Best Seafood Restaurants in Houston

Houston, Texas, is famous for its abundance of restaurants and their varieties. Because of its ethnic diversity, the choice of cuisines is endless. Houston is so famous for its abundance of restaurants that the food industry holds its annual meetings in Houston. While the list of good restaurants in Houston is extensive, I have below listed some favorites and award-winning seafood restaurants in Houston, Texas. This list maybe occasionally updated:

Goode Company is a family-owned restaurant with now various specialty branches and each with a mini museum. Goode Co. Seafood features traditional Gulf Coast favorites with an International twist. There are spicy crawfish bisque, oven-roasted oysters, and Chilean sea bass. You will also find the ceviche (served in a sundae glass with your choice of shrimp, crab or crawfish). While Goode Co. Seafood is A-okay, I personally love the original Goode Co. Barbeque, and would get all my money’s worth by ordering a whole chicken. Goode Seafood is located at 2621 Westpark Drive, Houston, Texas; (713)523-7154 or 10211 Katy Freeway, Houston; (713)464-7933 or call Goode Co. at (713)520-9153

Reef is owned by a fisherman nicknamed online as Wholefish. Reef features shrimp, crab, oysters and red snapper, tripletail, wahoo, amberjack and sheepshead. Reef is known to make fascinating dishes with whatever is readily available (cooking with seasonal products, that is), just as done by great Chefs on the “Iron Chef.” Reef is located at 2600 Travis Street, Houston, Texas; (713)526-8282

Boudreaux’s Cajun Kitchen is a Louisiana-style seafood restaurant. Cajun Kitchen has wide selection of jambalaya, etouffee, fried or blackened or grilled seafood in various arrangements. Also available at Cajun Kitchen are favorite desserts such as pecan pie, bread pudding; and great boudin and dirty rice. Everything at Cajun Kitchen is served big, just as one would expect of Texas. Visit Cajun Kitchen at 5475 West Loop South, Houston, Texas; (713)838-2200 or 9434 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas; (713)932-1900, or 9774 Katy Freeway, Houston (713)463-0099 or Willowbrook area, 17595 Highway 249, Houston, Texas

Sinh Sinh is a must visit seafood restaurant in Chinatown, Houston. Sinh Sinh offers several favorites – from hot pots of crab or lobster, soft shell crabs with pepper, mixed seafood, lobster baked with cheese, blue crabs baked in butter, Dungeness crabs with beer, etc. The prices at Sinh Sinh are reasonable for seafood, and Sinh Sinh it is good place for people-watching! Sinh Sinh opens until 2 AM. Located at 9788 Bellaire Boulevard, Houston, TX; (713)541-2888

Jimmy G’s Restaurant is a seafood restaurant noted for its huge grilled oysters, grilled pecan trout, well-stocked bar and great atmosphere. At Jimmy G’s your food is grilled right in front of you with your choice of spices. Jimmy G’s however impresses me as one of those places to take a business associate you seek to impress, though some allege you can also wear jeans to Jimmy G’s. There is a location close to the Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. Located at 307 North Sam Houston Parkway, Houston; (281)931-7654

Tampico is an oyster bar and grill brought to you Mexican-style. At Tampico, you select your seafood from a bed of ice, pay for it per pound and the chefs prepared it in any of their specialties you please. Tampico has a specialty called “cocteles” which are schooners loaded with shrimp, raw oysters and octopus and mixed with tomatoes, onions, pieces of avocado, lime juice and cilantro in a ketchup-based cocktail sauce. To eat cocteles Mexican-style, you add hot pepper sauce and then scoop some seafood onto a cracker. Located at 2115 Airline Drive, Houston; (713)862-8425 or 10125 North Freeway, Houston; (281)445-2525

The Boiling Crab is a Vietnamese-Cajun restaurant that specializes in crawfish boiled and then tossed with mild, medium, spicy or extra-spicy seasoning mix as soon as they emerge from the pot. The finished product is then served to you with additional flavor of your choice – from lemon pepper, garlic butter, cajun or a combination of all three referred to as “The Whole Shebang.” Located at 8300 West Sam Houston Parkway South, Houston, Texas; (281)988-4750

Ostioneria Michoacan Seafood is a mix of authentic Michoacan and traditional Tex-Mex. Some common favorites at Michoacan are fish tacos, ceviche de pescado and seafood combo rice containing oysters, shrimp, mussels, clams, white fish and scallops. The mariachi band and flower girls are common sight at the Ostioneria Michoacan. Prices are reasonable, and if you are very curious or like spicy with fire coming out of your ears, then you may want to try the Michelada – beer with hot sauce. Located at 11402 North Freeway, Houston; (281)999-3995 or 13433 State Highway 249, #16, Houston (281)447-5061

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant is a Pacific Northwest restaurant. McCormick & Schmick’s features fresh seafood with a Pacific Northwest flavor served in a Texas accented interior and a cozy fireplace. There is an extensive wine list and cocktails squeezed from fresh juices. McCormick & Schmick’s also offers private or semi-private seatings. Visit at 1151-01 Uptown Park Boulevard, Houston; (713)840-7900 or 1201 Fannin Street, Houston; (713)658-8100 and 791 Town & Country Boulevard, Houston; (713)465-3685

Dantons at the Houston Museum District is a seafood restaurant that evokes the good old days. Dantons is a fresh Gulf Coast cuisine at its finest. Enjoy fresh-caught fish of the day such as the Red Snapper or the Triple Tail; dark roux gumbo; campenchana; calamari; oysters on the half shell; baked oysters Dan; sauteed oysters Kyle; crab Danton; Kyle’s crab salad; crab Balinese; grilled or fried or stuffed shrimp, grilled cheese, etc. Remember to try desserts favorites such as Patsy’s chocolate monkey cake or key lime pie. Located at 4611 Montrose Boulevard, Houston, Texas; (713)807-8883. This is where locals go!

Mambo Seafood Restaurant is a restaurant offering a variety of seafood prepared in traditional and innovative Latin American cuisines. Mambo offers fried calamari in fresh, hot and crunchy batter, fish rancheras (fish that is lightly sauteed in onions, vegetables and spices), shrimp scamp, vuelva a la vida cocktail and various seafood varieties served with specialty Mambo rice. Also available are assortments of cold beers and margaritas or non-alcoholic beer. If you are stretching your dollar, then Friday nights maybe the best time to visit Mambo. Located at 10810 North Freeway, Houston; (281)820-3300 or 6101 Airline Drive Houston Texas; (713)691-9700

Pappadeaux Seafood – while a chain with a tendency for crowding, Pappadeaux makes nice seafood. The shrimp brochette, stuffed crab-mushroom bathed in light garlic sauce and various fish dishes are good. Pappadeaux also has a hearty seafood gumbo with andouille broth flecked with sausage, shrimp and crab. Though the price may at first appear a little high for a chain, the flavor and portion of food make up for the price. Located at 2525 South Loop West (by Astrodome Reliant), Houston, Texas; (713)665-3155 or 2410 Richmond Avenue, Houston, Texas; (713)527-9137 or 6015 Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas; (713)782-6310