Mexican restaurant Darling Austin Gabriela’s expands to Houston


One of Austin’s favorite Mexican restaurants is expanding to Houston with its first location outside the capital. Gabriela’s will open in Midtown Houston at 1910 Bagby St. for its first Houston location.

Founded by siblings Gabriela and Arturo Bucio from Michoacán, we’ve described Gabriela as “the most Instagrammable Mexican restaurant in town” (though the company’s all-pink Taquero Mucho also vies for that coveted title).

Its hit formula combines Michoacán-inspired dishes such as choriquesos and homemade mole enchiladas with colorful cocktails (margarita flights are especially popular) and a lively atmosphere that includes DJs spinning during brunch.

Slated to open later this spring, Gabriela’s in Houston is part of a growth strategy the siblings rolled out in 2021 under the Gabriela’s Group banner. Over the past year, they’ve opened a second Gabriela location in South Austin and a second location of their Taquero Mucho taqueria, revamped East Austin’s Revival Coffee, launched a nightclub and bar called Mala Santa and have opened Seareinas, a Sinaloan-inspired seafood and sushi restaurant.

“As we continue to expand in Austin and beyond, we hope to reach new audiences hungry for authentic and memorable dining experiences,” Gabriela Bucio told CultureMap last year. “Each project has been a true labor of love, especially after considering everything that has happened over the past 12 months.”

It seems Gabriela’s group has big plans for Bayou City. A press release advises Houston fans to “stay tuned” for future announcements regarding future market expansion.


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