Riel Restaurant

4.6
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557 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.
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C
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff is always kind and well-versed with menu items and wine-liquor. Dining at Riel is always a treat!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our anniversary. Great food and great service! Highly recommend!

UV
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great! Terrific food, service and ambience. So excited to try the Tuesday night butter burgers. Delicious!

AG
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a very imaginative cuisine experience for out of towner who goes to dozens of major cities each year.

TE
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Unisex or female..... Steak was cold. Bartender amazing, staff helpful. Limited menu and quantities.

l
New Orleans
17 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service. Eclectic food & wine selection. Not much for vegetarians (me). Good cauliflower app. But not sure if appealing enough to return with so many restaurants......

DG
Houston
82 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Popular, extremely noisy place. Great food, excellent service, good valet parking, but oh!, the noise. If you just want a good meal, by all means go. If you wish to have a conversation,. forget it!

OT
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Food is underwhelming and overpriced. Service was great. Wouldn’t go back again. There are way way better restaurants in Houston.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

It’s been awhile since my sister and I find the time to get dinner so I kept recommending Riel’s because I had very good past experiences with them. So good that I used to go there almost every weekend.

We ordered:

Cauliflower- soggy, barely any kimchi sauce, celery slices and carrots were not great garnishes. Extremely soggy. We didn’t even eat half of it.

Fried rice- it was supposed to be firecracker rice but it was yet again soggy and had this sour taste. Yolk and sour is not a good combination. I remember having this same dish in the past and it was DELICIOUS. This time, I was disappointed.

*15 mins for our entree to arrive*

Hanger steak- cooked medium rare perfectly. Green beans were fresh. Perogies are always delicious. The creamy white sauce was weird so I just picked the steak out.

Truffle caviar perogies- delicious. Sooo good. Not one complaint. They used to only serve them on weekends but I guess it’s everyday now? Which is awesome.

For dessert we ordered the BEES KNEES. I’ve had it before and this time ice cream was completely melted when serve...the server didn’t even care.

Now, the service? I can’t remember her name but she had greenish blue hair...she was horrible. So slow. Avoiding eye contact. I used to work at a high end restaurant and whenever I noticed my guest didn’t finish something especially an appetizer I always ask them if there was anything wrong with it. I never just take an almost full appetizer back to the kitchen without asking questions. I always want to make sure my guests feel satisfied for what they’re paying for. She noticed we didn’t like the cauliflower and just took it and left. I’m not asking for a free meal but bc I’ve worked in the restaurant industry, it just comes off like you’re only interested in a high bill and not the service. First time in a long time I tipped 15%...

JM
Houston
35 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Lovely restaurant. Great Vibe.

CB
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience3

We ordered the Houston Chronicle recommended Sliders which are available only on Tuesday. They arrived burnt and dry. The happy hour drinks were a delight. I tried "My mind's playing tricks on me" which is an upgraded margarita. In an effort to continue happy hour, we ordered the brisket, and again was disappointed. The food quality has declined and is not good enough to support happy hour. So sorry

PM
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was fantastic ,our server always appeared at the right time ,more than I wanted to pay but was worthit.

AB
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for what I’ll call the chef tasting ... they just kept bringing out savoury little dishes of special items from the menu and some great items off menu as well. The fried rice is always my favourite, the oysters were great as was everything else. Really good wine menu too!

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious. Travis was a great waiter. Will definitely go back

D
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience4

Obnoxiously loud

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous, creative fare with excellent service and a cozy, hip vibe.

EI
Houston
26 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints!!!!!! Food always excellent and service is impeccable

OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Will be back 100%

DD
New York Area
107 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The meats were amazing: the Montreal smoked meat and hanger steak with pierogi were both excellent. the shishito peppers - which the waiter highly recommended - were extremely meh: peppers drowning in sauces that didn't really work, either together or with peppers. Wines by the glass were OK, not thrilling, but fine.

OT
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easily one of our favorite dining spots in the city!

E
Las Vegas
26 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would go back in a heartbeat! Super bartenders, inventive delicious cocktails, extremely good food. Do not miss it!!!

RG
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The ambience, the wine selection, the location are very good. However, I think the food is overprice. The sizes are very tiny and the taste of it did not blow me away.

s
Amarillo
16 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting Houston for the weekend and trying new restaurant. With only a reservation for the counter, we were able to get a table due to our early dining time. Interesting menus items. Presentation and explanation were excellent. Enjoyed the experience.

IA
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I live in the neighborhood and try to support local establishments and would dine here maybe annually.... That’s going to change since my recent visit the latter part of October 2019. I will be returning more frequently as the menu has grown and the options appeal to me more as a result. The red snapper market fish was delicious!! Service is always excellent. Happy to see the place try harder - and I hope it pays off! Locals - please return ASAP!

C
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant in Houston. In my opinion. The food is outrageously delicious. Their bone marrow is life.

BO
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Innovative and delicious independent food. Nothing else like it anywhere

JW
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding dining experience. Great service, great food, great drinks! Not a price point that most people could handle every week, but a fantastic option for a special occasion.

PL
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice little place with a great modern ambience, the service was impeccable. Only complaint is the chef was a bit heavy handed with the salt. Otherwise a great experience.

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and attention to detail! The tempura cauliflower needs a rethink though.

S
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Just a hint — when a second order of blini is necessary for the caviar service, send butter at the same time. Otherwise, lovely service and nice wine selection.

SR
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Another visit to Riel in Houston. A bit quirky, a lot charming, and definitely worth the trip. Always interesting dishes, although I felt that you were more rewarded with the starters than the main courses. Also. We felt a bit rushed this time, although the place was not full and there really was no reason for the server to be “hovering”. Another enjoyable time

NM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good ambiance. Very interesting menu. Everything we had was great and service we excellent. Steak tartar and short ribs especially outstanding. Very nice wine by-the-glass selection.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Small portions. Skirt steak for $29 was a very small bite. Short rib for same price was perfect. Nothing spectacular and again portions were too small for the money. Also no free dessert for the anniversary occasion.

OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming and quaint spot in Montrose. Look over the drink menu and do not hesitate to order a So Fresh, So Clean...and yes think about Outkast when doing so. With a signature cocktail list that plays homage to Beyonce, Outkast, Paul Wall, and Dr. Dre??? I'm here for it and please, take all of my money!! Every single dish we ordered was outstanding. Our favs included the blistered shishito peppers, mushroom empanadas and the truffle caviar perogies. Do not leave without ordering dessert. I promise you, it's worth it! We will be back to finish ordering everything else off of the menu that we didn't try the first time around.

RC
Austin
16 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very nice restaurant to share nice plates with good friends. A bit trickier with new acquaintances or business dinners. A bit too loud but very positive experience nonetheless.

AF
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Riel is one of the best restaurants in the city. Highly recommended!!

RS
Houston
189 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

While the restaurant is very nice and quaint, the food was disappointing. Sport, but it didn’t live up to the hype.

T
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu and professional service. All fine!

f
Houston
51 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Interesting and tasty food. We had the crudo tuna (excellent), the mushroom empanadas (excellent), the fried spicy cauliflower (good, not exceptional), and the flank steak (excellent with the superb horseradish sauce).

Y
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

late night jewel with interesting drinks and culinary experience