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Houston’s Best Options for Dining With a Crowd

10 of the best spots for group hangouts

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The holiday season lends itself to large family gatherings, group dinners, and even belated Friendsgivings. For those unlucky chumps who got left configuring the details for the whole gang, no fear.

Here’s a list of solid locations for group hangouts, including new spots around town and beloved favorites that can accommodate large parties. Note: many locations will require reservations or at least a point person to scope out a spot in advance for parties over six people. Here are 10 ideas on where to dine out with whole crew.

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1. Moxie's Grill & Bar

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5000 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77056
(346) 571-6164
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Moxie’s Grill & Bar is a two-story haven for group gatherings. The space recently opened in the Galleria area, and features two indoor bars, one outdoor bar area, an open kitchen, outdoor fireplace and plenty of seating.

Chow down on a plethora of items from seared ginger tuna salad to beef vindaloo to Southern fried chicken. The drink list is just as long, from local beers to a signature avocado gimlet. Call in to book a few tables for parties of six and up.

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2. B&B Butchers & Restaurant

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1814 Washington Ave
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 862-1814
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Acclaimed steakhouse B&B Butchers has three private dining rooms for the more extravagant party-planner (a.k.a., someone that is willing to pay to reserve a space). Each room offers something different: the restaurant’s rooftop patio features breathtaking views of downtown Houston, the elegant upstairs dining area seats 60, and another space dubbed “The Butcher Shop” is a cozy area fit for 20. Call to make reservations and have that credit card ready.

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3. Maison Pucha Bistro

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1001 Studewood St Suite A
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 637-4976
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The colossal space inside Black & White has been taken over by Maison Pucha Bistro, where French fare and a large, airy interior await. Gather your bougiest friends to enjoy traditional French dishes including ratatouille, duck confit, trout almondine, and coq au vine from Chef Manuel Pucha of Phillipe and La Table fame.

The restaurant is now open for dinner on Tuesday through Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m., Friday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. Call in advance for reservations.

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4. Cottonwood

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3422 N Shepherd Dr
Houston, TX 77018
(713) 802-0410
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Old-timer (by Houston standards) Cottonwood is a popular spot in Garden Oaks/Oak Forest for drinks. Deck games, more than 30 taps, an outdoor bar, and 55-inch LCD screens await groups.

Send someone out in to scope out a spot on weekends and game days — and be sure to check Cottonwood’s Facebook page to ensure special events such as crawfish boils, game tournaments or live music won’t crowd the space.

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5. Roka Akor

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2929 Weslayan St #100
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 622-1777
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Japanese fine dining restaurant Roka Akor opened up its Houston outpost a few months ago and continues to live up to the hype. There are several seating options here for private dining, including the chef’s table which seats 12 to 14 guests, the private Ro & Ka room which seats up to 20 guests, and the Roka room which seats up to 60 guests. Make online reservations for up to eight people, while groups larger than that require a phone call for reservations.

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6. Axelrad Beer Garden

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1517 Alabama St
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 597-8800
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Groups can laze around in hammocks and enjoy live music at this spacious watering hole. Order up whole pizzas from adjacent Luigi’s Pizzeria and choose between more than 30 different kinds of suds, including a number of locally brewed beers. Send in one of the gang early to hold down some seating.

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7. The Grove

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1611 Lamar St
Houston, TX 77010
(713) 337-7321
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Located in the epicenter of Discovery Green Park, The Grove is a great place to grab a bite, cocktail or brunch with a crew (while taking in the view). Arrive before 7 p.m. for clutch happy hour prices with $4 well drinks and nibbles under $10. Groups over six cannot make reservations online. The second-floor is the perfect spot to rent for a large party, since it accommodates 240 guests and features its own private deck.

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8. Karbach Brewing Co.

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2032 Karbach St
Houston, TX 77092
(713) 680-2739
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This Timbergrove brewery accommodates 185 people indoors and has a shaded biergarten for outdoor dining. The brewery has a full kitchen of goodies for beer pairings. Try brews like “Weekend Warrior,” “Love Street”, “Rodeo Clown,” and “Hopadillo” in addition to seasonal creations. It’s even possible to reserve seating through Opentable for large groups of up to 20 people.

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9. Caracol Restaurant

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2200 Post Oak Blvd #160
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 622-9996
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For a more upscale affair, Galleria area restaurant Caracol is ideal for noshing on Mexican coastal cuisine with a twist. Pro-tip: for those who call in, the restaurant will usually accommodate up to 10 people without a surcharge, or rent out the private 16-seat wine room. If its just a group of six, online reservations are a mere button push away.

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10. Kirby Ice House

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3333 Eastside St
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 524-2752
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Socializing is easy at Kirby Ice House with its 1-acre backyard where pups and 23+ are both permitted. Send a friend early to scope out the premises or call ahead to reserve a table or two for birthdays, engagement parties and the like. And no need to split the check: in addition to the more than 51 beers on tap, there are food trucks parked around the premises and a crawfish cart that dishes out spicy plates.

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1. Moxie's Grill & Bar

5000 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77056
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Moxie’s Grill & Bar is a two-story haven for group gatherings. The space recently opened in the Galleria area, and features two indoor bars, one outdoor bar area, an open kitchen, outdoor fireplace and plenty of seating.

Chow down on a plethora of items from seared ginger tuna salad to beef vindaloo to Southern fried chicken. The drink list is just as long, from local beers to a signature avocado gimlet. Call in to book a few tables for parties of six and up.

5000 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77056

2. B&B Butchers & Restaurant

1814 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007
B&B Butchers & Restaurant/Facebook

Acclaimed steakhouse B&B Butchers has three private dining rooms for the more extravagant party-planner (a.k.a., someone that is willing to pay to reserve a space). Each room offers something different: the restaurant’s rooftop patio features breathtaking views of downtown Houston, the elegant upstairs dining area seats 60, and another space dubbed “The Butcher Shop” is a cozy area fit for 20. Call to make reservations and have that credit card ready.

1814 Washington Ave
Houston, TX 77007

3. Maison Pucha Bistro

1001 Studewood St Suite A, Houston, TX 77008
Maison Pucha Bistro/Facebook

The colossal space inside Black & White has been taken over by Maison Pucha Bistro, where French fare and a large, airy interior await. Gather your bougiest friends to enjoy traditional French dishes including ratatouille, duck confit, trout almondine, and coq au vine from Chef Manuel Pucha of Phillipe and La Table fame.

The restaurant is now open for dinner on Tuesday through Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m., Friday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. Call in advance for reservations.

1001 Studewood St Suite A
Houston, TX 77008

4. Cottonwood

3422 N Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77018
Cottonwood/Facebook

Old-timer (by Houston standards) Cottonwood is a popular spot in Garden Oaks/Oak Forest for drinks. Deck games, more than 30 taps, an outdoor bar, and 55-inch LCD screens await groups.

Send someone out in to scope out a spot on weekends and game days — and be sure to check Cottonwood’s Facebook page to ensure special events such as crawfish boils, game tournaments or live music won’t crowd the space.

3422 N Shepherd Dr
Houston, TX 77018

5. Roka Akor

2929 Weslayan St #100, Houston, TX 77027
Roka Akor/Facebook

Japanese fine dining restaurant Roka Akor opened up its Houston outpost a few months ago and continues to live up to the hype. There are several seating options here for private dining, including the chef’s table which seats 12 to 14 guests, the private Ro & Ka room which seats up to 20 guests, and the Roka room which seats up to 60 guests. Make online reservations for up to eight people, while groups larger than that require a phone call for reservations.

2929 Weslayan St #100
Houston, TX 77027

6. Axelrad Beer Garden

1517 Alabama St, Houston, TX 77004
Axelrad Beer Garden/Facebook

Groups can laze around in hammocks and enjoy live music at this spacious watering hole. Order up whole pizzas from adjacent Luigi’s Pizzeria and choose between more than 30 different kinds of suds, including a number of locally brewed beers. Send in one of the gang early to hold down some seating.

1517 Alabama St
Houston, TX 77004

7. The Grove

1611 Lamar St, Houston, TX 77010
The Grove/Facebook

Located in the epicenter of Discovery Green Park, The Grove is a great place to grab a bite, cocktail or brunch with a crew (while taking in the view). Arrive before 7 p.m. for clutch happy hour prices with $4 well drinks and nibbles under $10. Groups over six cannot make reservations online. The second-floor is the perfect spot to rent for a large party, since it accommodates 240 guests and features its own private deck.

1611 Lamar St
Houston, TX 77010

8. Karbach Brewing Co.

2032 Karbach St, Houston, TX 77092
Karbach Brewing Co./Facebook

This Timbergrove brewery accommodates 185 people indoors and has a shaded biergarten for outdoor dining. The brewery has a full kitchen of goodies for beer pairings. Try brews like “Weekend Warrior,” “Love Street”, “Rodeo Clown,” and “Hopadillo” in addition to seasonal creations. It’s even possible to reserve seating through Opentable for large groups of up to 20 people.

2032 Karbach St
Houston, TX 77092

9. Caracol Restaurant

2200 Post Oak Blvd #160, Houston, TX 77056
Caracol/Facebook

For a more upscale affair, Galleria area restaurant Caracol is ideal for noshing on Mexican coastal cuisine with a twist. Pro-tip: for those who call in, the restaurant will usually accommodate up to 10 people without a surcharge, or rent out the private 16-seat wine room. If its just a group of six, online reservations are a mere button push away.

2200 Post Oak Blvd #160
Houston, TX 77056

10. Kirby Ice House

3333 Eastside St, Houston, TX 77098
Kirby Ice House/Facebook

Socializing is easy at Kirby Ice House with its 1-acre backyard where pups and 23+ are both permitted. Send a friend early to scope out the premises or call ahead to reserve a table or two for birthdays, engagement parties and the like. And no need to split the check: in addition to the more than 51 beers on tap, there are food trucks parked around the premises and a crawfish cart that dishes out spicy plates.

3333 Eastside St
Houston, TX 77098

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