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Bistro Menil

4.7
4.7
1267 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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Booked 16 times today
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.

Popular dishes

Menu

To Celebrate

  • Nv Ayala Brut Champagne

    • Raspberry Or Lemon Italian Soda

      Starter

      • Demitasse Cup Of Soup Du Jour

        Sandwiches & Canapés

        • Smoked Scottish Salmon Finger Sandwiches

          with cucumbers and mascarpone on brioche bread

          • Mini Blt’S

            bacon, arugula & tomato mayonnaise on house-made bun

            • Crab Cake Bites

              with cornichon-caper sauce

              • Savory Chicken Salad

                with mango chutney on warm walnut bread

                Assorted Sweets

                • Chocolate Mousse

                  with double chocolate crisp

                  Black Tea

                  • Brilliant Breakfast

                    bright and bold morning tea, perfectly rounded with body, strength and color representing the essence of fine Ceylon tea

                    • Supreme Ceylon Single Origin

                      distinctive of Ceylon, this tea has an uplifting and expressive black tea taste and good upfront finish

                      • The Original Earl Grey

                        a complex mix of flavors and aromas with a strong body and steady character

                        • Ceylon Cinnamon Spice Tea

                          beautifully spiced based on the notes of Ceylon tea laced with sensuous cinnamon producing a refreshing and distinctive flavor

                          • Italian Almond

                            wonderfully fragrant featuring with a mildly bittersweet flavor of Italian almond providing an uplifting and satisfying brew

                            • Rose With French Vanilla

                              bright rose and sensual vanilla flavor for the true romantic

                              -Green Tea

                              • Green Tea With Jasmine Flowers

                                aromas of sweet jasmine petals fused with beautifully light and smooth green tea forming a refreshing brew

                                -Herbal Tisane

                                • Pure Peppermint Leaves

                                  refreshing and uplifting brew that is naturally caffeine free

                                  • Pure Chamomile Flowers

                                    soothing aroma and delicate flavor providing a relaxing brew that is naturally caffeine free

                                    Last updated: 11 November 2021

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                                    What 1,267 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
                                    • 4.5Value

                                    NoiseModerate

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                                    • Houston

                                      French

                                    • Houston

                                      French

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                                    1. k

                                      kfrans

                                      Houston

                                      19 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      19 reviews

                                      Dined 1 day ago

                                      overall5food4service5ambience5

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

                                    2. HT

                                      HungryThing

                                      San Francisco

                                      2 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined 1 day ago

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                    3. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      Houston

                                      2 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined 3 days ago

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                    4. C

                                      Cheryl

                                      Houston

                                      2 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined 4 days ago

                                      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.

                                    5. 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.

                                    6. 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!

                                    7. 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.

                                    8. 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.

                                    9. RR

                                      RRHouston

                                      Houston

                                      32 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      32 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.

                                    10. R

                                      Rpag92

                                      Houston

                                      12 reviews

                                      4.0

                                      12 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!

                                    11. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 7 May 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Mother’s Day

                                    12. 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!

                                    13. 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.

                                    14. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 6 May 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Vibe was great as the food!!

                                    15. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      Houston

                                      1 review

                                      4.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 6 May 2022

                                      overall4food2service4ambience3

                                      Menu is very tired…

                                    16. 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!

                                    17. K

                                      Kctla

                                      Houston

                                      10 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      10 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.

                                    18. 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.

                                    19. 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.

                                    20. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      Houston

                                      3 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      3 reviews

                                      Dined on 29 April 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Fabulous! Love the outdoor patio

                                    21. AR

                                      AllanR

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 28 April 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Great food and service in a casual setting. Would definitely recommend.

                                    22. T

                                      Toby

                                      Houston

                                      116 reviews

                                      vip
                                      4.0

                                      116 reviews

                                      Dined on 28 April 2022

                                      overall4food4service4ambience5

                                      Lovely place to have a nice lunch on a beautiful day. The patio is shaded and perfect for a lunch to catch up with a friend. It is a little toward the pricey side but delicious burgers and salads are options with entrees like crab cakes and salmon. Service was perfect and we did not feel rushed at all. The inside is also a lovely space if you prefer the AC.

                                    23. ML

                                      MontroseLocal

                                      Houston

                                      1 review

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 28 April 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Delicious food, great service and ambiance! Setting next to the Menil is a hidden treasure.

                                    24. m

                                      mbmb

                                      Austin

                                      8 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      8 reviews

                                      Dined on 27 April 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Everything we had was outstanding — two savory crepe dishes, grilled salmon, chocolate coconut ice cream (dairy free — that almost scared me off, but I’d have it again any time), a blueberry cake-ish dessert. Much of the menu is gluten free, with no loss in richness of flavor. We ate on the patio — lovely.

                                    25. G

                                      Garudabill

                                      Houston

                                      9 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      9 reviews

                                      Dined on 23 April 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      One of my favorite places in Houston! The short rib and the chocolate coconut ice cream were amazing!

                                    26. MS

                                      MollyS

                                      Dallas

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 23 April 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Always a treat to dine at Bistro Menil. The brunch menu was lovely and offered some excellent gluten free options. Amazing service as always and a beautiful atmosphere! A must see when visiting Houston, and we are lucky to be regulars within walking distance. Don't miss the beers on tap and the amazing pizzas. Bravo Chef Greg!

                                    27. TC

                                      TrippC

                                      Houston

                                      11 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      11 reviews

                                      Dined on 22 April 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Excellent service and food. Wonderful setting. Highly recommend it.

                                    28. TO

                                      TaniaO

                                      Birmingham

                                      4 reviews

                                      vip
                                      3.0

                                      4 reviews

                                      Dined on 21 April 2022

                                      overall3food4service1ambience1

                                      Management was poor, seated us on a blazing hot patio and refused us an umbrella even though we had a toddler with us. Refused to move us. Server was attentive but overwhelmed. Food was good but we felt unimportant and ignored by the manager.

                                    29. PP

                                      PatriciaP

                                      Houston

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 20 April 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Always a favourite of ours - an interesting menu and excellent service.

                                    30. G

                                      Gail

                                      Houston

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 20 April 2022

                                      overall5food3service5ambience5

                                      My grain bowl did not have much flavor. The chicken crepes ordered by my friend was delicious.

                                    31. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      Houston

                                      21 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      21 reviews

                                      Dined on 17 April 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Delicious Bristo

                                    32. RS

                                      RobertS

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 17 April 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Bistro Menil ALWAYS provides excellent food and drink in a charming setting, along with excellent service. Since the day that it opened, it has been one of our favorite places and everyone is always smiling … A great indicator in a restaurant! We’ll be back soon!

                                    33. DH

                                      DebraH

                                      Houston

                                      6 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      6 reviews

                                      Dined on 17 April 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Wonderful atmosphere and food! The staff was courteous and attentive.

                                    34. D

                                      Demetrodon

                                      San Francisco

                                      14 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      14 reviews

                                      Dined on 17 April 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Rated it “quiet” for dining outside on their patio. Inside was noisy but outside is quiet and very pleasant, among the trees. The food was excellent. Highly recommend the duck and soups vide steak. Both are excellent. The asparagus crepe is a wonderful side, and the goat cheese fondue appetizer is not to be missed.

                                    35. G

                                      Gourmetgirl

                                      Houston

                                      41 reviews

                                      4.0

                                      41 reviews

                                      Dined on 16 April 2022

                                      overall4food5service4ambience4

                                      Crab cakes were excellent as was the crepe with asparagus and goat cheese. Both were gluten free. As was their wonderful cheese cake.

                                    36. HF

                                      HoustonFoodie

                                      San Francisco

                                      27 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      27 reviews

                                      Dined on 16 April 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      The food was great the atmosphere was great and the service was great. The front patio is so peaceful. The only complaint is they serve farm raised salmon would love to see wild caught but otherwise such a nice evening!

                                    37. PB

                                      PeterB

                                      Houston

                                      14 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      14 reviews

                                      Dined on 15 April 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Great salads and hamburgers. I would like to see truffle cheese removed from this menu and every other menu. If even one person orders it, the smell dominates the table.

                                    38. LL

                                      LeslieL

                                      Houston

                                      16 reviews

                                      4.0

                                      16 reviews

                                      Dined on 14 April 2022

                                      overall4food4service5ambience5

                                      Food is different and pretty good but definitely overpriced. We had the eggplant fries which were cooked perfectly but very bland. We had the Italian sausage pizza which was very good. Wine is very overpriced. Service was excellent. Won’t be back.

                                    39. h

                                      houstonfoodie

                                      Houston

                                      443 reviews

                                      vip
                                      4.0

                                      443 reviews

                                      Dined on 10 April 2022

                                      overall4food4service5ambience5

                                      Very good but a little heavy

                                    40. CB

                                      CatherineB

                                      Houston

                                      1 review

                                      4.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 10 April 2022

                                      overall4food4service4ambience5

                                      We dined on the patio in front. Great ambience and view. The service and the food were good. Duck confit and crab cakes were excellent. The cauliflower pizza was good. Will be back!

                                    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 1267 OpenTable diners.

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

                                    Make a booking

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                                    Booked 16 times today
                                    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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