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!!
Great! Perfect sized bites and outstanding menu.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
It is a great little restaurant. Wonderful food, attentive staff. In this Art Deco, Great Gatsby vibe.
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.
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.
A very pleasant service accompanied great food. What else can one ask?
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.
Lovely decor and a great location. Staff was welcoming and we had no problem getting to our scheduled opera. Food was excellent.
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.
Great menu offering a multiplicity of creative choice for everyone at a table.
A nice addition to the Houston dining scene.
Wow! Amazing! Will be back soon!
Really exceptional restaurant. Excellent execution with a good variety on the menu with a lean towards European / Continental cuisine.
Dinner was essentially choosing 4 or 6 menu items in a tasting menu style.
The octopus was exceptional and tender. Rare squab was flavorful. Lobster with the fennel bread pudding was an excellent combination. The foamy lobster saffron broth on the scallops was really flavorful. Dungeness crab sauteed with tomato was very rich. Escargot was not your typical butter and garlic.
The lamb tartar was good, but had too many shallots for my taste.
Dessert with the not too sweet rose water sorbet and the crystal clear champagne gelatin was really well done.
refinement, comfort, luxury in a very pretty and pleasant setting
the breads maison really stand out
Clean and new hotel. Complimentary vallet parking.
Food: tasting only for diner. Delicate French. The 6 course will definitely fill you up. Overall a great meal.
Ambiance: lights could be a little dimmer to set a more romantic vibe being its such a great space and menu. A light jazz music in the background maybe? Same with the bar on the other side of the lobby. Great space but to much light and no music to compliment the space.
Service: outstanding. Personable
Went on Christmas day. There were no Christmas decorations and the restuarant is small and plain. Very disappointed about the lack of decorations. The food and service was excellent though!
Christmas breakfast. Superb service, excellent food.
Service was impeccable and food divine! I can't say enough great things. We were the last seating on a Tuesday night and when we arrived 10 minutes late, there was no issue nor did we feel rushed ever. The ambiance was great with a collection of electronic sexy,chill music,lighting and seating comfortable. The food was fantastic offering up to 9 courses and we will be back again to try more as we selected to do 2 starters and a main course al la carte. The complimentary "topping" off our glass at the end of the night was an amazing touch. One could expecting the standard shared desert since we were celebrating our anniversary but they took it a step further. I highly recommend... And the rooms are nice too!
Amazing food, excellent service and great values for food and wine but the atmosphere is too bland. Need to lower lighting, acquire some art, perhaps candles or table clothes would make it feel less like a hotel cafe .
First class service but food was D-
Very expensive; big disappointment.
We ate here for Thanksgiving Day lunch. The service was outstanding and gracious. The food, however, was average to below average. We all had the pork loin and it was dry and the advertised potatoes in duck confit were simply boiled potatoes with no flavor. The appetizer was interesting (Brussel sprouts with crab and chorizo) but way too salty in balance. The worst was the closing coffee -- it took three tries to get the coffee drinkable. But the hot chocolate got a nod as one of the best in the city. However, I want to emphasize the service was very good, and if the kitchen starts to find its footing - this will be an exceptional experience.
Hotel Alessandra & Lucienne are both fantastic. Beautifully decorated and exceptional staff + service all around. Decor is very chic and elegant. Food is absolutely delicious - such careful attention and detail put into each dish, beautifully presented, and elegantly served. Service is A+.
To comment on the lighting issue mentioned by another reviewer, the management is working to dim the lights in the restaurant, however as the hotel/restaurant just opened one month ago (grand opening not for another few months), they are working out the kinks. Additionally, the restaurant had only a few patrons as they are undergoing a soft opening, however given the stellar meal and setting, I'm sure word will get out very soon!
On Nov 15th at 8:15 pm, the restaurant had only one other table. The menu and quality of food was excellent so was the service from David.
The big negative is the decor. The restaurant is vastly over-lighted at night and has all the ambiance of a laboratory. The manager said he was unable to dim the lights. Even with dimmer lights, the space will struggle to achieve the comfort level that the food and service deserve.
Excellent wines and creative dishes. Enjoyed the tasting menu.
Great food and very enjoyable experience - the drinks were a bit pricey however.