Bistro Menil

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$30 and under
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European
Chef Greg Martin reclaims the classic definition of a bistro by providing casual dining in his friendly, lively and wine-focused establishment. Bistro Menil offers European-inspired, American fare paired with craft beer, cask wine, and thoughtfully selected wines by the glass or bottle.

Bistro Menil offers delicious brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, happy hour and dinner selections. Weekly specials include appetizer and entree dishes along with wine tasting flights.

Chef Martin personally curates the wine menus, ensuring all wines are excellent examples of their varietals and pair beautifully with the food offerings.

Bistro Menil overlooks The Menil Collection and Menil Park and provides ample, complimentary parking.

Use of this reservation system requires that guests abide by Bistro Menil reservation policy which can be viewed at www.bistromenil.com

Specials

"Ce n'est pas un Happy Hour"

Join us for our "This is not a Happy Hour" Happy Hour.
$5 1/4 bottle cask wines (Prosecco, Whites, Rosé & Reds) plus tax and service.
Happy Hour Appetizer Menu

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 19, 2019

Ends: October 20, 2118

Availability: Wed-Fri 2:00PM-6:00PM

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us the New Year's Eve for Dinner as we offer a special Prix Fixe menu.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 629 People Are Saying
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Austin
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Greg and his team consistently deliver - crafted food, great service and sophisticated yet approachable design.

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

Ridiculously overpriced convenient location but ultimately not satisfactory

C
Houston
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for lunch with friends! Pretty setting and so intimate.

m
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

good food...
great location...
nice place...
all good...!!!

DM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Bistro is a very comfortable place to meet with your friends and enjoy an evening of drinks and food. We went after watching a film competition at MFAH. We were able to discuss the films that we saw and we COULD ACTUALLY HEAR EACH OTHER. At many restaurants in Houston the ambience music is so loud that you cannot enjoy your companionship. Thank you, Bistro Menil. We will return!

G
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Sort of on the fence here. The food was good, but the portions (at least for the dinner salads) were quite small. Our waiter advised us that the salad portions were certainly large enough. They were not. Service was only fair as the bread arrived with the coffee and dessert.

MG
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excelent food! We went for a late brunch. All items in the menu were really tempting but because of the hour we ended up ordering from the lunch menu. The quiche and the crepes were delicious and perfect! The Tuscan lemon-almond torte was equally delicious. Very polite staff. Definitely a place to recommend! and we definitely will go back in a future trip to Houston

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner for four. Close friends. They loved it! It's one of our favorites as well. That's why we invited them. The food is excellent. And the timing of the service gave plenty of time to talk and catch up. Wonderful atmosphere. Bring a sweater!

GH
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a lovely experience. My first time at Bistro Menil. I loved the ambiance. The service was impeccable and the food was perfect. My friend and I are looking forward to returning soon. Thank you!

C
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The perfect setting for a get together with close friends! Food was excellent too!

F
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food is amazing very fresh. Very good wine list, reasonable priced! Nice patio!!

DP
Houston
30 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Y first trip there and very much enjoyed it. Food was delicious, great space, outdoor seating was very nice as well. Service was a bit slow but very personable and attentive when there. Will definitely be back. Great lunch spot or early dinner for sure.

PB
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed everything about Bistro Menil. We will definitely return.

MC
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! Great menu. Including, gluten free options. Great patio if the weather is cooperative.

KS
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place to go for lunch before museums or ballet.

PC
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The food is really “ok” nothing special. The potato with truffles were hard and not cooked well. The 3rd time we go there. 1st was great and 2 others “ok”. That said I don’t think it is worth the price

CT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

Good ambiance. Server was terrific. Food was tasty, but entree portions were very small

h
Houston
58 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect neighborhood joint. Love the quiet on Sunday nights!

R
Houston
27 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. My lump crab salad was scrumptious and the presentation was beautiful. My lunch companion ordered crepes and thoroughly enjoyed them, too. Service was excellent, as well.

CK
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a treat... great food and service! GF options are nice to have!

P
Houston
72 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to meet and eat and drink with friends in a serene environment!

m
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was great, the artichoke pie was delicious and the ratatouille is a great side option!
We also had mango ice cream and an excellent cheesecake

The service was perfect

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

Thought our table would be in a less trafficked area

JA
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Bistro Menil is my favorite place to enjoy a meal, whether it's a special celebration or just nourishment ! The food is always delicious, and the wait staff take very good care. Thank you !!

DS
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ambiance was just okay but once the food came we were delighted! The presentation was comparable to a French chef and the flavors were great. All of The food was good, including desserts. The service was also excellent so the slightest disappointment in ambience was diminished. We will return!

ND
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice to have more reasonably priced wine selection.

HR
Houston
31 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Went for HRW. This place was pretty good. Food was flavorful, and service was just ok. We enjoyed it but not sure we will be back

M
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant offers excellent and delicious gluten-free options.

RM
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1st visit - very impressed - definitely will return

L
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I was looking forward to this place for a while, and finally went yesterday. The eggplant fries were bitter and had no flavor at all, like they forgot to sweat them, not even salt, so not good.
Service was attentive until the entree, then he decided we weren't worth his time. I am a generous tipper, but I guess he didn't know that. When the meal arrived, my companion and I both ordered the short rib and mine was half the size of hers, not even remotely close, I didn't mention it, but I was not happy about it. Not much glaze either, was drier than I expected. I didn't like the zucchini side dish whatsoever, but the lemon tart for dessert was good. I read up on the history and I wanted to love it but the overall experience was really disappointing.

RO
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Opted for the restaurant week menu and it was not a good value. The portion was tiny and the waiter indicated that it was only half the size of a normal lunch portion.

JJ
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistro Menil NEVER disappoints. Its menu and service are exceptional.

CR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved Bistro Menil. We ordered cocktails, one appetizer, then ordered our entrees from the Houston Restaurant Week menu. Quality of food was top notch, service was prompt, personal without being overbearing and pleasant. Noise level was pretty high, but not so that we couldn't carry on a conversation. I will definitely be back!

K
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was our first visit with friends, 5 of us for dinner. We all thoroughly enjoyed the HRW menu. Service was good. I'll go back for the lemon tart alone.

JL
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely lunch, just very loud!

HR
Houston
32 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

the food at this place was awesome! and the service was great. the ambiance was just ok, but over all we really liked this place for HRW. I would recommend ~

C
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Glad I made this part of my visit to the Menil Collection. Now that I’ve been, Bistro Menil is a place to go anytime in the area. Great menu.

S
Houston
34 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellant, and the cocktail I had was wonderful. We will be returning very soon.

MS
Amarillo
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My wife and I went for brunch on our anniversary weekend, and while we had loved the Menil as an art destination before, we were delighted to find the Bistro is equally excellent. The food is genuinely fantastic, and the peaceful but friendly atmosphere offered a comfortable place for families, couples, and single breakfast goers alike. Can't wait to go back.

PH
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our group of 4 loved the calamari appetizer. I had delicious lamb chops. Others had fish they said was very good.
The sides were less than. The blue cheese salad dressing was bland with no chunks of blue cheese. All the potatoes were also not memorable. The brussell sprouts were delicious! The white chocolate bread pudding was too dry and tasteless. None of us wanted more than one bite.
We ordered 2 beers and 4 glasses so we could divide them but the waiter did so at the bar for us thinking it would be too messy to divide at the table. That was very thoughtful.

With so many new restaurants in Houston I will not be returning soon.

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