Bistro Menil

4.8
878 Reviews
$30 and under
European
Chef Greg Martin reclaims the classic definition of a bistro by providing casual dining in his friendly, lively and wine-focused establishment. Bistro Menil offers European-inspired, American fare paired with craft beer, cask wine, and thoughtfully selected wines by the glass or bottle.

Bistro Menil offers delicious brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, happy hour and dinner selections. Weekly specials include appetizer and entree dishes along with wine tasting flights.

Chef Martin personally curates the wine menus, ensuring all wines are excellent examples of their varietals and pair beautifully with the food offerings.

Bistro Menil overlooks The Menil Collection and Menil Park and provides ample, complimentary parking.

Use of this reservation system requires that guests abide by Bistro Menil reservation policy which can be viewed at www.bistromenil.com

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Starting May 9, 2021

Join us For Mother's Day Brunch (10-4) afternoon Tea service (2-4).

What 878 people are saying
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vipKaren
Houston
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Waiter was great. Nice to sit outside.

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LeaW
Houston
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a “go to” for a client lunch!

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vipTriciaM
Houston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience5

The lack of good service was the biggest issue.

Some of the items we ordered were tasty; others, not up to the hype. We will try again as I've heard many good things.

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thejillibean
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Bistro Menil is lovely. Fun food options and a good variety for varied diets. The space is lovely.

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vipKctla
Houston
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have gone to this delightful restaurant regularly for the last 5 or 6 years, and it never disappoints us. Friendly staff, great food, and delicious wines.

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vipCarolN
Houston
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place for lunch with friends! The food is delicious! Our server was so attentive and made sure our iced tea was icy on this hot April day. He had great recommendations, too! The goat cheese fondue appetizer is remarkable! We also had the eggplant fries.
Very, very good! Should have stopped there, but went on to have a lump crab meat and mushroom crepe! Definitely should have shared that plate as it was too much food after the appetizers! Highly recommend!

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HoustonFoodie
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was so great and the patio great - the only suggestion I would make is we kept getting wafts of natural gas over at our table from something behind the fence. I would figure out what that was and cordon it off so it doesn't drift onto diners, etc/

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OpenTable Diner
Boise
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They put us outside at the table in the corner. The weather was perfect. Thank you so much for making my birthday celebration just right! Food was the best!

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JaneM
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful brunch on the patio for Easter. It was perfect!

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GarrettL
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic outdoor Sunday brunch location with great food.

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txwineguy
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easter brunch was great. The food was excellent. It came out hot and quickly. It was a great time as we dined al fresco.

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DanielT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as always!! Will come here often! Thanks!

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vipRick
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always excellent, creative and fresh cuisine including desert. Our favorite spot for lunch. Super reliable and attention to detail.

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LeeS
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Gathered outside for a beautiful dinner with family! Food was outstanding!

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EllenH
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside and the weather was perfect and tables were nicely spaced.

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SusanD
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a perfect place to take an out of town friend for lunch or dinner. Great variety of unique flavor combinations - one must always return to try some other delicious entree. The wait staff was excellent, never had to wave them over. Highly recommend, I want to have an Afternoon Tea there next.

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Clayton
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful in every way. Superb food.

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vipConnieW
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love love love my neighborhood bistro!!

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vipMike
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate on the front terrace, lovely day. La Farra Prosecco. Could have stayed all afternoon.

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Tatiguerin
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It is a very nice place in an amazing environment. we were in the patio and enjoyed every minute of it. The food is very good and the owner was very attentive. It is obvious they want to really do things well and translate it into their Mediterranean dishes. Recommended.

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Arras
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite indoor/outdoor restaurants ! There is a wonderful variety of entrees and sides and you can carry on a conversation! It has been wonderful reconnecting with friends over a delightful lunch!

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vipSoupsOn
Houston
44 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was an outstanding al fresco dining experience! You can walk around outside the Menil or better yet, tour the amazing gallery. The pizza and duck confit were worth the calories. We recommend the Malbec from the cask - nice to be able to have a half carafe.

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vipBenB
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was tasty and high quality and well prepared. Patio seating was nice and quiet area. Service was slow at the end of the evening but was others good. I will go back.

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vipWILLIAMG
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

food was great....... service not so great xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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Karen
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

What makes the Bistro Menil a special place to dine is it's location on the grounds of the Menil Museum. I was there for a late lunch on a beautiful cool, but sunny spring day. My friend and I choose to eat inside near a window looking out on the patio dining area. The food and service was very good. The Bistro Menil is observing Pandemic guidelines and the tables were spaced a sufficient distance apart. Staff wore masks as did customers except when eating. I would recommend the Bistro Menil for it's ambience, food, and care for customers and staff during the pandemic.

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MaryLynneC
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Make reservations early and specify indoor or outdoors table.

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TodF
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro Menil always has excellent food and service. My favorite place to go for a special occasion.

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JoseS
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great place to have a nice lunch, brunch, or dinner with a couple of friends or your loved one. Excellent service.

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Mary
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely lunch! Appropriately socially distanced tables. Friendly, kind servers.
I will be going back very soon!

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VNguyen
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

great ambience and fantastic and delicious food!

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HectorT
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very courteous staff!
Great service, great patio
Great food!
Highly recommended

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
30 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Made a reservation a week in advance for a table outside. When we arrived, it was a bit warm, so we asked to be seated inside. No one was seated inside. When I asked for two different tables, I was told they were reserved—even though they had no reserved sign and many of the tables outside had the signs. We were told they were for “people who come in often and know to ask for table 7 or 35.” The dining room remained mostly empty for 30-45 minutes. When a couple came in much later — they were seated at one of the tables we requested, and I understood them to say they didn’t have a reservation. And an hour later, the same at the other. Perhaps we didn’t fit the image the hostess was looking for in filling the “desired” tables, but it didn’t feel very good. Our server was excellent and the food was very good.

I don’t visit this restaurant but 4-5 times a year, but always make a reservation, and to this point, have enjoyed everything about the place. This visit changed the overall feel for me.

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EileenC
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First lunch out in over a year. So good to be back at Bistro Menil. Excellent food and top flight service. Thank you for a perfect experience.

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JoanieC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a lovely experience at Bistro Menil. We visited the Rothko Chapel and the Menil Collection first. Grateful for the staff setting up an umbrella for us on a beautiful sunny day.

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LIFoodie
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent atmosphere and food! Love the menu. Enjoyed the quiet atmosphere and the patio is lovely.

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Sally
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I took a friend for high tea to celebrate her birthday and we both enjoyed the experience and the food. Very nice presentation and everything was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, the service was superb and the food was excellent. My go-to is the seared lemon thyme chicken which is always amazing and tender! I love the cold zucchini salad and mashed potatoes as sides. My friend ordered the lump crab salad and it was presented beautifully and she said it was awesome! You cannot go wrong at Bistro Menil...it is beautiful, quiet, the hostess and servers are friendly and courteous and the food is great!

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thomasm
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice ambience and very friendly service !!!!!!!
Good food

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vipBetsyB
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time back in a restaurant in almost a year. Great food, great service, good attention to guest safety. Loved it.

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GabJ
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience2

My girlfriends and I dined there last night. We has reservations and we were told we could choose any table we wanted to sit at inside or outside. When we asked to be placed at a double table outside with 5 chairs, the host immediately told us no. So we sat down at a single table. We then waited for 45 minutes before being acknowledged by our waiter. He brushed off the wait like we were only there for 10 minutes. I should have walked out at that point, but we stayed. We ordered our drinks and apps. When the food came out, the server realized there was no room on the table to actually set the food down and so we had to switch tables to the larger one we requested in the first place! Ordering our main course and dessert also took time as the waiter wasn’t attentive. The food was amazing, but the service was awful! We waited about 30 minutes for the bill to arrive once dessert was finished. The restaurant wasn’t busy last night, so I don’t understand why the service was so poor. We arrived at 6 and didn’t leave till 9:15!!!!

FAQs

Bistro Menil offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (713) 904-3537.

Bistro Menil is rated 4.8 stars by 878 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.