In a metropolis as massive as Houston, it’s really not hard to find somewhere good to eat. And when you’re living in Midtown, it’s even easier. But when you’re specifically looking for a place to take a date, not just any taco shop or barbecue joint will do. No, you need a restaurant with ambience, upscale cuisine, and superior service. Allow us to help you narrow down your options with our guide to romantic restaurants in Midtown, Houston, all within a mile or two of your apartment.
Steakhouse Fare Straight from Bourbon Street at Brennan’s of Houston
Whether you stop by for weekend brunch, lunch, or dinner, Brennan’s of Houston always has flavorful Creole and Cajun dishes on the menu. The seafood and spice of New Orleans inspire its chefs, which is obvious in popular eats like the turtle soup with sherry. Whiskey-glazed quail, jumbo lump crab cakes, and oak-grilled filet mignon are among your dinner options, but most patrons come by for brunch. That’s when you can indulge in shrimp and grits, cast iron-seared salmon with blue crab scrambled eggs, or sweet Creole bread pudding.
Expect an All-Encompassing Culinary Experience at The Pass
When a restaurant is fancy enough to limit its nightly number of seatings, you know it’s a solid option for date night. The Pass on Taft Street falls into this category. Named for the area in the back end of a restaurant where chefs and servers plate and garnish dishes, The Pass promises a chef’s tasting table experience regardless of where you sit. Each five- to eight-course menu showcases upscale, seasonal New American fare and wine pairings. Separate menus accommodate both vegetarians and omnivores, so everyone is welcome at The Pass.
Spanish Small Plates with Southern Flair Await at Ibiza
Ibiza’s head chef Charles Clark may have grown up in a hamlet in Louisiana, but he’s honed his culinary skills in Spain, Italy, and France. His two worlds collide at Ibiza, a restaurant and wine bar where Spanish tapas take on subtly Southern influences. You can build an entire meal out of small plates like the grilled shrimp with tasso cream and crabmeat cornbread (the cornbread earns rave reviews) or house-smoked duck in a bourbon-cherry barbecue sauce. But you may just want to dig right into a main course of six-hour-braised lamb shank with Spanish mint oil, along with a glass of fine wine—and maybe a warm Nutella brownie for dessert.
The French Riviera Comes to Texas at Mockingbird Bistro
John Sheely is a true Texan, through and through, but he’s well versed in the cooking techniques of France. As the chef and owner of Mockingbird Bistro, he pays homage to his home state and the French Riviera with a menu that reflects the cuisine of both. The popular foie gras burger is a shining example of his unique type of fusion fare, a mix of chuck, brisket, and short rib on an onion bun with truffle fries. Another example is the popular Granny Smith apple bread pudding, embellished with cinnamon ice cream and caramel sauce. Wash down both with a glass of wine from Mockingbird’s carefully curated list.
For more ideas about where to dine near your apartment, check out our list of more casual eateries located in Midtown.