Lucienne - Hotel Alessandra

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$30 and under
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Situated on the second floor of Hotel Alessandra, Houston's upscale Mediterranean restaurant serving Continental European Cuisine. Executive Chef Jose Hernandez delights your senses with his French technique and one-of-a-kind spin crafted from 20 years of experience around the world.

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Join us for Thanksgiving Brunch between 11am and 2pm, Chef Jose Hernandez created a special three courses Thanksgiving menu for $50 per adults (plus tax and service) and a la carte price from the kids menu. Complimentary valet parking.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

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BD
Houston
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I come here almost every Sunday for the eggs Benedict. I honestly believe that they make THE best eggs Benedict that I have ever had -- including in Paris. We always finish the meal with the French toast which is the most delicious EVER. We love this place. The food is consistently delicious and fresh. The service is always so friendly and helpful.

LT
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were blown away. We had almost three hours to kill between an afternoon play at the Alley and an evening symphony at Jones Hall so we looked for a new to us restaurant to try. The menu looked nice so we made a booking.

We went for the 5 course tasting menu with wine pairings. I took advantage of their offer to get two items from one section and one item from each of three other sections rather than one from each of the 5 sections.

Our taste buds exploded from the first byte.

We can’t wait to come back - so much so that my wife wants me to cancel her birthday reservation elsewhere and come back. We will return in three weeks!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lucienne provided the perfect setting and meal for the celebration of the first anniversary of meeting my girlfriend. The interior design was retro chic, the service was classy, and the five course meal was the perfect amount of food. I would suggest you don’t drink before coming if you plan to have the wine pairings with dinner. Although we had an amazing time, we did struggle to keep up with the wines.

JM
Houston
33 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

I really want to love this place and have been here for business lunches multiple times but the service after the meal arrives is non existent. Every time I have to find a waiter even on the floor to help. You can only see the chef in the back. It doesn’t matter how busy they are - after service they disappear. The food is outstanding. Atmosphere lovely. If crowded it can get noisy. Just not sure I want another business lunch there.

DA
Austin
16 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Flavors were outstanding. Go with the five course tasting menu to get the best experience. Francisco did an excellent job guiding us thru the options and making perfect wine pairings.

DB
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best restaurant out of the five that we went to on Houston Weeks Menu. The service and food were excellent. You had the managers helping the waiters. That shows how they care about first class service. We have eaten at Michelin Star Restaurants. The Michelin Guide does not come down south to rate, But Lucienne in my book, would rate as a Michelin 3-Star Restaurant. Not to forget to mention; The valet was also top notch. After tipping the valet, my car was parked in the street. My wife had to go back in to use the restroom. When she came back out, the car valet came to the street and opened the car door for her; what great first class service. Thank you, Ladies and Gentleman. We will definitely be returning to your Five Star Hotel.

d
Houston
66 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered from the HRW menu. Food and service were absolutely outstanding. Bonus: reasonably priced bottles of wine. Definitely recommend.

h
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is excellent and the room is nice. A great spot.

AS
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful brunch. Filling but not heavy. Service was prompt and pleasant. Food was delicious. Atmosphere was perfect for breakfast, brunch, or lunch. Looking forward to our next visit!

CC
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! LOVE this place! Food, service, ambiance - it has it all!

WU
Houston
25 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the beautiful hotel lobby to the elegant Bardot lounge for before dinner drinks with downtown views then Lucienne's wonderful menu, great food, excellent service and attention to detail. Will be back downtown to explore more on menu. Thank you.

OT
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for HRW. Excellent place for a special occasion. Excellent service and perfectly executed dishes. No complaints

b
Houston
25 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and display! Service was excellent and I recommend the tuna as appetizer and pheasant or beef as entree. Definitely do chocolate mousse for dessert!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

5 course meal.... Took forever in between courses... Food was not great... Pasta undercooked... Lamb was inedible... Way overpriced

EW
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience5

I was disappointed by my visit to Lucienne.

Our waiter brought us only the 5-course tasting menu. It took some prodding of the waiter before he revealed that there was also an a la dinner carte menu AND a restaurant weeks menu. The waiter rolled his eyes when I asked him for the other two menus. He eventually brought the a la carte menu but never brought the restaurant weeks menu. The tasting menu was literally the exact same as the a la carte menu, just arranged into course categories. No one in our party had any doubt that the restaurant was betting on us believing there was only the one menu and committing to a long, heavy dinner that we weren't even in the mood for.

Both fish entrees served to our party were tasted and smelled fishy, as if it was not particularly fresh.

The waitstaff stuck us with Acqua Panna as the "still" water, without even offering tap water. They then switched the bottle out three times before we could catch a waiter to tell them we wanted tap the next time the bottle was empty.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was amazing. Their servers were very attentive and check on you often. The food was also very good.

P
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good hotel restaurant. Interesting dishes and modern takes on old classics. Worth a try.

G
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceeded all our expectations. Gracious and very attentive service. Excellent dishes. Pleasant atmosphere and setting. We had a great time on our anniversary.

C
New York Area
151 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Average brunch experience. Food was at best average. Ambiance average. There was only one server so things were a bit slow.

l
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service! The tasting menu is an amazing find! High quality, high value

IM
Houston
84 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Go for the food.
I scrupulously made a reservation for our 24th anniversary dinner at Lucienne. Planning to have the amazing-sounding 5-course tasting menu. We had not been to the downtown Hotel Alessandra, but we have been impressed with the hip new hotels in the Valencia Hotel group. Arriving on the street in downtown Houston, we entered a non-descript street-level foyer with a soaring staircase directly in front of us. It parted halfway up, and we chose the right side. On reaching the next level, we found a strangely small lobby, with a tiny hotel reservation desk tucked away to the side. We approached and said we were looking for the restaurant. Of course, it was on the other side. Circling the staircase, we walked a narrow passage to the bar then down a blank corridor to the Lucienne restaurant. Really, the entrance experience was confusing and unwelcoming. We were greeted by a gorgeous Frenchman in a stylish suit and seated in the ABSOLUTELY EMPTY dining room at 7 PM. OK, it was Monday. A single businessman came in, dined quickly on one course and made a quick exit. The rest of the evening, we were ALONE with our charming Venezuelan server, who couldn't have been more professional and kind. The various food courses were intriguing and fascinatingly presented. Things were delicious through the 3rd course. I had a fabulous Italian cheese, lobster ravioli and halibut. 4th course: My husband's lamb loin tasted distinctly 'lamby' like not-fresh. (Guess they don't get enough customers to order it fresh? ) And my 'pheasant' tasted like day-old rotisserie chicken. Trust me. I eat that all time at home. The dessert was nice, and the chef wrote Happy Anniversary on the plates and comped us a glass of champagne. A lovely gesture. I admire what they are trying to do bc I LOVE gourmet food and French dining. But this restaurant may not make it. Help them out, folks.

R
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is superb along with the service. The Chef is outstanding and I am always very pleased with everything.

R
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The creativity of the Chef is outstanding. I never leave disappointed and frequent here often. Everything is always perfect, from the presentation of the food, the quality of the food, and last but not least, the service is always spot on.

AA
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hosted small birthday dinner party for my wife there. Just girlfriends. Prominent lawyers and physicians. I live in Houston. Houston is a food town. The food served was the best hotel kitchen food we've ever eaten. As good as any high-end dining venue in Houston, Texas.

h
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I am not sure if there is new management, but the food has changed. The lobster roll was heavy on the mayo and light on the lobster. The risotto was okay. Overall, it was an okay meal. I have been going to this restaurant for downtown business lunches.

MM
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Amazing Staff And Food! Pulpo, Crudo and Wine prices are the standouts!

GH
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined here on a quiet evening, just before a national holiday. We got outstanding service and the food was excellent. The dining area is elegant, relatively quiet, which leads to easy conversation with your dining companions. Thankfully, there are restaurants like Lucienne, to allow a civilized dining experience.

E
Houston
172 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was excellent service, we all had the tasting menu. It was do good, tasting menu serving size was plenty. We enjoyed all the dishes. The service was excellent, Alvaro was knowledgeable, friendly and very helpful. It was a nice surprise to us, they gave us champagne to toast our friends wedding anniversary. We will definitely be back. Highly recommend this restaurant.

ST
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

That staff is very accommodating and the food is excellent. Not too pricey for the area. Everything is exactly what you’d expect from a high end, high class restaurant.

LI
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The 5 course menu is absolutely fantastic. Expect smaller portions than your normal restaurant (this is all about the experience - if you favor quantiy over quality this may not be a good fit). Had the frogs legs, foie gras, octopus, pheasant and chocolate moelleux. Service was impeccable. Presentation of each plate was attentive. My server went out of his way to get me the wines I preferred for pairing. While the restaurant is located on second floor of hotel Alessandra., this not your typical hotel restaurant. Ambiance was very quiet with only a few tables with other business travelers ( I was here on a Wednesday). The seating is comfortable and has a formal area (modern setting) as well as a more casual area including high chairs and bar stools, with full view to the kitchen through the glass panes. Price range is on the higher end ($75 for menu, $120 for menu and wine pairings). Expect to pay $100 a person.

R
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, excellent service and food. The decor is stunning

DD
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will be back! Lovely restaurant in a charming hotel.

P
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

4th sampler course was a joke. I’ve never seen a main course portion so small.

s
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated anniversary here. Service was outstanding. Had the 5-course tasting menu and everything was delicious! Nice gem of a restaurant.

M
Houston
110 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent. The scallops, steak, and short ribs were all well-prepared, well-presented and delicious.

The ambiance was also great. Will come back.

AM
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We were very pleased with the food. All courses were delicious! The drinks were also just right. This was our first time here. Will definitely return!

The ambience could be a bit better, perhaps some light music in background to minimize speaking noises? From tables adjacent.

T
Amarillo
6 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely loved this place. Everyone was friendly with big smile an the food was delicious.

H
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and amazing hotel! Ambiance of Lucienne is very nice! Service was first class!

DW
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the space, quaint and elegant. Amazing service and great food pairings.

BD
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant, fabulous food and service. We did the six course wine pairing. Had to take some food home because it was too much! But really wonderful. Quiet atmosphere, perfect for conversation.