Cafe Rabelais

4.8
329 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
Houston’s Café Rabelais serves sumptuous French cuisine in its classic, European-inspired eatery. Fantastic starter options include the mouth-watering smoked salmon plate, the white bean and vegetable soup, as well as a variety of decadent cheese plates. Café Rabelais’s specialty dinner entrées include the seared duck breast with Szechuan demi-glace, the seared snapper in rich beurre blanc, the vegetarian orzo pasta with purple cauliflower and feta cheese and the red wine marinated ribeye with eggplant.

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.
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Galleriadiner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant never disappoints. Excellent all around.

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Judsongirl81
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

First, I have to say that we love this restaurant. We have been coming here for years. I’m not sure if it was because of the recent freeze or if there have been some changes that we were not aware of, but they seem to be having an off night.

Since we were celebrating our anniversary, this was a bit disappointing. The food was at best so so, the service was less than that. My husband and I agreed that, if this were the first time we had been there, we would not rush back.

I really really hope that they get their game back together. Because this is one of the best restaurants in Houston, one that makes you think that you’re in Paris.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food, as usual. The mussels were especially good this time. Quiet. Tables spaced well apart in accordance with Covid rules. Enjoyed our visit!

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JaneB
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and atmosphere!! I would definitely recommend. Semi casual dress as you like is also a good feature.

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JiminHouston
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always superlative if a bit pricey, Café Rabelais did not disappoint for our Valentine's celebration. Great and creative menu and a wine list that )I think) rivals any in town for quality and selection.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience as usual! This is a prefect size restaurant with all the elements for a top notch dining experience at a fair value.

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vipbucky
Pittsburgh
27 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always great. The mussels in the broth are the best anywhere. It is a meal in itself. The wine list is great with e excellent choices at an affordable price. The food options are varied and great.
I highly recommend the restaurant

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KristinH
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A unique and charming little spot with impeccable service and equally impeccable food.

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vipAndyR
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

When we lived inside the Loop, my wife and I would eat here at least once a month. Our favorite French bistro in Houston. Moved out of town. Had friends visiting from out of town, and Cafe Rabelais didn’t disappoint us.

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OpenTable Diner
Mobile
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. The mussels were especially tasty.

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vipMichel
Houston
52 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

a sure value. We always love to dine there. Very constant in quality

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Mark
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was our first visit, but it's on our go-to list of Houston restaurants now. Small place, somewhat cramped inside, but that's part of the charm - it reminds me of many of the bistros in France I've been to. The menu is somewhat pared down, I believe, due to COVID, but that's to be expected. The pâté en croûte (liver pâté wrapped in a pie crust) was the best I've had outside France. We had the bœuf bourguignon and the rack of lamb, both of which were excellent. The crème brulee was very good, baked in a pie crust which is unusual in my experience. Prices were roughly what I would expect for a restaurant of this caliber.

The wine list was a small subset of the list on the Web site, but offered good selections at a wide range of prices. The 2014 Domaine Mourchon Côtes-du-Rhône-Village Seguret Grande Reserve was excellent at $58.

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MichaelD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Excellent French inspired food, good menu selection, the mussels are sensational, the lamb really very good, and a really good selection of wines. With limited waiters, service can be a little slow, but the food is worth the wait.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On my very short list of favorite restaurants in Houston. So pleased that reservations are now available because of COVID! Food and service and ambiance are always perfection!

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Kris
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great French food and ambience. Highly recommended

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vipNatalie
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food is outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience4

Great food, but would not go back because of the price. The menu is pretty small as well.

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Patri
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience3

Food experience was a disaster, however customer service was very attentive and pleasant.

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vipTasha
San Antonio
22 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect, delicious dinner!

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vipLoves2travel
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we eat at Cafe Rabelais, we are so pleased. The food and service are excellent. We love the atmosphere too. It is one of our favorite restaurants in Houston.

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vipThptrek
Houston
74 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great classic French food done very well. Great service and a homey bistro feel.

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vipJamesK
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place. Excellent food. Excellent wine list. Highly recommend!

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CAnn
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even though it is on the sidewalk bordering the parking lot, it was extremely nice sitting outside, comfortable with heater on. Well distanced from other diners. Great food.

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vipRezaM
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just perfect!

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Marie
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I dined at Cafe Rabelais for New Year's Eve. The ambiance was excellent, the service was outstanding, and the food was delicious. This is one of our go to places.

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vipPatM
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve - early dinner, and was perfect!

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Jemm
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the perfect Christmas Eve dinner!

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travel1
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve

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vipJohnM
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food at a neighborhood gem.

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SuzanneM
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with my son who was home for the holiday.

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sarahr
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistent !

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MaryP
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Champagne dinner!! Was a fabulous experience! Great bubbles selection and great food pairing!!!

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StephenW
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

"I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The Escargot was amazing and the smoke salmon appetizer was great. . We loved the Filet steak. Chateau Franc was outstanding Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable."

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This lovely French bistro has become one of my favorite restaurants in Houston. The food, drink and ambiance is great. The wait staff is committed and thoughtful. It has good outdoor dining during COVID.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was served cold and had to be returned for re-heating. Mashed potatoes returned cold.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for our 25th anniversary and it was a wonderful dining experience; excellent service and food and we loved the atmosphere. Highly recommend! We will be back!

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vipmurphmeister
Houston
69 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

amazing escargot. we asked for a second order they were so good. perfect amount of garlic sweetness and very tender. not tough or chewy at all. can't wait to go get more.

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Sandy
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh delicious perfect

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SuzanneM
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had mussels and my friend had the steak and frites. Both were perfectly prepared and the service was excellent. We sat outside on the patio and it was very pleasant. Extensive wine list and fairly good value.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The mussel is excellent, especially the sauce

FAQs

Cafe Rabelais is rated 4.8 stars by 329 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.