3134 Old Spanish Trail , Houston, TX, US, 77054

  • Phone: (832) 201-3131
  • Fax: (832) 200-2750
4.4 out of 5 (224 reviews)
90% of guests recommend this hotel
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  • Bars & Cafes

    »Valhalla

    Park in the visitors lot, entrance 22 and head over to the basement of the chemistry building on Rice University campus for a respectable selection of beer, wine and cider. Run for and by grad students (and alum) keeps the prices low—dollar 12-oz beers on tap or bottled! As a non-profit, you may find yourself getting more "change" back than you paid. The laidback crowd is happy to chat, play some chess, or leave you to your own deep thoughts. On warmer evenings, enjoy your beer out on the lawn. Candy, chips, and sandwiches available. - JoAnn Takasaki

    6100 Main Street
    Houston, TX 77005

    »Olive Garden

    Olive Garden serves up authentic Italian cuisine. Their signature breadsticks and one-of-a-kind menu make them an American icon. Standard Italian options like bruchetta, calamari, ravioli, and eggplant parmigiana line their lengthy menu. More exotic items like salmon, chicken dishes, and innovative pizzas are also available. For the calorie-counter, Olive Garden has a range of low fat and low carbohydrate options. Their bottomless salads ensure a well-balanced feast. Enjoy your meal with a bottle from their extensive wine list or one of their tropical island drinks. Finally, top it all off with a little something from their dessert menu- their cakes, custards, and ice creams are sure to win you over. Lunch and take out menus are available.

    1010 Old Spanish Trail
    Houston, TX 77054

    »Kam's Fine Chinese Cuisine

    The museum crowd treats this popular eatery as a "see and be-seen" establishment. The sleek, nouveau decor and soft classical music provide the perfect degree of sophistication without crossing into the 'stuffy' realm. Expect to enjoy a classy dining experience with exceptional, non-invasive service. Equally sophisticated, the menu features spiced-up versions of many traditional Chinese favorites. Try the Asian vermicelli with one of several spicy meat or seafood options. Beer and wine are plentiful, but a full bar is not available.

    4500 Montrose Boulevard
    Houston, TX 77006

    »Absinthe Brasserie

    It was a dark & stormy cocktail…or maybe it was the St. George Absinthe. Regardless, this hard-to-find neighborhood lounge has some of the most interesting drinks in Houston. Not to mention a fantastic menu which includes incomparable mini-pizzas (there's not a bad one in the bunch named after 19th century painters). Don't let the seedy strip center and medieval wood doors deter—go right on in, let the eyes adjust to the dark, and belly-up to the friendly bartenders who know their drink and food. Wednesday is Bring Your Own CD or iPod night—and they're not shy about cranking it up. - JoAnn Takasaki

    609 Richmond Avenue
    Houston, TX 77006

    »The Ginger Man

    The Ginger Man is the perfect spot to catch up with friends over a brew or two. There is a rather expansive beer selection to choose from, with somewhere around 50 beers on tap, with an equal amount of bottled beers to choose from. The walls are adorned with old beer bottles long since consumed, and the place itself smells of beer throughout. There are no mixed drinks here, but for those that love beer, welcome to paradise. 

    5607 Morningside Drive
    Houston, TX 77005

    »El Meson

    In 1981 this restaurant replaced El Patio, a Mexican original that had been around since 1957. Some of the original decor from the old restaurant can still be found inside. Newcomers dine here daily, but the list of loyal long-time patrons is extensive. The menu offers a diverse mix of Cuban, Mexican and Spanish specialties. Try one of the numerous Spanish seafood dishes, or bring your friends along and share some tapas. If you are a little less adventurous, there is plenty of Tex-Mex to choose from.

    2425 University Boulevard
    Houston, TX 77005

    »Ruggles Cafe Bakery

    On some days, you just want to grab a bowl of hearty soup, a tasty sandwich, or a giant cookie and forget about the world. On those days, head to Ruggles Café Bakery for delectable food at a price that college students will fall in love with. Known citywide for their creative desserts and tasty food, Ruggles offers a cozy atmosphere to meet with friends. They have a kids menu that will delight the little ones in your group. Patrons are invited to bring a bottle of their favorite wine; for no corkage fee, they can enjoy a glass either inside or on a covered patio.

    2365 Rice Boulevard
    Houston, TX 77005

    »Mi Luna

    Lively Spanish music fills the air and sets the tone at Mi Luna. The bold colors and fun atmosphere are popular with anyone looking to have a great time with friends. Tables on the patio are the hottest seats in the house when the weather is fair. A menu favorite is the shrimp in lemon-garlic olive oil, but with nearly 50 hot and cold selections to choose from, you are certain to find many more that will please.

    2441 University Boulevard
    Houston, TX 77005

    »Black Walnut Cafe

    The Black Walnut Cafe, located in Rice Village and consistently frequented by nearby university students, focuses more on providing a cafe experience than tasty cafe dishes. The eclectic and expansive menu offers prices to the fourth decimal place and a wide variety of quick dishes, but the main dishes are overshadowed by the desserts and the ambiance. Casual is key here right from the counter ordering to the piped-in jazz music and leisurely dining. Breakfast, served all day, might be the best reason to visit, other than the desserts and friendly atmosphere.

    5510 Morningside Drive
    Houston, TX 77005

    »Two Rows Restaurant and Brewery

    The two video walls and 20 televisions appeal to far more than sports fans. Step into an interesting environment, complete with a fantastic fiber optics light display, that is constantly changing. Guests enjoy scrumptious homemade hamburgers and beer along with wonderful brick-oven pizza.

    2400 University Boulevard
    Houston, TX 77005

    »Salento

    Salento is a wonderful Latin American café/wine bar combo in the heart of the pleasant Rice Village. Their coffee is some of the best in the city, with well-trained baristas manning the steamer. The wine list includes several gems from South America, with great happy hour discounts. Get a window seat along the front wall and people-watch while listening to their mix of mostly underground music. Order a chicken empanada - the best snack in the city!

    2407 Rice Boulevard
    Houston, TX 77005

    »Jackson's Watering Hole

    As ideally located as any place in the city, Jackson's Watering Hole quenches thirsts on the fringe where Montrose meets the Museum District. Jackson's is a casual bar and beer garden, perfect for your early evening social agendas. It also attracts a generally an older crowd, pleasantly mixed with neighborhood locals and University of St. Thomas students alike. The drink prices are really fair, if not on the cheap side. You can also pull up a chair around the huge rectangular bar. The rocky parking lot fills up fast, so you may have to park just around the corner.

    1205 Richmond Avenue
    Houston, TX 77006
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