Top 10 Restaurants in River Oaks

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7. Ouisie's Table

Leave it to Elouise Adams Jones to bring out the trendy and elegant best in old, homey favorites. Ouisie's Table's cream of mushroom soup, for example, in its thin, milky broth, is loaded with tons of mushrooms that fairly pop with freshness; fried oysters, for another, are so tender and juicy that they seem lighter than air. The chicken-fried steak -- once deemed the best in the state, and the winner of multiple Best of Houston® awards across many years -- used to only be available on Tuesdays, but proved so popular that Ouisie's was fairly forced to put it on the regular menu, complete with all the fixings: mashed potatoes with black pepper milk gravy, black eyed peas, mustard greens and Lucy's corn pudding.

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6. Relish Fine Foods

If you like Central Market but hate the parking, you'll love Relish Fine Foods -- especially since it's located right down the street from the grocery giant. The vibe at Relish is very similar: part grocery store with high-end goods and local products such as Slow Dough bread and Way Back When milk, part ready-made foods you can eat at Relish or on the go. An assortment of gourmet soups, salads and sandwiches are all made with local ingredients and change with the seasons, but not all is light here: Check out the Rice Krispies treats made with brown butter or the salted caramel brownies from Relish's in-house pastry chef.

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5. Américas

Américas is the restaurant responsible -- along with its owners, the Cordúa family -- for first introducing Houston to South American cuisine. As with its sister restaurant, Churrascos, the menu has barely changed since Américas' inception on Post Oak Boulevard (which is now closed). The only real difference at the River Oaks buildout is the rather insane interior: a mishmash of Aeon Flux and The Lion King as staged on Broadway, as envisioned by Tim Burton's Beetlejuice. (Compare this with the old Post Oak location's aesthetic of "Dr. Seuss on acid," however, and the dining room seems right on track.) Stick with classics like the churrasco steak or the smoky crab claws and try not to stare -- at the enormous booths or the socialites packed into them.

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4. Giacomo's Cibo e Vino

We gave Giacomo's a Best of Houston® award for Best Date Night in 2011, and that sentiment still stands. You get a lot of bang for your buck at Lynette Hawkins' cozy, romantic bistro on a quiet stretch of Westheimer thanks to a clever menu that encourages sharing of small, smartly priced plates of Italian classics: eggplant involtini, spaghetti carbonara, swiss chard crepes and more. The wine list is just as affordable as the menu, and there's even a cute wine bar in which to enjoy it.


Location Info

Weslayan Cafe

2900 Weslayan St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Tiny Boxwood's Cafe

3614 W. Alabama St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Avalon Diner

2417 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Crescent City Beignets - CLOSED

3260 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Red Lion Pub

2316 S. Shepherd, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Ouisie's Table

3939 San Felipe St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Relish Fine Foods

3951 San Felipe, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Americas Restaurant

2040 W. Gray St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Giacomo's Cibo e Vino

3215 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Mockingbird Bistro Wine Bar

1985 Welch St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Backstreet Cafe

1103 S. Shepherd Dr., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Brasserie 19

1962 W. Gray St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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Mademoiselle
Mademoiselle

Seriously?  Brasserie 19....you must be judging on decor and not food.  I would recommend the exec chef take a little trip to place called Bouchon in Yountville or Vegas. If you can’t get a Croque Madame right you don’t deserve to be no. 1.

Backstreet is a hit & miss. Sadly the wait staff is part of that equation.There is nothing more appetizing that having a server with cuts all over his hands waiting on you.And don’t forget to drink 8 glasses of water with all the salt they put on the food.

Sadly Houston if full of nicely decorated restaurants with mediocre food but that is what happens when you have one of the most overweight patrons in the nation…they will eat anything as long it looks pretty.

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard topcommenter

All good choices.  I'll recommend the veggie melt at Weslayan Cafe.

susanterrywilhelm
susanterrywilhelm

Although located just south of Westheimer, but closer to the perameters than say, Tiny Boxwoods, how can you not include Hawthorne?  My meal there was one of the BEST I had in 2012!  I have attempted a second visit but reservations are tight on weekends without advance planning.  So want another serving of their beef tartare.  And the scallops -- best I have ever had!

HTownChowDown
HTownChowDown

I remember when La Griglia would have topped this list. 

jasonofthesea
jasonofthesea

Roost?  Just wondering - I haven't been there yet but I thought everyone was all in love with them...

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editor

@susanterrywilhelmHawthorne made our Top 10 in Upper Kirby list. Montrose and River Oaks and Upper Kirby all overlap so much, it can complicate matters

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editor

@jasonofthesea Roost made our Top 10 restaurants in Montrose list. Montrose and River Oaks and Upper Kirby all overlap so much, it can complicate matters.

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