You'll find authentic regional Mexican cuisine in a stunningly earthy, Latin-inspired setting at Hugo's.
Chef Hugo Ortega features refined Mexico City classics with a contemporary twist. Moist whole red snapper Veracruzana arrives blanketed in tangy tomatoes, olives and rings of sweet baked onions. Desserts are masterful, from the buttery almond-coconut tart to the flan de chocolate made with freshly ground cocoa beans.
The restaurant is housed in a 1925 structure designed and built by Houston architect Joseph Finger, who is also responsible for Houston’s Art Deco-style City Hall. The Latin-inspired building has been lovingly restored to feature its original beauty, and the interiors designed to include both chic contemporary touches and inviting traditional elements of old Mexico.
Hugo's added a new private room in 2023. Named The Zoila Room after Chefs Hugo Ortega’s and Ruben Ortega’s mother, the room is inspired by the colors and traditions of Old World Mexico, where the chefs were born and raised, and presented with a Modern design. It is the perfect setting for special celebrations of all descriptions, with food from James Beard Award-winning Chef Hugo Ortega, innovative desserts by James Beard Award finalist Pastry Chef Ruben Ortega and craft cocktails, wine and spirits.
The Zoila Room features an abundance of natural light from floor-to-ceiling windows and skylights, amazing photos by renowned Mexican photographer Diego Huerta, sparkling chandeliers, colorful hand-painted tiles and a combination of banquette and table seating. The room capacity is 80 for seated events and 100 for standing receptions.
Hugo's popular Sunday brunch is served from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
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- Hugo Ortega named 2017 Best Chef: Southwest at James Beard Awards (2017)
- Hugo's received Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator (2017)
- Hugo Ortega finalist for Best Chef: Southwest (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 & 2012) James Beard Awards
- Tracy Vaught named semi-finalist for Outstanding Restaurateur at James Beard Awards (2016)
- Named one of Eater's 38 Best Restaurants in America – “The 38 restaurants that defined dining in 2016” (2016)
- Semi-finalist for Outstanding Wine Program at James Beard Awards (2015)
- Included on Travel + Leisure's list of the Best Mexican Restaurants in the U.S. (2013).
- Sean Beck named Rising Star Sommelier by StarChefs.com (2011).
- Named one of the top 5 Mexican restaurants in Texas by Texas Monthly (2010).