Maison Pucha Bistro

4.7
524 reviews
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French
Maison Pucha Bistro is the culmination of Chef Manuel's 25 year culinary journey. Securing a location in Houston's historic Heights neighborhood, Manuel, Cristian and Victor have reunited in the true sense of fraternité, to open their very own restaurant to showcase their talents and vision of true hospitality. We hope you will join us and be a part of something, truly special...
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JL
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Maison Pucha is the most consistently delicious restaurant in the city. The visual presentation is stunning, and the taste equally delicious. If you haven’t been, you are missing out! James was a perfect waiter.

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FG
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best French food experience in Houston area. Excellent value as well.

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GL
Houston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. We would definitely come again!

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LK
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The cuisine was superb and the service was very attentive. We enjoyed the duck, beef Wellington, table side Caesar salad, cocktails and dessert. Our waiter was amazing and the entire staff was very polite. We are looking forward to returning. And yes, the chocolate soufflé is a must, it was divine.

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a
Houston
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and i have been enjoying our experience with your exciting restaurant in any spectrum of the evaluation. We are coming from the high land village for dinning. As you know that your business is getting very competitive in Houston! Keep up the outstanding performance.

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Houston
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful experience at Madison Pucha. Fantastic food - so creative from presentation to taste, with a wonderful menu pairing Ecuadorian influences (e.g ceviche) and classic French. Love that this place is walkable for the Heights, with a wonderful patio when the weather is nice. Ever couple or group I bring is just wowed - Never disappoints!!

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C
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The patio faces a very busy street, so not ideal, but it was a beautiful day to dine al fresco, celebrating my nephew’s birthday.
Conscientious service, delicious and creative cuisine, very varied menu, very nice wine list, beautifully presented dishes, exquisite desserts.
Thank you all at MPB for this lovely experience. And Chef Manuel, your hospitality and generosity and finesse de cuisine are greatly appreciated!

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k
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite French Bistro in Houston. Close to home and the service is wonderful.

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F
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

I brought a couple of friends with us hoping to introduce a good restaurant to them. Unfortunately, one of my friend's main dish came out cold. The other two were lukewarm. Only mine was hot and delicious. I don't think my friends will come back due to the bad experience with their main dish.

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w
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

1. We found more non-French dishes on the menu than French: example Peruvian ceviche
2. The waiter either was having a bad day, or he really dislikes his job. Dour, not one smile. Put a cloud over the entire experience.
3. The beef in the Beef Wellington was very tender and moist, and the sauce was tasty, though a stingy portion. Of the two pieces, I took one to go and asked the waiter for additional sauce, to which he agreed. At home, we found that he had boxed only the sauce left over.
4. The vegetables (measly serving) were under-cooked, carrots hard as rocks and asparagus totally stringy, though the mushrooms were to die for.
5. The escargots were just okay. Better at other restaurants that I would describe as real French.
6. Don't sit in the dining room by the wine cellar. Hard surfaces, noisy, unpleasant view of the porch which is used to store chairs, and tables so packed together that the waiter couldn't maneuver the table-side cooking cart without disturbing other diners.

Save your money; there are better choices around town.

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F
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yet another gem in the Heights! I savored every, single bite of my 3-course meal!!

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B
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is great! We went after seeing it on the Chronicle’s top restaurant list, and were surprised we had not heard of it previously given how good it was.

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G
Houston
29 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Waiter and staff were amazing. Portions small for the price! My friend and I just wanted to share a few appetizers. The portion size was pretty small. Did not have any of the entres however.

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EL
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my new favorite in all of Houston. Delicious food and absolutely divine atmosphere. Cant wait for warmer weather to eat outside.

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Denver
8 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably my favorite Lunch/Brunch address in Houston, especially when you can eat on the outside terrace. Waiters are professionals and the wine list is really good. Enjoy the 50% discount on some bottles on Sundays!!

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Houston
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

Waiter ruined the experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably one of the best meals i've had in a restaurant. Really delicious

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Houston
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

In the past this restaurant has been so slow they comp’ed some things for us, but they seem to of worked out some bugs. Gluten free friendly. Love the new lemon dessert!!!

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T
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Service was not great—waiter didn’t tell us which dinner features were unavailable and was rude when I asked to split a 375 ml bottle of bubbly.

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CW
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Onion soup was excellent. Don't ask for more bread, you'll be charged.

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Houston
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food is always good. The staff knowledgeable and friendly. Tony our server was bee informed about the menu and the specials. Excellent restaurant for lunch and dinner!

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P
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a friends birthday, had a 5 course meal consisting of mostly Ecuadorean cuisine.
Everything was delicious from drinks, food, service and ambiance. Will certainly return for my birthday in the private room!

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RB
Houston
30 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 1

A foodie friend recommended this restaurant... I have been to the building for the last two restaurants that didn't last so that is probably why I had never sought out dining there. The setting is nice and the food was quite good. The hostess sat us in literally the WORST TABLE IN THE RESTAURANT! It was a very small 2 top against the glass wall at the entrance to the bistro side. The waiter serving from a cart to the 4 top across the small walkway parked his cart so the walkway was even tighter! He had serval other places he could have parked that would not have been in the way... so we had multiple waitstaff trying to squeeze through and at time brushing against our table. A $300 dinner for two should not be that way. The hostess could have offered us to sit at the bar and we would have been delighted to do so...

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J
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual!

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MD
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Had high hopes based on other reviews; however, our experience did not live up to what we expected. Service started out good with friendly staff, but a lot was left to be desired as he rarely checked in on us after that. This was especially frustrating given that it took nearly 45 minutes for dinner service when the restaurant was relatively not busy. Although our waiter ultimately removed it from the bill, the beef Wellington came out over cooked (despite requested medium rare) and it was overall a very tough piece of meat to cut through a and contained lots of tendons/grissle.

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W
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

My wife and I became ill after dining here. Not good.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The service was solid the whole time, although the waiter could've swung by once or twice to make sure glasses remained filled. Described dishes and options very well, and spoke jovially adding to the eating experience.

Food was fantastic, we opted for the Houston Dairymaids cheese board, beef Wellington, duck l'orange, and souffle. Beef was cooked perfectly, and mashed potatoes that came with the duck were whipped perfectly. Souffle was amazing, light and fluffy, and the touch of passion fruit was delicious.

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SB
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is always great! Nicest at lunch when people aren’t drinking as much & aren’t noisy.
We got a very good table, close to kitchen & quieter but still it was loud. Not any worse than other popular restaurants in Houston, but definitely loud.
Still, one of our favorites!

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d
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Relaxed atmosphere with outstanding food! We've been here twice, once with a group, and every person loved their selections. The menu changes every so often but we enjoyed the mushroom salad, the avocado and cucumber salad and the Camarones al Ajillo (gulf shrimp) for starters. The Wagyu steak frites (reasonable price), trout meuniere and catch of the day (mediterranean sea bass one time and red snapper the other) were standouts. The deserts are both unique and divine!!! We opted for the selection of small deserts from the pastry chef: macaroons, bonbon, cannoli, mousse, truffles. It was perfect as they were small (almost bite-sized) tastes of all of the above. Great way to end a delicious meal.

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BW
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had Caesar Salad for 2, shrimp ceviche, wagu beef and scallops all of which were excellent. Pleasant environment and good service.

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JH
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was excellent! His explanation of the food and restaurant were superb. We were disappointed the Beef Wellington was not available as all portions had been served. We had the Filet of Buffalo which was delicious. This restaurant came recommended from a friend. I would highly recommend this restaurant. Great memories!

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C
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Veggies with main were a little cold. Cucumber salad was outstanding. Loved the duck and scallops were a hit as well. Loved the Opera cake but the Mignardise was the hit as it is a fantastic desert for sharing.

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C
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, nice atmosphere. Baked Brie was delicious, bar drinks perfectly made. The beef in the Beef Wellington was superbly done, but the pastry around it was a bit heavy, more bread-like than puffy. The Duck L'Orange had a smoky element that we loved. Overall a nice evening.

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SM
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. A nice new spring menu.

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T
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food very good, bar service, also good. Table side waiter had poor timing and inattentive. Bussing service, water refill poor. Tables for two are very small.

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CF
Charleston
34 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Steak Tartare presentation was wonderful and delicious.
Lamb was spectacular.
Servers were very attentive.

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PG
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice menu selection to satisfy all tastes. Prices commensurate to the quality and presentation of the meal. Very well priced wine list. Service was attentive. Was a bit turned off by being charge $4 for a club soda at the bar while waiting for the rest of my party.

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EL
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an incredible treasure. The three bothers that own this run it with love and heritage and culture and it is the best meal that I have had in quite some time. Half- price wines are incredible!!!

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Denver
8 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best tables in Houston if not THE best. Love it!!

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S
Houston
27 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can you say P-E-R-F-E-C-T!!! Incredible restaurant. This is a beautiful facility with a great staff. Tony, our server, was delightful and was always Johnny on the Spot. And, the pastry chef even hand delivered our souffle. My guests were so impressed that we received so much special attention. Now for the food. Yummy. We were there for brunch so we had breakfast offerings and a lamb burger. All were cooked to perfection. And, I only have one suggestion for new diners -- don't slip the soufflé. I've never particularly been a soufflé fan, but this is the best dessert ever. We will definitely be dining at Maison Pucha more often.

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