Houston Restaurants That Serve Gulf and Other Domestic Seafood — and Why You Should Care

Red snapper ceviche at Bernadine's in The Heights
Red snapper ceviche at Bernadine's in The Heights
Photos by Chuck Cook

Greater Heights

  • Bernadine’s, 1801 North Shepherd: Bernadine’s exclusively sells Gulf seafood. 
  • Coltivare, 3320 White Oak: The menu changes frequently, but Gulf shrimp is a regular feature. 
  • Down House, 1801 Yale: Dishes include Gulf snapper, shrimp and oysters.
  • The Durham House, 1200 Durham: The charming restaurant in the former Woodrow’s location serves a wide variety of domestic seafood, including flounder, shrimp, two appellation-specific oysters and snapper based on availability. Durham House expects to offer small, cured, bycatch fish soon.
  • Foreign Correspondents, 2231 South Main: This Northern Thai restaurant, helmed by well-known fishmonger P.J. Stoops, serves exclusively Gulf seafood.
  • Good Dog Houston, 903 Studewood: People might not expect stellar fish and chips from a hot dog shop, but Good Dog Houston uses Gulf fish for their rendition. The selection changes from time to time since they make good use of bycatch, such as Golden Tile, when possible. 
  • Harold’s In The Heights, 350 West 19th, Suite C3: Chef Antoine Ware says he sources from Katie’s Seafood Market in Galveston, including snapper, flounder and blue crab.
  • Hunky Dory, 1801 North Shepherd: This British restaurant nonetheless selects most of its fish from the Gulf, especially snapper. 
  • Rainbow Lodge, 2011 Ella: All seafood here is domestic and includes Gulf shrimp and Maine lobster.
  • Revival Market, 550 Heights: Seafood appears occasionally on a daily special, such as shrimp and grits. When it does, it’s always from the Gulf. 
  • Shade, 250 West 19th: Shrimp, crab and fish are all sourced from the Gulf.
  • Southern Goods, 632 West 19th: The menu here is purposefully small, but features a daily special with Gulf fish. 
A beautiful domestic fish dish by chef Adam Dorris at Pax Americana.
A beautiful domestic fish dish by chef Adam Dorris at Pax Americana.
Photo by Chuck Cook courtesy of Pax Americana

Montrose

  • Canopy, 3939 Montrose: As with sister restaurant Shade (above), seafood primarily comes from the Gulf
  • Danton’s Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen, 4611 Montrose: It's right in the name. Danton's has long been known for its many dishes featuring Gulf crab, shrimp and fish. 
  • The Hay Merchant, 1100 Westheimer: There are only a few seafood dishes, but they currently include Gulf shrimp. Catfish will soon be on the menu. 
  • Hugo's: Like sister restaurant Caracol, 90 percent of the seafood served is domestic, including Gulf oysters, fish, crab and shrimp. 
  • Pax Americana, 4319 Montrose: Chef Adam Dorris says he sources from artist Zach Moser’s Shrimp Boat Projects when his boat, FV Discovery, is running. Year-round, though, Dorris turns to Blue Horizon for a variety of wild and sustainable seafood. 
  • Underbelly, 1100 Westheimer: Underbelly’s theme is “The Story of Houston Food,” and it’s a story that wouldn’t be complete without Gulf seafood. Underbelly sources from Airline Seafood right here in Houston as well as from legendary Gulf coast fisherman Jimmy Evans.

Rice Village

  • Helen Greek Food & Wine, 2429 Rice: Where else should a Greek restaurant get its fish and shrimp than from a fisherman named Frixos? Like many other restaurants on the list, Helen Greek Food & Wine sources from Chrisinis’s Blue Horizon Seafood. 
  • Prego: Chef and co-owner John Watt is a longtime supporter of local fish and seafood. A restaurant representative said that just about all seafood served at Prego comes from the Gulf or domestic waters, with the exception of branzino and salmon.  Domestic seafood includes PEI mussels as well as several items from the Gulf, including crab, calamari, oysters and snapper. 
The State of Grace seafood tower
The State of Grace seafood tower
Photo by Julie Soefer

River Oaks

State of Grace, 3258 Westheimer: According to chef Bobby Matos, the king crab comes from Alaska and he’s also getting shrimp from Jimmy Evans. (Read more about the legendary fishmonger in the Underbelly description above.)

Upper Kirby

Arnaldo Richards’ Picos, 3601 Kirby: According to beverage director Monica Richards (and daughter of chef-owner Arnaldo), Picos serves exclusively Gulf seafood.
Backstreet Cafe: Caracol, Hugo's, Prego and Backstreet Cafe are all co-owned by restaurateur Tracy Vaught and all have the same strong commitment to Gulf and domestic seafood, which represents about ninety percent of what is served. 

West Houston

Bramble, 2231 South Voss: The menu regularly features Gulf fish, shrimp and blue crab from local purveyor Blue Horizon, which sources wild, local and sustainable seafood.


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