Bistro Menil

4.6
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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 645 People Are Saying
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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Excellent location and no wait. Service was fantastic!

OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service1ambience5

The foods were absolutely delicious.
Only one complain was our waiter wasn’t well service.

M
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice restaurant. Minimalist style with friendly service and good food.

j
New Mexico
22 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

We liked being able to choose just the right type and quantity of wine from the cask menu. More restaurants should offer that. The 12-hour cooked short ribs were amazing, and the choice of sides included with all entrees was really a nice feature. The restaurant can be quite noisy when crowded, but this Sunday night it was pretty quiet. What a pleasure!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Unfortunately the restaurant uses soy based oil which precludes those who has soy allergies.

j
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Delicious high tea, however for the price I would expect our hot water to be checked more consistently

SG
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ladies for lunch

JS
New Mexico
10 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This is a very nice place that has done wonders by responding to the complaints about the extreme noise level when it was new, It is, however, too expensive. $106 for my sister and me, crab salad and lamb chops.

KD
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Classic ladies lunch spot. Menu tends to light, flavorful items, and the setting is cosmopolitan.

OT
Montreal
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I took my friend for high tea as I had a gift certificate that I received for my birthday and I shared it with my friend for her birthday. Together we thoroughly enjoyed the tea selections which were unique, as well as the finger sandwiches and desserts. My only critique would be that the desserts were a little bit large and I would’ve preferred the tea to be a little heavier on the savory side. The ambience was OK unfortunately there was a table Next to us with tons of kids but they left soon enough. Wish Houston had more adults only places.

AC
Houston
25 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great place for brunch. There is great variety and choice. Food wonderful.

JD
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed a peaceful, delicious and healthy lunch. Service was great and we were not rushed as we were visiting and catching up with one another. Plan on returning soon.

f
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We eat here regularly. It's our go-to restaurant. My only tiny complaint this visit was that the appetizer was brought at the same time as the meal...so a mix up somewhere. But the food was AWESOME - as always! We just love everything about the restaurant, how it looks, where it is, the food, the service. We will be back soon I'm sure!

DM
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

So good that we went TWICE in 10 days! Nice atmosphere for a friendly dinner and conversation which you can't have at many restaurants in Houston because they are too noisy and the music is too loud. Not the same here! You can hear the people cross the table from you and enjoy their company!!!

W
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Teeny tiny portions of food. I suppose that’s the art part though, right?

OT
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Ridiculously overpriced convenient location but ultimately not satisfactory

C
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

m
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DM
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall3food4service3ambience4

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
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

F
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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

DP
Houston
30 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MC
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

KS
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place to go for lunch before museums or ballet.

PC
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

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
Overall4food2service5ambience4

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

h
Houston
58 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect neighborhood joint. Love the quiet on Sunday nights!

R
Houston
28 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

P
Houston
72 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food4service4ambience4

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
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Thought our table would be in a less trafficked area

JA
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!