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Kris Bistro & Wine Lounge
Kris Bistro & Wine Lounge

Kris Bistro & Wine Lounge Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.krisbistro.com
  • Phone: (713) 358-5079
  • 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: Contemporary French, Organic
  • 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
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Limited menu suits us very well. Great care with the food. Nice and quiet. Not freezing cold like many Houston restaurants. Thoughtful house wines."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Food and its presentation, service and ambiance are one of the best, if not the best, propositions in the city of Houston for the VALUE!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Wonderful food made by students at the Culinary Institute Le Notre. Very knowledgeable and attentive servers, a real find."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Fine dining at a more than affordable price. A wide selection of wines matches for each dish to accentuate the notes of both the wine and meal. Would recommend to friends and family."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We were completely unaware of this hidden gem just 3 miles from us. Inside a culinary school but not practicing on us. Affordable too. Well done Kris!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The sorbet was really sweet but loved the fully cooked Salmon! "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I enjoyed a lovely prix fixe lunch menu this week. Everything was delicious. The tomato soup was so flavorful and accompanied by a nice salad. I had the salmon which was simply prepared and delicious. My companion had the pasta. Both were generous portions. I had the divine chocolate dessert selection. It was like dining in a French restaurant—quiet, enjoyable with the focus on the food, as it should be."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "The food was fantastic, the waitstaff extremely attentive, it could not have been better. I can't wait to try one of the wine pairing dinners!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Kris Bistro delivers consistently good food at a very good price. The quality of the ingredients is excellent and the presentation of each dish is a feast for the eyes as well as for your palate. The waiters are knowledgeable and attentive. All in all a great fine dining opportunity ranging from a family dinner or first date, to a company function or anniversary party."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Delicious food, excellent service and low noise level."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "The food was exceptional except that the rice with the entree of scallops was undercooked. The ambience was very nice but the ladies restroom had some issues. I think someone had recently been ill in the bathroom, which the staff addressed quickly. I would definitely return and recommend to fellow foodies. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "And family and I enjoyed our Mother's Day brunch. Foods are awsome as usual. We loved the enteraction with the kitchen. The staffs and management are very helpful. My kids had 2 french toast. My favorite dish was the salmon en croute. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Food was great with great service. Our waiter took time help us with the menu and wine list."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Was our second time here, and just as good or better than the first. My wife and I each had the Trio Special, and there is NOT a better value in town. Each of our starters were excellent (she had crab, while I had a phenomenal beef tartare), and then we had the most succulent salmon imaginable. Then to have great desserts (Trio Creme Brulee, and the Chocolate Mousse), paired with a Pinot Gris (for under $30!?), was simply the best. Will DEFINITELY become our special spot. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "They would do just about anything to make things right for you. The food was prepared, plated and served beautifully. Everything had great flavor and was innovative. The only thing that I can say is that the service was quite slow. It is a culinary school restaurant and you have to expect a few flaws. The prices are very reasonable. For the level of preparation and quality of food, I will definitely be back."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Love the appetizers at Kris Bistro. Just a bit different than the ordinary. Recommend the fried oysters and crab. The charcuterie platter is very good and original but very small portion, just good for two persons. Avoid beef tartare, too much curry taste which spoils the natural flavors. Our waiter, Ray did a great job though!!! Good wine recommendations and attentive to kids. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "I can't say enough about this place. It's a treat every time we get to go there... AMAZING food."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Fabulous as usual...I have never been to Kris when it wasn't a great experience...what a find!!!!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "This hidden gem is in a commercial looking building due to the fact that they are part of the LeNotre cooking school. Don't let it's exterior fool you, the restaurant itself is loaded with ambiance and the food and presentation is superb. I have been a guest there four times now and not once have I been disappointed. Each employee has a passion for the experience of fine dining whether it be cooking, serving or waiting tables. Attention to detail is impeccable; each item on the menu is a work of art, flawlessly presented. Vegetarian fare receives the same attention to detail as the other dishes and is well worth ordering. Over all, one of the best restaurants I have visited."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We were thrilled to discover Kris's Bistro! This was our third visit and was as amazing as the first two. Our server C J was very knowledgable about the food and the wine. The flavor and presentation of every dish was superb. The oyster appetizer , halibut, and scallops were exquisite. I plan to attend some classes, and we are planning to attend the Wine Seminars in the future. The ambiance was perfect, and we can hardly wait to bring a group for the private dining space. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "The food was creative and delicious. The oyster appetizer was outstanding. My husbands lamb shank was huge and perfectly cooked and seasoned, and my scallops were delicious as well. The chocolate cake and mini ice cream was memorable. Wine list very reasonable. We will certainly go back. Although the location is not our usual restaurant area, it was a real pleasure not to have the usual forced valet parking. The lot is secure, fenced, and there is a security guard on duty. The have a "chef's table" that would be perfect for a group of 10-12, and we plan to return again with our friends. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Always outstanding food and great service. Our pick for every special occasion!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Really a gem!! Excellent French cusine that is not too overpriced. Highly recommend this place. The vanilla lavender creme brulle is simply sublime! "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "I went with my grandmother and boyfriend to Kris for Brunch and it was our first time going. The area it was surrounded in was not what we expected but as soon as we pulled inside the lot I knew I was in for a surprise. The hostess greeted us warmingly and we sat down right away. The server assigned to us was a blond woman with long hair who was also very friendly and very informative with any questions we had for her. The chef's and overall staff were very attentive and friendly, so that made the experience even more pleasant. I plan on coming back very soon for special occasions :) The food was hands down amazing especially the presentation, my boyfriend said that was the best steak he ever had :)"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "I had been wanting to try Kris Bistro and Wine Lounge for months. I'm so glad we finally went. What a great place. The food was really good and the presentation was very nice. I was pleasantly surprised at the depth of the wine list. Pricing was very reasonable as well. I will definitely be back with a larger group. They also have a great little area called the Chef's Table that can be curtained off for private events/dining. Something I'd love to try! Some students were in the kitchen preparing dishes for a "presentation" grade we were told by our waitress. It was really fun to watch them work."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "BEST hidden secret in Houston. Inside the Culinary Institute, you will find an amazing restaurant. Ambiance is polished and inviting. Plates are innovative and the mix of flavors are balanced very carefully. Kris does a stellar job. Waiters are students at the Institute and highly educated in the menu. Recommendations are always good. Will keep coming back again and introducing it to friends and business associates. Order the smoked duck to go!! Excellent with a good wine on a romantic evening at home. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "This was our second time here and they hit on the bull's eye again. Yes, the location is NOT in the middle of Westheimer, but I find it darn easy to find for those of us living on I45 (Woodlands or Clear Lake) or Loop 610 (Bellaire). Take a hard right coming off the first I45 exit going north from the North Loop. You are there! The wine list is awesome and affordable (not your 300-400% makeup). We had a Gevray-Chambertin Burgandy for $60-$70. I had snapper that was cooked to perfection. All the dishes including the deserts were of great presentation and taste. The students and faculty that put this together will someday put Houston on the foody map. This dinner would compare to some of our best experiences in Seattle and Paris."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We had a great meal at the Kris Bistro. Chef had just started trying out some items for the spring menu, so we both chose bright, citrusy seafood meal options. Both the salmon and the scallops were cooked to perfection The dessert however (trio of crème brulee) was not much to write home about - the crèmes were quite dense and tasted overcooked."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Not being my first time at Kris Bistro, it was proved once again why this restaurant is on my top list of excellent places to go in Houston. The staff is very professional, friendly, provides "spot on" recommendations (food and complementing beverages); the food is quite eclectic and full of surprises, and the the price-quality ratio is probably the best in Houston. The fact that the restaurant is located inside a culinary school brightens the mystique and it's very well decorated. Fantastic either for romantic, business or group events. I live on the other side of the Atlantic, but when I travel to Houston it's mandatory to pay a visit to Kris Bistro!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Arrived midweek for a Birthday dinner with my wife. It was pretty quiet but the staff and waiters were excellent. Ordered a bottle of wine and then the waiter asked if we wanted to take a look around the kitchen. We met two chefs who went into great detail about what they were cooking. We sat down and eat a wonderful meal. What a fantastic evening."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Fantastic food and service! This was my third visit to Kris Bistro and I have been equally impressed each time.."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This was another great experience at Kris Bistro. Our server, CJ, was friendly and knowledgeable. If you like crab and they have the Gulf Crab Sphere on the menu, get it! We were going to split one and CJ recommended getting two. Very glad that he did. I'm from Maryland and this blew most crab cakes I had had back home out of the water. The Poele Black Sea Bass & Cured Smoked Escolar was so good that I want to go back before they change their menu for the next season and have it again. It was one of the most perfectly balanced and satisfying fish dishes I've ever had. If you enjoy innovative cuisine, give Kris Bistro a try."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Very interesting to be inside a culninary school but the food and wine pairing suggestion is great! We definitely going back."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The food is terrific and the service is fantastic."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Well kept secret! Great for anytime you just want to feel special! The food is always amazing and the presentation is a WOW! Be sure to sign up on the Mailing List for special event dinners..."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed the Mardi Gras food/beer pairing event hosted by No Label Brewery. The menu was spectacular as well as authentic and the beer was perfectly paired. Almost made me feel like I was home in Louisiana - or as close as possible :)"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Go here! This is an amazing opportunity to enjoy amazing food, thoughtfully sourced, with incredible wines at rock bottom prices! Everything we ate was amazing! Kris is located inside the culinary institute. This would be a phenomenal location for a special group dinner - a true chefs table experience. All of the food was extremely fresh and full of interesting flavors. We will go back!!"
    Dined on 2/27/2014