Bistro Menil

4.7
855 Reviews
$30 and under
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

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vipBetsyB
Houston
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time back in a restaurant in almost a year. Great food, great service, good attention to guest safety. Loved it.

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GabJ
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food5service1ambience2

My girlfriends and I dined there last night. We has reservations and we were told we could choose any table we wanted to sit at inside or outside. When we asked to be placed at a double table outside with 5 chairs, the host immediately told us no. So we sat down at a single table. We then waited for 45 minutes before being acknowledged by our waiter. He brushed off the wait like we were only there for 10 minutes. I should have walked out at that point, but we stayed. We ordered our drinks and apps. When the food came out, the server realized there was no room on the table to actually set the food down and so we had to switch tables to the larger one we requested in the first place! Ordering our main course and dessert also took time as the waiter wasn’t attentive. The food was amazing, but the service was awful! We waited about 30 minutes for the bill to arrive once dessert was finished. The restaurant wasn’t busy last night, so I don’t understand why the service was so poor. We arrived at 6 and didn’t leave till 9:15!!!!

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goodvits
Houston
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service5ambience3

This was our fourth or fifth dinner there, the previous ones having been excellent. Obviously COVID has taken its toll, but the entree menu was incredibly thin and one item was already sold out by 730 PM on a Saturday. Appetizers ok and served warm. One entree was OK. Second was served cold and a special side (cost more) also served cold. Both had to be reheated and were discounted from bill, but we were disappointed that the previous attention to the food was absent. Our server did her very best to make things right (and we acknowledged that in our tip), but we used to think of the Bistro as "Old Reliable" when it comes to a good dining experience. With so many other good restaurants in Houston, I don't think I'll ever return after this last evening.

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vipRick
Houston
20 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful setting, menu, service and quality. Bistro Menil never fails to impress.

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CandiceF
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was superb and the service attentive. One in our party is vegetarian and she was impressed with the food she ordered. The offer large portions and the wine list is phenomenal. We will go back again soon.

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vipCheers1
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

This restaurant tries very hard and for the most part, pulls off a nice, flavorful menu. Service is attentive, pace is good, menu interesting. Felt odd on this day due to emptiness and lack of certain amenities due to strict adherance to COVID protocol. And, air system had some issue... so open windows and doors.

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eljames27
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was very rewarding . The food, drinks were top rate . The service very courteous and helpful . The other customers were well dressed and conversations were at the right tone . Overa;; very good. Will be back and recommend to others

JB
JB1025
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place had a great Valentines Day menu and they were open on Sunday. They were very flexible with our scheduling. The food was a 3 course meal for 2 and the price was reasonable (+$230 w/tip included w/out wine or alcohol). Definitely plan to go back.

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TroyG
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Special was fantastic. Great wines, great food, great service.
Chef Greg Martin is on top of his game. It is a must in Houston.

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Goodfood
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had excellent service and delicious food and wine. Wonderful experience. I will definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Enjoyed sitting outside on the patio. Perfect weather to split a Caesar salad and pizza.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing GF cake - great service and food as always!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The patatas bravas and eggplant fries with truffle butter were delicious! Lovely experience! Would highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and great service. One of Houston’s hidden treasures.

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DanielT
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and atmosphere!! Eat here as often as possible!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a great, relaxing time here. Staff is always excellent and friendly and the food is fantastic. Love the setting (we always eat outdoors) and the museums and outdoor areas nearby. One of our simple faves

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evansmme
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and Great Service! Always the same ...

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vip7nights
Houston
87 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Consistently good Best crab salad in town

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DonaldH
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Charming and perfect

Food was great and the atmosphere nice.

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Trav3l3r
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Weather was glorious; therefore we asked to be seated outdoors at spaced tables. We preferred a slow paced lunch that was respected. Food was attractive and excellent. Bistro Menil is a favorite to which I’ll return.

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vipMilton
Houston
112 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have been talking about visiting Bistro Menil for over a year and finally made a reservation. On Saturday night, we had a very good experience. The service was friendly and efficient, the Chef came by and had a nice conversation. The menu is not huge but offered enough choices to make all of us happy. We shared deserts and they were all very good. We will definitely come back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wait staff was very gracious and helpful. Beautiful setting.

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Anne
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor patio dining area with heaters if needed. Very quiet and relaxing atmosphere. Always great food and service. We had the crab cakes and brisket. So good!

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, the crab cakes are delicious

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vipAurelienN
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Autant ce 1er dejeuner sur la petite terrasse sympathique du bistrot m’avait donné envie de revenir, autant dîner en intérieur dans cette grande salle vide ... ne m’a pas plus motivé que cela.

Le bistrot est pour moi plutôt un lieu convivial pour dejeuner hors de Downtown ou prendre un verre après une exposition : les plats sont bons, l’ambiance est calme et sereine sous les arbres, la musique agréable.

Le soir, ce n’est pas du tout la même poésie ...

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vipOldtimer
Houston
71 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always a great experience

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JamieD
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Convenient, private parking. Dining reservation honored quickly. Very pleasant view and spacious seating in an area between the "main" restaurant and the open patio. Relaxed service (we were in no hurry). Excellent menu. Nicely served wine. I especially liked the eggplant fries and asparagus crepes. I received a fabulous, complementary lemon tart because I mentioned that my chicken crepes were warm rather than hot. Very good cappuccino.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. Good food, good wine, and good service

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vipBellaB
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food, atmosphere, and safety was on point! Will keep coming!

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Aline
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We asked for a table outside even though the rain was starting and stopping. Our lunch was delicious. We did ask for the outside music to be turned down a bit and our waiter, who was very attentive quickly obliged. Our lunch was the perfect way to celebrate Christmas with friends safely. Thank you, Bistro Menil. You never disappoint.

Aline Wilson

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DeeGee
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We were visiting from out of town. I wanted to experience a neighborhood gem and Bistro Menil delivered! The Octopus was delish! As a matter of fact, so was everything else we ordered. I would highly recommend this quaint little spot. A nice change from the normal dining experience.

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Shirls
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic place in every possible way. Love it. Was pleased to see the social distancing and staff masks implemented. Food is always exceptional and the staff and owner attention is a plus. Atmosphere has a nice, relaxing local feel. The premises are spotless, great location and value. I highly recommend for people to try it. Enjoy.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and ambiance!

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vipBrandonF
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Terrible service mediocre food.

Brunch with no espresso machine. Waiter said “ we didn’t turn it ok today”

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vipBellaB
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gem of a place! Perfect for brunch or a lunch date. This was an impromptu visit and our first time. The food was amazing and the ambiance, pleasant and unpretentious. We sat outside in view of the Menil gardens and campus. We had cocktails which were delightful. The crab and avocado salad was amazing (that dressing was genius!). Beef shortrib paired with perfect ratatouille warmed the belly and the heart, like Mom’s home cooking! Will come back and do recommend to anyone. Can’t go wrong here!

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CLGG
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good social distancing. Fewer tables mean quieter atmosphere in this usually too noisy dining room. Very courteous and attentive wait staff. Good food.

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viptexaslady88
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience5

The wait staff needs to be more attentive. It seems as it they are not working as a team . Requests for ice and sweetener produced no results and I had to go to the bar myself. This was in contrast to the food which was very tasty, well proportioned and attractively plated. Lovely location.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was only my second time to have lunch at Bistro Menil and it was just as good as I remembered! The Lemon-Thyme Chicken was perfect...crispy skin, moist meat. Lovely, serene surroundings and great service. All of the staff are friendly and courteous and very safe with mask wearing and service. I hope to try dinner on my next visit here.

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PamelaS
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Outdoor tables are placed to make you comfortable. Very, very pleasant all round.

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whd1
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Great outdoors socially distanced tables added!!

FAQs

Bistro Menil offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (713) 904-3537.

Bistro Menil is rated 4.7 stars by 855 OpenTable diners.

Bistro Menil does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://swipeit.com/product/835/bistro-menil.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.