This trio of lovely Texas hotel restaurants brings top-notch chefs, tempting cuisine and appealing spaces to the table.
PERLE ON MAPLE
PHOTO: JENIFER BAKER
The wild Beaux Arts grandeur that is the exterior of the Le Meridien Dallas, The Stoneleigh, hotel belies the understated elegance of its French-inspired eatery, Perle on Maple, which underwent a recent renovation by Dallas-based Studio 11 Design. The firm, established by principals Kellie Sirna and Stacy Elliston, has become known for its high-profile hospitality work all over the country as well as its myriad contributions in its own hometown. A sand, black and navy color palette predominates and accents come by way of gilded chandeliers, white brick walls and a glass art installation. Tall windows welcome sunlight into the expansive space, where a series of low tables is surrounded by clean-lined upholstered steel chairs and tailored banquettes.
BLOOM & BEE
PHOTO COURTESY THE POST OAK HOTEL AT UPTOWN HOUSTON
Any hotel that has a Rolls-Royce dealership on the premises, a monumental crystal chandelier in its double-height lobby and a blue-chip art collection carefully arranged throughout naturally creates very high expectations–for every little detail–among its guests. The ultra-luxurious Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston, the work of renowned architecture and design firm Gensler and the brainchild of Tilman Fertitta, chairman and CEO of Landry’s, doesn’t fail to deliver. At Bloom & Bee, one of its seven dining and drinking destinations, the focus on fresh, local cuisine is rivaled only by the plush, feminine atmosphere featuring blurred florals and bright pink velvet among stone, glass, wood and metallic accents.
PHOTO: CHASE DANIEL
Housed in an eye-catching Brutalist structure from 1965, the Line Austin features a prime downtown location with 428 rooms facing the city or Town Lake. A recent renovation by local architect Michael Hsu and Los Angeles-based designer Sean Knibb centered on the hotel’s natural environs to soften its severe concrete lines. Helmed by acclaimed chef Kristen Kish, Arlo Grey is both airy and intimate, boasting a mix of marble, dark-wood furnishings and floors, rich upholstery and artwork fashioned from the chef’s notebooks. The enormous plate-glass windows that line the room give patrons the impression they’re dining in a sleek tree house.