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Gatsby Prime Seafood’s sea bass, served with a side of lemon and a remoulade sauce.

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Houston’s Most Anticipated Restaurant and Bar Openings, Fall 2022

New omakase experiences, French-style fare, and ample cocktails are on the horizon

Gatsby’s Prime Seafood will serve up freshly-caught seafood and select cuts of steak in Houston’s Montrose area starting this fall.
| Raydon Creative

Houston’s restaurant scene in spring and summer proved eventful with openings from multiple bars and restaurants, including local watering hole Patterson Park, Rice Village’s modern Israeli restaurant Hamsa, Montrose’s Italian chophouse Marmo, and a relocation of Underbelly Hospitality’s Georgia James ahead of some shifts in management. Now, fall is on the horizon, and in this new season, Space City is slated to welcome a new onslaught of anticipated restaurants and bars, ranging from establishments slinging masterfully-made sushi and seafood to French fare and barbecue.

Though delays may come up — meaning projected opening dates could change — here’s what the Houston dining scene has planned for later this year.

Wild - Montrose

Location: 1609 Westheimer Road

Key players: Adyson and Andrew Alvis

Projected opening: September 19, 2022

Get ready for this culinary roller coaster. The third outpost of this coffee and cocktail bar, which also doubles as a dispensary, will debut in Montrose, but with a new twist. In addition to its wine, hemp-based elixirs, coffees, and other cannabis pairings, this fine dining restaurant will feature coastal foods from around the world that are infused with hemp-derived CBD or THC.

Wild dispensary and cocktail-coffee bar’s bud bar.
In addition to fine dining and hemp-based drinks, guests will be able to purchase a variety of cannabis treats from Wild’s second outpost in Montrose.
Wild Concepts

Gatsby’s Prime Seafood

Location: 1212 Waugh Drive

Key players: Executive chef Erick Anaya

Projected opening: End of September

From the team behind Gatsby’s Prime Steakhouse comes this Montrose seafood restaurant with a 1920s vibe à la The Great Gatsby. Replacing Tony Mandola’s restaurant at 1212 Waugh Drive, Gatsby’s Prime Seafood is slated to offer an array of seafood options with executive chef and Gatsby’s Prime Steakhouse veteran Erick Anaya at the helm. Expect fresh catch and cooks daily, including branzino filets, New Bedford scallops, and seabass, plus caviar and cuts of filets, rib-eye, and New York Strips. With room for up to 225 guests, Gatsby’s will feature a blue and gold interior — a departure from the black and red design at Gatsby’s Prime Steakhouse. and will feature an outdoor patio where Guests will be able to head out to an outdoor patio to enjoy an array of cocktails, wines, and “pre-Prohibition” drink staples.

A seafood tower at Gatsby’s Prime Seafood that’s loaded with lobster, crab, oysters, and shrimp, plus lemons for the squeezing.
Gatsby’s Prime Seafood will offer a dizzying display of seafood starting September.
Raydon Creative


Kirby Ice House – The Woodlands

Location: 1700 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands

Projected opening: September 2022

The self-described “biggest bar” in Texas is branching out to the Woodlands. Located across from entertainment venue Cynthia Woods Pavilion, Kirby’s third outpost will take up more than 28,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor space, with more than 60 TVs, a more than 300-inch HDV TV wall, an arcade, a 30-foot tall Texas live oak tree, and a bar that reportedly stretches 141 feet. Expect more than four dozen beers on tap, cocktails, and a rotation of city food trucks. The 21-and-up bar plans to open from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. on weekdays, and from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on weekends.

Rendering of Kirby Ice House that shows its covered patio area.
After breaking ground earlier this spring, Kirby Ice House will finally open its bar in the Woodlands.
Kirby Ice House

Bayou Heights Bier Garden

Location: 3905 Washington Avenue

Key players: The Kirby Group

Projected opening: October 2022

With the Kirby Group’s Heights Bier Garten serving as the inspiration, the hospitality group’s latest beer garden Bayou Heights will open this fall, taking up over an acre of land to serve cocktails, beer, wine, and a bar menu that’s slated to include smoked meats. Best of all, the bar plans to stay open rain or shine, with a patio with covered seating.


Elro

Location: 2405 Genesee Street

Key players: chef Terrence Gallivan

Projected opening: October 2022

If you like pizza and you like fresh seafood, Elro might be your new favorite. Helmed by chef Terrence Gallivan, who formerly led the now-closed The Pass and Provisions, this neighborhood pizzeria is slated to double as a crudo bar, serving up pizza, refreshing, seasonal crudos, salads, snacks, and sandwiches. Housed in a “vintage bungalow,” owners expect the restaurant to have a homey-feel, seating a total of 72 people, with a patio for up to 40 people outdoors.


Sushi by Hidden

Location: 5216 Morningside Drive

Key players: The team behind Hidden Omakase

Projected opening: November 2022

Hidden Omakase has established itself as one of the best and most opulent omakase experiences in the city, and now, it’s aiming to offer a just as delicious, but more affordable option. Its latest establishment, Sushi by Hidden, will open in Rice Village this November, offering a 30-minute, 12-course omakase experience for $60 that seats only 10 guests at a time. Guests will also be treated to a rotation of artwork that’s rotated quarterly, thanks to an in-house gallery created for diners to enjoy.


Eau Tour

Location: 5117 Kelvin Drive

Key players: Benjy Levit, owner of Lees Den and Local Foods

Projected opening: November 2022

Replacing Houston’s now-closed Thai Spice, this bistro-style restaurant will join its speakeasy sister Lees Den above Local Foods in Rice Village, offering contemporary French cuisine, seafood, and various specialties prepared in a wood-burning oven.

Rendering of Eau Tour.
French bistro-style restaurant Eau Tour will offer another speakeasy option in Rice Village.
Eau Tour

Norigami

Location: 2715 Bissonnet Street

Key players: Chef Cong Nguyen

Projected opening: November 2022

Evolving from a monthly pop-up at Hidden Omakase, the reservations-only Norigami has now found a permanent home in Rice Village. The brick-and-mortar, which will offer a speakeasy entrance, is slated to offer its artfully made sushi and crowd pleasers like the Ménage à Foie Gras, a luxe combo of uni, toro, wagyu, caviar, and foie gras.

Norigami rendering.
Hidden Omakase’s reservations-only pop-up Norigami will open its own brick-and-mortar in Rice VIllage.
Norigami

CIEL Restaurant & Lounge

Location: 4411 San Felipe Street

Key players: Joseph Geiskopf, executive chef

Projected opening: Late fall

Blending modern Japanese and French cuisine, River Oak’s anticipated restaurant Ciel will offer cocktails, champagne, and upscale wine collections in a restaurant inspired by landmarks along the French Riviera. Executive chef Joseph Geiskopf hails from Napa Valley, bringing with him talents from Michelin-starred restaurants, including French Laundry and Vespertine.

Ciel’s executive chef Joseph Geiskopf.
Hailing from California, Ciel’s executive chef Joseph Geiskopf is slated to bring his Michelin-star experience.
Charlie Horse Photos

Also tracking…

  • Second Draught, a 2,000-square-foot brewpub with beers from more than 70 area breweries, will open in Houston’s Ion September 12, 2022.
  • Lotus Seafood will open its fifth and largest location at 2903 South Main Street, Suite A, in Stafford on September 21. The 6,000-square-foot seafood restaurant will include an outdoor patio, a hookah lounge, and the restaurant chain’s first-ever full bar.
Lotus Seafood’s “crack sauce” drizzled over shrimp.
Lotus Seafood’s largest location in Stafford promises staples, including its array of frozen daiquiris, flavorful seafood, and more.
Lotus Seafood
  • Looking for a place for you and your pooch? PUCCI Café & Pet Boutique is slated to open in September in Katy’s Cinco Ranch at 23501 Cinco Ranch Boulevard, Suite N200. With a 5,000-square-foot back patio, the luxury pet boutique and bakery will serve up coffee, tea, beer, wine, pastries, and charcuterie boards for the humans and dog-friendly treats for the pooches.
  • It wouldn’t be an openings list without another fried chicken restaurant, would it? SoCal’s fast-casual Daddy’s Chicken Shack will bring its blend of American Southern and Southeast Asian flavors to Houston’s 1223 West 11th Street in late September, with various styles of fried chicken sandwiches, including its signature Big Daddy, which is topped with Napa slaw and Sriracha mayo, a breakfast waffle sandwich, and biscuit sliders.
  • Goode Co. Kitchen & Cantina will open its third outpost at 1801 Yale Street in the Heights this October, slinging its beloved Tex-Mex favorites, hand-cut meats, homemade sausages, and delicious fajitas. Fun fact: Goode Co. Kitchen & Cantina is billed as the first in Houston to grill fajitas over mesquite
  • The partners at Bludorn plan to open their second restaurant, Navy Blue, this fall in Rice Village at 2445 Times Boulevard.
  • Money Cat, the modern Japanese and sushi restaurant from the team behind Katy’s Tobiuo Sushi and Bar, will open in the Upper Kirby area at 2925 Richmond Avenue, Suite 140, this October.
  • Kolache Shoppe will bring its pastry classics and exciting klobasnek collaborations with local restaurants to Kingwood at 4521 Kingwood Drive in October.
A basket of brisket kolaches filled with brisket and slices of jalapeno.
Houston can never have too many kolaches, especially if filled with brisket.
Carla Gomez
  • From the owners of The Pit Room barbecue, Candente, and 1751 Sea and Bar, anticipated steakhouse Andiron will finally make its debut on Allen Parkway by November, serving up a menu that emphasizes small plates, fresh ingredients, and cooking over live fires.
  • Williams Smokehouse BBQ & Blues, a Texas barbecue restaurant with a Creole twist, will open at 2105 Lone Star Drive at Sugar Land Town Square in November. Owned by Sugar Land natives Kennis Williams and Furrest Greenwood, the 5,500-square-restaurant and patio will dish saucy smoked turkey legs stuffed with dirty rice, cold-smoked wings tossed in Creole “candy sauce”, and house-made armadillo eggs — a bacon-wrapped jalapeno stuffed with smoked gouda and homemade sausage.
Kennis Williams and Furrest Greenwood, founders of Williams Smokehouse BBQ & Blues, pose for a photo.
Sugar Land natives Kennis Williams and Furrest Greenwood are looking to bring a Creole twist to Texas barbecue with their anticipated restaurant Williams Smokeshouse BBQ & Blues.
Michael Anthony
  • Matt Tanner and Agricole Hospitality, the restaurant group behind Coltivare, will open EZ’s Liquor Lounge in the Heights in early fall. Plus, the restaurant group will open a second outpost of Eight Row Flint in Second Ward in late fall, according to a spokesperson.
  • With pickleball being the country’s fastest-growing sport, it should only be expected that Houston get another pickleball venue. PKL Social is slated for this fall at 1102 Shepherd Drive.
  • Berg Hospitality closed its B.B. Italia earlier this year and announced plans to reopen the Italian restaurant in Sugar Land Town Square (16250 City Walk Drive) late this fall, offering a 6,700-square-foot space with a patio, house-made pasta, New York-style pizzas, and a decadent 20-layer lasagna.
  • Café Express will reopen its longtime River Oaks location at 1422 West Gray Street early this fall following a renovation. Adhering to its fresh theme and Parisian cafe vibes, the restaurant will also offer new menu items with the same European-inspired flavors – all of which will be available for dine-in and take-out.
  • Ojo de Agua, a Mexico City-based coffee and juice shop that also offers groceries and a dine-in experience, is expected to open in River Oaks this October. According to a filing with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, the location will be 4444 Westheimer Road, Suite D-140.
  • Local Table will relocate its Cinco Ranch flagship to its largest location yet at 24033 Cinco Ranch Boulevard in Katy, featuring a massive patio and a dining room that seats up to 60 people. The local family-friendly chain also plans to open its fifth location in The Woodlands in the winter.
  • Astronaut-themed brewery Bad Astronaut Brewing Company will open this fall in the Hardy Yards neighborhood, while Local Group Brewing gets a rebranding under its new management and a new name, Gristworkz.
  • Heights Social will open in the Heights this fall with espresso martinis on tap.
  • National dessert chain Sugar Factory will launch its quick-service “express” outpost at 5015 Westheimer Road in the Galleria area early this fall. Marking its second location in Texas, the celebrity-endorsed restaurant will offer its combo of “sweets, treats, and eats,” including smoking goblets and colorful, over-the-top dessert concoctions.
Sugar Factory’s King Kong sundae topped with colorful candy cane sticks, sugar cones, chocolate fudge, and more.
Sugar Factory’s express location in the Galleria area offers sweet treats over the counter.
Sugar Factory
  • Initially slated to open this past spring, Gabriela’s Midtown now has its sights set on an opening this fall. Just like its Austin predecessor, the Midtown location promises an array of flavorful tamarind margaritas, fire-red micheladas, mole enchiladas, choriqueso, and other Instagram-worthy eats.
  • Grant Cooper’s Graffiti Raw, which is expected to have the ambiance of Venice Beach, is also slated for this fall.

This article will be updated.

Bludorn

807 Taft Street, , TX 77019 (713) 999-0146 Visit Website

Eight Row Flint - Second Ward

4501 Harrisburg Boulevard, Houston, TX 77011 Visit Website

Wild - Montrose

1609 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77006 Visit Website

Ojo de Agua

2321 Westcreek Lane, #D140, Houston, Texas 77027

Gabriela's Midtown

1910 Bagby Street, Houston, TX 77002

EZ's Liquor Lounge

3302 White Oak Drive, Houston, TX 77007 Visit Website

CIEL Restaurant & Lounge

4411 San Felipe Street, Houston, Texas 77027 Visit Website

Kolache Shoppe

1031 Heights Boulevard, , TX 77008 (281) 846-6499 Visit Website

Norigami

2715 Bissonnet Street, Houston, Texas 77005 Visit Website

Gatsby's Prime Seafood

1212 Waugh Drive, Houston, Texas 77019

Gristworkz

1504 Chapman Street, Houston, TX 77009 713-429-1884 Visit Website

Bayou Heights Bier Garten

3905 Washington Avenue, Houston, Texas 77007 Visit Website

Kirby Ice House – The Woodlands

1700 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, Texas 77380 Visit Website

Navy Blue

2445 Times Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77005 Visit Website

Bad Astronaut Brewing Company

1519 Fulton Street, Houston, TX 77009 Visit Website

Sushi by Hidden

5216 Morningside Drive, Houston, Texas 77005

Lotus Seafood - Stafford

2903 South Main Street, Stafford, TX 77477 Visit Website

Eau Tour

5117 Kelvin Drive, Houston, Texas

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