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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RL
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is a great little restaurant. However we were there a little over a week ago and it was great I had the lean on sole almond and this time the fillet with pepper sakes and that was not as good. Perhaps a different chef.

s
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Caught the Green Hour at the Bar and enjoyed very reasonably priced and delicious small plates and cocktails. Staff were friendly and prompt. Overall good experience.

WS
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It is always difficult to choose a meal here. It is not a long menu, but you want to have everything which would be vastly too much. Any of the mussel dishes are sublime, the lobster bisque is luscious, and their beef tartare is perfect. The mains are equally desirous whether it be duck, chicken, beef short-ribs (simply fabulous) or the Catch of the Day. This time I started with a beet and goat cheese salad followed with a wonderful whole (sans head and bones) red snapper over a nice tomato coulis. Pannacotta with raspberries was a fine finish. I have never a less than wonderful meal here. If you have appetite, try the Cassoulet toulous with lots of pork and duck confit. It reheats nicely in a gentle oven if you have leftovers.

D
Houston
34 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious gourmet food in a lovely space. Staff is extremely accommodating.

J
London
22 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood spot. We enjoy bring people from out of town
Jim Royer

VC
Las Vegas
28 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food for all types, including vegetarian. Nice cozy ambiance. Excellent wines. And the service by Fred (for short) was amazing. We will be back soon.

EH
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fish was very fishy smell, not very fresh.

SM
Houston
30 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed an excellent lunch- sole meunière for me and duck confit for my friend. Shared a pistachio pan a cotta for dessert that was delicious.

JM
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited on a Saturday night, hostess staff was very polite and our table was ready ahead of our actual reserved time which was fantastic! The ambiance is charming, service outstanding, and food was above and beyond expectations.

SA
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was sad when my favorite French restaurant in Houston closed down. But Etoile Cuisine Et Bar is an absolute gem and my new favorite. - Simply can't say enough good things about the food. - Superb!

G
Houston
35 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My mussels with tomatoes were excellent. I haven’t had that good a coquilles St. Jacques since I was in Nîmes. My husband said his bouillabaisse was as good as any he had in Provence. Attentive service too.

DH
Key West
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first trip to Etoile, even though it had been highly recommended by friends. It did not disappoint! We were celebrating and wanted a special experience - we got one! Food was great, service was outstanding, loved everything and will be back very soon!

RH
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I have eaten here many times and the food is always very good, and in all previous visits the service was great as well. However, this last visit the service was average, as it took a long time to get my initial cocktail, well after may companion received her wine.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food and overall experience was great. Fantastic French dining

W
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely local neighborhood find with truly authentic French food that not only pleases the palate, but tantalizes the senses.

RD
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great and the service was excellent; a very pleasant experience at every visit.

OT
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Had an 8p reservation booked on Opentable. Showed up 10 min early. Although there was an open table, they told us it was for another reservation that hadn't showed up yet...and didn't show up until 8:15p. At 8:20p, we were offered a bar seat, which we accepted. Food was okay, but heavy on butter. I know...its French food. Bartenders were awesome and made the night more enjoyable. Not sure we will come back.

SF
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, wonderful service. Our waiter, Fred, was charming and most professional. Quiet, refined French. Perfect.

b
Houston
125 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice ambiance good selection of wine - tasty French bistro cuisine enjoyed the veal tenderloin and sole

FF
Houston
131 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We both enjoyed a wonderful lunch in one of our favorite neighborhood spots! Cozy and quaint, quiet enough to have a conversation and still have a delicious meal with great service! Bon Appetite!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Really good French food with casual atmosphere. Great service. Would definitely recommend!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Amazing food. Can’t be beat inside the loop. Classic French service.

D
Houston
35 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My lunch was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Etoile granted my request for a quiet space, and I was able to converse with my companion with ease. The food was superb, and the service was impeccable. Thank you for a great time.

JA
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, great food and ambience!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I went for a Valentine’s Day dinner and we could not have picked a better restaurant to have a nice romantic dinner. Our waiter was so nice and very knowledgeable about their wine menu and helping us select our wines. The food was absolutely superb. We ordered the special Valentine’s Day dinner and it was to die for. We will definitely be coming back.

TF
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best French in HOUSTON.

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was excellent and food was cooked well.

CP
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Hubby's steak was good (bison), but my chicken thighs COQ AU VIN were meah. Good but nothing to write home about. Hubby loved the escargot. The restaurant is quaint and our waiter had a french accent. The hallway to the restroom had leftover chairs but the ladies restroom was nice. Was a special Valentine's meal on 2/15.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! All the staff is amazing. It's difficult to decide what we want every time we do a visit because everything is amazingly delicious.

EF
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service, love it and for sure i will go again.

JS
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were excellent with a very nice wine list. The venue is romantic and cozy with a moderate noise level.

j
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around great experience. Wonderful dinner and great atmosphere. Made my lady very happy.

FP
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and ambiance is always good. Pre-fixe menu not quiet as good as the standard options but I understand doing this on Valentine's day. The server suggested an excellent wine. Booking was a bit of a mess. I booked on Open Table weeks ahead, then got a call a week before to confirm (which I did), then got a text the day before (which I again confirmed), and then got another call the day of requesting a credit card.

G
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delightful Valentines dinner with spectacular cuisine made especially enjoyable by the exceptional service of our server B. Didier and your entire staff. - Glenn Alexander

TR
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We dined for Valentines Day and it was wonderful. The 2nd course fish was exceptional as was my beef tenderloin . The atmosphere was very nice and it made us feel special. Looking forward to going back when we can order from the regular menu.

BB
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Food is excellent and great value. Authentic french. Prices very reasonable. Accommodated us to preorder before kitchen closes. We arrived late when the kitchen closed.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible attention to detail. Wait staff thoughtful and friendly. Excellent food quality.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We arrived on time to the restaurant but we had to wait on the bar for 30 minutes before we sat down. The bartender was friendly and we ordered our drinks for the night. After we got seated us and we had a great time! The food was amazing.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day dinner

d
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always superb food and a lovely atmosphere- casual but still elegant in a non flashy way. Service is impeccable.