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best high end food in houston

Ok, so my husband promised to take me anywhere I wanted to go eat in Houston. Now I need to figure out where. We moved here a few months ago and the only nice place we've been so far is Feast, which I loved. I want to know where you'd go if given the opportunity and why. Price isn't an issue. I want amazing food and great service.

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  1. I've always enjoyed Cafe Annie (although it's been quite some time since I was last there)

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    1. re: ddelaurenti

      Cafe Annie is gone. It is now Restaurant RDG and Bar Annie. 2 separate menus, and it moved to a new location not far from the original.

      1. re: danhole

        I had never been to Cafe Annie, but I went to RDG recently and was underwhelmed. It was definitely very nice and the food was very good, but I didn't think it quite lived up to the hype. Maybe my expectations were too high after hearing so much about Cafe Annie and the opening of the new restaurant?

        I will say that the new space is really lovely and the service was very good.

        Edited to add: My two favorite places for a higher end meal right now are Catalan and Rainbow Lodge. But I'm fairly new to town, so I haven't had a chance to try some of the other places that people have mentioned, like Mark's and Da Marco.

        1. re: mjust

          There is a whole story about how Robert el Grande wanted to make simpler menus so that is why he went with the new concept. So far the people I know who have eaten there have been disappointed. One guy liked it but said it was too expensive for what it was. I wonder if the food in Bar Annie is better. I do know it is less expensive.

          I also like Catalan, but you can get out of that place for far less than at DaMarco's, or Rainbow Lodge, and I think Mark's is one of the most expensive. The wine list is great and reasonable. When I went to Catalan with a friend we just shared a bunch of small plates and a dessert, and were quite satisfied.

          Rainbow Lodge, Textile and Bedford keep getting such mixed reviews, and it is a shame because they all have brilliant chefs.

    2. I had my first lunch this week at Mark's on Westheimer. Exquisite sums up the meal best.

      Be sure to save room for dessert!

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      1. re: onatrip

        Mark's is my favorite. Great food, great atmosphere and great service.

      2. Da Marco. Best restaurant in town.

        1. Haven't been yet to (if you have to ask how much, ur in the wrong restaurant)Textile or Voice but the reviews have been steller. DaMarco is a rare but for special occasions visit favorite.

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          1. re: bornie

            While I never had my servers quote prices unless asked, I think some things go beyond the pretentious notion that asking for prices makes a guest cheap or poor.

            Great dining is not exclusive to the ultra-rich. If it were, many of your favorite spots would be going out of business.

            Today, folks of all economic levels are becoming diners and are learning to experience the finest foods Houston's chefs have to offer.

            DaMarco last year had a pasta special that was $85. That is a bit over the top and your average guest would be shocked at that price for a pasta. White truffles or not.

            Fine dining and pretense no longer go hand in hand.

            1. re: fredeatshouston

              I agree that $85 for pasta is out of control, but I always found Da Marco to be extremely reasonable for what you get. Sure, there are items on the menu that are really expensive, but you don't have to order the most expensive items to dine well there.

          2. Either Mark's or Da Marco, depending on what you want to eat. Your criteria of amazing food and great service will be met in either place.
            http://www.marks1658.com
            http://www.damarcohouston.com