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Bistro Menil

4.7
4.7
1288 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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Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    French, European, Unspecified

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Sun 11:00–21:00

  • 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

  • Area

    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, Takeaway, 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.

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What 1,288 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
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Houston

    French

  • Houston

    French

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  1. A

    Anne

    Austin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food4service1ambience3

    Our waiter was rude and unhelpful. I was excited about finally dining here, and unfortunately won’t be back.

  2. S

    Sfoiah

    San Francisco

    58 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    58 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food2service5ambience4

    It was my friend’s 80th birthday. I let the restaurant know ahead of time that it was. They did nothing special despite the fact that she was a regular customer there. The food was average at best.

  3. YL

    YingliL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience3

    Good food, but the server rushed us to order. A bit pricy but I would eat again, no wait time.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, friendly service.

  5. MW

    MarkW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Never had a meal here we didn't find delicious! To the chef: Please don't retire for at least another 20 years! I'm 74 and I just took out a 15 year mortgage, and I plan to work up to the day I pay it off! You can do this!

  6. FF

    FreddaF

    Denver

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Terrific place to go if you want great food and a quiet pretty setting.

  7. AC

    AlanC

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food was remarkable. The service was very good and not intrusive. There was a wide range of flavors, and everything was prepared very well.

  8. CD

    ClaudineD

    Houston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    Calamari was on the bland side, the omelette was very small but tasty. It was our first time but we will definitely go back.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a great meal!

  10. SP

    SteveP

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience! Excellent food with beautiful presentation, cool open vibe, and park setting. It was the perfect choice for us to entertain out-of-town guests!

  11. JG

    JoGibbo

    Kent

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Had a wonderful lunch. When we arrived, we were seated close to a large group who were very noisey - we asked the host to move us and they accommodated our request without question. Food was epic and service too. Love this place.

  12. JF

    JeanneF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great meal and excellent ambiance. Congrats to the cook especially, but the waiters were terrific as well!

  13. N

    Neelo

    Houston

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love this place and can’t recommend highly enough. So glad they survived the pandemic.

  14. N

    Nanashay

    Houston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Ali is the best server EVER!

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Duck Confit was so delicious! Cauliflower potatoes were yummy and the arugula was very good! Daniel our waiter was precious.

  16. K

    Kctla

    Houston

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This bistro is our go to place. The staff is friendly and courteous and the food is outstanding. Last night we introduced some old friends of ours to join us. They were delighted. Congratulations to Chef Greg Martín. His restaurant has been consistently outstanding since we began going there 7 years ago.

  17. CM

    ChadM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Spent a Quiet Sunday evening enjoying a delicious meal.

  18. H

    Heather

    Houston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We always enjoy Bistro Menil. The space is lovely, the food is excellent, and the service is friendly and attentive.

  19. C

    Catleeng

    Houston

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Bistro Menil is one of my favorite places for lunch with friends. Yesterday, I tried the Manchego Cheese and Jamón Serrano (Turkey) Burger for the first time. It was absolutely delicious! I’ll have order it again.

  20. HF

    HoustonFoodie

    Houston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 26 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent place to bring out-of-town visitors. It never disappoints.

  21. EM

    EllM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We thoroughly enjoyed the food, and sat at a window 4-top inside. Outside under the fans would have been good, too, but we didn't see that shaded area until we were already seated. Attentive service, without being overbearing or interrupting conversation.

  22. k

    kfrans

    Houston

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    A very nice place for afternoon tea. Nice atmosphere, easy to have a conversation, good service.

  23. HT

    HungryThing

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Food was delicious and service was great.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A quiet and beautiful afternoon high tea to celebrate my moms birthday!

  25. C

    Cheryl

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I had a table of 7 for Happy Hour. We ordered every snack option on the food menu, and it was tasty and beautiful. We looked right over to the museum. I couldn’t have been more pleased as the host of the group.

  26. f

    fishlover

    Houston

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We arrived for brunch when they opened at 11:00 and were there for 1.5 hours. By the time we left, it was quite noisy, and we were having trouble hearing each other. The first hour was very pleasant. Food and service were good.

  27. ST

    SandraT

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love everything at Bistro Menil, AND gluten-free!

  28. TX

    TexasX3

    Houston

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    This is my go to client lunch spot! Crab cakes were "meh" - too much pimento and other grainy filler. Best items - porcini cauliflower, eggplant fries, crab and avocado salad. Service is always impeccable and the Prosecco cocktails are wonderful. It's the perfect place for ladies who lunch.

  29. o

    oldtimer

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Great outside patio for Houston when the weather permits (all three months). Menu is diverse, could do with some changes now after long standing choices. Great value.

  30. RR

    RRHouston

    Houston

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    We love Bistro Menil. The food is consistently great and they have a really large selection of gluten free dishes, which is important to us.

  31. R

    Rpag92

    Houston

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    Went for Mother's Day. Beautiful place, very good food, although I would like to see a few more options for kids. Very busy on Mother's Day and we still had good service. Wife/Mom was happy so THANK YOU!

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mother’s Day

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We were celebrating Mother’s Day with afternoon tea. The food was great and our service was too!

  34. LA

    LarryA

    Houston

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Better if water was served sooner. Refill Water and tea sooner.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Vibe was great as the food!!

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience3

    Menu is very tired…

  37. LS

    LillianS

    Houston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Service is usually very good, but on Thursday evening it was slow. But food still good!

  38. K

    Kctla

    Houston

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 2 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We have always enjoyed Chef Greg Martin’s jewel in the Montrose area. Our experience last night was terrific. Duck Confit for me, Shrimp on a skewer for her, and delicious Tres Leches for dessert. Great value.

  39. H

    Husker

    Houston

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent, unique as well as standard selections and outstanding food quality. Have both outside and inside venue options.

  40. ME

    MarianneE

    Houston

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Always a good meal even if the noise level is a bit high.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

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

    • Waiting staff 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 1288 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

June 2022
Mon
Tue
Wed
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Sat
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Experiences are available.
Google Map for Bistro Menil

1513 W Alabama St Houston, TX 77006

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Mandel

  • Area

    Midtown / Montrose

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Sun 11:00–21:00

  • 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, Takeaway, 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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