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L'Olivier Houston

4.1
338 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French
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L'Olivier Restaurant & Bar is a Modern French and American Bistro nestled in the eclectic mix of the Lower Westheimer/Montrose neighborhood and has fit into this scene by standing out. L'Olivier's patio is casual and playful, the bar elegant and refined, the dining room sumptuous yet modern.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary French, European
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Hours of operation

Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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(713) 360-6313
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Olivier Ciesielski
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Mason
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Parking details
Complimentary Valet with some street parking available
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

L'Olivier Restaurant & Bar is the ideal venue to host a private event. From parties of 2 to 115, we are ready to host your private lunch or dinner, as well as social functions or casual gatherings.

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What 338 People Are Saying
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4.1  based on recent ratings
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3.9
service
4.1
ambience
3.9
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Noise · Quiet
75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SteveR 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Came in for a dinner with friends after very hearing positive recommendation. The meal was excellent! We tried the appetizers, specials of the evening, deserts, several wines and specialty drinks. Olivier was very attentive and provided excellent recommendations. We truly felt like we were treated like guests and were well taken care of. We will definitely be back.

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vipmaudelebowski (Houston)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

This restaurant with its wonderful chef is the best restaurant in Houston by far. It is an unassuming restaurant that offers a great culinary experience. Though in some ways it seems humble, the food and chef are way beyond the showy ostentation of most Houston eateries, offering instead true quality. The tasting menu is great (the foie gras is fabulous), and the smart pairing of wines makes all ever tastier.

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

My husband and I love this restaurant. The Chef always comes out to greet us, we are never rushed and the food is always amazing.

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Leonardm (Houston)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

On V Day night, maybe 50 guests, and only 1 waiter. After 20 minutes and not even any water being served we left without eating. On the way out the waiter ran over and said he didn't blame us and that the owner refused to hire enough help. And that we should talk to her. My wife then tried to and was ignored. On Valentine Day's night for crying out loud.

Cold non atmosphere--concrete floors and walls, no ambiance. Terrible restaurant and would never go back.

Open Table -- I no longer trust you as a sponsor of good restaurants. Your standards are obviously non-existent.

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Super loud. Extremely slow service.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Maybe I shouldn’t have tried it first on a Valentine’s night. But was very disappointed all the way around. I might try it again in a regular evening and see if that would make a difference.... but, don’t know if I will bother

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Im sure this will not be the only negative review for valentines night. Unfortunately, the service was so poor. we asked for our own water, bread, cocktails( went to the bar twice), second bottle was a no show, food for 6 was returned as the order was wrong; food arrived but was very shy on vegetable sides, rasberry tart was an apple tart w raspberry coulis. we paid cash and got out of there!

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OperaDevotee (Houston)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Took my spouse for dinner on Valentines Day. The salad, lobster bisque and chateaubriand were excellent but the fruit tart was just ok, being very bready and light on fruit. When we arrived, the restaurant was less than half full but it took 20 minutes after we were seated before we were attended to and then only after getting the attention of the maitre d. Service thereafter was spotty with the dessert course following too close to the main meal and then a long wait for the check, even after flagging the maitre d down and asking for it

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KerryK (Houston)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

My wife and I were there for valentines and we were extremely disappointed. There service was terrible and extremely slow. It was a set menu with a vegetarian option which I had. This turned out to be a moderate sized bowl of vegetable risotto which was fine however the $85 set price was rather high for a three course vegetarian meal. We wont be returning.

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HKAG (Houston)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Had Valentine’s Day dinner. Food was ok but the service was non existent! Our waiter told us the entire staff was contracted for the evening only. The food was ok/good but the service was so inadequate that at least three couples walked out, after being seated because they got tired of waiting to be served. Took three requests to get the wine list and by the time he brought it, the meal was almost finished. I think they were ill equipped to handle the number of diners. Under estimated the number of the required trained waiters.

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We went to this restaurant for Valentines Day it was very poor service and after one hour we did not have our appetizers yet the management and the service people were or whelmed and the food was was cold by the time it was served.

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Fantastic, would highly recommend. I went with my wife for lunch on Valentines Day, and enjoyed excellent service and food.

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

the entire meal was fantastic. this was our first time dining at L'Olivier and we will definitely return. we travel every 2 years to Paris and the meal was as good as some of the finest restaurants in France. the owner, chef Olivier was very attentive and charming. the lobster bisque and east cost oysters were fabulous as well as the lamb and Spanish dorado. I only wish we had room for dessert!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Great service and food, perfect special occasion dinner date spot.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Very nice experience with the food and overall feeling.
We enjoyed all the meals, very fine food and French classic. We got a chance to discuss with the chef and he shared his preferences and specials.
I really recommend this restaurant!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Houston)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

What a wonderful rediscovery. The menu is thoughtfully created. The ambiance intimate. And the service attentive without being fussy.

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
3.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Waiter knew nothing about menu or drinks/wine Could not answer one question and never returned with answers after telling us “let me find out”. Had to be flagged down to refill our water glasses several times. Dirty dishes sat on table until next course arrived. It felt like a place where you are only getting good service if you are a “regular”. Will never be back

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OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

The "floating island" dessert was better than the one I had in Lyon, France! The chef was our waiter during our meal. We were made to feel welcome at once. Everything we ate was amazing. We started with the octopus and escargot. Both were very good and beautifully presented. For our main dishes I had the duck confit and my husband had the whole fish. Again, both were amazing. The dessert course was exceptional with a "floating island" (or "oeufs a la neige" as I'm used to calling it) which was hands down better than what I are in France and a chocolate mouse. Super yummy, very authentic. We will return.

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DBCo (Houston)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Really excellent meal (scallops in our case). Waited on by the chef himself which gave a very personalized feel. Will definitely go back.

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chasvb (Houston)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

This restaurant is an excellent choice both for authentic French food and for a wonderful wine list. The house made pate is delicious and memorable, as is the lobster bisque and many of the other appetizers. The steak frite is terrific and a great value, the sea bass is in a wonderful meuniere sauce. For this visit I had the duck confit, which was a flavorful and generous sized entree. The wines are both unique and well priced. A 2010 Corbieres Chateau d'Aussieres, from the Domaine de Rothschild, was amazing. I enjoyed it so much I purchased several bottles as a birthday gift for a friend in San Francisco. After relishing his gift he tried to order a case through several distributors in San Francisco, without success. The 2010 Guigal Cotie Rotie Brun e Blonde was again terrific. It was $55 for a half bottle. Retail it lists for $40, except that it is unavailable. The Rully Blanc Premiere Cru was brilliant and again affordable. The dessert tarte tatin is the best in the city, with a light pastry base topped with crisp slightly toasted tart apple slices. Finish your meal with a Klein Constantia dessert wine, Napoleon's favorite, and an Illy expresso. After your first visit you will return many times.

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Htownfoodie (Houston)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

We were greeted and sat by The Chef. At the table Mary took care of us, she was very sweet and helped us decide on a Rosè, and a couple of appetizers.
Fromage- Humboldt Fog
Chicken Liver Pâté
Mary’s Salad
They were all great, Mary’s salad was exceptionally wonderful.

Our entrees
Escargot burgundy style
Fried Chicken
Cast Iron mac n cheese

I cannot thank Mary and Chef Olivier enough for such a wonderful evening. Everything was outstanding ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️, and they have made new lifetime customers out of us.

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Oliwka (Houston)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Wonderful experience at this restaurant. Food is divine. A lot of different options on the menu. Very quiet place. I absolutely recommend it.

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vipSaraM (Houston)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

We visited L'Olivier for the first time about a week ago and loved the food. My husband is French and enjoyed that they had some menu items we don't typically see in Houston, like Pork Rillette. We really liked that Chef Olivier came out during the evening to check on each table and chatted with each of them. He really cared to know how people liked the food and how their experience was at the restaurant. There was only 1 server in the restaurant that night however the Chef helped out by bringing out dishes as well. We would definitely go back again!

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JujubeAstrid (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

The wine, a Corbiere, was a rare find: not only had it been selected with care, it had been stored properly, something that we unfortunately don't experience often in Houston. The first sip convinced me this was going to be a spectacular meal.
And it was!

I usually enjoy appetizers more than main courses and the appetizers did not disappoint (the carpaccio with snow foie gras melted in your mouth, the bone marrow was amazing) but the entrees were actually equally delicious and thinking about the lamb special and short rib sous vide we had makes my mouth water and wish I were back at l'Olivier starting dinner.

Service was attentive without being overbearing.
The atmosphere was relaxed, and the noise level low, enabling us to comfortably carry a conversation.

We will definitely return.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

My wife and I had a pre theater dinner here so it was quiet but the food was superb.
Elegantly prepared and served with typical French style I found myself almost licking the plate it was so good. I can recommend the tuna tower which has a breathtaking Asian pear vinaigrette as well as the sea bass and the seared shrimp on curry tagliatelle.
Great wine list as well we will Definitely be back!

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HoustonKim (Houston)
2.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Diners should be prepared to wait a really long time for each dinner courses and not eat together. It appears that this restaurant was short staffed from the bar to the kitchen. The manager is making drinks at the bar while trying to take orders at tables, deliver food, and manage the food flowing from the kitchen. We waited 30 minutes to order our food. Each time we ordered drinks, it took at least 15 minutes minimum to get them. Our appetizers arrived one at a time so we were not all able to dine together. For 6 appetizers, it took 1 1/2 hours to serve and they forgot the beet salad. When we notified them, it took less than 10 minutes for them to prepare and present it as "on the house". The rack of lamb had the most overwhelming gamey taste to it so that I could not force myself to take another bite after my initial one nor could the other two people sharing the order with me. I notified the restaurant and instead of removing the order from our tab, they comped us 6 glasses of champagne instead.

The serving of our dinner was the same, where our dishes were not served at the same time. There was a large party of 12 dining and a table of two while we were there. I could not understand why service was so behind and would not recommend this 3 1/2 hours dining experience to anyone else. I wish the restaurant would have been upfront if they were short staffed so that we knew what to expect. We kept having to asking where our food was and at one point even had to walk up to the bar to attempt to order another round of drinks and that was when we realized there was no bartender and that the manager was preparing the drinks while trying to do everything else in the restaurant. At one point, we even though there might only be one chef in the kitchen! The food was great for the most part (except the lamb) and the staff was very friendly. However, that does not make up for the waiting game and dining experience for the money that you're spending at this beautiful place.

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
1.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

THE OCCASION WAS NEW YEAR EVE DINNER, THE SALAD WAS THE BEST MEAL OF THE NIGHT BY FAR, I KNOW SAD RIGHT. THE LOBSTER BISQUE HAD ABSOULETELY NO LOBSTER IT WAS A BISQUE THAT HAD A HINT OF A LOBSTER TASTE. THE ENTREE LOOKED LIKE ROAD KILL ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD, WE ASKED FOR A MEDIUM WELL PLUS AND IT WAS SO RAW I THOUGHT THE MEAT WAS GOING TO JUMP OFF THE PLATE AND JOIN US FOR DINNER. THE DESERT WAS BLAH IT WAS JUST A BAD EXPERIENCE THEN WE ALSO ORDERED THE L'OLIVIER WORLD FAMOUS FRIED CHICKEN WHICH HAD A SPICE THAT BROUGHT TEARS TO MY EYES SO WE SENT THAT BACK ALSO AS WELL AS THE MAIN ENTREE. THE CHEF CAME OUT TO EXPLAIN WHY IT WAS SO HOT BUT I WAS LOOKING AT HIM LIKE HEY MAN I KNOW HOW FRIED CHICKEN SHOULD TASTE THIS IS MORELIKE SPICY FRIED CHICKEN.

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Martin (Houston)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Chef Oliver and his staff blew my date and I away with a wonderful dinner and experience during our time Saturday January 30th, 2017. We started off requesting a bottle of Caymus but unfortunately was not available but he recommended an almost even better cab that I cannot remember but it was excellent. For starters we had the Yukon Gold Potato Dumpling with Sage truffle sauce and if nothing else this was worth the visit. These truly melted in your mouth it was the most delicious thing I have ever tasted. For our entree I had the Swordfish which was served sushi style over a bed or black beans, lettuce and thin apple slices and the contrast of tastes made each bite of each food even better. My date had the Beef spare ribs, green beans and a flaky potato I believe it was all incredible.

Thank you very much to Chef Oliver and the staff we really enjoyed our evening.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

We were craving escargot and so decided to finally try this local french restaurant. It was lovely - Olivier came out and greeted us, and took our order, making suggestions/recommendations based on our comments. Everything we ordered was delicious, (especially the escargot!), prepared with obvious care and the french wine we ordered was perfect. We will be back often.

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Spike1 (Houston)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

I have no idea what the previous negative review is talking about, but my wife and I enjoyed a tasty late lunch at L'Olivier. My wife raved about the lamb chops and my scallops with risotto were first class. In addition, they were more than willing to accommodate my wife's gluten free diet, which pretty much opened up the entire menu, but also allowed her to enjoy French Onion Soup for the first time in many years. An added bonus was the opportunity to converse with the Chef and owner, Olivier Ciesielski. We could tell that he is passionate about his craft and that pleasing his customes is job #1. We will certainly be back.

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