For Cherry Pie Hospitality, opening restaurants that Houstonians love has become something of a science. The team behind spots like State Fare, Lee’s Fried Chicken & Donuts, Petite Sweets, and Pi Pizza has now reeled in its latest catch in Star Fish, the group’s brand new, seafood-focused stunner.
The newly opened eatery offers the posh and airy vibe of a coastal bistro. Designed by partner Lee Ellis and Austin-based firm Design Hound, the space at 191 Heights Boulevard features a high ceiling and plenty of natural light thanks to well-placed windows. Booths, banquettes, and tables keep the seating options varied, along with spots at the restaurant’s raw bar and cocktail bar.
Black leather, white trim, and gold accents lend a sophisticated flourish, and a curated gallery of nautically themed artwork connects the restaurant to its seafood soul. A private room seats 14 and is available for functions. Star Fish is currently open for dinner with plans to open for lunch and brunch.
The menu from executive chef Armando Ramirez is, not surprisingly, seafood focused. Look for three chilled platters like the extravagant Tower Royale (eight selections including jumbo lump crab, shrimp, oyster shooters and a lobster tail), an extensive raw bar, hot and cold appetizers, and a slew of soups, salads, sandwiches, pastas and mains. Decadent options include the grilled deviled lobster, pan-roasted duck breast and a wood-grilled lamb T-bone plus Texas shrimp roll and potato gnocchi clam chowder.
Beverage director Laurie Harvey allows the talents of general manager/sommelier Leonora Varvoutis and bar manager Akiko Hagio to shine with a range of cocktails and a complete wine list all of which complement the food service. Notable drinks include the Lady Snow Pea with ginger gin and housemade snow pea soda, nine signature martinis and a menu of “petite cordials” priced at $3 each.
Star Fish is currently open for dinner with plans to open for lunch and brunch. Before you go, step inside the restaurant courtesy of Eater photographer Ellie Sharp.