Don't be fooled: at first glance, the menu at *17 is deceptively simple. No marathon explanations of preparations, no extensive listings of ingredients and no incomprehensible French. At *17 inside the luxe Sam Houston Hotel, less is definitely more. In addition, the dining room is possibly the most beautiful one in Houston, with sexy red damask walls, chic striped floors, mod white wingback chairs with red piping and a glamorous chandelier. It's a perfect spot for a romantic night out. With the new addition of a private dining room and chef’s table, *17 now can hold exclusively private dining events for groups as large as 26. *17 also has a great pre-theater menu if you're catching a downtown show.