This month many high school and university students will be graduating from their current institution and joining the workforce or seeking higher education. This is a special transition, both for the new grad and their relatives and friends. A celebratory dinner is often on the agenda for these special weekends, but finding the right restaurant is not always easy. We have selected ten great restaurants that embody some key characteristics that will help ensure this special occasion is as seamless and memorable as possible.
Important factors for picking the perfect location:
● Reservations are key – oftentimes graduations overlap, making popular restaurants tricky to get into without extended wait times
● Good parking is an added bonus so people visiting from out of town and natives alike can navigate with ease
● For larger groups, a place that can easily accommodate bigger tables is a must
● Ensuring an establishment accepts credit cards provides ease of payment
● Ambience–whether a more casual atmosphere is desired or a place that offers that “something special”
● And lastly, it’s important to consider the food options themselves: Are there picky eaters in the group? Is family style or individual entrees preferred?
10 Perfect Spots for a Special Graduation Dinner
Patagonia Grill & Cafe is an Argentinean seafood and steakhouse located just off the Katy Freeway in Brighton Place. They’re open for lunch and dinner seven days a week and serve up a variety of meats and native Argentinean dishes. In addition to offering more standard meats, they also have a special section of Wild Patagonia House Specialties to choose from, including quail, wild hog, and ostrich.
Located in the Heights, CRISP is a spacious restaurant with a large patio and plenty of delicious wines and beers to choose from. The food menu features fun twists on classic Italian and Mediterranean dishes, and the building design also reflects this pleasant mix of old and new. The restaurant takes reservations and can also accommodate larger groups in one of three areas: the main dining room, a private dining area, or the garden and patio area.
Ambrosia on Lexington is an Asian-fusion tapas restaurant with an awesome atmosphere. Tapas are a fun and perfect food option for groups who enjoy doing dinner family-style. Ambrosia has a beautiful, semi-enclosed outdoor seating area that is perfect for an intimate dining experience. Street parking can be hit or miss in this area, but valet parking is available and not too expensive.
The Raven Grill’s menu encompasses a variety of American fare including burgers, pasta, fish, and even a little Tex-Mex. This makes it the perfect spot for larger groups or groups with varying tastes. It also has a great little patio area with plenty of vibrant greenery. Raven Grill only takes reservations for parties of 6 or more, but they do offer call-ahead seating to help shorten the wait time for smaller groups.
Kasra Persian Grill is a fantastic spot for traditional Persian cuisine and the menu includes a wide range of kabobs and stew dishes. Portions are hearty, so don’t be afraid to share! This spot is great for individual dishes, family style, or a combination of the two. The ambiance is nice but casual, so it is perfect for a relaxing family dinner.
Located just off Memorial Drive, Che Inka is open for lunch and dinner daily, featuring an exciting blend of Peruvian and Argentinean cuisine. The decor is sleek and modern, accenting the design with touches from the two inspirational cultures into the design. They are a part of a larger family of Houston-area businesses, including Argentina Cafe and Empanadas Factory.
Also open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, Mezza Grille offers the perfect blend for a relaxed, but upscale fine dining experience. The cuisine is American-Mediterranean fusion offering a variety of pastas, seafood, and steaks. The restaurant has plenty of indoor seating and the patio provides a slightly cozier vibe.
Tiny Boxwoods focuses on the connection between food and environment and strives to strengthen that “experiential bond” as much as they can. Seafood, lamb, and steak are the dominate choices for entrees, and a variety of artisanal appetizers are available for starters or small plates. In addition to taking normal reservations, space can also be reserved in their beautiful garden for dinner for up to 14 people.
Located in Upper Kirby, Kata Robata features a combination of traditional and modern Japanese fare, even incorporating French elements to create a unique form of fusion cuisine. In addition to ample entrees, a wide range of sashimi and sushi rolls are also on the menu, including a special selection of Japanese fish.
Authentic Cuban food and a delightful atmosphere await at Cafe Piquet in Bellaire. The casual but elegant style of the restaurant makes it a great spot to relax and celebrate a special day with close friends or family. The decor is rustic and airy and limited seating is available outside on their covered patio.
We hope this has helped you find the perfect place to commemorate this special occasion. We’d love to hear from you in the comments!