- Complimentary margarita when you dine at the restaurant
‘International’ is the operative word at this hotspot in The Heights. Owners Mari and Xavier Godoy are Venezuelan expats who envisioned a restaurant with a full-day menu that was globally-inspired and risk-taking, served up in a welcoming environment, semi-industrial with bright red ductwork but mellowed out with vases of lavender. Mastrantos, named for a tropical plant in Venezuela, is disarmingly eclectic, with European, Latin, and Asian flavors. Executive Chef Tony Castillo, a Houston native late of Tiny’s Boxwood, is turning out inventive elevated dishes from his open kitchen that range from salt-roasted beets with persimmons and gorgonzola dolce to Thai coconut fish curry on squid linguini to cioppino, the famous San Francisco fish stew. All of this has earned Mastrantos a place on the Houston Chronicle’s list of “The Best New Restaurants in Houston,” and praise from Houstonia as their "Latest Obsession."