There are far things finer in life than a glass of wine perfectly accompanied by good food. That’s why Cru, Houston’s unrivaled food and wine bar, has taken every effort possible to provide patrons with 30 different wines by the glass, and 300 different bottles, all in an atmosphere that’s unpretentious and cozy rather than snobbish. If you’re intrigued, read on:

Cru’s Dinner Menu

The food is fairly elegant at Cru’s, and could be classified as Modern or New American. Some of the most favorite menu items are the goat cheese beignets, pan seared crab cakes, lamb lollipops, roasted wild mushroom stone fired pizza, pan roasted sea bass, filet mignon, and any of the artisan cheeses, such as the Maytag Blue Cheese, served fondue-style with breads, apples, pears, and grapes. There is also a chocolate fondue dish for dessert.

All About the Wine

As we mentioned in the into, there is hardly a shortage of options at Cru, with more than 300 different bottles to choose from, or 30 by-the-glass options. Choose from reds or whites, Rieslings or zinfandels. Glass prices start at $7 and go up to $24 depending upon the varietal. If you’re with a group, ordering a bottle is highly recommended. If you’re getting food as well, the expert staff will gladly provide you with suggestions.

A Quaint Patio

While the patio is tiny, it’s quite cute, and makes for the perfect place for sipping on wine while catchy up with friends or out on a romantic date. With sparkling tree lights and comfortable chairs, definitely grab a table outdoors if you have the chance.

Well-Priced Dining and Wine

Wine bars scream “expensive” by virtue of their name alone. However, while Cru certainly can’t be classified as cheap, for its location, elegance, amazing culinary creations, and wine selection, it’s actually very affordable, especially for a wine bar. On Thursdays, the happy hour offers bottles of wine for 50 percent off, which is a great day to go if you’re hoping to save some money.

Parking, Attire, and More

It’s always good to know exactly what to expect before trying a new place, so here it is: there’s plenty of parking available, so there’s no reason to fret about the fact that you wore your new high-heels and may have to walk a mile (because you won’t). If you’re in a pinch, you can always just have the valet park your car. Additionally, attire is pretty classy, so you probably want to change out of your t-shirt and jeans before heading here. Another good-to-know factoid about Cru is that they have a delicious Sunday brunch for those who love mimosas. Finally, make sure to check their website frequently for updates about different wine dinners and pairings they’re hosting.