Have you ever wondered which restaurants Texans think are superior to any other in their city? If so, your curiosity ends today. I compiled a list of the number one restaurants in every major city in the state according to TripAdvisor reviews. These are just the opinions of fellow Texans, so don’t be upset if your favorite eateries didn’t make the list. However, every place scored at least a 4.8 on Google, so clearly they’re well-liked by a majority of patrons for a reason. I’d say they’re all worth a visit – at least just to boast that you’ve been to the top rated restaurant in every city in Texas.
1. Chama Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse (Houston)
We sure love our steakhouses here in Texas. Brazilian steakhouses are one of a kind in that they're essentially on a mission to see how much you can eat with the endless skewers of meat being brought to your table. You'll definitely find it hard to stop at Chama Gaucha because their food is seasoned and cooked to perfection in a way that American steakhouses could never replicate.
2. Bliss (San Antonio)
Bliss serves up contemporary American cuisine like oyster sliders, snapper and shrimp risotto, and Szechuan crusted duck that your taste buds will never forget. Their menu is rather limited, but that only means more time is devoted to the dishes to ensure perfection in every bite. According to the general public, this restaurant truly lives up to its name.
3. Uchi (Austin)
This urban sushi bar is more than just a restaurant - it's a culinary experience that will make you feel like you've boarded a plane to Japan. You'll find unique rolls like crab and Thai basil as well as non-sushi sides, soups, interesting desserts, and drinks. A lot of people consider sushi to be for the brave, and there's no better place to find your wings than Uchi.
4. The French Room (Dallas)
A rich history can enhance dining experience tenfold, and it doesn't get much richer than the historic Adolphus Hotel. The chefs at The French Room are internationally trained and know how to create some of the most delicate, full-bodied dishes in the state. From lemon butter lobster with ricotta ravioli to a rack of lamb with rosemary potatoes, dishes that seem simple enough are transformed at the hands of one of the most skilled culinary teams in Texas. Plus, it's hard to beat this beautiful atmosphere.
5. The Capital Grille (Fort Worth)
TripAdvisor users agree that The Capital Grille does steaks, seafood, and wine better than any other restaurant in Fort Worth. By the looks of this juicy slab of meat, that isn't hard to believe. They offer every cut of beef imaginable, prepared to your liking, as well as gourmet seafood dishes like citrus glazed salmon for those who aren't in the mood for red meat. The wine list is absolutely superb as well.
6. Cattleman's Steakhouse (Fabens)
If you aren't into fancy eats like most of the dishes above, Cattleman's is sure to be a winner in your book. It doesn't get much more Texan than a steak that takes up half your dinner plate. They also have barbecue, seafood, chicken, and sausage, but come on...we all know who the real star of the show is.
7. Istanbul Grill (Arlington)
This family-owned, BYOB Mediterranean restaurant may look unassuming from the outside, but your first bite will take you on a magic carpet ride to a faraway land. Hummus, falafel, gyros, and plenty of other chicken, beef, and lamb options are made with complete authenticity - it's no wonder why Istanbul Grill is the number one restaurant in Arlington.
8. Andy's Country Kitchen (Corpus Christi)
I'll admit, I was a bit surprised to see a little diner snag one of the top spots in the state. But then I remembered - this is TEXAS, where we'd choose old fashioned southern cookin' over a fancy, gourmet meal any day. Plus, Andy's has been around for so long, it's practically a staple in the lives of the locals. Their menu is so extensive it might give you a headache! Breakfast is definitely their most popular fare, so that should narrow it down a bit. Eggs done every way imaginable, fresh, soft muffins, hashbrowns, pancakes...you name it, they can cook it up for you. They're also known for their amazing Tex-Mex - for breakfast and lunch/dinner.
9. Cast Iron Grill (Lubbock)
You can never have too many places to get a good CFS in your repertoire, so here's another one for ya. The entire city of Lubbock raves about the perfect combination of tender steak, crispy crust, and creamy gravy served up by Cast Iron Grill. They have all your other southern favorites, too, like pork chops, burgers, and interesting dishes like pulled pork grilled cheese. Oh, and don't you dare leave without a scrumptious slice of homemade pie.
10. 575 Pizzeria (Amarillo)
It's hard to find better pizza than this, folks. 575 is a gourmet pizzeria with over 30 different toppings from meatballs to sundried tomatoes to goat cheese. You can build your own pie with red or white sauce, or go with one of the pizzas on the menu. This one is called The Bender - it's Canadian bacon, pepperoni, regular bacon, and sausage. Yum.
11. Frankie's Mexican Cuisine (Richardson)
A list of Texas restaurants wouldn't be complete without some Tex-Mex. Frankie's has all your standard south-of-the-border favorites - tacos, fajitas, enchiladas, tortas, burritos, and of course, the combo plates that we all love so much. Plus, the restaurant was founded by two brothers from Guanajuato, Mexico, so you know your taste buds are in for an authentic flavor experience.
12. Oldwest Cafe (Denton)
This southern comfort meal gives the two places I mentioned earlier a run for their money. No wonder the residents of Denton voted this the city's best place to eat. Yummmm. Add a side of their banana nut pancakes with peanut butter syrup and I'm set.
13. Cafe Homestead (Waco)
If you're ever in the mood for a rustic, old-country, Pilgrim type dining experience, head to Cafe Homestead in Waco. All of their produce is local and organic, they use fresh, natural meat, and homemade artisan breads. This is their cinnamon apple french toast (YUM), but they have delicious lunch and dinner entrees like a mediterranean chicken sandwich or quesadilla burger.
14. Japaneiro's (Sugar Land)
If you've ever wondered how crazy sushi can get - Japaneiro's is your chance to find out. From mango and coconut sauce to plantains, the wicked combinations are a culinary experience you absolutely can't miss out on. And I just named two rolls - their menu is over 6 pages of insane flavor fusions.