Etoile Cuisine Et Bar

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$30 and under
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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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San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Lunch with a friend. We take turns choosing and I had chosen the restaurant because I was dying for étoiles l’mussels and fries. Crummy luck because when I placed my order the server informed us that they didn’t have mussels I opted for salmon and subbed fries Fine but not what I had planned on obviously.

Also the restaurant was not crowded at all but we were seated at a table next to the door Not ideal. I’m sure we could have moved but we didn’t ask.

BF
Houston
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent as usual. Love the food...always fresh and tasty.

c
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, intuitive service, delicious cuisine and an affordable nice restaurant option. I loved it.

FN
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delightful luncheon, good service, excellent food

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, will come again!!

A
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent restaurant, refined but comfortable. Creative yet practical menu, outstanding food. Great spot for business and friends, love it!

EH
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place to dine! Great staff, too.

S
London
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Food was excellent, service attentive, cordial and helpful and the charity menu is actually a pretty good deal.

JP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was spectacular, service was terrific, a beautiful dinner for a birthday

AB
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was fine, but not great and not as you you'd expect from 5 star rated French cuisine place.

JA
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The braised short rib was amazing, but the steak was a little overcooked and unflavorful.

G
Houston
160 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent
Wonderful menu
Very good preparation
Good wine list
Excellent desserts
One of Houston’s best
Small venue
Able to make every meal special

NN
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

If you aren't familiar with this parking lot, locating this restaurant can be a challenge.
The food was excellent. Wine bottle price range for every budget. We even got a server who spoke French, merçi. Unexpected to have my crème brûlée in chocolate form instead of just vanilla. This was a great choice for a birthday dinner. I'm glad the other diners are conscious at keeping the noise level at a respectful level. A bientôt.

TG
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our "go-to" in Houston for French food. The ambiance is cozy and warm, everyone is greeted like a regular, service is terrific and the food is outstanding.

TS
London
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Chef Verpiand has one of the most consistent kitchens in town. The food is always good, the wine list has some hidden values in amongst the well-known category leaders. It’s always a pleasure to visit l’Étoile.

WM
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Etoile is always outstanding. The food, drink, service , and ambience is fantastic. A wonderful French bistro experience in the heart of Houston.

OT
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, especially for a very busy Christmas Eve. The wine list is well thought out, and as o e would expect, heavy on the french wines. Highly recommended!

JS
New Mexico
10 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food1service3ambience5

I ordered the salmon -the waiter asked how I wanted it cooked, I answered cooked through but nt dry. He said, oh no, it won't be dry.

When it came it was not only dry, but tough. I did not send it back because my husband's lunch had already come and that would have created too much of a time lag between the to meals.

FF
Houston
126 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas lunch with a friend! One of our favorite spots, and it was especially good since Chef made our special Salmon &. Veggies dish! Merry Christmas!

DB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was delicious and such a wonderful lunch with family and friends. One of our favorite places to eat?

SC
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best French food along with the most wonderful and caring staff!!!! Highly recommend !!!!!

R
Salt Lake City
119 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was just perfect. Service was impeccable. Food was very good. Excellent value

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of favorite spots in a Houston for lunch or dinner.

SC
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous French late afternoon lunch. Foie gras and boeuf tartare. Delicious bread. Great wine. Loved it. Can't wait to go back. Very warm, attentive service.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as usual!

KJ
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the charity tasting menu. By far the best meal we have ever had and we have lived in Europe and traveled there extensively. We will eat there again when we return to Houston. Try to book in the front room. We ate at the bar and it was just as nice an experience as seated at a table.

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite French restaurants in Houston. Food is delicious, service is outstanding and such a lovely place.

OT
New York Area
170 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful meal. Great food and friendly, knowledgeable service. Thank you.

N
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service. Fairly quiet so you can have a conversation.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was AMAZING! We’re from Dallas so we eat in Uptown quite often, we have also been to 5 countries in Europe, so we’re pretty familiar with food and service quality and this restaurant is top notch. I cannot wait to visit Houston again so we can come back here.

j
San Diego
49 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, consistently good food, beautiful preparation and very professional service

OT
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just an overall great experience!

B
Jackson Hole
24 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All great, except towards the end of dinner, the chandelier over our table slipped and fell about 6 inches!

AM
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I really think this upscale bistro is a gem in the Houston foodie scene.
Great wine selection, good desserts (not too sweet, the French way) and simply good classical techniques.

P
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The moules were great as always, the duck in orange sauce exquisite, and the Napoleon dessert delicious! Always a pleasure to have a special meal at Etoile, please keep on the high level!

RS
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have never had anything but a wonderful dining experience at Etoile.

TS
London
10 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always difficult to make a choice from Chef’s menu as everything is so appealing. l’Etoile is an excellent choice for a business meeting or a simple meal with friends. The wine list is very good and offers a wide array of choices.

SK
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent French restaurant. Fantastic food with good wine list. Service was impeccable. Foie gras paired with Chateaux d'Yquem was the highlight. Will come back.

MD
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a great thanksgiving dinner they serve! So filling and delicious. The food was high quality and portions were huge. We sat in the back room and there was a large family table there which was a bit loud , I think a large area rug in that room would reduce the echoes. Other than that, it was a great experience.

P
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect Thanksgiving!