Arcodoro fuyj0g

Arcodoro's alluring air-conditioned patio

Arcodoro

Unlike many restaurants that specialize in business lunches, there is no prix-fixe menu at Efisio Farris’s authentic Sardinian eatery, located across the street from the Galleria. But they’ll build you a personalized menu if you book one of the private dining areas, which are perfect for intimate meetings—the Cigar & Wine Room is a cozy favorite. Wherever you sit, bask in the attentive service and enchanting aromas from the wood-fired grill, which turns out pizza, whole baked trout and even New York strip steak.

Artisans

Though the full French menu is available at lunch, it’s the three-course menus that draw in midday diners at chef Jacques Fox’s elegant Midtown restaurant. Two prix-fixe business lunch menus, one for $29 and a fancier one for $45, offer soups, salads, entrees and desserts that change daily, but often include quirky riffs on basics such as carrot soup, sea bass, short ribs and mango sorbet.

Cafe Brussels

Belgian chef-owner Catherine Duwez offers crave-worthy lunch-only specials from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, including a croque monsieur (a crusty Gallic version of grilled ham-and-cheese) and a spinach quiche. And there’s never a wrong time to order her moules-frites (steamed mussels and Belgian fries with homemade mayonnaise), which arrive quickly and easily merit the few minutes’ drive from downtown—as does the huge parking lot behind the building. Come back in the evening to sample the stellar selection of Belgian beers.

La griglia aidpwf

You'd take a photo with the impressive whole-roasted pig at La Griglia, too.

Cuchara

Comida corrida roughly translates to a “run of food”—precisely what you’ll get at this cute, modern Mexican spot in Montrose: a succession of dishes, and fast. You can get three courses for $15 in only 15 minutes here, with options such as lentil soup and fresh fruit to start, and main courses ranging from cauliflower in peanut salsa to chicharrones tacos made with fresh, handmade tortillas.

La Griglia

The splashy dining room in this Italian stronghold, the undisputed power-lunch palace of River Oaks, hosts Houston’s social set during the day. Just avoid the infamous Table 20, where, legend has it, many a business deal has gone south; you don’t want a seat at the “indictment table.” The generous $22 prix-fixe business lunch offers three reliable courses of standards such as Caesar salad, grilled salmon and profiteroles to close.

La Table

Generously spaced tables and swift, sophisticated service add to the appeal of this upstairs oasis, which offers both a charming view of Uptown from its serene, airy dining room and a choice of prix-fixe menus: two courses for $24 or three for $30. Options range from healthy (quinoa-and-kale bowls; shaved Brussels sprouts salad) to indulgent (wild mushroom ravioli; lamb burger). Even if you indulge in the warm Dr Pepper cake, you’ll want to grab macarons from the downstairs bakery on your way out.

La table houston niekrd

The airy second-story dining room at La Table

Le Mistral

The sturdy French food and gracious service at the Denis brothers’ longtime Energy Corridor restaurant has made it a favorite for midday meetings and business dinners alike. The $20 three-course lunch features options like Chilean sea bass kabob and opera cake, while the $10 express lunch includes a soup or salad and filling entrée.

Quattro

You can breeze through a business lunch at this downtown stalwart in the Four Seasons Hotel Houston with its $26 “quick lunch” of soup, salad, entrée and dessert, or linger a while over the regular daily menu of chef Maurizio Ferrarese’s Italian classics made with local Texan ingredients. Look for fresh Gulf fish with roasted cauliflower and his gnocchi Bolognese made with Heartbrand Akaushi beef.

Rainbow Lodge

Lunch at Donnette Hansen’s century-old cabin-in-the-city allows for two distinct pleasures: a sunny, daytime view of the restaurant’s lush, rolling grounds and gardens, and the $15 business lunch special, which includes soup or salad, a choice of fish or pork tenderloin, and a daily dessert. On Fridays, you’ll want to make a special trip just for the weekly wild game burger special—it’s $13 and worth every penny.

Trophy room diuaja

The Trophy Room at the Rainbow Lodge

The Remington Restaurant

The rustic, modern American restaurant inside the stately St. Regis offers a daily executive lunch of three courses for $27, with old-school Houston classics such as Southwest Caesar salad and updated entrees including seared salmon with brown butter gnocchi and toasted pepitas. Friday through Sunday, have your meeting over finger sandwiches and scones during the traditional afternoon tea service.

Save

Show Comments
In this Article

The Remington

$$$ American/New American 1919 Briar Oaks Ln.

You don’t have to be a guest of the hotel to sidle up to the in-house bar at the St. Regis, where deep leather armchairs await discussions of corporate strat...

Editor’s Pick

Rainbow Lodge

$$$ American/New American 2011 Ella Blvd.

Set in a hundred-year-old log cabin on an acre of land along White Oak Bayou, Rainbow Lodge, which specializes in local fish and game, is one of the most cha...

Editor’s Pick

Quattro

$$$ Italian 1300 Lamar St.

Considering that Maurizio Ferrarese moved to Houston from Italy to run the kitchen at Quattro, it’s not surprising that the young chef is turning out top-not...

Le Mistral

$$$ French 1400 Eldridge Pkwy.

An appreciative West Houston crowd has been dining at Le Mistral for over a decade—first in its original location, opened in 2001, and now in the elegant, mo...

Editor’s Pick

La Table

$$$ Bakeries, Café, French 1800 Post Oak Blvd.

Generously spaced tables and swift, sophisticated service add to the appeal of this upstairs oasis, which offers both a charming view of Uptown from its sere...

La Griglia

$$$ Italian 2002 W. Gray St.

Long-time regulars at La Griglia were hesitant when the old world Italian restaurant was brought under the Landry's umbrella, but neither the food nor the se...

Editor’s Pick

Cuchara Mexico City Bistro

$$ Mexican/Tex-Mex 214 Fairview St.

Cuchara serves some of the most unique, inspired, Latino-style cocktails in the city alongside interior Mexican dishes made by authentic Mexican abuelas. The...

Editor’s Pick

Café Brussels

$ Belgian 1718 Houston Ave.

This charming cafe from Belgian owner Catherine Duwez is as close as you'll get to Bruges in the Bayou City. Cafe Brussels has the largest selection of Belgi...

Editor’s Pick

Artisans

$$$$ French 3201 Louisiana

What happens when two long-standing French chefs (Jacques Fox of the Culinary Institute LeNôtre and David Denis of Le Mistral) and a French sommelier (Sylvai...

Editor’s Pick

Arcodoro

$$$$ Italian 5000 Westheimer

At this restaurant across the street from the Galleria, Efisio Farris has recreated the traditional, rustic cuisine of his native Sardinia. Chef Luigi Shimaz...