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Houston’s 5 Most Beautiful New Restaurants of 2017

These five new eateries are stone cold stunners

Roka Akor is a real beauty
| Ellie Sharp
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Despite its ups and downs, 2017 brought a slew of excellent new eateries to Houston. Outside of the city’s top-notch cuisine, many of these newcomers also brought a strong design game to Space City in 2017. Feast your eyes on the city’s five most beautiful new restaurants of the year, and get ready to dine in style in the new year.


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Ellie Sharp

Actual bubbles descend from the ceiling at this Champagne-obsessed restaurant. The wine motif is carried throughout the space thanks to a dazzling variety of bottles, glassware, and open-air shelving. Bricks and woods bring a natural touch to the space, which is bright and breezy thanks to tons of natural light flooding in from A’Bouzy’s expansive windows.


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Ellie Sharp

When Yauatcha debuted in March at The Galleria, the Michelin-starred dim sum and teahouse brought a beautiful blend of traditional elements and modern design. Taking up residence at the Galleria’s “jewel box,” Yauatcha’s interior features bright and bold colors and a dim sum bar that offers a full view of its chefs in action.

Star Fish

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Ellie Sharp

Restaurateur Lee Ellis’ Cherry Pie Hospitality strikes again with Star Fish, a bright and beachy new seafood destination in the Heights. Bold black banquettes, white trim, gold accents, and nautically-themed artwork give the space an upscale, airy vibe that transports diners to the coast.

Roka Akor

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Ellie Sharp

Japanese steak and sushi are given the proper treatment at this ritzy restaurant on the ground floor of 2929 Weslayan. Decorated in sleek woods, plenty of glass, and chic metal finishes, the sleek and modern eatery rounds out the vibe with a rustic robata grill inside the dining room. Sit at the sushi bar or find a spot near the grill for a totally interactive dinner while taking in the space.


Named as Eater Houston’s Most Gorgeous Restaurant of 2017, this Italian spot is a stone cold stunner. Astros owner Jim Crane spared no expense in cultivating Potente’s chic vibe, perfect for a romantic date night or dinner pick that will impress even the pickiest of dining partners.

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