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Rio Ranch

9999 Westheimer
Houston, TX 77042
Best Of


  • Mon-Fri 6am-10pm, Sat-Sun 7am-10pm
  • $$; $$$
  • Business Dining, Fireplace, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Private-group dining
  • Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Lot available
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Accepted, Recommended
Just because it’s attached to a hotel — in this case, the Westchase Hilton — is no reason to think less of Rio Ranch. This restaurant can hold its own with the Goode Companys of Houston, and has done so for nearly two decades. A Robert del Grande concept from its beginnings, Rio Ranch has been expertly shepherded since 1993 by its longtime chef, San Hemwattikit, who puts together a gorgeous (and well-attended) brunch buffet on the weekends and serves classics like buttermilk-fried chicken and cowboy-cut rib eyes at dinner.

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