Riel Restaurant

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546 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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PM
Houston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

AB
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
25 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
106 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
10 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
187 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

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! Definitely will be back!

OT
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Loved the truffle and caviar pierogis!

OT
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very interesting food and beverage menu. Everything we ordered was fantastic and great service!

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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o
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Modern dining experience in Montrose. We celebrated a birthday at Riel and enjoyed the unique food options and ambiance of the restaurant. The food portions are small so we were able to try many different types of food. This restaurant has a slightly upscale feel however the prices were much better than fine dining restaurants. The service was great and we felt welcomed at this restaurant so I would recommend this venue to family and friends.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Best all around dining experience I have had in a long time.

TH
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are lucky, there are only going to be a handful of times in your life where you will find a dish in a restaurant that is so close to perfection it will ruin you for enjoying it anywhere else for the rest of your life. If you are REALLY lucky you may be served more than one of those caliber dishes by the same restaurant. A very well travelled party of four of us from around the globe met for dinner and had, what we all agreed, were no less than three such dishes in the same incredible evening.

The first was a simple 'tater tot' taken to a level that could only be described as epic. The second was a similar elevated take on a pierogi (with truffle and caviar) that could only be described as incredible and finally fresh PEI oysters that were simply sublime. The subtle combinations of flavour somehow achieved by the chef were all carefully composed in perfect conjunction with additional layers of texture and temperature that they could each only be described as notes in a symphony.

Just as in a true symphonic experience, the overall effect the chef sought to achieve in each dish could only be experienced with an equally astute and highly focused serving staff moving in perfect harmony with the kitchen. Total execution is everything with such food and why so few restaurants dare to even attempt it. Riel has polished it to a degree that is as much a part of the experience as enjoying visually expressive dancers interpreting the perfect music of a live symphony.

Other dishes that silenced the table in awe as they were being experienced included butter burgers, steak tartare and a crisp yet velvety corn gnocchi that took the dinner in perfect trajectory through to astonishing deserts executed with a whole new palette of sweet and savory, texture and temperature elements.

Riel is not a restaurant, Riel is an experience that will be savoured for life.

H
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Immediately greeted at the door by pleasant hostess & was seated quickly. All of staff was super congenial and answered all of our questions with a smile. The four of us ordered two salads, four entrees, and two desserts. First, the salads: the Barrata salad was really good, with lots of creative greens---pea sprouts & maybe fennel sprouts? The watermelon salad, however, was just a mess. The jalepeno slices were a delight when paired with the melon & greens, but it was just sort of dumped into a small bowl, where it just looked like a blob without much flavor. The entrees were wonderful! Great tasting shrimp, sitting on a corn side that tingled the tastebuds. My pork was beautifully presented with a smear of squash "sauce" and chopped pears. The chop seemed more like just a chop, rather that part of a tenderloin. The steak was awesome. Our desserts were yummy, with the cake & lemon curd being my favorite. It was a delightful evening out.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Delicious food, wonderful service, loud inside (hard to hear each other) will definitely go back with friends to have a fun night but will not go back with friend to talk and catch up.

RA
New Mexico
40 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I honestly love this neighborhood spot. Food and service are consistently good. If you haven’t tried it yet, you definitely should!

JJ
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wife and I absolutely loved our evening at Riel. Everything was fantastic! The ambiance, staff, food, drinks, and even music! I’d recommend Riel to anyone. My wife isn’t an adventurous eating and she tried everything we ordered, even some things she’s never had before.