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Bistro Menil, Houston, TX

Bistro Menil

4.8
4.8
1652 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 20 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    French, Unspecified, European
  • 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: (713) 904-3537
  • Neighbourhood
    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$70.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    A 24-hour advance booking is required. Tea service is offered Wednesday-Sunday, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Tea service is $70 per person (includes 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, email, and online are not accepted for cancellation. A credit card processing fee of 8% will be assessed for the refund. Splitting of tea service is not available. Unfortunately, we do not offer Vegan or sugar-free as a part of our tea service. Dietary constraints should be noted when the reservation is made.

What 1,652 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Houston

    French

  • Houston

    French

1,652 Reviews
  1. George

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and welcoming service. Staff seemed a bit stretched, though, to serve all tables promptly. This would not be back from coming again. Overall, a fantastic lunch experience.

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  2. MasteroftheMenu

    Houston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sunday night dinner was delicious and an outdoors treat. Our service was knowledgeable and entertaining. We'll be back!

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  3. KevinS

    Houston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bistro Menil is always a great choice and last night was no exception.

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  4. EPYY

    Houston

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had their afternoon tea service. The choice of teas was excellent with the traditional Earl Grey and Chamomile, but with also a good selection of Italian Almond, various green and black teas, and fruit infused teas. The food was good and well prepared, and so cute. The afternoon tea service is held in a separate room and we were the only ones there that day. The service was excellent. I only wish they had more traditional teacups rather than the white porcelain coffee cups they served. For the price that included tips and tax, and a glass of good champagne, and quality, we would definitely go back.

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  5. Cf99

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My friends were delayed but they kindly extended our reservation so we could be seated. Service was a bit slow but the food was absolutely delicious. It was both healthy and beautiful on the plate. The patio is too crowded and was noisy.

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  6. DavidF

    Houston

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, a lovely setting across from the Menil Art Museum, free parking, and a first-rate chef. They have it together.

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  7. Michel

    Houston

    78 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    78 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We enjoy a beautiful day on the terass and the food was very steady

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful start to finish. Will be back. Recommend the crab cakes and the almond lemon torte is a must eat.

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  9. WorkingMomFoodie

    Houston

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was slow and a little inattentive. I had to ask multiple times for ice and it look a long time to order. The food was good. The eggplant fries and potato croquettes were very popular. My crab cakes need a little more flavor and more generous helping of crab. The short rib should have been more tender. The gluten free selection was great.

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  10. PlankaD

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Love this restaurant! Only complaints I have would be the noise level and that there are no pommes frites on the menu. Even so, I’ll return for the delicious food and excellent service, and bring my friends along too.

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  11. SteveL

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Never disappointed with the food. Excellent entrees, crab cakes are a favorite. The deserts are delicious. Thank you.

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  12. EdwardF

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful evening sipping on champagne and eating dinner on Valentine's Day. They have these amazing Spanish meat balls that had a very slight crisp to them.... so good! On the "healthy" side of things the Eggplant fries were surprisingly crisp. Every time I've ever had eggplant in any form it always mushy. I had the lemon chicken for dinner and my wife had the crab cakes. Both entrees were awesome. My wife was being strategic with the appetizers and crab cakes because there are 2 crab cakes so lunch today was one of the crab cakes and a few of the meat balls. I ate all my chicken because the cauliflower mashed potatoes were soooo good with the chicken.

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  13. JohnH

    Houston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Portion size salmon was shockingly small but excellent. So priced well beyond my returning again. Salad seemed more reasonable.

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  14. Friend

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, delicious food with beautiful presentation,

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  15. txwineguy

    Houston

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chef Greg always has great food. This is local gem. The service is exceptional, as well.

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  16. Santiago

    Houston

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Alex is fantastic, keeps an eye on us without being intrusive. As always, the food and the wine were delicious. Will be back soon!

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  17. Edjmdlb

    Houston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was another excellent experience having brunch at the Bistro Menil, thank you for been a great choice for Saturday brunch!

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  18. StefK

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent gluten free options and able to field and handle other food sensitivity questions and requests. Appreciated the chef coming to our table to talk about the food. Servers checked in on us frequently. Food was excellent and something we wouldn’t easily make ourselves so a real treat. Love that there is a parking lot to park close by. Highly recommend!

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  19. davidf

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hip and tasteful interior setting on the beautiful Menil Collection campus.

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  20. HeightsResident

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great time - great food and super value. Deserts are always great as well. Main dining room had two large parties so it was a little louder than usual, but still one of our favorites.

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  21. ConnieW

    Houston

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everybody is so nice food is always amazing and so is the service

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great location to meet for brunch and lunch, all in the same meal. Great service and tranquil setting.

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  23. AdrianZ

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food. Good service. Good location. Make reservations if possible.

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  24. GregU

    Houston

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The Sunday dinner was great with excellent options and portions.

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  25. Vood

    E. Tennessee

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant for those of us with Celiac. I feel like a normal person here and the food is great.

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  26. TomR

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for Sunday brunch. The food was excellent as was the service. Prices aren't inexpensive but for the outstanding quality of the food they are quite reasonable. We will be back.

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  27. AshlynC

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The afternoon tea was so cute and fun! My mom and I loved it

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  28. RJR23

    Houston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love the atmosphere at Bistro Menil. They have an excellent menu with many good choices.

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  29. Fantastic

    Houston

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place, great food, just love the place and the food

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience. We enjoyed our lunch and the venue at the Menil.

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  31. GenevieveM

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful meal after visiting the Menil. Great service and delicious appetizers and meal!

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  32. DianeT

    Houston

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very well prepared, flavorful food. Very good service.

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  33. barbarag

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There is a Huge selection of gluten free options, all delicious!

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  34. RobinH

    Louisville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing high tea, all three of us were stuffed afterwards and the food was truly delicious!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love Bistro Menil. Cannot go wrong with the food, service, or great setting. .

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  36. JayM

    Houston

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beef short ribs and crab cakes were fab! Recommend it as a good date nite place!

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  37. OutofTowner43

    Houston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful Brunch and Lunch menu. Something for everyone.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve yet to try anything on the menu that I don’t like, this is as good as it gets for a Saturday lunch, and take a stroll through the museum afterwards! Great wines at reasonable prices, in the nicest neighborhood in the city. Cheers

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  39. MustaphaS

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional Quality and Service - Our meal at Bistro Mesnil was truly outstanding. The food was expertly prepared and exceeded our already high expectations. The chef clearly possesses superior culinary talent and skill. Each dish displayed meticulous attention to textures, flavors, and presentation. Additionally, the service staff provided an excellent dining experience through their warm hospitality and prompt attention to our needs. We will definitely return and recommend this restaurant to others seeking a wholly professional fine dining experience of the highest caliber. The talented chef and amenable service staff deserve immense credit for a meal we will not soon forget.

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  40. VictoriaS

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really good food...and staff...I highly recommend!

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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 4.8 stars by 1652 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 20 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Bistro Menil

1513 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77006

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Mandel
  • Neighbourhood
    Montrose
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed–Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    French, Unspecified, European
  • 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: (713) 904-3537
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