Riel Restaurant

4.6
423 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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Globally Inspired Gulf Coast Cuisine.

Riel is a modern American restaurant in Houston, Texas led by Executive Chef, co-owner and Manitoba-native Ryan Lachaine. Dedicated to sourcing the highest quality seasonal ingredients, Riel is about highlighting local flavors, utilizing regionally-sourced products and allowing room for interpretation. Inspiration for the menu is pulled from the culinary landscape of Texas’ gulf coast, Lachaine's Ukrainian heritage and French-Canadian fare.

Beverage program showcases small production wines, craft beer, seasonally inspired cocktails and a full bar.
What 423 People Are Saying
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Houston
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top-notch food, service and ambience - as always. Thanks to Ryan, Nick and Mechelle for a great experience.

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H
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best oysters - very clean and fresh. Stacy made great recommendations especially the order to experience the dishes.

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CY
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time from start to finish. Our waitress was very pleasant, helpful & spot on. The place is beautiful & has a lovely ambience.
The food was excellent & totally delicious. The borscht soup was outstanding as as was cauliflower starter with kimchi.
We all had hanger steak which was super & then shared the sticky toffee pudding for dessert. Overall a great dining experience.

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HM
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wonderful service! If I lived in Houston I would come back again and again!

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LA
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite places in Houston. I brought my friend to celebrate her birthday and we chose to sit at the counter. We tasted several dishes including the bone marrow, pierogis, epinadas, cauliflower and several desserts. All the dishes were delicious and the flavors were rich and unique. The service was outstanding - Stacy takes great care of you! And as it’s a more intimate size place, we were even able to meet with the head chef. I can’t wait to go back.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

The bar staff was outstanding. The food was delicious! The waitress was bad enough to make us want to not come back. She was rude and all of us in our party agreed that we had never had an experience that bad with waitstaff. It was unfortunate because everything we ate was delicious.

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EA
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed my dinner at Riel. Beautiful interior, nice drink and wine list and good food. I like that the food is seasonal and always changing. I sat at the chef’s counter but wasn’t really able to see the action in the kitchen which was a bummer. The gentleman who waited on me was very nice and knowledgeable. I’ll definitely return to try to other dishes.

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SR
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

nice, funky, up-scale place in Houston neighborhood ... quality food and beverages, interesting cocktails, not an expansive menu but one that changes and is high quallity

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IB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere, and even better service with Stacy!!!

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

Food was killer! Waitress (Heather) was super awesome. This place is fantastic - I’ll definitely be back!

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Belated Valentines

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Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time @ Riel and first meal in Houston!

Incredible food and service!

We ordered tons of tapas! Wish I could of ordered all of them! Ribeye steak was delicious!

Desserts did not disappoint!

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JH
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They all went out of their way to make our evening so special. We definitely succeeded in surprising my friend for her birthday. They all genuinely cared. Service was perfect, and I had been a part of the service industry for 8 years, so I'm picky. Food was excellent. Bar was equipped with awesome choices. Dining area is not super private, but I was impressed that it wasn't too loud.

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DB
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time having dinner here and we loved everything about it! The restaurant is small and not too loud. Borscht was delicious and so were the mushroom empanadas - so full of flavor! I had the flank steak (medium rare) and my fiance has the crispy snapper, both dishes just kind of melt in your mouth. Will definitely recommend coming back here for another date night.

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VP
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Over priced for the types of dishes available. Fried rice and fried cauliflower for $18 a piece is not worth it

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Houston
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Everything was good except for the serving size of the snapper. I have never seen such a small piece of fish for a $28 entrée.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic! This was one of the best meals I have ever had in my life. The only downside is we were sat at the bar, which was a little snug, but it was the only spot they had available for a reservation. We went on Valentine’s Day so we were shown to our table and received complimentary glasses of champagne. I ordered the Hanger steak medium, which was one of the best steaks I have ever had in my life by far. It was moist, but had the perfect outer crust to it. It melded beautifully with the horseradish cream underneath it and with the peroxide and green beans! It was amazing. My boyfriend ended up getting the snapper consume, which while he said was good, was a little dry for him. We ended the dinner with the bees knees dessert and we also given artesian Jell-O shots at the end of the dinner. One was a love position Jell-O shot that was strong, but a little too sweet and one was an old fashioned Jell-O shot, that was out of this world good. It really tasted like an old fashion! Very very happy with our experience and will most definitely be returning! I pray to god they never take that steak off of the menu because it really is a treasure!

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SM
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were wonderful. I would highly recommend.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the most amazing places I have eaten...amazing appetizers, entrees delicious...

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good drinks good service good food I like that it was a small place but not too loud

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience was a case study in how to manage well during a difficult dining experience. We ordered a bottle of wine, and four small plates. Just as the wine arrived, smoke poured out of a heat vent. It smelled like an electrical fire. We took our glasses of wine outside to escape the smoke in 40 degree weather, not optimal. We came back in as the first course was served, but smoke was still there so we decided to settle the bill and leave. (The food was delicious.) The manager came over and apologized. Our bill came but with no reduction in charges for the wine or the food. As we left I told the person at the door that we wouldn’t be back because there should’ve been some recognition in the billing that this wasn’t a great experience. After all there’s lots of places to choose from here in Houston. We get home, open some cheese and pour the rest of the wine when I get a call from the restaurant. It was the manager, Nicholas, who called and told us that he had voided the bill. He had been on the roof making sure there was not a problem with a fire, and hence not able to communicate with the server. So we will be back, and kudos to the excellent customer service and attention from the staff.

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F
Atlanta
63 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed happy hour at this lovely place. Service was great.
Food choices were interesting. The borscht was fabulous!

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TS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When we first got there there was a happy hour going on that was quite loud. But after that calmed the noise level dropped and the ambiance was great. The food was incredible. Smaller portions but delicious. The service was top of the line as well.

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TS
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They nailed everything- service, food, ambiance. This is truly a top notch restaurant.

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New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent. The food good but not great except the borscht which was excellent. The noise level was high. The price was about what one would expect for the area and level restaurant.

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DF
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Travis was an amazing waiter who provided "Concierge" level service. The food was delicious and ambience perfect for a girls night out.

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Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, super accommodating staff. Everything was top notch.

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MH
Houston
26 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice enough food with good service. Expensive for what you get though.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Sit at the chefs table

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ED
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always feel so well taken care by Ryan and his staff. Everything is impeccable from the first sip of bubbly to the bone marrow luge. Big love to Riel!

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SG
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It turned out that it was the 2 year anniversary of this restaurant so the owners had invited a large noisy crowd of friends in to celebrate . So the service was uneven because the kitchen seemed a little overwhelmed never mind the noise level was way high. I did appreciate that our dessert was comped after we waited over 20 minutes for it and the owner personally apologized. I’d try this place again if I’m ever in Houston because the food was otherwise good . Next anniversary maybe just shut your restaurant . It also made us feel like “outsiders “.

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HF
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service! Our waiter Travis was so knowledgeable about the menu and made incredible recommendations. This was our first time there and we were very impressed. Bone marrow was my favorite! The entire waitstaff was friendly and the restaurant itself was gorgeous and cozy. We will definitely be back

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F
Houston
109 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

It’s a share small plates type menu. Good cocktails. Very loud.

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CF
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great cocktails! Very good service. Waitress was very knowledable about wine. Pretty modest and causal setting, but still a nice place to go without the pressure to get formal.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Whole thing was terrible. One of worst parts: they seem to overbook their early reservations. We had a confirmed res for 7:15. Not seated until 8:00 pm. Terrible experience

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k
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Do yourself a favor and try this restaurant out. Sheer perfection!!!!

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s
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Food was below average and overpriced. I would not go back based on this dining experience, which was very disappointing.

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J
Birmingham
53 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Only second time we have been there and this was the best! One of our favorite meals if late in Houston. The tuna crudo was killer!

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Houston
8 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The food was nice, but not nice enough to justify the price.

Ordered some dishes to share (oysters, cauliflower tempura, bone marrow, mushroom empanadas). The portions were small so we had to double the oysters and empanadas. All of it good, but nothing amazing.

Our ‘main course’ was the tomahawk steak, which was ordered medium but came medium rare. The taste was good, but there was a lot of fat on it and also wasn’t as tender as I would have expected. The perrogis we ordered in the side were nice.

We tried all 3 deserts (sticky toffee pudding, bees knees, the jerk). Again, all were good but nothing we’d go back for.

We went with 2 kids (who love trying new foods and restaurants) and my 80y old mother. The place is much better suited to couples, friends or perhaps business settings. We knew we were taking a risk and I tried to not hold this against the restaurant in this review. Service was pleasant and attentive.

Riel’s concept is roughly along the same lines as say Underbelly, but as far as I’m concerned doesn’t get to quite the same level. We may still give it another chance on date night.

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P
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for a date night - Service is EXCELLENT and Food is delicious!

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