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Diners' Choice: Best Value restaurants in Houston

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for the best value restaurants in Houston? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favourite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of The Cafe at Brookwood restaurant
4.9
4.9 (438)
$30 and under
American
West Side
About the restaurant
Bring the family and friends and come enjoy the spectacular garden views, complimented with exceptional cuisine created by our Chef Pablo and his team. We truly believe that our food, service, and ambiance can compete with any restaurant. Please dine with us…we think you will want to come again and bring your friends.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
My sister was visiting from Ohio. The food, atmosphere, and service was spectacular! My sister is a vegetarian and found plenty of choices. The bonus was the wonderful flowers and shopping we did afterwards.
A photo of Roost Houston restaurant
4.9
4.9 (489)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Heights / Washington
About the restaurant
Taking his passion and the experience he gained staging at Picholine in NYC and Madrona Manor in Napa along with his work at Brennan’s, Haven, Soma and most recently as consulting Chef for Saint Genevieve in West Ave, at 26-years-old Kevin Naderi opened his first restaurant, Roost in December, 2011. Roost’s 50-seat space is cozy and unpretentious amid walls paneled with old shutters and Edison-like light fixtures fashioned from gutter drains. Roost’s rustic and diverse menu is revised every three weeks, inspired by local availability of farm-fresh seasonal ingredients and flavors of the world including the American south, Asia and from the Middle East, taking advantage of Naderi’s Persian heritage. Says Naderi, “I’ve taken a little bit from everywhere I’ve worked. It’s a good showcase for what we do.”
Top review
MaryV
Dined 4 days ago
Roost is a welcoming and warm place. The staff is attentive and it’s a great atmosphere where everyone can enjoy their time together. Plus, the food is always so delicious.
A photo of Benihana - Houston, TX restaurant
4.9
4.9 (5276)
$30 and under
Japanese
Far Westheimer
About the restaurant
Welcome to Benihana, a dining experience unlike any other! Our guests are seated at communal tables in groups, where your personal chef will perform the ancient art of Teppanyaki. Watch as we slice and dice, preparing a meal that will dazzle your eyes as well taste buds, whether you choose mouth-watering steak, tender chicken or succulent seafood. You can also enjoy sushi prepared by a talented sushi chef and indulge in a specialty cocktail.
Top review
LeoD
Dined 5 days ago
My son always loves seeing the volano and zuchini train.
A photo of Stella's Wine Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (92)
$31 to $50
American
Galleria / Uptown
About the restaurant
Tucked away in the southeast corner of the hotel, Stella’s Wine Bar is Houston’s newest and most alluring wine destination for both casual wine enthusiasts and serious oenophiles. Offering over 30 wine-producing regions through a variety of flights and close to 60 wines by the glass, Stella’s Wine Bar provides a unique journey of tastes from around the world. Guided by our unrivaled team of highly skilled yet incredibly approachable sommeliers, guests can learn and explore both the new and the familiar wines in a social convivial atmosphere with world-class wine resources to share as little or as much as you want to know. The full Cellar wine program can also be accessed within Stella’s Wine Bar, so options are near limitless.
Top review
Daniel
Dined on Mar 27, 2024
Wine games was awesome!! A really engaging way for connoisseurs and newbies alike to get intoblind tasting. Well done!
A photo of The Federal Grill - Downtown restaurant
4.8
4.8 (19)
$30 and under
American
Downtown
About the restaurant
Dress Up or Dress Down. A Bourbon or a Beer. A Ribeye or a Burger. Where precision cooking meets quality ingredients in a tribute to classic American cuisine. Dining experiences are complemented by an exceptional whiskey and cocktail list—the essence of the Federal Experience. This location also will serve lunch, happy hour, and dinner, as well as weekend brunches – and will offer catering to our downtown neighbors. New to this location will be a grab-and-go coffee bar, which will offer pastries, sandwiches, and salads throughout the day – and a variety of locally owned 4WD Coffee drinks.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Service was great. The wait staff prioritized our table and helped get our food and drinks in ahead of the large prom tables.
A photo of Brossa's Cibo-e-Vino restaurant
4.8
4.8 (131)
$30 and under
Italian
Brenham
About the restaurant
Fresh Italian bistro in beautiful Brenham, TX. House-made pastas, sandwiches, soups and salads set in a a quaint converted craftsman home. Pair a bottle from our incredible wine list with our Wild Boar Pappardelle, Eggplant Parm or fresh branzino.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 6, 2024
Very good food and service, pasta made on site daily, helpful waiter. Lots of parking.
A photo of Porta'Vino - The Woodlands restaurant
4.8
4.8 (503)
$30 and under
Italian
The Woodlands
About the restaurant
Discover delicious modern Italian & incredible wine prices at Porta'Vino in The Woodlands!

Porta'Vino offers an impressive wine list at prices competitive with local discount wine stores! In fact, many guests purchase cases of wine to go, so we consider Porta'Vino part wine store. You are also welcome to BYOB for a corkage fee.

Signature dishes include Calabrese Crispy Shrimp, Balloon Bread, Wild Boar Bolognese, Barramundi Sea Bass & our Double-Cut Smoked Pork Chop! Make sure to save room for our Coconut Cream Pie, Medium Rare Brownie, or Apple Crisp. You can't go wrong with our menu selections.

The restaurant has a welcoming dining room, a spacious patio, and private dining rooms for events. A free parking garage is located behind the restaurant. Park, Dine, then walk to the nearby Woodlands Pavilion.

Porta'Vino also hosts a Winemaker Dinner Series. To receive invitations to these special events, please email events@portavino.com.

Top review
Paulvip
Dined 2 days ago
Braise beef with risotto delicious. Bring your own wine.
A photo of The Republic Grille -The Woodlands restaurant
4.8
4.8 (592)
$30 and under
Regional American (Southern)
The Woodlands
About the restaurant
Enjoy a relaxed dining experience in a rustic, yet classy setting featuring historical photos on the creation of The Woodlands by oilman George Mitchell. Owners Terry & Jennifer McBurney offer guests a variety of Texan and Southern inspired cuisine complemented by professional and courteous service. Enjoy mouthwatering appetizers such as Crab Cakes, Coconut Shrimp, Jumbo Grilled Wings or Caprese. Entrees include American Wagyu Chicken-Fried Steak, Texas Quail, Certified Angus Steaks, Blackened Flounder unique Pasta dishes and Salads. End your meal with one of many scratch made Desserts including a gluten free Strawberry Shortcake.

Featured on the TV show GoodTaste, it has received rave reviews in the Houston Chronicle, Zagat, Open Table and PKWY Magazine. This restaurant even provides a relaxing patio where guests can enjoy live music depending on the season.

Top review
DonnaGvip
Dined 5 days ago
Always great food, good atmosphere, can't wait for warmer weather to sit outside. Love our server, Christy.
A photo of Valencia’s Tex-Mex Garage - Oak Forest restaurant
4.7
4.7 (162)
$30 and under
Tex-Mex
Northwest
About the restaurant
A bright modern Tex-Mex spot serving made from scratch recipes, Penny Mimosas & giant margaritas
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Mar 9, 2024
Service was great and the good was really good. It’s definitely a fun atmosphere for food and drinks.
A photo of Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar restaurant
4.9
4.9 (3789)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Galveston
About the restaurant
Paco is the definition of the "All American Dream", awarded the 2019 "Faces of Diversity Award" by the National Restaurant Association. This prestigious award honors those who have achieved success through perservance and determination embodying the American Dream.

Rudy & Paco's offer the freshest seafood and steaks with a Central American flare. Come experience fine dining at its best with Paco and his staff.

We are honored to have the opportunity and privilege to serve you and your family.

~ Paco Vargas and Family

Lunch - Street parking is available, pay at parking meter or by App
Dinner - Street parking is free after 6 pm.

Dress code is strictly enforced for Dinner.
No shorts for men, women (including rompers) and children. Men must have a collared shirt (no t-shirts) and no hats.

Dress code for Lunch is casual with shorts acceptable but no hats.




Top review
Rayk
Dined 2 days ago
Andy our server was very attentive. Food was outstanding! Even Paco was helping with taking care of the customers.
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