Modern Mexican steakhouse Toca Madera is set to open its first Houston location on the ground floor of The Pavilion at The Allen, a mixed use development with retail and condos.

What you need to know

Originally meant to debut in fall 2023 per previous Community Impact reporting, a May 3 news release updated the opening timeline to June.

The 14,000-square-foot space with seating for 393 guests will offer an outdoor dining patio overlooking Eleanor Tinsley Park, along with two full-service bars, a lounge, a private member’s club and a private dining room. Live musicians, local and international resident DJs and fire performers will provide nightly entertainment, per the release.

The dining concept comes from global hospitality group Noble 33. The menu features a what officials called a reimagined, modern perspective on Mexican cuisine and utilizes sustainable, organic ingredients.
The tomahawk and bone marrow dish is served flaming and sliced tableside by the chef. (Courtesy TJ Perez)
Main course

The Houston outpost’s menu is curated with a selection of premium Australian and Japanese beef. Steak offerings include wagyu, kobe, and prime options ranging from two to 40 ounces. The tomahawk and bone marrow option is served flaming and floating over salsa verde, presented and sliced tableside.

Other items include the rose-shaped sashimi Mexicano with ahi tuna, cucumber avocado, pomegranate, chile de arbol and leche de tigre; as well as A5 wagyu tacos with jalapeno slaw, pickled horseradish, cilantro, and kizami wasabi in a crispy wonton shell.
Toca Madera's A5 wagyu tacos are served in crispy wontons and have a jalapeno slaw, pickled horseradish, cilantro and kizami wasabi. (Courtesy Alonso Parra)
The restaurant's mixology program, crafted by Beverage Director Carla Lorenzo, offers a vast selection of tequila and mezcal. Signature cocktail Como la Flor is served with edible flowers and rose air to engage multiple senses, per the release.

The features

The eatery's design by architectural firm Monochrome features bold elements combined with warm finishes of custom woodwork, velvet upholsteries, intimate lighting, and natural environment elements to create a multisensory experience, according to the release.
Toca Madera's architecture will combine natural elements with handcrafted woodwork, intimated lighting and velvet upholsteries. (Rendering courtesy Monochrome)
Design highlights include the The Bird’s Nest—an immersive art piece that encapsulates the lounge area in a lush greenscape—in addition to a sweeping undulated wood slat ceiling.

“Toca Madera Houston offers a unique high touch dining experience that speaks to all the senses,” said Tosh Berman, cofounder of Noble 33, in a statement. “Great detail and attention is given to the architecture, design and soundscape, all combined with an incredible menu for a bespoke dining journey.”

What else?

Noble 33 plans to further expand its Houston footprint with restaurant Meduza Mediterrania. The opening date for this eatery was not included in the release.