River Oaks is one of the most luxurious and exclusive neighborhoods in Houston and was even rated as Houston’s most expensive neighborhood in 2013. With prestigious hotels, upscale restaurants, high-end shops and fun-filled activities, spending time in River Oaks is always enjoyable.
Where to Stay
When it comes to River Oaks’ most luxurious hotels, The St. Regis Houston is at the top of the list, offering a wide range of decadent rooms and suites. The Hilton Houston Post Oak is also a popular choice, especially because it boasts a stunning rooftop pool. Hotel Derek is ultra-chic, with contemporary rooms and modern artwork, while the Sheraton Suites Houston Near the Galleria is an all-suite hotel with a fine dining restaurant, outdoor pool, and spacious hot tub. Hotel ZaZa is one of River Oak’s most fashionable hotels and boasts a range of themed suites, from a SoHo-style loft to an opulent French-inspired apartment to a rockstar’s private hideout.
Where to Eat
From intimate neighborhood eateries to high-end fine dining, River Oaks has a delicious array of restaurants to choose from. Brasserie 19 is where to go for classic French cuisine, with their escargots, duck confit, and dover sole being three outstanding dishes. The Harwood Grill specializes in beef, and all of their Akaushi steaks are impeccably prepared, while Armando’s serves up Mexican cuisine with tasty Southwestern influences. If you are in the mood for something healthy, Corner Table is the restaurant for you, as they specialize in paleo and gluten-free, with a strong commitment to the freshest of ingredients so that the flavors of their food are always top notch. For dishes that remind you of home, Frank’s Americana Revival cooks up familiar comfort food, while the River Oaks Donut Shop creates gourmet donuts that will take you back to your childhood.
Things to Do
For those who are seeking some history and culture, a visit to the Rienzi, a former mansion that is now an MFAH museum, decked out with its original artwork and furniture. Other museums and galleries worth checking out include the Menil Collection, displaying everything from Pacific American Art to Surrealism, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Catching a performance at Opera Vista is always popular, even for those who are not usually a fan of the opera, as Opera Vista has quite the modern take on the art, while those who are more inclined towards classical music will enjoy a performance by the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra. If you want to spend some time outdoors, head on over to the Hermann Park Conservancy, or to the Cockrell Butterfly Center if you want to see these beautiful creatures up close.
Thanks to its unrelenting beauty and central position, River Oaks has long since been one of Houston’s most well-known neighborhoods. With plenty of culture, entertainment, exciting foods, and fun activities, River Oaks is an ideal destination for both a short getaway as well as a longer vacation.