Heading to H-Town for business? As we can all attest to, more often than not, a day of business travel ends with a call for drinks and/or dinner. If you’ve ever been stuck frantically Googling nearby bars or Yelp-ing like a fiend, this article is for you. Here are our favorite Houston places for business dinners or drinks.
Is there anything more Texan than going out for a hearty meat-heavy meal at the end of a long day? Chama Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse is perfect for medium-sized business groups looking to fill up on a variety of flame-roasted meats. At Chama Gaucha, guests are given a card that can be turned over (between red and green) to indicate whether you’d like to be presented with more meat or not. Relax comfortably in your seat while the Gauchos carve anything from lamb, pork, chicken or beef directly onto your plate. Got some veg-heads (aka vegetarians) in your group? Fear not, with an extensive salad bar, there’s enough variety for every kind of eater to be satisfied.
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Is any trip to Houston complete with a trip to an old school steakhouse? Whether you’re going for the food, the drinks, the ambiance, the eavesdropping, or just the overall experience, we’d argue there are very few things like a classic Texas steakhouse experience. Vic and Anthony’s is going to check all those boxes. Start with a sampling of their different sides (served family style), like crab cakes, lobster mac and cheese and sliced bacon. Once you get to the main course, you’ll find that delicious juicy steaks await you. The wine list at Vic & Anthony’s can get a little pricey, but their knowledgeable waitstaff is sure to help you pick out a bottle worth the money.
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Looking for an upscale dining experience that’s different than your standard steakhouse? Try the Toasted Coconut: a tiki-inspired restaurant with delicious dishes like butter chicken dumplings and lamb chorizo flatbread. The Toasted Coconut has a fun tiki-bar room where you and your colleagues or clients can sit and enjoy a drink while waiting for your table to open up. And don’t make the mistake of thinking these will just be sugary, fruity drinks. The Toasted Coconut boasts the 2019 Houston bartender of the year, Sara Troell, who is always serving up inventive, delicious takes on classic tiki drinks. For a more fun and hip work vibe, we can’t recommend The Toasted Coconut highly enough.
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Damien’s has been hailed as one of the city’s most authentic Italian dining spots, and the Houston Press describes it as “a little slice of Tuscany.” From osso buco to lobster bisque, you’re in for a treat no matter which dish you find your heart drawn to. And, with expedient, top-notch service, you’ll find the entire experience to be very high end. We’d recommend leaving room for dessert, as their tiramisu can’t be beat.
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Do you ever find yourself in a place that’s just undeniably cool? That’s what you’ll find at Hearsay. From the industrial-chic, brick-laden design of Hearsay to their knowledgeable bartenders, you’re sure to feel like part of the “in” crowd when dining at Hearsay. Start your dinner off with a glass of wine and one of their generously prepared charcuterie boards before moving on to their more filling main entrees like their Byrd burger. Hearsay also has a menu specifically curated for business lunches. Their $22 “Power Lunch” menu features delicious options like grilled salmon and an 8 oz strip steak. It’s a great way to treat your clients without making your accounting team hate you.
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