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Cafe Rabelais, Houston, TX

Cafe Rabelais

4.6
4.6
553 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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Booked 15 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

Popular dishes

Menu

Salads

  • Heirloom Tomato SaladUS$9.50

    w/ Cheese of The Day, Red Onion & Balsamic Vinaigrette

    • Caesar SaladUS$9.50

      • W/ SalmonUS$3.50
      • W/ ChickenUS$4.00
      • W/ Beef or ShrimpUS$5.00
    • Nicoise SaladUS$15.50

      Tuna, Mixed Greens, Hard Boiled Egg, Green Beans, Olives & Anchovies

      • Frisee SaladUS$9.50

        Avocado & Citrus w/ Citrus Vinaigrette

        • Salade de Bleu d'AuvergneUS$11.00

          Bibb Lettuce, Bacon, Walnuts, Apple

          • Salade de Chevre de PanéUS$10.50

            w/ Mixed Greens, Hazelnuts, Country Ham & Panko Crusted Goat Cheese

            • Salade MaisonUS$7.00

              w/ Mixed Greens, Tomato & Carrots

              Sandwiches

              All Sandwiches Served w/ Pomme Frites

              • Chicken Salad SandwichUS$10.95

                on Croissant w/ Bibb Lettuce & Tomato

                • Bavette FritesUS$12.50

                  w/ Onion, Lettuce, Tomato, Mustard, Melted Swiss

                  • Herb Crusted Pork Loin SandwichUS$13.00

                    w/ Tomato, Spring Mix & Cabbage Slaw

                    • Merguez SandwichUS$13.50

                      w/ Lettuce, Tomato & Mustard

                      • Smoked Salmon SandwichUS$12.50

                        w/ Lettuce, Tomato, Hard Boiled Egg & Gribiche

                        • Provencal SandwichUS$11.50

                          w/ Roasted Bell Pepper, Lettuce, Tomato, Caramelized Onion, Garlic Aioli & Goat Cheese

                          • Sandwich BayonnaisUS$12.50

                            w/ Ham, Tomme De Savoie, Lettuce, Tomato & Butter

                            Last updated: 2 February 2022

                            What 553 people are saying

                            Overall ratings and reviews

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

                            4.6
                            4.6 based on recent ratings
                            • 4.6Food
                            • 4.5Service
                            • 4.6Ambience
                            • 4.3Value

                            NoiseModerate

                            Loved For

                            • Houston

                              French

                            • Houston

                              French

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                            1. MW

                              MarkW

                              Houston

                              3 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined 1 day ago

                              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……

                            2. DS

                              DSenior

                              Houston

                              51 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              51 reviews

                              Dined 1 day ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                            3. W

                              Westsider

                              Houston

                              33 reviews

                              vip
                              3.0

                              33 reviews

                              Dined 1 day ago

                              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.

                            4. a

                              andrewj

                              Houston

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined 2 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Food was really delicious! The service was excellent!

                            5. AB

                              AngelaB

                              Houston

                              9 reviews

                              5.0

                              9 reviews

                              Dined 7 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Loved it! Food & wine was outstanding! Can’t wait to come back

                            6. G

                              Gourmetgirl

                              Houston

                              40 reviews

                              5.0

                              40 reviews

                              Dined 7 days ago

                              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.

                            7. 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.

                            8. MW

                              MerrickW

                              Houston

                              6 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              6 reviews

                              Dined on 11 May 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                            9. 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

                            10. RC

                              RichardC

                              Birmingham

                              2 reviews

                              5.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on 9 May 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Memorable. We will return.

                            11. 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.

                            12. 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!

                            13. 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.

                            14. 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

                            15. HA

                              HeatherA

                              Caribbean

                              1 review

                              vip
                              3.0

                              1 review

                              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.

                            16. 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.

                            17. 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.

                            18. 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.

                            19. 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.

                            20. 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.

                            21. 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!

                            22. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Los Angeles

                              1 review

                              vip
                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on 28 April 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Great food and service

                            23. 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.

                            24. 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

                            25. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Houston

                              2 reviews

                              5.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on 21 April 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Delicious, as always. Service at the bar is great. Sound level last night was pretty low, although the restaurant was full. The staff is friendly, It is our go to restaurant in the Village.

                            26. JK

                              JohnK

                              Houston

                              52 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              52 reviews

                              Dined on 14 April 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                              Outstanding service. We enjoy the relaxed but attentive approach of the staff. The wine was excellent and the duck was very good. We are regulars when in the country and have yet to be disappointed.

                            27. MM

                              MelindaM

                              Houston

                              86 reviews

                              vip
                              4.0

                              86 reviews

                              Dined on 9 April 2022

                              overall4food5service5ambience4

                              Food and wine was excellent. A couple of our wine selections they were out of but our server choose a very nice substitute.

                            28. B

                              Bellabayer

                              Houston

                              29 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              29 reviews

                              Dined on 9 April 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Adore this restaurant and their wonderful staff! Everything on the menu is delicious so it's really a matter of what you're in the mood to eat. The quality of the food has been consistent over the years. Great wine selection! I like the intimate size of this restaurant. It tends to be a louder place so my friend and I typically opt to sit at the bar. Unfortunately, this particular evening there were two women behind us and one of them was extremely loud - crazy loud. It's hard for the staff to know what to do in this case and because it's always booked there was no where for them to move us. This was the only drawback on this particular visit. Otherwise, all was perfect. Highly recommended.

                            29. GM

                              GordonM

                              San Francisco

                              4 reviews

                              5.0

                              4 reviews

                              Dined on 7 April 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Café Rabelais continues its serial excellence in cuisine, service, ambiance, welcome, professionalism as one of the most romantic dining destinations in Houston.

                            30. BH

                              BrianH

                              Houston

                              7 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              7 reviews

                              Dined on 3 April 2022

                              overall5food4service5ambience5

                              Everything was very good. I love this place.

                            31. LJ

                              LauraJ

                              Houston

                              5 reviews

                              5.0

                              5 reviews

                              Dined on 2 April 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Wonderful neighborhood restaurant. Love the ambiance. The food is very good. It was disappointing that they were already out of the ribeye on our last visit, especially since we had an early dinner reservation.

                            32. LS

                              LauraS

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on 1 April 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Food was great especially the escargot and profiteroles. Service was helpful not overbearing. Pleasing casual environment. Overall really nice and didn't break the bank.

                            33. HE

                              HeikEnergy

                              Houston

                              14 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              14 reviews

                              Dined on 31 March 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              We went out for my retirement dinner and making 14-yr old triplets happy can be tough. They all enjoyed their meals and we had great service.

                            34. A

                              Aggie

                              Houston

                              34 reviews

                              vip
                              4.0

                              34 reviews

                              Dined on 31 March 2022

                              overall4food4service4ambience5

                              Cold potatoes. Slow service. But. Overall not too bad.

                            35. h

                              hayatg

                              New York Area

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on 26 March 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              We loved everything about our dinner !! Great food great wine list and real French feeling !! We will be back as soon as we come back to Houston

                            36. P

                              Paula

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on 23 March 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              We have never been disappointed with Cafe Rabelaise. We love the ambiance. The food and wine selection are stellar, the service friendly and helpful. We love that we never feel rushed. We celebrated a birthday this visit and had the eclairs for dessert. Wonderful! Truly feel we had a mini visit to France.

                            37. D

                              Deborahv

                              Central Texas

                              4 reviews

                              5.0

                              4 reviews

                              Dined on 19 March 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              We enjoyed having a date night at Cafe Rebalais while in Houston for the Rodeo. Food was wonderful and wine selection is huge! Our waiter was helpful in recommending a bottle of wine 🍷. It is a very lively, tight place so perhaps not the best for a quiet intimate dinner.

                            38. SC

                              StephanieC

                              Houston

                              2 reviews

                              5.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on 11 March 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Boutique wine-filled French restaurant. The food and service were fantastic, excellent wine selection, warm and cozy romantic atmosphere.

                            39. TA

                              TerryA

                              Houston

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on 10 March 2022

                              overall5food5service4ambience5

                              Our party of 3 went to celebrate an 18th birthday. We included Cafe Rabelais in our French themed days and it did not disappoint. The mussels were plump and perfect, the pear dessert outstanding. Thank you for a memorable lunch!

                            40. J

                              Jose

                              New York Area

                              3 reviews

                              4.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined on 9 March 2022

                              overall4food3service4ambience4

                              La comida estuvo en general buena, pero el confit de pato dejo mucho que desear

                            FAQs

                            Cafe Rabelais is rated 4.6 stars by 553 OpenTable diners.

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

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                            Booked 15 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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