Kris Bistro & Wine Lounge
Kris Bistro & Wine Lounge

Kris Bistro & Wine Lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.krisbistro.com/
  • Phone: 7133585079
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Wednesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm

    Dinner: TUES - THURS 5:30-9; FRI & SAT 5:30-10

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: Kristopher Jakob
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Restaurant can hold 70

    Banquet Room holds 40

    Private Lounge - Wine Bar and Table for 12
  • Private Party Contact: Jerry Arguelles 713-358-5068
  • Entertainment: Dining Room is surrounded by 150 Feet of glass looking into three operating kitchens to provide visual interest for Foodies and Dining Room movement.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Riggs
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private fenced lot with onsite security.
A word from Kris Bistro & Wine Lounge
Located 7 minutes North of Downtown this North Village Modern French Bistro supports and showcases local growers, local artists, French wines and aspiring chefs.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Kris Bistro & Wine Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
80 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.8
  • Food4.8
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelQuiet
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (63)special occasion (49)romantic (36)notable wine list (35)good for groups (30)great for lunch (25)neighborhood gem (25)great for brunch (6)hot spot (4)late-night find (4)scenic view (3)great for outdoor dining (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Fantastic as always
    Obnox
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food was excellent as always. Raymond, our waiter was unobtrusive but had wine and other beverages filled and refilled at precisely the right moments. CJ, the manager handled a packed restaurant with aplomb. And Beverly, bless her heart, made an especially beautiful dessert plate for our eight year old grandson's birthday. Thanks to all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Value
    FoodieJack
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The meal was OK. I can't say exactly what it was lacking, but I wasn't blown away, either. The caveat would be the nice custom dessert plate they brought to our table for my padtner's birthday (don't worry, the don't sing and clap).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The food and service was amazing. It was our first time there and we went on a Wednesday. Not many people The entrance was through the c Culinary institute. The restaurant was veri nice, well decorated and had good ambiance. The waiter was very knowledgable and gave great recommendations. We both had three courses and all was amazing. I can highly recommend this for people that appreciate good food vs the most in style restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Diamond in a rough neigborhood
    rowkevin
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Although this is a culinary institute restaurant, we were a bit concerned when we drove into a fenced in parking lot with a security guard during our first visit to Kris Bistro. However, our initial trepedation quickly abated after we entered the dining area and found an intriguing menu and wine list. There were large windows to watch the sous chefs prepare the evening meal. The noise level was conducive to having a nice conversation without having to raise our voices. Service was excellent with recommendations and explanations about the food provided to those who inquired. And yes, the food was terrific!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary
    Ouch
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our 51st. wedding anniversary there and it was our first visit.... I couldn't be more pleased with the evening.... the dessert they made for us was a work of art. These are really nice people....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience!
    CDoan
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We were a large party celebrating a recent engagement and my husband's birthday. The food was delicious and the service was amazing. Our waiter was very attentive! We will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • coco
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Kris Bistro was recommended by a friend. The food...the staff... EXCELLENT!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent service, delicious food
    eaglet
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Service was excellent. Wait staff knowledgeable. The wine list has wines to fit every budget and the wait staff know which wine will complement your dinning experience. The menu is seasonal, therefore the food is very fresh, prepared with love. This was our anniversary dinner and we were not disappointed, neither in the food nor the service. Kris Bistro always strives to make their patrons feel very special and they succeed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thanks, comming back!
    Piter
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Best restaurant in Houston, interesting, creative food, changing for all seasons. Thank you Kris for all what you doing here!!!!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a gem!
    LakeGirl
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We visit Kris Bistro often on nights we are headed to performances downtown. The ambiance is unique in that you have a view of the working kitchen; the servers are wonderfully attentive; and the food is unsurpassed! AND you get all this for an absolute bargain. It is a dining spot not to be missed!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Will definitely go back. The food was outstanding. This is one of the best kept secrets in Houston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luvgoodfood
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Great neighbor gem. Real gourmet food and the desserts were wonderful. Will return.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely Lunch!
    HoustonBuyersVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We went there to taste the menu for a school event and I'm very glad we did. The Lobster salad was delicious and the dessert to die for. The waiter described our dishes and history in such of entertaining way, the lunch was a nice experience. We didn't get a wine list, however staff brought me their recommended Sauvignon Blanc and it was right on the spot. I just wish I had more time to enjoy a second glass. Overall, a great experience for the money.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New Discovery!
    lggnd95VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I had no idea that this place existed until I used my app to look for a place for dinner! Excellent food and wine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hidden gem!
    jimminycricket
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Ten minutes from my Heights neighborhood! (Stay off I45 and go up Airline.) I don't give out 5 stars often but the lavender glazed Scottish Salmon that night was transcendent. The pickled veggies on the side, not so much but they weren't bad either. The Chicken Walewska was also good. I will admit the food was a little uneven but write that off to students who haven't yet fully developed their chops: the Tuna Poke appetizer had too much dressing and the Oysters Martinique had just too much other stuff. The gravlax looked good but did not taste. The desserts were better: the sorbet was creamy (without cream) and delicious...raspberry, strawberry, cherry and champagne berry scoops. Beware the caffeine in the darkly chocolate Opera!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • vljf
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The combination of food, ambiance, service and price and value make the restaurant outstanding and probably the best in the city of Houston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice surprise
    LSWilliams
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We joined another couple for dinner during HRW. The restaurant's location is a bit out of the way. The decor is nice with pops of color. You can actually have a conversation here. We ordered the tuna poke off the regular menu for a slight up charge. It was worth it - super fresh and in a great marinade. I then had a perfectly cooked salmon. I ordered the lemon tart which was fine but I liked the mouse with ganache much better. We brought our own wine. The corkage is only $10. Our waiter was friendly, knew the menu and appeared when needed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • More than Worth the Drive
    DaleVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Although it's a bit of a drive, Kris's is well worth it. We love the care that's taken with the menu, the food, the wine and the service from the minute you arrive (in the parking lot, to the hostess, and throughout the meal) until you leave. It all comes together in a wonderful evening and food & wine event. The food is scumptous and the very reasonably priced wine list provides a terrific (but not over-powering) selection. We suggest trying as many different dishes and apriongs as possible, allowing your expert server to be your guide. Raymond was our guide and very appreciated. Wathcing the work in the kitchen is a nice and added bonus. Go to Kris's and take your family & friends. The kudos will be yours!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Savory foods
    MACC
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We enjoyed the beef tartare, chicken walewska chocolate mousse and wine pairings. This restaurant is located in a culinary school which was neat. You could see some of the classrooms while walking to the bathroom. The outside of the building could use a new design. Surprising find! Go eat here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great found
    JTTaylor
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Would never find it or stop by or even guess there is a restaurant there if it wasn't for Restaurant week but pleased we did. Very nice food, reasonable prices, posh menu, great service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, wine and service
    Quickstep
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great value! The food is exceptional and the restaurant itself is lovely once you get inside and beyond the front desk. The location may be off-putting to some but considering it is a culinary institute the experience is well worth it. The culinary students go out of their way to serve you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • AMAZING!
    biancaamador
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was amazing! I will definitely be coming back for more =)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ed
    Ed24
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Always great. I've never had a bad meal and the people are very gracious. Will tell as many people as possible
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at Kriss Houston
    trevnoc2
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I visited with my wife for lunch Kriss during HRW Location: It is not the most desirable location for a restaurant. Ambiance : not to many people where the day of our visit, you can see through window glass the kitchen with people working especially students. Food: Our appetizer was Gravlax, it was OK, but not something to remember, The entrée was three pieces of chicken with kind of fish stock as cream,it was a very fishy taste, I am not sure it was the roe of salmon added or a mistake during the preparation, it was a very fishy taste, and two pieces of chicken will be enough Dessert very good lemon tart with very nice presentation. Bread very good.. Service: Very good Price Good
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  • Diamond in the rough
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Kris Bistro was a complete surprise. The food is fantastic (especially the beef tartare), the atmosphere is great. It's warm and cozy without the need to use a flashlight to read the menu. The noise level was perfect - not too loud; not too quiet. A great place for romantic dinner for 2, a business dinner or group function. Being able to watch the chefs work as you dine was a treat as the well. If I had to choose one thing to improve on - expand the wine by the glass list and offer more local beers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quite the find!
    SKBinConroe
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had dinner during Houston Dining Week, and although there were several menu items not available due to supply issues, we had a great experience! CJ, our server and a student in the program, did an excellent job taking care of us, making recommendations on food and wine, and explaining their program and their food. The charcuterie is unique, and a treat for Houston - take advantage of this opportunity! Our meal was prepared by student alumni, and was excellent. Around the table, we had fish, chicken, and steak, and it was all excellently executed and presented beautifully. We made the trip from Conroe, and will definitely be returning! The $10 corkage fee is really reasonable, and we shared a special bottle for the occasion!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a surprise!
    guest
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    When we drove up to the building it looked questionable, BUT, please don't let that put you off. Once you are led into the restaurant, WOW, what a nice place. Amazing food and service, plus you can watch the students at work. We will definitely visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed New Summer Menu
    Jencat
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We went to Kris this time for Restaurant Weeks and to try out the new summer menu. For appetizers my husband had The Wedge and I had the Gravlax. The Gravlax I'd had before and it was still great. Unfortunately the Tuna Poke wasn't on the Restaurant Weeks menu because I really wanted to try it. The Wedge was surprising good. I'm not a fan of iceberg lettuce, but they really managed to elevate it. DH's Striped Bass was amazing and my Chicken Walewska was rich and creamy. The wine that was recommended was a perfect accompaniment to everything. For dessert I got the Opera, which was as good as it always is and DH got the Lemon Tart, which is a great summery addition to the menu. Can't wait to go back and explore more of the new menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • When to eat at a culinary school
    Thourotluvsfood
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This is a great destination on a normal night. My wife and I enjoyed our meal and the entire experience. The staff was friendly and attentive without being invasive. The entire experience was one to remember. I read bad reviews about valentines night. Never go to a culinary school restaurant on a night like that. Pick a normal quiet night and watch the new chefs shine. Enjoy what they have to offer on a less stressful evening and save the stressful nights for Brenner's. I work at a competitor culinary school and we couldnt have done as well as these talented persons did. I say come and enjoy what they have but dont do it on a holiday or high traffic night if you really want to experience their talents.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A rare treat on the northside
    ChrisTVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    A fun wine list. Perfectly seasoned beef tartar with layers of flavor. Sweet, savory, and creamy foie. Perfectly cooked shrimp. And a lovely succulent ribeye, highlighted with just S&P, the essence of beef! We had ours with one the hardest to find red wine varietals, Pinot Meunier. The rich dark, red fruit presence of a Pinot with a tantalizing muskiness like a late summer rose. It's like nothing you've drunk before. The chocolate desserts were wonderfully intense with well controlled sweetness. Extremely satisfying. Throughout the meal our waiter was attentative and informative, but not at all intrusive, a combination too uncommon in Houston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost
    JenFerDiego
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Located at the Culinary Institute, this place is a secret gem for sure. The menu is interesting and trendy, but on our Friday night there, there seemed to be no kitchen mnager, so of our party of 8, 3 of them had food wrong, cold, or not cooked enough. And by 8:00, they had run out of the 2 most popular dishes, which of course most of us wanted to order! Our waiter was nice, and they did give us a bottle of wine at no charge for the inconvenience. Overall, it was a nice environment, and our large party had a great time, so the food didnt matter. But its worth mentioning.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful, tasty food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Everything was lovingly prepared and tasted great. The service was friendly and just right. The wine list is nice, and the wine is very fairly priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our First Experience Eating here
    Amalina52VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    My husband and I tried Kris Bistro on a recommendation from a friend. We were pleasantly surprised. We both ordered the crab cakes to start. Although they were small they were very delicious ! I wish there had been 2 of them. I got the grilled salmon which was very tasty and my husband got the scallops. All very good! Then for dessert he got the chocolate hazelnut mousse and I got the lemon tart. All very good. We were very satisfied with our meal, it's presentation, and the wines we chose.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ad always a pleasure
    cduwaerts
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I've now been to Kris twice and it has been fantastic each time! The dishes are fresh and surprising!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 5 star restaurant at 3 star price
    Chuck
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I've been here a couple of times and both times have been awesome. Food is fantastic and the student chefs do a great job of passionately explaining the meal. I recommend this place without a doubt. I can't wait to try it for lunch. It's an odd place but well worth the five minute drive from downtown. The beer (bottle) selection is great. Not a ton of beers but all top notch. The parking is free and there is a security guard to watch the cars. Everybody there is super friendly. And the bread is amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bastille Day Brunch
    shelley18
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Have been here previously for other events and "just" for dinner. The quality of food is outstanding. Events are often with an interactive kitchen that is quite informative and fun. Also gives you an opportunity to try food that you have not had previously.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Great!
    PamelaVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    As a teaching school/restaurant, you have to expect some glitches. The waiters and staff are always friendly. The food is always superb. On this visit one member of our party ordered a menu item that was a recommendation from the waiter. About 10 min later, the waiter. An out and said it was not available that evening. The waiter should have been apprised of this upon arrival that evening. As I said, it is a teaching restaurant and you Have to expect some glitches. Everything we ordered was fabulous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Food
    LindaVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I have been here for lunch twice and super once. It has never disappointed. The food is fantastic - interesting flavours and combinations. Service is always friendly and professional. Love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our favorite in The Heights area
    Chris
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Limited menu suits us very well. Great care with the food. Nice and quiet. Not freezing cold like many Houston restaurants. Thoughtful house wines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    Linda
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Had an out of town visitor and figured with us all eating well, might as well eat with Kris Bistro. Portions excellent, freshness off the charts, selections almost too many to choose from. Flavors and ambience combine to make a bit of magic. Still my number one gem of a Houston restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.