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The West Inner Loop encompasses many of the poshest, most upscale neighborhoods and business areas in Houston.


Long known as Houston's most exclusive neighborhood, River Oaks is home to a large collection of eye-popping mansions.

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This affluent neighborhood is easily accessible from Kirby, Willowick, Inwood, and River Oaks Blvd.


Map of Houston/West Inner Loop

  • 1 Bayou Bend, 6003 Memorial Drive, +1 713-639-7750, . Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 1-5PM, M closed (except holidays). A branch of MFAH (Museum of Fine Arts Houston), housing American art, in a 14-acre landscaped garden. Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens (Q2892295) on Wikidata Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens on Wikipedia
  • 2 Memorial Park, 6501 Memorial Dr. 6AM-11PM. Memorial Park is Houston's premier urban park. The park's 2.88-mile jogging trail is very popular with runners and walkers year-round. The park also has miles of mountain bike trails, several tennis courts, and other options for outdoor recreation. There's an arboretum, a nature center, picnic areas, and sports fields. Located just inside the I-610 Loop along Memorial Drive. Free. Memorial Park (Q3305507) on Wikidata Memorial Park, Houston on Wikipedia


  • 1 River Oaks Theatre, 2009 W Gray St, +1 713-524-2175. Houston historical landmark theatre. River Oaks Theatre (Q7337675) on Wikidata River Oaks Theatre on Wikipedia
  • 2 River Oaks Country Club, 1800 River Oaks Blvd, +1 713-529-4321. Very, very exclusive club. If you can meet and resident that is willing to take you, there is golf, tennis, fine dining, and swimming. You cannot get in alone. You either have to be a member or have someone who lives in River Oaks sponsor you for membership. River Oaks Country Club (Q7337669) on Wikidata River Oaks Country Club on Wikipedia




  • 1 [formerly dead link] 100% Taquito, 3245 IH-59 (Southwest Fwy. at Buffalo Spwy.), +1 713-665-2900. Trendy, authentic Mexico City-type taco joint.
  • 2 Goode Company Barbeque, 5109 Kirby Dr. One of the city's most reputed barbeque restaurants. $5-10.
  • 3 House of Pies, 3112 Kirby. 24 hours. The best diner in town. Always open, it is a great option for late night eats serving delicious breakfast, hot coffee, and of course a vast array of pies.
  • Ragin' Cajun, 4302 Richmond Ave, +1 713 623-6321. 11am-9pm, Sun 12-9. A slice of Louisiana for the Bayou City. Authentic down-home Cajun cooking. Order a bucket of crawfish and get messy at one of the many picnic tables, indoors or out. Gumbo, etouffee, boudain, hush puppies and dirty rice round out the menu. Awesomely funky dining room where there's always zydeco on the juke.


  • 4 Chuy's, 2706 Westheimer Rd. Tex-Mex with flair.
  • 5 Epicure Cafe, 2005 W Gray St # C. Tasty European food in a small European like cafe.
  • 6 Mission Burritos, 2245 West Alabama. A few (two?) locations, but 2245 West Alabama has more charm. Biggest, best burritos in town; they always have a 'Burrito of the Month' that is a sure bet.
  • The Original Ninfa's Uptown. Tex-Mex restaurant, which claims to have invented fajitas in the 1970s.


  • 7 Churrasco's, 2055 Westheimer Rd. Expensive and delicious South American and Brazilian food.
  • 8 La Griglia, 2002 W Gray St. River Oak's favorite place to eat lunch and have a fine dinner.
  • Smith & Wollensky, 4007 Westheimer Rd. Some of Houston's best steaks. Extremely fine dining.







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