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13 Excellent Date Night Restaurants in Houston

Sophisticated and intimate spots for a romantic night out.

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Finding the perfect romantic match might not be the easiest thing to do in Houston, but at least the city is packed with plenty of restaurants that can serve as a solid setting for anything from a meet-cute to the perfect proposal.

Whether the night calls for drinks in a dimly lit Downtown bar, a first class dinner in a 100 year old log cabin or an intimate Montrose patio, this map of Houston’s best date night restaurants will certainly make hunting down the perfect romantic locale a little easier.

As always, let us know if we forgot to swipe right on one of your date night destinations in the comments.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Etoile Cuisine Et Bar

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1101-11 Uptown Park Blvd
Houston, TX 77056
(832) 668-5808
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The French are notorious for speaking the language of love and at this Uptown Park restaurant, Chef Philippe Verpiand’s does just that. Impress your date by ordering up classic dishes like foie gras, coq au vin, escargot and duck à l’orange or stick with more comfortable offerings like the vegetable risotto, roasted chicken or salmon steak. Consider dropping in for brunch for a less traditional date, because Etoile serves some excellent brunch items like gruyere omelettes, benedicts, and croque madames.

Etoile Cuisine et Bar
Etoile Cuisine et Bar

2. Rainbow Lodge

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2011 Ella Blvd
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 861-8666
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A quaint 100 year old log cabin is the quintessential romantic backdrop, what with its soft lighting, mounted animal heads and hearth fireplace. Just make sure taxidermy won’t be a mood killer. Wild game and Gulf seafood covers the menu with best sellers like the lobster and summer corn risotto, rainbow trout with lump crab, and pan seared duck breast with foie gras. For a really special night out, consider six courses of petite seasonal features and favorites for $79 per person.

Rainbow Lodge
Rainbow Lodge

3. State of Grace

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3258 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77098
(832) 942-5080
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Overhanging gilded light pieces, marble counters and dark leather will greet you at this sexy River Oaks restaurant. Whether the night calls for a dry aged strip steak, sticky, smoky beef ribs, a pan roasted flounder or squid ink pasta, State of Grace has it all and a seven course tasting menu with wine pairings. If the dining room is full (seriously, make reservations) ask to be seated in the side room. The circular oyster bar is ideal for intimate conversations.

State of Grace / Jay Tovar
State of Grace / Jay Tovar

4. Brenner's on the Bayou

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1 Birdsall St
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 868-4444
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For those less inclined to spent $100 on a meal, the Blue Bar at Brenner’s On the Bayou is a stunning alternative. Sit outside (moderate weather permitting) on plush blue and white patio furniture with fire pits, enjoy blue mood lighting and an expansive view overlooking the adjacent Buffalo Bayou. Happy hour cocktails and small plates from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday though Thursday will make this an even more enchanting option. For those who desire more, step into Brenner’s afterwards for venison chops, bison filets or shrimp and grits.

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5. Camerata at Paulie's

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1834 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 522-8466
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Unpretentious Montrose bar Camerata (connected to adjoining Paulie’s) is a simple, no frills option for date night drinks. The industrial space tends to draw a mixed crowd who enjoy the artisanal cheese and salami plates, and impeccably chosen glasses of vino. Bonus, stop into Paulie’s for dinner either before or after casual pre-dinner drinks.

6. Da Marco Cucina E Vino

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1520 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 807-8857
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A favorite amongst love birds for many years, Chef Marco Wiles pulls out all the stops in this luxurious upscale eatery that showcases the taste of Tuscany in a refined setting. While this might not be the place to meet in the middle of spaghetti à la Lady and the Tramp, couples can nonetheless enjoy inventive pasta dishes like spaghetti with sea urchin or homemade garganelli with slow-cooked rabbit. End a perfect meal with sheep’s milk ricotta cannoli or a creamy panna cotta.

Da Marco interior dining room (resized for map)

7. Boheme

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307 Fairview St
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 529-1099
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Share a plate of Bangkok fries while basking in the sultry ambiance of Montrose haunt Boheme, a longtime favorite amongst lovers. The dim lighting inside, stunning outdoor space with glittering twinkle lights from overhanging trees and stiff drinks like the Wu Tang (aperol, vodka and grapefruit) or Delhi Sour (rye, tamarind and lemon) will easily alleviate any first date jitters.

8. MF Sushi Houston Museum District

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1401 Binz St #100
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 637-4587
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Any partner would be impressed with the sleek and elegant MF Sushi. The Museum District’s premiere sushi spot serves up consummate fresh fish in the form of high quality sushi, nigiri and sashimi. The minimal woodsy décor is the perfect accompaniment to excellent service and an original drink menu. Make reservations, because this place fills up fast.

MF Sushi
MF Sushi

9. The Pass

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807 Taft St
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 628-9020
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No date will be able to resist a stellar dinner at this show-stopping restaurant with a tasting menu. The five course Omnivore or Vegetarian menus are $105 with wine pairings and $65 without, so settle in for the long haul with truly unparalleled dishes by James Beard semifinalist Chefs Seth Siegel-Gardner and Terrence Gallivan. The menu changes seasonally so you may never have the same meal, or date, twice.

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10. Nouveau Antique Art Bar

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2913 Main St
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 526-2220
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Break the ice under the soft yellow glow of a sundry of reproduced Tiffany’s lamps made from vintage stained glass. Perch atop simple wooden stools or antique furniture for quiet conversation and choose a hand crafted cocktail from an impressive collection.

11. 13 Celsius

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3000 Caroline St
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 529-8466
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A personal favorite, 13 Celsius sits on the outskirts of Midtown and maintains the previous structure’s gritty warehouse appearance while complimenting it with a full white marble bar and a glass wine storage structure set at the perfect temperature. Nosh on a classic cheese and charcuterie plate or tableside s’mores and choose from over 100 plus wines (and beers) carefully curated by the hands of vino gods Mike Sammons and Adele Corrigan. For added romance, take a seat on the outdoor patio reminiscent of a European countryside café.

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12. Public Services Wine & Whisky

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202 Travis St Suite 100
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 516-8897
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Art deco-style cocktail bar Public Services is housed on the first floor of the 1884 Cotton Exchange building and carefully preserves its old world charm. The striking arches, gilded accents and plush seating will certainly take any date’s breath away, as will the boutique assortment of wines, beers, ciders and mixed drinks chosen by alcohol ingénue/sommelier Justin Vann and snacks from culinary virtuoso Justin Yu.

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Public Services Facebook

13. Captain Foxheart's Bad News Bar & Spirit Lodge

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308 Main St
Houston, TX 77002

Be prepared to leave a tad boozed up when visiting Justin Burrow’s undeniably cool downtown bar. The night will start with a dark, weathered staircase that leads to a massive 25 seat bar surrounded by more intimate nooks and crannies. End the night outside on small balcony space to enjoy an expertly mixed libation, cigarette and maybe a smooch.

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1. Etoile Cuisine Et Bar

1101-11 Uptown Park Blvd, Houston, TX 77056
Etoile Cuisine et Bar
Etoile Cuisine et Bar

The French are notorious for speaking the language of love and at this Uptown Park restaurant, Chef Philippe Verpiand’s does just that. Impress your date by ordering up classic dishes like foie gras, coq au vin, escargot and duck à l’orange or stick with more comfortable offerings like the vegetable risotto, roasted chicken or salmon steak. Consider dropping in for brunch for a less traditional date, because Etoile serves some excellent brunch items like gruyere omelettes, benedicts, and croque madames.

1101-11 Uptown Park Blvd
Houston, TX 77056

2. Rainbow Lodge

2011 Ella Blvd, Houston, TX 77008
Rainbow Lodge
Rainbow Lodge

A quaint 100 year old log cabin is the quintessential romantic backdrop, what with its soft lighting, mounted animal heads and hearth fireplace. Just make sure taxidermy won’t be a mood killer. Wild game and Gulf seafood covers the menu with best sellers like the lobster and summer corn risotto, rainbow trout with lump crab, and pan seared duck breast with foie gras. For a really special night out, consider six courses of petite seasonal features and favorites for $79 per person.

2011 Ella Blvd
Houston, TX 77008

3. State of Grace

3258 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098
State of Grace / Jay Tovar
State of Grace / Jay Tovar

Overhanging gilded light pieces, marble counters and dark leather will greet you at this sexy River Oaks restaurant. Whether the night calls for a dry aged strip steak, sticky, smoky beef ribs, a pan roasted flounder or squid ink pasta, State of Grace has it all and a seven course tasting menu with wine pairings. If the dining room is full (seriously, make reservations) ask to be seated in the side room. The circular oyster bar is ideal for intimate conversations.

3258 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77098

4. Brenner's on the Bayou

1 Birdsall St, Houston, TX 77007
brenner's

For those less inclined to spent $100 on a meal, the Blue Bar at Brenner’s On the Bayou is a stunning alternative. Sit outside (moderate weather permitting) on plush blue and white patio furniture with fire pits, enjoy blue mood lighting and an expansive view overlooking the adjacent Buffalo Bayou. Happy hour cocktails and small plates from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday though Thursday will make this an even more enchanting option. For those who desire more, step into Brenner’s afterwards for venison chops, bison filets or shrimp and grits.

1 Birdsall St
Houston, TX 77007

5. Camerata at Paulie's

1834 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098

Unpretentious Montrose bar Camerata (connected to adjoining Paulie’s) is a simple, no frills option for date night drinks. The industrial space tends to draw a mixed crowd who enjoy the artisanal cheese and salami plates, and impeccably chosen glasses of vino. Bonus, stop into Paulie’s for dinner either before or after casual pre-dinner drinks.

1834 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77098

6. Da Marco Cucina E Vino

1520 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006
Da Marco interior dining room (resized for map)

A favorite amongst love birds for many years, Chef Marco Wiles pulls out all the stops in this luxurious upscale eatery that showcases the taste of Tuscany in a refined setting. While this might not be the place to meet in the middle of spaghetti à la Lady and the Tramp, couples can nonetheless enjoy inventive pasta dishes like spaghetti with sea urchin or homemade garganelli with slow-cooked rabbit. End a perfect meal with sheep’s milk ricotta cannoli or a creamy panna cotta.

1520 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006

7. Boheme

307 Fairview St, Houston, TX 77006

Share a plate of Bangkok fries while basking in the sultry ambiance of Montrose haunt Boheme, a longtime favorite amongst lovers. The dim lighting inside, stunning outdoor space with glittering twinkle lights from overhanging trees and stiff drinks like the Wu Tang (aperol, vodka and grapefruit) or Delhi Sour (rye, tamarind and lemon) will easily alleviate any first date jitters.

307 Fairview St
Houston, TX 77006

8. MF Sushi Houston Museum District

1401 Binz St #100, Houston, TX 77004
MF Sushi
MF Sushi

Any partner would be impressed with the sleek and elegant MF Sushi. The Museum District’s premiere sushi spot serves up consummate fresh fish in the form of high quality sushi, nigiri and sashimi. The minimal woodsy décor is the perfect accompaniment to excellent service and an original drink menu. Make reservations, because this place fills up fast.

1401 Binz St #100
Houston, TX 77004

9. The Pass

807 Taft St, Houston, TX 77019
The Pass & Provisions

No date will be able to resist a stellar dinner at this show-stopping restaurant with a tasting menu. The five course Omnivore or Vegetarian menus are $105 with wine pairings and $65 without, so settle in for the long haul with truly unparalleled dishes by James Beard semifinalist Chefs Seth Siegel-Gardner and Terrence Gallivan. The menu changes seasonally so you may never have the same meal, or date, twice.

807 Taft St
Houston, TX 77019

10. Nouveau Antique Art Bar

2913 Main St, Houston, TX 77002

Break the ice under the soft yellow glow of a sundry of reproduced Tiffany’s lamps made from vintage stained glass. Perch atop simple wooden stools or antique furniture for quiet conversation and choose a hand crafted cocktail from an impressive collection.

2913 Main St
Houston, TX 77002

11. 13 Celsius

3000 Caroline St, Houston, TX 77004
13_celsius

A personal favorite, 13 Celsius sits on the outskirts of Midtown and maintains the previous structure’s gritty warehouse appearance while complimenting it with a full white marble bar and a glass wine storage structure set at the perfect temperature. Nosh on a classic cheese and charcuterie plate or tableside s’mores and choose from over 100 plus wines (and beers) carefully curated by the hands of vino gods Mike Sammons and Adele Corrigan. For added romance, take a seat on the outdoor patio reminiscent of a European countryside café.

3000 Caroline St
Houston, TX 77004

12. Public Services Wine & Whisky

202 Travis St Suite 100, Houston, TX 77002
Public Services Facebook
Public Services Facebook

Art deco-style cocktail bar Public Services is housed on the first floor of the 1884 Cotton Exchange building and carefully preserves its old world charm. The striking arches, gilded accents and plush seating will certainly take any date’s breath away, as will the boutique assortment of wines, beers, ciders and mixed drinks chosen by alcohol ingénue/sommelier Justin Vann and snacks from culinary virtuoso Justin Yu.

202 Travis St Suite 100
Houston, TX 77002

13. Captain Foxheart's Bad News Bar & Spirit Lodge

308 Main St, Houston, TX 77002
Captain Foxhearts/Facebook

Be prepared to leave a tad boozed up when visiting Justin Burrow’s undeniably cool downtown bar. The night will start with a dark, weathered staircase that leads to a massive 25 seat bar surrounded by more intimate nooks and crannies. End the night outside on small balcony space to enjoy an expertly mixed libation, cigarette and maybe a smooch.

308 Main St
Houston, TX 77002

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