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Mockingbird Bistro

4.4
1875 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Bistro
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  • Special Occasion (2669)
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About

Mockingbird Bistro Wine Bar combines Sheely’s Texas roots with a style of cooking that he knows well, that of the Riviera, specifically the French Riviera. At Mockingbird, the feel of the menu is "country-French-meets-American-market." Sheely updates the menu seasonally to take advantage of the ingredients available at-market, as well as to give him the freedom to exercise his creativity.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Bistro, Contemporary American, Steak
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Hours of operation

Bar Nightly 4:00pm - CL

Dinner:Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(713) 533-0200
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
John Sheely
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Private party facilities
Whether celebrating with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Mockingbird Bistro's goal is to make your event unique and memorable. We have a semi-private room for 25 people, private room accommodates 75 people seated, more for cocktail and the entire restaurant is available for buyout.
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Private party contact
John Sheely: (713) 533-0200
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Catering
Please contact Wilmar Reyes at 713-533-0200.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
McDuffie
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Parking details
Valet service is complimentary.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.4  based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.3
ambience
4.0
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Csmk (Houston)
4.0  Dined on December 24, 2016

Bittersweet, as it was their last night. Great seeing John Sheeley again & hope to see him resurface soon. Our server amber was gracious & did her best with limited resources.
Best wishes for the future!

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vipPaulM (Houston)
5.0  Dined on December 20, 2016

So very sad Mockingbird is closing. It was our favorite place and the sommelier introduced us to our top 3 favorite wines.

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vipLuv2eat (Houston)
5.0  Dined on December 15, 2016

Excellent eatery. Food and service have always been top-notch. Enjoyed the salmon this time and it was cooked to perfection; flaked off the fork. Sad to see this place closing shortly.

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Highland770 (Houston)
5.0  Dined on December 15, 2016

Perfect for a happy hour.

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vipFoodieFriend (Houston)
5.0  Dined on December 14, 2016

We had such a wonderful meal! Everyone loved each dish and the wonderful wines as well. We are just so deeply sorry to see Mockingbird close! We hope to see them in a new location soon! All the best to Chef John Sheely, his sweet wife and wonderful staff!

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Nice (Houston)
3.0  Dined on December 11, 2016

Love the ambiance of this place and the food was very good. The value however is just not there. Dinner for 2 with only 2 glasses of wine should not be $200+. There simply are too many other options in the Heights with comparable menus that can be enjoyed for a fraction of Mockingbird Bistro.
Disappointed also that after making a reservation in advance (for a Sunday) that they sit us on the bench side of the restaurant with little or no privacy from the people 24 inches away. Many other tables were empty so not sure why we were relegated to the area of the restaurant with the least amount of appeal.

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vipGulliver (Houston)
5.0  Dined on December 11, 2016

So glad we were able to say goodbye to Chef Sheely and staff. Food and drinks were wonderful as always. We'll sorely miss the Mockingbird. Can't wait till we hear Chef Sheely's plans for the next venture.

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
3.0  Dined on December 10, 2016

A little disappointed to be honest. It may be that the place is closing in a couple of weeks since they will not be able to keep the location, but it was somewhat lackluster for the price. The French Onion Soup was nothing to write home about, the duck with grilled cauliflower was quite bland, the beer and wine selections were pretty poor since they had a buyout, the steak tartar was a not finely cut. May have been good in its heyday but not now.

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vipAlways (Houston)
4.0  Dined on December 10, 2016

So sad to see them close! We have been going to this restaurant since the 90s.

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lecraig77 (Houston)
5.0  Dined on December 10, 2016

This is a tried and true go-to special occasion restaurant that never disappoints. The food and service is always excellent. I am so sorry to see it go!

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Risaj (Houston)
5.0  Dined on December 8, 2016

We enjoyed our Family Holiday Dinner out here very much! We only had one glitch...or they did...we took a long time to order as we were visiting...and a large party got their order in before us so our food took awhile. They were great about it and gave us complimentary items to compensate for the extra wait. Otherwise it was a fantastic experience!!!

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LindaE (Houston)
4.0  Dined on December 8, 2016

The food was very good. The service was attentive. But I was upset when after 1.5 hours, we had finished our meal and paid our bill and were still talking yet we were asked twice by the waitress to leave so the table could be opened. I did not like that, at all.

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vipEKwilson36 (Houston)
5.0  Dined on December 7, 2016

The Grouper special was awesome.

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on December 6, 2016

Sorry to see this gem close. The food was perfection, especially the duck.

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MLCampbell (Houston)
4.0  Dined on December 4, 2016

We had a lovely evening celebrating a birthday. The service was personal and the food was delicious. They didn't have a second bottle of the wine we wanted, so they gave us an upgrade for the same lower price of the first one - very generous!

We would go back if they weren't closing December 24!

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vipJSmith (Houston)
3.0  Dined on December 4, 2016

We were very disappointed as this was a place we really enjoyed, the salmon I had was so soft it tasted really bad and the calamari was very hard. The service was also very very slow. Maybe this is because the restaurant is closing soon at this location we were told by the Valet parker?
wE WILL LIKELY NOT RETURN FOR A WHILE AFTER THE PLAE RFEOPENS AT A NEW LOCATION.

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Susan (Houston)
4.0  Dined on December 4, 2016

Great soups, service. Did not like being seated by the kitchen.

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
3.0  Dined on December 3, 2016

The seared duck breast was nothing special even though the waitress recommended it over the wagyu. The scallops were just better than average. Sadly, this is it the amazing food I remembered from a previous experience.

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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
5.0  Dined on November 26, 2016

I brought some friends to the bistro and I'm not underestimating how delicious everything was from the simple dishes to their more customary gourmet and fine dining dishes, we all said it was the greatest food we had had in a very long time

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
4.0  Dined on November 24, 2016

Overall enjoyed the dining experience. It was on Thanksgiving and we went for the three course menu and we included the wine pairing. The service was excellent as usual. The staff always does a great job. We enjoyed the wine pairing with the menu items we selected for each course. The appetizers and main courses were excellent. The desserts were a little disappointing and did not stand up to the level of flavor of the first two courses.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 22, 2016

Outstanding food and service. Parking is limited and valet was slow. I had the lamb chops and French onion soup. Both delicious. Would definitely come back again.

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vipSmith (Houston)
5.0  Dined on November 19, 2016

Always great!

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
1.0  Dined on November 18, 2016

one of our favorites......sad to see it closing....it is a neighborhood gem

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vipOpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on November 12, 2016

Service and food spectacular as always

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vipGulfCoastNatives (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on November 11, 2016

We have dined at Mockingbird numerous times: for special occasions, with out-of-town visitors, to treat people and "just because" we wanted to. Regardless of the amount of advance notice, people in our party or reason for coming, the husband/wife team of chef John Sheely and his wife Violeta always make us feel welcome and special, as do their outstanding staff who include Adrian, Rene, Harmony and many others. The seasonal menus are delightfully creative dishes resulting from the influence of French cuisine on local ingredients. Every detail is attended to yet the atmosphere is still convivial and comfortable. We leave every single time raving about something from the incredible handcrafted cocktails to the delicacy of the meat that was served to the inventive dishes that make us wish we were hungry again already so we could just turn around and order it again without having to go home. Yes, Mockingbird is that good - has been and will continue to be. Mockingbird means we're home.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Houston)
4.0  Dined on October 30, 2016

Once again, Mockingbird did not disappoint in the quality of the food and the service. The wine list seemed to be considerably smaller than before, but we still found a delightful French red.

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on October 29, 2016

Chef is fantastic. Food quality is always great. Restaurant has very nice decor and the wait staff are on top of their game.

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vipDB415 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on October 26, 2016

Sweetest nicest server! Made dinner very enjoyable.

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vipLadyoracle (Houston)
5.0  Dined on October 24, 2016

We had the anniversary set menu and were very happy. Good wine suggestions from our server.

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Tony (Dallas)
2.0  Dined on October 15, 2016

The food was good, the service was not. At first I was giving them some slack because they were fairly full, but half way through the meal the place cleared out. The AC was leaking on my wife so half way through the meal she changed seats and nobody even bothered to ask why? There are better places for the price.

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