Top Special Occasion Restaurants in Houston

Celebrating an anniversary or special occasion soon? Or, are you just ready for a kid-free date night? We all know that Houston is known for its good eats, but it is always special to try something new with your significant other or maybe a moms night out! Here are the top special occasion restaurants in Houston recommended by the best crew in H-town – the moms!


Location: 208 North Elm Street, Tomball, Texas

This precious hidden gem is tucked away in northwest Houston, but it is worth the drive for those in town. Set away in a cute little house, this restaurant offers specialty cocktails, delicious appetizers, and there is always a special on hand. Make sure to make your reservation because it fills up fast.

fancy appetizer on white plate

Little Hen

Location: 4444 Westheimer Court Suite H110, Houston, TX 

This one is for the girls! If your crew has a big birthday to celebrate, take them to Little Hen. Pro tip: reserve it way in advance! Take a look around and see why this place is booked quickly! It’s a perfect place for a vibrant Instagram post not to mention the menu consists of healthy eats, yummy omelets, and some local favorites.

front of restaurant covered with vines of flowers


Location: 4444 Westheimer Road A175, Houston, TX

How about a little taste of Italy right here in Houston? This restaurant is another highly recommended spot from local moms. Whether it is brunch, lunch, or dinner, you will feast on true Italian fare such as carpaccio, pappardelle bolognese, and pizza kicked up a notch.

seafood dish at special occasion restaurant


Location: 318 Gray Street, Houston, Texas

Ready for a tour of the Gulf Coast? Josephine’s has you covered. It is like you were dropped right in Louisiana and your Cajun grandma cooked you up something good! Hushpuppies. Etoufee cornbread. Boiled seafood. Enjoy a good cocktail or mocktail too.

La Griglia

Location: 2002 West Gray Street, Houston, Texas

We had some Houston moms share this Italian treat for your special occasion. Located in River Oaks, La Griglia offers everything from charcuteries to zuppa to all your favorite pastas. Happy Hour is offered Monday-Friday from 3pm-7pm, so grab your loved one and enjoy the patio and catch the game before dining on the deliciousness.


Location: 807 Taft Street, Houston, Texas

When polling many Houston moms, this restaurant came up more than once for date nights and moms night out. From burgers to pot pies and even short rib ravioli, you will find a bite for all taste buds. The menus seasonally rotate so no matter when you go, there is a plate to satisfy all.

plate of fancy food

B&B Butchers

Location: 1814 Washington Avenue, Houston, TX

And now it’s time for steak. Or maybe a slab of bacon? If steak isn’t for you, they have seafood fare as well. They do serve the finest Texas and Japanese Wagyu all hand cut in their very own butcher shop. They are open daily for lunch as well, but maybe it’s the brunch that sells you. Enjoy that with live music on the patio on Sundays from 11am-3pm.

Thanks for all our local moms who shared these hot spots for your special occasion. We would love to hear more of your favorites so we can build a list for when the celebration is just right.

And a bonus – with Houston Restaurant Weeks running from August 1 to September 4, you might see some of these top spots on the list!

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Kim Reed
Kim R. was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana but is a Texan now! She graduated from Texas A&M University {Whoop!} in 1999 and moved back to Houston to start her high school teaching/school counseling career. That Houston move resulted in meeting a cute next door neighbor at her apartment complex who later became her husband. Kim and that cute neighbor moved to the Cypress in 2005 where they now raise Griffin {October 2008} and Emmy {August 2013}. Life has had some hardships, and Kim is open to sharing her story of enduring grief and encouraging moms to take care of their mental health. Her other passions include reading all the books, watching reruns of Friends, sweating it out at Orangetheory Fitness, and a good margarita. Kim also believes in working hard to make each day better than the one before. Read more on her blog –


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