Restaurants Offering Specials During the 2024 Houston Rodeo Season

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It’s rodeo time again, y’all! The biggest event in the city is in full swing and runs until March 17. Restaurants and bars are joining in on the fun with specials inspired by the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. With Spring Break around the corner, it’s the perfect time to head out to the festivities. We’ve rounded up some options for those looking for a pre-game destination or just want to partake in fun, rodeo-themed sips and bites. 

Ciel Restaurant
Dine at CIEL before or after the Rodeo. Photo by Shannon O’Hara.

CIEL Restaurant and Lounge, 4411 San Felipe: The River Oaks area fine dining restaurant serving Japanese cuisine with a French twist is staying open until 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturday to accommodate those who want to keep the party going. The drink special, the 1932 Mule, (named after the first year of the Rodeo) is made with bourbon, housemade ginger syrup and lime. The late-night menu features ribeye, French fries and truffle pizza. It is making things even easier for rodeo goers by offering a transportation package that covers shuttle rides to and from the rodeo grounds. Reservations are recommended and can be made on the website Call the restaurant at (713) 832-2435 to reserve the transportation service. 

BBQ sandwich
The rode special at Cafe Leonelli: a BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich with house barbecue sauce, pickles, roasted tomatoes, arugula relish and mozzarella spread. Courtesy photo.

Cafe Leonelli, 5500 Main: The elevated, fast-casual Italian café inside the Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Kinder Building is offering a rodeo-inspired BBQ pulled pork sandwich for $16. The braised pull pork is smothered in house BBQ sauce and is dressed with Dijon mustard, arugula, tomatoes and pickled onions. The special will be available through Sunday, March 24. The cafe is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Thursdays. Reservations are not required. 

Brisket and eggs
Brisket and eggs on the all-day brunch menu at Dish Society. Photo by Dragana Harris.

Dish Society, Multiple locations: Those looking for rodeo-themed drinks before heading out to the big event will find them at any location of this local, farm-to-table chain. The featured craft cocktails are $10 each and include the Rodeo Smash made with Crown Royal whiskey, grapefruit juice and fresh mint, and the Strawberry Chile Ranch Water with Socorro Tequila Blanco, fresh strawberries, lime, Topo Chico and a Tajín rim. While there, nosh on snacks from the regular menu such as Pretzels and Queso or the Brisket-Stuffed Sweet Potato. The all-day brunch menu features brisket and eggs with chopped brisket, tomatillo salsa, pickled onions, cilantro and two sunny-side-up eggs atop smoked gouda grits. Check your nearest location for opening hours. Reservations are not required. 

Interior of Eunice.
Dine at Eunice before the rodeo. Photo by Duc Huang.

Eunice, 3737 Buffalo Speedway: The Greenway area Creole-Cajun restaurant is joining in on the festivities with an extended happy hour Monday through Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. Rodeo-goers can present their tickets or badge to receive a $2 discount on cocktails, including the new, rodeo-themed Tumbleweed, a vodka martini with jalapeño, and the Texas Ranger, made with tequila, pomegranate and lime. From now until March 17,  diners can also order Chef Drake’s Grilled Cowboy Ribeye for $59. It’s served with crawfish butter, green asparagus and Yukon gold potatoes. Eunice is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m to 9 p.m. and open an extra hour — until 10 p.m. — on Friday and Saturday.  Reservations are recommended and can be made on the website

GJ Saloon
GJ Saloon at Georgia James. Photo by Becca Wright.

Georgia James, 3503 West Dallas: From now until March 16, the Montrose steakhouse is celebrating Rodeo season by turning its upstairs lounge into a western-themed “watering hole” dubbed the “GJ Saloon.Guests can watch live airings of the rodeo on the TVs while partaking in specialty, rodeo-themed cocktails including The King George with wheated bourbon, Wagyu beef tallow and bitters; Mr. Cash’s Fire Water with tequila, passionfruit, hibiscus, jalapeño, lime, sparkling water and a Tajín rim; and the Selena with Meyer lemon vodka and yuzu lemon.  There are also live musical performances Wednesday through Saturday, and daily happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. Guests can order from either the regular menu or the special Rodeo Prix Fixe menu for $95 per person, which includes oysters and hushpuppies for a first course, Wagyu Zabuton with loaded potatoes or a 44 Farms ribeye for the second course and pecan pie or carrot cake to finish. It is open Monday through Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m.,  Friday and Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. Reservations are recommended and can be made on the website

Fish and Chips
Beer Battered Fish ‘N’ Chips at Loch Bar. Courtesy Photo.

Loch Bar, 4444 Westheimer: The seafood restaurant in the River Oaks District is getting into the rodeo season by offering 15% off the check for diners who present their Rodeo Houston badges or tickets. The regular menu includes Skirt Steak Lettuce Wraps with gem lettuce cups, Korean BBQ marinade, cucumber daikon kimchi and ssamjang dipping sauce, the Maine Lobster Roll with drawn butter, chives, celery leaf and a toasted split-top bun and Beer Battered Fish ‘N’ Chips with house tartar sauce and boardwalk fries. Loch Bar is open Monday through Friday from 11:30 to 2 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 to 2 a.m. Reservations are recommended and can be made on the website

Lyric Bar Drinks
Drink specials at Lyric Bar and a Churro Waffle from Press Waffle Co. Photo by Andrew Hemingway

Lyric Market, 411 Smith: The bar at this downtown food hall is celebrating the Rodeo with three special themed cocktails. The Rodeo Refresher costs $9 and is made with vodka, blood orange soda and prosecco. The Southern Beau, also $9, features Giant 100 Bourbon, peach, lemon and mint, while The Lone Ranger costs $10 and is a Zythophile Cowboy SMaSH IPA served with a barbecue whiskey and pineapple juice shot. Guests who bring in their same-day ticket stub receive 10% off food at Lyric Market stalls, including Press Waffle Co., which specializes in authentic Belgian waffles, La Cocina, which serves authentic Mexican cuisine or Cajun spot 1929 Po-Boy Kitchen. The food hall opens daily at 11 a.m.

Cocktails
Cocktails available at Marmo’s happy hour. Photo by Julie Soefer.

Marmo, 888 Westheimer: The Italian chophouse in the Montrose Collective is celebrating this rodeo season with extended hours for happy hour that will be available at the bar, in the lounge or on the patio. From now until March 17, Marmo’s early happy hour will run Monday through Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. On the weekends, the special reverse happy hour will be offered from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m.  Drink highlights include $6 select glasses of wine, $5 Peroni beer and $8 cocktails. Happy hour also includes a variety of food options including $2 oysters on the half shell with Calabrian chili mignonette and $7 pastas such as rigatoni alla vodka, veal bolognese with tagliatelle, veal ragu and Parmigiano and polpette, which are classic meatballs in tomato sauce and topped with whipped ricotta. Reservations are recommended and can be made on the website

Max’s Wine Dive, 4720 Washington: The casual food and wine bar in the Heights is offering all rodeo-goers 15% off its food menu until March 17. Just show your same-day rodeo ticket or Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo badge and indulge on dishes such as Crispy Deviled Eggs filled with a blend of egg yolks, mayonnaise, mustard, house-made pickles and dill aioli and the Vaquero Sliders, which come with three sliders of fried chicken tenders tossed in chipotle honey, topped with house slaw and pickles and dressed with a sambal aioli. It is open Monday through Thursday from 3 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 to 12 a.m and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Reservations are recommended and can be made on the website

Bistec Bao
Bistec Bao from Money Cat, Rodeo Uncorked! competition Rookie Winner. Photo by Sherman Yeung.

Money Cat, 2925 Richmond: The modern Japanese concept in Upper Kirby kicked off rodeo season by winning the Rookie Award at this year’s Rodeo Uncorked! Competition. Try the winning dish, Bistec Bao, a soft bao filled with Filipino braised beef cheek, calamansi aioli and pickled red onion, as well as an Ube Churro, made with pâte à choux, sprinkled with ube-infused sugar and served with calamansi caramel and ube (purple yam) ice cream. The rodeo-ready combo is available until March 17 for $16. Money Cat is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Reservations are recommended and can be made on Resy

Mini Corn dogs
44 Farms Mini Corn Dogs at Relish. Photo by PR Boutique.

Relish Restaurant & Bar, 2810 Westheimer: The River Oaks neighborhood eatery has launched a handful of rodeo-inspired dishes. Available at both lunch and dinner are the 44 Farms Mini Corn Dogs with all-beef sausage and spicy mustard; a pulled pork sandwich with house barbecue sauce and slaw served on a brioche bun with a side of fries; and the Rodeo Burger with house-ground beef, cheddar, shoestring onions, housemade barbecue sauce, shredded lettuce and a side of fries.

At dinner, the Rodeo Ribs are also available a half rack of smoked St. Louis-style ribs which come with a choice of collards or fries. Rodeo drink specials include the Space City Cowboy with bourbon, blackberry, mint, lemon and maple, and the Rodeo Rita with mezcal, tequila, lime, blood orange and bitters. Relish is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday for brunch from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. Reservations are recommended and can be made on Opentable.

Enchilada
The Texcoco Enchilada available for a limited time at Sylvia’s. Courtesy Photo.

Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen, 6401 Woodway and 1150 Eldridge: Plan a pitstop at either location of the Houston institution for Tex-Mex comfort food. During Rodeo season, both locations of Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen are bringing back the popular Texcoco Enchilada, a tender, spicy beef enchilada topped with chile de árbol sauce, chopped onions and cheese. The special is Sylvia’s enchilada interpretation of barbacoa; slow-cooked barbecue from Mexico. The dish comes with rice and beans and is available for both lunch and dinner for $17.95. Check your nearest location for specific opening hours. Reservations are not required.

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