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Our first visit to Houston, Texas landed us at a wellness spa.  Go figure, we had planned to spend an entire weekend in the state known for doing things big, especially food. Being the foodies that we are, there was no way we were going to leave Houston without dipping our toe – or should I say, tongue – in its restaurant scene. After spending an entire night searching for the best places to eat in Houston, I came across Caracol, a seafood restaurant offering coastal Mexican cuisine. After seeing photos of the food and reading rave reviews, I knew we had to go the very next day for lunch.

Lunch at Caracol

Lunch at Caracol

Both my husband and I are seafood lovers, and we are fans of coastal Mexican cuisines, which made a visit to Caracol a must-do before we left.

Since we were doing a cleanse, we figured we would keep the food we ate light. My husband and I shared two of their ceviche dishes.  I ordered the Baja Ceviche (scallop, mango, papaya, cucumber, and jalapeño) while he got the Ceviche con Chile Rojo (lime-cured red snapper, cilantro, red bell pepper, black olives, onion, jalapeño, radish).  Both were so good. They were light, and fresh, which did not make us feel guilty about eating it.

Caracol Houston Baja Ceviche


We shared their Campechana Estilo DF, which is a Mexico City-style mixed seafood cocktail containing shrimp, crab, octopus, tomato, serrano chile and cilantro. And because we are big on getting in our veggies, as a side, we had the Repollitos Asados (charred Brussels sprouts). These were some of the best Brussel sprouts I’ve had.

Campechana Estilo DF

We enjoyed the lunch we had at Caracol so much that we scheduled a reservation for the next day to check out their popular brunch.

Brunch at Caracol

Brunch at Caracol is served buffet-style. It is heaven for lovers of both Mexican cuisine and seafood.  My husband and I could not believe the amount of food on display including fresh oysters, several types of ceviches, salads, tamales, chili rellenos, and even some of my favorite desserts like conchas and churros.

There was so much food that I would have to write another blog post to cover it all. But I can tell you this much, the oyster bar was my favorite. I loved that the staff kept fresh oyster shooters flowing.

A tell-tale sign of a great restaurant outside of having amazing food is having efficient and attentive staff. As we enjoyed our meals, my husband and I watched as the staff frequently replaced food so guests were not missing out on any of the deliciousness being served.

Brunch at Caracol was well worth the $37/person spent. It was definitely a great value. When I tell you that we cannot wait to get back, I mean it. I’ve been tracking flights to catch a great deal to Houston ever since.

Bringing kids? Brunch for children costs $12.

If you’re ever in Houston, be sure to visit Caracol, especially if you’re a seafood lover. You will want to make reservations for brunch, as it gets crowded.

2200 Post Oak Blvd., No. 160
Houston, TX 77056
Phone: 713-622-9996

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Kim is the do-it-all mom (and wife) who not only works full-time and is a freelance makeup artist, but also blogs about her love of family, travel, beauty and skincare. Now that she has a kindergartener, Kim has added Class Parent to her resume. These are all tough jobs, but somehow, she makes them look easy.

  • Nai Elle

    I have never been to Houston, but it seems that they have great spots with some good food. Adding Houston to my list of cities to visit this year

  • Tiffany Heard

    Food looks good, I love seafood and Mexican food, so this sounds like a great combination.

  • Sheena

    Seafood…Mexican…Buffet? Yes, please! It’s too early in the morning to be salivating like this though, lol! I’m def putting Caracol on my to-visit list!

  • Shelly

    All the food looks yummy. I’m no oyster family but my family loves them. I think I would be heading over to get a glass of wine and dessert!

  • Broken Halo

    Oooohhh, yummy! All your pics look so delicious! I will be all up in this spot the next time I’m in H-Town!

  • Outdoorsy Diva

    Yum! You had me at seafood. I’ll defintely have to Pin this so I can make a point to eat there when I finally get to Houston.

  • Carissa

    The food looks fun and delicious!! I have never been to Houston but its definitely on my list!

  • I’ve never been to Houston, but I would definitely check this place out if I ever find myself there.

  • Jay Colby

    This sounds like a great place to eat. I wish I’d heard of it when I used to live in Houston.

  • This looks amazing! Definitely will put this on the list when I visit H-Town.:-)

  • I have yet to try raw oysters. Eveything else I am sold on. The food looks delicious..

  • This seemed like a fun place to go! I need to take my family as well because LORD knows we love our food!

  • Kemkem

    Oh sure!!! Discover this place after we moved from Houston! 🙂 . Everything looks so good, especially the Ceviche. I miss Mexican food, especially margaritas! Yum!!! :-). Will have to remember this next visit.

    • Lol I am so sorry! Girl, I am always down for a good margarita.