Toulouse - Houston

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800 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
Toulouse Café and Bar recalls a Fin de Siecle Parisian Café where you are likely to bump into friends and find yourself in conversations with neighboring tables. At first glance you will notice the bustling activity that characterizes Toulouse: wait staff with wine openers and hot plates of food, people chatting and laughing, the clink of wine glasses… the atmosphere is sophisticated and good moods are contagious.

In the tradition of all fine bistros, Toulouse has imaginative and seasonal menus that provide exactly what its patrons long for: cozy tables open to the street, mouth-watering specialties a la Française, delicious desserts made from scratch and an extensive wine list. Enjoy the tastes of France with our exciting yet comforting dishes such as our famous quiches, an expertly cooked trout almondine or the best mussels in the city.

Dine with us and be transported to Paris, if only for a moment.
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G
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Manager is always at the restaurant. He greets you and makes you feel welcome. This is old fashion customer appreciation and personal service. Best French Food in town!

A
Houston
30 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great location and good wine list for a weekend luncheon with Oysters, quiche & Steak Tartare. Pricy, but generally worth it in my opinion. The crowd is well-heeled and on the prowl.

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A Parisian brunch experience. Excellent service. Delicious scallops, roasted asparagus, Hollandaise sauce, creamy risotto, rich cheese biscuits with truffle aoli, smooth latte. Complimentary, piping hot, crusty French bread with butter.

DU
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service, always greeted like an old friend. Food is consistently great. Great location. Also good for people watching!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and first class service. We really enjoyed our date night!

JE
Houston
66 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Todd was an excellent server! Food was delicious!

GJ
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall great experience as usual and was lucky enough to be there the last day of restaurant month.

MC
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food as always was excellent. Great wine list and very comfortable atmosphere.

LV
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Toulouse. Great service, food and drinks were delicious. I will be returning.

SN
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant, very attentive waiters and wonderful food.

DC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrate many occasions here at Toulouse. The menu and cocktail menus have numerous selections for all. We love that they bring us as many French bread as needed while waiting for our dinner. Chic, friendly, and beautiful ambiance for all ages. It’s one of our happy places.

E
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and our food was great. The noise level was quite loud. Would definitely go back.

b
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. Food and service of the highest quality, fascinating people watching with a surprisingly low key atmosphere. Don’t be put off by the high end location or the many “beautiful people” present. That’s half the fun. An afternoon or evening in Paris without the travel.

GC
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Went to this restaurant for Houston Restaurant Weeks on a Friday night. The food was good but the restaurant was so noisy that conversation was almost impossible. I would give this restaurant another chance but if the music is so loud again, I don't think I would return.

P
Houston
41 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Been a happy customer since the opening a few years ago, I feel that recently standard is falling down- unfortunately.

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very favorite restaurant- consistently excellent!

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DC
London
10 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good for happy hour, lunch with friends or romantic dinner.

H
London
16 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

We visit Toulouse frequently because we live very close. Usually it is excellent. We ate there for restaurant weeks and unfortunately must give a poor rating, mainly due to the service. We ordered the chocolate souffle for dessert (and it was excellent!). We knew it would take a long time, so we ordered it at the very beginning when we ordered everything else. Our soup came out a short while later and it, too, was excellent. There was quite a long wait (around 25 - 30 minutes) for our main course which was boeuf bourguignon. Since this dish takes hours to create, I can assure you that it had already been prepared well ahead of time. We really couldn't understand why it took so long to receive, but it eventually appeared and again, it was very good. However, after waiting another 20 minutes after finishing the main dish we were told that "it takes the souffles" 40 minutes to cook and that it would be a while longer. Finally, about 30 minutes after we finished our main course, the souffles arrived. The restaurant comp'ed us both a drink and removed the surcharge for the souffles. I still don't understand why we had to wait for our desserts. We KNEW that it would take 40 - 45 minutes for the souffles - that's why we ordered them at the beginning. They had over an hour from the time we ordered until the time we finished our main dishes.

I realize this is NOT typical service for this restaurant, but obviously there were major problems in the kitchen. When it became obvious to the staff that it was going to be an unacceptably long length of time before we could get our desserts (and I think they were aware of this long before we were), they should have informed us and given us the option of a different, more available dessert.

This experience won't keep us from giving them another chance, but we are not the type of people to let things like this be swept aside.

SM
Houston
102 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, excellent waitstaff. We visited for HRW and absolutely loved it our only minor complaint is as the restaurant filled up the noise level got really loud and it was hard to have dinner conversation. Overall a fantastic experience

S
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Toulouse is a great French bistro food and ambiance

HD
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food doesn't taste authentic French, the beef are over cook and doesn't worth.

g
Houston
58 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed our dinner with the Restaurant Week menu. Very good service. Only complaint was it was very noisy.

G
Houston
153 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for HRW. The dishes were great and service very attentive. We especially loved the soufflé! Well worth the up charge! Delicious!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best!!! The food is amazing!!!

C
London
14 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

We came for resturant weeks. Good value but the food was ok - not great. We had beef bourgeois and salmon. Salmon was really good the beef was just ok. Generous helping but the beef was chewy with gristle. Desserts were great. Noise level in the main dining room is very high so would recommend sitting in the front part of the resturant for more comfortable noise level.

RP
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was good, but not spectacular. Although, there were some dishes that were excellent (the risotto comes to mind). Our waiter was friendly, but there were others on staff that were a lot less amiable. There was a large assortment of dishes which was nice compared to some other restaurants in Houston

LO
Houston
107 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 1

We love the food and service here. Unfortunately, there was an "out of control" table of 5 that were so load that it made it impossible to talk to my wife. This was beyond the point where the manager should have stepped in and asked them to keep it down. Nothing wrong with having a good time but this was ridiculous. Couple next to us totally agreed. The dover sole is highly recomended.

s
Houston
31 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Food quality and preparation were not at your normal par. Sorry to say this. Disappointed.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This was my third time and we did HRW this time. Food was delicious. Escargot Toulouse very tasty. The scallop & tiger shrimp very good. Could be a bit more generous with the shrimp.
Best aperol spritz I have had thus far!
Noise level too loud for conversation!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

1st timer there. It’s OK.
The fried calamari was like hard rubber-bands than fresh fried squids. We all tried 1 piece, took 1 bite and didn’t finish. Probably old frozen squids. On top of that, it was more of fried slices of veggies than just squid pieces. Overall .... it’s OK. Nothing to write home about for sure. Will stick with Etoile for us!

L
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous dined at the bar!

S
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is the star at Toulouse, and the food is excellent. Music outside on Thursday night was fabulous. What a great night!

OT
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Sat at the bar. The bartender could’ve been a little more friendly serving us. Did Houston restaurant week. The desert was not very great. No lobster in the lobster bisque. This is about my fifth time here. All the other times I would give it five stars. It was just OK this visit.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Food and service were great

FC
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food and service! A bit loud for conversation

MB
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

We picked Toulouse for HRW for the menus options provided. The lobster bisque was very watery and not very flavourful. We would like to go back and try the different menu options on a quieter evening.

OT
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience and great service!! Our new favorite restaurant. Thank you, Juan!

MT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good at Toulouse

CR
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Toulouse. Service and ambiance where excellent. Great outdoor seating area available. Nice setting for evenings. Food was delicious

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Waitress was not very friendly. She should smile a bit more. And I felt she was a bit rude.
Charged $3 for a side of jalapeños? And $7 for soy milk with a coffee that was $3? A bit overpriced . Food was ok

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