Pre-Theater Dining Without the Hassle: These Houston Restaurants Offer Free Shuttle Service

You don't have to dine in the Theater District to enjoy dinner and a show.
You don't have to dine in the Theater District to enjoy dinner and a show.
Photo by Brooke Viggiano

Who doesn't love a night out at the theater? The beauty. The culture. The pre-show dinner and drinks. It's all good and fun until you realize what a hassle it is trying to navigate your transportation/parking situation for the night. Do you have time to walk, or do you have to cab it? Should you park near the theater or the restaurant? Street parking, garage, or valet? Wait a minute, how much is this all going to cost?

Thankfully, these local restaurants offer a complimentary shuttle service to and from the Theater District so that you can fully enjoy your night on the town.

*17 at The Sam Houston Hotel | Downtown | 1117 Prairie

The Deal: Complimentary Shuttle Service How it Works: Call ahead and make reservations or let the staff know you'll need the shuttle service when you arrive. They'll make the arrangements while you enjoy a relaxed, elegant meal of seasonal modern-American fare. The shuttle service is available within a 3-mile radius of the restaurant.

Brasserie 19 | River Oaks | 1962 W. Gray

The Deal: Complimentary Private Car How it Works: Brasserie 19 offers complimentary shuttle service to and from the restaurant, available for dinner from 5:00 p.m. to close (which is 11:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays). The private Suburban accommodates five to six to 6 passengers comfortably. Call the restaurant or check online for availability.

Brennan's | Midtown | 3300 Smith

The Deal: Complimentary 20-Passenger Shuttle Service How it Works: Brennan's B-Line, which will transfer as many as 20 people to and from several drop-off points in the Theatre District, is available at both lunch and dinner. Reservations are required. Click here for the restaurants pre-theater seating and departure schedules.

Damian's Cucina Italian | Midtown | 3011 Smith

The Deal: Complimentary Shuttle Bus How it Works: Damian's private, air-conditioned shuttle will take you to and from Wortham Center, Hobby Center, Jones Hall, and the Alley Theatre. It departs from the restaurant 30 minutes prior to showtime and will pick you up and return you to the restaurant after the performance. Call for reservations.

Houston Pavilions & TUTS | Downtown

The Deal: Valet Park at Pavilions for Dinner, Get a Free Shuttle to TUTS How it Works: Pay $10 or use a pre-purchased TUTS parking pass to valet your car at the Houston Pavilions on Fannin St. between Polk and Dallas. Dine at any Pavilions restaurant, including III Forks, Andalucia, Guadalajara, McCormick & Schmick's, and Mia Bella Trattoria; then enjoy a complimentary shuttle service to the Hobby Center. After the show, call the shuttle for pickup. Be sure to mention the shuttle service when you make your dining reservations. Click here for more details.

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