16 Must-See Waterfront Restaurants

Updated: Jul 18

These waterfront restaurants offer incredible dining and some of the best views in Bay Area Houston.

Explore these Clear Lake gems

Barge 295

Located at the end of a pier on Clear Lake, Barge 295 offers live entertainment, cold drinks, and fresh food. Wave hello to the boats that cruise by as you dine on the first or second floor of the restaurant. Try boiled deep-water jumbo shrimp and Cajun pork sandwiches, or sip from Texas-crafted draft beers. Don’t miss the Yard, a new outdoor music venue adjacent to the pier, that hosts local artists and DJs weekly.

Barge 295

Schafer’s Coastal Bar and Grille

Enjoy the casual outdoor patio with friends, savor a meal with Gulf Coast flair, and quench your thirst with a refreshing cocktail at Schafer’s. Watch boats dock and dine while you relax in the cozy ambiance of the restaurant. Try the creole crab dip or blackened Mahi Mahi fish tacos and splurge on Schafer’s signature apple crisp dessert.


CABO Clear Lake

CABO—a two story bar and grill situated on the shores of Clear Lake—welcomes you with a lively atmosphere and breathtaking waterfront views. Feast on handcrafted burgers and Ahi avocado tacos, or visit during their popular Thursday steak nights. Listen to live bands and DJs play on the weekends while on a date night or hanging with friends.


Frenchie’s Villa Capri

Known for breathtaking sunset views on Clear Lake, stunning banquet halls, and romantic atmospheres, Villa Capri is the perfect place for date nights, receptions, and weddings. Feast on savory Italian dishes like the shrimp piccata or chicken marsala or good old-fashioned spaghetti & meatballs and top off the night with handmade Villa Capri almond cake. After your meal, walk through a bountiful garden and onto a sweet pier that leads out onto the water.

Frenchie's Villa Capri

Opus Ocean Grille

Located within the Watergate Yachting Center in Clear Lake Shores, Opus Ocean Grille offers a variety of fresh seafood dishes including oysters on the half shell, Alaskan King Crab, Chilean Sea Bass, and more. You can dine right by the water on their outdoor patio or dine indoors and still have a perfect view of Clear Lake through wide glass windows. Just don’t mix it up with its’ sister-counterpart, Opus Bistro & Steakhouse.

Opus Ocean Grille

Opus Bistro & Steakhouse

A local sensation–much like Opus Ocean Grille–Opus Bistro & Steakhouse serves up gourmet dining with Southern hospitality and Texas flair. This beloved restaurant is located at the South Shore Harbor Resort, just above the pool and overlooking the marina. Sample plates of lobster risotto, chicken fried veal, or Cajun shrimp and grits while enjoying marina and waterfront views from your table.