Etoile Cuisine Et Bar

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The owners of Étoile Cuisine et Bar, Chef Philippe Verpiand and Monica Bui, have created an inviting, warm European environment where both traditional and seasonal French food are front and center. "We want to dispel the notion that French food is heavy and pretentious," says the team, recently transplanted to Houston from San Diego, where they owned the famed Cavaillon Restaurant. Everything about Étoile Cuisine et Bar, from the inviting outside facade to the intriguing interior design to the high quality service, is meant to convey a feeling of truly being in France. With Chef Philippe's take on a seasonal menu using a French technique, it's a place where fine food lovers come together, not on a special occasion, but to enjoy every day.
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LJ
Houston
35 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you want an exceptional experience with fabulous food and super service this is it.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is AMAZING!! The service superb. Hands down the best Cusine restaurant in houston.

MJ
Houston
179 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance - the lemon sole is always fantastic, and I always have it. My husband had the filet, and he said it was cooked perfectly and had a delicious sauce on it. He had the onion soup, I the escargots, and we shared the heirloom & burrata salad - wonderful! Very good cocktails and wine by the glass for us - cab and a Sancerre. The ‘napoleon’ dessert is quite nice, too. This is a very good restaurant.

L
Houston
32 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

DIDI is the best. We have always had great meals every time but the service isn't always this awesome. Outstanding torchon (best in town). The steak was outstanding as was the Sole. You can't ever go wrong at this restaurant!

NA
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the authentic French food & service at E’toile. This is our first choice for special occasions & those times when we just need some France. On this visit for our 35 year anniversary, we really enjoyed the Foie Gas with brioche toast, the special veal chop and the fantastic rib eye with mashed potatoes & vegetables.

a
Houston
106 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were exquisite as always. Wonderful neighborhood dining experience.

CS
Houston
55 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular service like traveling to Paris while not leaving Houston!

OT
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a great place in The Galleria’s area , food is very good and service outstanding a must go place when we visit Houston.

SW
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

The restaurant on line was rated four to five stars so our expectation was on the high side for both service and food. The service was very good but the food was a huge disappointment. The actual quality of the food was not great. I had the mussels that were fresh but under cooked. The cocktails were just ok - watery. And the entrees - we both had the steak auproive, lots of sauce to cover up the flavorless meat. The vegetables were cold and not cooked well - no flavor and under cooked (brussel spouts were hard). I never write a review but given that the restaurant had a very good rating, it was a
disappointment. Sorry, we would not recommend it to a friend.

SM
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner and service from Didi.

l
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and nice atmosphere. The service was outstanding.

R
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, some of the best cooking in the city!!! Have never been for lunch (only for dinner) and the value for the price was superb.

S
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food!

OT
New England
25 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I was disappointed this time at Etoile. The waiter allowed us to sit for 10 minutes before he took drink orders. The Goat Cheese Salad as a beginning course needs work. And Theoretically it should be difficult to mess up Dover Sole as our main course, but I am not sure it was really Dover Sole, and it was masked with all sorts of vegetables on top of the Dover Sole. In my opinion, Dover Sole is such a great fish (and it is very expensive), there is no reason to do anything but take the fish meat from the bone and have a simple butter sauce. I lived in Boston for two years, and in Boston there were all sorts of fish called “Sole”. At Eroile, normally a great French bistro, they really messed up one of the great fish dishes in the world. It was hard to tell if we had Dover Sole or something else. The Profiteroles for dessert were the best I have ever had, so I guess the Dessert Chef was in on a Thursday night. If I were the owners of Etoile, a highly rated restaurant in Houston, I sure would not allow the Main Course Cheff to mess with Dover Sole.Simple is best. We will certainly go back to Etoile; however, when I order Dover Sole (the most expensive main course item on the menu), I am going to request it prepared simply and deboned at the table.

g
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always reliably delicious. Food has great flavors and sauces. I could eat the Lobster / avocado/ tarragon salad at every meal.

SD
Orlando
20 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great place for lunch - business or social. Food is tasty and fresh, service impecable.

M
Chicago
115 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A stand-out restaurant! The veal and snapper were excellent! But quite frankly, our waiter Artan made the dinner exceptional! He was a fun, charasmatic personality.

K
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great on all fronts. Favorites are the Duck and the deserts

m
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and wonderful service. Perfect night for my wife’s 40th birthday.

B
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Coq au vin keeps us coming back. Service is great. We loved everything

MD
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were excellent. 3 of the party had restaurant week menu items and I had the bison steak. Cooked to perfection and delicious.

The desserts were awesome, well plated and very tasty.

Alejandro is a very friendly and professional waiter.

k
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was fantastic! And the food was delicious will come back

MA
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I left Etoile feeling very happy and satisfied with the meal! Loved the beef tartare starter! The intimacy and elegance of the venue add to the presentation.

HA
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was very good. This was the second time in a week that I had dinner there and had the same waiter. He was very attentive and pleasant.

TB
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A true gem... always excellent and never a disappointment. We eat out a lot and around the world, Etoile is world class quality right next door. I highly recommend and happy to field any questions regarding our many wonderful experiences...

J
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is hidden jewel which I highly recommended. Delicious food and outstanding service.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. Enjoyed houston restaurant weeks.

FF
Houston
123 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's always one of my favorite spots! Cozy and quaint with delicious food and great service!

J
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Etoile is the best place to dine in the greater Houston area, it was packed full even if you have a reservation. We still had to wait which is okay, The host directed us to the bar while waiting for a table to open up. The manager I think his name was Brady or Brandy, kept checking on us and was super nice and was trying to do anything he could for us to ensure that we were going to be seated soon, truthfully we expected to be busy.The food was amazing and the cocktails. Oh man they are amazing props to the chef and the bartender. If you are ever in the Houston area and want a delicious bite to eat come here. Highly recommended

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

I made a reservation for 11:45 am. When I arrived, I was told to have a seat at the bar. We were told that a table was not available because there were a lot of people who came in at 11:00 and would have to wait for them to finish. I commented that we had reservations, yet the manager, Braden, told me there was nothing he could do and couldn’t provide an estimated wait time. So my party decided to have a drink at the bar. After 30 minutes, I asked for an update on a table, Braden told me it would be another 20 minutes or so. I was shocked to hear about a 50 min wait on a reservation. Braden then rudely says “as I explained to you earlier, there were people who got here at 11. You can go up to their tables and tell them that you are waiting and see if they get up”.

The rudeness is completely unacceptable. Luckily Terrance was able to seat us at a table after the unnerving interaction with Braden, “the manager”. There were two other parties who also waiting even though they had reservations.

Don’t expect a reservation is honored. There is no need to ever return to a place where the manager is so rude.

a
Houston
106 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary celebration

MS
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The food at Etoile is always very good and very consistent. I was disappointed with the beef tartare, which was not like any I have ever eaten. I will definitely stick to a different appetizer in the future

DH
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I don't need fifty wood to talk about Etoile. It is one of Houston's best restaurants!

T
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely. We went for Houston Restaurant Weeks. Excellent menu choices. Delicious meal.

MI
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all had the Houston Restaurant Weeks menu, the food was absolutely perfect. I had the chèvre salad, duck, and chocolate dessert. It just could not have been any better; the duck was perfectly cooked, the chevre was covered in almonds, and the chocolate dessert was just yummy. Service was excellent. We sat in the wine room, which was very elegant. It was an expensive evening, definitely a special occasion restaurant, but it was truly amazing.

R
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delightful place with excellent food and caring, non-intrusive service. What a treat! The flavors are outstanding... but each time I come I keep gravitating to the same, wonderful, truly French specialties. I need to not look at the menu and say, “just bring me your favorite”... I’m sure it would be great. Thank you for doing things so well...

C
Houston
45 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food, ample portions and good service. Recommended.

FO
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down our favorite restaurant in Houston .We love this place and have been here many times throughout the years.Magnificent food,drinks and service every time.

b
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, very good service, free parking, and good wine list. I recommend highly

m
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Adorable and delicious! We'll be back! I had steak tartare, coq au vin, and île flottante.

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