7 Standout Chef's Tables in Houston
By Marcy de Luna
September 16, 2014
Grab a seat of one of Houston's premiere chef's tables and get up close and personal with the chef and kitchen staff.
You can order the regular menu at the chef's table, with seating for 28, at the French spot in Midtown. Bar-style seating around the kitchen provides an up-close experience of all of the kitchen action.
Tucked in a quiet corner of the upscale restaurant, the best seat in the house offers a bird's-eye view of the open kitchen and accommodates up to 14 people. The chef's menu rotates — right now it includes a A5 Kobe dish ($110 per person and up; wine pairings are an additional $65 per person).
The chef’s table at the Midtown staple is situated in the middle of the kitchen, semi-closed-off for noise reduction. The menu is a degustation, or sampling, of a variety of dishes chosen by executive chef Danny Trace, between five to seven courses (lunch: $60-$105 with wine pairings; dinner: $80-$155 with wine pairings; reservations required, 4-12 people).
One of the newest chef's tables in town presents a six-course tasting menu with some of the top items from the regular menu plus fun, seasonal dishes. The semi-private space, with seating for 10, affords diners a front-row perch of the adjacent kitchen via a large window ($80 person and up; wine pairings are an additional $40 per person).
5. Le Mistral
The chef’s table for 10 at the Energy Corridor spot features a customized five-course menu of French fare by chef David Denis with wine recommendations by sommelier Sylvain Denis ($80 per person and up).
The ringside seat, in a corner room within the lively kitchen, provides the opportunity to mingle with the chefs and line cooks while dining on a six-course meal by chef Napoleon Palacios. Reserve the table for two for a romantic dinner or book it for up to a party of eight ($75 per person).
La Cucina, a private room located in Four Seasons Houston's Italian eatery Quattro, features a chef’s table with seating for 16. Windows allow a first-rate view of the kitchen. Chef Maurizio creates tasting menus from six to 12 courses, with or without wine parings ($75 per person and up).