Top 10 Restaurants near Cipher Escape Rooms


Where to eat in Montrose after a Houston Escape Room Victory?!

Looking for a great place to have a snack before your game, or a place to sit down for a full meal after you finish? You’re in luck! In the heart of Montrose there are no shortages of places to eat within walking distance. Whether you are celebrating a victory or planning another trip, these places will certainly satisfy the escape game challenger. Here are some of our favorites:

1. Empire Cafe

1732 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098

With two patios and two large indoor seating areas, there is usually plenty of room for your large group at Empire Café (brunch notwithstanding!). With pizzas, salads, sandwiches, soups, coffee, beer, and wine, there is something for everyone at Empire Café. Oh, and if you’re celebrating, Empire has some of the best cakes in town!

One Fifth Restraunt, Cipher's Favorite
One Fifth

2. One Fifth

1658 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

Located in the old Mark’s on Westheimer and Ralph, One-Fifth is the newest high-concept dining experience in Montrose. With an annually rotating theme, this is one place you will want to visit soon before everything changes.

3. Brasil 

2604 Dunlavy St, Houston, TX 77005

A quaint counter-service Café offering fresh flatbreads, great coffee, and home-made tamales. Brunch is their busy time, but you can almost always count on easy seating inside or in the ample hidden back patio.

4. Hugo’s

1600 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

James Beard Award-winning authentic Mexican fare served in one of Houston’s most beautiful restaurants. The service is top-notch, the food is always beautifully prepared, and of course the margarita menu is world-class.

5. The Hay Merchant

1100 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

Here you’ll find one of Houston’s biggest beer menus, a killer burger, and big ol’ share plates with ingredients co-sourced from next-door Underbelly. We’re talking huge servings of bratwurst, chicken fried steak, and even a whole pig’s head for those adventuresome enough to go for it.

6. Paulie’s

1834 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098

You can’t beat home-made Italian food, and that’s Paulie’s specialty. This counter-service gem shares a wall with Camerata Wine Bar, so you can pair your Canestri alla Funghi with a bottle of wine curated by one of Houston’s three Master Sommeliers.

7. Roost

1972 Fairview St, Houston, TX 77019

This cozy bistro features local ingredients and freshly made share plates. Try to get them to tell you exactly how they make their famous fried cauliflower. Seriously, let us know if you figure it out.

8. Riel

1927 Fairview St, Houston, TX 77019
Common Bond Cafe & Bakery a favorite of houston escape rooms cipher
Common Bond Cafe & Bakery

Riel is on the small side, so definitely make reservations before you go. Once you arrive you will be treated to globally-inspired share plates and cocktails.

9. The Phoenix

1915 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098

In the mood for a pint? The Phoenix is a British-style pub with traditional fare and plenty of TV screens so you can catch every Rockets, Astros, Dynamo, and Texans game.

10. Common Bond Bakery

1706 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098

World-class baked goods, decadent savory dishes, and amazing coffee on the corner of Westheimer and Dunlavy. Seriously, have a lavender latte and a kouign amann and thank me later.