La Villa - French Riviera Food

4.5
140 reviews
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An ambitious cuisine, a remarkable service, warm and elegant atmosphere, you are without a doubt at «La Villa»! Kevin d’Andréa, highly skilled French chef, will sublimate your expectations thanks to sophisticated dishes and astonishing food design during a tasty adventure at La Villa. The menu changes as the seasons do to ensure the highest quality of produce. All products are carefully handpicked by chef and locally sourced whenever possible. Our team will do anything they can to provide you with a delightful experience, combining tradition and modernism to make each dish an explosion of flavors you won’t forget anytime soon. La Villa is the place where good food isn’t an option. You’ll be back!
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Sun 5:00PM - 6:15PM
Tue - Thu 5:00PM - 6:15PM

What 140 People Are Saying
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Houston
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were amazing, I didn’t get why there was a DJ though

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Austin
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic meal with great service. Sitting outside, the street noise was quite loud.

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Houston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food from appetizers to dessert.

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FF
Houston
44 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time to visit La Villa for Brunch. Had excellent service and the food was fantastic. Craft drinks were spot on. I would recommend La Villa to anyone.

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IP
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Been same place about a year ago and had better French feeling then. Food have changed and it is good but somehow old food I liked better.

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1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Un chef adorable, des plats délicieux et un service très agréable! Nous reviendrons avec grand plaisir

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Houston
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing!

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JL
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I just returned from a trip to Paris and Nice which is the Riviera. Food there of course is fabulous, this chef definitely meets the standard and surpasses. His risotto was remarkably creamy and the truffles made it even more special. Grilled octopus tender and delicious, and the lemon tart was dreamy.
Definitely will return and highly recommend this lovely place with exquisite food, ambiance, and service. C’est si bon!!!!!

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JW
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Quite unusual cuisine and very good. Perhaps a bit pricey. Very noisy but outside seating available, if the indoor noise is an issue.

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L
Miami
87 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Terrific food and great wine list. Loved the fresh oysters and truffle butter. Tri-tip sensational as was the octopus. Great new restaurant.

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RF
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alex took very good care of us. Food and atmosphere were quite good. We will be back!!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband met the owner and grew up where he is from. We loved our experience and the ambiance.

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Houston
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We went for Mother’s Day brunch. The pastries, truffled eggs and tomato carpaccio were perfectly delicious. The servers brought everything at once, a bit much for what should have been a leisurely experience. Otherwise it was great!

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j
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great for brunch. It was a family everyday dine and we were thrilled!

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Houston
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner, the best Oysters and Chef in Houston, He knows the best about cooking and how to communicate his passion, I highly recommend this restaurant if you are looking for a true and french mediteraneen experience.

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a
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Outstanding little gem of a place .

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FD
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Coming back soon.

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JH
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a wonderful restaurant. The noise level is perfect, not to loud but not super quiet. The ambiance in the restaurant is very tastefully done. The cocktails, especially the French Lavender, are delicious and refreshing. We had three starters, the oysters, white asparagus and the sea bass civche. All were deliciously prepared. The chef's specialty is truffle, so if you like truffle go here! The truffle is subtle and not overwhelming. My table had the duck, truffle risotto and the sea bass for entrees. All were delicious and perfectly proportioned. We will definitely be back.

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Houston
14 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

A promising start rapidly became disappointing. Confused, slow service and overpriced mediocre food means we will not return.

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NT
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

We went to La Villa for lunch before going to the Van Gogh exhibit at HMFA. The atmosphere is lovely and the service was attentive, but the food was such a disappointment. Ordered a half dozen oysters on the half-shell but we could not finish them because they were so briny. Seriously, you're in Houston; serve Texas Gulf Oysters which are arguably the best oysters in the world. The shredded pork on the sandwich which our waiter was proud to say had been cooked for 7 hours was cooked a good 5 hours too long. The taste and texture was closer to shredded pulpwood. Thank goodness for the sandwich bread, which was delightful and flavorful and saved our dismal meal, but who really wants just bread for lunch?
Nice place to go for a glass of wine before moving on for your meal.
Perhaps the dinner experience is better than that of lunch. Sadly, we won't be back to find out.

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T
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super nice place. Please keep it that way.

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RS
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Excellent food and atmosphere but the service is really poor and unacceptable for that restaurant. It’s a shame due to the level of the chef.

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s
Houston
35 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

6:30 reservation, they sat us upstairs in an empty room which has a door leading to an outdoor space, way too many mosquitoes flying around my head, so first impression wasn’t great. The salad starter with “giant prawns” was 4 baby shrimp that tasted like frozen from a bag; the sea bass main dish was low quality fish, over cooked and not at all tasty. We also had chicken main which was nothing special, the veggies it came with were soggy, again tasted like they came from a frozen bag.

I wanted to like this restaurant, it’s cute and nice location but if I want good French food I’m afraid this place won’t do at all. I’d be surprised if others return as well. Disappointed:-(

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Z
Houston
62 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I enjoyed an excellent risotto and glass of wine. The lemon tart was fabulous!

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JC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very amazing experience for mom’s birthday, thank you for all the preparation.
Food’s quality is flawless, outstanding taste.
Warmly hospitality, and gorgeous environment.

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DP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Terrific experience and dinner.

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TJ
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Most enjoyable. The scrambled eggs with truffles were amazing, the lamb was tender and flavorful, the mashed potates were the perfect blend of whip and creamy texture with potato taste that was nor masked, perhaps a touch of too much butter. The desert was not to be imagined as to how good it was!

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Houston
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

More than awesome!

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VN
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice ambiance. Ok food. Nothing special. Service was great but overall, the restaurant is over priced for the food. No wow factor and should be at this price range.

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A
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Villa is a five-star experience, and it is fast becoming our restaurant of choice. We have been three times--though not yet for brunch--to find it superior in a city fast becoming known for its restaurants.

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DD
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second dinner here with friends and I found it hard to believe that the experience could get better than our first visit since that was a 5-star. This go ‘round: Sea bass, gnocchi, and beurre blanc sauce were de-vine! We’ll definitely be back!

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MB
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was very good, the only complain I have is that there was cilantro added to most of the entrees without being mentioned on the menu. This is a taste I cannot stand as does a certain percentage of the population. Food was well prepared and tasty although on the under-seasoned side which is OK. The desert (lemon tart) was excellent. The entire staff was very welcoming and friendly and our waiter was very helpful and patient at explaining the menu.

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JE
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Carlos was very helpful and courteous and efficient. The food was good and the atmosphere was conducive to enjoying the dinner and company.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is an absolute gem. It just opened open about three months ago. Heard about it from a foodie friend. All three courses we ate were superb. My only hesitation with leaving this review is that once everybody finds out about this place it’sit’s going to be impossible to get a table :-) Fantastic food and service.

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MN
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a terrific time at La Villa! It was our Anniversary and truly the evening was great on all levels. We love the decor and the ambiance is very cool! Our food was delicious, and presented beautifully. I wanted everything on the menu but it will give us the chance to go back. We enjoyed meeting Chef Kevin. The staff and management are very engaging as well. This was our 2nd time here and feel this is a truly a little hidden gem! The upstairs is great and will recommend for a Business Group Happy Hour!

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A
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

There’s seems to preferential treatment of tables. I’ve been there two times and it’s very obvious as your the table next to you gets better treatment from Management/chef while they look at you and walk away.. very strange.

Food can be better.. Ambiance is good Waiters are attentive. Management should be aware of who’s is there and provide uniform treatment so you can ensure new clients feel welcome enough for them want to come back.

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m
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first experience at La Villa. Everyone and everything was outstanding. The food was memorable. We will certainly go back. Be advised that the listing was as $$, but perhaps should have been $$$.

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LA
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went here for my anniversary. I was extremely impressed. The food was outstanding, the service excellent and I liked the atmosphere..elegant but not pretentious. The chef came to our table to talk and when he found out it was our anniversary went in the kitchen and created a dessert just for us. Our waiter was knowledgeable and obviously proud of the restaurant. I rarely write reviews..but I had such a good experience. I have a new favorite restaurant

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F
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OUTSTANDING experience in every way!!! Closest to a Michelin restaurant you can get to in Houston. We ordered the white asparagus, angnolotti pasta, black truffle risotto with scallop, the duck and two desserts - vacherin and eclair. Each preparation were extraordinary.

Luis, our server was fabulous in every way. His recommendations were spot on. Both he and Alex (bartender?) were super attentive. We highly recommend this restaurant.

LOVED IT!!!!

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, decor and delicious food! Service was excellent!

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