Just a perfect evening!
Such a relaxing and romantic place to have dinner. The food is fantastic! Had the Lobster Bisque and the Soup du Jour: Asparagus and spinach chilled soup - SO good! For entrees had the Beef Tenderloin (AMAZING), this was our second time to have it and was excellent both times! Also, had the fish of the day which was so flavorful! We were stuffed from our appetizers and main entree that we didn't do dessert but they all looked tasty! Will come back no matter what and would love to try their brunch, too.
Great addition to Uptown Park!!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Heard lots of good things about the restaurant. Decided to check it out during HRW. Food was absolutely fantastic. Service impeccable. What a wonderful brunch!
8/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
Three of us attended for a 2013 Restaurant Weeks Sunday brunch. We chose different items for the three courses. Each dish
was delicious as well as beautifully presented and served. We were pleased with our table whick was ituated in the cosy inner room. It was our first visit and we will definitely be back. I personally would go just for the beet salad - the goat cheese madellion covered with the sliced almonds was simply the best!
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best meal in a long time
The sole and short ribs were outstanding! Came here with my girls for our 'Foodies Club' during Restaurant Week. All 4 of us will bring more people there, mostly likely our hubbies. It's expensive, but worth every penny!
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beautifully renovated space
We came for brunch on Saturday (which they don't serve) so settled for an 11:30 lunch instead. The menu isn't extensive, but there is certainly enough variety to find something to your liking. We all enjoyed the dishes we ordered -- Mussels, Coq au Vin and a Seafood Risotto. The interior is beautiful and elegant, so would be a great place for a girls or date night.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
My sole was a little bit on
My sole was a little bit on the greasy side, but our party of 5 were all happy with the food and service. Great place!
8/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great French Food!
We loved this restaurant! Everything was delicious and the service impeccable. I have not seen service of the caliber in a moderately priced restaurant in many years.
We had; Beet and Goat Cheese Salad, Mussels Marinière with white wine sauce, Duck Leg Confit, Coq au Vin, Lemon Sole Meunière, Seafood Risotto and finished with a Tarte au Pome a la Mode. Everything was fantastic and we look forward to dining here on our next trip to Houston.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Well-placed French Restaurant
My husband and I celebrated our anniversary here trying it for the first time. We often try new places on our anniversary, and many times we have regretted it. Happily our dinner at Etoile is not counted among those experiences! We enjoyed every bite in the cozy, romantic environs. The staff balanced just the right amount of presence over us which is much appreciated by a couple who is still in love!
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Vous parlez touriste?
My test for excellent food is if I remember what it was I ate at a particular place 48 hours later--and I won't soon forget the three courses I had at Etoile. I did, however, come away with a bad taste in my mouth from our patronizing garcon. If you're going to indulge in false formalities, you might as well do it with a smile. It'll make all the difference.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
New top restaurant in Houston
We had an outstanding experience and we are still talking about how great our meal was. Perfect food, perfect service, and a great setting. Some of the best short ribs I have ever had!
We will be back (several times)!
8/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
odd service but great room and food
Etoile was a stop on our HRW tour. The dining room is beautiful, with upholstered armchairs. We dined in the wine room, which had different chairs (very comfortable). I have a higher service expectation in a French restaurant, which is why some of the actions seemed odd to me, and took away from our experience. The service was attentive, the odd things were: 1) serving and clearing was from random sides, with a lot of leaning across the diners 2) when dishes were removed they were stacked in front of diners (in our ears) 3) we were offered a taste of a wine we were going to order and when the bottle was opened, it was poured into the glasses containing the taste. The food was excellent (although duck was salty). Amazing risotto.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous !!! Live 150 miles away; will eat their again, next time we are in Houston. Have already recommended it to friends and family.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Date Night
This was a great date night restaurant. We had reservations that were seated exactly on time. Our brief stop at the bar before being seated was pleasant and the bar tenders were very entertaining. The meal and wine were perfect.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Reliable and solid
Always enjoy this place and if you are a frequent guest you receive exceptional service.
8/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
My husband and I had the short ribs and the duck confit for the main course. They were amazing! We savored every bite. We were seated promptly, our waiter was very attentive, and we received great service throughout the meal. A very enjoyable evening. Would highly recommend Etoile.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time here, and loved it. We'll be back, great food and service.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect End to Restaurant Week
Etoile lived up to all expectations. Wonderful location and decor, superb cuisine and excellent service. Portions were delicious, generous and beautifully presented. Wine and cocktails were tasty. Staff was most attentive to detail, refilling water glasses and coffee cups, etc. The staff also was gracious and helpful when we asked for something not on the menu for our young son (no kids menu for brunch, but definitely kid friendly). While kid friendly during the day, I'm sure this is a romantic spot for dinner, too. I'm looking forward to going back with the husband! Have already told friends about this outstanding addition to Houston's restaurant scene. Perfect ending to a HRW filled with meals at fine restaurants; saved the best for last.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved this restaurant! Our waiter was wonderful. He was very helpful answering our questions, suggesting a wine, and bringing food in a timely manner. The decor is inviting: contemporary, but warm with great French chandeliers and lighting. We had the snapper and the lamb. Both were delicious. I would advise making reservations because it is usually very busy. We will definitely go again.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ambiance was great and so was the service. Food was excellent. I love the decor. Will go back.
9/6/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food was perfect!
The raves this restaurant has received about the food is well deserved. Improve the service & attention to detail & this place an easily be a 5 star restaurant.
As noted in our open table reservation, we were celebrating our wedding anniversary. Other than the waiter apologizing & wishing us a happy anniversary, when he left us the check, that he misplaced the note that the lady up front gave him. No special acknowledgment was made. We were not looking for free dessert or anything but a note or some acknowledgement from the chef or his wife would more than suffice. It's these small touches that add elegance to any business. Anyway, the food more than made up for any mishap.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Authentic French Cuisine
My wife and I were thoroughly impressed with the caliber of service and food at Etoile. We will certainly be back.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were impressed with the variety of choices and had a hard time deciding what to eat.. I especially enjoyed my cold cream soup of spinach and asparagus. The duck was one of the best I have eaten in quite awhile. Portions are very generous as well. Our waiter was knowledgeable about both the food and wine and had just the right balance of attentiveness and laissez-faire.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a change from Andres
Service, food, ambiance, all very good and so glad I tried it. I'll be back for dinner with my husband and for lunch I am sure with friends. Love the appointments, style, design of the restaurant!
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a wonderful anniversary
Had a wonderful anniversary dinner. The food was exceptional. I particularly loved the steak tartar. The only complaint was that it was freezing in there so I was glad I brought a sweater. I would like to inquire on the reservation process. Going through Open-Table I requested a time of 7:00 p.m. I was given the option of 5:00 or 7:45. As I had to work the next day we took the 5:00. I really don't like to eat that early but we wanted to try this place. While at the restaurant we paid particular attention to the capacity of the restaurant. We left around 6:15, and while there the maximum occupancy was probably 5 tables. Why were we limited to 5 or 7:45 when the restaurant obviously was not booked at the alternated times?
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food great people
Good dinner with the team foie gras is excellent and tournedos very tender. We went with vegetarian eater and they enjoyed the food too.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
have dined here now three times. always perfection on my plate. staff is well informed, and professional. good ambiance. my one suggestion would be to turn the lights down a bit in the evening. otherwise, this establishment is doing everything right!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I truely love this restaurant. The food and service is great, the size of the restaurant is perfect. I think it would be good for hostring dinner parties in the small room in the back.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time here...
We really enjoyed our dining experience here. Fairly new to French cuisine...probably eaten it about 3 times. I had the mushroom ravioli for an appetizer and it was beautiful and delicious! My husband ordered the duck confit and he said it was the best he has ever had. I ordered the braised beef short ribs.. Very tender and delish! The only thing we were not that impressed with was the waiters' wine recommendation.., we are avid winer drinkers but not too familiar with French wines... He recommended a 120.00 bottle of wine and we obliged as we are interested in experiencing wines from France.... It was not worth the money:(! Our experience was overall great.. Service was great also... Will go back
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was good overall. Servier
Food was good overall. Servier Didi was very knowledgeable.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Even better than anticipated!
This was our first time for dinner. The service and food were outstanding. The Salade de Chèvre Chaud was delicious and the cold spinach and asparagus soup was tasty. The Magret de Canard à l’Orange was the best duck we have tasted and stood out as an exceptional dish. My husband had the Plat de Côtes de Boeuf Braisés and cleaned his plate. He said that the short ribs were perfectly cooked and the sides complemented the meat perfectly. We had two desserts (the first was brought in error and was complimentary) and both were very good. The dark chocolate pastille went well with the raspberry sorbet that accompanied it. The butterscotch parfait was presented in an unexpected way (frozen) but was outstanding. We can hardly wait to go back!
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good food (some dishes are outstanding), excellent service, reasonable prices.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
We're foodies so we've eaten in many superb restaurants - here in the USA, in Europe and the Far East. L'Etoile comes pretty high - certainly one of the best in Houston. We were seated in The Wine Room which is away from the main bustle of the bar/restaurant - which we liked. Our server was knowledgeable and friendly and our food arrived promptly. We liked the idea of having two menus side by side - one traditional French and the other more Franco-American. The fois gras was perfect and the mushroom and leek soup was delicious. The duck a l'orange was the best I've ever tasted. Our server recommended the perfect glass of wine to pair with the food. We can't wait to go back and sample the Chef's Tasting Menu.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
NOT OUR BEST
We've dined at Etoile several times and have been quite pleased. This time, a very loud-talking group of four men was seated next to our table and we were unable to hold a quiet conversation. Happens everywhere.
We ordered the large steak tartar to split and our orders were much slower than usual to arrive, but came right away after we asked our waiter to check. We were not pleased with the color and texture of the beef. It was a dull creamy color - hard to tell just what it was. It tasted OK, but not what we usually expect for this dish. Yes - both waiter and manager offered to substitute, but we ate it and it was good, but will not bear repeating. All the other dishes were fine and we enjoyed our favorite bottle of Sequana.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice Retaurant, Bad Location
Loved the restaurant although I HATE Uptown Park with a passion. The parking situation is horrible and now I know why I don't go there very often. You have to valet and cars are double-parked all over the place. It's a zoo......sorry, but I doubt I'll be back unless invited by someone. I cannot see myself driving around trying to find parking. Give me one-off restaurants in nice locations with nice parking lots, or valets who seem to know what they are doing.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent service and food!
Excellent service and food! Will go again and recommend to others!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a great time here for
We had a great time here for our 3rd time. The service was excellent. The waiter helped with the wine selection-and he was right! Beet salad is still my favorite, but my husband likes the fois gra for starters. Food is always good and we always try something new for our entrees.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Rare Quality
The french chef is supervising from the kitchen this amazing small and chic restaurant in one of the most pleasant place in Houston.
Nice restaurant to meet people or business people for the first time. The service is strong and not too visible. Privacy of conversation are possible. Make your reservation before, this place is packed for weeks. Vine list is the mix of best californian and french wines including real high quality french champagnes and great californian wines. About price, that's the surprise. The bill will be the half of the average in Houston for a similar quality. On sunday, a brunch under the sun of november in Houston is one of my best souvenir.
Don't miss this restaurant. That's a must in Houston.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Superb service and even better
Superb service and even better food! Great experience...every bite is a delight!
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food and service great as always!
Our reservation was for 7:00 on a Saturday and we were seated immediately. Hard to choose whether to dine in the restaurant or on the outside patio. Waiter came to our table immediately and we were served water within minutes. Service very attentive, without being overly so. Specials were explained very well. Wine list is good, but could have more older French wines. Food was excellently prepared, as always. Even though we did not tell the restaurant that it was a birthday dinner, the waiter overheard our conversation and a dessert with Happy Birthday written on the plate and a candle was presented at the end of the meal. I would recommend this restaurant to any one.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this little restaurant
I always come for long lunches here. The service is always polite. I recommend making reservation even for lunch, or go after the lunch rush has passed. It's a great restaurant to bring a friend to, and the seating is very comfortable.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
A good idea
Went for lunch to treat customers - will return to treat myself. The coq au vin deserves a try and the tarte aux pommes definitely winks at Michel Guérard. Service present but not overwhelming.
10/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
We had a perfect dinner for three. We all want to go back because we had a difficult time choosing from several favorite french dishes. The Risotto was full of truffles. The sea bass was cooked to perfection and the duck was tasty!
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Etoile's one year anniversary menu is superb and reasonably priced. All the dishes were meticulously prepared. The duck with huckleberry sauce main course was phenomenal.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was excellent! All 3
Food was excellent! All 3 of us enjoyed the soups, salad, entrees and dessert. Only issue with the visit was my coffee wasn't refilled until asked (both times). Perfect brunch otherwise.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Up-scale restaurant
This is an excellent fine dining white table cloth restaurant with the best French food. They have the best Lobster bisque I have ever had and I have enjoyed plenty in my life, I love lobster! The service we excellent, they filled our water glass the minute it was 1/2 way down and cleared the dining plates after everyone was finished which is the proper way so the last person eating doesn't feel rushed. The mushroom ravioli appetizer was also excellent.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a good time.
Etoile did a great job in renovating the rustic French bakery into a modern French restaurant. We enjoyed the ambience. The service was attentive and professional. The food was excellent. I also loved the Martini special and the warm bread. We definitely will come back to this restaurant.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
My wife and I celebrated our ninth wedding anniversary at Etoile back on 11/18/13. We had gone for brunch the previous week and really enjoyed the food and atmosphere. Dinner did not disappoint. My wife had the Saumon Rôti and I had the Couscous d’Agneau. Both were excellent as well as the Tarte Fine aux Pommes we had for dessert. It had been a few years since we last indulged in French cuisine, but that will not be the case going forward.
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was excellent, as
The food was excellent, as was the service. My only complaint was we were seated (table of 2) at a table located between the dining room and the bar, right by the door. In fairness, I am selective when it comes to seating area. We made the reservation a week in advance. I didn't request to be moved, perhaps I should have.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
As always, Etoile didn't disappoint
We had another great meal at Etoile, where the food is close to perfection and the staff are polished but not too formal. Love this place!!
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent fish, very accommodating staff, I feel welcome here
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM