Business Travel Guide for Houston

Business travel can be unpleasant; it's time consuming, inconvenient and you end up eating at an unremarkable bordering on sad restaurant more often than you care to think. But now you get to see Houston (great city) and if you plan accordingly, you'll get to sample some of the best our oil and gas turned arts and food mecca has to offer. Below, some hotel and restaurant suggestions for downtown and in the Galleria area. (Photo: Flickr/eflon)

Updated: July 07, 2010

Business Travel Guide for Houston: Downtown

Magnolia Hotel Houston

1100 Texas St, Houston, TX 77002

This luxury hotel in downtown Houston's historical district lures us in with its sleek modern decor and gets us to stay with the late night cookie buffet.

Four Seasons Place

1300 Lamar St, Houston, TX 77010

The Four Seasons in Houston is well suited to business travel thanks to its proximity to the convention center and the Houston Pavilions, downtown's growing food and entertainment-plex.

Hearsay Gastro Lounge

218 Travis St, Houston, TX 77002

If Don Draper from "Mad Men" were traveling to Houston in this day and age, he might have dropped in on this beautifully renovated historic building for an old fashioned at the bar. The food is decidedly casual but taken together with the extensive drink menu, Hearsay is a solid option for dining alone or for business travel.

Byrd's Market Cafe

420 Main St, Houston, TX 77002

Byrd's is popular with office workers for its fast but decidedly not fast food lunch (order the fried green tomato burger) and does downtown denizens another solid by staying open for dinner and breakfast throughout the entire week when most other Houston restaurants and cafes are closed.

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

705 Main St, Houston, TX 77002

After a long day of meetings, choosing from more than 80 taps and another 100 bottles of craft beer sounds pretty fantastic. Take the coworkers here to relax or do some team building during Tuesday night trivia.

Strip House

1200 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010

The sexy dining room of this national steak house is an effectual magnet for business travelers to Houston. Sink into one of the deep leather booths and impress a client (or date).

Business Travel Guide for Houston: Galleria


5160 Hidalgo Street, Houston, TX 77056

A number of budget hotels in Houston are stationed around the Galleria but this boutique hotel is a more upscale option, done up in shades of soothing blue and perfect for business travelers.

RDG Bar Annie

1800 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056

Chef Robert Del Grande is one of Houston's most notable and the flagship of his restaurant group is a destination for locals and visitors alike. The menu famously marries all the favorite flavors of the area, tossing Mexican or Creole flavors in with Gulf Coast seafood, and the bar is almost always bustling with Houston's elite.

Becks Prime

2615 Augusta Dr, Houston, TX 77057

No time for a leisurely lunch? Beck's will have you in and out the door without sacrificing quality. The burgers and milkshakes are considered among the best in Houston.

Del Frisco's - Houston

5061 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77056

If you've got an expense account to abuse during your business trip, this steakhouse lodged in the Galleria is your go-to for spicy calamari and filet. A bumping happy hour scene ensures that you won't feel alone despite being in a new city for business travel.