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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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Diner Reviews
  • "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!!!"
    Dined on 8/29/2014
  • "Will definitely go back. The food was outstanding. This is one of the best kept secrets in Houston."
    Dined on 8/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/27/2014
  • "I had no idea that this place existed until I used my app to look for a place for dinner! Excellent food and wine!"
    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!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The food was amazing! I will definitely be coming back for more =)"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Always great. I've never had a bad meal and the people are very gracious. Will tell as many people as possible"
    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"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I've now been to Kris twice and it has been fantastic each time! The dishes are fresh and surprising!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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."
    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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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