Cafe Rabelais

4.7
296 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
Houston’s Café Rabelais serves sumptuous French cuisine in its classic, European-inspired eatery. Fantastic starter options include the mouth-watering smoked salmon plate, the white bean and vegetable soup, as well as a variety of decadent cheese plates. Café Rabelais’s specialty dinner entrées include the seared duck breast with Szechuan demi-glace, the seared snapper in rich beurre blanc, the vegetarian orzo pasta with purple cauliflower and feta cheese and the red wine marinated ribeye with eggplant.

Top off your Café Rabelais French feast with an unforgettable dessert, like the mixed nut and chocolate silk pie “fondant au chocolate sur croute de noix” or the fruity “sorbet du jour” and wash it down with a fresh, hot espresso.
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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This lovely French bistro has become one of my favorite restaurants in Houston. The food, drink and ambiance is great. The wait staff is committed and thoughtful. It has good outdoor dining during COVID.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was served cold and had to be returned for re-heating. Mashed potatoes returned cold.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for our 25th anniversary and it was a wonderful dining experience; excellent service and food and we loved the atmosphere. Highly recommend! We will be back!

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vipmurphmeister
Houston
66 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

amazing escargot. we asked for a second order they were so good. perfect amount of garlic sweetness and very tender. not tough or chewy at all. can't wait to go get more.

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Sandy
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh delicious perfect

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SuzanneM
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had mussels and my friend had the steak and frites. Both were perfectly prepared and the service was excellent. We sat outside on the patio and it was very pleasant. Extensive wine list and fairly good value.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The mussel is excellent, especially the sauce

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krazycate
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

This is a lovely French restaurant in Rice Village. Traditional French food, nicely presented. The menu is small and wine is pricey. Otherwise, a great date night place.

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MissB
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always. I love that you never feel rushed. Our server was fantastic - so nice and charismatic. It was an absolute joy.

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MikeA
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have missed our French restaurant.

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vip1constantdiner
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, the food was awesome and the service was superb. The wine was perfectly paired with the food. And the wine dinner is an excellent value.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and ambience.

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isabellag
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great place for many years - steak was cooked medium rare to perfection

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vipDavidW
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place
Love the food

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Clayton
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and wine. Absolutely fresh. Their mussels were the best.

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Marie
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just live this place, makes me feel like I'm back home. Food is great and for all budget. You can get a great sandwich and French fries under 10$ or amazing lamb if you have a bigger budget. Service is also amazing!

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KevinC
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for restaurant week and everything was amazing! Will definitely be back

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SharonH
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Long time fav kitchen. Adding 4 stars this time as it seemed a bit off this visit.
I did enjoy the fish on HRW menu.
Fresh bread was very nice.
Don't get too excited about the HRW wine list, some recently printed options are sold out.

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vipGuesswho
Houston
121 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Cafe Rabelais for Houston Restaurant Weeks. I am not sure why, but I selected the filet mignon for my entree as did my husband. I was expecting a nice steak with a very good sauce. That filet was one of the best I had ever had. Comparable to the best steak houses in Houston. It was tender with astonishing flavor and cooked exactly as I had requested - rare. My husband had the same comments that I did. We sat there throughout dinner marveling at the quality of the meat. The rest of the meal was also excellent, as was the service, but the steak was the star of the show. We would highly recommend Cafe Rabelais with the filet entree for Restaurant Weeks, although I am sure you would not be disappointed with anything on the menu. They are also conscientious about sanitizing, the tables are spaced far apart, and there is an option for outdoor dining.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food as always!

JK
vipJohnK
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, particularly the fish and the abbreviated wine list offers enough choice to satisfy any preferences. We were concerned that, with limited space, the restaurant might not be able to operate effectively in the current environment. No problem, the staff have done a great job in respecting the Covid-19 protocols and making customers feel safe. This restaurant is a village jewel.

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Jerry
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic little French restaurant in Rice Village. Had the smoked salmon sandwich - delicious! Glad they’re open!

MR
vipMoniqueR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They went above and beyond per usual. The food and service are always great!

JL
vipJodiL
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Father’s Day

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vipla46
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Cafe Rabelais was delicious and generous and the service prompt, professional, and friendly.

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FrankB
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience4

I appreciate the C-19 circumstances, but we looked at a very limited menu selection (6 entrees...). With a Friday night 7:30 reservation we were slowly told (waiter returned twice...) over a bottle of wine and a starter that they ran out of our desired main courses (with only 3 and more expensive entrees remaining which were a bad choice. By that time we could not leave really... For a Friday night very, very poor planning...I would say to Chef and Management: take a course in restaurant logistics and prepare better if you like to keep customers...we were regulars....

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy in a good way...taking into account appropriate social distancing requirements. Great menu selection - appetizers, entrees and desserts. Relaxing environment with great waitstaff that didn’t rush the evening. A great place

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Paves3
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is outstanding. The food was so delicious. Grouper with beurre blanc sauce should stay on the menu forever. It was unbelievably delicious!

JM
vipJimM
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's great to be able to go back to this wonderful neighborhood favorite!

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vipDonA
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Glad Cafe Rabelais is back. Great food (we had the snapper w salad), attentive service, excellent wine recommendations.

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vipLoves2travel
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful evening! The food and service are excellent. One of our favorite restaurants!

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vipLATlovesdining
Houston
32 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even though living in The Woodlands, making an occasional trip to Houston to have dinner with friends at Cafe Rabelais is surely a treat for all of us. The food is always superb and we enjoy the wines, salads and entree's with enthusiasm. The bread of course is a must and don't hesitate to ask for more butter. LOL The service always the best and having a nice table for four in front simply reminds us of a great French bistro with tasty foods and flavors unmatched. Be patient when dining and enjoy the wine of course as the table sizes are intimate, even in the current world of social distancing and further apart now. We simply had a great time and enjoyed the rack of lamb and Cornish game hens preceded my a big salad of fresh greens, pear (or was it apple) and tasty creamy blue cheese. We also requested Champagne vinaigrette which is a house specialty to use on the salad as well. Go for it when in Houston.

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vipFrank
Houston
25 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s back and has not lost a step. Outstanding in every way.

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JiminHouston
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Imagine finding a small, immaculate bistro with fantastic food, helpful and attentive staff and the best wines in town. And having the place almost to yourselves! That was our experience this week at the low-capacity Cafe Rabelais. That a different ambiance than usual, quite the pleasant change. But they're open, food remains superb and the staff hasn't missed a beat. Highly recommended.

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vipAvatar910
Houston
43 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Bibb & Gorgonzola salad followed by Mussels and frites, accompanied by a few bottles of Sancerre topped off by a cheese plate and profiteroles with two glasses of Sauternes. Great service, while a bit pricy for lunch, it was all very well prepared and worth every penny.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Birthday celebration

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Barbara
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had a delicious dinner last weekend. I had mussels and they were wonderful! We split the onion torte appetizer and really enjoyed it. I had not been here in a while but will be back soon.

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vipAlways
Houston
403 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Aery nice menu with plenty of choices. Great restaurant for a weeknight meal.

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Rick
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This establishment is a hidden gem in Rice Village. The menu changes (at least somewhat) daily but there is always a good selection. The wines by the glass are a little pricey but excellent. The service is attentive but not oppressive, and the bread is some of the best in town. I don’t know what I might be missing elsewhere by returning here so often, but as long as the quality stays so even I’ll keep coming back.

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WilliamD
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have not been to this restaurant for many years. Thought it would be a nice, quiet evening to celebrate our 36th wedding anniversary. It was even better than expected. The wait staff was highly attentive, the food was perfect and the prices were excellent. We will return soon.

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Cafe Rabelais is rated 4.7 stars by 296 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.