100 Best Restaurants 2016

Eye Candy: 4 Dining Rooms That Dazzle

At these restaurants, the decor is just as stunning as the dishes.

By Alice Levitt and Katharine Shilcutt September 19, 2016 Published in the October 2016 issue of Houstonia Magazine

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The Dunlavy

The Dunlavy

The view onto Buffalo Bayou from this breakfast and lunch spot is stunning, but we’re equally entranced by the dining room draped with chandeliers—over two dozen at last count.

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Spindletop at sunset


No fine art needed here; the backdrop at this gently rotating restaurant 34 stories above ground is downtown’s classic skyline. We suggest pairing it with another classic: the seafood pot filled with Gulf shrimp, sausage, crab claws, mussels and lobster.

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State of Grace

State of Grace

The airy, elegant dining room may recall Charleston, but the enchilada-and-oyster-filled menu is puro Gulf Coast. The décor and entrées aren’t all we’re smitten with, either.

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Conservatory's ground-floor entrance


Houston’s first food hall takes the lushness of the Bayou City underground, with verdant plant walls bordering bustling ramen, barbecue and crepe kiosks that draw boisterous pre- and post-party crowds on weekend nights.

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