Upscale Restaurants That Are Actually Worth It

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We know the struggle of finding a nice place to eat for dinner or a very special occasion, and that process can feel like forever! Then when you pick a place and it sucks, it’s even worse. That’s why we did the work for you and found the BEST upscale restaurants in Houston that are ACTUALLY worth it, saving you the time and money! Treat yourself to one of these amazing upscale restaurants.

Let’s start this list off right with Uchi, a delicious and great choice if you are a lover of sushi and fusion plates! Established in 2012, the menu features items curated by both Uchi and Uchiko in Austin, along with signature items prepared by chef de cuisine Shaun King. Enjoy their hand made rolls inside this upscale restaurant or in the comfort of your home with takeout. Make sure to take advantage of their happy hour daily from 4-6pm.

Sun–Thur | 4:00p.m.–10:00p.m.
Fri–Sat| 4:00p.m.–11:00p.m.

📍904 Westheimer Rd Suite A, Houston, TX 77006

We must say this one is popping right now. With not just amazing food and drinks, but the atmosphere is delightful and it’s the perfect place to take your instagrammable photos. Explore the world at Traveler’s Table through their modern hand-selected dishes from around the world. If you are someone that loves learning and understanding different cultures, this is the ideal place for you. 

Sun–Tue | 5:00p.m.–9:00p.m.
Wed–Thur| 5:00p.m.–10:00p.m.
Fri-Sat | 5:00p.m.–11:00p.m.

Fri–Sun |10:00a.m.–2:30p.m.

📍520 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

Gatsby’s is the right upscale restaurant for a special evening or event with an intimate environment! Gatsby’s has the finest steaks and high-quality seafood, their menu will satisfy any craving you or your loved ones may have. Make sure you try something from their extensive wine list and cocktails menu.

Mon | Closed
Tue–Thur | 5:00p.m.–10:00p.m.
Fri–Sat | 5:00p.m.–11:00p.m.
Sun | 5:00p.m.–9:00p.m.

📍4319 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006

Located right in the Galleria area, Joey Uptown is the perfect stop before or after your shopping adventures. Joey Uptown has everything from appetizers, to sushi, burgers, steak and more! We highly suggest taking advantage of their beautiful outdoor patio.

Sun–Thur| 11:00a.m.–12:00a.m.
Fri–Sat | 11:00a.m.–1:00a.m.

📍5045 Westheimer Rd Suite X-01, Houston, TX 77056


Dine like a star when you visit Nobu, known as one of the hottest restaurants in Malibu. This upscale Japanese restaurant is perfect for your upcoming event or if you just want to go all out! Nobu has everything from cold dishes, tacos, and sushi. Don’t forget to pair your meal with a glass or if you’re feeling fancy, a bottle of wine. 

Sun–Thur | 5:00p.m.–9:15p.m.
Fri–Sat | 5:00p.m.–10:15p.m.

📍5115 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77056


Are you a fan of the Astros? Then you’ll love Potente. Opened by the Astros owner, Potente has sophisticated Italian restaurant cuisine. Right across from Minute Maid Park, Potente is the perfect spot to stop at before or after a game. Tip, you must try their Truffle pasta named “one of the best pastas in the country” by Food Network! 

Mon–Thur | 5:00p.m.–10:00p.m.
Fri–Sat | 5:00p.m.–11:00p.m.
Sun | Closed

📍1515 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002

Now this restaurant has everything you need from coffee to the finest old world wine and a rustic inspired Portuguese menu. Choose from a tapas-style menu and for dessert make sure you try one of the best pastries in Portugal known as pastel de nata. This is the perfect place for vegetarians and meat lovers too!

Mon–Thur | 11:00a.m.–10:00p.m.
Fri–Sat | 11:00a.m.–10:30p.m.
Sun | 3:00p.m.–9:00p.m.

📍125 W Gray St #500, Houston, TX 77019

Hugo’s is a chef-kissed restaurant, a must visit in Montrose. Known for their delicious traditional styled Mexican brunch menu and drinks, chef Hugo Ortega brings the exciting and earthy flavors from across the border. Need a new brunch spot? Treat yourself to Hugo’s for brunch every Saturday and Sunday until 3pm!

Mon | Closed
Tue–Wed | 3:00p.m.–9:00p.m.
Thur | 11:30a.m.–9:00p.m.
Fri | 11:30a.m.–10:30p.m.
Sat | 11:00a.m.–10:30p.m.
Sun | 10:00a.m.–9:00p.m.

📍1600 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

Passed down for generations, BCN Taste and Tradition is a salute to Barcelona and a mesh of traditional and modern Spanish cuisine. Head Chef Luis Roger brings decades of experience to the table. Chef and the owner both know how to showcase Spain to Houston and is a must upscale restaurant to visit if you are a fan of culture and food. 

Sun | Closed
Mon–Thur | 5:00p.m.–9:30p.m.
Fri–Sat | 5:00p.m.–10:30p.m.

📍4210 Roseland St, Houston, TX 77006

You’ve heard this name previously…award-winning chef Hugo Ortega brings another mind blowing restaurant to Houston. Xochi celebrates the culinary and richness of Oaxaca, Mexico! The menu features a wide variety of corn, masas, house made chocolate, cheese, and more!

Tue–Thur | 4:00p.m.–9:00p.m.
Fri–Sat | 11:30a.m.–10:00p.m.
Sun | 11:30a.m.–3:00p.m.

📍1777 Walker St, Houston, TX 77010

It’s mojito time at Backstreet Cafe! If you haven’t been, get your pals and get over here for Sunday brunch with live jazz, fantastic food, and all the drinks! Backstreet Cafe also has a New Orleans-style patio that is a must to go see and dine at!

Mon | Closed
Tue | 3:00p.m.–9:00p.m.
Wed–Thur | 11:30a.m.–9:00p.m.
Fri | 11:30a.m.–10:00p.m.
Sat | 10:00a.m.–10:00p.m.
Sun | 10:00a.m.-3:00p.m.

📍1103 S Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77019

It’s time to roll into our next upscale restaurant that is absolutely worth it! Kata Robata takes on both a modern and traditional approach to Japanese cuisine. With plenty of different options of sushi and sashimi, you are guaranteed to find your next favorite roll. Plus, Kata Robata has the finest selections of sake and Japanese whiskey in Texas. 

Mon–Fri | 11:30a.m.–3:00p.m.
Sat | Noon–3:00p.m.

Mon–Thur | 5:00p.m.–10:30p.m.
Fri–Sat | 5:00p.m.–11:00p.m.

All Day Dining
Sun | Noon–10:30p.m.
Sat | 10:00a.m.–10:00p.m.

📍3600 Kirby Dr suite h, Houston, TX 77098

Lastly, Eculent is the coolest and most unique restaurant you will ever dine in. Eculent was designed by chef Skinner with a high-tech, and soft environment. Using state-of-the-art technology, the restaurant comes alive with moving artwork on the walls and choreographed music that connects to the dishes. If you want to impress your date, this is the place!

Tue–Thur | 7:00p.m
Fri–Sat | 6:30p.m.
Sun–Mon |Closed

📍709 Harris Ave, Kemah, TX 77565

Upscale Restaurants in Houston

We hope you found a new favorite upscale restaurant that is actually worth it! We look forward to seeing you adventuring out and trying out one of these amazing upscale restaurants. Make sure to follow us on social for more stuff to do in Houston. Want to be featured? Tag us in your next post! 

Amira Elkurdi

Amira Elkurdi

Hi there! My name is Amira and I love to travel and find new places to see and things to do. It always excites me to go to a new bar or restaurant around the city and try new foods! I also have the cutest kitten named Milo and he is the craziest little thing. I enjoy working out, and spending time with my friends and family on the weekends.