Riel Restaurant

4.6
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580 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
If you do not see your desired reservation time. Please give us a call at 832-831-9109 and our host staff will be happy assist you.

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 580 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.5
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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W
Houston
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food that arrived was cold did inform the server and she comped one dessert .

M
Houston
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE IT HERE!!!!!!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitstaff was really excellent. The food was top notch and different, so that made it a wonderful experience. We hope to return again.

B
Houston
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food4service2ambience5

It is a good restaurant but not exceptional. Food was very good. One issue I have is that their website says they have a happy hour during the time I was there however when I asked about it, the response was that they don’t have it.

WL
Houston
44 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and imaginative menu. A very kind and generous server. We will be back! #pierogisforever

t
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

A little disappointed in the portion sizes. And the food lacked flavor.

JR
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

C
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great eats! Excellent service.

KH
Houston
40 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend Riel Restaurant to anyone looking for great food with an update atmosphere. Everything we ate was delicious - empanadas, oysters, and redfish. We will definitely go back soon.

F
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and service, but due to size of restaurant and maximum tables, it was hard to visit with friends during dinner. Food was inventive and served perfectly. We will definitely go again.

OT
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love, love, love Riel!! One of our go to spots!

BP
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Outstanding Service and appetizers were delicious with the exception of briskets(big turnoff)... again outstanding service all the way around but felt menu wasn’t deep enough and needed more Main Entre variety.

C
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is consistently good. Service is friendly without being obtrusive.

j
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food. Bone Marrow appetizer was not with $18. main courses were somewhat limited.

The rest of the food and wine was very good. Our Server was quick and efficient (but not so friendly).
I’ll come back.

s
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Visited for NYE and had an amazing experience. I appreciate the effort to not do a pre fixe menu. The addition of the spoons and bubbles for NYE was the perfect touch for the celebration. Travis was knowledgeable about the wine and food. Each small plate was thoughtful and delicious. The short rib was very wonderful as well.

r
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal I ate in 2019. Just remarkable across the board.

LM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our server was terrific!! She took the time to go through the entire menu to identify those items that were Gluten Free or could be made GF! She was attentive, genuinely engaged and even went so far as to write down places in town that might be of interest (after asking what types of things we like to do)!
The food was innovative and our apps and main course were delicious. Though the food temp was borderline cool. Our cocktails were perfect! Dessert is an opportunity for improvement.
I would return for sure!

CA
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good vibes only

KR
Houston
63 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Loved the feel and look of the restaurant. Waitstaff was very good. Cabbage rolls were...cabbage rolls. Guess I expected something a little different. While the fish was excellent, the sauce had way too much cornstarch and spoiled it. I will give it another try.

PP
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a thoroughly enjoyable dining experience. Heather made great recommendations and made us feel at home. The food was excellent.

ZA
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Counter seating gave a good show of the cook line in action

OT
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance!! We ordered a lot of Apps instead of entrees and it was great!!!

f
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

small plates - really creative foods...interesting combinations of tastes... mushroom empanades to DIE FOR. We can't wait to go back and try the rest of the menu. It was pretty noisy - but its a happening place! Excellent service.

C
Denver
4 reviews
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
83 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
27 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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