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With breathtaking views of downtown Houston’s skyline, Artista’s Contemporary American Cuisine offers the artistically inclined a magnificent dining experience.

Located in the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Artista offers the very best of Cordúa signatures along with appetizing dishes such as Soft Shell Crawfish Taquitos or Angel Wings, ethereally light chicken wings. Savory Grilled Ribeye, Pan Seared Chicken, Braised Atlantic Salmon and a medley of New American dishes set your main dining experience; finishing with a decadent Delirio de Chocolate, Cocoa Tart or Heavenly Tres Leches.

The multi-leveled dining room allows guests to see breathtaking views of Tranquility Park and the Houston skyline. Situated next to the main dining room, Artista’s bar opens to relaxing vistas of downtown Houston creating an invitation to explore the outdoor patio.

Named “Best New Restaurant” in 2004 by Texas Monthly, Food & Wine Hall of Fame inductee Michael Cordúa brings the very best of Cordúa signatures to a theatrical ambiance.

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Soup & Salad

ORGANIC GREENS

cilantro dressing, tomato confit, smoked toast 12

CAESAR SALAD

heart of romaine, caesar dressing, parmesan & garlic herb crostini 12

GOAT CHEESE SALAD

heart of romaine, crumbled local goat cheese, raspberry sesame dressing, dill and candied pecan 15

TOMATO TART TATIN

confit tomato, burrata cheese, parmesan & rosemary crust, mesclun greens 14

POTATO LEEK SOUP

stilton blue cheese, port wine reduction, bacon tempura 12

SMOKED LOBSTER BISQUE

poached shrimp, smoked tomato, panela cheese, sweet potato and corn 15

ACT 1

APPETIZERS

GNUDI SPOONS

naked spinach and ricotta ravioli, porcini mushroom 14

TEMPURA CALAMARI BITES

orange chili sauce, citrus soy ponzu 14

AHÍ TUNA TAQUITO

crab, mango, avocado, tobiko caviar, crispy rice shell 16

CEVICHE MIXTO

white fish, gulf shrimp, red onion, peppers, cilantro and grilled tortilla chips 18

CRAWFISH TAQUITO

tempura soft-shell crawfish, avocado, hoisin and toasted sesame 15

ANGEL WINGS

ethereally light chicken wings with brown butter, habanero papaya sauce & blue cheese dressing 14

SMOKED LAMB LOLLICHOPS

smoked lamb chops, spicy vindaloo glaze, yucca, creamy raita sauce  19

EMPANADAS

flaky golden-brown savory latin pastries 16

ACT II

SEAFOOD & CHICKEN

SEARED DIVER SCALLOP

aji pepper potato puree, toasted sesame and cilantro gremolata 32

ATLANTIC SALMON

corn and poblano ‘arroz con rajas’, asparagus, citrus habanero beurre blanc 30

ROASTED STRIPED BASS

wild striped bass, warm leeks en vinaigrette, haystack potato 32

SWORDFISH CHURRASCO

yuca fries, stilton blue cheese fondue, tomato concasse 34

PAN SEARED SNAPPER

jumbo lump crab, sautéed spinach, grape tomato and citrus beurre blanc 38

SHRIMP MASALA AND POLENTA

grilled jumbo river prawns with fallen polenta soufflé and citrus beurre blanc 32

PAN ROASTED CHICKEN

mascarpone potato puree, rosemary and cremini mushroom sauce 26

STEAK & CHOPS

CHURRASCO

8 oz center cut beef tenderloin with chimichurri 42

FILET MIGNON

8 oz center cut beef tenderloin with morel foie gras sauce 43

BUFFALO CHURRASCO

8 oz. center cut domestic bison tenderloin with chimichurri 68

TEXAS KOBE STRIP

8 oz with enoki mushroom and ponzu sauce 59

ACCOMPANIMENTS

LOBSTER TAIL 4OZ 16

JUMBO SHRIMP 10

JUMBO LUMP CRAB 12

SEARED SCALLOPS 12

SIDES 8

GNOCCHI BOLOGNESE

SESAME SPINACH

WILD MUSHROOM BREAD PUDDING

GRILLED ASPARAGUS

PARMESAN TRUFFLE FRIES

MASCARPONE MASHED POTATO

RUM GLAZED PLANTAINS

Desserts

THE ORIGINAL TRES LECHES

everyone should try it at least once! 10

DELIRIO DE CHOCOLATE

raspberry coulis and tropical fruit ceviche 10

VANILLA CHEESECAKE

espresso accented crème brûlée 10

COCOA TART

richly intense gianduja fudge, chocolate ganache, coconut ice cream 10

FRESH SUMMER BERRIES

vanilla crème anglaise, caramel shortbread alfajores 10

PIRAGUA DE CREMA CATALANA

spanish crème brûlée 10

SORBETS AND CREAM

seasonal island inspired sorbets, coconut ice cream 10

MADURO BREAD PUDDING

vanilla rum sauce 10