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Bistro Menil

4.7
4.7
1360 Reviews
$30 and under
French
Bistro Menil offers European-inspired, American fare paired with craft beer, cask wine and thoughtfully selected wines by the glass or bottle.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 8 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    French, European, Unspecified

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (713) 904-3537

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+

  • Executive Chef

    Chef Greg Martin

  • Private party facilities

    Bistro Menil has 2 event spaces. The smaller space ( Prive room) has a capacity of 32 guests and overlooks our Patio. The larger space ( Vue Room) overlooks the Menil Collection. Food and Beverage menus can be customized.

  • Private party contact

    Greg Martin: (888) 689-7719

  • Neighbourhood

    Midtown / Montrose

  • Cross Street

    Mandel

  • Parking Details

    Large, dedicated complimentary restaurant parking.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Tea Service

    US$65.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    A 24-hour in advance booking is required. Tea service is offered Wednesday to Sunday, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., concurrent with our lunch and dinner menus. Tea service is $65 per person (includes sales tax & gratuity) with a two-person minimum (odd number parties are accepted). Cancellations for refunds MUST be made before 11:00 AM the day of the reservation by calling (713) 904-3537. Voice Mail and email are not accepted for cancellation. A credit card processing fee of 5% will be assessed for the refund. Splitting of tea service is not available. We do not offer Vegetarian, Vegan, sugar-free, or dairy-free tea service.

Popular dishes

What 1,360 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Houston

    French

  • Houston

    French

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  1. F

    Fish

    Houston

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience2
    great food - crab salad is exceptional service could stand some improvement
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Outstanding food! Will go back again.
  3. KC

    KarenC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat outside on the side patio, so noise level was pretty good. Our brief moments in the inside restaurant WERE noisy. We never would have sat in there.
  4. A

    Anon

    London

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and ambiance. Love this place!
  5. RW

    RobertW

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Yummy…. New menu and beet salad by request
  6. CW

    ConnieW

    Houston

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service as always!!❤️
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Amarillo

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great! Server was one of the best 💖
  8. JH

    JamesH

    Houston

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food was OK but not the gourmet taste I was led to believe. Service adequate but slow. A mediocre experience.
  9. BD

    BobD

    Houston

    25 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    I really hate to give this restaurant a "Meh" review, but honestly the food was extremely mediocre. I love the location, the restaurant space itself, the decor, and the vibe. And especially the staff. Our waiter (Alex) was very attentive and polite. Top notch service. We started with the grilled octopus and truffle potatoes. The potatoes were very tasty, not too heavy (they were an appetizer after all), and came seasoned very well. But the octopus was tough and chewy. Not a fan. At all. Alex then recommended the Beef Short Rib as a dish to share. For sides, we got the house salad and the cold zucchini with pancetta and parmesan. The short rib was very tender, had a yummy flavor, and had just the right amount of sauce. That was good. But the zucchini and salad were 'fair' - nothing notable about either. We ordered a 2017 Chateaunuef du Pape to go with the meal. Two minor problems there. The first is that the restaurant does not have stemware, so we drank this bottle out of stemless glasses...not a big deal, but you would think that a restaurant that serves a $100 bottle of wine will also have proper stemware. Second, the wine that was brought to our table was a 2018 vintage, not the 2017 vintage reflected in the menu . Again, not a major issue...but that kind of thing can dramatically change the characteristics (and price) of some wines. Fortunately, the wine was very good and complimented the meal perfectly. This is my second time to dine at Menil Bistro. The first time was a few years ago and I remembered the food being much better. No offense. I really like this place and hope that we just caught them on an off night.
  10. JM

    JMPS

    Houston

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Nice locale and ambiance, the food was good to very good, and service was ok
  11. RC

    RamonC

    Mobile

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    After being regulars we had not been back for almost a year. Reason limited choices on menu. Tried it again after seeing new additions to menu. We were very pleased and definitely coming back. Food is excellent and innovating. Nice quiet seating.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Corpus Christi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Anniversary trip
  13. TN

    TNegri

    Houston

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    My wife and I were looking forward to trying out this restaurant as we were intrigued by the Houston Restaurant Weeks menu. Unfortunately, we were disappointed. Although the service was good, the food was under seasoned and, in a couple of cases, under prepared. Additionally, the volume level was such that we both considered leaving before the first course arrived. Other couples appeared to be unhappy with the noise level, and the servers also appeared to be overwhelmed by the noise. One reason we look forward to restaurant weeks is to find new restaurants to add to ones we visit. We will not be back to Bistro Menil.
  14. TM

    TacoMish

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    My first time here and I absolutely loved everything about it! The only thing was that we didn't seem to have an actual server, it was just random people coming by, so we went long periods of waiting, and then not having drinks, etc. Other than that the experience was exceptional, food was perfection.
  15. PB

    PatrickB

    Houston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, nice environment really enjoyable lunch. Waiter explained the Sunday night dinner options very clearly. Thanks
  16. K

    Kam713

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The food was not great unfortunately. Shrimp over cooked, braised short ribs were dry and sides were pretty flavorless.
  17. S

    Snow

    Houston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic meal for HRW! Cannot wait to back to try more.
  18. s

    steve

    Houston

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was quite good. We had the restaurant week special. The portions, especially the appetizers, were a bit small although the main course comes with two sides. The service was efficient. This feels just like it is advertised as a bistro, as opposed to a fine dining experience. This is appropriate in the modern setting as part of the museum.
  19. DD

    DangDong

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Interesting food choices, good but limited wine selection. Large dessert selection, very good. Was a bit loud, but that's on the other customers.
  20. S

    Sylvinka

    Houston

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We had all great meal. We did the restaurant week menu and the crab cake appetizer was delicious, so was the duck!
  21. CR

    CristinaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a beautiful restaurant! The energy was lively without being too loud. We couldn't have asked for better service, the staff is great! We enjoyed our brunch, everything was delicious & beautifully presented.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Houston Restaurant’s week here was superb. Our server Richard was excellent, the perfect level of attentive and offered great recommendations. We will definitely visit again to experience the full menu.
  23. K

    Kathyk

    Houston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite restaurants. The food is always great!
  24. C

    Cathi

    Houston

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    HRWs Way too noisy given the place was barely half full. Decent food. Impersonal service. Fair value for $25 lunch for Houston restaurant weeks, fairly weak.
  25. m

    merc

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    We love Bistro Menil. This time the Patatas Bravas appetizer was not as tasty as other times. Potatos were over boiled with a saggy red sauce on top. Not recommended. Crab cake and dessert were good.
  26. PJ

    PrettyJo

    Houston

    48 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Cold zucchini with Parmesan and bacon bits was delicious, crab cake was awesome. Looking forward for our upcoming Afternoon Tea!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best duck confit
  28. DJ

    DJohns

    Houston

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    Had lunch not long ago for HRW. I thought superb. Came back for dinner and while the food was fine I thought overpriced.
  29. PW

    PauletteW

    Houston

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I have been going to bistro menil. It's always very good and yhis time we went foe restaurant week so for a good cause too. Th main room was very loud so we moved to the quieter, smaller room. Perhaps the restaurant took down some of its sound dampeners. They should putvthem back up.
  30. AS

    AdrianS

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cozy atmosphere. The food was very good, particularly the beef short rib entre, which was tender and well seasoned.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Overall, it was such a lovely place to have lunch. Service was a bit slow (perhaps do to the Sunday crowd?). Everything was tasty. Salad was well dressed and perfect! Crab cake was moist and delightful.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Hrw menu was really good . Service was also great
  33. S

    Santiago

    Houston

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Fantastic food..., service is little bit rude but nothing is perfect....
  34. FM

    FromMagnolia

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food. Will definitely come back.
  35. G

    Gramma

    Houston

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    My friends and I chose the Bistro Menil as part of the Houston Restaurant Weeks and could not have been happier. My crab cake was fabulous, and my friends enjoyed their entrees as well - spare ribs and lemon chicken. For dessert I had the Lemon Meringue Tart. The meringue part was too sweet for me, but the tart lemon was wonderful. And the meals were a steal at $25. Our waiter was a bit slow and distracted but we enjoyed ourselves. This was my first visit, but it won't be my last.
  36. RS

    RobynS

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I always enjoy the food, service and ambience at Bistro Menil.
  37. PL

    PollyL

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Outstanding menu options for three course Houston Restaraunt Week options. All three courses were delicious and nicely presented. Server was attentive and helpful pairing wines with each of our menu selections. We will be back with friends and family.
  38. HL

    HL79

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Everything we tried on the restaurant week menu was excellent. Service was also great.
  39. AM

    AnnM

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Because of the casual setting, we were pleasantly surprised by the amazing food. We took our two teenage kids for dinner before a show and it was perfect. We shared the the patatas bravas, which was a very generous portion for 4, and so, so good, and my husband and I shared a bottle of their cask Malbec, which was also excellent. The kids both had the crab cakes, I had the duck confit and my husband had the Umbria pizza. Everything was absolutely delicious; I might say it was the top 3 duck confit I’ve ever had. I did think the asparagus crepes (my side) had too much goat cheese and not enough asparagus, and the kids both had brownies which they said was a little overly sweet. But I had the creme brûlée, and it was perfect. Would absolutely dine again, especially for that price point and proximity to one of our favorite museums.
  40. JH

    JimH

    Houston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoy eating at Bistro Menil!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks

FAQs

Bistro Menil offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (713) 904-3537.

Bistro Menil is rated 4.7 stars by 1360 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 8 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Bistro Menil

1513 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77006

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Mandel

  • Neighbourhood

    Midtown / Montrose

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    French, European, Unspecified

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    Large, dedicated complimentary restaurant parking.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+

  • Executive Chef

    Chef Greg Martin

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (713) 904-3537

  • Private party facilities

    Bistro Menil has 2 event spaces. The smaller space ( Prive room) has a capacity of 32 guests and overlooks our Patio. The larger space ( Vue Room) overlooks the Menil Collection. Food and Beverage menus can be customized.

  • Private party contact

    Greg Martin: (888) 689-7719

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