Phil & Derek's Restaurant & Wine Bar

★★★★★
  • 2811 Bammel Ln

    Houston, TX 77098

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  • 713-529-1314

About Phil & Derek's Restaurant & Wine Bar

Hours
11:00a.m. to 10:00p.m. daily; closed from 2:00 to 5:00p.m.

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I have no idea why people even come here. We went on a Friday evening for a few drinks to find they have no liquor license and only serve wine or cokes. OK, but then we find out they only have cheap wine in half gallon bottles. We tried

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I have no idea why people even come here. We went on a Friday evening for a few drinks to find they have no liquor license and only serve wine or cokes. OK, but then we find out they only have cheap wine in half gallon bottles. We tried

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Occupying the grounds of th 1880-era De Chaumes Cottage Phil & Dereks Restaurant & Wine Bar is a hidden gem. Always friendly and gracious, co-owner and executive chef Phillip Mitchell combines his French training with his Cajun and Texas

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Occupying the grounds of th 1880-era De Chaumes Cottage Phil & Dereks Restaurant & Wine Bar is a hidden gem. Always friendly and gracious, co-owner and executive chef Phillip Mitchell combines his French training with his Cajun and Texas

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Made a reservation in early Nov. for Christmas dinner with friends. Phil called me 2 days prior to the dinner to say he is CANCELLING my reservation. No explaination was given. Just CANCELLED ! I am now in a scramble to try and find

3
★★★★★

Made a reservation in early Nov. for Christmas dinner with friends. Phil called me 2 days prior to the dinner to say he is CANCELLING my reservation. No explaination was given. Just CANCELLED ! I am now in a scramble to try and find

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My wife and I were both very disappointed with the food at Phil & Derek's.

i recently found Phil and Derek's on Groupon and thought, "Wow, it's a NEW owner. the pictures look really appetizing and the food sounded wonderful." (it used

3
★★★★★

My wife and I were both very disappointed with the food at Phil & Derek's.

i recently found Phil and Derek's on Groupon and thought, "Wow, it's a NEW owner. the pictures look really appetizing and the food sounded wonderful." (it used

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Phil and Dereks is a dump- a judgment which is entirely attributable to the new Phil and Dereks' horrible food, new type of customers, the lack of safety. Bistro Calais (the old restaurant, same owners as Phil & Dereks) was nice, and I

3
★★★★★

Phil and Dereks is a dump- a judgment which is entirely attributable to the new Phil and Dereks' horrible food, new type of customers, the lack of safety. Bistro Calais (the old restaurant, same owners as Phil & Dereks) was nice, and I

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Visited restaurant with my lawyer and a friend a couple of weeks ago. I was so looking forward to lunch cause I heard so many nice things about the food...
I saw familiar faces dining. We ordered from the BAR, placed our food order and

3
★★★★★

Visited restaurant with my lawyer and a friend a couple of weeks ago. I was so looking forward to lunch cause I heard so many nice things about the food...
I saw familiar faces dining. We ordered from the BAR, placed our food order and

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I've been there 2 times so far for a Sunday brunch.\r
I love the place. It's in a quiet neighbourhood and it's very nice inside and outside.\r
Staff is wonderful - very attentive and helpful. Once we came on a very busy day and manager

3
★★★★★

I've been there 2 times so far for a Sunday brunch.\r
I love the place. It's in a quiet neighbourhood and it's very nice inside and outside.\r
Staff is wonderful - very attentive and helpful. Once we came on a very busy day and manager

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Bistro Calais creates a smoked salmon that makes you want to slap someone. Did I say slap? WOW, this stuff is the food of the Gods. The wine list is also tasty. Now let's really talk. The Sunday brunch is the best value in all of Houston.

Now seriously, my next favorite after the salmon is the chicken fried steak on the buffet at lunch. It makes you want to slap someone twice!

Now let's talk about the live music. Where else in Houston can you catch dinner and a show 5 days a week. Sign up for their emails and you can find out who's singing that night.

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★★★★★

Bistro Calais creates a smoked salmon that makes you want to slap someone. Did I say slap? WOW, this stuff is the food of the Gods. The wine list is also tasty. Now let's really talk. The Sunday brunch is the best value in all of Houston.

Now seriously, my next favorite after the salmon is the chicken fried steak on the buffet at lunch. It makes you want to slap someone twice!

Now let's talk about the live music. Where else in Houston can you catch dinner and a show 5 days a week. Sign up for their emails and you can find out who's singing that night.

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Superb place for Sunday brunch! Enjoy the omelet and crepe stations or fresh salmon of the buffet. choose from a variety of menu or buffet items. Locally owned and operated out of a cozy 1900's wood frame house.

5
★★★★★

Superb place for Sunday brunch! Enjoy the omelet and crepe stations or fresh salmon of the buffet. choose from a variety of menu or buffet items. Locally owned and operated out of a cozy 1900's wood frame house.

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I happened to go here for lunch soon after Barkis, and I went in spite of that review, in part because the other reviews were good, and in part because I remembered having been here before some time ago with good experience. I had a very nice lunch of the crab salad with mango and avocado, which I greatly enjoyed. I came back about a week later and had the Calais crab pie as a lunch entree. That was fantastic, but a way richer meal than is good for me to eat often. It was a real treat with crusted cheese on top of lots of crab meat with a nice sherry flavor. The other people in my lunch group that day were also pleased with their meals; spinach salad, a chicken sandwich, and one person had the crab salad and raved about it! Service was very good and attentive and street parking for lunch is really easy. This place definitely makes it on my list for a good lunch location!

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★★★★★

I happened to go here for lunch soon after Barkis, and I went in spite of that review, in part because the other reviews were good, and in part because I remembered having been here before some time ago with good experience. I had a very nice lunch of the crab salad with mango and avocado, which I greatly enjoyed. I came back about a week later and had the Calais crab pie as a lunch entree. That was fantastic, but a way richer meal than is good for me to eat often. It was a real treat with crusted cheese on top of lots of crab meat with a nice sherry flavor. The other people in my lunch group that day were also pleased with their meals; spinach salad, a chicken sandwich, and one person had the crab salad and raved about it! Service was very good and attentive and street parking for lunch is really easy. This place definitely makes it on my list for a good lunch location!

Pros: Good food, easy access, not overcrowded, moderately priced.

Cons: Service is friendly and good, but "relaxed"

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I took my mother to this restaurant for lunch. Zaggat said the restaurant used to be a gem, but the food is now inconsistent and the service poor. The little houses and gazebo in back are charming but as Zaggat commented, you can't eat the view. We couldn't eat the food either. Mother's fried chicken livers, Bistro's specialty, and my pork tenderloin were overcooked, chewy, and tasteless. The restaurant management seems to have stopped trying. The background music was broadcast from radio tuned into a Spanish radio station replete with commercials. Mother asked for butter for her bread that only came after repeated requests. It took us about 10 minutes to pay our bill. I had to flag down two different waiters to get it done. Despite the Gardens of Bammel sign next door, there wasn't a flower in sight anywhere. There are too many good dependable restaurants in Houston to waste your time at Bistro Calais..

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★★☆☆☆

I took my mother to this restaurant for lunch. Zaggat said the restaurant used to be a gem, but the food is now inconsistent and the service poor. The little houses and gazebo in back are charming but as Zaggat commented, you can't eat the view. We couldn't eat the food either. Mother's fried chicken livers, Bistro's specialty, and my pork tenderloin were overcooked, chewy, and tasteless. The restaurant management seems to have stopped trying. The background music was broadcast from radio tuned into a Spanish radio station replete with commercials. Mother asked for butter for her bread that only came after repeated requests. It took us about 10 minutes to pay our bill. I had to flag down two different waiters to get it done. Despite the Gardens of Bammel sign next door, there wasn't a flower in sight anywhere. There are too many good dependable restaurants in Houston to waste your time at Bistro Calais..

Pros: pleasant view of gazebo and pastel painted little houses from rear window

Cons: Food could charitably be called inconsistent, service slow and inattentive

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I must say that this is one of the finest restaurants I have been to in Houston. The food is outstanding and the portions are generous. The menu is changed every few weeks and you never know what they are going to be serving on your next visit but whatever it maybe the one thing I can always count on is that it will be divine. The wine selection is extensive and the staff is always willing to help you choose just the right wine for your meal.

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★★★★★

I must say that this is one of the finest restaurants I have been to in Houston. The food is outstanding and the portions are generous. The menu is changed every few weeks and you never know what they are going to be serving on your next visit but whatever it maybe the one thing I can always count on is that it will be divine. The wine selection is extensive and the staff is always willing to help you choose just the right wine for your meal.

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Good for Sunday brunch. I cannot tell whether it is very authentic because some items are very Americanized.

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★★★★☆

Good for Sunday brunch. I cannot tell whether it is very authentic because some items are very Americanized.

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We found this place on accident and can not stop going back! Everything is good: smoked salmon, steak and frites, french dip, salads and the mussels are amazing. We have been at both lunch and dinner and the service is perfectly attentive but not over-bearing. They have delicious "chalkboard" specials in addition to the regular menu. A new favorite!

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★★★★★

We found this place on accident and can not stop going back! Everything is good: smoked salmon, steak and frites, french dip, salads and the mussels are amazing. We have been at both lunch and dinner and the service is perfectly attentive but not over-bearing. They have delicious "chalkboard" specials in addition to the regular menu. A new favorite!

Pros: food, service

Cons: parking on street

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Bistro Calais is one of our favorite afternoon getaways. We came upon the restaurant quite by accident late one night about 2 years ago, and have made it a point to return whenever we need an escape. The staff and service was and is always accomodating. The wine selections are nice, and priced accordingly. (something for everyone, including the budget concious) Mussels are always a favorite, as is the crusty french bread--wonderful starters. Lunch specials are well priced for the portions, and the options are endless. Especially nice are the choices for more timid or picky eaters, like my beloved. There's always a sandwhich, fresh fish, poultry or beef selection to chose from. Leisurely glancing @ the back patio area, complete with cazebo, can lift the spirits and transport one out of a city that at times can overcrowded, noisy and lined with traffic. Our refreshing little getaway is highly recommended to our friends; as there is always a reason to return...perhaps one day we'll make it to the jazz happy hour.

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★★★★☆

Bistro Calais is one of our favorite afternoon getaways. We came upon the restaurant quite by accident late one night about 2 years ago, and have made it a point to return whenever we need an escape. The staff and service was and is always accomodating. The wine selections are nice, and priced accordingly. (something for everyone, including the budget concious) Mussels are always a favorite, as is the crusty french bread--wonderful starters. Lunch specials are well priced for the portions, and the options are endless. Especially nice are the choices for more timid or picky eaters, like my beloved. There's always a sandwhich, fresh fish, poultry or beef selection to chose from. Leisurely glancing @ the back patio area, complete with cazebo, can lift the spirits and transport one out of a city that at times can overcrowded, noisy and lined with traffic. Our refreshing little getaway is highly recommended to our friends; as there is always a reason to return...perhaps one day we'll make it to the jazz happy hour.

Pros: Patient, accomodating service--never rushed. Tranquil courtyard; Romantic and 'homey' interior

Cons: we always order more than we can finish...so it is, leftovers to enjoy another day.

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Very quite and pleasant room in an old house overlooking a courtyard. Service was fine and the Mussels were well done. Had the Chicken Liver Salad my first time and it was very nice. Will go back for sure, and will try the Wed. happy hour.

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★★★★☆

Very quite and pleasant room in an old house overlooking a courtyard. Service was fine and the Mussels were well done. Had the Chicken Liver Salad my first time and it was very nice. Will go back for sure, and will try the Wed. happy hour.

Pros: Ambience, Service, wine list, value.

Cons: Could use a deeper menu.

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My wife and I ventured out to this hidden gem Saturday night quite late, 9:30, but the accomodating staff seated us with pleasure. We marveled at the beautiful Bammell gardens and the vintage cottages, in a perfectly restored city block that made me feel as if I were back in England, instead of River Oaks. Visiting the conservatory during the day would seem to be a great pleasure, which we plan on doing at a later date. We dined on mussels, frits and wine. Elegant yet simple and satisfying beyond measure, We will return. Sunday bruch is also a fine idea. What a treasure

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★★★★★

My wife and I ventured out to this hidden gem Saturday night quite late, 9:30, but the accomodating staff seated us with pleasure. We marveled at the beautiful Bammell gardens and the vintage cottages, in a perfectly restored city block that made me feel as if I were back in England, instead of River Oaks. Visiting the conservatory during the day would seem to be a great pleasure, which we plan on doing at a later date. We dined on mussels, frits and wine. Elegant yet simple and satisfying beyond measure, We will return. Sunday bruch is also a fine idea. What a treasure

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This place is super romantic and has such a great wine list! Wonderful French wines at really reasonable prices. The service is attentive, without being obtrusive. The mussels are outstanding, as is the cheese plate. Enjoy!

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★★★★★

This place is super romantic and has such a great wine list! Wonderful French wines at really reasonable prices. The service is attentive, without being obtrusive. The mussels are outstanding, as is the cheese plate. Enjoy!

Pros: Wine list, atmosphere, service

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I wished we came here again for my birthday instead of Ibiza.
The mussels appetizer was very delicious, comparable to the originals from Belgium. Foie gras appetizer and foie gras filet for entree was tasty.
The sorbets for dessert was delicious as Berthillon's in Paris.
Highly recommended.
I wished we lived closer instead of The Woodlands so we would be frequent visitors.

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★★★★★

I wished we came here again for my birthday instead of Ibiza.
The mussels appetizer was very delicious, comparable to the originals from Belgium. Foie gras appetizer and foie gras filet for entree was tasty.
The sorbets for dessert was delicious as Berthillon's in Paris.
Highly recommended.
I wished we lived closer instead of The Woodlands so we would be frequent visitors.

Pros: Delicious Food, Great Value

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A light dinner at Bistro Calais included a $34 Cote du Rhone. Very nice. A bit of fruit and very drinkable. The somnelier indicagted he had made the decision regarding purchase of the wine. A good sign. The Baked Brie with rasberry sauce was exceptional. The rabbit stew was ok, but would have benefited from more seasoning (my wife who spent a year in France informed me that country rabbit stew is traditionally underseasoned). My wife's duck was very good. The pea pods with the duck were the best we had have experienced- lightly seasoned, crunchy and juicy. We ended the evening by sharing a tasty creme brulee. An understated and very pleasant evening.

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★★★★☆

A light dinner at Bistro Calais included a $34 Cote du Rhone. Very nice. A bit of fruit and very drinkable. The somnelier indicagted he had made the decision regarding purchase of the wine. A good sign. The Baked Brie with rasberry sauce was exceptional. The rabbit stew was ok, but would have benefited from more seasoning (my wife who spent a year in France informed me that country rabbit stew is traditionally underseasoned). My wife's duck was very good. The pea pods with the duck were the best we had have experienced- lightly seasoned, crunchy and juicy. We ended the evening by sharing a tasty creme brulee. An understated and very pleasant evening.

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We were very pleased with Bistro Calais - the menu and service were very consistent. The chef makes simple dishes come alive. Examples are french onion soup, mashed potatoes and bordelais sauce. Both Filet Mignon with foie gras and Strip Steak were excellent. However, Roquefort topping on the strip steak was a bit strong and foie gras on the filet was tasty but not firm enough. Our favorite appetizer was pistachio-crusted baked brie with raspberry sauce. The mixed green salad was tasty yet simple. Service was prompt without being imposing. Creme brulee was very good, and would be perfect with a firmer custard. Overall, our experience was amazing and we definitely will return for items on this tempting menu, such as Duck Confit and Steak Frites.

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★★★★★

We were very pleased with Bistro Calais - the menu and service were very consistent. The chef makes simple dishes come alive. Examples are french onion soup, mashed potatoes and bordelais sauce. Both Filet Mignon with foie gras and Strip Steak were excellent. However, Roquefort topping on the strip steak was a bit strong and foie gras on the filet was tasty but not firm enough. Our favorite appetizer was pistachio-crusted baked brie with raspberry sauce. The mixed green salad was tasty yet simple. Service was prompt without being imposing. Creme brulee was very good, and would be perfect with a firmer custard. Overall, our experience was amazing and we definitely will return for items on this tempting menu, such as Duck Confit and Steak Frites.

Pros: tasty food, simple menu, nice atmosphere

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For a fabulous, fun evening, grab four couples & reserve the Chef's Table!! We did that a couple of weeks ago after seeing Varekai. What a meal and what a deal. For $65 per couple, including a bottle of winer PER COUPLE, you are treated to a feast from the kitchen & you never have to look at a menu. From the huge platters of appetizers which included smoked salmon, stuffed mussels, fried goat cheese, olives to the authentic salade nicoise, to the delicious main dishes, veggies and most amazing potatoes au gratin and then top it off with cheese platters and then desserts! We all waddled out of the restaurant. And, the wines we chose we not bottom shelf, they were wonderful Cotes du Rhones. I highly recommend the Chef's Table for a meal to remember!!!

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★★★★☆

For a fabulous, fun evening, grab four couples & reserve the Chef's Table!! We did that a couple of weeks ago after seeing Varekai. What a meal and what a deal. For $65 per couple, including a bottle of winer PER COUPLE, you are treated to a feast from the kitchen & you never have to look at a menu. From the huge platters of appetizers which included smoked salmon, stuffed mussels, fried goat cheese, olives to the authentic salade nicoise, to the delicious main dishes, veggies and most amazing potatoes au gratin and then top it off with cheese platters and then desserts! We all waddled out of the restaurant. And, the wines we chose we not bottom shelf, they were wonderful Cotes du Rhones. I highly recommend the Chef's Table for a meal to remember!!!

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Absolutely a most go. This cozy French Bistro in the heart of River Oaks is a warm welcome to the plush neighborhood. The Roquefort salad with seared flat meat is out of this world, by far the best salad in town and great for that low-carb diet as well. When ordering an entree, I recommend the filet with foie gras.it melts in your mouth. The succulent lamb rack and luscious pork chop have to take the cake, unless they are running the slow roasted chicken special.then you are going to have a hard time picking which one to get. I recommend you bring friends and get all four and have Philip pick your wine. He really knows his stuff. Bon Appetit.

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★★★★★

Absolutely a most go. This cozy French Bistro in the heart of River Oaks is a warm welcome to the plush neighborhood. The Roquefort salad with seared flat meat is out of this world, by far the best salad in town and great for that low-carb diet as well. When ordering an entree, I recommend the filet with foie gras.it melts in your mouth. The succulent lamb rack and luscious pork chop have to take the cake, unless they are running the slow roasted chicken special.then you are going to have a hard time picking which one to get. I recommend you bring friends and get all four and have Philip pick your wine. He really knows his stuff. Bon Appetit.

Pros: Cuisine, Atmosphere, Service

Cons: Parking

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I was pleasantly surprised by this place! The food was perfect, as well as the atmosphere and scenery. I think it is in a "bad luck" spot, but I really hope this restaurant makes it. The service was wonderful yet unobtrusive, highly recommend!

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★★★★★

I was pleasantly surprised by this place! The food was perfect, as well as the atmosphere and scenery. I think it is in a "bad luck" spot, but I really hope this restaurant makes it. The service was wonderful yet unobtrusive, highly recommend!

Pros: service, location, food

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This is a very nice place with great romantic atmosphere, friendly service, good wine and food. The back room has very nice windows looking out the wedding area next door. There is a variety of solid French dishes that are tasty. The wine list isnt super large, but has a good, not overly burdensome selection favoring French wines. Many of the French wines are priced quite reasonably for a restaurant.

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★★★★★

This is a very nice place with great romantic atmosphere, friendly service, good wine and food. The back room has very nice windows looking out the wedding area next door. There is a variety of solid French dishes that are tasty. The wine list isnt super large, but has a good, not overly burdensome selection favoring French wines. Many of the French wines are priced quite reasonably for a restaurant.

Pros: asmosphere, wine, food

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The Gardens of Bammel Lane is a charming historical swathe of botanicals in the midst of River Oaks where Phil & Derek's Restaurant & Wine Bar, formerly Bistro Calais, occupies the 1880-era De Chaumes Cottage on the grounds. Co-owner and…

 

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