Etoile Cuisine Et Bar

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$30 and under
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French
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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Houston
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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
45 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Houston
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just an overall great experience!

B
Jackson Hole
23 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
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
5 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
12 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect Thanksgiving!

c
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous Thanksgiving meal, great service from Mike at the bar. The Pecan pie is the best ever....caramel sauce and Ice cream. Thank you, always a delightful experience from the entire team.

SR
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food and excellent service. Overall a very satisfying dining experience.

FR
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always great food

CL
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had an excellent family holiday dinner food staff atmosphere very good

HG
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Authentic French - down to the coffee.

Superb wine list.

Excellent service.

Absolutely recommend.

HF
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent meal. Reasonable price for the quality of the food. Best Manhattan I’ve ever had.

GC
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We love muscles and always look for a quality portion. They have the best. We suggest the chef puts less cream so the taste of the seasoning is better.

NA
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

E’toile does provide a genuine French bistro combination of great food & great service. Every visit is a superb dining experience. Even for those who don’t know they are crazy about excellent French cuisine, this is the real deal in Houston.

SS
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend Etoile. The food is outstanding, I loved the intimate atmosphere, and we were actually able to hear each other the whole time ! I recommended it to friends who went last night and were also impressed.
The staff were all very friendly and accommodating. I will go back.

OT
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant!❤️

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CC
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated 30th wedding anniversary on 11/18. Made reservation 2 months in advance; requested corner banquette by window. As always, they accommodated our requests. Love Etoile & the staff. Never been disappointed with the food - spot on! The cocktails are the tops. Have many friends & acquaintances who also love Etoile. Always enjoy going.

F
Houston
118 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love this classic French restaurant. The food and service are always great.

OT
San Antonio
12 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful! Love the food and the service was excellent!!!

OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

They essentially sat us In The kitchen area. The initial table was right in the pathway of the staff picking up food to deliver to the guest. We saw another couple also reject that table as we did. I was disappointed as my wife like French food but this fell short of expectations. I’m not sure we will return.

BL
Houston
63 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Sitting along the room-long banquette in the main dining room brings with it lots of noise. The tables are so close together that it is impossible NOT to be involved in the adjoining table's conversation - not very pleasing. In fact, throughout the room, there is not much spacing between tables, which is not enjoyable.

My wife and I enjoy Etoile, the food, the service - but the noise from people sitting very close is disconcerting at the very least. The "ambience" or lack thereof, limits our visits.

F
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Wonderful food, waiter was hard to understand and disappeared when we were finished and needed to leave. Great overall experience just frustrating when you have a client trying to get back to the office and waiting for the check.

KL
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Didier (De De) was a great, friendly, funny waiter.

r
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was quick didn’t have to ask for anything. Great place to go with kids

OT
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious brunch, excellent wait staff.

j
New Mexico
21 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wine dinner was excellent and a great value with the included wines. Each of the four courses was flavorful and well-prepared. Our only suggestion would be to substitute one or two salad or vegetarian courses, as the four meat and cheese courses were very rich.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Have eaten here many times. Service was way off tonight. Food was very good

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding as usual. Great waiter!

EL
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I will return. A great dining experience.

J
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love eating at Etoile. The service and food are always the best. They have a pre fix dinner where they have a charitable organization that gets a donation. The waiters are very attentive. Great bar service also. I had the sweet breads and the fish special. Perfectly cooked.

DG
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are going to Etoile for so many years. Food is excellent and everything is so fresh, I like that they are consistent with the quality. Great selection of wines.

RE
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time visit and I anticipate many more. Food was wonderful, service was excellent.

C
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

If you are looking for excellent and authentic French, Etoile Cuisine is fantastic! Really one of the best meals I’ve had in Houston lately. The almond crusted goat cheese salad and lobster ravioli was wonderful! Excellent selection of wines, of course! We very much enjoyed our night out.