New American

Arlo Grey

Aug 6, 2018 By Texas Monthly

Top Chef winner Kristen Kish helms the kitchen at the Line Hotel.


Nov 21, 2019 By Texas Monthly

A morning mecca for coffee, baked goods, and eggs Benedict.


Nov 27, 2017 By Texas Monthly

You could eat like a bird here, but you won't want to.


Nov 26, 2019 By Texas Monthly

Remodeled digs and a reimagined menu give this Village mainstay new life.

Biga on the Banks

Jun 27, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Big celebrations, buzzy business dinners, romantic trysts—Biga brings the glamour and a menu to match (all the better if you can get a perch on the balcony over the river). Our fave rave this visit: wild game packets on radicchio and Bibb, chicken-fried oysters on beet “noodles,” and an…


Mar 1, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Follow the starlight to Bliss, for celebratory dining just south of downtown.

Boiler House

Nov 17, 2015 By Texas Monthly

The extensive array of restaurants at Pearl Brewery seems to touch every culinary base, particularly the Boiler House’s eclectic mélange of Texan dishes. Where else in town can you get Dr Pepper tomatillo hog jowls? Or bison tartare? But we were more conservative on this visit and went for an…


Nov 1, 2018 By Texas Monthly

Enjoy steaks and seafood under an antler chandelier at old-school Bonnell’s.

Bowen House

Sep 17, 2018 By Texas Monthly

The cocktails are great and the food better than it has to be in this charming 1800's farmhouse.

Cafe J

Feb 16, 2018 By Texas Monthly

This cozy hideaway offers varied selections for lunch and dinner and a brunch menu that will dress up any Sunday morning.

Café no Sé

May 7, 2018 By Texas Monthly

An urban-chic hotel cafe offering an array of flavorful fare morning, noon, and night.


Dec 6, 2018 By Texas Monthly

The Four Seasons' revamped restaurant is eclectic but approachable.

Commons Club

Feb 19, 2020 By Texas Monthly

Virgin Hotel’s stylish restaurant features Matt McCallister’s modern American fare.


Oct 10, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Enjoy a Texas ranch–inspired menu on a tree-shaded patio in East Austin.


Mar 2, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Côte is the perfect getaway, whether one is staying at High Hill Farm or just taking a drive to Arp for an evening at the resort’s exceptional restaurant. Though definitely a special-occasion venue, the atmosphere is as simple as the food is delightful. Executive chef Erin Willis chooses locally sourced…

Cureight, The Woodlands

Aug 24, 2015 By Texas Monthly

Attention, residents of The Woodlands: there’s a reason to stay in town for dinner. Attention, Houstonians: there’s a reason to leave town for dinner! In this posh community 40 miles north of Houston, an extremely ambitious tasting menu is being floated at Cureight, located in a nice (if plain) white-tablecloth…

Dai Due

Jul 20, 2017 By Texas Monthly

“Everything is from around here” the menu modestly announces. But even if it didn’t, you’d likely get the picture. A tray of recently harvested heirloom tomatoes sits on the counter, waiting to be chopped up; scattered with venison machacado, bright green (hot!) chiles, and cotija cheese; and bathed…


Jul 27, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Located on the first floor of the newly opened Hotel Indigo, this hip spot is the brainchild of local restaurateurs John Geske and John Bauer. Floor-to-ceiling windows bring the vibrant downtown scene indoors while the interior boasts industrial features like sleek furniture and naked ductwork. Locally sourced ingredients provide the…


Nov 8, 2016 By Texas Monthly

This showstopper of a dining room and bar honors Angelina Eberly, the brave woman who shot a cannonball into the night to warn her fellow Austinites that Sam Houston’s minions were making off with the archives of the Republic of Texas, thereby moving the nascent state capital to Houston. Given…

Eighteen Ninety Grille

May 11, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Standards for dining on the historic Hood County Courthouse square have been significantly elevated since chef Michael Watkins took over the kitchen at this lovely retreat. Wrapped in warmth by 1880s-era stone walls, the setting feels right for celebrating an event or just enjoying a weeknight dinner. We’re fond of…


Oct 4, 2016 By Texas Monthly

As Dripping Springs grows apace, so do its dining options. Epicure, located in a small strip center, may be tiny, but it makes a serious culinary statement with a varied menu punctuated by Asian and Mediterranean influences. Appetizers include a decadent take on that seventies classic, rumaki (bacon-wrapped dates stuffed…


Oct 2, 2018 By Texas Monthly

SPI's new hot spot for "food and beverage."

Farm Haus Bistro

Feb 8, 2016 By Texas Monthly

The talented chefs behind the charming bistro at Fredericksburg Herb Farm are now serving tasty food at every meal. Start the day with crispy chicken and waffles sprinkled with toasted almonds and drizzled with honey or with a cinnamon roll warm from the oven and dotted with golden raisins (hurry,…

Felix Culpa

Mar 19, 2019 By Texas Monthly

A big presence in a small space, with lively pop art and European-tinged comfort food.


Sep 18, 2018 By Texas Monthly

Elevated modern food in a sleek Design District setting.


Feb 5, 2018 By Texas Monthly

Expect an imaginative roster of small plates at this handsome, dimly lit space in the Hotel Van Zandt.


Oct 2, 2018 By Texas Monthly

A smart, stylish setting pampers a discerning downtown clientele.

Grape Juice

Jan 20, 2016 By Texas Monthly

We love to gather with friends at this cozy wine bar and share a round of delicious small plates, be they fried brussels sprouts topped with bacon or cabrito nachos or ahi lettuce wraps. If you prefer an entrée have no fear: there are plenty of tempting offerings, like tacos,…