Wedding planning can certainly be stressful and an easy way to relieve stress is to use one of the best restaurants in Houston as your venue. Hosting a wedding in a restaurant is a great option as a restaurant can handle the ceremony and reception, with food, tables, and chairs all under one roof.
To help you find the right place for the big day, we’ve rounded up the ideal restaurants for the perfect wedding.
Brennan from Houston
As one of the most historic restaurants in the city, the Brennan’s of Houston provides a beautiful setting for a wedding ceremony and reception in the building from the 1930s designed by John Staub. The red brick courtyard, surrounded by oaks, palm trees and ivy, is ideal for a spring wedding and can accommodate up to 100 guests.
The ballroom – ideal for a reception with space for up to 150 guests – offers Mediterranean luxury with chandeliers and vaulted ceilings. Brennan’s modern take on Louisiana cuisine is sure to please everyone, and the restaurant offers dozen of entree and seated dinners, including crab cakes and banana care.
A long-time favorite of the city’s elite, Tony’s provides a luxurious, contemporary setting for a gorgeous wedding ceremony. The restaurant offers numerous venues depending on the size of the guest list. The airy main dining room with walls full of masterpieces can seat up to 300 guests, while the San Remo room can seat up to 100 people and the wine cellar offers the perfect intimate setting for up to 60 people.
Known for their exquisite, updated Italian cuisine – including favorites like the flaming red snapper or raviolo di Manzo stuffed with braised short ribs – a seated reception at Tony would impress anyone lucky enough to be invited.
La Colombe d’Or
The Grand Ballroom – also known as La Grand Salon – at the La Colombe d’Or boutique hotel has long been considered one of the city’s most important wedding venues. The Grand Ballroom is lined with 300-year-old panels from the country castle of La Comtesse Greffulhe as well as magnificent chandeliers and is reminiscent of a bygone era of European kings and splendor. The venue can accommodate hundreds of guests and is large enough to host both the ceremony and reception.
Cinq, the restaurant at La Colombe d’Or, is known for its updated take on classic French cuisine, with dishes like lobster bisque with crispy lobster tails and smoked cedar duck. An additional benefit of using the hotel as a wedding venue is that the most important guests can stay in one of the five ornate suites on site.
There are few Houston destinations that can offer such a romantic setting for a ceremony as Rainbow Lodge, with its beautiful block structure overlooking an acre of bucolic soil and a bubbling stream. The entire restaurant, while not large, is large enough to accommodate a more intimate wedding (approximately 100 people) for an outdoor ceremony and an indoor reception.
Rainbow Lodge is known for its Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, with starters like fried Texas quail bites with bourbon sauce and starters like rainbow trout with lump crab and pecan butter.
This long-standing River Oaks restaurant with a decidedly upscale Mediterranean flair has a beautiful garden called The Bear’s Nest, which can be used for a cozy outdoor wedding.
In terms of reception seating, Ouisie’s main dining room can seat up to 135 people, and Lucy’s Porch, which overlooks the garden, can seat up to 95 people.
The restaurant offers upscale entrees like chicken steak on a biscuit, shrimp quesadillas, and seated entrees like crispy red snapper and grilled buffalo fillet.
Brenner’s Steakhouse on the Bayou
A picturesque pavilion on the large lawn overlooking Buffalo Bayou provides the perfect pastoral setting for an outdoor wedding ceremony.
For the reception, the loft room in the Brenner has space for up to 54 seats and has a fireplace and a private balcony. For a spring wedding, the Blue Bar – an outdoor lounge with a green view of the bayou – can seat 100 seated guests or 120 for a cocktail reception.
The steakhouse menu features dozens of starters like mini-jumbo crab cakes and bacon-wrapped quail breasts, as well as starters like the famous filet mignon and the golf red snapper.