Best Pre- or Post-Theater Restaurant - 2009
If you want to impress someone with one of the most beautiful views of the Houston skyline, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better place than Michael Cordúa's showcase restaurant, Artista, on the second floor of the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. If the view doesn't impress your guests, then the food and decor most definitely will. The high ceilings, glass walls, onyx wraparound bar and sumptuous booths make for a dramatic interior, while food like the chupe (lobster bisque with charred tomatoes), the signature churrasco steak and the tres leches dessert, all with dramatic presentations, will please even the most jaded of diners. In keeping with the artist theme, the menu allows creative diners to pick and choose entrée, sauce and side separately. And the whole of the Theater District is, at most, a five-minute walk away.