Mockingbird Bistro
Mockingbird Bistro

Mockingbird Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mockingbirdbistro.com/
  • Phone: 7135330200x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Brunch:Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30pm - 2:00pm
    Dinner:Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: John Sheely
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact Rolando Angel at 713-533-0200.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: McDuffie
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet service is complimentary.
A word from Mockingbird Bistro
Mockingbird Bistro Wine Bar combines Sheely’s Texas roots with a style of cooking that he knows well, that of the Riviera, specifically the French Riviera. At Mockingbird, the feel of the menu is "country-French-meets-American-market." Sheely updates the menu seasonally to take advantage of the ingredients available at-market, as well as to give him the freedom to exercise his creativity.
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Mockingbird Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
194 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (128)special occasion (123)romantic (109)fit for foodies (108)notable wine list (71)great for lunch (56)good for groups (47)great for brunch (36)hot spot (16)late-night find (13)vibrant bar scene (13)great for outdoor dining (8)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (4)Show More
  • Mockingbirds sang for my baby boy!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Nestled between what looks like just a beautiful neighborhood is an amazing little find Mockingbirds Restaurant. Was fantastic for brunch as my 24yr old sons birthday. Best choice was the French toast, WOW! The fresh fruit on top of it was perfect and the strawberry butter that is served with it was a paring out of this world. The eggs were the only disappointing part of our meal. As I ordered over medium and scramble was also ordered for another in our party. Both plates of eggs came out over hard. Oh well. They were still enjoyable and they brought my son the most beautiful chocolate truffles, with fresh mint and hand written happy birthday scrolls across the plate. Clink on & enjoy the mimosas too!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Katilian was an outstanding server! She was polite, attentive and very helpful. We will return and ask for her. Thank you, Mike McGinnis
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Mark
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We were excited based on the pics, the location, the reviews and word of mouth, but it was average at best. The wine list is great and the service is very good, but the food is average at best.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It is good
    lovegreatfood
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We eat out special restaurants every 2 weeks. This was very good. Not great! For me a rating of very good is good. Great comes under the heading for super.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonnderful!
    foodislovefoodislife
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My boyfriend and I came here for our 1 year anniversary and it was just perfect! The staff was pleasant and the food was amazing. We will definently be returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for restaurant weeks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The menu was very delightful, each dish was beautiful, delicious & very well prepared. Our server was knowledgeable but seemed to disappear a bit later during our meal. We tried to order French press coffee, unsuccessfully. She only knew about Expresso. We will return to the location because the food was very good, reasonable and my wife works in the Medical Center.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great decor. Super ambiance
    antcham
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Attractive setting for an urban French restaurant reminscent of "New Orleans in Houston".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stuffed shirt R.O. service
    jimminycricket
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The food is ok, not stellar, nothing to report. Service is decidedly River Oaks 1980s stuffy. It's a bar masquerading as an expensive restaurant. We arrived around 6:40p; the bar was still crowded, not many tables were filled. We were asked if we came for dinner [yes], and then sat at our table for fifteen minutes or so with no menus or word from a waiter. Overall, got the impression they preferred to sell us a cocktail instead of dinner. Would go into details but am limited in this space. Rating is for dining experience; have no opinion regarding the bar though it did appear well stocked.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • KBsTake on Mockingbird Bistro
    KeithVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Great food and service! Super ambiance. Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Surprise
    Miamivisitor
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I am an out-of-Towner and asked someone to recommend a good restaurant to go with my son. It was a pleasure to dine there. The food was excellent, and the service was prompt a cordial. It is more expensive than others but it was worth every penny we spent. I give this restaurant 7 Starts...... I have actually recommended to everyone I know that travels to Houston in my office.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Houston Restaurant Week find
    4423
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    As we entered Mockingbird Bistro we were greeted by the host. We had made reservations and a friend was in a wheelchair, but they had a table up close to the entrance ready for us. There were 3 of us. For appetizer we had caesar salad, and salmon tartar. For our main meal we each got something different (vegetable plate, sliced steak, chicken) so we were able to taste everything and it was delicious. For dessert we all got the ricotta cheesecake and it also was delicious. Overall our food and service was wonderful. Would we go again, YES, in a heartbeat.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience
    Rush2eat
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We had a great dinner despite the first server dropping 4 glasses of ice water right on the table. Luckily everyone was not seated yet so no major catastrophe here! They were low on the stock of some of their beers and ale and was surprised at that! Waiter was good and no complaints there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey
    WindyCityDiners
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We're out of town visitors. A friend recommended this place as cozy neighborhood dinning. We went with the restaurant week tasting menu. I choose the steak and my husband went with the pork chop. I started with Salmon Tartare. It was nice start but bland for my taste bud. The steak was cooked to my preference medium rare, a bit on the medium side, I did not taste any seasoning and the mushroom sauce was bland. My husband pork chop was cooked to his preference. It came with purple cabbage and mashed potatoes. I can't comment on his meal but he said it was ok. I should have ordered off the regular menu but thought for $45 it was for the good cause. Overall the place is very nice but the taste does not match the $$$$.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cute place in the neighborhood
    alchs
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Thought we were driving to someone's house, then pulled up to this great restaurant. Service was fast, food was good, cute atmosphere, met all expectations for the night.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Annavandy
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    It looks small from the outside, but there is plenty of room and romantic atmosphere. The food was high quality and consistently good. We had a wide variety from the menu, and everyone practically licked their plates.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday luncheon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Very intimate and lovely surroundings. Great food and service. We all had something different and we all 3 very pleased. Esp the bread pudding for dessert! All 3 of us will return with our families soon
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, superb service
    AnngVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I had not been to this restaurant in a long time and I was quickly reminded of how awesome the food really is here - I plan to return soon. I had a restaurant week lunch special and everything was perfect, and the presentation of the food was great. All of it was yummy - the caesar salad, the salmon, and the flourless chocolate cake. The 3.5 ounce glass was also a nice touch for those of us who did not have to return to work in the afternoon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best lunch I've had for rest. week
    Tdub01
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    My friend and I went here for lunch for Houston Restaurant week. We were seated right away and service was very friendly and attentive. I had the tuna tartare and my friend had the gazpacho. Both were delicious and the portions were ample. For the entrée I had the beef strip steak and my friend had the chicken. We were so full after that we had our deserts to go. I've been here before and the food had always been just as enjoyable. Houston restaurant week reminded me how great they are. I would definitely recommend to anyone that enjoys great food and a romantic atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely as always
    LagosgirlVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We went for a work celebration lunch and it was perfect. We ordered off the Houston Food Week menu which had great choices. I enjoyed the salmon tartar, steak and chocolate cake. My co-worker had the chicken and break pudding. We both enjoyed our lunches.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good eats
    FoodieFiend
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I thought calling calamari "baby squid" made for an anti-climactic experience. It is just calamari and not too special at that. I think $6.50 for bottled water is a little excessive. The food is good, however, I think the prices are more in line with exceptional food and nothing that we had was at that level. Our waitress was a little sparse; pleasant but not particularly attentive. Completed dishes stayed on the table longer than they should have. Probably would not go back based on the value of the menu. Meal was $130 without drinks. Should have been better.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, but not outstanding
    WoWme16
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The place was busy. We were greeted right away and they were nice. Went to the bar before getting seated, but nobody paid attention to us. It happened to other people there as well. I understand they were busy, but they were so busy they looked upset, even at each other. Good thing we got seated about 10 minutes after we went to the bar. Service was good but not outstanding. The waiter looked like he had more to learn. The food was very good. My wife and I were able to have good conversation while we ate. I have been wanting to come here for over a year now. I am glad we did, but we will keep trying new places. You have to WOW your customers with good service and good food.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find!
    KrystynPVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My husband and I dined there for Houston restaurant week. Food was very good- not outstanding. Service was great ! I would go again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old School Italian
    Htownfood
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This is and old style Italian restaurant. It had a very heavy decor feel (ie velvet and iron gates). The food was good but nothing spectacular. It seemed like a great spot for a fancy business lunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • HRW Lunch
    marilyb
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My daughter and I enjoyed a very nice lunch here. The service was great and we were glad they offered vegetarian options as she does not eat meat. The food was presented simply and beautifully. We will be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MRD65
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Our group of five had a wonderful time at lunch during Houston Restaurant Weeks. Mockingbird Bistro went above and beyond what any diner would expect from a Houston Restautant Weeks lunch menu. My steak was incredible... the fries and aoli the best. The flourless chocolate cake was simply divine. We left with no doggie bags because we could not stop eating... no leftovers. It was our first time there, but not our last. Thank you, MBB, for participating in this August fundraiser.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great outing all around!
    GulliverVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    5 of us went for restaurant week. Menu was great - every dish a winner! Service was impeccable. Noise level was comfortable for conversation. Perfect evening out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Splendid Lunch
    Out2LunchVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    As usual, Mockingbird served a fabulous lunch. Houston Restaurant Weeks choices were excellent. If you've never had one......ask for the Blackberry Martini!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous food
    Ladyofthelake
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Great HRW menu. Took a group from work for lunch. My vegetarian raved about the selections available and the fantastic flavor of the food. Everyone was very impressed and this will be a new lunch rotation for us
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'll be back
    phillygirl
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I ate here for the first time during Houston Restaurant Weeks. I was so pleased to discover that Mockingbird Bistro does put their best foot forward during this month. I use the Restaurant Weeks to try restaurants that have been 'on my list' to see if I would like to return. I've found (unfortunately) that some restaurants do not make their best effort during Restaurant Weeks and because of that some restaurants that I used to frequent no longer get my business. I'm very happy to report that I was delighted with the menu offerings that MB had and the food, service and decor were excellent. Mockingbird, you've earned a new regular customer!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I have been going to mockingbird bistro for about a year now, and I have never been disappointed. I took my girlfriend there last night for a romantic dinner. The food was wonderful, the service was perfect, and the atmosphere was great for a quiet, romantic evening for two. Would definitely recommend the restaurant for any occasion. The happy hour cocktails are great, and so is the bar food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant Surprise
    foodnwine
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I randomly chose this restaurant from the Restaurant Week list and it was a great choice. The food was delicious and the service staff was very attentive. The wedge salad was the best I'd ever had. I would recommend this place to celebrate important occasions or a nice date night
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent HRW lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Went with a group of 4 guys and everyone loved every single bit of the lunch. From the bread basket to the immaculate service, everything was spot on. I had the Gazpacha, pasta and cheese cake and everything was done just right. Got to try some of the sliced steak which was amazing and was a good sized portion too. Chicken was well cooked and the guys couldn't stop raving about the VEGGIES! Overall one of the best value meals i've ever had. Will definitely make a trip back for the regular menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Hidden Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Fine food, within the drive-able distance from work. Nice hidden gem
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a great meal
    Julie
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Love this restaurant - and the salmon dish I had was probably the most wonderful fish dinner I've ever had . Fabulous! And with their participation in Houston's Restaurant Week a $7 donation was made to the Food Bank. Always consistent - a bit pricey - but a wonderful restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Vegetarian menu quite delicious
    Lalka
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The gazpacho, although a little on the sweet side which was a novelty, was very good. The vegetable plate was awesome. The desserts were all wonderful, but the Flourless chocolate Cake was the best. Being vegetarian and diabetic, I would have preferred more gazpacho and veggies and a smaller piece of cake, but overall the portions were fine. My companion had the NY strip steak and said it was delicious, but her only vegetable was French fries, which we though a little odd. There were some mushrooms on the plate, but no other vegetables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    CKat
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This was my first time at Mockingbird Bistro; I don't know how I've been missing this place! I went with a friend for a girl's night out dinner. We were seated immediately (we had a reservation), the foos was amazing, service was spot on, they have a great wine list, and I loved the decor. It was a little pricey, but it was worth every penny, in my opinion. I will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great For Luch
    HolostoiVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Wether it is a romantic, general, or business lunch, this location is great. The food came out perfect and service was second to none. I will definetly be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mockingbird
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Always a pleasant experience at this restaurant. From the food, to the cocktails and from the ambience to the friendly, knowledgable service, this place is a true gem.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent !
    Neferisa
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Only critic : They announced they are doing HRW for lunch and don't do it on Sundays ...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great meal
    Davemattman
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Shared a very nice evening out with good friends. Kobe beef burger was exceptional, seared scallops were great too!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.