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16 Standout Seafood Restaurants in Houston

Pier 6, Christie’s Seafood, and Caracol promise some of the best seafood in the Houston area

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Thanks to its proximity to the Gulf Coast and the discerning palates of the diners who inhabit it, Houston is a true seafood destination. In addition to top-quality Gulf Coast classics, like char-grilled oysters and shrimp en brochette, the city’s best seafood restaurants import fresh fish, crab, lobster, and more fruits of the sea from across the globe.

As such, Houston’s best seafood restaurants can satisfy pretty much any craving. The options are vast, which means it’s sometimes good to switch up the go-tos. As a result, this list has been updated, removing Liberty Kitchen, but making way for Truluck’s flagship and James Beard Award-nominated seafood haven, Pier 6.

Whether in search of a laid-back spot for slurping freshly shucked oysters or a luxurious dinner of crab, uni, and lobster, these 16 establishments will definitely fit the bill.

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1. Captain Tom's Seafood & Oyster

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20525 Katy Fwy
Katy, TX 77450
(281) 829-6407

With three locations in the Houston area, this beloved seafood spot is a favorite among seafood obsessives who want to dig into well-priced and perfectly shucked Gulf oysters, stuffed crab, and deep-fried shrimp. The micheladas, served in massive mugs and made with the beer of your choice, are essential. 

2. 1751 Sea and Bar

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191 Heights Blvd
Houston, TX 77007
(832) 831-9820
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This chic seafood spot in the Heights serves a wide-ranging menu that includes East Coast oysters, Gulf fish, and Spanish octopus. Start with a selection of crab, crudos, and oysters from the raw bar or salt and pepper lobster in Indonesian sweet soy sauce. Then, dig into the grilled or crispy skin red snapper — both served with a grilled lemon and beurre monte.

3. La Fisheria

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213 Milam St
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 802-1712
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At this Downtown Houston seafood stalwart, ceviche, pan-seared pompano in butter-lime sauce, and sweet corn tamales with bacon and shrimp await, along with top-notch margaritas and plenty of cold beer.

4. Willie G's Seafood

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1640 W Loop S
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 840-7190
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A seafood splurge if there ever was one, Willie G’s is the place to ball out with an over-the-top feast. Start with Gulf or East Coast oysters, served freshly shucked or grilled with Thai chili and coconut milk (among other options), then feast on hamachi crudo, sushi rolls, and lavish seafood towers piled high with king crab, lobster, oysters, and cocktail shrimp. As far as the entrees are concerned, crawfish etouffee and West African salt prawns served with fried rice are solid options.

5. Eugene's Gulf Coast Cuisine

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1985 Welch St
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 807-8883
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With seafood classics like shrimp en brochette, tasso-topped oysters, and redfish stuffed with blue crab, this restaurant formerly known as Danton’s Gulf Coast Seafood is better than ever. Kick off the evening with oyster shooters, laced with Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce or lime and cilantro.

6. Caracol Restaurant

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2200 Post Oak Blvd #160
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 622-9996
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A seafood feast packed with coastal Mexican flavors awaits at chef Hugo Ortega’s seafood-focused restaurant. Start dinner with red snapper ceviche served with pineapple, coconut, and habanero, then dig into heartier offerings like fire-roasted lobster served with beans and rice, and pan-seared scallops, served in a creamy chipotle tomatillo with wild mushrooms and roasted cauliflower.

7. Brennan's of Houston

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3300 Smith St
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 522-9711
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An offshoot of New Orleans legend Commander’s Palace that’s been open in Houston for more than 40 years, Brennan’s is the definition of a local icon. Try the famed snapping turtle soup, shrimp remoulade, and filé gumbo.

8. State of Grace

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3258 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77098
(832) 942-5080
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One of the city’s finest spots to slurp oysters, State of Grace is a haven for seafood lovers. In addition to the stellar selection of bivalves and starters like the blue crab hushpuppies, consider hearth-roasted octopus in Thai curry vinaigrette, redfish on the half-shell, or diver scallops served with lobster veloute, okra, and eggplant.

9. Truluck's

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5350 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 783-7270
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Known for its meaty, pre-cracked crab claws, Truluck’s flagship captures the elegance of seafood. Start with a cold course, like the claws or the shrimp cocktail at its bar with the musings of a live piano performance before moving to the dining area for dishes like the rich, soul-warming lobster bisque or jumbo lump crab cake. You can’t go wrong with entrees like the miso-glazed seabass, served with crab fried rice, or the sesame seared tuna. Be sure to cement the night with a slice of its moist carrot cake.

10. Christie's Seafood & Steaks

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6029 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77057
(713) 978-6563
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Open for more than 100 years, Christie’s is a legendary name in Houston’s seafood scene. The menu is extensive, with everything from oysters Thermidor to boiled Gulf shrimp and blackened catch-of-the-day. The oyster stew, a creamy bowl full of tender oysters that was reportedly President George H.W, Bush’s favorite, is a must on the starters menu.

11. Kata Robata

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3600 Kirby Dr suite h
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 526-8858
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Thanks to top-quality proteins ranging from fresh red snapper to uni imported from Hokkaido, Kata Robata reigns as one of the city’s top sushi restaurants. Order the octopus crudo, and super-fresh sashimi options like seared bluefin toro and madai garnished with Kaluga caviar. And if you can’t get enough of shellfish, order the lobster and crab ramen or the comforting miso lobster and crab mac and cheese.

12. Goode Company Seafood

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2621 Westpark Dr
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 523-7154
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An ode to the bounty of the Gulf Coast, Goode Company’s seafood dishes span a wide range of culinary influences. From creamy smoked redfish dip and red fish beignets to Mexican-style shrimp cocktail, Mesquite-grilled oysters, and catfish po’ boys, there’s something on the menu here that will satisfy any seafood craving.

13. Hai Cang Harbor

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11768 Bellaire Blvd #2452
Houston, TX 77072
(281) 564-4288
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With a truly extensive menu of Vietnamese-inflected seafood dishes that change with the seasons, Hai Cang is the definition of a seafood destination. Try surf clams in XO sauce, tamarind king lobster, or kung pao squid, and keep an eye out for seasonal favorites like geoduck sashimi and curry-sauced crabs.

14. Crawfish & Noodles

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11360 Bellaire Blvd #990
Houston, TX 77072
(281) 988-8098
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Arguably the most iconic establishment in Houston’s thriving Viet-Cajun crawfish scene, the mudbugs are always buttery and spicy at this James Beard Award-nominated seafood spot off of Bellaire Boulevard. The crawfish is stellar, of course, but look deeper into the menu for stunners like tamarind crab, Cajun-style clams, and Vietnamese classics like pho, fried rice, and hotpot.

15. Lotus Seafood

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8550 S Braeswood Blvd F
Houston, TX 77071
(713) 270-7987
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With four locations across the Houston area, Lotus Seafood is always around when a seafood craving strikes. It’s impossible to go wrong with the fried shrimp, oysters, or catfish, and the market-priced snow crab and crawfish are solid. Add a couple of sides of Louisiana fried rice for a true Houston experience.

16. Pier 6

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113 6th St
San Leon, TX 77539
(281) 339-1515
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Overlooking the Gulf, Pier 6 offers fresh catches with a remarkable view. Guests can munch on lobster rolls or fried oyster tacos at brunch, and enjoy wood-grilled filets, lobster cob salad, gumbo, fried po’ boys, and more for lunch. Dinner offers an even greater selection, with starters like crawfish empanadas, and main courses like chili-marinated shrimp with turmeric rice and crispy red snapper served with etouffee.

1. Captain Tom's Seafood & Oyster

20525 Katy Fwy, Katy, TX 77450

With three locations in the Houston area, this beloved seafood spot is a favorite among seafood obsessives who want to dig into well-priced and perfectly shucked Gulf oysters, stuffed crab, and deep-fried shrimp. The micheladas, served in massive mugs and made with the beer of your choice, are essential. 

20525 Katy Fwy
Katy, TX 77450

2. 1751 Sea and Bar

191 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77007

This chic seafood spot in the Heights serves a wide-ranging menu that includes East Coast oysters, Gulf fish, and Spanish octopus. Start with a selection of crab, crudos, and oysters from the raw bar or salt and pepper lobster in Indonesian sweet soy sauce. Then, dig into the grilled or crispy skin red snapper — both served with a grilled lemon and beurre monte.

191 Heights Blvd
Houston, TX 77007

3. La Fisheria

213 Milam St, Houston, TX 77002

At this Downtown Houston seafood stalwart, ceviche, pan-seared pompano in butter-lime sauce, and sweet corn tamales with bacon and shrimp await, along with top-notch margaritas and plenty of cold beer.

213 Milam St
Houston, TX 77002

4. Willie G's Seafood

1640 W Loop S, Houston, TX 77027

A seafood splurge if there ever was one, Willie G’s is the place to ball out with an over-the-top feast. Start with Gulf or East Coast oysters, served freshly shucked or grilled with Thai chili and coconut milk (among other options), then feast on hamachi crudo, sushi rolls, and lavish seafood towers piled high with king crab, lobster, oysters, and cocktail shrimp. As far as the entrees are concerned, crawfish etouffee and West African salt prawns served with fried rice are solid options.

1640 W Loop S
Houston, TX 77027

5. Eugene's Gulf Coast Cuisine

1985 Welch St, Houston, TX 77019

With seafood classics like shrimp en brochette, tasso-topped oysters, and redfish stuffed with blue crab, this restaurant formerly known as Danton’s Gulf Coast Seafood is better than ever. Kick off the evening with oyster shooters, laced with Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce or lime and cilantro.

1985 Welch St
Houston, TX 77019

6. Caracol Restaurant

2200 Post Oak Blvd #160, Houston, TX 77056

A seafood feast packed with coastal Mexican flavors awaits at chef Hugo Ortega’s seafood-focused restaurant. Start dinner with red snapper ceviche served with pineapple, coconut, and habanero, then dig into heartier offerings like fire-roasted lobster served with beans and rice, and pan-seared scallops, served in a creamy chipotle tomatillo with wild mushrooms and roasted cauliflower.

2200 Post Oak Blvd #160
Houston, TX 77056

7. Brennan's of Houston

3300 Smith St, Houston, TX 77006

An offshoot of New Orleans legend Commander’s Palace that’s been open in Houston for more than 40 years, Brennan’s is the definition of a local icon. Try the famed snapping turtle soup, shrimp remoulade, and filé gumbo.

3300 Smith St
Houston, TX 77006

8. State of Grace

3258 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098

One of the city’s finest spots to slurp oysters, State of Grace is a haven for seafood lovers. In addition to the stellar selection of bivalves and starters like the blue crab hushpuppies, consider hearth-roasted octopus in Thai curry vinaigrette, redfish on the half-shell, or diver scallops served with lobster veloute, okra, and eggplant.

3258 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77098

9. Truluck's

5350 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77056

Known for its meaty, pre-cracked crab claws, Truluck’s flagship captures the elegance of seafood. Start with a cold course, like the claws or the shrimp cocktail at its bar with the musings of a live piano performance before moving to the dining area for dishes like the rich, soul-warming lobster bisque or jumbo lump crab cake. You can’t go wrong with entrees like the miso-glazed seabass, served with crab fried rice, or the sesame seared tuna. Be sure to cement the night with a slice of its moist carrot cake.

5350 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77056

10. Christie's Seafood & Steaks

6029 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77057

Open for more than 100 years, Christie’s is a legendary name in Houston’s seafood scene. The menu is extensive, with everything from oysters Thermidor to boiled Gulf shrimp and blackened catch-of-the-day. The oyster stew, a creamy bowl full of tender oysters that was reportedly President George H.W, Bush’s favorite, is a must on the starters menu.

6029 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77057

11. Kata Robata

3600 Kirby Dr suite h, Houston, TX 77098

Thanks to top-quality proteins ranging from fresh red snapper to uni imported from Hokkaido, Kata Robata reigns as one of the city’s top sushi restaurants. Order the octopus crudo, and super-fresh sashimi options like seared bluefin toro and madai garnished with Kaluga caviar. And if you can’t get enough of shellfish, order the lobster and crab ramen or the comforting miso lobster and crab mac and cheese.

3600 Kirby Dr suite h
Houston, TX 77098

12. Goode Company Seafood

2621 Westpark Dr, Houston, TX 77098

An ode to the bounty of the Gulf Coast, Goode Company’s seafood dishes span a wide range of culinary influences. From creamy smoked redfish dip and red fish beignets to Mexican-style shrimp cocktail, Mesquite-grilled oysters, and catfish po’ boys, there’s something on the menu here that will satisfy any seafood craving.

2621 Westpark Dr
Houston, TX 77098

13. Hai Cang Harbor

11768 Bellaire Blvd #2452, Houston, TX 77072

With a truly extensive menu of Vietnamese-inflected seafood dishes that change with the seasons, Hai Cang is the definition of a seafood destination. Try surf clams in XO sauce, tamarind king lobster, or kung pao squid, and keep an eye out for seasonal favorites like geoduck sashimi and curry-sauced crabs.

11768 Bellaire Blvd #2452
Houston, TX 77072

14. Crawfish & Noodles

11360 Bellaire Blvd #990, Houston, TX 77072

Arguably the most iconic establishment in Houston’s thriving Viet-Cajun crawfish scene, the mudbugs are always buttery and spicy at this James Beard Award-nominated seafood spot off of Bellaire Boulevard. The crawfish is stellar, of course, but look deeper into the menu for stunners like tamarind crab, Cajun-style clams, and Vietnamese classics like pho, fried rice, and hotpot.

11360 Bellaire Blvd #990
Houston, TX 77072

15. Lotus Seafood

8550 S Braeswood Blvd F, Houston, TX 77071

With four locations across the Houston area, Lotus Seafood is always around when a seafood craving strikes. It’s impossible to go wrong with the fried shrimp, oysters, or catfish, and the market-priced snow crab and crawfish are solid. Add a couple of sides of Louisiana fried rice for a true Houston experience.

8550 S Braeswood Blvd F
Houston, TX 77071

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16. Pier 6

113 6th St, San Leon, TX 77539

Overlooking the Gulf, Pier 6 offers fresh catches with a remarkable view. Guests can munch on lobster rolls or fried oyster tacos at brunch, and enjoy wood-grilled filets, lobster cob salad, gumbo, fried po’ boys, and more for lunch. Dinner offers an even greater selection, with starters like crawfish empanadas, and main courses like chili-marinated shrimp with turmeric rice and crispy red snapper served with etouffee.

113 6th St
San Leon, TX 77539

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