Justin Yu


About Justin Yu

Justin Yu is the Chef/Owner of Theodore Rex restaurant, Better Luck Tomorrow bar, and Public Services Wine and Whisky, all in Houston, Texas. He's a native Houstonian, and launched his first restaurant, Oxheart, in 2012. He followed that by opening Public Services, a wine and whisky bar with sommelier/partner Justin Vann in 2014, and Better Luck Tomorrow, a neighborhood bar with bartender/owner Bobby Heugel in 2017. Earlier this year, he transformed Oxheart into a modern bistro called Theodore Rex.

  • America's Best New Restaurants
    Bon Appétit
  • Nominee for Bet Chef: Southwest
    James Beard Foundation

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  • Nominee for Best New Restaurant
    James Beard Foundation
  • Hottest Restaurant Openings
    GQ Magazine
  • Top 100 Restaurants
    Houston Chronicle
  • Best New Chef
    Food & Wine
  • "Pat’s Pick"
    Texas Monthly
  • ChefsFeed Winner
    One of the Best Things to Eat in Houston

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