Houston’s Most Stunning Restaurants

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With mood lighting, attractive finishes, and funky wall art, these restaurants offer a feast for the eyes

— Brittany Britto Garley, Minh T. Truong

TOP 100 Restaurants

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The tapas, wines and cocktails can be splendid. The cooking can, too. Play it safe with perfect pan con tomate and slick slices of Iberico ham.

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Top 100 Houston Restaurant 2019: MAD

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By now, you’ve heard the frenzied buzz about this boldly designed new Spanish restaurant named for Madrid’s airport code.

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— Houston Chronicle

Houston’s 50 Best Restaurants

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MAD is short for Madrid, but you wouldn’t be completely wrong if you thought it had something to do with the River Oaks restaurant’s quirky, unconventional vibe.

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— Daniel Renfrow, Geneva Diaz, Shelby Stewart, and Alexia Partouche With Mai Pham and Phoebe Gibson

MAD in Houston Shoots for the Moon with Both Cuisine and Decor

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Three friends and I stood transfixed at the entrance to MAD, the dark and dreamlike Spanish restaurant in Houston’s posh River Oaks District shopping village, gaping as a dozen tall, skinny mirrors spun maniacally over the bar.

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— Patricia Sharpe

MAD River Oaks

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With its edgy decor and nightclub feel, MAD is little bit of euro nightlife come to Texas.

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— Charu Suri

Best Of Houston® 2020: Best Dessert

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The dessert menu at MAD is expressive, exploding with creativity, and executed at the highest level.

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Houston’s True Truffle Masters — See Which Chefs Won This Spirited Foodie Showdown

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Popular BCN and MAD executive chef Luis Roger and his team are beaming after taking first place in the annual 2022 Truffle Masters competition with an out-of-this-world winter truffle Basque cheesecake laced with tangerine and apricot confit.

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— Shelby Hodge

Houston foodies go MAD at decadent downtown truffle extravaganza

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Asweet treat from one of Houston's most-creative restaurants ruled the day at The Truffle Masters.

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— Eric Sandler

Houston's best restaurant and chef crowned at the 2020 Tastemaker Awards

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Few restaurants transport diners to another world quite the way MAD does.

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— Eric Sandler


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MAD is not a place only to have diner,but to be enjoyed from early friend’s get-together to a business lunch or to have drinks late night with some music and entertainmet.

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— Design Awards

MAD: A sensory ambush arrives at River Oaks District

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For more than a year since they announced a second restaurant, BCN partners Ignacio Torras and chef Luis Roger have mostly tried to stay mum about MAD.

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— Greg Morago

A Design Tour of River Oaks District Hot Spot MAD

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Barcelona-based interior designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán chats about River Oaks District foodie hot spot MAD.

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— Mimi Faucett Trahan

This Clubby Restaurant In Houston Will Transport You To A Spanish Discoteca • MAD Houston

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If you’re looking for a taste of Spanish cuisine, with the sight, sound, and feel of Madrilenian nightlife, MAD Houston is your ticket.

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— Colby Smith

Take a Walk Around MAD, the River Oaks District’s New Spanish Stunner

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Before making a reservation at MAD, take a walk around the gorgeous space and brace yourself — there’s a lot to take in.

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— Mai Pham

You'll Feel Like You're In An Actual Madrid Nightclub At This Houston Restaurant

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MAD in Houston is an eccentric, fully immersive experience with authentic and delicious Spanish dishes.

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— Cicely Rubottom

The 14 Most Romantic Restaurants in Houston

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Sexiness and weirdness often go hand-in-hand, and this avant-garde concept is about as weird as it gets.

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— Brooke Viggiano, and Adrianne Reece