Top off your Café Rabelais French feast with an unforgettable dessert, like the mixed nut and chocolate silk pie “fondant au chocolate sur croute de noix” or the fruity “sorbet du jour” and wash it down with a fresh, hot espresso.
w/ Onion, Lettuce, Tomato, Mustard, Melted Swiss
Smoked Salmon Sandwich
w/ Lettuce, Tomato, Hard Boiled Egg & Gribiche
Pommery Pop, Champagne Sec
Served out of a 187ml bottle
We have missed our French restaurant.
As usual, the food was awesome and the service was superb. The wine was perfectly paired with the food. And the wine dinner is an excellent value.
Consistently great place for many years - steak was cooked medium rare to perfection
Love the food
Excellent food and wine. Absolutely fresh. Their mussels were the best.
Just live this place, makes me feel like I'm back home. Food is great and for all budget. You can get a great sandwich and French fries under 10$ or amazing lamb if you have a bigger budget. Service is also amazing!
Went for restaurant week and everything was amazing! Will definitely be back
Long time fav kitchen. Adding 4 stars this time as it seemed a bit off this visit.
I did enjoy the fish on HRW menu.
Fresh bread was very nice.
Don't get too excited about the HRW wine list, some recently printed options are sold out.
We went to Cafe Rabelais for Houston Restaurant Weeks. I am not sure why, but I selected the filet mignon for my entree as did my husband. I was expecting a nice steak with a very good sauce. That filet was one of the best I had ever had. Comparable to the best steak houses in Houston. It was tender with astonishing flavor and cooked exactly as I had requested - rare. My husband had the same comments that I did. We sat there throughout dinner marveling at the quality of the meat. The rest of the meal was also excellent, as was the service, but the steak was the star of the show. We would highly recommend Cafe Rabelais with the filet entree for Restaurant Weeks, although I am sure you would not be disappointed with anything on the menu. They are also conscientious about sanitizing, the tables are spaced far apart, and there is an option for outdoor dining.
Fabulous food as always!
The food was excellent, particularly the fish and the abbreviated wine list offers enough choice to satisfy any preferences. We were concerned that, with limited space, the restaurant might not be able to operate effectively in the current environment. No problem, the staff have done a great job in respecting the Covid-19 protocols and making customers feel safe. This restaurant is a village jewel.
Fantastic little French restaurant in Rice Village. Had the smoked salmon sandwich - delicious! Glad they’re open!
They went above and beyond per usual. The food and service are always great!
The food at Cafe Rabelais was delicious and generous and the service prompt, professional, and friendly.
I appreciate the C-19 circumstances, but we looked at a very limited menu selection (6 entrees...). With a Friday night 7:30 reservation we were slowly told (waiter returned twice...) over a bottle of wine and a starter that they ran out of our desired main courses (with only 3 and more expensive entrees remaining which were a bad choice. By that time we could not leave really... For a Friday night very, very poor planning...I would say to Chef and Management: take a course in restaurant logistics and prepare better if you like to keep customers...we were regulars....
Cozy in a good way...taking into account appropriate social distancing requirements. Great menu selection - appetizers, entrees and desserts. Relaxing environment with great waitstaff that didn’t rush the evening. A great place
Service is outstanding. The food was so delicious. Grouper with beurre blanc sauce should stay on the menu forever. It was unbelievably delicious!
It's great to be able to go back to this wonderful neighborhood favorite!
Glad Cafe Rabelais is back. Great food (we had the snapper w salad), attentive service, excellent wine recommendations.
A wonderful evening! The food and service are excellent. One of our favorite restaurants!
Even though living in The Woodlands, making an occasional trip to Houston to have dinner with friends at Cafe Rabelais is surely a treat for all of us. The food is always superb and we enjoy the wines, salads and entree's with enthusiasm. The bread of course is a must and don't hesitate to ask for more butter. LOL The service always the best and having a nice table for four in front simply reminds us of a great French bistro with tasty foods and flavors unmatched. Be patient when dining and enjoy the wine of course as the table sizes are intimate, even in the current world of social distancing and further apart now. We simply had a great time and enjoyed the rack of lamb and Cornish game hens preceded my a big salad of fresh greens, pear (or was it apple) and tasty creamy blue cheese. We also requested Champagne vinaigrette which is a house specialty to use on the salad as well. Go for it when in Houston.
It’s back and has not lost a step. Outstanding in every way.
Imagine finding a small, immaculate bistro with fantastic food, helpful and attentive staff and the best wines in town. And having the place almost to yourselves! That was our experience this week at the low-capacity Cafe Rabelais. That a different ambiance than usual, quite the pleasant change. But they're open, food remains superb and the staff hasn't missed a beat. Highly recommended.
Bibb & Gorgonzola salad followed by Mussels and frites, accompanied by a few bottles of Sancerre topped off by a cheese plate and profiteroles with two glasses of Sauternes. Great service, while a bit pricy for lunch, it was all very well prepared and worth every penny.
Had a delicious dinner last weekend. I had mussels and they were wonderful! We split the onion torte appetizer and really enjoyed it. I had not been here in a while but will be back soon.
Aery nice menu with plenty of choices. Great restaurant for a weeknight meal.
This establishment is a hidden gem in Rice Village. The menu changes (at least somewhat) daily but there is always a good selection. The wines by the glass are a little pricey but excellent. The service is attentive but not oppressive, and the bread is some of the best in town. I don’t know what I might be missing elsewhere by returning here so often, but as long as the quality stays so even I’ll keep coming back.
We have not been to this restaurant for many years. Thought it would be a nice, quiet evening to celebrate our 36th wedding anniversary. It was even better than expected. The wait staff was highly attentive, the food was perfect and the prices were excellent. We will return soon.
Very cool bistro in Rice Village - it feels like you're in Paris.
We always visit Cafe Rabelais when visiting Houston. The food, service and atmosphere are excellent. We have never been disappointed.
Food is always delicious, as is the bread basket. Our waitress never came to refill my iced tea, even though she was by our table enough to look
My favorite restaurant. I took my daughter for her birthday.
Great place to go
Great wine list. Small, quiet and the food is very good.
Wonderful food. Restaurant is small and very crowded as well as noisy.
Never again. Ordered a $147 bottle of wine. Took them 15 minutes and they brought the wrong bottle. Then placed on our table unopened for 20 minutes. Left never to return again. Beyond terrible service. So many other great places in Houston with great food and service. Masraffs, Damians, 60 Vines, Roma, Eunice.
As always, my experience at Cafe Rabelais was wonderful. A new “try” was the Boudin starter. FANTASTIC.
Cafe Rabelais is rated 4.7 stars by 286 OpenTable diners.
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.