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Laid-Back Canadian Eatery Joey Brings a Stellar New Patio to the Galleria

Sip cocktails in the lush, climate-controlled outdoor space while feasting on flame-seared sushi, juicy steaks, and more

The outdoor patio at Joey Restaurant in Houston.
The patio at Joey
Felecie Medellin for Joey Restaurant
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Joey, a convivial new restaurant that hails from Canada, will soon make its Houston debut near the Galleria.

A representative for the restaurant tells Eater that Joey is set to open its doors at 5054 Westheimer Road, Unit X01, on July 28. As previously reported, Joey will take over the luxe, 10,288 square foot space space formerly occupied by glitzy dim sum restaurant Yauatcha, which closed its doors in February 2020.

The space got a significant interior revamp after Joey Restaurant Group took it over, complete with a large, climate-controlled patio with a retractable roof. The restaurant’s interior is decked out in natural finishes, like woods and concrete and a “living” green ceiling, with brushed brass, terrazzo, and leather details. The dining room’s walls are adorned with prints from Texas artist Jon Flaming and portraits from U.K. painter Julian Opie.

A restaurant dining room with leather banquettes, wood seats, and plants scattered throughout
The dining room at Joey
Felecie Medellin for Joey Restaurant

Hailing from Canada, Joey got its start in Alberta in 1992, originally operating as an Italian restaurant before evolving into a casual eatery with culinary influences from a wide range of cuisines. At present, Joey operates 30 restaurants in the United States and Canada, including outposts in Seattle, Washington and Los Angeles, California. The Houston restaurant marks the chain’s first foray into Texas.

As far as the food is concerned, diners can look forward to a pretty wide range of dishes that run the gamut from Korean-fried cauliflower and roasted corn guacamole to sushi rolls and hearty entrees like butter chicken, sake-glazed Chilean sea bass, and steak served with prawn-and-lobster stuffed ravioli. On the boozy side of the menu, slushy, citrusy highballs and cocktails like the Leading Lady, a mix of Absolut peach vodka, sparkling wine, rosemary, grapefruit, and egg white, await. A lengthy wine list is also on offer.