Got the travel bug but can’t quite swing a jet-setting jaunt for your next date night? Not to worry, there are plenty ways to satisfy your sense of adventure right here in Houston. Check out these local restaurants and bars for a much-needed getaway that’s (almost) as good as the real thing. Here are the best places to take a date in Houston.
Nestled in the heart of Midtown, Cafe Poêtes evokes classic Parisian glamour through artisanal cooking, French hospitality and charming scenery. Savor decadent French fare on the bistro’s cobblestone patio, or opt for Le Goûter, France’s version of British high tea. 122 W. Gray St., cafepoetes.com
Serving modern French fare in a light, airy atmosphere, La Table is the perfect blend of everyday and special occasion. This classic Uptown bistro offers both indoor and outdoor seating options, and puts a fresh spin on French favorites with menu staples like steak frites, fried chicken a l’Anglaise, macaroni au gratin and taste flambee. Très magnifique! 1800 Post Oak Blvd., latablehouston.com
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River Oaks District hotspot offers elegant Southeast Asian cuisine in a swanky ambiance. Sip on the storied lychee martini as you watch the comings and goings of the chic coterie that abounds. 4444 Westheimer Road, lecolonialhouston.com
Tucked inside the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is the exquisite eatery Le Jardiner. French fare comes to life on each mouthwatering plate thanks to chef de cuisine Andrew Ayala. The fine dining resto will undoubtedly delight the palate with scrumptious dishes, including the burrata salad. C’est magnifique! 5500 Main St., lejardinier-houston.com
Chef Travis McShane’s Mediterranean concept nestled in Montrose is always ready to show you an exotic experience. Ostia is the Houston native’s first solo project, where a rotating menu specializes in seasonal, farm-to-table offerings such as roasted chicken, braised eggplant, seafood risotto, harissa shrimp and ribeye with anchovy-garlic butter. 2032 Dunlavy St., ostiahous.com