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Cafe Rabelais, Houston, TX

Cafe Rabelais

4.7
4.7
569 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
Houston’s Café Rabelais serves sumptuous French cuisine in its classic, European-inspired eatery. Fantastic starter options include the mouth-watering smoked salmon plate, the white bean and vegetable soup, as well as a variety of decadent cheese plates. Café Rabelais’s specialty dinner entrées include the seared duck breast with Szechuan demi-glace, the seared snapper in rich beurre blanc, the vegetarian orzo pasta with purple cauliflower and feta cheese and the red wine marinated ribeye with eggplant.

Top off your Café Rabelais French feast with an unforgettable dessert, like the mixed nut and chocolate silk pie “fondant au chocolate sur croute de noix” or the fruity “sorbet du jour” and wash it down with a fresh, hot espresso.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    French, Bistro, Dessert

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Wed–Sat 11:00–14:00 Dinner Wed 18:00–21:00 Thu–Sat 18:00–22:00

  • Phone number

    (713) 520-8841

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Soriano Frank

  • Area

    Rice Village

  • Cross Street

    5499 kelvin Dr

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 569 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Houston

    French

  • Houston

    French

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    We waited for at least 15 minutes after being seated to place our appetizer and wine orders. Our server wasn’t knowledgeable of the wines and had to get the manager more than once. I specifically mentioned in my reservation and then to the server personally that it was my boyfriends birthday and I wanted to have at least a happy birthday said/sung and, they did absolutely nothing but bring out the two deserts. The food and wine were great but that’s about it. I expect better service no matter what from this establishment but especially when I spend $500+.
  2. F

    Foodie

    Houston

    148 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    148 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Classic French bistro menu with an extensive wine list that will appeal to all price ranges.
  3. M

    Mike

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food great wine great service. Best French Cafe experience outside France!
  4. HB

    HeatherB

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my first time at the restaurant. I loved everything about it! The atmosphere, the food, the service. Everything was just great!
  5. J

    Jfinchel

    Fort Lauderdale

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing Food. Great Service. Very well-selected Wine List. Best French Bistro in Houston by a mile! Highly recommended!!
  6. C

    Charlieandy

    Southwest Florida

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was wonderful. We had apps and soup, then entrees and just had to try desserts Everything was wonderful. Highly recommend
  7. WS

    WarrenS

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Never disappoints. A real Parisian brasserie without the air fare!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    Usually pretty good and great wine list
  9. DG

    DGalex

    Houston

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely French bistro. Reminds me of Paris. Highly recommend
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A quaint and romantic dining experience. Always good reliable French cuisine.
  12. AB

    AdamB

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were both excellent.
  13. DF

    DavidF

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Very cute french restaurant. Great menu, impressive french wine list. Check it out.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great. Will go back again.
  15. JJ

    JuJu

    Shreveport

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the mussels!!!! Service is always great and no long waits!
  16. c

    christineg

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mom’s 84th birthday.
  17. MW

    MarkW

    Houston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A steady force in classic Bistro French cuisine, this never fails to deliver the food and experience we’re looking for. Great wine list and ambiance. Wish the moules came in more of a wine sauce than the cream one, but that’s how the French do it……
  18. DS

    DSenior

    Houston

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mussels starter excellent, French onion soup excellent, trout good, nicoise very good.
  19. W

    Westsider

    Houston

    35 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Food was hit or miss. Would not order the duck rillete or fois gras again. Red snapper and mushroom soup were excellent. Service was slow.
  20. a

    andrewj

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was really delicious! The service was excellent!
  21. AB

    AngelaB

    Houston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! Food & wine was outstanding! Can’t wait to come back
  22. G

    Gourmetgirl

    Houston

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The escargot, mussels and fries were excellent as always. I have eaten there for 30 years. Their food and wine selections are excellent. My Pinot Blanc was perfect with mussels.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A rice village gem! The food and service was impeccable. A wine lovers paradise.
  24. MW

    MerrickW

    Houston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice place for a quiet conversation over lunch. Excellent wine list.
  25. JS

    JackS

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 9 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have been going to Cafe Rabelais for over 20 years and it is always a great evening
  26. RC

    RichardC

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Memorable. We will return.
  27. H

    Houstondiner

    Houston

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience3
    Cafe Rabelais has been a mainstay for us for probably 20+ years. This experience, though, was just not good. All 3 of us ordered the snapper. It was so overcooked that it was inedible. Mother's Day was price fixe only (not clarified on OpenTable). There was one choice for appetizer, soup and dessert. My wife (who was our Mother's Day honoree) would never have ordered the one choice for an appetizer given a choice. Smoked salmon is not her thing. Bottom line, $300+ for a mostly inedible meal for 3 people. I am not sure we can ever get over this experience and go back. Which is a huge disappointment. Houston restaurants come and go and Cafe Rabelias was the one place we could count on.
  28. KB

    KellyB

    Houston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for Mother’s Day. It was a price fixed menu but we can’t wait to go back. Everything we ate was exquisite!
  29. CG

    CityGuy

    Houston

    67 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience1
    I initially asked to be outside, but when the weather turned to be extremely hot, I called twice to change to inside. Both times I was assured that I would have an inside seating. When we arrived they still had us sitting outside in 90+ degree heat. I had to go in ask for water as the help forgot we existed outside. I will not go back.
  30. AC

    AlbertoC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience2
    While food was very good, the service was very slow and poor. After we got our first course, the third came 45 mins later and the second (soup) was skipped. This in unacceptable on a day (Mother's day) where there is set menu. The manager did not take responsibility..... which talks very poor of a restaurant
  31. HA

    HeatherA

    Caribbean

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The set menu was not great. The dessert was runny and had multi colored marshmallows out of a bag they lightly burned. Not melted burned on top. The steak had an odd fruity sauce. The service was very slow considering there was nothing for people order except drinks.
  32. JT

    JTorres

    Dallas

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Really good service, nice ambiance, good menu. Outstanding wine list (all French). Loved the bread. Appetizers (escargot) and dessert (profiteroles) were superb, but disappointingly, the entrees were hit and miss. Entrecôte was exquisite. The duck confit was delicious but a tad dry. The boeuf bourguignon was good but not great; hardly any vegetables, and the plate was more of a beef stew on tagliatelle than the French creation - still good quality, but not what I expected. The tagliatelle aux palourdes was more basic than expected. It's an awesome place that I will return to and try a variety of plates.
  33. RK

    RichardK

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, never disappointed when we dine here; definitely worth the money. Great wine selection as well.
  34. RW

    RonW

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall rating is excellent aside from the price of the wine and food. Lower end wines are expensive and quality is mediocre. Food is very good but is about $10 a plate overpriced.
  35. AT

    ATXgal

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Our meal was so delicious, everyone was talking about it hours later! My elderly parents and I went around 11 for lunch. The onion soup, mussels, lamb and escargot were excellent! It was perfect preparation of French classics. Service was ok and my one quibble was the noise. Once the dining had more than 4 full tables, it got very loud very quickly.
  36. RD

    ReneeD

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    This intimate French restaurant is fast becoming my favorite, discovered through Houston Restaurant Weeks.
  37. MH

    MarvH

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great quiet place to meet with a friend. Stag is courteous and precise. Very much appreciate the combination of service and good French food!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service
  39. DC

    DonC

    Houston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We've been going to Cafe Rabelais for years and is our go to restaurant for special occasions.
  40. DA

    DonA

    Houston

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    Beef bourginon was very poor. Meat not tender and gravy very thin

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Cafe Rabelais is rated 4.7 stars by 569 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 3 times today
Google Map for Cafe Rabelais

2442 Times Blvd Houston, TX 77005

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    5499 kelvin Dr

  • Area

    Rice Village

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Wed–Sat 11:00–14:00 Dinner Wed 18:00–21:00 Thu–Sat 18:00–22:00

  • Cuisines

    French, Bistro, Dessert

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Soriano Frank

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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