It’s the holiday season, which also means it is now holiday party season. If you don’t have the space to host private get-togethers at home—or are the type of person who prefers to not have lots of people invade your private sanctuary—booking a private room at a Houston restaurant is a great option that removes a bit of the headache that comes along with planning a party.
This year, book a private room from one of the restaurants on this list and let the staff do all the work. From beautiful Asian-inspired spaces like the private dining room at Le Colonial to coastal Greece-inspired rooms at Ouzo Bay and a swanky, Jazz Age-recalling private dining room at Gatsby’s Prime Steakhouse, this list has rooms perfect for every flavor of party.
River Oaks Mexican eatery ARMANDOS is a stunner in the area of interior design. The restaurant’s private room, which seats 40 and has room for 55 guest cocktail-style, features beautiful antique mirrors, intricate sunburst latticework, and rich red draperies that add an extra dose of drama—an ideal spot for those who like their get-togethers to be a bit dramatic.
With seating for up to 30 guests, Bludorn’s private dining room is the perfect place for your next holiday gathering or corporate event. The room, located on the building’s second floor, includes luxe design touches like Texas mesquite wood flooring, a large format magnolia on the wall painted by Houston artist Jonathan Paul Jackson, and a chic high-ceiling chandelier.
Is there a restaurant more iconic in Houston than Brennan’s? The storied, Cajun-Creole restaurant, which has served as the training ground for several of Houston’s finest chefs, has nine separate areas available for private events, including a grand ballroom, a wine room, a solarium, and an Old World-recalling courtyard.
Showstopping steakhouse Brenner’s on the Bayou, situated in a wooded area on Buffalo Bayou, contains three cozy private rooms as well as a spacious patio that is home to lush foliage as well as a waterfall. Of particular note is The Garden Room, an elegant space that provides up to 25 guests with a panoramic view of the nearby bayou.
New downtown dining destination Bungalow may have just recently opened, but its two stunning private dining spaces are already generating a healthy amount of buzz. The restaurant’s uber-chic Prive’ Room, decked out in elegant shades of black and gray, has a dedicated private guest entrance, high ceilings, its own bar, and enough room for 30 seated guests. Meanwhile, its red-hued Low Lounge, which is opulent from floor to ceiling, is hidden behind a bookshelf and sports seductive low lighting and room for 20 seated guests.
Modern Cajun-Creole restaurant Eunice contains an intimate private dining room that accommodates up to 24 that showcases specialty wall treatments like textured paper in a wildflower pattern. It’s a perfectly secluded and sophisticated backdrop to any private event, which will be enhanced, of course, by chef Drake Leonards’s upscale Cajun-Creole fare.
It goes without saying that the private dining room at Gatsby’s Prime Steakhouse, named after one of literature’s flashiest characters, knows how to put on a show. The room, which features seating for 35 and space for 50 cocktail-style, is a chic throwback to 1920s Jazz Age opulence. Adding to the effect is the restaurant’s music, which often includes a lot of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.
Georgia James, Underbelly Hospitality’s iconic steakhouse concept, recently moved into a chic and expansive new home that offers plenty in the way of private spaces. The far eastern end of the restaurant contains a light-filled private dining room (with its own private bathroom) that has a capacity of 24 guests. The most stunning spot in the restaurant, however, is its rooftop lounge, which is also available for booking. The lounge, which overlooks downtown Houston’s skyline, includes 4,000 square feet dedicated to indoor dining as well as a 7,000 square foot patio that includes barrio lighting, fire pits, and soft seating. The entire rooftop lounge can accommodate 150 guests (seated) to 200 guests (standing).
Le Jardinier, located inside the MFAH’s Nancy and Rich Kinder Building, offers a range of private dining options to groups of all sizes. For those interested in hosting a party or event, the restaurant’s Kinder Private Room is an ideal option for parties of 20 or less. The room features a clean and modern aesthetic, complete with marble tables and leather chairs. For even larger gatherings, the entire restaurant is available for buyouts.
Swanky River Oaks District Vietnamese restaurant Le Colonial has one of the most well appointed private dining rooms in all of Houston. The Lotus Room, as it is called, has space for 14 guests and features access to exclusive three-course and five-course tasting menus. The meticulously designed room includes a stunning hand-painted mural homaging the lotus flower by renowned painter Jonas Wickman. Also available for private events at Le Colonial is the North Balcony, a Moroccan tile-sporting stunner that seats 40.
Loch Bar, River Oaks' classic seafood tavern, is home to one of the best raw bars in the entire city. It’s also home to an uber-luxe lounge that sports tufted leather seats, brass embellishments, and a cozy fireplace. The Lounge, which is open for general seating but can be booked for semi-private events, accommodates 20 guests for seated dinners and 35 guests for cocktail-style affairs.
High end Montrose tasting menu restaurant March contains one of the most beautiful private dining rooms in all of Houston. The room, which accommodates up to 12 guests, is home to a beautiful custom piece by Argentinian artist Alexandra Kehayoglu that resembles a mossy carpet. The piece covers an entire wall of the colorful space as well as the ceiling. It’s almost as showstopping as the restaurant’s food and drink options.
Montrose Italian chophouse Marmo features a cozy yet lively private dining option with seating for up to 32 guests. The room is closed off on two sides by custom Italian linen, allowing the energy of the main dining room, along with its live piano music, to flow into the space.
High-end Galleria Indian restaurant Musaafer sports several beautifully decorated rooms that are available for private events. Of particular note is the tile-and mirror-decorated Sheesh Mahal, a gilded “palace of mirrors,” as they call it, that is made from over 200,000 mirrors of various sizes. The room has space for 20 to 25 guests for a seated affair, and 20 to 30 guests for a party that is cocktail style.
Montrose mainstay Ostia contains one of the most stunning greenhouse rooms in all of Houston, and, fortunately for everyone, it’s available for private events. The Greenhouse, which includes access to an outdoor patio and lounge area, features a breezy, Mediterranean vibe and is surrounded by bougainvillea, lemon trees, and other lush greenery.
Mediterranean seafood restaurant Ouzo Bay, which has strong Greek influences, features some pretty sleek, coastal Greece-inspired interiors, including in its private dining room, three semi-private lounge areas, and breezy outdoor patio—all sporting names rooted in Greek mythology. The main private dining space, The Olympus Room, includes marble accents, a class privacy wall, and enough seats for 24 guests.
If you like to keep the tequila flowing at your holiday get-togethers, then you can’t find a more perfect spot to book than the Tequila Room at Arnaldo Richards’ Picos Restaurant. The iconic room, which seats 30 (and 50 cocktail-style), features rustic design touches like a vaulted wooden ceiling and heaps of old-school Mexican charm. With multiple lunch and dinner menu options available, Picos can eliminate much of the stress of planning a party.
Self-serve wine bar and restaurant Roots, housed in a converted warehouse in the East End, has become a neighborhood favorite due to its expansive and creative wine selection. For those who like to keep the vino flowing at their parties, the bar is home to a 16-seat private dining room that is available for private parties—and it’s, fortunately, located just a short distance away from their famous taps. Roots is also home to a spacious outdoor patio that can be booked for al fresco gatherings.
Rosalie Italian Soul, located inside the C. Baldwin Hotel, has several event spaces that are perfect for a variety of holiday needs, including a large outdoor terrace, a charming and intimate sunroom, and the main dining room and lounge (perfect for mid-sized groups). An added bonus of booking an event space here is obviously access to the restaurant’s beloved homestyle Italian fare.
Chef-driven Heights neighborhood restaurant Savoir sports an elegant garden room that is an ideal spot for cooler weather gatherings. The elegant and private room has seating for 35 people and boasts an 18-foot long, accordion-style glass and metal wall that can be fully opened so guests can enjoy the weather as they sip and savor.
Iconic Montrose sushi restaurant Uchi is home to a private dining room that is an ideal space in which to celebrate birthdays, holidays, and other special gatherings. The space, which can be divided into two separate rooms, has seating for up to 24 guests.