Bistro Menil

4.6
509 reviews
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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

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Join us for Mother's Day Brunch 10AM-3PM. We will also be offering our regular lunch menu from 10AM-4:45PM. We will be serving High Tea on Easter Sunday from 2-4:45 PM. Please call 713-904-3537 for Tea reservations. Please visit bistromenil.com to see all our menus.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Join us for Easter Brunch 10AM-3PM. We will also be offering our regular lunch menu from 10AM-4:45PM. We will be serving High Tea on Easter Sunday from 2-4:45 PM. Please call 713-904-3537 for Tea reservations. Please visit bistromenil.com to see all our menus.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

What 509 People Are Saying
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Houston
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the High Tea service. Excellent finger foods and unique setting.

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

It’s such a beautiful setting, wonderful ambiance! Very nice staff - I left my credit card and before I got to far away they called and I was able to turn around quickly to get it.

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Jackson Hole
30 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch on shaded patio. Best burger on the planet! Delicious fresh tuna tartare...

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AG
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

There were burned out lights on the ceiling above us so consequently it was too dark to see the food. Fortunately the waiter was kind enough to set down a couple of lanterns. They really need to check lighting to make sure all are functions.

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MW
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food served in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. Looking forward to returning.

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JT
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious for brunch or dinner! I would highly recommend to friends. We have been back several times since initially eating there.

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BT
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The restaurant was bustling and the food very good but slow service and very loud. Convenient when going to the museum or Rothko Chapel.

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FO
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good brunch!

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j
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Early dinner before the theater. It was great. Had good food with good service, got a visit from the chef and some great conversation to go along with it. Always a favorite.

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TD
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 stars all around—each of the 5 times I have dined!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Too loud for lunch conversation. But pleasant service and qualitybfood

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SA
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat on the patio, Where the scenery and view were great, the food was outstanding, and the noise level was quite low.

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AB
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice place, great location. Small portions and very pricey. Food flavor is just ok. Not impressed at all.

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BS
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wife and I had a nice time post 2 museum visits on a Sunday afternoon/evening.

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JT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!! I would highly recommend Bistro Menil. The food is always fresh and delicious. The chef personally brought out our food. Want to try their brunch as the menu looks amazing for that as well

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OT
Houston
27 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Wonderful day for a special birthday lunch. Thankfully a large party of almost twenty women left within fifteen minutes of our arrival. For the time they were there, the noise was deafening and very uncomfortable. Had our reservations been at the same time, we would have left.

The meal was excellent and the service was friendly, but slow. At our table we enjoyed crepes, a burger, salads and the sponge cake. The cake was scrumptious and the hot tea, the perfect accompaniment.

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London
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an outstanding food experience with exceptional ambience. Well-curated wine list too.

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San Antonio
41 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful lunch here again. Highly recommend it if you are doing museums or around Montrose

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Jackson Hole
31 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place, close to museums. Lovely atmosphere for lunch with friends, dinner with a romantic touch...food outstanding!

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EH
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Busy brunch to celebrate a friends bday before Joshua Bell. Nice diverse menu.. brunch options and lunch options and healthy options..nice veggie bowl and blood orange mimosas-- nice twist. The service is friendly and good. It can be hard to find a place that handles multiple eating needs -- vegetarian, vegan, paleo --- blah blah blah.. so it's always a good option with a nice clientele..and on a beautiful day it's great to enjoy their patio spaces.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have eaten here twice. Both times the experience was wonderful. The food is excellent... menu and perfect portions (not overloaded, heaped amounts that are often typical of Texas restaurants). Everything was fresh and delicious! We can’t wait to try other items on the menu! Also, on our second visit we sat outside. It was a delightful evening while the sun was setting. We will definitely return and bring friends!

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FC
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, delicious food and beautiful presentation.

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 3ambience 1

Stopped for mid afternoon coffee and dessert to meet with client. We were forced to sit at the cluttered bar and needed to shout over kitchen noises. There were empty tables everywhere in the dining room, but were denied seating with ordering food. Very hospitable. At least the desserts were tasty. Not likely to return.

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Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Beet salad was tasty but the beets were a bit over cooked.

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j
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Very disappointing. Restaurant was empty. No hostess to greet us. Service was friendly but not attentive. Egg galette dish waited on the line and came out cold; the galette pastry shell wasn't fresh or hot. Cappucinno was good.

Sad because previously I have enjoyed many pleasant and delicious meals at Bistro Menil. Hope it's just a temporary phase.

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TM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Overpriced. Rib was mostly bone and fat. Beets were very good. Bread was good also. Very nice location near the Menil museum.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Waiter was not the best. We were a party of 7 they added the bill up with the tax and added the gratuity on to that. When we paid he left the tip amount open in case we hadn’t seen that the gratuity was already added. Just very sleazy. Food was good.

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KS
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The environment is lovely...the food just okay. Still a nice experience.

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JC
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Took our daughter, s-i-l, and 5 month old granddaughter out after church on Sunday. It was almost full and rather noisy, but we were fine. Baby was good! All of us really enjoyed our food - a variety: veggie omelet, waffles (both fruit forward and chicken) and eggs Lyonnaise. We started with the truffled potatoes which we shared and which were delightful. A great brunch. We will return.

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EH
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the ambiance, peaceful, unhurried. The food is exquisite. Much thought has gone in to the food including the sides. The sides are extraordinary.

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WA
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our lunch was most enjoyable. The variety of selections on the menu was very nice. Our food was delicious, especially the lump crabmeat. The noise level was a bit high, but all in all it was an pleasant dining experience.

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CM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The wine and beer slection are both perfection; and I say that very rarely. Service attentive but unintrusive. Food was generally very good, but a little off here and there (some of the sauces were far too acidic, for example). Probably my favorite lunch spot in Houston at this point....but be careful with the wine and beer list!

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CM
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday 🎂

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M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the best. Food outstanding and service is fantastic

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C
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My birthday

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T
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at brunch at Menil . Very interesting menu selections with Outstanding entrées.

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JY
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of our favorite places in Houston. Prices are reasonable, they have a decent selection of beer and wines, and they've added sound baffles to the dining area to kill some of the bright noise. The service was first class. Our only complaint is that there have been relatively few changes to the menu in the last 2 years. A little experimentation would be nice for those of us who come a few times a year.

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FT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The meal was amazing. The waiter was not up to the standard of the amazing food and ambiance. Not checking on us. Staring off as we ordered, had to ask for water when glasses were empty mid-meal, had to ask for check after quite a wait. But the crab cakes and sides were over the top delicious. I’m a crab cake lover and these were the best I’ve had I. A restaurant. Eggplant fries were excellent and unique.

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SK
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

The place is very noisy during the lunchtime. The tables are very close to each other. Not a good place for a business meeting. The dishes are expensive.

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ML
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable lunch before going to the gallery. Food and service both excellent. Staff is very friendly. Good variety of menu options.

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