Bistro Menil

4.7
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701 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

"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

What 701 People Are Saying
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p
Houston
29 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Duck confit was quite good. A little dry, but excellent flavor. My wife thought her Salmon was a little salty. These are minor complaints and we’ll be back.

CR
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated as soon as we arrived. Food was quite tasty and service very good.

l
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Seat was dirty with food crumbs, I had to brush it off myself while the hostess stood there and watched me. The “Basque Cheesecake “ was NOT a basque cheesecake, it was just a regular cheesecake, not bad but not as listed on the menu.

O
Houston
69 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A consistently good venue Pleasant location with
free parking and great ambience

K
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has been one of our favorites. We usually go on Sunday nights, when they have a special all inclusive Sunday night supper. This past week, Chef Greg Martin outdid himself with a very tender skirt steak, cut into strips and blended with a delicious creamy polenta. The desserts are always good, as is the ala carte menu, and the cask wines are excellent. All for an affordable and special evening with friends. Free parking just a few steps from the restaurant.

EB
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro Menil offers quiet dinning and wonderful food within the city but you feel as if you are away at some quite resort because the beauty of the Menil campus

LD
London
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolutely stellar experience. Low key, relaxed atmosphere, gorgeous good, friendly and attentive staff. Couldn't ask for more, will definitely return.

M
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed Vermouth cocktail and crab cake bites.

O
Houston
69 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

An old community favorite. Delightful for lunch, sometimes a bit noisy, but good food and good
value

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The setting was nice and food was great.

JA
Houston
65 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were hosting a friend from Scotland and wanted to take her to the Menil so lunching at the Bistro was perfect. The service was great and the food was delicious— she was delighted by the crab cakes.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Girls lunch

LJ
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice menu and wine selection. Salmon added to salad was perfectly done to my specifications. Even easy parking.

N
San Antonio
37 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there. Wonderful. We sat at the bar for lunch. Great unhurried service and yummy food! Will go again when in town!

EH
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lump crab salad was amazing.

d
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was OUTSTANDING

ET
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience4

This was our last dining experience at Bistro Menil. We have patronized it many times over the last few years, but lately it has gone from good to below mediocre. Yesterday the crab crepes were simply not good at all - not tasty, not well-prepared, with little sauce. If we hadn't been dining with friends for a special occasion I would have sent them back. There have been other fails in recent visits - overcooked duck confit, very skimpy caviar on the eggs a la Julia, under-sauced dishes, blah quiche, etc. Service is usually very good and attentive. It's a lovely venue, but a shame about the lack of attention to the food.

TJ
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The crepes were so delicious. Truffle pizza was also wonderful. But the lemon tart was the perfect ending to the meal. Always love dining here.

CC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent as usual! We will be back.

RS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Will be calling Greg Martin as our experience was fair from our usual excellent food and service for the past 10 years

TS
London
9 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy our visits to Bistro Menil. The servers are welcoming, friendly and efficient. The menu is sufficiently broad to appeal to most people. Love their wine list!

JB
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I’ve always come for lunch on weekends and the food is fantastic. Dinner was poor and the prices are high. Literally lunch and dinner at Bistro Menil are like day and night. No pun intended.

SO
Houston
42 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The salmon salad with avocado and citrus is excellent.

DM
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don’t understand noise level
It was good. Thank you all so much

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New year family lunch

GH
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This has become one of my favorite restaurants. I especially like that it has a brunch menu on Friday.

s
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was awesome! Great spot for all types of appetites!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful New Years Day dinner with family. Consistently delicious food.

H
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro Menil is one of my favorite restaurants. Order anything, it's all delicious!

ML
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

New Years dinner was very nice. Food and wine pairing was very good. Food tastes were great.

l
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought my mom here - she lives in Manhattan and is used to the wonderful restaurants there. She was blown away by Bistro Menil! Wonderful menu and I am so thankful for all the gluten free options!!

PC
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Great place for a quiet dinner. The food was delicious. However, someone in our port party ordered lamb chops for $30 and we got two tiny lamb chops. They were delicious but not enough food for the price. Our waitress did not tell us the specials and when we questioned her about it, she said “It’s on the board” No apology. She had a bad attitude. Overall, great place but expensive for the amount of food you get. The waitress was terrible.

AM
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had afternoon tea for my mother’s 70th. It was lovely. We requested a window seat overlooking the Menil’s lawn. The tea service was a great value and delicious food. If they add clotted cream and scones - it’ll feel even more authentic. But overall it was delish. She loved it. I’d visit again for it! Great service too. Thanks Aaron.

BT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

We have had afternoon tea here for my Mother’s Birthday for many years now.
When we arrived, hostess informed me that she didn’t have our reservation. She spoke with manager who “approved” so we were seated. Our server was ok. He brought our food without taking our tea order so I flagged him down to ask if we could order tea.
Not our best visit to Bistro Menil : /

JH
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food & ambience.
At lunch time the light from the large windows is so refreshing. A first class restaurant without exhorbitant prices.

KS
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Not a good menu for vegetarians....only veggie starters. Lovely setting and good service.

l
Houston
69 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Consistently good. Great place for lunch or dinner.

r
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food delivered in a very artful manner. Bistrot Menil reflects The Menil Collection.

F
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Chicken and artichoke crepes were divine. Only problem was the noise level.

MM
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints. Wonderful eggplant fries and crab cakes!