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L'Olivier Houston
L'Olivier Houston

L'Olivier Houston Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.olivierhouston.com
  • Phone: (713) 360-6313
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French, European
  • Executive Chef: Olivier Ciesielski
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mason
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet with some street parking available
A word from L'Olivier Houston
L'Olivier Restaurant & Bar is a Modern French and American Bistro nestled in the eclectic mix of the Lower Westheimer/Montrose neighborhood and has fit into this scene by standing out. L'Olivier's patio is casual and playful, the bar elegant and refined, the dining room sumptuous yet modern.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "My best friend and I recently went to try out L'Olivier for the first time. In light of their recent praise in the Houston Chronicle, we accepted the very slow service as the staff there was very friendly. We tried a mix of items from the menu as well as several wines. Alas, we tried their infamous fried chicken. Unfortunately, the inside was raw. The owner, Olivier could have cared less. Overall, the rest if our meal was ok, but nowhere near worth the $225 we spent. (The apple tart was superb.) Clear your schedule, though because you may need every bit of the 3 hours it took us to dine on what was very mediocre cuisine. Chef Olivier needs some cooking lessons."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "The Sunday fried chicken brunch was wonderful. Best fried chicken, best mac n' cheese, perfectly cooked green beans with just the right amount of garlic. Chef Olivier visited with us at our table; he is both personable and amusing. The waitstaff was friendly and helpful. We had a terrific dining experience and we look forward to returning soon."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "At L' Olivier a fantastic dining experience, always."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Heard about this restaurant awhile back and finally made a reservation - so happy we did - everyone was very pleased with everything they ordered (to the point that you are saying to each other, "You have to try this!" and sharing all around) and the service was outstanding! Between the 4 of us we decided we would have to visit several more times in the very near future just to try all the items on the menu that intrigued us! The chef came out and visited all the tables which I always appreciate and felt was 'above & beyond' the already very attentive service. And, although it was a Saturday night we could all hear each other clearly which is soooo nice! We would highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The starter salad and truffle ravioli appetizer were really good. I had the short ribs which came highly recommended by the waitstaff. I thought the rib meat had an overly strong flavor though. The potato cake that it came with was good. I wasn't excited about the shaved brussel sprouts or the risotto that we ordered as sides. The a la carte fish was disappointing - it lacked flavor. All of the seasoning was on the skin of the fish which we didn't want to eat. The nutella brownie melts in your mouth - very tasty. I would have preferred vanilla ice cream instead of the flavor that came on top of it, however. Overall good, just not amazing. The interior of the restaurant is lovely although I didn't find the chairs comfortable."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "No matter what day, no matter what meal, no matter who's working, every single visit to L'Olivier is a delightful experience, enhanced by carefully & artistically prepared dishes, and topped off by superb service. Comme si l'ensemble de l'univers existe dans un seul endroit!!!!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "My husband and I are foodies, and the meal we had at L'Olivier was as fine as any we've had anywhere in the world. Highly recommend this wonderful restaurant!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The wrong dish was delivered to me by mistake and I didn't realize it until I had already tasted it. I was happy with the dish and told the waiter not to worry about it. Within minutes, the correct dish was delivered and the entire was table was able to sample the original order without charge. I really liked the mistaken dish better. However, I am totally impressed with a restaurant that has this level of concern with customer satisfaction. In fifty years of dining out, I have never experienced this before."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "L'Olivier never disappoints, and always delights. Every meal is a work of art!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We had a lovely time last week. The short ribs are amazing! For my husband, being able to bring his 4 legged pal gal was the best - Dali loved the patio."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "We attended the Bordeaux Wine Dinner and were treated to some delicious food and a Sommelier who absolutely knew his stuff. I think he had nearly 30 years of experience and was not pedantic and very eager to share his knowledge of this special area. The owner came by our table to check on the food and the Duck Leg Confit was amazing, the Poivre just as tasty. We had 25 or so people for this dinner and we had the side room, it was fun and I look forward to going back."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Been to this restaurant a number of times. Always good food and service. This time the service was only so-so - a combination of in attentive service (egg., we had a bottle of wine and had to pour refills ouster lives) and very,very slow food delivery, even though the restaurant was not busy (only 4-5 tables occupied). "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "We waited 30 minutes for our order to be taken. One server nearly spilled the starter in one of our parties lap. I ordered a second mimosa and the waiter brought it to me 30 minutes later. The Mother's Day prefixe was unexceptional. I was not pleased going here for a first time. Try Mockingbird Bistro for a better dining experience."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Friendly servers, excellent cocktails and wines, and extremely high quality French food make this a real gem. The bouillabaisse is full of seafood and not salty like in many other restaurants. Restaurant is very gluten friendly. Olivier can customize the menu to accommodate dietary requirements."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Amazing. Able to find genuine gourmet food this side of New Orleans!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Overall I thought the food was good, but not great. However, the ambiance was very nice. I would consider going back."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Great waiter, but that's all I can say. Food mediocre. Zero ambience. Don't bother."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Decided to try this with a group of friends. We had a great time. The hostess was friendly, the server was friendly and the food was outstanding. Definitely recommend the floating island dessert. We will definitely be back for more."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "L'Olivier has been heavily hyped in press reviews since opening, however one year on, the service does not match its aspirations. Table service was indifferent and very slow (for all diners) on only a moderately busy weekend night. Food was good, but not outstanding. Dessert was nothing special. Wine list too short for a top class establishment."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This is the second time we have had dinner here and we have been very happy with both visits. The wait staff are very attentive and service oriented, the food is great (everything we have ordered has been outstanding), and the wine list is comprehensive without being ridiculous."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We have ate here many times. The best French cuisine in the city. We eat at Cafe Rabalais and Max and Julie's , both really good places, but this is best. The food here is better, the attention to detail, and they take reservations. The chef and the attention to detail are both great."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "After sampling a number of other French restaurants in Houston, including an old time favorite Brasserie Max & Julie, the bar was set quick high. However I am glad to report that L'Olivier did not disappoint. There was a friendly welcome at the door and we were shown promptly to out table, in the chic but comfortable dining area. Previous reviews remarked on the somewhat snooty service. I prefer to describe this as somewhat theatrical. Either the service was knowledge about the food and wine menus and very attentive. Food and wine were simply outstanding. I cannot wait to dine here again"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Houston has many great restaurants, and L'Olivier's in one of them. We've eaten there several times and keep bringing our friends there because it is such a gem. The service is very good, the wine list is comprehensive, but the food...what can I say? It is outstanding. Wonderful flavored, beautiful presentation, and when L'Olivier comes to the table when the main course is presented to explain the ingredients and preparation...it very classy. Don't skip the Floating Island for dessert! It's like eating a piece of heaven."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Food was very good but service was very snobby. I suggest that they visit Flemings or Eddie V's to see what a real service should be."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "My salmon carpaccio was dry and stuck to the plate, suggesting it had been cut too far in advance and left in the fridge. My wife's onion soup was good. Our rack of lamb for two was cooked properly, but was served whole, neither divided into individual chops nor even split into two servings. Absolutely bizarre. We will probably give L'Oliver one more chance, though."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "The service was impeccable as we dined on a special fish out of Greece. It was prepared with a lovely wine sauce and served with brussel sprouts and green beans. The food was perfectly prepared and plated beautifully. It was a semi-business luncheon meal. The servers did not rush and seemed to know it was business so kept their space, but they were there at a moment's notice when we were ready to order and asked for a check. The chef and owner came out at the end of the meal to thank us for coming and to ask about our meal. A nice touch! I really like this little restaurant and would recommend it."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Love French food and this came recommended from a colleague, a modern restaurant with good food and attentive staff The Chef visiting the table to ask if we enjoyed our food is a nice personal touch missing from many Houston establishments. Overall a very pleasant evening and an experience to be repeated."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "I have enjoyed dining at L 'Olivier. The food is delicious and the service is very good. Will probably come again !!!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We had a large party with reservation on Saturday and even though the food was great the servers were very rude. At the price point of the food, we expect good service at a minimum."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Very good French brasserie with good wine list. Not the best in town but solid quality. Service very slow on a Saturday night not full--but very polite."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Pleasant French fare, attentive service. Wine prices high, but seems to be quiet common these days in Houston restaurants..."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I honestly haven't had such a bad meal in years. Most plates were below par, but my veal was terrible... And as a final touch, the check was substantially bigger than most good restaurants in Houston."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "As usual, L'Olivier is a hit. I will continue to go here for any special occasion as the food is incredibly delicious and very well presented. However, I do not think I will be doing another one of the "set menu" dinners. I was disappointed in the items for this particular serving. Both the Lamb chops and the Veal chops we tried were over cooked. The desert brownie felt like it had been left sitting in the oven for way too long, making it hard. It made me picture a factory assembly line putting out dishes, not the high end kitchen you would expect. This is not the usual quality I've come to expect from this place. I would normally give them a 5 star rating across the board, but the Valentine's set menu..not so great."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We dinned on V-day which happens to be our 10 yr anniversary. It was busy and we were dining late. I'm sure the servers were exhausted after a busy night but we were very disappointed in the level of attention we recieved. I have been in the restaurant business so I know the pressure you are under in those moments but I felt like we were an inconvience to the server. The food... They advertise as a French restaurant but the pri-fix menu was less than exciting and it felt as if everything was pre-made in the kitchen just waiting to be pulled out if the oven. The food lacked flavor and I noticed little to no French influence. The ingredients did not seem fresh especially the crab salad. Overall, I was very disappointed. We will not return."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My wife and I went for dinner on St Valentin's and we came out with mixed feelings about L'Olivier. L'Olivier has the makings of a very good restaurant which let us down on that particular evening. The reason being is that my wife's sirloin was not properly cooked so we have to return it and when it came back it was very well done rather than medium. Also, the service was not very friendly and got annoyed when we returned the sirloin. I think all the issues we had are due to the restaurant trying to get a lot of table rotation that night which led to a decrease in the quality of the food and service. Should we give L'Olivier another chance? Still debating it...."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This place had a very nice Valentine's Prix Fixe menu as every course was the perfect size as to allow enjoyment of all 4-courses. The booth-backs and walls had a great pattern which was very French and the drink menu, wine list and valet were on par for fine dining. The only complaint I had at all is not really a complaint, but more of a curiosity...why are all of the new high-end restaurants in Houston going away from the traditional white tablecloths and solid wood tables to aged metal tables with nails to keep in-place and no tablecloth at all? I think that decor, ceilings, floors and bars can be played around with a bit to achieve a unique feel, but the tables, chairs and uniforms should always be top-notch."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The butternut squash pasta was one of the best things I have eaten in a long time - fantastic. Sea bass was very good also. Wine pairings were well matched and pleasing. Very nice meal overall, everyone left happy!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I went there for Valentine's Day. We had a 4-course Valentine Day's Menu. For the first course, she had the crab cakes and I had the smoked salmon. Both dishes were really good. For the second course, we both enjoyed the butternut squash pasta; it was exquisitely delicious. For the main course, she had the petit filet of beef, which was cooked exactly as she ordered it. I, on the other hand, had the lamb chops, which were overcooked. For dessert, we had chocolote mousse. It had the right amount of sweetness and wasn't too dense. Overall, we both enjoyed our experience there and would be happy to go back."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had great service here! Our server had been there for 2 years, very generous with reccommendations. The only reason I gave the food a 4 and not a 5 was for 1 dish, the seabass was made with truffle oil, but too much. Seabass already has a butter taste, so this made it seem like I was eating butter out of the container. Everything else was tasty!!! Liver, veal, lobster bisque!! I reccommend this place!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This was my first try at true French Cuisine. Although it was early in the evening, I was shocked not to see more help at the valet. It took us an extra 10-15 minutes to get into the restaurant. We ended up dining in the bar area which kept us from getting the full effect, but we were very well taken care of. Our glasses stayed full and we never wanted for anything. All 4 of each of our courses were prepared spectacularly, the only drawback being that I might not be accustomed to the taste of chicken liver pate. I am very excited about giving the regular dining menu a shot next time as we were there for a prix fixe Valentine's Day Dinner."
    Dined on 2/14/2014