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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Italian Restaurant
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“Datenight worthy! They always have a long wait on the weekends, but if you're solo, snag a seat at the bar. ”
  • 60 locals recommend
Café
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“Located at Oxford and White Oak Dr. This place could also be listed under restaurants because the food is so good, but is primarily a bar. It has a low key vibe if the idea of a loud, busy bar isn’t what you are looking for.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Comfy cafe serving small-batch house-roasted brews & light bites in a modern setting with local art.”
  • 41 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“This quirky restaurant has awesome rotating seasonal dishes. Indoor and outdoor seating. Close to a fun area to walk around.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Originating out of Austin, Torchy's has grown with several locations around Houston. This location offers a full bar (try a peg-leg). They offer a rotating Taco of the Month, a "secret menu", and a variety of everyday favorites (trashy trailer park and baja shrimp are my favorite).”
  • 36 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“"Extensive" menu of locally attuned seafood faves and American grub (steaks & burgers) at this upscale, casual eatery. Offers brunch.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Great patio! Casual cocktails plus an insane bourbon/whiskey selection AND an insane Mexican spirits selection. Can't go wrong on a sunny day!”
  • 29 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Heights hipsters flock to the shopping-center-set Antidote Coffee House for its caffeine-laden offerings and laid-back, at-home vibe. The loft-like interior-with its rubbed concrete floors, exposed brick walls and open vent-work-is filled with an array of eclectic furniture and artwork produced by local artisans. There's free wi-fi and plenty of plug-ins, but you know what they say about all work and no play-head there for happy hour Monday through Friday (4 to 7 p.m.) and enjoy $1 double espresso.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Sublocality
“There’s always something to do in the Houston Heights area! Explore a few great restaurants and bars, you won’t regret it! ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Bar
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“A Texas Ice-house style bar & grill. Enjoy a burger and beer outside next to the creek!”
  • 30 locals recommend
Café
“Cajun Food! Don't miss the crawfish (in season) and fried shrimp. Great gumbo!!”
  • 30 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
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“Organic, gluten free, and decent pricing. My favorite is the goat cheese salad. All their salads are large and can be shared. They have a wood burning oven for their pizza as well. Try the margarita with fresh basil/fresh mozzarella. You won’t be disappointed.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Tiki Bar
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“Don’t be fooled by this cocktail bar’s unassuming exterior; inside you’ll find a tropical paradise that rocks some serious tiki spirit. At pa’u hana (that’s what they call happy hour in Hawaii), sip a lineup of six of the bar’s most popular tiki drinks for 6 bucks a pop. And on “Mai Tai Tuesday,” three different versions of Mai Tai are offered for $6; while Wednesday offers pa’u hana all night long. Tuesday through Friday 4pm to 7pm. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Music Venue
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“Great live music! Fitzgerald's is one of the oldest and widely recognized live music venues in the Greater Houston area. The club has been at the top of the live music scene in Houston since it opened in 1977.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Speciality market & cafe with a seat-yourself setup selling sandwiches, soups & weekday breakfast.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
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“Yummy food and cocktails! We love the CFC & Grits at brunch, and the pork chop at dinner.”
  • 13 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Italian Restaurant
“Datenight worthy! They always have a long wait on the weekends, but if you're solo, snag a seat at the bar. ”
  • 60 locals recommend
Café
“Located at Oxford and White Oak Dr. This place could also be listed under restaurants because the food is so good, but is primarily a bar. It has a low key vibe if the idea of a loud, busy bar isn’t what you are looking for.”
  • 50 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“This quirky restaurant has awesome rotating seasonal dishes. Indoor and outdoor seating. Close to a fun area to walk around.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Originating out of Austin, Torchy's has grown with several locations around Houston. This location offers a full bar (try a peg-leg). They offer a rotating Taco of the Month, a "secret menu", and a variety of everyday favorites (trashy trailer park and baja shrimp are my favorite).”
  • 36 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“"Extensive" menu of locally attuned seafood faves and American grub (steaks & burgers) at this upscale, casual eatery. Offers brunch.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Bar
“A Texas Ice-house style bar & grill. Enjoy a burger and beer outside next to the creek!”
  • 30 locals recommend
Café
“Cajun Food! Don't miss the crawfish (in season) and fried shrimp. Great gumbo!!”
  • 30 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“Organic, gluten free, and decent pricing. My favorite is the goat cheese salad. All their salads are large and can be shared. They have a wood burning oven for their pizza as well. Try the margarita with fresh basil/fresh mozzarella. You won’t be disappointed.”
  • 31 locals recommend

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