Bistro Lancaster @The Lancaster Hotel
Bistro Lancaster @The Lancaster Hotel

Bistro Lancaster @The Lancaster Hotel

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thelancaster.com/
  • Phone: 7132289502x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast:
    Everyday: 6:30am - 10am

    Lunch:
    Mon - Fri: 11:00am - 2pm

    Dinner:
    Mon - Thurs: 4pm - 10pm
    Friday - Saturday: 4pm - 11pm
    Sunday:4pm - 9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, International
  • Executive Chef: Martin Valerio
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call The Lancaster's Catering/Special Events Department at 713-237-2762, Ms. Cathy Sanchez.
  • Private Party Facilities: Three private party rooms are located on the hotel's Mezzanine level with potential seating capabilities: Cambridge room up to 10 guests, Stratford room up to 25 guests, and Berkshire room up to 45 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Ms. Cathy Sanchez 7132372762x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Louisiana
  • Public Transit: Houston Metro Light Rail
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Reduced Valet Parking Rate of $8 with the order of an entree in the Bistro.
A word from Bistro Lancaster @The Lancaster Hotel
Local favorite Bistro Lancaster is ideal for a power breakfast, business lunch or social evening. Sophisticated and intimate, the Bistro allows for highly attentive personal service in a cozy setting. Feast on the sumptuous regional Contemporary American Bistro cuisine from our delicious Crab Cakes or Scallops to our signature warm croissant bread pudding accented with brandied cherries, fig confit and caramel sauce.
Located in the heart of Houston's theater and financial district, it is an easy walk to all live performances downtown.
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Bistro Lancaster @The Lancaster Hotel reviews from OpenTable diners
50 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (18)fit for foodies (15)neighborhood gem (11)romantic (10)great for lunch (5)notable wine list (3)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (2)good for groups (2)great for brunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Ambiance
    Houston21
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great food. But, the new, colorful chairs, solid, stone looking table tops and absence of table cloths have completely changed the ambiance. Was it all for the better? Not sure.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect theater district spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We always enjoy the Lancaster's quiet luxuries, pre and post theater/concert/reading, etc. The service is attentive and pleasant. Food and drink don't disappoint. Love the atmosphere and the view of Jones Hall from our table. Close to all the spots you want to be in downtown: Alley Theatre, Jones Hall, Bayou Place, Hobby Center, The Wortham. A beautiful spot with plenty of character.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great location but service meh
    CampmaVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    BL is a great location if you are attending any of the venues DT. The food is good and nice proportions but the service is lacking. It is a small restaurant but I feel like they are short staffed. Had to ask for bread and the condiments didn't come out with the hamburger. We were never asked about coffee or desserts. I asked for decaf coffee but must have received caffeinated because at 1:30am I was still wide awake.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistent Quality
    JHoustonVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Bistro Lancaster is one of our top choices when attending a downtown event. Always good and service always gets us out in time for our show!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • less than stellar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Food was disappointing- the service was first class. We will not go back
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Work Lunch
    olivertwist
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Great sit down venue located downtown with valet parking.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WestHoustonDiner
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Best wait staff anywhere! They are always fantastic and perfect every time. Always a wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upscale and convenient
    Food4Thought
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    If you are attending an event at the theater district, you can't beat this bistro for good food and convenience to the venues. As most bistros, it's small, so reservations are a good idea. This was my second time dining here in 2 months, and I couldn't resist the crab cakes again. My companion got the salmon and crusted potatoes with asparagus and said they were very good. Neither of us liked the curried cauliflower soup du jour. It was too thin and tasted strongly of chicken stock with very little curry. I wished I had gotten the tomato and fennel soup instead. The desserts were good. Companion got lemon sorbetto served in a frozen hollowed out lemon and I got peach sorbetto served in a frozen hollowed out peach.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Before Theatre Dining
    AndyNPRVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    This place is within a block of Jones Hall. It's a great place to come before your performance. The food is good -- especially the Crab Cakes. Their Cheese plate is large enough for two people. Service is at your pace as they are sensitive to you having to get out of there... We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over-charged
    Simplicity
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We eat here fairly often before we go to shows, concerts, etc. First time our experience was subpar. We specifically asked for well liquor in our mixed drinks only to find out when check came we were charged for premium liquors that we had not ordered. We had the crab cakes, which were very good, and the filet mignon, which we ordered medium well and it was served very well. In my opinion. the place is in need of a face lift. Old world charm is one thing but its just not looking too good these days. Made me kind of sad.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Crabcakes have taken a turn
    SeaBlume
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We often go to the Lancaster for dinner before the opera or symphony to have one of their sensational salads and crabcakes. Someone must have changed the recipe or they have a new chef because the taste and presentation are not up to their usual standard which we found to be very disappointing. The Lancaster has been our "go to" place before opera and symphony but we will have to rethink in the future. Despite the crabcake disappointment, the salads were still very good!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner after Seinfield Show
    Cooter
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    When we arrived, the hostess was wandering around without a real game plan for seating people coming in from an event at Jones Hall and it took her 5 minutes to acknowledge us. The tables are much too close together and despite the fact that there was a corner table for 2 available (our request when making the reservation on Open Table) we were put at a cramped table cheek to jowl with patrons on both sides. No chance for a private conversation. 3 different people serviced our table and generally the staff seemed totally overmatched by a nearly full room.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Food and service were good, but it is so loud it is difficult to talk and hear. I am not sure why restaurants use hard surfaces all around.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Premium parking
    Frenchie
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Honestly, I can only recommend this restaurant for its valet parking in the theater district. My notebook style menu was blank on the inside, 2 wines that we ordered were unavailable, and my scallops could not be cut with a knife. I was offered another choice and got the fried calamari which were excellent. We've tried to like it here because it takes reservations, has good written menu items and is close to the theaters, but I give up on it now.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    KathyG
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The wine was good and the valet parkers were very nice but the food was disappointing. We both had scallops which were overcooked and rubbery. We split a Caesar salad, which was fine. The dessert, peach sorbet, seemed to have been sitting in the freezer for longer than it should have. We attended an event at Jones Hall, so the location was perfect and I must say (again) that the valet parkers were very helpful and friendly (best part of our experience). I definitely would choose another restaurant in the area next time.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • convenient to Jones Hall
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Right across the street. Yummy bacon wrapped figs and warm bread. Nice wine list and bar area. Attached to a boutique hotel. Next time I'll try the sea bass.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • they need more wait staff
    Nancy17VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    this place is popular before performances at Jones Hall or the Alley....and they need to staff accordingly.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lingeo
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The menu selection was not large but sufficient. The quality of the food is excellent. Service was personable, friendly and efficient. Would go again and would recommend the Bistro to friends.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Business lunch
    HoustonEats
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Good place for a quiet business lunch in the downtown area. Good food, reasonable prices, nice atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good!
    happydiner
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We had a wonderful waiter who made sure we left in time for our show. Food was fabulous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    coursedoctor
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We have enjoyed this place many times and I often rate this as my favorite restaurant especially now that Crapitto's has closed, but for the first time the service was very lacking. The normal waiter was there, but he was assisted by a young woman who was very un-attentive, and it was not that crowded. The place was freezing when we arrived and they did not have a shawl or sweater for my lady friend. They did turn the air down where it was tolerable. The sea bass and cheese plate were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Traveling Gourmand
    TravelingGourmandVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    We totally enjoyed our dinner at The Bistro Lancaster. The hummus appetizer was fresh and delightful with warm homemade pita triangles. The shrimp entree was outstanding ( i know because my husband shared just a bit) and my salmon prepared with crusted skin and corn salsa was perfect. The frozen peach stuffed with sorbet was an amazing finish. Kudos to the waiter as well who was informed, pleasant and tended our table as if we were special family guests.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Crab cakes 2 die 4
    Food4Thought
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    We were staying at the Lancaster to be close to a concert at The Bayou Music Center. We made reservations in advance and we're glad we did as the room is small. The waiter was very attentive and patient with our questions. I was torn between the crab cakes and the sea bass, but had seen rave reviews for the cakes at an online site, so we went with them. Glad we did. They were beautifully presented and had a great sauce. Not bland with too much bread crumbs like many I've had. The caprese salad was not as good as others I've had due to the fact that the tomatoes were not ripe enough. All considered I will probably dine there again when next in Houston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 598 reviews are from the Bistro Lancaster @The Lancaster Hotel reviews archive.
  • Great Downtown Gem
    Dissipointed
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We went to Bistro Lancaster before the theater, the food and service were excellent. The portions were the perfect size, I hate when we cannot take leftovers and the portions are to large to finish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but not great
    2FoodiesVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We celebrated Father's Day at Bistro Lancaster at 6:30 pm. We were seated immediately. The venue feels like a crowded porch pushed up against a bar. The black & white decor reinforce this imagery (for me). Most of the other patrons left at 7 as they were attemding theater productions that evening. Only one other table was occupied for the remainder of our visit. The food was well-prepared and well-presented, though standard & unoriginal. I chose it based on the heavy emphasis on seafood- which was perfectly cooked. The chef prepared by request an off-menu grilled calamari that my daughter reported to be delicious. Service was attentive if not a little intrusive. It was quiet enough to hear one another even when the restaurant was full.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Simple and quiet
    workingmomVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    You won't get a meal that will knock your socks off, and you will get good service and a decent meal. I like it for business lunches, because it is so quiet.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great before Theatre
    KathyVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Great place for dinner before the Alley or Jones Hall performances. They make sure you get served and out on time to make the curtain. Food was excellent. New menu since I was last there, and it was excellent. The best place before theatre in town.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pre-curtain
    jmay
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Bistro Lancaster is the perfect spot before a performance by Houston Ballet, the Alley Theatre or the other arts groups in the area, and has been for a long time. Newly renovated, it's even better. Service is attentive and the menu is light and tasty -- especially the crab cakes. Good bar and wine list.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great location for theater
    CampmaVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    If you're going to a show at Jones Hall, Alley Theater or Bayou Center this is a great location with very good food. It is inside the historic Lancaster Hotel which has some nice architecture. The entree portions are well proportioned. I split the Chilean Sea bass with my sister and we both got the spinach salad. It is a small restaurant so it feels a bit crowded and loud but still a nice pleasant atmosphere. Service was very good and will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great For Date Night
    Goodeater
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    One of the best Houston downtown restaurants. Newly remodeled and very nice, however missed some of the old English Charm. Started with Shrimp Cocktail, then the Blue Crab Cakes, food was very good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Noise level a bit too much....seems yo be noisier since they re decorated
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Downtown Gem
    LisaVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    If you are going to an event at the Alley Theater, Jones Hall or the Wortham, this is the perfect place to have a lovely dinner beforehand. The restaurant is across the street from Jones Hall and the Alley, and just down the street from the Wortham. The dining room is lovely, the food excellent, and the service impeccable. I had a beautiful piece of sea bass, and my husband had the salmon, which was cooked to perfection. Also, the selection of wines by the glass includes a wonderful sauvignon blanc. They understand that patrons are going to events after dinner, and they make sure your check comes in time for you to arrive before the curtain goes up..
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Tables are too close together and when the restaurant filled up, we could not have a conversation. Too bad...food was great. Also, no place to put my purse. Chairs with round backs look nice, but you can't hang a purse on them.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A nice Evening Before the Symphony
    stoiber
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The Lancaster Bistro is the perfect place for a pre-Symphony dinner and/or drinks! The food is very good, the service friendly and excellent and the wait staff is mindful of concert-goers' schedule in getting the check and getting out in time for the concert. It's also fun after the concert, as musicians gather here for a happy repast. This place feels very much like a New York City "tuck in." We love it!
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dining
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The Bistro Lancaster is a wonderful dining experience ... great food ... great service.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • In Decline
    TheatreDiner
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    While this used to be a favorite of mine, especially pre-Theatre, I'd not been to Bistro Lancaster for quite a few years. And I will not be returning. Despite a Dinner reservation, and arriving to a nearly-empty restaurant, we were seated at a small table boxed in by a column and the bar, after work at Happy Hour. The tables are now closer together than I remembered, and white tablecloth service is gone. However, the prices are high to make up for this. The food was good, but not worth the money, and the service was slow and inattentive. At the end, we had difficulty getting our bill, despite making it known that we were due at the Symphony. Then we were presented with someone else's bill, complete with their credit card.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not for Fine Dining
    Timothy1
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    The Bistro is in our opinion fine for quick drink and snack but if you wanting it to be a true Fine dining experience then forget it. The fact that you have a TV on, virtually in your face, with basketball or whatever sport just happens to be on says it all! On top of that there is background music competing for supremacy with some awful sports commentator.
    Special Features:
    Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely Evening, Great Food
    SuperMom
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Never disappointed at the Lancaster! The Shrimp & Corn dish is simply the best. Great service, great experience. Love it.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for before downtown events
    ThptrekVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    We told our waiter we had a show to catch and he did a great job of moving our meal right along and getting us out on-time. Nice airy bistro feel to the dining room. Don't expect anything really creative but if you stick to the basics you will have a nice meal.
    Special Features:
    Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful Night
    Brtravlr
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    My wife & I spent a wonderful night at the Lancaster for her birthday. The historic hotel & rooms are appointed to suit the most discriminating guest. I have to mention, the bed was luxuriously comfortable, and the shower was excellent!. As for the bistro restaurant, the service and food was delicious. I recommend the Texas chicken. I never have had chicken that moist ever! Rob & Laura Peterpaul
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.