La Villa - French Riviera Food

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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 199 People Are Saying
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Palm Springs
15 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good as expected.

G
Houston
26 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Cheese and charcuterie plate was enough to share for 4 people. It reminded me of ones I have eaten in France. Spouse thought the creamed polenta was the best he ever ate.

SS
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome birthday lunch for my friend.
Food was fabulous, service above and beyond. Perfect for a celebration or just lunch.

k
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Villa is one of the best dining experiences in Houston. The chef is creative, the staff friendly and accomodating, and the ambience is relaxed but elegant. The watermelon/strawberry gazpacho on the Summer menu is nothing short of a genius concoction. It's an explosion of flavor in every bite. I get it every time we go and dream about it until the next time. I'm hoping for the fall/winter menu that the Butternut Squash soup makes a come back, too. The Scallop/Risotto dish is heavenly as well as the Octopus. We've only had one disappointment here (the chicken) and it isn't that it was bad, it's just the accompanying braised cabbage isn't our thing. Having said that, the menu is diverse enough that there is always something new to try which is always fun. We love La Villa!

c
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place! My husband and I have been here 3 times (brunch, dinner, and happy hour at the bar), and the food and service are always excellent! We brought friends for brunch, and they loved it as well. Definitely coming back here!

VG
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is intimate, clean and chic! Came here with a friend for brunch, the server had recommendations ready and the champagne he offered was tasty. The menu is reasonably priced and all the food was great! Cheese plate is well rounded and the brunch menu is also. Will definitely dine again!

CM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Beautiful ingredients which are obviously sourced with great care. Cool interiors but noise level was high. Well selected wine list that is probably 20% over priced.

W
Houston
25 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Avoid the "roasted chicken club". They used Dark chicken meat which was filled with gristle and skin. Yes, there was actual chicken skin attached to the meat. Disgusting 😠.

LR
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cute place. Good food and good service!

CI
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Villa was able to accommodate our party of 8 and provided the environment for a great family brunch. Food was great, service was awesome.

IL
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great date night restaurant. Private, yet lively. Food is delicious. Will definitely be back.

S
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The place reminds one of Provence and the Riviera my biggest complaint is the very loud noisy ambience which makes it hard to hear the waitress or the fellow diners at your table. The wine menu is of southern France and is particularly well picked. The gazpacho was excellent and so were the frogs legs the duck breast tasted great but it was difficult to cut. Desserts were delectable and service with our waitress Bronte was excellent. Definitely a place to return to. Hopefully they can tone down the noise level.

J
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the real deal...a real French restaurant. I had the charcuterie and duck, both were excellent. Very nice wine list that is fairly priced... we had a very good Chateau Neuf de Pape. Our server, Ariel, was outstanding.

MC
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It is too bad there is no valet parking at lunchtime especially with BB Lemon next door. More people would come if you have valet at lunchtime.

La Villa - French Riviera Food
Responded on August 16, 2019

Hi Mary, The BB Lemon Valet is also the La Villa Valet.. You can use it lunch, brunch and dinner. Regards

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was good, dining room is loud. Unfortunately there were multiple issues with our bill. 1. The bartender asked my husband if he wanted the large block of ice in his scotch so my husband said “yes”. The bartender did not inform us that it would result in an upcharge. That piece of ice was an extra $2.50 on our bill. 2. We were asked if we wanted sparkling or still water. We said “still”. We were served 2 ice waters in glasses so assumed still water meant tap water. Then a charge for Evian appeared on the bill. There was no Evian bottle in sight. 3. We made it clear that we were there for the HRW menu and ordered an appetizer that was one of the HRW options because we needed some food right away. Then we ordered the rest of our food off the HRW menu. They charged us the full appetizer price on top of the HRW price. I get it - you’re supposed to place your complete HRW meal at once so technically we ordered 2 of the same appetizer. But they never brought the 2nd one and tried to double charge us. Will not be returning.

CS
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

HRW menu was well worth it, but I'll be back for the laid back French vibe and excellent service. Slightly noisy, but good energy. Small, focused french wine list and lots of seafood on the menu.

O
Houston
56 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Continues to be a great find in our neighborhood. Noise levels when it is busy are at the top of the scale.

B
Palm Springs
16 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

Terrible service! All bad...no host walking in...then Timothy helped. Server lost didn’t know how to be pleasant . Ham in the omelette seemed to be lunch meat. I’ve been a regular, now I don’t think so.

W
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

The food was not u to par for a French restaurant and the Value was substandard . the noice level was so great that we did not enjoy our evening . Will not be going back even for the regular menu.

OT
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We are old so we eat at 5:30 to avoid noise. When entering the restaurant the loud techno pop was reminiscent Paris in the 70 s , crap music not suited to fine dining at this hour where early diners tend to be old, want to get in and get out, and are likely repeat diners, not special occasion diners. The manager turned down the volume which allowed us to enjoy the nuanced food served here. If the crowd that comes in after 7 likes to scream at each other they can have it.

F
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food and presentation . Pleasing atmosphere but the quality of the meal feels more important than the ambiance its delivered in.

f
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Modern, elegant ambiance with bright, light, openness. Friendly service and creative menu options. For lunch, hubby and I really enjoyed the shredded lamb sandwich w/ tzatziki sauce. If you love beef try the steak frite- the generous side of fries are the best! For dessert, we absolutely loved the rich and flavorful Riz au Lait w/ salted caramel, hazelnuts and pistachios (think fanciest rice pudding EVER)!!! We drove a ways to get here, but would definitely return when we get a chance.

d
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food as good as any that I have had in Paris!

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Everything was great, but our server interrupted us a few too many times.

NN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was piping hot and fresh, surprisingly it was delivered fast! Service was slow with refills and bread/butter.

a
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Good wine list. Reasonably priced. Well be back for sure.

O
Houston
57 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food great decor in restaurant. Had a great evening

OT
Houston
106 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It's a nice little restaurant close to where I live with good food and good atmosphere.

l
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a charming restaurant. Our group enjoyed our lunch very much. The service was attentive and we did not get rushed out.

MC
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was very much improved from my brunch a month ago. The food is delicious (gazpacho out of this world) but the china bowl the prawn and arugula salad was served in was ridiculous!
Very difficult to enjoy while worrying it would tip over in my lap!!

CR
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Restaurant is very noisy and waitstaff seems untrained (have difficulty to serve correctly or set table). Food is excellent, which makes it worth try again.

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The portions were small but good.

CM
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply AWESOME!

JJ
Houston
45 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

A bit of hit or miss in this place. Went there for brunch - they had an excellent pizza appetizer with truffles, a so so pastry basket, a downright bizarre Niçoise salad and a classic but well done roasted chicken.

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Puerto Vallarta
9 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great surprise we’ve been to many restaurants not only in that spot but around town and this place totally gets it! If you’re looking for great food that’s a nice change for Houston this is it. We will definitely be back.

GH
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It was awful...as many mosquitos in as out. Drinks were even awful.

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

Celebrating a cancer-free diagnosis with reunion of former co-workers!! Great food and service!

s
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The food was very disappointing. The duck was tough and gamy. The best part of the salad was the prawn on top. The ceviche was average.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch!

j
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

La Villa is a wonderful restaurant serving excellent country french. Make sure you have the occotpus! It is wonderful starter. If you are a group share the charcuittiere--there is plenty for all! The scallops are fantastic as well as the catch of the day. The on let down was the weak espresso, but since it was served with sugar cubes i will give it a pass!

Great Houston restaurant. Comfortable and relaxing.....ENJOY~

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