Without Haidar Barbouti, Houston’s elite would have far fewer places to live and play. His signature achievement is Highland Village, an upscale shopping center in the wealthy River Oaks area of Houston that is more than just a place to shop. It gives all the atmosphere and activities of a real village.
Whether you want to stroll the walkable promenades, or take advantage of the plentiful parking lining the sidewalks near your favorite venues, Highland Village provides everything you need to enjoy a full day of food, culture, and entertainment as well as shops catering to your every need.
As well as fast food and coffee shops, Barbouti has created a luxury third-floor gastronomic mecca, Up Restaurant, for discerning diners. Whether dining in old world luxury indoors or enjoying spectacular views from the patio, the upscale clientele luxuriates in the best of a combination New American and Italian cuisine which eschews the trendy in favor of first-rate quality with a elegant backdrop of wood and marble, and an ambiance of quiet elegance. With options including fresh salmon and redfish, perfectly cooked steaks, pasta specialties, and a selection of fine wines and beers, Up Restaurant caters to the discerning diner.
For visitors who want lighter fare, RA Sushi Bar adds a touch of the Orient, and other choices include bakeries, pizza, cafes, and sandwiches. Keep caffeinated for your day at the village with coffee drinks from Starbucks, or feast on food for the mind and soul at the Barnes and Noble bookstore. Bring the gourmet spirit of Highland Village home with a trip to Whole Foods.
For visitors who want to bring Highland Village’s signature luxury into their homes, many home and kitchen luxury stores abound, including a Crate & Barrel in one of Houston’s most architecturally innovative retail buildings, Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn.
Highland Village is not just about what people can buy. It’s also a place where Haidar Barbouti gives back to his community by helping protect its smallest and most vulnerable members. Highland Village Adoption Center helps animals find their forever homes.