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Traveler’s Table offers an assortment of delicious cuisines — all under one roof.
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22 Excellent Montrose Restaurants

When hanging in Montrose, restaurants like Traveler’s Table, Ostia, Candente, and Marmo are a must.

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Traveler’s Table offers an assortment of delicious cuisines — all under one roof.
| Debora Smail for Traveler’s Table

With its tree-lined streets, historic homes, and a plethora of walkable terrain, the Montrose neighborhood has long been one of Houston’s best and bustling dining destinations. The options range from quirky pizza joints and splashy European eateries to Mediterranean and Thai, also earning it the reputation for not only being one of the most delicious areas in H-town, but also one of the most diverse.

Though the now-closed UB Preserv and former location of Georgia James have been nixed from the list, there are still plenty of options to choose from, including must-try destinations like Traveler’s Table, Marmo, Candente, and Ostia.

Whether in search of puffy pastries, killer bowls of pasta, barbecue, or a juicy burger, use this map of Montrose to fulfill your craving.

Don’t see your favorite Montrose mainstay on the list? Shout it out in the comments.

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Khun Kay

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This unassuming spot has some of the best Thai food in the Montrose. You can’t go wrong with any of the standards, from tom yum soup, pad thai, papaya salad, and nam sod.

Lankford's Grocery & Market

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Tucked just between East Montrose and the towering apartments of Midtown, Lankford Grocery has been serving some of the city’s best juicy, cheesy hamburgers since 1938. This place is a decidedly low-key affair — they’re only open for lunch, and only take cash, so plan ahead.

Chef Travis McShane brings comforting Mediterranean fare with an Italian touch, with classics like roasted lemon chicken, pillowy gnocchi, crisp salads, and a rotating menu of pasta dishes. Stop by for lunch with friends and enjoy the $35 multi-course family-style meal, served with the wood-fired pizza, which is only available during lunch hours.

Niko Niko's

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Niko Niko’s is a quintessential Montrose favorite for Greek food lovers. Chow down on spinach and feta stuffed spanakopita, succulent lamb gyros, falafel platters, and paprika potatoes.

The Burger Joint

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The brains behind The Burger Joint continue to expand their Houston footprint, but the original Montrose location still has all the charms of its namesake neighborhood. Try the kimchi burger, topped with pickled cabbage, Korean barbecue-style beef, and a fried egg, or the indulgent Smoke Stack burger, which is topped with pulled pork, mac and cheese, a fried egg, slaw, and garlic aioli. Don’t forget a side of sweet potato or hand-cut fries, which can be loaded with bacon-parmesan or chili queso.

The city has no shortage of Italian spots, but Marmo adds a slightly different vibe, with live music played at their grand piano, and an array of juicy dry-aged meats, most of which are cut in house. Start with the unbelievably tender Tuscan fried chicken, served with a garlic aioli, before diving into a bowl of rich squid ink campanelle with blue crab that’s folded in a uni cream sauce with chiles and basil. Don’t skip dessert. The delicate tiramisu is some of the best in town.

Aladdin

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This Mediterranean institution is a favorite of both chefs and Montrose locals thanks in large part to its massive portions and perfect pita bread, made in-house. Try the lamb kabobs or a gyro platter paired with tons of fresh sides like caramelized onion hummus, beet-jicama salad, pomegranate eggplant stew, and saffron rice.

Traveler's Table

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Travel around the globe without leaving your seat at this dining destination. Venture East with dishes like the crab samosas, softshell crab Pad Thai, or butter chicken; to Africa, with the Moroccan lamb tagine softshell or Nigerian Suya skewers; or opt for the Caribbean with braised oxtails and jerk chicken. And don’t forget its brunch — offered Friday through Sunday, it’s one of the best in the city.

This Austin import serves some of the most creative seafood and sushi in the city, from spicy crunchy tuna maki to its beloved hama chili dish, made with yellowtail, ponzu, and Thai chili. Its meatless dishes also aim to impress. Try the kabocha tempura, a fried Japanese pumpkin, tempura, or the savory bok choy, slathered in cashew butter, lime, and tomato.

Blacksmith

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Delicious cups of joe and perfect espresso drinks await at this Montrose coffeehouse staple. Pair your brew of choice with a homemade warm, crumbly biscuit topped with marmalade and créme fraiche.

Vinoteca Poscol

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This beloved Italian eatery has a loyal following, but it’s not a typical red sauce joint. Find an excellent selection of salumi, finger sandwiches, and flatbreads perfect for pairing with wine, or dig into a heartier option like Sicilian-style barbecue pork ribs.

Chef Ryan LaChaine's Montrose eatery serves up a bright and fresh menu of globally-influenced dishes, including plates like shrimp kimchi carbonara, mushroom empanadas with mascarpone and chimichurri, maple-mustard pork loin, and tater tots topped with creme fraiche and caviar.

Acme Oyster House

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This storied New Orleans located in the former Tower Theater, serves up all manner of Cajun fare. In addition to oysters (raw, fried, chargrilled) you’ll also find staples like fish Pontchartrain, peacemaker po’boys packed with shrimp and oysters, butter beans, gumbo, and seafood etouffee.

Love Buzz

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There's really nothing more wonderful than pizza, booze, and nostalgia in one, and Love Buzz brings all those things together. Enjoy an extra-large “el jefe” slice of cheese or pepperoni with a game of skeeball. Or, go for the full pizzas, like the breakfast-inspired Wake and Bake, topped with hash browns, bacon, and fried eggs, or the classic Kushmaster pie, topped with mozzarella, basil, provolone, olive oil, and a swirl of marinara, while you listen to tunes of your choice on the jukebox.

Rosie Cannonball

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Rosie Cannonball’s European comfort food — including Basque-style grilled chicken and penne alla vodka, is worth a visit alone, but the drink menu, featuring adorable illustrations of the cocktails, is just as endearing. Classics include the Cannonball G&T or the Rosie’s Ranch Water, and more daring options the “Wonderful Performance,” an ensemble of vodka, pineapple, citrus, and egg white. Skipping the alcohol? Go for its “free-spirited” sips, like the “In a Snapple,” a combination of cucumber shrub, lemon, sage, effervescence, and elderflower tonic.

Montrose institution Hugo’s has one of the city’s finest Mexican brunches, inspired by Mexico City.

Enjoy the restaurant’s delicious carnitas, chilaquiles, chorizo-stuffed chiles, ceviche, tres leches, and sugary cinnamon churros, and don’t forget the mezcal margaritas.

Common Bond Cafe & Bakery

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This central Montrose bakery is packed with buttery, sugary treats to satisfy even the pickiest of pastry enthusiasts. Try the giant flaky croissants, breakfast sandwiches oozing with gooey broken yolk, cinnamon sugar-dusted kugelhopf, and award-winning breads that sell out in hours daily.

Paulie's Restaurant

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There's nothing more comforting than a bowl of pasta, and Paulie's makes some of the best in Montrose. Try the rigatoni bolognese and a killer Caesar salad, then grab a few house-baked cookies for dessert or a late-night snack.

Bistro Menil

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In the shadow of the gorgeous Renzo Piano-designed modern art museum, Bistro Menil’s welcoming patio makes a perfect place to stop for a pre- or post-gallery visit. Dishes include patatas bravas with duck egg, seared sous-vide chicken with lemon and thyme, and crispy duck confit with pink peppercorn butter. Drinks-wise, try a cask wine or a cocktail made with house vermouth.

Nobie's

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Now one of the neighborhood’s most beloved eateries, Nobie offers dishes like a sinfully-cheesy spinach dip with focaccia, crispy fried chicken skins doused in honey, and the longtime favorite Nonno’s pasta, consisting of tagliatelle smothered in a 36-hour, slow-cooked bolognese sauce. Vegetarian dishes and shareable plates, like the curry gnocchi complemented with a pistachio mint pesto, and its selection of cocktails, whiskey, and agave-based spirits are no less impressive.

The Pit Room

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Three words: brisket fat tortillas. In addition to the succulent barbecue staples like beef and pork ribs, smoked brisket, and black pepper venison sausage with various sides of your choice, find chicken verde or pulled pork tucked into these perfectly soft, slightly smoky tortillas. The delightfully messy Fritos chili pie is not to be missed, either.

Candente

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In Houston, where Tex-Mex and barbecue choices run rampant, choosing between the two can be difficult. But at Cadente, you can have both. The restaurant combines the two, using its sister establishment, the Pit Room, to supply the smoked meats like fall-of-the-bone ribs and tender brisket that make for intoxicating fajitas, tacos, bulky burritos, enchiladas, and more. Cool down with its tequila- or mezcal-based margaritas, flavorful frozens, or sangrias, and be careful not to fill up on the addicting chips and salsa.

Khun Kay

This unassuming spot has some of the best Thai food in the Montrose. You can’t go wrong with any of the standards, from tom yum soup, pad thai, papaya salad, and nam sod.

Lankford's Grocery & Market

Tucked just between East Montrose and the towering apartments of Midtown, Lankford Grocery has been serving some of the city’s best juicy, cheesy hamburgers since 1938. This place is a decidedly low-key affair — they’re only open for lunch, and only take cash, so plan ahead.

Ostia

Chef Travis McShane brings comforting Mediterranean fare with an Italian touch, with classics like roasted lemon chicken, pillowy gnocchi, crisp salads, and a rotating menu of pasta dishes. Stop by for lunch with friends and enjoy the $35 multi-course family-style meal, served with the wood-fired pizza, which is only available during lunch hours.

Niko Niko's

Niko Niko’s is a quintessential Montrose favorite for Greek food lovers. Chow down on spinach and feta stuffed spanakopita, succulent lamb gyros, falafel platters, and paprika potatoes.

The Burger Joint

The brains behind The Burger Joint continue to expand their Houston footprint, but the original Montrose location still has all the charms of its namesake neighborhood. Try the kimchi burger, topped with pickled cabbage, Korean barbecue-style beef, and a fried egg, or the indulgent Smoke Stack burger, which is topped with pulled pork, mac and cheese, a fried egg, slaw, and garlic aioli. Don’t forget a side of sweet potato or hand-cut fries, which can be loaded with bacon-parmesan or chili queso.

Marmo

The city has no shortage of Italian spots, but Marmo adds a slightly different vibe, with live music played at their grand piano, and an array of juicy dry-aged meats, most of which are cut in house. Start with the unbelievably tender Tuscan fried chicken, served with a garlic aioli, before diving into a bowl of rich squid ink campanelle with blue crab that’s folded in a uni cream sauce with chiles and basil. Don’t skip dessert. The delicate tiramisu is some of the best in town.

Aladdin

This Mediterranean institution is a favorite of both chefs and Montrose locals thanks in large part to its massive portions and perfect pita bread, made in-house. Try the lamb kabobs or a gyro platter paired with tons of fresh sides like caramelized onion hummus, beet-jicama salad, pomegranate eggplant stew, and saffron rice.

Traveler's Table

Travel around the globe without leaving your seat at this dining destination. Venture East with dishes like the crab samosas, softshell crab Pad Thai, or butter chicken; to Africa, with the Moroccan lamb tagine softshell or Nigerian Suya skewers; or opt for the Caribbean with braised oxtails and jerk chicken. And don’t forget its brunch — offered Friday through Sunday, it’s one of the best in the city.

Uchi

This Austin import serves some of the most creative seafood and sushi in the city, from spicy crunchy tuna maki to its beloved hama chili dish, made with yellowtail, ponzu, and Thai chili. Its meatless dishes also aim to impress. Try the kabocha tempura, a fried Japanese pumpkin, tempura, or the savory bok choy, slathered in cashew butter, lime, and tomato.

Blacksmith

Delicious cups of joe and perfect espresso drinks await at this Montrose coffeehouse staple. Pair your brew of choice with a homemade warm, crumbly biscuit topped with marmalade and créme fraiche.

Vinoteca Poscol

This beloved Italian eatery has a loyal following, but it’s not a typical red sauce joint. Find an excellent selection of salumi, finger sandwiches, and flatbreads perfect for pairing with wine, or dig into a heartier option like Sicilian-style barbecue pork ribs.

Riel

Chef Ryan LaChaine's Montrose eatery serves up a bright and fresh menu of globally-influenced dishes, including plates like shrimp kimchi carbonara, mushroom empanadas with mascarpone and chimichurri, maple-mustard pork loin, and tater tots topped with creme fraiche and caviar.

Acme Oyster House

This storied New Orleans located in the former Tower Theater, serves up all manner of Cajun fare. In addition to oysters (raw, fried, chargrilled) you’ll also find staples like fish Pontchartrain, peacemaker po’boys packed with shrimp and oysters, butter beans, gumbo, and seafood etouffee.

Love Buzz

There's really nothing more wonderful than pizza, booze, and nostalgia in one, and Love Buzz brings all those things together. Enjoy an extra-large “el jefe” slice of cheese or pepperoni with a game of skeeball. Or, go for the full pizzas, like the breakfast-inspired Wake and Bake, topped with hash browns, bacon, and fried eggs, or the classic Kushmaster pie, topped with mozzarella, basil, provolone, olive oil, and a swirl of marinara, while you listen to tunes of your choice on the jukebox.

Rosie Cannonball

Rosie Cannonball’s European comfort food — including Basque-style grilled chicken and penne alla vodka, is worth a visit alone, but the drink menu, featuring adorable illustrations of the cocktails, is just as endearing. Classics include the Cannonball G&T or the Rosie’s Ranch Water, and more daring options the “Wonderful Performance,” an ensemble of vodka, pineapple, citrus, and egg white. Skipping the alcohol? Go for its “free-spirited” sips, like the “In a Snapple,” a combination of cucumber shrub, lemon, sage, effervescence, and elderflower tonic.

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Hugo's

Montrose institution Hugo’s has one of the city’s finest Mexican brunches, inspired by Mexico City.

Enjoy the restaurant’s delicious carnitas, chilaquiles, chorizo-stuffed chiles, ceviche, tres leches, and sugary cinnamon churros, and don’t forget the mezcal margaritas.

Common Bond Cafe & Bakery

This central Montrose bakery is packed with buttery, sugary treats to satisfy even the pickiest of pastry enthusiasts. Try the giant flaky croissants, breakfast sandwiches oozing with gooey broken yolk, cinnamon sugar-dusted kugelhopf, and award-winning breads that sell out in hours daily.

Paulie's Restaurant

There's nothing more comforting than a bowl of pasta, and Paulie's makes some of the best in Montrose. Try the rigatoni bolognese and a killer Caesar salad, then grab a few house-baked cookies for dessert or a late-night snack.

Bistro Menil

In the shadow of the gorgeous Renzo Piano-designed modern art museum, Bistro Menil’s welcoming patio makes a perfect place to stop for a pre- or post-gallery visit. Dishes include patatas bravas with duck egg, seared sous-vide chicken with lemon and thyme, and crispy duck confit with pink peppercorn butter. Drinks-wise, try a cask wine or a cocktail made with house vermouth.

Nobie's

Now one of the neighborhood’s most beloved eateries, Nobie offers dishes like a sinfully-cheesy spinach dip with focaccia, crispy fried chicken skins doused in honey, and the longtime favorite Nonno’s pasta, consisting of tagliatelle smothered in a 36-hour, slow-cooked bolognese sauce. Vegetarian dishes and shareable plates, like the curry gnocchi complemented with a pistachio mint pesto, and its selection of cocktails, whiskey, and agave-based spirits are no less impressive.

The Pit Room

Three words: brisket fat tortillas. In addition to the succulent barbecue staples like beef and pork ribs, smoked brisket, and black pepper venison sausage with various sides of your choice, find chicken verde or pulled pork tucked into these perfectly soft, slightly smoky tortillas. The delightfully messy Fritos chili pie is not to be missed, either.

Candente

In Houston, where Tex-Mex and barbecue choices run rampant, choosing between the two can be difficult. But at Cadente, you can have both. The restaurant combines the two, using its sister establishment, the Pit Room, to supply the smoked meats like fall-of-the-bone ribs and tender brisket that make for intoxicating fajitas, tacos, bulky burritos, enchiladas, and more. Cool down with its tequila- or mezcal-based margaritas, flavorful frozens, or sangrias, and be careful not to fill up on the addicting chips and salsa.

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