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Looking for quality restaurants in Houston. Heading there for the weekend. High end quality food, preferably with seafood dishes on the menu. For example, we go to Bernardin, Sparks for steak, when in NY. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Doesn't need to be fancy, just quality food

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  1. Underbelly for small plates. Gatlin's for BBQ.

      1. Looks like this was moved from the NY board.

        In what part of town are you staying?

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          1. re: BOBBYR4

            El Real for traditional Tex-Mex. http://elrealtexmex.com/

            Brennan's for the Houston version of the New Orleans classic. http://www.brennanshouston.com/

            Uchi for Japanese fusion. http://uchirestaurants.com/houston/

            There are many more new and "hot" places in that area and hopefully someone will be by shortly to advise. It's not really my neighborhood, but I've greatly enjoyed the three I listed.

            Please come back and let us know what you tried and how you liked it.

            Enjoy your visit.

          1. re: absurdnerdbird

            Reef is OK. But if you're comparing it to Le Bernardin, it's not even close. Not in the same ballpark. Not in the same zip code. Hell, it's not even in the same County.

            To get close to that level of quality, and it's none too close, I'd try Mark's on Westheimer. I haven't been in a year or so, but it's probably the most inventive upper level cooking I've had in Houston. Very high quality ingredients, dishes are well conceived, etc. Decent, but not spectacular wine list.

            You might also try some Thai or Vietnamese places. That is something that Houston does well. I personally don't have any recommendations, as I don't get to Houston that often.

            If you like Indian food, I enjoyed a recent lunch at Indika a few months ago.

            http://indikausa.com/indikausa/index.htm

            Not sure what I'd call it other than upscale Indian with French/Italian twists. Ingredients are more seasonal than one typically sees in Indian restaurants in the US; borrows somewhat from French/Italian techniques, etc. Our lunch was very, very good. Every single dish was outstanding. Unfortunately, I have only one visit to go on. Perhaps someone else can elaborate.

            I haven't dined at the Uchi in Houston, but it's mother ship restaurant in Austin is very well regarded.

            1. re: Mike C. Miller

              I agree that Reef is just okay. Uchi is excellent, in my opinion. Mark's is also very, very good. Indika is great and highly recommended. I would also recommend Hugo's. For Vietnamese, try Huynh.

              (Just realized the OP was probably here last weekend, so my advice is untimely--OP, would love to hear where you ended up!)