If you're looking for an adventurous dinner date in H-town, just fall down the River Oaks rabbit hole into this Spanish-nightclub-themed eatery. MAD in Houston is an eccentric, fully immersive experience with authentic and delicious Spanish dishes.
Although you won't see anything past the tall, curtain walls when you first arrive at the hostess desk, once you enter, you'll find a surprise at every corner.
Everything—and I mean everything—in this restaurant is imported from Spain from the decor to the floor.
You'll find their fully stocked bar right in the middle, they have nothing short of mouthwatering cocktails.
As you wait on your drink, take a trip to the bathroom. And seriously—don't wait until you've had a few drinks to excuse yourself. Not until you've seen it once sober. You'll know what I mean.
Just follow the neon signs, and you'll find the most exciting hallway a restaurant could have. A long hall of mirrors and reflecting lights will guide you to where you need to go.
I won't spoil the disorienting, trippy excursion for you, but just know—don't go through the door on the left because that's the kitchen.
When you make it back to your table (if you make it back), you’ll find your napkin now neatly folded back on the table. The service is unmatched, just like in Spain.
The menu is a bit higher than your average restaurant, and the dishes may be slightly intimidating if you come without any knowledge of Spanish cuisine, but everything is absolutely delicious.
From the Sopa Fría de Guisantes and the MAD Tomato to the MAD ‘n’ Cheese, they have plenty of yummy options.
They also have award-winning desserts like the Spanish churros with chocolate, and they won't let you leave without knowing it.
If you love dazzling spots like this, you'll love to know that Houston has no shortage of exciting hidden gems that you can discover this season.
Address: 4444 Westheimer Rd Suite C180, Houston, TX
Why you need to go: To take a passport-free trip to an authentic Madrid eatery-slash-nightclub.