Brasserie Max & Julie

★★★★☆
  • 4315 Montrose Boulevard

    Houston, TX 77006

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  • 713-524-0070

About Brasserie Max & Julie

Hours
Monday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Tuesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Wednesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Thursday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Friday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Saturday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Sunday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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The restaurant opened in 2007 has become a sophisticated little place with fantastic food. Upon entering Brasserie Max & Julie (owned by neither Max or Julie but by Chris and Laurence Paul who also own Cafe Rabelais in Rice Village) I am

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The restaurant opened in 2007 has become a sophisticated little place with fantastic food. Upon entering Brasserie Max & Julie (owned by neither Max or Julie but by Chris and Laurence Paul who also own Cafe Rabelais in Rice Village) I am

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We love French cuisine so decided to try this place. Bad idea!! First of all, it was soo hot, upstairs and down, we might as well have been outside in the Houston August heat. The noise level, for those of us over 30, was unbearable -

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★★★★★

We love French cuisine so decided to try this place. Bad idea!! First of all, it was soo hot, upstairs and down, we might as well have been outside in the Houston August heat. The noise level, for those of us over 30, was unbearable -

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New menu offered less original French cuisine and more modified tex-mex. Selection of wine is down the toilette from what it was a year and half ago. The place can be loud and only maintained the facade of being "european". The only

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★★★★★

New menu offered less original French cuisine and more modified tex-mex. Selection of wine is down the toilette from what it was a year and half ago. The place can be loud and only maintained the facade of being "european". The only

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It was our first time at Brasserie Max et Julie. The reviews seemed good and we were looking forward to a great evening and a great meal... what a disappointment!

The service: I don't need 3 to 4 different people serving me (there was one person at least for (1) the water, (2) the bread, (3) the meal, etc...). So although our main waitress was nice, it felt too busy and it was a bit annoying.

The food: First of all their online menu is outdated. The 2 potential entrees my wife was looking forward to were not available anymore.
Then among the choices left available to us, we asked for an entree without alcohol (even though it is cooked off during the preparation that is something we didn't want to have). We asked among the duck, the chicken, the skate wings and few other items that sounded reasonably good, the ones without alcohol. Well, everything used alcohol for some reason and the chef didn't seem to be able to slightly adapt his cooking to satisfy our demand. The disappointment came mostly from the lack of flexibility in the chef's cooking. I know that it was not a hard task to skip the alcohol and I also know that the recipe for the skate wing at least originally doesn't require alcohol since I cooked it myself several times in the past.
So my wife had to order a grilled salmon which was ok but definitely no better than what the average bbq person can do during a sunday afternoon.
I myself had the steak tartare. I hate dozens of steaks tartare in the past, this was the first time I didn't finish my plate. First the seasoning was way off but the main problem is that the meat itself had a weird texture. I don't think the meat was not fresh but maybe the cut was of poor quality who knows? We also had the pate for appetizer and it was rather bland.
Of course, we didn't stay for desserts. Maybe it would have made up for the rest of the meal but we will never know.

I admit that we haven't tried the full menu so maybe just these entrees, or this day, were bad. So maybe your experience is going to be a better one, and I really hope it is. All I know is that I will not go back to Max et Julie.

And another note, the valet parking is a joke. They use the emptied Chase parking next door and they make sure you cannot park yourself. So you have to leave your car to someone who will park it 2 yards away from the restaurant's entrance. Some people might not like walking but this is really sad at this point.

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★☆☆☆☆

It was our first time at Brasserie Max et Julie. The reviews seemed good and we were looking forward to a great evening and a great meal... what a disappointment!

The service: I don't need 3 to 4 different people serving me (there was one person at least for (1) the water, (2) the bread, (3) the meal, etc...). So although our main waitress was nice, it felt too busy and it was a bit annoying.

The food: First of all their online menu is outdated. The 2 potential entrees my wife was looking forward to were not available anymore.
Then among the choices left available to us, we asked for an entree without alcohol (even though it is cooked off during the preparation that is something we didn't want to have). We asked among the duck, the chicken, the skate wings and few other items that sounded reasonably good, the ones without alcohol. Well, everything used alcohol for some reason and the chef didn't seem to be able to slightly adapt his cooking to satisfy our demand. The disappointment came mostly from the lack of flexibility in the chef's cooking. I know that it was not a hard task to skip the alcohol and I also know that the recipe for the skate wing at least originally doesn't require alcohol since I cooked it myself several times in the past.
So my wife had to order a grilled salmon which was ok but definitely no better than what the average bbq person can do during a sunday afternoon.
I myself had the steak tartare. I hate dozens of steaks tartare in the past, this was the first time I didn't finish my plate. First the seasoning was way off but the main problem is that the meat itself had a weird texture. I don't think the meat was not fresh but maybe the cut was of poor quality who knows? We also had the pate for appetizer and it was rather bland.
Of course, we didn't stay for desserts. Maybe it would have made up for the rest of the meal but we will never know.

I admit that we haven't tried the full menu so maybe just these entrees, or this day, were bad. So maybe your experience is going to be a better one, and I really hope it is. All I know is that I will not go back to Max et Julie.

And another note, the valet parking is a joke. They use the emptied Chase parking next door and they make sure you cannot park yourself. So you have to leave your car to someone who will park it 2 yards away from the restaurant's entrance. Some people might not like walking but this is really sad at this point.

Cons: Food

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Going here is like stepping into Paris. The decor looks like someone dismantled a brasserie in France and reassembled it here. Despite how beautiful it looks, it's comfy.

Some reviews have mentioned that this place is a bit formal...maybe because we're usually here for brunch/breakfast, but we feel pretty comfortable in jeans and flip flops. The prices are also extremely reasonable for what you're getting (local, organic, good food with an awesome ambiance).

The crowd is pretty mixed. Sometimes there are a lot of older diners, and sometimes there are big French families with their kids running around.

The food is pretty good - I usually get the salmon crepes with creme fraiche and capers. It comes with a simple field greens and balsamic vinaigrette salad. The potato chips that come with the sandwiches are also surprisingly good. They're sliced really thin and just barely salted. The warm bread tastes like someone woke up at 4am to start making it the traditional way.

The service, and this may turn some people off, is pretty leisurely. Even when they aren't busy, our waiters aren't rushing. They're usually just hanging out until we get one of the bus boys to ask one of the waiters to get us the check. :P The bus boys, BTW, are also really friendly. There's a high bus boy to diner ratio and those guys are pretty good about keeping your bread and water stocked.

BTW, if you don't want to valet, you can easily park in a lot behind Thai Stix and cut through the "backyard" to get to the restaurant.

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★★★★★

Going here is like stepping into Paris. The decor looks like someone dismantled a brasserie in France and reassembled it here. Despite how beautiful it looks, it's comfy.

Some reviews have mentioned that this place is a bit formal...maybe because we're usually here for brunch/breakfast, but we feel pretty comfortable in jeans and flip flops. The prices are also extremely reasonable for what you're getting (local, organic, good food with an awesome ambiance).

The crowd is pretty mixed. Sometimes there are a lot of older diners, and sometimes there are big French families with their kids running around.

The food is pretty good - I usually get the salmon crepes with creme fraiche and capers. It comes with a simple field greens and balsamic vinaigrette salad. The potato chips that come with the sandwiches are also surprisingly good. They're sliced really thin and just barely salted. The warm bread tastes like someone woke up at 4am to start making it the traditional way.

The service, and this may turn some people off, is pretty leisurely. Even when they aren't busy, our waiters aren't rushing. They're usually just hanging out until we get one of the bus boys to ask one of the waiters to get us the check. :P The bus boys, BTW, are also really friendly. There's a high bus boy to diner ratio and those guys are pretty good about keeping your bread and water stocked.

BTW, if you don't want to valet, you can easily park in a lot behind Thai Stix and cut through the "backyard" to get to the restaurant.

Pros: Feels like Paris, reasonable prices

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LIke another reviewer, I too had a bad reaction after eating smoked salmon crepes with creme fraiche at the Sunday brunch. Decided to give it another try but this visit my salmon steak was undercooked and I had to send it back to the kitchen. Besides these things (as if they weren't enough), the food is bland; my bearnaise sauce and the cauliflower gratin I ordered had no flavor. The only thing I can say I enjoyed was the crispy brown bread that came before the meal. Unfortunate as the location is quite good and there aren't so many restaurants close to the museums. This is a far cry from "just like Paris" as some reviewers wrote!! Houstonians should demand more of their restaurants!!

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★☆☆☆☆

LIke another reviewer, I too had a bad reaction after eating smoked salmon crepes with creme fraiche at the Sunday brunch. Decided to give it another try but this visit my salmon steak was undercooked and I had to send it back to the kitchen. Besides these things (as if they weren't enough), the food is bland; my bearnaise sauce and the cauliflower gratin I ordered had no flavor. The only thing I can say I enjoyed was the crispy brown bread that came before the meal. Unfortunate as the location is quite good and there aren't so many restaurants close to the museums. This is a far cry from "just like Paris" as some reviewers wrote!! Houstonians should demand more of their restaurants!!

Pros: attentive service

Cons: the food!

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When I think of French cuisine in Houston, two types come to mind: French cooked by Mexican/Latin american cooks in the back, or French made to suit the Houstonian palate (over-the-top flavor with too much sauce). A Francophile at heart, I have been searching for a place to satisfy my French food cravings while transporting me to the land of crepe suzette, cafe au lait, and canard a l'orange.
Of all the places I've visited in Houston, Brasserie Max & Julie is the closest I've found to authentic French cuisine. The decor and lighting has a decidedly French sensibility and the menu closely resembles one I perused on my last visit to Paris. A large one-page laminated affair, the menu offers an array of classic French dishes such as oven roasted bone marrow, home made pate, steak frites, and much more.
We started with the "tete de veau", an off the menu house made specialty similar to a head cheese. The bone marrow was the highlight for me (and seemed to be a favorite among other French-speaking patrons), a richly decadent yet simple dish that can be classified as nothing but tres francais. While the overall menu was a bit pricey for everyday dining, Brasserie Max & Julie is definitely a place to go when you are craving that trip to Paris but can't afford one. When we were there, more than 50% of the tables were native French speakers and many of the staff spoke French as well, so not only will you enjoy the French ambiance and cuisine, but you can enjoy the hearing that melodic romance language all around you as well!

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★★★★☆

When I think of French cuisine in Houston, two types come to mind: French cooked by Mexican/Latin american cooks in the back, or French made to suit the Houstonian palate (over-the-top flavor with too much sauce). A Francophile at heart, I have been searching for a place to satisfy my French food cravings while transporting me to the land of crepe suzette, cafe au lait, and canard a l'orange.
Of all the places I've visited in Houston, Brasserie Max & Julie is the closest I've found to authentic French cuisine. The decor and lighting has a decidedly French sensibility and the menu closely resembles one I perused on my last visit to Paris. A large one-page laminated affair, the menu offers an array of classic French dishes such as oven roasted bone marrow, home made pate, steak frites, and much more.
We started with the "tete de veau", an off the menu house made specialty similar to a head cheese. The bone marrow was the highlight for me (and seemed to be a favorite among other French-speaking patrons), a richly decadent yet simple dish that can be classified as nothing but tres francais. While the overall menu was a bit pricey for everyday dining, Brasserie Max & Julie is definitely a place to go when you are craving that trip to Paris but can't afford one. When we were there, more than 50% of the tables were native French speakers and many of the staff spoke French as well, so not only will you enjoy the French ambiance and cuisine, but you can enjoy the hearing that melodic romance language all around you as well!

Pros: Authentic French Brasserie

Cons: Upscale pricing

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Max and Julie's is simply fantastic. I have taken a variety of diners to share a great meal over the last year and every single one has been completely satisfied. They offer wines in the true French tradition-by the glass, carafe, or pitcher, as well as by the bottle. All of their house offerings have been great, particularly the rose. They also have Pommery Pop, which is very hard to find in Houston. The goat cheese salad is fantastic, just like my fav neighborhood bistro in Paris. The pork chop with frites and mustard sauce simply cannot be beat. It is perfect and huge! The steaks have always been great as well as all of the classic sauce offerings. I've had the Chicken Forestiere as well, and it really surprised me how amazing it was. The profiteroles are the perfect end to a perfect dinner. Add in the gorgeous dining space and accommodating waitstaff and you've got a winner of a restaurant!

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★★★★★

Max and Julie's is simply fantastic. I have taken a variety of diners to share a great meal over the last year and every single one has been completely satisfied. They offer wines in the true French tradition-by the glass, carafe, or pitcher, as well as by the bottle. All of their house offerings have been great, particularly the rose. They also have Pommery Pop, which is very hard to find in Houston. The goat cheese salad is fantastic, just like my fav neighborhood bistro in Paris. The pork chop with frites and mustard sauce simply cannot be beat. It is perfect and huge! The steaks have always been great as well as all of the classic sauce offerings. I've had the Chicken Forestiere as well, and it really surprised me how amazing it was. The profiteroles are the perfect end to a perfect dinner. Add in the gorgeous dining space and accommodating waitstaff and you've got a winner of a restaurant!

Pros: wine offerings, food in general

Cons: no self park at night

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Every time I go here I have a great meal. I usually get the ribeye, medium-medium rare with two sauces on the side (bernaise, and the mushroom sauce) and it's always perfect. Their riz pilaf is so tasty as are their fries. I also enjoy the charming, open French decor. The only drawback is that as of late the waitstaff/management hasn't been quite as attentive or on task.. However this is very slight. I will keep coming back as it still remains one of my favorite restaurants in H-Town.

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★★★★☆

Every time I go here I have a great meal. I usually get the ribeye, medium-medium rare with two sauces on the side (bernaise, and the mushroom sauce) and it's always perfect. Their riz pilaf is so tasty as are their fries. I also enjoy the charming, open French decor. The only drawback is that as of late the waitstaff/management hasn't been quite as attentive or on task.. However this is very slight. I will keep coming back as it still remains one of my favorite restaurants in H-Town.

Pros: decor, food

Cons: service not quite what it used to be (this could change)

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FISH UNDERCOOKED...GOT SICK

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★☆☆☆☆

FISH UNDERCOOKED...GOT SICK

713 LIMOS

Pros: none

Cons: nasty

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We went for resturant week 2009 and while the food seemed to be ok and the wine I think would be ok, I am not sure, because it was beyond uncomfortable and HOT! 1 of the 2 AC units broke in the resturant and it was SO hot in there. I couldn't enjoy my food and wine only made me more hot, which was a huge loss for Max and Julie becuase I would for sure ordered more wine because the wine list was very good and diverse. But I will for sure not go back until the owner returns to his senses and fixes his AC problem. This is Houston- it is hot here! This is not a new thing. Get it fixed or loose customers. I will for sure warn my friends of this place.

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★★★☆☆

We went for resturant week 2009 and while the food seemed to be ok and the wine I think would be ok, I am not sure, because it was beyond uncomfortable and HOT! 1 of the 2 AC units broke in the resturant and it was SO hot in there. I couldn't enjoy my food and wine only made me more hot, which was a huge loss for Max and Julie becuase I would for sure ordered more wine because the wine list was very good and diverse. But I will for sure not go back until the owner returns to his senses and fixes his AC problem. This is Houston- it is hot here! This is not a new thing. Get it fixed or loose customers. I will for sure warn my friends of this place.

Pros: Food is ok and nice wine list

Cons: Atmosphere and temprature

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It is like stepping into a Paris cafe. The atmosphere cozy and European. The food is authentic French with every from lardons to chicken livers. The prawn are as big a my hand and wonderful when served over risotto. Best French food in the city!

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★★★★★

It is like stepping into a Paris cafe. The atmosphere cozy and European. The food is authentic French with every from lardons to chicken livers. The prawn are as big a my hand and wonderful when served over risotto. Best French food in the city!

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I've had the chance to visit Brasserie Max & Julie for both lunch and dinner now, and each visit was lovely.

On a rainy, cold day for lunch, a friend and I stopped in to check it out. The place hasn't changed structurally since Aries, but quaint antiques are now placed appropriately throughout the restaurant. Our server was very friendly and knowledgeable about both the menu and the wine list. Here's what we had:

Coffee & Cappuccino (free refills!)
Roasted bone marrow - melty beefy fatty goodness with a pinch of salt - if only the toast didn't have so many holes - I enjoyed using the bread basket bread for this instead
French onion soup - well balanced, not too salty
Veal sweetbreads - soft and not overdone, not too mineral-y, very nice mushroom sauce
Veal kidneys - chewy on the outside, creamy on the inside, delicious mustard sauce
(both dishes were served with a vegetable medley and fried potato croquettes)
Tarte Tatin - served with creme fraiche so it wasn't overly sweet, great apple and cinnamon flavor
Creme Caramel - again, not too sweet (yay!) and had a smooth texture

Great lunch! So great, I decided that's where my birthday dinner would be. Only minor issue - I think our server was very, very new. There was some confusion, but through a group effort the other servers assisted with no problem. Here's what we had that night:

Roasted bone marrow (yes I know, again...)
Foie gras - a beautiful smooth pink tureen style served with toast, dried figs, and watercress.
Steak tartare - a raw ground beef presentation with a raw egg, bright raw onion flavor, served with toast and fries
The fries deserve a mention on their own - perfectly crispy and seasoned
Skate wing (stingray) - fabulous texture served with a light but very flavorful lemon/butter/caper sauce on a bed of rice to help absorb all that good stuff, served with a vegetable medley
Creme caramel (again!)

The diverse French wine list caters to all tastes and pocketbooks. This may very well become our new French favorite :)

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★★★★★

I've had the chance to visit Brasserie Max & Julie for both lunch and dinner now, and each visit was lovely.

On a rainy, cold day for lunch, a friend and I stopped in to check it out. The place hasn't changed structurally since Aries, but quaint antiques are now placed appropriately throughout the restaurant. Our server was very friendly and knowledgeable about both the menu and the wine list. Here's what we had:

Coffee & Cappuccino (free refills!)
Roasted bone marrow - melty beefy fatty goodness with a pinch of salt - if only the toast didn't have so many holes - I enjoyed using the bread basket bread for this instead
French onion soup - well balanced, not too salty
Veal sweetbreads - soft and not overdone, not too mineral-y, very nice mushroom sauce
Veal kidneys - chewy on the outside, creamy on the inside, delicious mustard sauce
(both dishes were served with a vegetable medley and fried potato croquettes)
Tarte Tatin - served with creme fraiche so it wasn't overly sweet, great apple and cinnamon flavor
Creme Caramel - again, not too sweet (yay!) and had a smooth texture

Great lunch! So great, I decided that's where my birthday dinner would be. Only minor issue - I think our server was very, very new. There was some confusion, but through a group effort the other servers assisted with no problem. Here's what we had that night:

Roasted bone marrow (yes I know, again...)
Foie gras - a beautiful smooth pink tureen style served with toast, dried figs, and watercress.
Steak tartare - a raw ground beef presentation with a raw egg, bright raw onion flavor, served with toast and fries
The fries deserve a mention on their own - perfectly crispy and seasoned
Skate wing (stingray) - fabulous texture served with a light but very flavorful lemon/butter/caper sauce on a bed of rice to help absorb all that good stuff, served with a vegetable medley
Creme caramel (again!)

The diverse French wine list caters to all tastes and pocketbooks. This may very well become our new French favorite :)

Pros: FOOD! portions, pricing

Cons: limited parking (there is valet though), no RSVP <8 ppl

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We joined another couple at Brasserie Max and Julie for what we had planned would be a delightful Valentine's Day 2009 celebration among four close friends. The plan was dashed however. All four of us either are European natives or have lived in Europe previously so we have a clue about what fine French dining should be. Oh my! The Valentine's Day menu was set with a few choices built in for appetizer and main course. Our dinner's courses ranged from mediocre to awful. The appetizers were varied. The Petite Salade was just okay, but both the Salmon Terrine and the Pate were coarse and not especially flavorful. The Oyster Bisque was quite good, and frankly we all had the notion at that point that we were heading for a wonderful meal that matched the one we had for Valentine's Day 2008. Wrong! Main courses included Honey and Thyme Roasted Chicken (average but we have had better even at home), Flounder Almondine (again average at best), and New York Strip amidst Peppercorns (tougher than leather). Potatoes were overly salted, and we were all dismayed at how much this [place had declined in a year. The dessert was Baked Alaska, and it was acceptable but nothing great. Because we ordered champagne (which was excellent -- HOORAY!), our tab was $300, a ridiculous price to pay fro what ended up being a meal of average bisque and champagne; truly, the rest was pretty bad.Needless to say, we shall not be returning here.

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★☆☆☆☆

We joined another couple at Brasserie Max and Julie for what we had planned would be a delightful Valentine's Day 2009 celebration among four close friends. The plan was dashed however. All four of us either are European natives or have lived in Europe previously so we have a clue about what fine French dining should be. Oh my! The Valentine's Day menu was set with a few choices built in for appetizer and main course. Our dinner's courses ranged from mediocre to awful. The appetizers were varied. The Petite Salade was just okay, but both the Salmon Terrine and the Pate were coarse and not especially flavorful. The Oyster Bisque was quite good, and frankly we all had the notion at that point that we were heading for a wonderful meal that matched the one we had for Valentine's Day 2008. Wrong! Main courses included Honey and Thyme Roasted Chicken (average but we have had better even at home), Flounder Almondine (again average at best), and New York Strip amidst Peppercorns (tougher than leather). Potatoes were overly salted, and we were all dismayed at how much this [place had declined in a year. The dessert was Baked Alaska, and it was acceptable but nothing great. Because we ordered champagne (which was excellent -- HOORAY!), our tab was $300, a ridiculous price to pay fro what ended up being a meal of average bisque and champagne; truly, the rest was pretty bad.Needless to say, we shall not be returning here.

Pros: atmosphere

Cons: dreadful cuisine

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I had my birthday get together with my friends on Saturday the 7th and our waiter had no clue what he was doing. The party of 14 was way too much for an inexperience waiter to handle obviously. We got there around 7:15, took one hour to order which was ok. The problem was each order showed up randomly spread in 1.5 hours of duration so we couldn't enjoy the meal together as a group. We ordered around 8:15, the fist meal came on the table around 9:00 and the last one didn't show up till 10:30!!!
We told our waiter we were still waiting for the last meal to show up and from that moment till they actually put it on the table took like additional 45min. Then a lady (i am not sure who she is, maybe a manager) came and apologized to us about how terrible the meal delivery order was and they will not charge the meal for the last one. We all felt Okay at this point but then when the waiter brought the check, the order was not taken off from the check!! What kind of restaurant doesn't follow up and make sure it's taken cared of?? Don?t they communicate to each other?? Then, our waiter brought our check one by one because we order separate check at the time we order but had mistake on most of them.
Wrong order was on the wrong check, missing order, and so on.... It took us another 30 minutes for him to correct the check. This place is nice and food was "okay" but definitely doesn't deserve 4.5 star reviews! I must say this was the worst experience ever! I am not going back there gain.

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★☆☆☆☆

I had my birthday get together with my friends on Saturday the 7th and our waiter had no clue what he was doing. The party of 14 was way too much for an inexperience waiter to handle obviously. We got there around 7:15, took one hour to order which was ok. The problem was each order showed up randomly spread in 1.5 hours of duration so we couldn't enjoy the meal together as a group. We ordered around 8:15, the fist meal came on the table around 9:00 and the last one didn't show up till 10:30!!!
We told our waiter we were still waiting for the last meal to show up and from that moment till they actually put it on the table took like additional 45min. Then a lady (i am not sure who she is, maybe a manager) came and apologized to us about how terrible the meal delivery order was and they will not charge the meal for the last one. We all felt Okay at this point but then when the waiter brought the check, the order was not taken off from the check!! What kind of restaurant doesn't follow up and make sure it's taken cared of?? Don?t they communicate to each other?? Then, our waiter brought our check one by one because we order separate check at the time we order but had mistake on most of them.
Wrong order was on the wrong check, missing order, and so on.... It took us another 30 minutes for him to correct the check. This place is nice and food was "okay" but definitely doesn't deserve 4.5 star reviews! I must say this was the worst experience ever! I am not going back there gain.

Pros: Nice Ambience and reasonable price

Cons: BAD SERVICE, not very well organized between the kitchen and wait staff.

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Yet another great restaurant in the Montrose scene. The decor is tasteful and not overdone. The wine list is long and large. Waitstaff and management is more than happy to navigate and recommend from the list. And their recommendations are excellent! Soup du jour was mushroom and crab claw. Soup was rich and loaded with flavor, yet not complex. Perfect for a chilly evening. Roasted bone marrow was done well. The steak (#25, don't remember the rest) was melt in your mouth and the recommended bordeaux wine complemented it very well. The Cauliflower side dish was just incredible, though surely the most unhealthy cauliflower I've ever eaten. Although full after dinner, we went on and ordered dessert. 43 and 45 were both nice, although the prolifere (prob spelled wrong) was the clear winner. I'll definitely be making return visits. Nicely prepared food, great service and waitstaff all at a reasonable price!

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★★★★★

Yet another great restaurant in the Montrose scene. The decor is tasteful and not overdone. The wine list is long and large. Waitstaff and management is more than happy to navigate and recommend from the list. And their recommendations are excellent! Soup du jour was mushroom and crab claw. Soup was rich and loaded with flavor, yet not complex. Perfect for a chilly evening. Roasted bone marrow was done well. The steak (#25, don't remember the rest) was melt in your mouth and the recommended bordeaux wine complemented it very well. The Cauliflower side dish was just incredible, though surely the most unhealthy cauliflower I've ever eaten. Although full after dinner, we went on and ordered dessert. 43 and 45 were both nice, although the prolifere (prob spelled wrong) was the clear winner. I'll definitely be making return visits. Nicely prepared food, great service and waitstaff all at a reasonable price!

Pros: food, service, location

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Perfect ambiance leads to great wines and food. The chef takes a personal touch with each plate. The pepper steak was amazing! The quality of meat is unlike anywhere. I feel comfortable eating rare meat servings here because of the care taken with each dish and the fine selections of quality trimmings. Definitely a supreme place to take a date and a great opportunity to explore a large variety of French wines. Beautiful patios and overall dining experience. You will always leave satisfied and happy!

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★★★★★

Perfect ambiance leads to great wines and food. The chef takes a personal touch with each plate. The pepper steak was amazing! The quality of meat is unlike anywhere. I feel comfortable eating rare meat servings here because of the care taken with each dish and the fine selections of quality trimmings. Definitely a supreme place to take a date and a great opportunity to explore a large variety of French wines. Beautiful patios and overall dining experience. You will always leave satisfied and happy!

Pros: The service is remarkable and unfaltering.

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Setting:

The place was clean, good color scheme, and well lit. Large windows afforded street views. It has a roomy outside eating area if you need to hear the traffic on Montrose Blvd. We sat at a corner table inside. The menu was extensive and the prices were reasonable. I don't know a lot about French food, but what little I knew was on the menu. Since it was lunch I just stuck with water for my drink. I don't drink wine and cannot comment on the selection. Though I can say it took up the entire back of the menu.

Food:

Each Tuesday - Friday they offer a lunch special. I had the Wednesday special which was a wonderful shrimp dish. I opted for the three course plan (only $2 extra and worth every penny) which included a salad (dark lettuce and pan seared plumb tomatoes which added a nice sweet flavor to balance out the raspberry vinaigrette) and your choice of three desserts. I chose the Creme Caramel (Caramel Flan) for dessert.

Shrimp was served over a bed of long grain jasmine rice with olives, capers, zucchini, mini squash, turnips, red pepper, and a light butter sauce. The quality of the food outstanding. The vegetables were cooked perfectly. There was plenty of shrimp and the flavors really worked. Fresh baked bread and butter are provided with the meal. Dessert did not disappoint! The flan was flavorful and the Caramel Sauce was well made: A clear golden liquid with a sweet warm taste.

Service:

The staff were very attentive. This may have something to do with only 4 people in the restaurant at the time, but still I was impressed.

Cost:

Total Cost for my 3 course meal - including a 20% tip: $27.71

Exceptional for both the amount and quality of food. I came hungry and left full. I really feel we got a bargain. I plan on going back again. I'm sure the dinner experience will be even better.

Summary:

I've only 97 characters left so I'll keep it short: Go. Go now! You won't be disappointed!

2
★★★★★

Setting:

The place was clean, good color scheme, and well lit. Large windows afforded street views. It has a roomy outside eating area if you need to hear the traffic on Montrose Blvd. We sat at a corner table inside. The menu was extensive and the prices were reasonable. I don't know a lot about French food, but what little I knew was on the menu. Since it was lunch I just stuck with water for my drink. I don't drink wine and cannot comment on the selection. Though I can say it took up the entire back of the menu.

Food:

Each Tuesday - Friday they offer a lunch special. I had the Wednesday special which was a wonderful shrimp dish. I opted for the three course plan (only $2 extra and worth every penny) which included a salad (dark lettuce and pan seared plumb tomatoes which added a nice sweet flavor to balance out the raspberry vinaigrette) and your choice of three desserts. I chose the Creme Caramel (Caramel Flan) for dessert.

Shrimp was served over a bed of long grain jasmine rice with olives, capers, zucchini, mini squash, turnips, red pepper, and a light butter sauce. The quality of the food outstanding. The vegetables were cooked perfectly. There was plenty of shrimp and the flavors really worked. Fresh baked bread and butter are provided with the meal. Dessert did not disappoint! The flan was flavorful and the Caramel Sauce was well made: A clear golden liquid with a sweet warm taste.

Service:

The staff were very attentive. This may have something to do with only 4 people in the restaurant at the time, but still I was impressed.

Cost:

Total Cost for my 3 course meal - including a 20% tip: $27.71

Exceptional for both the amount and quality of food. I came hungry and left full. I really feel we got a bargain. I plan on going back again. I'm sure the dinner experience will be even better.

Summary:

I've only 97 characters left so I'll keep it short: Go. Go now! You won't be disappointed!

Pros: Wonderful food, service, price

Cons: Not a lot of people in the place. Worried it may close.

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With a charismatic atmosphere, admirable service, and an extensive menu of genuine French food and wines, you cannot go wrong. We were kindly welcomed and seated on the second floor which was nice and cozy. The first floor featured a small but charming bar and dining area. We ordered a half carafe of the house red wine which was very tasty - and only $15 - a great deal. They serve sourdough bread to snack on and are very good with water refills. We started off with the Max & Julie salad - it was good, but not great...the dressing was kind of on the bland side. After a comprehensive overview of the menu items, specials, and favorites from our waiter - we decided on the Sweetbreads with madiera sauce and frites, and the Roasted Trout. If you are a fan of sweetbreads, I'm sure you would love these - the flavor and sauce were delicious. But I just cannot quite get past the texture of the dish. The frites were cooked to perfection - highly recommended. The trout was very good - lightly to under-seasoned (which is indeed a French trait) which made it just "okay" - nothing spectacular. Many people around us were oooing and ahhhing over their dishes - so I'm sure there are many winners on the menu. We followed up our main courses with an apple tart, which was mediocre. I'd say this is definitely a place to try out if you LOVE French food or are able to tolerate the lackluster in which it often delivers. The wine list was HUGE with tons of very affordable bottles and glasses - which is always a huge plus. I would definitely go back here - but I'm not rushing out my door...

2
★★★★☆

With a charismatic atmosphere, admirable service, and an extensive menu of genuine French food and wines, you cannot go wrong. We were kindly welcomed and seated on the second floor which was nice and cozy. The first floor featured a small but charming bar and dining area. We ordered a half carafe of the house red wine which was very tasty - and only $15 - a great deal. They serve sourdough bread to snack on and are very good with water refills. We started off with the Max & Julie salad - it was good, but not great...the dressing was kind of on the bland side. After a comprehensive overview of the menu items, specials, and favorites from our waiter - we decided on the Sweetbreads with madiera sauce and frites, and the Roasted Trout. If you are a fan of sweetbreads, I'm sure you would love these - the flavor and sauce were delicious. But I just cannot quite get past the texture of the dish. The frites were cooked to perfection - highly recommended. The trout was very good - lightly to under-seasoned (which is indeed a French trait) which made it just "okay" - nothing spectacular. Many people around us were oooing and ahhhing over their dishes - so I'm sure there are many winners on the menu. We followed up our main courses with an apple tart, which was mediocre. I'd say this is definitely a place to try out if you LOVE French food or are able to tolerate the lackluster in which it often delivers. The wine list was HUGE with tons of very affordable bottles and glasses - which is always a huge plus. I would definitely go back here - but I'm not rushing out my door...

Pros: Service, Ambiance, Wine List

Cons: Underflavoring

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Everyone has those Friday nights where comfort food and relaxation are the only things acceptable. Something new was risky. It was so worth it. The service couldn't have been better-gracious, guiding, charming and on point without intruding. We were nominally biased before the first course.

I remember thinking, "I can taste the vegetables!" when I had the house salad. It was so flavorful, fresh and perfect! The dressing was light and not smothering, but very notable at the same time.
My husband ordered the lamb-medium, medium rare, not bloody, but pinky. Not an easy order. He declared it the best in Houston.

I had a sort of roast with vegetables in a broth. It was perfect universal comfort food. The shrimp at the next table looked wonderful too.

We finished our meal with a fanastic vanilla bean souffle. Do yourself a favor-even if you aren't an "egg person" get it. I am not and I loved it.

Our waiter, Frances from France was amazing, but we watched all of the waiters in action and it appeared like they were all wonderful.

Have dinner here. You will love it!

2
★★★★★

Everyone has those Friday nights where comfort food and relaxation are the only things acceptable. Something new was risky. It was so worth it. The service couldn't have been better-gracious, guiding, charming and on point without intruding. We were nominally biased before the first course.

I remember thinking, "I can taste the vegetables!" when I had the house salad. It was so flavorful, fresh and perfect! The dressing was light and not smothering, but very notable at the same time.
My husband ordered the lamb-medium, medium rare, not bloody, but pinky. Not an easy order. He declared it the best in Houston.

I had a sort of roast with vegetables in a broth. It was perfect universal comfort food. The shrimp at the next table looked wonderful too.

We finished our meal with a fanastic vanilla bean souffle. Do yourself a favor-even if you aren't an "egg person" get it. I am not and I loved it.

Our waiter, Frances from France was amazing, but we watched all of the waiters in action and it appeared like they were all wonderful.

Have dinner here. You will love it!

Pros: service, food, temperature of the food, parking-valet was an extention of the restaurant

 

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