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About Bistro Lancaster @The Lancaster Hotel

Please visit our website www.thelancaster.com to book your reservations. Bistro Lancaster is reached from the drop down Dining tab. Thank you.

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.

701 Texas Ave
Houston, TX 77002
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, International

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast:
Everyday: 6:30am - 11am

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

Lunch:
Mon - Fri: 11:00am - 4pm

Dinner:
Mon - Thurs: 4pm - 10pm
Friday - Saturday: 4pm - 11pm
Sunday: 4pm - 9pm

Cross Street:
Louisiana

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(713) 228-9502

Website:
http://www.thelancaster.com/

Catering:
Please call The Lancaster's Catering/Special Events Department at 713-237-2765, Allan Levine.

Parking Details:
Valet Parking Rate of $15.

Public Transit:
Houston Metro Light Rail

Executive Chef:
Fernando Huerta

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.

Private Party Contact:
Allan Levine: (713) 237-2765

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Bistro Lancaster @The Lancaster Hotel Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

4.1

service

4.0

ambience

3.9

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (760)
Romantic (524)
Fit for Foodies (458)
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Neighborhood Gem (334)
Notable Wine List (223)
Late-night Find (213)
Great for Lunch (212)
Great for Brunch (150)
Hot Spot (85)
Good for Groups (67)
Vibrant Bar Scene (67)
Pre/post Theatre (48)
Scenic View (37)
Cozy (26)
Good for a Date (26)
Business Meals (15)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Kid-friendly (14)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Casual (7)
People Watching (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Afternoon Coffee (6)
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Authentic (4)
Fun (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Healthy (4)
Seasonal (4)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
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 (Houston)·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!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Cozy, People Watching
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Houston)·Dined on March 16, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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food5
ambience4
service4
value5

vip
 (Houston)·Dined on March 11, 2017

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

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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food5
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service5
value4

 
 (Atlanta)·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.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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food4
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Houston)·Dined on March 8, 2017

Great place for dinner before or dessert after the theatre.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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food5
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (Houston)·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.

Tags: Bar Seating
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food4
ambience4
service2
value3

 
 (Denver)·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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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food4
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (New Mexico)·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!

Tags: Cozy, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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food4
ambience4
service4
value4

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 5, 2017

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

Tags: Business Meals
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food2
ambience3
service2
value3

 
 (Houston)·Dined on February 19, 2017

Great abieance. Good food. Waiters were very polite.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Houston)·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

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre
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food5
ambience4
service4
value4

vip
 (Houston)·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.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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food5
ambience4
service2
value1

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

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

Tags: Casual
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food3
ambience3
service5
value3

 
 (Houston)·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.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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food4
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Houston)·Dined on February 11, 2017

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

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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Houston)·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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Houston)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Late-night Find, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, Paleo Friendly, Bar Seating
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food4
ambience5
service4
value3

vip
 (Houston)·Dined on January 25, 2017

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Houston)·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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 24, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Houston)·Dined on January 20, 2017

The only venue conversant with a theater crowd in what passes for a downtown theater district. Ample bar but slightly crowded dining space. Attentive staff, but the menue could use more traditional Bistro items. As with anything successful, it's primary advantage is location, location, location

Tags: Fun, Casual, Great for Brunch
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food3
ambience4
service4
value4

vip
 (Houston)·Dined on January 8, 2017

WE always go before the symphony or Alley. Convenient and good food.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Houston)·Dined on January 8, 2017

Great service / good good / the GM is super / very close to theaters / including Hobby Center /

Tags: Great for Lunch
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food5
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 3, 2017

Near Hobby Center, but otherwise not special despite historic building. Overpriced.

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food4
ambience2
service4
value2

 
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 31, 2016

This is one of our favorites of everywhere we have lived. The food is always fresh and excellent and David alway spoils us. Bistro Lancaster is a gem from the sommelier to the chef to our kind friend David who always manages to make us feel like we are dining at a friends house.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find
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food5
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Husband & I had dinner with friends for New Year's Eve this year. The chicken dish was dry and portions of the sides were small. Husband had the salmon and said it was dry as well. Wait staff was friendly and ambience of hotel & bistro was very enjoyable but food has to be good or people will not return. Lunch at the Bistro a year ago was very good - not sure what changed.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic
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food2
ambience5
service4
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 30, 2016

Good food and service. Table ready when we arrived. Not quite was only down side when it is desired.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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food5
ambience3
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 18, 2016

Yearly tradition before seeing The Nutcracker. Service and food is wonderful recommend for special occasions or anniversaries.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 13, 2016

We gathered here before the ballet. The restaurant is small, the food very good, but the noise level very high! The service was attentive and timely. We wish we could have had a conversation but the lively, though festive, atmosphere made it difficult.

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food4
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 12, 2016

An excellent hotel restaurant in the heart of Houston's downtown theater district. It is close to numerous downtown office buildings and the federal courthouse. A good place for a business lunch or a meal before a show at the Alley Theater, Jones Hall, the Wortham Center, or Sundance Movie Theater, each of which are a short walk from the restaurant.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Cozy, Business Meals
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food5
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 10, 2016

Very noisy when busy due to the small space. Service was a little scattered but good when provided. We really enjoyed the cauliflower appetizer! Food was good and well presented.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Cozy
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 9, 2016

We just love having our pre-show dinners at Bistro Lancaster. It's just so cozy and romantic, the service is friendly yet polished, and the food is delicious.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 7, 2016

Good menu, nice seafood, but loud when full, and a bit pricey.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 4, 2016

Good food, service and nice ambiance.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 2, 2016

Had lunch at Bistro Lancaster for a business lunch. The restaurant had a nice atmosphere, but the service was slow. It took a long while to have our drink order taken. It subsequently took a long time to have our food order taken. The food was delicious. My guest had the crab cake and I had the tuna melt - both were very good.

Tags: People Watching, Cozy
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food5
ambience3
service1
value4

 
 (Houston)·Dined on November 27, 2016

Perfectly, perfectly, lovely! Wonderful service---attentive without being disruptive. Food was excellent. When wine by the glass was ordered, they brought the bottle which is something I don't see often...nice touch...I know what bottle to look for when I go to purchase for myself!!!

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Houston)·Dined on November 25, 2016

The dining experience was great. However, Open Table advertised the restaurant as one that would result in 1,000 points instead of the 100 I received.

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food5
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 18, 2016

Parfait surtout si on loge à l hôtel ce qui était mon cas

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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food4
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on November 18, 2016

Hands down, the best steak I have had in Houston!

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 17, 2016

Went there with my wife prior to attending a show and had an excellent meal. The crab cakes are fantastic.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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