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Bistro Lancaster @The Lancaster Hotel

902 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Local favorite, The Bistro Lancaster is ideal for a power breakfast, business lunch or social evening. Sophisticated and intimate, the Bistro allows for highly attentive personal service in a cozy setting. Feast on the sumptuous regional Contemporary American Bistro cuisine from our delicious Crab Cakes to our signature warm croissant bread pudding accented with brandied cherries, fig confit and caramel sauce. Now serving USDA Prime Filets and Ribeyes.
Located in the heart of Houston's theater and financial district; it is an easy walk to all live performances downtown.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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American, International
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Hours of operation
Everyday: 6:30am - 11am

Brunch: 11:00 - 4pm
Saturday & Sunday during Theater Season

Mon - Fri: 11:00am - 4pm

Mon - Thurs: 4pm - 10pm
Friday - Saturday: 4pm - 11pm
Sunday: 4pm - 9pm
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Phone number
(713) 228-9502
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Fernando Huerta
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Private party facilities
Private Room - Block 59 is located on the hotel's Mezzanine level with seating up to 20 people. Room can be used for private meetings and/or dining. Additional room rental and set up fees may be applicable.
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Private party contact
Allan Levine: (713) 237-2765
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Please call The Lancaster's Catering/Special Events Department at 713-237-2765, Allan Levine.
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Cross street
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Parking details
Valet Parking Rate of $15.
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Public transit
Houston Metro Light Rail
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Overall ratings and reviews
4.1  based on all time ratings
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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WestHoustonDiner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on March 18, 2017

This is our favorite restaurant for dining before the theater and ballet. The seafood is great and my wife loves Bob's martinis and we both love the desserts. As always a great place!

Jeanne (Houston)
5.0  Dined on March 16, 2017

A lovely spot for fine food, pre-theater/ballet/symphony!

vipOpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on March 11, 2017

Waiter and waitress were very attentive. Food was excellent. Very convenient for pre theater dinner.

OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on March 10, 2017

One of the nicest, most patient and professional wait staff group that our group of belligerent random group of friends has ever encountered. Thank you for being patient with us. Being at the Lancaster was a highlight of our trip to Houston.

OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on March 8, 2017

Great place for dinner before or dessert after the theatre.

vipSheexplores (Houston)
3.0  Dined on March 7, 2017

We always come to this restaurant before the show. I will look elsewhere now. My son & I were meeting for dinner before a show. We were greeted at the table by our waiter, then he never came back. When we called him, he ignored us. We finally received the attention of another waiter who took care of us. The first waiter was working hard for the table with 4 next to us, but totally ignored us. Funny thing was when the table of 4 was paying the bill, he was there as they were thanking him for his great attention to them. I don't know the story there. Maybe he was just reassigned to the bigger table? Even so, in general, the service was very slow and the buffer time I had allowed before the event left us running to the theatre after paying our bill. Its time for us to try something else.

Beautyandorder (Denver)
4.0  Dined on March 7, 2017

A perfect choice when you want a sophisticated and calm dining ambience where you can actually hear each other talk. I love this place for it's menu and ambience. The location is also superior for pre and post theater.

KarenMW (New Mexico)
5.0  Dined on March 5, 2017

Really enjoyed my first visit to Bistro Lancaster! Was there with a girlfriend before we went to the ballet. The curry chicken salad was yummy and our waiter was so friendly and attentive!

vipSpottedog (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on March 5, 2017

Food was average. Bloody Mary was horrible. I would not recommend or go back.

OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on February 19, 2017

Great abieance. Good food. Waiters were very polite.

vipHappydiner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2017

it was perfect before performance at the wortham. we parked easily, ate a nice meal with a nice wine. the waitress was so sweet and lovely

vipfondoffood (Houston)
3.0  Dined on February 15, 2017

Although the food was excellent I would hesitate to recommend this restaurant other than for its convenience when going to the theater district. It is quite close to several theaters which gives it appeal and the food truly is excellent. So what's the downside? I felt the menu was a bit limited and the pricing quite high especially for wine. One or two glasses of wine at 10, all others 13+. Food too is pricey. Service was slow as there seemed to be one waitress for the entire restaurant. Not her fault but slow nevertheless. If you don't mind the prices and you are going to the theater it is a good choice but value wise too high.

Texasfoodie (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2017

Nice bistro atmosphere. Limited lunch menu but food was good. Quiet place for a casual business lunch.

Montes4u (Houston)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2017

We celebrated Pre-Valentines at the Lancaster Bistro. Dinner was great and service with Oscar with impeccable! They really go the extra mile to accommodate and make the occasion special.

mark (Houston)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2017

The food was good and the service was good, it's a nice location.

OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2017

It was my first time there. I thought the food and service were outstanding. I will return in the very near future and try other items. The waitstaff were friendly and very helpful. Speedy service, but not rushed, just tr right amount of attention. The wine selection was great, food was excellent.

viplindab (Houston)
4.0  Dined on February 7, 2017

This restaurant is very accommodating on food allergies and dietary restrictions. We have been here many times and always find something great on the menu, which regularly evolves. This time I had a delicious kale salad to which I added grilled chicken. My colleague had perfectly prepared lamb chops. Wine selection is good. I recommend the place highly.

vipDMajor (Houston)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2017

We often eat here before a theater performance. Always great food and service.

LydM (Houston)
4.0  Dined on January 25, 2017

My friend and I had a lovely dinner before going to the Hobby Center to see "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night". She had the kale salad to start and then the Soy glazed Chicken. I had the Salmon. No dessert because we were off to the theater. We did use the Valet parking but diners should be aware that the Lancaster does not offer free parking with the order of an entrée. I think it may still be listed on the sign on the Valet station.

karen (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2017

Love the bistro for pre-theater. The food was very good. The staff treated us very well.