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

Bistro Lancaster @The Lancaster Hotel Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thelancaster.com
  • Phone: (713) 228-9502
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast:
    Everyday: 6:30am - 10am

    Mon - Fri: 11:00am - 2pm

    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 (713) 237-2762

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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Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "this place is popular before performances at Jones Hall or the Alley....and they need to staff accordingly."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Good place for a quiet business lunch in the downtown area. Good food, reasonable prices, nice atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We had a wonderful waiter who made sure we left in time for our show. Food was fabulous."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Noise level a bit too much....seems yo be noisier since they re decorated"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "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.. "
    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."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "The Bistro Lancaster is a wonderful dining experience ... great food ... great service."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Never disappointed at the Lancaster! The Shrimp & Corn dish is simply the best. Great service, great experience. Love it. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "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 "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "I have never had a bad meal or unpleasant time at your restaurant in all the years, that I been coming there."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "We had been held up in traffic and it had taken us an hour and twenty minutes to travel a normal 30 minute trip to downtown so we were 20 mintes late for our reservation but they had held the table for us, which was wonderful as we thought we might have to go on over to Jones Hall for the symphony hungry!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "One would think that a restaurant inside a hotel would provide for ho-hum food. This is not the case here. While the menu is not the largest, they have a fine selection of seafood and land-lubber food to choose from. Our servers were very attentive. We were very early to see the Symphony (just a block away). Did I mention this is a great pre-symphony place to go? This gave us ample time to enjoy our food and not feel rushed for the symphony. We were there in plenty of time. We split the shrimp and cheese appetizer. Both were very tasty. We also had the Chilean Sea Bass and the Crab cakes. Both were wonderful with some wine. We'll be back."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We have enjoyed Bistro Lancaster in the past. It has deteriorated to the extent that it is noisy with indifferent food and service and overpriced for the quality of the food."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Just across the street from Jones Hall, and with $10 valet parking, this is the perfect way to start an evening of theater. Then keep it in mind for other dining because of the sophisticated ambiance, excellent food and service. A lovely experience except for the noise level when the place became full. I highly recommend this resturaunt. (It's a bit disconcerting to see old tshirts and baseball caps dining next to me in this upscale resturaunt. )"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Recent dining at The Lancaster Bistro was a pleasant surprise. We have dined there many times over the past 30 years. They total redecoration of the dining area and the overhaul of the menu are to be commended, so I am."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We went to the Bistro for a pre-opera dinner. It was a great, buzzy scene with most people dressed for a performance at the nearby performance complex. The menu was interesting, the food excellent and and service prompt and attentive.. It was the perfect choice for our occasion and I'd recommend it not only for pre-perfomance dining, but also for any time."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The calimari had been pre-cooked and re-heated and was appallingly salty. The tables are crammed together and the noise level was over the top. The restaurant is very expensive for what you end up receiving. I shall not return."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "This was our 4th visit to the Lancaster. It seems that prices have risen significantly since our last visit, and the food quality was slightly diminished as well. Our experience was up and down: The soup appetizer was just so-so. My crab cakes were delicious, but overpriced. My husband's salad entrée was something I could have made at home. The deserts we ordered were unique and exceptional - the highlight of the meal. The ambiance was quaint and recently remodeled, but a little noisy for "fine dining" and such expensive prices. Our above meal for two, including 2 glasses of wine, was $160. I don't think we will be returning anytime soon, and would not recommend since the quality of the food and the experience do not match the prices."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Was too loud and much too expensive for what we got. Pre theater crowd. $90 for two entrees, iced teas and one dessert. Will think carefully about going back . . . ."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "For us, it started as soon as we walked in the door. We were not greeted cordially, instead we were greeted with a "do you have a reservation". No hello. No welcome. Server was pleasant enough but not professional. The bread offered tasted like Jiffy box cornbread muffins. I ordered off the menu, as a vegetarian. Plate arrived with a grilled 1990 presentation. After questioning the lack of variety, the waiter brought a small plate of mashed potatoes, that were actually tasty. The grouper special really lacked creativity and flavor. I expected much more from this restaurant."
    Dined on 3/1/2014