Best Top Chef Restaurants In Houston

May 26, 2011 8:41 AM

There are thousands of places to eat in Houston, from friendly burger joints to upscale eateries, but if you are looking to experience the best that the city has to offer, you’ll want to pick a place with an experienced chef. In true Texas fashion, the best top chef restaurants in Houston serve up fresh seafood, Mediterranean-style dishes and authentic Mexican fare. — Amber Hilton

Reef (Bryan Caswell)

2600 Travis @ McGowen
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 526-8282

For one of the best top chef restaurants in Houston, look no further than Reef in Midtown. Top chef Bryan Caswell (formerly of Bank) is known for whipping up some of the most inventive, globally-inspired seafood in the nation, let alone the city. Reed and Caswell have been the recipients of numerous awards and accolades and have been featured in top publications like the New York Times. Chef Caswell was named among the top 10 best new chefs by Food & Wine Magazine in 2009, and Bon Appetite Magazine ranked Reef number one among the best seafood restaurants in the U.S. More recently, Bryan can be seen battling it out for the honor of The Next Iron Chef in the popular reality TV series. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Closed on Sundays.

Hugo’s (Hugo Ortega)

1600 Westheimer
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 524-7744

If you like fresh Mexican cuisine, you’ll want to visit Chef Hugo Ortega at Hugo’s on Westheimer. This Mexico City-born culinary mastermind, together with Houston restaurateur Tracy Vaught, whips up a menu described as “Authentic Regional Mexican Cuisine.” After relocating from Mexico, Chef Ortega worked his way up the ranks in Houston, starting as a busboy at the Backstreet Caf・and working in the kitchen at Prego – both sister restaurants of Hugo’s owned by Vaught. All that hard work has paid off, as Hugo was recently named Chef of the Year by My Table magazine, and Hugo’s is widely considered one of the best dining experiences in all of Houston. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Pesce (Mark Holley)

3029 Kirby Drive
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 522-4858

Commonly considered one of the best chef’s in H-Town, Mark Holley is currently lending his culinary skills to Pesce, one of the finest seafood restaurants in the city. Both Pesce and Holley have been the recipients of various awards and accolades, including several “best chef” awards from My Table and Inside Houston. In addition to great food, Pesce offers an elegant dining room with a marble oyster bar, wave-like ceiling design, large aquarium and other ocean-inspired elements. Expect fresh seafood, Mediterranean fare and impeccable service. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Reservations are recommended.

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