EricS

@Kylejack A place can be popular and terrible, but I've never understood the Chuy's hate. There's good stuff on the menu, and the service is always friendly.

vigoM
vigoM

@FattyFatBastard @julianbajsel They didn't just change the name. They changed the name to allow for charging more. Hillstone is a slightly more upscale property in the chain than Houston's. ABMP. Always Be Maximizing Profit, as Alec might have said.

Anse
Anse

I am not a Chuy's hater. I just don't understand why it's so incredibly popular. Endless self-serve chips and salsa is not a justification for an hour-long wait for a table. The food is solid if not exceptional, though.

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