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Hugo Ortega’s Oxacan restaurant, Xochi, is located inside a downtown Houston hotel.
Julie Soefer

12 Worthy Hotel Restaurants in Houston

From lauded steakhouses to Mexican fine dining, these restaurants are a draw for tourists and locals

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Hugo Ortega’s Oxacan restaurant, Xochi, is located inside a downtown Houston hotel.
| Julie Soefer

With world-class entertainment, lauded sports teams, and swoon-worthy dining, Houston attracts visitors from all over. Whether you’re here to tour the Museum District, catch a game, or simply on the hunt for a staycation escape from the suburbs, finding accommodations with quality dining options is important. Thankfully, some of the city’s most sought-after restaurants are housed in Houston hotels.

Eat and drink to your heart’s content, and take comfort in knowing your room is just a stone’s throw away from the restaurant. Here are 12 top notch dining destinations in Houston hotels.

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Line & Lariat

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The classic combo, surf and turf, lies within the name of this Gulf Coast restaurant at Hotel Icon. Venture to the “line” section of the menu and be treated to whole preparations of fresh fish, complemented with blue crab cream and vegetables. Or, move to the “lariat” side, and nosh on seared aged beef tenderloin medallions, presented with chive grits, spinach stuffed tomatoes, and a habanero mango sauce.

Cultivated F+B

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Housed in the Lancaster Hotel in the heart of downtown, this restaurant with all-day dining is a prime choice for theater-goers before or after a show. Expect elegant dishes like crab cakes, braised short ribs, and scallops, and an elevated brunch menu is offered on both Saturday and Sunday.

Rosalie Italian Soul

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Old school meets modern Italian at this restaurant under the culinary direction of celeb chef Chris Cosentino inside the C. Baldwin Hotel. Named in honor of Cosentino’s grandmother, Rosalie brings nonna-approved plates of pasta with a Lone Star touch. Dishes like Texas wild boar rigatoni, local red snapper, and whole chicken parmesan bridge the gap between Gulf and Italian coastal cuisine.

Tribute

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Tribute is located inside the Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa and is known as much for its fine wine as it is its menu inspired by the flavors of Texas, Mexico, and Louisiana. With over 4,000 bottles on the wine list, both enthusiasts and casual sippers are destined to be wowed by a wine they’ve never tried before. As far as grub goes, the shrimp and scallop risotto boasts hefty chunks of seafood, and the dessert sampler offers a snapshot of the restaurant’s rotating pastry program.

Alba Ristorante

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The cuisine of Northern Italy comes to life at this swanky restaurant in the Hotel Granduca. Its menu showcases many pasta choices, like spaghetti alla chitorra with buttery lobster, and meat and seafood mains, like acquerello risotto with short ribs. Newly remodeled, Alba 2.0 is sure to please. Grab a drink at the champagne bar – an evening spent here is plenty of reason to celebrate.

Mastro's Steakhouse

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Located djacent to the Post Oak Hotel, Mastro’s is a short walk from the main lobby. The Landry’s-owned steakhouse is a local and national go-to for fine cuts of beef, seafood, sushi, and classic sides. Consistency and top-tier service make it one of the choice white tablecloth steakhouses in town.

Craft F&B

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The Post Oak Hotel has its fair share of high-end dining establishments, but Craft F&B offers an easygoing, down-home atmosphere. Comfort food, like burgers and pizzas, make up the menu, plus, there’s an expansive tap list. Order the “whatever the hell you want” pie and customize it with more than 20 different toppings. With long communal tables and a friendly vibe, Craft is a reliable choice for group dining.

Bloom & Bee

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Delicate fare, pretty cocktails, and vibrant decor await at this restaurant and lounge inside the Post Oak Hotel. The name supersedes the space, as the dining room is clad with floral fixtures and boasts a garden-like atmosphere. The menu rotates seasonally, with fresh, seasonal ingredients at the forefront. Dishes include elevated preparations of scallop crudo and filet mignon.

Toro Toro

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Chef Richard Sandoval’s pan-Latin restaurant is worthy of all the hype that comes with dining inside a Four Seasons Hotel. Expect a menu of steak, sushi and more, with elaborate tableside preparations. Meat-lovers can get their fill, with hearty mains like the Toro Toro churrasco or the bone-in beef rib “al carbon”.

Xochi is James Beard Award-winning chef Hugo Ortega’s Oaxacan restaurant located inside the Marriott Marquis Hotel. The menu showcases the rich depth of flavors of the Oaxacan region with Southwestern cuisine sensibilities. Try tlayudas, a popular Oaxacan street food made from tortillas cook over wood, and the barbacoa de res de zaachila – skirt steak in a guajillo and casteno pepper broth with masa dumplings.

Monarch

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This hip restaurant inside Hotel Zaza serves up chef-driven fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dine inside, or on the picturesque terrace, while tackling hand-battered fried chicken and buttermilk waffles for brunch or pan-roasted redfish for dinner. Hearty, belly-filling plates and refreshing cocktails in an al-fresco setting are a winning combo here.

The menu at this Mediterranean restaurant in the Intercontinental Hotel reflects the flavors of Greece and the Levantine regions. Nosh on hummus with pita chips before indulging in chicken piccata or lamb shank. At brunch, take your choice between American or Lebanese breakfast platters.

Line & Lariat

The classic combo, surf and turf, lies within the name of this Gulf Coast restaurant at Hotel Icon. Venture to the “line” section of the menu and be treated to whole preparations of fresh fish, complemented with blue crab cream and vegetables. Or, move to the “lariat” side, and nosh on seared aged beef tenderloin medallions, presented with chive grits, spinach stuffed tomatoes, and a habanero mango sauce.

Cultivated F+B

Housed in the Lancaster Hotel in the heart of downtown, this restaurant with all-day dining is a prime choice for theater-goers before or after a show. Expect elegant dishes like crab cakes, braised short ribs, and scallops, and an elevated brunch menu is offered on both Saturday and Sunday.

Rosalie Italian Soul

Old school meets modern Italian at this restaurant under the culinary direction of celeb chef Chris Cosentino inside the C. Baldwin Hotel. Named in honor of Cosentino’s grandmother, Rosalie brings nonna-approved plates of pasta with a Lone Star touch. Dishes like Texas wild boar rigatoni, local red snapper, and whole chicken parmesan bridge the gap between Gulf and Italian coastal cuisine.

Tribute

Tribute is located inside the Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa and is known as much for its fine wine as it is its menu inspired by the flavors of Texas, Mexico, and Louisiana. With over 4,000 bottles on the wine list, both enthusiasts and casual sippers are destined to be wowed by a wine they’ve never tried before. As far as grub goes, the shrimp and scallop risotto boasts hefty chunks of seafood, and the dessert sampler offers a snapshot of the restaurant’s rotating pastry program.

Alba Ristorante

The cuisine of Northern Italy comes to life at this swanky restaurant in the Hotel Granduca. Its menu showcases many pasta choices, like spaghetti alla chitorra with buttery lobster, and meat and seafood mains, like acquerello risotto with short ribs. Newly remodeled, Alba 2.0 is sure to please. Grab a drink at the champagne bar – an evening spent here is plenty of reason to celebrate.

Mastro's Steakhouse

Located djacent to the Post Oak Hotel, Mastro’s is a short walk from the main lobby. The Landry’s-owned steakhouse is a local and national go-to for fine cuts of beef, seafood, sushi, and classic sides. Consistency and top-tier service make it one of the choice white tablecloth steakhouses in town.

Craft F&B

The Post Oak Hotel has its fair share of high-end dining establishments, but Craft F&B offers an easygoing, down-home atmosphere. Comfort food, like burgers and pizzas, make up the menu, plus, there’s an expansive tap list. Order the “whatever the hell you want” pie and customize it with more than 20 different toppings. With long communal tables and a friendly vibe, Craft is a reliable choice for group dining.

Bloom & Bee

Delicate fare, pretty cocktails, and vibrant decor await at this restaurant and lounge inside the Post Oak Hotel. The name supersedes the space, as the dining room is clad with floral fixtures and boasts a garden-like atmosphere. The menu rotates seasonally, with fresh, seasonal ingredients at the forefront. Dishes include elevated preparations of scallop crudo and filet mignon.

Toro Toro

Chef Richard Sandoval’s pan-Latin restaurant is worthy of all the hype that comes with dining inside a Four Seasons Hotel. Expect a menu of steak, sushi and more, with elaborate tableside preparations. Meat-lovers can get their fill, with hearty mains like the Toro Toro churrasco or the bone-in beef rib “al carbon”.

Xochi

Xochi is James Beard Award-winning chef Hugo Ortega’s Oaxacan restaurant located inside the Marriott Marquis Hotel. The menu showcases the rich depth of flavors of the Oaxacan region with Southwestern cuisine sensibilities. Try tlayudas, a popular Oaxacan street food made from tortillas cook over wood, and the barbacoa de res de zaachila – skirt steak in a guajillo and casteno pepper broth with masa dumplings.

Monarch

This hip restaurant inside Hotel Zaza serves up chef-driven fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dine inside, or on the picturesque terrace, while tackling hand-battered fried chicken and buttermilk waffles for brunch or pan-roasted redfish for dinner. Hearty, belly-filling plates and refreshing cocktails in an al-fresco setting are a winning combo here.

Safina

The menu at this Mediterranean restaurant in the Intercontinental Hotel reflects the flavors of Greece and the Levantine regions. Nosh on hummus with pita chips before indulging in chicken piccata or lamb shank. At brunch, take your choice between American or Lebanese breakfast platters.

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