There's something to be said for the simple pleasure of a beautifully executed meal enjoyed off a rickety table at an undiscovered hole-in-the-wall. But there's no substitute for putting on a tie or a pretty pair of heels and taking date night/girls' night out/brunch/etc. to the next level with a beautiful dining room, a breathtaking view or a verdant patio.
Of course there's no better time to do this than during Houston Restaurant Weeks, when a three-course dinner (or two-course lunch) at Houston's best restaurants will only run you $35.
Here are 10 participating restaurants designed to make you feel like an oil baron. Speak in a posh accent, give your pinky finger free rein to stick out when handling glassware, just let your fancy flag fly.
The grande dame of Houston, there's not a bad seat in this historic building.
If you've never slipped inside the medical center to check out Trevisio, you'll never believe the stunning view over the 64-foot waterwall.
Stepping inside this plush restaurant, tucked away at the Hotel Granduca, is like visiting a sumptuous estate in Europe — no title required.
The only thing lovelier than the crowds that hang out here is the interior decor by Philippe Starck.
Yes, it's a rotating restaurant. It's also got one of the best city views in town. Maybe leave the kids at home, though.
I'll stop writing about the beautiful rustic environs at Rainbow Lodge as soon as someone can show me another patio area in Houston that even comes close. I'm not holding my breath, though.
Show up well before your reservation and take a walk around the wooded grounds at this secluded Houston hotel property.
Shades of grey have never been as sexy as when executed in Philippe's stunning two-story space.
Look up what time the sun sets. Make reservation for 30 minutes prior to that, and sit near a window or on the patio. You won't regret it.
Owner Michael Cordúa used images from Avatar when designing this one-of-a-kind space, and you can tell. There's also a pretty view over River Oaks.