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Where to Dine Solo Around Houston

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Dining solo can be a vibrant experience.
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Dining alone has become a more common pastime among Houston diners thanks to its many advantages. Slipping into the bar or a restaurant solo is an easy feat, one that often comes without a wait. And when dining alone, it’s up to you (and you only) where to go, what to eat, and how to enjoy your meal — whether that’s while chatting up the bartender, people-watching, or savoring a dish while sitting with a book, scrolling through your phone, or taking in the excitement and buzz around you. Whatever tickles your fancy, the decision is yours.

Thankfully, Houston is peppered with interesting restaurants that are perfect for exploring during a lunch break, a happy hour, or a more formal outing alone. Whether a spirited dining room with live entertainment or a comfy spot at the bar is more your speed, here are 17 restaurants well-suited for your solo night out.

Don’t see your go-to solo dining spot? Let us know your favorites in the comments.

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Gold Tooth Tony's

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Small though mighty, this hot new Detroit-style pizza joint is made mainly for takeout and delivery, but the select tables indoors and on the outdoor patio make it an easy place for a solo diner to devour a pie alone. Call in an order or order there, and watch as diners flock in desperate for their dough fix. Then, dip into Amy’s ice cream next door for a sweet treat.

A person picks up a squared slice of pizza topped with pepperoni and basil.
Stick around at Gold Tooth Tony’s to devour your Detroit-style pizza inside or on its outdoor patio.
Sean Rainer

Moon Rabbit

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This Vietnamese restaurant in the Heights is trendy but still casual enough for a solo diner to pull up to the bar for a quick lunch or a leisurely dinner. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu but an order of the banh xeo tostada topped with shrimp, pork belly, lettuce, and coconut crema, and the bo kho dip — braised beef shank served with a rich au jus on the side — showcases the fun takes and breadth of classic Vietnamese fare.

Reminiscent of tightly packed sushi restaurants in Japan, this 22-seat hand roll bar offers a communal dining experience where every guest gets a view of the sushi-stuffing action. Along with freshly made hand rolls, find hearty eats like beef skewers and wagyu gyoza, suitable for a single diner. While the restaurant is busy enough that even a single seat sometimes requires a wait, you can also find sustenance at the Kanpai Club, the restaurant’s equally charming bar hidden through a shared door.

Three handrolls stuffed with an assortment of ingredients, sitting atop a wooden plank.
Hando’s 22-seat bar with freshly made hand rolls is a perfect place to dine alone.
Al Torres Photography

Dim Sum Box

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Dim sum is usually a communal affair for a large group where everyone can partake in sharing the small dishes of dumplings and buns, but when the craving hits and you’re on your own, this Katy spot is the perfect place to satiate it. The counter service makes it quick and easy to order the pushcart classics such as har gow and shu mai that you can have all to yourself.

POST Houston

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With its plethora of dining choices, large communal tables, and buzzy bars, food halls are a common choice for solo diners, and among the many in Houston, the Post Market reigns supreme. Tickle your palate with curry bowls of West African cuisine from ChopnBlok, ice cream from Flower and Cream, vegan Filipino food from Soy Pinoy, or pizza from Spotlight while doing some people-watching in the food court, or head to the rooftop sky lawn for unbeatable views of the Downtown skyline.

Common Bond Brasserie & Bakery

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Common Bond Brasserie is the ultra-popular coffee shop’s full-service counterpart and a solid choice for proper Downtown dining. The bistro menu features dishes like steak frites and coq au vin, and with a prime location on the street level of the Bank of America Tower, it serves as a hot spot among the power-lunch crowd.

Hugo Ortega’s restaurant empire spans from Uptown to Downtown, and his trendy Oaxacan restaurant inside the Marriott Marquis hotel — steps from Discovery Green — is one of the liveliest places to dine for groups and singles alike. Behind the long, windy bar, bartenders shake up colorful mezcal cocktails and bubbly hot plates emerge from the wood-fired oven. Solo diners can also partake in the restaurant’s popular mole tasting without having to share any of the four varieties of house-made fried tortillas and beans. 

Cielito Cafe

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This charming converted house in Hyde Park serves homey Mexican breakfast and lunch staples. There are plenty of cozy nooks for the solo diner to settle into for a leisurely morning. Choose between something savory like the Bandera, a three-egg omelet topped with homemade green and red salsa, or a sweet dish such as the Cajeta Toast, Mexican-flavored French toast cooked in caramelized goat’s milk.

Located in a converted 1928 bungalow in Montrose, the new neighborhood spot feels like you’re stepping into a friend’s home, making dining alone a comfortable and relaxing experience. Choose a spot at the bar or a table out on the patio when the weather is nice, and be sure to pick both a crudo dish and a pizza for the perfect meal. Don’t forget to leave room for the festive soft-serve ice cream for dessert.

Balboa Surf Club

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The U-shaped bar holds prominent real estate at this surf bungalow-inspired restaurant, welcoming any party of one with ease. Start with a sushi roll or the Pacific halibut tostada, with hand-cut halibut, radish, cucumber, and herbs layered on a crisp tortilla made in-house. Then contemplate whether to indulge in one of its entree salads, like the Prime Wedge topped with prime cut steak; a sandwich (the cheeseburger made with house-ground chuck is a standout); or an entree like wild-caught grilled scallops, served over creamed corn with salsa verde, bacon and tomatoes.

Nancy's Hustle

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There’s no bad choice when it comes to seating at this intimate Eado hot spot. Pick a seat at the bar or small table inside or outside on the patio. The laid-back, casual vibe is ideal for solo dining, as is the menu that has a large selection of smaller plates perfect for one. An order of the Nancy Cakes is a must, and you’ll revel in the fact that you don’t have to share them.

Nancy Hustle’s Nancy cakes, plated with butter, trout roe, and chives.
The Nancy Cakes at Nancy’s Hustle are what diner dreams are made of.
Mai Pham

The elegant, modern Italian chop house is a great destination for the solo diner. Take a seat at the U-shaped marble bar and settle in forthe nightly live music. Order a potent cocktail or a glass of wine to go with the handmade pasta dishes, such as the squid ink campanelle, which are all offered in half portions, the perfect size for one.

Citizens Of Montrose

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Make your solo day out a coffee date. This Australian-style coffee shop in Montrose offers a picturesque place to dine and enjoy a coffee or cocktail. Enjoy the buttermilk fried chicken burger, made with yuzu aioli, romaine, tomato, and served on a seeded bun with chicken salted fries, or opt for a barbecue Brekkie bowl, with Garlicky smashed potatoes, barbecue braised pork, soft poached eggs, pickled red onion, and avocado, cilantro with chipotle hollandaise. The banana bread French toast, the fruity kiwi margarita, or the espresso martini are an easy way to fulfill a sweet tooth.

A person slices into an eggs Benedict dish, with a side of oatmeal bowl and a side of French toast.
Whether craving breakfast lunch of dinner, Citizens of Montrose has you covered.
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Steak 48

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At first glance, this high-end steakhouse in the River Oaks District might seem intimidating for dining alone, but the expansive bar downstairs offers the best people-watching in the city. The parade of people dressed to the nines is all the entertainment you’ll need as you treat yourself to prime cuts of meat and fresh seafood. End the evening with the decadent red velvet bread pudding.

Doris Metropolitan

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Don’t count this ritzy Israeli steakhouse in Montrose out for a night out for one. Take a seat at the bar during “social hour” and enjoy a selection of cocktails and wines by the glass. Food options include tuna tartare, kofta kebab, and a tenderloin skewer, plus caviar if you’re feeling fancy.

Eau Tour

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Just downstairs from sister restaurant Lee’s Den, this casual, French-inspired bistro in Rice Village has a playful, 70’s vibe that screams relaxation. Saddle up to the bar during happy hour for discounted wine and cocktails and a selection of food offerings, including oysters, confit duck wings, and the ET Happy Meal that includes a burger, fries, and a Kronenbourg 1664 lager for $18.

Eau Tour’s short rib and duck burger, topped with onions, gruyere, and a special sauce on a brioche bun sprinkled with sesame seeds, served with a pickle and a side of fries.
Eau Tour’s happy hour burger is a full meal in itself.
Brittany Britto Garley

Sushi by Hidden

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Looking for a speedy experience? This intimate 30-minute omakase setting is ideal for one. With just 10 seats available at each reservation time, it’s easy to make friends or to sit back, relax, and focus on the food as the chef offers up 12 pieces of hand-selected nigiri.

Gold Tooth Tony's

Small though mighty, this hot new Detroit-style pizza joint is made mainly for takeout and delivery, but the select tables indoors and on the outdoor patio make it an easy place for a solo diner to devour a pie alone. Call in an order or order there, and watch as diners flock in desperate for their dough fix. Then, dip into Amy’s ice cream next door for a sweet treat.

A person picks up a squared slice of pizza topped with pepperoni and basil.
Stick around at Gold Tooth Tony’s to devour your Detroit-style pizza inside or on its outdoor patio.
Sean Rainer

Moon Rabbit

This Vietnamese restaurant in the Heights is trendy but still casual enough for a solo diner to pull up to the bar for a quick lunch or a leisurely dinner. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu but an order of the banh xeo tostada topped with shrimp, pork belly, lettuce, and coconut crema, and the bo kho dip — braised beef shank served with a rich au jus on the side — showcases the fun takes and breadth of classic Vietnamese fare.

Hando

Reminiscent of tightly packed sushi restaurants in Japan, this 22-seat hand roll bar offers a communal dining experience where every guest gets a view of the sushi-stuffing action. Along with freshly made hand rolls, find hearty eats like beef skewers and wagyu gyoza, suitable for a single diner. While the restaurant is busy enough that even a single seat sometimes requires a wait, you can also find sustenance at the Kanpai Club, the restaurant’s equally charming bar hidden through a shared door.

Three handrolls stuffed with an assortment of ingredients, sitting atop a wooden plank.
Hando’s 22-seat bar with freshly made hand rolls is a perfect place to dine alone.
Al Torres Photography

Dim Sum Box

Dim sum is usually a communal affair for a large group where everyone can partake in sharing the small dishes of dumplings and buns, but when the craving hits and you’re on your own, this Katy spot is the perfect place to satiate it. The counter service makes it quick and easy to order the pushcart classics such as har gow and shu mai that you can have all to yourself.

POST Houston

With its plethora of dining choices, large communal tables, and buzzy bars, food halls are a common choice for solo diners, and among the many in Houston, the Post Market reigns supreme. Tickle your palate with curry bowls of West African cuisine from ChopnBlok, ice cream from Flower and Cream, vegan Filipino food from Soy Pinoy, or pizza from Spotlight while doing some people-watching in the food court, or head to the rooftop sky lawn for unbeatable views of the Downtown skyline.

Common Bond Brasserie & Bakery

Common Bond Brasserie is the ultra-popular coffee shop’s full-service counterpart and a solid choice for proper Downtown dining. The bistro menu features dishes like steak frites and coq au vin, and with a prime location on the street level of the Bank of America Tower, it serves as a hot spot among the power-lunch crowd.

Xochi

Hugo Ortega’s restaurant empire spans from Uptown to Downtown, and his trendy Oaxacan restaurant inside the Marriott Marquis hotel — steps from Discovery Green — is one of the liveliest places to dine for groups and singles alike. Behind the long, windy bar, bartenders shake up colorful mezcal cocktails and bubbly hot plates emerge from the wood-fired oven. Solo diners can also partake in the restaurant’s popular mole tasting without having to share any of the four varieties of house-made fried tortillas and beans. 

Cielito Cafe

This charming converted house in Hyde Park serves homey Mexican breakfast and lunch staples. There are plenty of cozy nooks for the solo diner to settle into for a leisurely morning. Choose between something savory like the Bandera, a three-egg omelet topped with homemade green and red salsa, or a sweet dish such as the Cajeta Toast, Mexican-flavored French toast cooked in caramelized goat’s milk.

Elro

Located in a converted 1928 bungalow in Montrose, the new neighborhood spot feels like you’re stepping into a friend’s home, making dining alone a comfortable and relaxing experience. Choose a spot at the bar or a table out on the patio when the weather is nice, and be sure to pick both a crudo dish and a pizza for the perfect meal. Don’t forget to leave room for the festive soft-serve ice cream for dessert.

Balboa Surf Club

The U-shaped bar holds prominent real estate at this surf bungalow-inspired restaurant, welcoming any party of one with ease. Start with a sushi roll or the Pacific halibut tostada, with hand-cut halibut, radish, cucumber, and herbs layered on a crisp tortilla made in-house. Then contemplate whether to indulge in one of its entree salads, like the Prime Wedge topped with prime cut steak; a sandwich (the cheeseburger made with house-ground chuck is a standout); or an entree like wild-caught grilled scallops, served over creamed corn with salsa verde, bacon and tomatoes.

Nancy's Hustle

There’s no bad choice when it comes to seating at this intimate Eado hot spot. Pick a seat at the bar or small table inside or outside on the patio. The laid-back, casual vibe is ideal for solo dining, as is the menu that has a large selection of smaller plates perfect for one. An order of the Nancy Cakes is a must, and you’ll revel in the fact that you don’t have to share them.

Nancy Hustle’s Nancy cakes, plated with butter, trout roe, and chives.
The Nancy Cakes at Nancy’s Hustle are what diner dreams are made of.
Mai Pham

Marmo

The elegant, modern Italian chop house is a great destination for the solo diner. Take a seat at the U-shaped marble bar and settle in forthe nightly live music. Order a potent cocktail or a glass of wine to go with the handmade pasta dishes, such as the squid ink campanelle, which are all offered in half portions, the perfect size for one.

Citizens Of Montrose

Make your solo day out a coffee date. This Australian-style coffee shop in Montrose offers a picturesque place to dine and enjoy a coffee or cocktail. Enjoy the buttermilk fried chicken burger, made with yuzu aioli, romaine, tomato, and served on a seeded bun with chicken salted fries, or opt for a barbecue Brekkie bowl, with Garlicky smashed potatoes, barbecue braised pork, soft poached eggs, pickled red onion, and avocado, cilantro with chipotle hollandaise. The banana bread French toast, the fruity kiwi margarita, or the espresso martini are an easy way to fulfill a sweet tooth.

A person slices into an eggs Benedict dish, with a side of oatmeal bowl and a side of French toast.
Whether craving breakfast lunch of dinner, Citizens of Montrose has you covered.
Citizens

Steak 48

At first glance, this high-end steakhouse in the River Oaks District might seem intimidating for dining alone, but the expansive bar downstairs offers the best people-watching in the city. The parade of people dressed to the nines is all the entertainment you’ll need as you treat yourself to prime cuts of meat and fresh seafood. End the evening with the decadent red velvet bread pudding.

Doris Metropolitan

Don’t count this ritzy Israeli steakhouse in Montrose out for a night out for one. Take a seat at the bar during “social hour” and enjoy a selection of cocktails and wines by the glass. Food options include tuna tartare, kofta kebab, and a tenderloin skewer, plus caviar if you’re feeling fancy.

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Eau Tour

Just downstairs from sister restaurant Lee’s Den, this casual, French-inspired bistro in Rice Village has a playful, 70’s vibe that screams relaxation. Saddle up to the bar during happy hour for discounted wine and cocktails and a selection of food offerings, including oysters, confit duck wings, and the ET Happy Meal that includes a burger, fries, and a Kronenbourg 1664 lager for $18.

Eau Tour’s short rib and duck burger, topped with onions, gruyere, and a special sauce on a brioche bun sprinkled with sesame seeds, served with a pickle and a side of fries.
Eau Tour’s happy hour burger is a full meal in itself.
Brittany Britto Garley

Sushi by Hidden

Looking for a speedy experience? This intimate 30-minute omakase setting is ideal for one. With just 10 seats available at each reservation time, it’s easy to make friends or to sit back, relax, and focus on the food as the chef offers up 12 pieces of hand-selected nigiri.

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