Etoile Cuisine Et Bar

4.8
1668 reviews
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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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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner. The food was amazing. I had the foie gras, then the red snapper, the beef tenderloin and the chocolate pastilla. I definitely will come back soon.

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j
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants! The ambiance and service are always wonderful...as is the food! I usually get the Sole Amandine, but branched out and had the Bouillabaisse on our waiter’s recommendation. It was delicious! The Salade de Tomates with Burrata cheese is also wonderful. My husband had the Steak Au Poivre...and it was slightly overdone, but still tasty...and the pommel frites never disappoint. We’ll be back!

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LR
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best fresh Halibut dishes I have ever had and I sent a lot of time in Alaska where the the fish is more common place and always fresh. Everything was great!

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AE
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service

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F
Houston
112 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. The French cuisine is always good. Attended a wine dinner and it was great as usual.

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S
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Attended wine dinner. Asked for menu & was told only one menu to a table. I have been to many wine dinners and everyone at the table is always given a menu. The lady at the table shared hers with me. I like to make notes about the wine on the menu--very important to me. The Foie Gras was good, the bouillabaisse was very, very disappointing. Poulet was just fair Dessert was satisfactory. Enjoyed one of the wines, others were disappointing. Service was good. But a very disappointing wine dinner. Just cannot get over not giving everyone a menu!

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JA
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was impeccable; food was delicious. A consistently good choice for celebrations or a great dinner out.

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LW
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything here is outstanding! We love the wine list and the steaks. The desserts are mouth watering! Can't hardly wait until we go next time!

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CT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff was very professional and provided excellent customer service when I visited on Sat, April 6th. The food was exquisite with such a high standard in their ingredients and the overall presentation/taste of each dish. I enjoyed my experience very much. Keep up the great work because Etoile is doing such an excellent job!

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MR
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I will preface by stating Etoile is my favorite restaurant in Houston. I have eaten there a dozen times. Excellent food and service is the norm.
Last night was a let down. Food: foie gras, lukewarm. Muscles, fishy (opinion shared by table next to mine)
Service slow and inattentive. Sat in front of empty plates for the longest time. Had to pour our own wine. Waiter never asked how things were going, obviously not very well. To his defense he had to wait on too many tables both inside and outside. That shouldn’t be. More waitstaff is needed in the summer months!!!
Consistency is expected from a great restaurant

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s
Houston
34 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

fourth visit, consistently delicious, this spot will stay on our repeat list. I love the atmosphere here too, cute restaurant, good service, great chef and love the menu 👍👍

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JJ
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent French food
Service is very attentive
Artan C and Ronnie are great waiters

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G
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant because of the ambiance and the food.
But I was a little disappointed with the Risotto that was very salty.
Other than that everything was good and my friends and I had a great time.
I do recommend this restaurant.

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SH
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always great-not to fattening but delicious.

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GP
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, the food was exquisite and the service was very good. i enjoyed the duck! Sincere thanks, Genaro

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The food was disappointing - fish had poor texture and undercooked. Our waiter never checked with us after the food was served. A poor experience all around

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AS
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Main Course was good, but disappointing considering the reputation of the restaurant. Dessert was fabulous. Service and ambiance were excellent.

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EK
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fred was our server and was OUTSTANDING!!!!!! He was fast, friendly and very knowledgeable! The service was excellent, atmosphere was cozy... food was superb. We had the Faust Cab and it was delicious. My husband had the foie gras and I had the yellowfin tuna tartare, we both had a salad and my husband got the scallops special.... I ended up getting another order of the yellowfin for my entree because it was so outstanding! I LOVE THIS PLACE! W will be back! ❤️

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PD
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hostess seemed a bit shocked when we showed up, not sure why, but she had to consult with whom I presume was the head waiter. Our table was not ready at the appointed time, so we sat at the bar for about 15 minutes. When we we did get seated, the service was absolutely impeccable and everything from the appetizers to the desserts (the wife's sea bass was a tad over cooked and mine was perfect) were phenomenal. The mussels in the marniere were out of this world. Will coming back with a bigger group for sure.

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CC
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been to Etoile each week for the last 4 weeks after discovering the restaurant for Sunday Brunch, and have had wonderful service and hospitality each time. I've not eaten the same thing twice, and each new dish I try has been amazing. Kudos to both Chef and staff. It's challenging enough to be great once, but to be spot on again and again is rare and very appreciated. Thank You.

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g
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and service. Loud patron seated nearby, but we were quickly reseated.

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FL
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great quality, super tasty food. Best meal I’ve head in a long time . The duck main course was outstanding! Also great service, beautiful interior, simply can’t wait to go back and try other courses.

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VD
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a pleasure to dine here. Service was attentive and food delicious.

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OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

It was my wife’s birthday and she loves the seared foie gras.

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JP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent. Especially enjoyed the goat cheese and roasted beet salad. A delightfully French experience. Cuisine was delightfully nuanced in both taste and texture.

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s
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very disappointed that we could not have soufflé for desert.

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s
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as usual! Great service and the food is always prepared to perfection.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was too fast. Courses came out too quickly. Mussels were very good. Sole had too much butter. Pork chop was good. Lobster salad was good. Tomato salad would have been better without olives and sliced tomatoes versus wedges.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

40th wedding anniversary!!

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RN
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was excellent!

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J
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I visited for my one year anniversary. The server was very kind but a little bit absent minded. I appreciated the décor and the quiet atmosphere. The food was also excellent. I will be returning here soon.

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SP
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall a nice experience. The rest of my party was running a little late, so I sat at the bar while I waited. I kept hoping for something to stand out to make this a noteworthy experience, but it was simply on par for a dining experience of this cost. The food was good, although the lobster bisque was nowhere near the best I have had. The service was excellent...probably the best thing about the experience.

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OT
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect always!

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

If you want a quiet corner: ask for the wine cellar. Wonderfully quiet!!

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

Delicious food, wonderful service, excellent wine list!

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b
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went for a business lunch. Duck confit was great. Would definitely recommend coming here for lunch!

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RD
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, both service and the food were excellent. The monthly Charity Dinner is not to be missed; great food with a portion of the price going to a local charity, at a reasonable cost.

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TF
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, lovely cuisine, the go-to place for a romantic dinner or nice friend reunion.

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A
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location, wonderful ambiance and not noisy so you can hear each other. Great place for catching up with friends. Food is always excellent!

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K
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulously delicious as always!
Our out of town guest said her steak was better than any she had in France!
Loved it!

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