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The 10 Restaurants That Defined Houston Dining in 2023

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We asked our contributors to the Resy Hit List to share their top dining experiences in their cities this year — 10 restaurants that are helping to define the state of great dining right now. Please welcome back our Best of The Hit List for 2023. (You can find other cities’ top picks here.)

These past 12 months have seen Houston’s dining scene continue to evolve, with even more noteworthy openings in a city already brimming with vibrant, varied restaurant options. Surprising team-ups, well-executed fusion, quality seafood, and reinvention were among the major themes of 2023.

It was the year Eculent chef David Skinner and Street to Kitchen’s Chef G made the coupling of Native American and Thai indigenous cuisine make total sense at th_prsrv. The year Houstonians finally got a new sushi spot from Chef Hori, even if took 13 long years after the widely extolled Kata Robata opened for Katami to arrive. The year chef Thomas Bille got a second chance with his newly revived Mexican-inspired Belly of the Beast, and that chef Terrence Gallivan of The Pass & Provisions returned with Elro Pizza + Crudo — and much, much more.

Here’s a look at 10 of the most notable restaurants of 2023, with a toast to those that are surely yet to come.