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I know it's late to make reservations, but I just found out my husband will be in Houston that week work and I'm going with him. I need to find a nice place with great food and nice, fun, atmosphere. It would be great if it was romantic with entrees up to $30.00. We love great red wines also. We're coming from SA so I'm leaning towards anything but mexican, but I'm not that picky if the place is a true gem.

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  1. Cafe Annie - very nice,elegant
    Pesce - seafood in a more modern, nice, fun atmosphere
    Brennan's - classic elegant New Orleans/creole
    Marks - classic American
    DaMarco - Italian

    Then there are the classic steak places: Flemings, Pappas, Mortons, etc..

    1. Al of those places are very pricey(never been to Pesce). I think the avg entree would be in the $30-$40 range?

      1. We were actually looking for something north of I-10. What about The Glass Wall?

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        1. re: wendileigh

          Glass wall would be good. I haven't eaten there but have heard good things about it.
          Catalan just south of 10 is great for the small plates in particular(some big plates are notable). Fantastic wine list!
          Of course valentines is about the worst night to eat out of any day?

        2. I'm an "inner-looper" so I'm not sure that there is anywhere worth going to north of I-10...sorry to sound like a snob. My first choice would be Cafe Rabelais in Rice Village http://caferabelais.com/home.html
          Gravitas is very nice as well...and not TOO far south of I-10
          http://www.gravitasrestaurant.com/

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          1. re: LastWyf

            A word of caution about Gravitas, especially for a special occasion like Valentine's Day. The food is generally good, but this place has the haughtiest, iciest staff I've ever encountered in Houston. I'd go back in spite of the attitude, but you've got to be prepared.

          2. Totally forgot about Glass Wall. Been there serveral times and always had good experiences. Only issue I have is that it seems they are always having to subsitute the meat for their evening specials as they are already out (by 8:30??) BTW - Glass Wall is inside the loop, about a mile or two south of 610 North. We enjoy Catalan. Very good selection and price points on their wines- often less than Specs. Unless they've changed in the past month, food quality can be inconsistent. Another option in the Heights - Shade on W. 19th.