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Bistro des Amis
Bistro des Amis

Bistro des Amis Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bistrodesamis.com
  • Phone: (713) 349-8441
  • Hours of Operation: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 5:00 to 9:00; Friday and Saturday 4:00 to 10:00
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Dioron Ong
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Cafe, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Yes we cater! Please call for more information 713-349-8441
  • Private Party Facilities: Tuesday - Saturday we offer a private room that seats 20, available upon reservation.
    Sunday - Monday the full restaurant is available and seats 50.
  • Private Party Contact: Dioron Ong or Doug See (713) 349-8441

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Morningside Drive
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet: evenings Wednesday-Saturday.$4.00

    Parking at restaurant.

    Parking in the street is also permitted.
A word from Bistro des Amis
Casual French restaurant Bistro des Amis offers elements of fine dining service and food in a casual environment. Come as you are, and expect to enjoy comfort foods at this terrific restaurant. Try the weekly 3 course dinner special for only $33.00. A la carte menu available. We have a wine and beer list that is constantly evolving and is priced very aggressively. You can also bring your own bottle.Indoor outdoor dining. Best patio in the village. Wi-Fi available. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "Just as the name implies. You're treated like a friend ...from the waiter who was a dear for patiently balancing my friend's desire to gobble and run ...to my other friend's habit of savoring the moment ... To the Fois Gras ...I was talking and missed an op to nibble. Yes it was reportedly that good. The friends had the Scallop dish which had a lovely presentation. I had a yummy French Chardonnay. The house salad which was huge and the Poutine which are habit forming. The only disappointment was I so hoped for a Gallette on the dessert menu 😄"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "My cousins were in town and enjoy Houston restaurants when they come. We did enjoy the ambiance Bistro des Amis. Loved the scallops and the French beef borgenaise. The French opinion soup and tomato basil soup are outstanding. The best dessert is the apple crisp. The cheese appetizer plate was tasty as well as the mushroom pastry. Enjoyed bringing our own wine and bought another bottle that complimented our choices."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "If you haven't tried this restaurant, place it on your list! The service is outstanding, the food is great and the staff is very knowledgeable. Kayla was our waitress and she is top notch!!! Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "We have been to this place several times. It was our place where we fell in love. So, we returned for our 1 year anniversary dinner. Many things had changed. The outdoor dining was the same, but you had to ask for bread, and the wine and food menus have been reduced and cost more. Food still tasted good, but menu was very limited. Not a big fan. Either it's the same people doing things differently (not good different) or new people going in a mainstream direction. A once neighborhood gem has become surprisingly mainstream."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The new owners of Bistro des Amis have retained the warm and friendly atmosphere and have made some very nice additions to the menu. We had the escargots, the beef bourguignon, and the chicken with arugula. Very enjoyable. The pace was relaxed and very European, we were able to sit on the terrace and enjoy the nice evening, and we will definitely be back soon."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Great food and great atmosphere in this quaint Rice Village French restaurant. Turns out Opentable didn't send them this reservation in error (wasn't on their dashboard) but they gladly accommodated us anyway. Would definitely go there again."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Spent Mother's Day brunch here, with a 3 course menus brunch. Pretty much too pricey (45) dollars for brunch that did not include drinks, etc...But heck, it was Mother's Day! The first person to greet us was not very accommodating, as well as looked a bit upset that we were a party of six (though this was on our reservation). The menu choices were very limited, and they could not accommodate any special needs, or requests. My wife asked for an egg with her salmon plate to make it more of a brunch then a lunch, and was told that they only have enough eggs in the restaurant to make a limited amount of French toast for the day???? For a 300.00 lunch, this was NOT WORTH IT. They also added 20% gratuity, which may explain the bad treatment.."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "In addition to having fine, and quite authentic, French bistro cuisine, they accommodated a vegan surprisingly well, which is hard to do in a Parision context. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Despite making frequent trips to Rice Village, this was our first time dining at Bistro des Amis, and I'm so glad we did! The food was wonderful - we enjoyed the freshly baked bread (ask for it), the juicy duck confit, and killer scallops. We'll definitely be back!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Cute little find in the neighborhood. Parking is valet only. Food was a bit heavy handed on the salt the night we went."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "The staff of Bistro Des Amis made our evening special from the moment we arrived until the moment we left. The food, the wine and the atmosphere was perfect. The chocolate bread pudding was the perfect end of a perfect dinner. We look forward to many more visits to this little piece of Paris in the village."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Authentic French Bistro cuisine. You can taste the love in every bite!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We have dined at Bistro des Amis twice in the last month. The first time we were a party of 8 and the second time a part of 6. As a result we have tried almost every item on the menu. Without exception they have all been superb. We plan to return often."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Group of us went for lunch and had a great time with good food and ambiance. Could have been at a sidewalk cafe in France."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "We recommend the foie gras, lamb osso buco, and the scallops. Those dishes are petty outstanding. we also tried their meats the previous time we visited- also very good! Solid - tasty and well preparer. Really delicious.. But, we don't recommend the escargots. We tried them twice; the first time a few months ago, it was great... Second time a couple of days ago, it tasted strange, like from a can- and with the wrong sauce.. We wish they cooked their escargots simpler, with just a bit of butter, salt and herbs... Last visit, they served us good fresh bread- couldn't stop eating it. But a couple of days ago, their bread was harder than the sole of my shoes.. I almost broke a tooth :-) Randall's supermarket has better baguettes"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Great food & service. Very consistent. $10 cork fee which is very fair. We really like this place!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "It had been a while since our last visit to Bistro des Amis. I think it may be under new ownership so it was good to see they are still BYOB and the food is still very tasty. My only recommendation would be to spruce the place up a bit. It is very authentic to what you would find as a neighborhood spot in France but it could use a little charm. We'll be back for the tasty and well priced food. BYOB is a huge draw. Merci beaucoup!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We ordered the croque monsieur, but was served the croque madam. One slice of ham straight from the meat counter of their favorite grocery, I should think. One slice of cheese. Nothing homemade about it. Nothing special about it. We ordered the Angus hamburger; it was actually pretty good. Both sandwiches were server with frozen French Fries; not homemade. Unimpressed!!! Other issues as well. After the meal, we discovered the ladies room had no toilet paper. We told the manager that our experience was pretty unsatisfactory; he indicated he had been on the job just two weeks as understood things were a bit rough. So the great reviews I read on OpenTable don't apply so much now. He said come back in a year and everything would be better."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Too loud to talk. Too bright to be romantic. Service ok. Food good but timing was off. Appetizer same time as salad, entree too long to wait."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "I went to Bistro Mes Amis one evening with a colleague from India who is a vegitarian. We both found food we enjoyed but sensed a half beat off on the service. Very sinilar to Paris bistros I have visited. Parking is hard on University Ave. I would go back again, but not for a business lunch or dinner"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "The outside dining on a nice moderate weather night was delightful. Overall the food was good and the scallops very good. I would have preferred a bit less salt but can't tell if they just used the standard amount while I have gotten used to less salt for health reasons.When my husband requested something changed in his order the staff was gracious about it. My son who is the only family member to eat meat was delighted with his large portion of lamb."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Just average food. very good menu but food did not live up to description."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "actually the selection is excellent, however on a Saturday night at 7 PM they were out of 4 items from the prix fixe-it was just after Valentines day however-they might go to a black board instead of a printed menu with so many out of's. I see wonderful reviews however of our party of 8 one was delighted and the rest felt so-so-the vegetables in both the bourginon and as a side were practically raw-beyond al dente- my puff appetizer was anything but puffy. So if you try it and we do love the casual feel -go very early before they sell out--others rave so maybe it was an off night, however I asked for more Bearnaise sauce and it came out both lumpy and cooler than room temperature-service was nice"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "This romantic cozy restaurant was perfect for a quiet Valentine's Day dinner. The lobster bisque and beef bourgignon were delicious and the waiters attentive. I highly recommend it for a little taste of France in the middle of Houston. It was a little pricey for Valentines but not bad and would be more reasonable on an average day."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Me and my wife went for our 4 year anniversary. Having gotten engaged in Paris, this brought back the feel we have so longed for that was in Paris. It was small, peaceful, well lit, and everything that we would have seen from a café in France. I would recommend this place, I would urge it as a must go! If you don't have the budget to go abroad, the is the closest I have been."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Valentines day was my first time to dine in this restaurant. For this occasion it is a perfect spot. It was special menu for the occasion. So i cannot comment on regular menu. Patio is great for the evenings. Valet was $4. Service was good. Manager and owner seemed very pleasant and welcoming. Food was good. I had filet mignon. It was good but not great. Desert, wine and salad were terrific."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "As always, our appetizers and main courses were well-prepared and presented. The Mushroom Ragout on puff pastry is especially attractive. The Filet Mignonette with peppercorn sauce was delicious--just spicy enough--and the potato puree was an ideal accompaniment. Eric was our server, but others who have served us on previous visits stopped by to say hello, confirming our sense that the regular clientele is recognized and valued."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "From the moment we walked in we were treated with diligent care. The food and service was tremendous throughout, the waitstaff and management worked great together. The ambiance was very romantic, with fires burning and dim lighting matching the French musicians playing acoustic music. A great experience all around, I recommend it highly for any romantic or celebratory occasion."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Went for business lunch on a Friday, food was very good, and it was not busy at all (very surprising to me because it was really good). Good quiet atmosphere for a business lunch. Also, the restaurant allows BYOB, so good place for wine geeks to bring out a bottle of their own."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "On Wednesday 1/8/2014 I came to Bistro des Amis with 4 people. We chose different dishes and they were all delicious. My friends used to be restaurant owners in Paris, they highly appreciated your French menu and told me that Bistro des Amis is one of their favorite places, especially for lunch. I have only come here for dinner but one day I will come back for lunch with my family."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "We have never left here unhappy with a meal here. The owner is very attentive and takes great care of his customers. This place is a great neighborhood spot, and BYOB - who can beat that?"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "When you walk in, you feel like you are walking into a quaint local bistro in Paris. The menu and wine list are much like one would find in the Paris bistro. The sandwiches for lunch are excellent and the rabbit, scallops, and osso bucco are great choices for dinner. I make sure I schedule my trips to Houston to allow a visit as often as possible."
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "We enjoyed dining here. The food was excellent. We went on a day too cold to eat outside, which left us at a very cramped table next to two large parties. It was strange that the owner decided to put us there when there was a wide open table for two in front of the live music (single man on a guitar). Otherwise, it was quite nice. The pre fixe menu was great, and many choices for wine. They also give you the option to bring your own wine for a small corkage fee or take your wine home if you cant finish the one you buy."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Every time I go the food and dessert is amazing and just gets better each time"
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Was very enjoyable plus enjoyed being able to go to a nice restaurant that is BYOB."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "This is an excellent french bistro (not to be confused with a high end french restaurant). Food and service were both excellent. The red snapper was perfectly cooked with a savory sauce. Atmosphere was great - cultured and friendly. Next visit to NYC will definitely come again. We were staying at a hotel in Midtown and found this restaurant easy to get to via subway, with a station a short block away. Quicker than a taxi which has to negotiate surface traffic."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "We took the prix fixe dinner, which is available every night. We had apps, added 2$ for the salmon entree and 4$ for the beef bourguignon entree. The entrees were good, albeit buttery and salty, a la francaise. Wine by the glass was 7-9$. The chocolate mousse dessert was a big portion size, but rather heavy. Our waiter, a Parisian ex-pat, was very courteous and came to check on us numerous times. All in all, for the price, we very much enjoyed the quaint cozy ambiance, good service, and satisfactory food."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "Bistro des Amis is a convenient thanksgiving locale where making reservations and reviewing on line menu is very easy. The décor is simple and has the flavor of an intimate but not overwhelming or crowded dining space. They have streamlined operations apparently with less of the hectic and more crowded nature of the space. The improvement is in the taste of the food and proportions served while the downside is the service with not quite enough attention to filling your glass and making you feel you can get what is needed in timely fashion with that little needed contact. Overall for a very American tradition done well for out of towner's knowing they have to spend a little more for that day it is a good place to go and it is recommended."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "For French cuisine and a great overall dining experience our first choice in Houston is Bistro des Amis. From Matt the owner to the wonderful and excellent wait staff. The Bistro is a West U gem that we love every visit."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "Our family of 4 celebrated our Thanksgiving dinner here, and it was a delicious, traditional American dinner. We were pleasantly surprised and enjoyed the experience."
    Dined on 11/28/2013