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Thu, 5/24
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Lucienne - Hotel Alessandra

4.6
55 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French, European
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Monday-Saturday 6:30 am–11:00 am
Sunday 7:00 am - 11:00 am
Brunch Saturday and Sunday 11:00am to 2.30pm
Lunch
Daily 11:00 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(713) 242-8540
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jose Hernandez
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Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 55 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.3
ambience
4.1
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

This was my first time dining at Lucienne. It was a lovely experience all the way around. The dining room and light and modern. The noise level is low. The wait staff were attentive but not hovering. The food was delicious. I will be frequenting this spot for lunch and have already recommended it to others

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We had a beautiful belated Mother's Day brunch. Very lovely fine dining experience -- but not stuffy or pretentious in any way. Loved the French atmosphere and menu.

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3.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Not at all special.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Great service and ambiance. Food was good.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We went with another couple and all of us did the tasting menu. We did the six course and they did the four course. The portion sizes were just right and every item was nicely presented and delicious. Service was excellent. Wine selection was good with reasonable prices. The chef took the time to chat with us. This restaurant is worth patronizing on a regular basis.

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2.0Dined on May 8, 2018

From stellar to the cellar.

From previous visits, couldn't wait to go back. Be careful what you wish for.
The menu has changed, eliminating my favorites that I go back for but hey......it's good to try new things and sometimes a push is needed. In this case, not so much. Or at all.

I'm not going to complain about them changing the menu and eliminating my personal favorites, restaurants are supposed to change. But.....maybe it was the day. Maybe it was all one-time fluke. I ordered the salad that as mozzarella, tomato and basil. The tomato was about half ripe, zero taste and hard to cut. Mozarella (technically buratta on the menu, but was sliced mozzarella like you get at HEB) and basil leaves. Nothing to dress, not even olive oil. ?

The crabcake on a puddle of something (it's the old menu on OpenTable so I can't see how it's described) was fine enough, but nothing Mrs. Paul's couldn't come up with. And oh....one might blot it at the end if it's fried short enough and at cool enough temperature to get...very...oil laden.

I know...painful. And it was so good!

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

The new Foie Gras burger is amazing! Very decadent.

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4.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Very fine meal - four of us enjoyed varied dishes from their 4 course pre fix menu - duck, scallops, lamb tartar and tenderloin all exceptional.

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4.0Dined on April 25, 2018

This is a good but not great place, the tasting menu is creative but too many dishes fell flat on flavor and intensity. Wines were quite good.

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3.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Not a “French “ bistro as described. Very disappointing in the food options. Paella was the new food option, which was disappointing! It’s a beautiful resturant. But lacking in the “French” quinine

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

The manager was awesome. He even had the Maserati deliver us to the theater. Definitely a top rated restaurant with service to match

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

The food was exceptional. The best of French cooking (although meat slightly overdone).
However, the service was a disappointment. Our server had little experience and knowledge of the wine and could have been a lot more attentive.

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Delicious food. Such a pretty room. Waiter and. Chef incredibly amenable.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Went here on a Saturday night with a friend. The restaurant was pretty empty, but maybe that's because it is inside a hotel. It was our first time and we were both pleasantly surprised by the food and service. They have an interesting take on the tasting menu. They have regular a la carte items, but they also offer a 4 course or 6 course tasting menu where you can pick any 4 or 6 items on the menu. My friend opted for two appetizers, one entrée and one dessert. I opted for two appetizers and two main courses. Everything was very good. It is definitely not a hot spot given how empty it was, but the place is very pretty and if you want good food, good service and good conversation, I highly recommend it.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

A bit expensive but the food was very well presented and prepared. Portions were the right size.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Our entire group thought the meal was excellent! One person in our group had the chicken and waffles...the chicken tenders were the best any of us had ever tasted. The short ribs melted in your mouth and the quail was the best my husband had ever tasted. The presentation of the desserts for Easter was superb!

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The place itself is very nice. But the lights were very bright for a Saturday night. Our server was very polite but didn't offer a lot as far as suggestions and very brief answers to our questions regarding the menu. We each ended up ordering the 6 course meal and wine. The steak and lobster were great! But the other 4 items we each ordered were pretty lack-luster. For the price, I would expect to be impressed with the plates more than we were. The majority of items we tried...just were okay. Not terrible; not great. Overall just an okay experience and not a place I'll be planning on going eat again. Too many great places in Houston to go back here again.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Food and service were good. The major negative is the dining room itself that looks too much like a hotel breakfast restaurant and not an upscale diner place. Sparse decor with stark lighting, a mood killer.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Great four course meal with wine pairing! Very exquisitely done with attention to detail.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

wonderful food. tasting menu done very well.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Excellent in every way. The wine parings made the meal very special and I always like service with a human touch.

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

We made lunch reservation after reading Alison Cook's wonderful review in the Houston Chronicle. She is so good at visiting a restaurant a number of times before reviewing, so she provides great detail about many dishes--and good detail about Chef Hernandez and his staff. We went with fairly good knowledge of his background, his specialties, and, of course, Alison's favorite dishes during her various visits.
I am a lobster freak so had the lobster roll. Delicious on home made bun. During our two semesters in France my husband searched for Beef Bourginion--a bit of a country meal that he absolutely loves. . Chef Hernandez's version was Melt-in-the-mouth tender with wonderful veggies accompanying it. The by-the-glass Spanish wine was terrific. We ended with--what Alison called the "best apple tart in Houston." We agree!! Overall, the place is delightful, beautifully decorated, the service perfect--and the food is something we hope to explore again and again. Bravo!!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Great! Perfect sized bites and outstanding menu.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

So after a write up in the Chronicle, we decided to check it out. Houstonian's have a fear of hotel food. Think Howard Johnson's Fried Clam Strips. They should have a rethink. I found the restaurant to be above average and maybe even way above average to other Houston restaurants. We did a four course and a six course tastings with wines. The pairings were superb and we tasted many wines that we most likely would not have tasted otherwise. One of the pairings was Silver Oak Cab.

One great thing about the tasting menu is you have your 4 or 6 choices, but you could order from any of courses, not one from each course, like two soups offered, order two soups. Don't eat desserts, just order an extra from the other five categories. I think there were 4 options for each. Nine of the ten we had were superb. Best Foie Gras I have ever had and wife had a cauliflower crepe that I swear was so light it was floating. The only faltering star was the dungeness crab. Was just not quite right.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We had a fabulous experience at Lucienne. The food was incredible. Two people had the six course tasting menu with wine pairing and three others had the four course tasting menu. Every course was perfection. The plating was gorgeous and flavors and taste delicious. My only regret is that we don't get to Houston often enough but when we do visit, we'll be sure to stay at Hotel Alessandra and dine at Lucienne. Five stars all the way.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

I liked the creativity of the food and service and attractive plating BUT, the food was a sugar BOMB. Too many sweet sauces on top of things that should have been simple...take the Frois Gras, the sugary fig sauce overpowered the dish, then the crepes tasted like cake and the Scallops, which have a naturally sweet taste was paired with a Chardonnay when a Savengne Blanc would have been a better choice for my taste. By the time I got the Lamb I was nervous that it would have a sweet sauce on it as well, but it was lovely and the red wine went well with it. However; my husband had the lobster with fennel bread pudding which was sweet as well. Naturally, we decided to forgo dessert and I am sorry because I love apple tarts. Oh well

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Met a friend for a business lunch. I had the Beet Salad and Lobster Roll. He had the Foi Grois and the lamb burger. All were very good, the lamb burger was great. Very easy to get into and out of, quiet. Good waitstaff.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Nice brunch. Unfortunate that they don’t get more business, because the food was outstanding. I had the blt crepes and my wife had the crab cake Benedict. Both were outstanding. Then we shared the creme brûlée French toast as a dessert. Sooo good. Don’t let the fact that it is in a hotel deter you, the food is excellent.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

First off, Al, our server was excellent. He accidentally brought us the incorrect martinis and though we said it was ok, he made us 2 new ones, on the house. The food was tremendous. You must do the 6 course tasting. Each course has at least 4 items to choose from and do the wine paring as well. The cost is so reasonable and you will enjoy it. We did not feel rushed whatsoever where a lot of restaurants try to get you in and out quick. My only not great comment is that it is just too bright in there. Not romantic in the least and it's a French restaurant. They need to put dimmers in the very large bulb lights above. But it still is a great place and I can't wait to go again when they change up the menu or try different menu items!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

It is a great little restaurant. Wonderful food, attentive staff. In this Art Deco, Great Gatsby vibe.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

We had a wonderful retirement event in their private room. The tasting menu was fantastic the wine selection to compliment the meal was outstanding. The service was impeccable. We fully enjoyed the experience especially when the chef came in at the end of the meal. I cannot express my gratitude for the Staff in making this event so wonderful.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Absolute perfection! My husband and I enjoyed drinks at the hotel bar and then the 6 course dinner with a wine pairing. We loved every plate and beverage we tried and were blown away with how beautiful and delicious everything was. This was one of our favorite dining experiences we have ever had. The staff was so lovely and the service was first class. If you love extraordinary fine dining, then you will love this place. The ambiance is relaxed and romantic, and the decor is modern European. We will definitely tell all our friends about this fabulous restaurant and encourage you to go for any occasion.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

A very pleasant service accompanied great food. What else can one ask?

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Our first visit wasn't quite the best, though the staff apologized and definitely made up for the little shortcomings. The level of service we received then convinced us to return and try again. Our second visit was totally awesome. I decided to try the wine flight with my 5-course meal, which was quite a nice addition. The service at this place is great. Very few restaurants train their staff the way the staff is trained here. It makes a difference when the hostess talks to you, tells you her name and helps throughout your dining experience. This was the case on both our visits and we were impressed because we knew the management cares about providing great service to ensure diners can enjoy awesome food and leave feeling they truly had a great dining experience. I totally recommend Lucienne and please try the desserts! You won't be disappointed.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Amazing food!

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Lovely decor and a great location. Staff was welcoming and we had no problem getting to our scheduled opera. Food was excellent.

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2018

We had brunch here after the Houston marathon and came in with big appetites. We were there at around 2pm so it was not busy. We had the tuna tartare and escargots for starters both of which were very tasty. I had the salmon for my second course. It was a large portion and was delicious. Service was great and the location in this lovely new hotel is very nice. we will be back.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Great menu offering a multiplicity of creative choice for everyone at a table.
A nice addition to the Houston dining scene.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

simply divine

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5.0Dined on January 10, 2018

Wow! Amazing! Will be back soon!

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