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Just because it’s Monday doesn’t mean your dining experience should be any less eventful.
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17 Essential Dining Destinations Open on Mondays

Find juicy steaks, tender dumplings, spiraling bowls of noodles, and more on any given Monday

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Just because it’s Monday doesn’t mean your dining experience should be any less eventful.
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Houstonians are not lacking in options when dining out. From Tex-Mex to Cantonese, Thai, and West African, there are restaurants open to fulfill any craving every day of the week. Although Mondays are commonly industry nights off, many of Houston’s hottest spots are open and ready to elevate the beginning of the week.

Ragin Cajun, Kata Robata, Steak 48, Eugene’s, Uchi, Guard and Grace, Nobu Houston, Eloise Nichols, State of Grace, Trattoria Sofia, and Lulu’s are have been removed from this list to offer more options for your Monday dining pleasure, including Betsy’s at Evelyn Park, Brasserie 19, Handies Douzo, Jonathan’s the Rub, Lynn’s Steakhouse, La Lucha, Mein, Musaafer, Oporto Fooding House & Wine, Porta’Vino, Rosalie Italian Soul, Theodore Rex, Uchiko, and Xin Chao.

So, whether seeking solace at a casual neighborhood eatery, an escape from cooking at home, a Champagne-fueled evening after an epic workday, or a memorable date night locale, here are 17 restaurants you can count on for a superb Monday dining experience.

Is your favorite dining destination that’s open on a Monday missing from this map? Shout it out in the comments.

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La Lucha

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Chicken dinners should be synonymous with Monday nights. La Lucha provides the Heights with some of the best Southern comfort in the city. Briny oysters and a frozen marg provide a much needed reprieve from the Texas heat while the spicy chili oil dumplings bring you back up to temp. The cajeta soft serve ice cream with 12 topping options provide a special twist on a nostalgic classic.

Field & Tides

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As the name suggests, both land and sea cravings can be satisfied on Mondays at Field & Tides in the Heights. Chef Travis Lenig helms the kitchen, incorporating local seafood, meat, and produce in dishes like cracklin’ crusted redfish, boudin balls, and Texas quail-stuffed with dirty rice. For a taste of pure decadence, start with the crab and brie fondue, made with Gulf Coast blue crab.

Handies Douzo

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Hand rolls and sashimi are the names of the game at this Heights mainstay. The u-shaped bar creates a cozy, intimate atmosphere that’s sure to brighten anyone’s post-workday spirits. If sake in a juice box is not the vibe, the restaurant is BYOB. With a limited dining space, be sure to make a reservation online.

Porta'Vino

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One of The Woodland’s newest offshoots, Porta’Vino is bringing fresh Italian bites all week long from pizza to pasta with a wedge salad in between. With a $12 corkage fee, pair your wild boar bolognese with your favorite bottle from home. Need to satisfy a sweet tooth? Don’t miss their decadent coconut cream pie.

Lynn's Steakhouse

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Family-owned Lynn’s has been serving top-notch steaks and seafood to Houston’s Westside since 1985. The warmly lit dining room will soothe all the workday woes as you settle in with garlicky escargot or velvety lobster bisque. The filet Oscar – medallions of beef adorned with asparagus, crabmeat, and bearnaise sauce – will pair perfectly with a crisp martini or glass of wine from their impressive list.

Theodore Rex

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Justin Yu is one of Houston’s culinary heavy hitters, and his spot Theodore Rex is beloved by foodies across the Bayou City, serving up some of the best shareable plates in the city on Monday nights like the tomato toast, beef dumplings, and braised chicken in coconut and anchovy sauce. Be sure to save room for warm blueberry butter cake, which goes great with Cheerwine, a cherry soda favorite from the Southeast states.

Xin Chào

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Xin Chào, or “hello” in Vietnamese, greets you with delightful smells and flavors that chef Christine Ha is known for. The all-day Monday happy hour featuring $5 to $6 bar bites, $3 canned and bottled beers, and $7 select cocktails is a surefire way to end your day on a high note. Main courses like the smoked beef rib flat rice noodles and braised pork with crispy rice pair perfectly with some Viet-Cajun oysters to start.

Jonathan's The Rub

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Diverse, bold flavors fill the menu at the upscale-yet-cozy Memorial staple. Rounding out the day with a steak seasoned perfectly in their namesake rub or the blackened shrimp and grits is sure to bring anyone back to life after a day back on the work grind. The bar menu boasts a long list of craft and classic cocktails as well as a wine list that will be sure to take the edge off.

Bludorn

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Let the dreamy lobster chicken pot pie at Bludorn be your Monday motivation. The indulgent dish, topped with seasonal charred corn, roasted poblano crawfish, and lime creme fraiche, is the ultimate way to “treat yo’ self” after an extra-long day.  Plus, the restaurant’s lively bar, chic dining room, and private patio serve as a welcome solace from the stress of the office.

Rosalie Italian Soul

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Nestled in the C. Balwin Hotel, Rosalie’s old-school Italian fare pairs beautifully with the playfully designed space. The restaurant’s freshly made pasta, meatballs, and wood-fired pizzas are available for lunch and dinner service daily. Looking for something sweet? Don’t miss out on the soft serve happy hour featuring flavor options like watermelon and limoncello and chocolate with peanut butter whiskey from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

The Original Ninfa's on Navigation

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Today, this iconic Tex-Mex restaurant has two locations — the original on Navigation and its counterpart at BLVD Place in Uptown — and both are open on Mondays. Score Mama Ninfa’s famed tacos al carbon, handmade pork, chicken or beef tamales, and sizzling fajita platters with all the fix-ins for lunch or dinner. Add a Ninfarita, the restaurant’s signature Tex-Mex margarita which 100% agave tequila blanco.

Brasserie 19

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If steak frites on the patio isn’t on your Monday to-do list, maybe it should be. Known as “B19” to frequent flyers, this River Oaks hotspot serves up French classics with a side of excellent people watching. Have a little work waiting after dinner? Try a St. George martini, the restaurant’s take on an espresso martini, to get you through those last few emails.

Oporto Fooding House & Wine

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The rustic Portuguese-inspired menu has kept Midtown residents well fed since 2006. The warm atmosphere and the smell of patatas bravas, crispy potatoes with spicy piri piri and garlic aioli, will welcome any weary worker after a long day back at work. Looking to switch out your usual sandwich lunch for something a little more special? Check out the Portuguese power lunch for $25.

The newest Hai Hospitality restaurant to come to Houston, Uchiko brings sophisticated Japanese fare to Post Oak Boulevard. Smoke and char are the key signifiers of the restaurant’s dishes from nigiri to hot offerings. Seeking an adventure on a Monday? Give the 10-course tasting menu a shot. If you love their sister restaurants Uchi’s happy hour, you’ll be able to enjoy discounted hand rolls and maki every day from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Musaafer

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For those looking to ball out on a Monday, Musaafer has you covered. The grandly adorned dining room serves up modern takes inspired by the many distinct regions of India. The pani puri, malvani fish and lobster curry, and the beef vindaloo will take you on a flavorful journey, making for quite a memorable Monday. Fusion cocktails like the teekha peru — an Indian spin on a pisco sour with chaat masala and guava puree — give a surprising twist to classic libations.

Just because it’s Monday doesn’t mean dinner should be any less exciting. Enter Mein’s Cantonese symphony of flavor. Red oil dumplings, garlic eggplant, and squid ink fried rice are all standouts from this Asiatown joint. The open, modern dining room is the perfect accompaniment to dishes that range from classic to fusion. Looking to end the meal on a sweeter note? Try out the lava toast – a pillowy bread topped with salted egg custard and maple syrup.

Betsy's at Evelyn's Park

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Adair Concept’s Bellaire neighborhood spot brings comfort and ease to a Monday night meal. Find fresh salads and bowls alongside burgers and pizzas accompanied by a beautiful view of sunlit Evelyn Park.

La Lucha

Chicken dinners should be synonymous with Monday nights. La Lucha provides the Heights with some of the best Southern comfort in the city. Briny oysters and a frozen marg provide a much needed reprieve from the Texas heat while the spicy chili oil dumplings bring you back up to temp. The cajeta soft serve ice cream with 12 topping options provide a special twist on a nostalgic classic.

Field & Tides

As the name suggests, both land and sea cravings can be satisfied on Mondays at Field & Tides in the Heights. Chef Travis Lenig helms the kitchen, incorporating local seafood, meat, and produce in dishes like cracklin’ crusted redfish, boudin balls, and Texas quail-stuffed with dirty rice. For a taste of pure decadence, start with the crab and brie fondue, made with Gulf Coast blue crab.

Handies Douzo

Hand rolls and sashimi are the names of the game at this Heights mainstay. The u-shaped bar creates a cozy, intimate atmosphere that’s sure to brighten anyone’s post-workday spirits. If sake in a juice box is not the vibe, the restaurant is BYOB. With a limited dining space, be sure to make a reservation online.

Porta'Vino

One of The Woodland’s newest offshoots, Porta’Vino is bringing fresh Italian bites all week long from pizza to pasta with a wedge salad in between. With a $12 corkage fee, pair your wild boar bolognese with your favorite bottle from home. Need to satisfy a sweet tooth? Don’t miss their decadent coconut cream pie.

Lynn's Steakhouse

Family-owned Lynn’s has been serving top-notch steaks and seafood to Houston’s Westside since 1985. The warmly lit dining room will soothe all the workday woes as you settle in with garlicky escargot or velvety lobster bisque. The filet Oscar – medallions of beef adorned with asparagus, crabmeat, and bearnaise sauce – will pair perfectly with a crisp martini or glass of wine from their impressive list.

Theodore Rex

Justin Yu is one of Houston’s culinary heavy hitters, and his spot Theodore Rex is beloved by foodies across the Bayou City, serving up some of the best shareable plates in the city on Monday nights like the tomato toast, beef dumplings, and braised chicken in coconut and anchovy sauce. Be sure to save room for warm blueberry butter cake, which goes great with Cheerwine, a cherry soda favorite from the Southeast states.

Xin Chào

Xin Chào, or “hello” in Vietnamese, greets you with delightful smells and flavors that chef Christine Ha is known for. The all-day Monday happy hour featuring $5 to $6 bar bites, $3 canned and bottled beers, and $7 select cocktails is a surefire way to end your day on a high note. Main courses like the smoked beef rib flat rice noodles and braised pork with crispy rice pair perfectly with some Viet-Cajun oysters to start.

Jonathan's The Rub

Diverse, bold flavors fill the menu at the upscale-yet-cozy Memorial staple. Rounding out the day with a steak seasoned perfectly in their namesake rub or the blackened shrimp and grits is sure to bring anyone back to life after a day back on the work grind. The bar menu boasts a long list of craft and classic cocktails as well as a wine list that will be sure to take the edge off.

Bludorn

Let the dreamy lobster chicken pot pie at Bludorn be your Monday motivation. The indulgent dish, topped with seasonal charred corn, roasted poblano crawfish, and lime creme fraiche, is the ultimate way to “treat yo’ self” after an extra-long day.  Plus, the restaurant’s lively bar, chic dining room, and private patio serve as a welcome solace from the stress of the office.

Rosalie Italian Soul

Nestled in the C. Balwin Hotel, Rosalie’s old-school Italian fare pairs beautifully with the playfully designed space. The restaurant’s freshly made pasta, meatballs, and wood-fired pizzas are available for lunch and dinner service daily. Looking for something sweet? Don’t miss out on the soft serve happy hour featuring flavor options like watermelon and limoncello and chocolate with peanut butter whiskey from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

The Original Ninfa's on Navigation

Today, this iconic Tex-Mex restaurant has two locations — the original on Navigation and its counterpart at BLVD Place in Uptown — and both are open on Mondays. Score Mama Ninfa’s famed tacos al carbon, handmade pork, chicken or beef tamales, and sizzling fajita platters with all the fix-ins for lunch or dinner. Add a Ninfarita, the restaurant’s signature Tex-Mex margarita which 100% agave tequila blanco.

Brasserie 19

If steak frites on the patio isn’t on your Monday to-do list, maybe it should be. Known as “B19” to frequent flyers, this River Oaks hotspot serves up French classics with a side of excellent people watching. Have a little work waiting after dinner? Try a St. George martini, the restaurant’s take on an espresso martini, to get you through those last few emails.

Oporto Fooding House & Wine

The rustic Portuguese-inspired menu has kept Midtown residents well fed since 2006. The warm atmosphere and the smell of patatas bravas, crispy potatoes with spicy piri piri and garlic aioli, will welcome any weary worker after a long day back at work. Looking to switch out your usual sandwich lunch for something a little more special? Check out the Portuguese power lunch for $25.

Uchiko

The newest Hai Hospitality restaurant to come to Houston, Uchiko brings sophisticated Japanese fare to Post Oak Boulevard. Smoke and char are the key signifiers of the restaurant’s dishes from nigiri to hot offerings. Seeking an adventure on a Monday? Give the 10-course tasting menu a shot. If you love their sister restaurants Uchi’s happy hour, you’ll be able to enjoy discounted hand rolls and maki every day from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Musaafer

For those looking to ball out on a Monday, Musaafer has you covered. The grandly adorned dining room serves up modern takes inspired by the many distinct regions of India. The pani puri, malvani fish and lobster curry, and the beef vindaloo will take you on a flavorful journey, making for quite a memorable Monday. Fusion cocktails like the teekha peru — an Indian spin on a pisco sour with chaat masala and guava puree — give a surprising twist to classic libations.

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Mein

Just because it’s Monday doesn’t mean dinner should be any less exciting. Enter Mein’s Cantonese symphony of flavor. Red oil dumplings, garlic eggplant, and squid ink fried rice are all standouts from this Asiatown joint. The open, modern dining room is the perfect accompaniment to dishes that range from classic to fusion. Looking to end the meal on a sweeter note? Try out the lava toast – a pillowy bread topped with salted egg custard and maple syrup.

Betsy's at Evelyn's Park

Adair Concept’s Bellaire neighborhood spot brings comfort and ease to a Monday night meal. Find fresh salads and bowls alongside burgers and pizzas accompanied by a beautiful view of sunlit Evelyn Park.

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