Reservation Policies & Terms of Use

By making a reservation on open table, via telephone, text message, or email you agree to the Open Table terms of service.

Bistro Menil provides full-service dining. In order to provide the best possible experience and attend to all of our valued guests, we highly encourage reservations. We ask that all parties be present for seating. We are more than happy to hold reservations for up to 15 additional minutes.

In order to foster a communal dining environment, we kindly ask that use of personal electronic devices be limited in our dining areas.

Check Policy

We will gladly split checks evenly among as many guests as desired; however, in order to provide efficient service, we do not offer itemized checks. Tables of six or more will have 20% gratuity automatically added after sales tax.

To-Go Specials

These special offers are not available for in-house dining.


Pizza Special $29
Any Pizza + Caesar for 2 + a bottle of Il Gufino Pinot Grigio, IT 2018 or Treré Romagna Sangiovese Lôna Bôna, IT 2019

Any 2 Entreés $59
Any two entreés and choice of 2 sides (Mashed cauliflower potatoes, bistro fries, house salad or zucchini salad with pancetta) + a bottle of Mt Eden Chardonnay, CA 2017 or Guidobono, Nebbiolo Langhe, IT 2018

Brunch Menu

Brunch served Saturday, and Sunday 11am – 3pm
GF- gluten free, V- vegetarian

Asparagus and jamon breakfast
Salmon Breakfast at Bistro Menil
Van Gogh Greyhound Drink

brunch entrées

Brunch Galette

scrambled duck eggs, wild mushrooms, bacon, Gruyère cheese, roasted tomatoes, and arugula

21

Whole Grain Avocado Toast

Featuring egg whites, Scottish smoked salmon, and dairy-free basil pesto (GF,V)

22

Pancetta and Egg on Toasted Brioche Buns

Two eggs over easy on Italian bacon with beurre blanc

16

Caprese Omelet

Filled with roasted grape tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil (GF,V)

16

Eggs Lyonnaise

Toasted brioche, Gruyère cheese, Jamón serrano, frisée, two eggs over easy, and Lyonnaise sauce (GF)

19
Brunch choices listed above are served with your choice of side salad or home fries.

Bistro Scottish Smoked Salmon Plate

Smoked salmon, crab-deviled eggs, pickled beets and onions, caper berries, savory marscapone, served with focaccia bread

27 (GF bread +5)

Linge Belgian Waffle

a classic Belgian waffle with sugar pearls prepared one of two ways:
Fruit Forward – featuring mixed berry compote, fresh berries, blackberry sauce, maple syrup, and butter (GF,V) 16
Savory – browned with buttermilk-fried chicken breast, maple syrup, and butter (GF) 21

Image of Bistro Menil's Savory and Fruit Forward Waffles

brunch cocktails

1/4, 1/2 or Full Carafe

Blood Orange Mimosa

made with blood orange juice and French Blanc de Blancs

10/18/34

Mimosa

orange juice and French Blanc de Blancs

9/16/30

White Sangria Sparkler

French Blanc de Blancs and marinated fruit

11/20/38

Italian Red Sangria

Puianello, Reggiano Lambrusco Amabile Rosso, Dolin Blanc, and orange slice

9/16/30

brunch beverages by the glass

Irish Coffee

espresso with Chôcô Noir

8

Adult Mocha

espresso with Irish country cream

8

Bistro Mojito

mint, lime, simple syrup and sake

9

Bellini

French Blanc de Blancs with peach puree served in a coupe

9

The Ladybug Cocktail

French Blanc de Blancs with pomegranate juice

9

Coconut Republic

Coconut sake, ginger beer and mint

9

Bloody Mary

our spicy Bistro Bloody Mary

9

Negroni Sbagliato

Cappelletti, Vermouth di Torino, Champagne and orange slice

9

Limoncello Kiss

infused with sake, lemon syrup and Prosecco

9

Chambery Spritzer

Dolin Blanc, raspberry, lemon zest and citrus soda

9

Guzzi Spritz

Capelletti, Dolin Blanc, Prosecco, Topo Chico, and orange garnish

9
Image of Bistro Menil's Savory and Fruit Forward Waffles

Lunch and Brunch Reservations

Reservations made for parties of up to eight guests will be honored in our larger (Vue) dining room. Seating for parties of four guests or fewer in our smaller (Prive) room is subject to availability. Again, we ask that all party members be present for seating. Brunch is available Saturday and Sunday only.

Reservations for parties of up to 8 guests (adults and children) can be made online or by calling Bistro Menil at 713-904-3537.

Lunch Menu

Lunch service is provided Wednesday – Sunday, 11am – 4pm.
GF- gluten free, V- vegetarian
Sous Vide Chicken
HRW short rib Lunch entree
Bistro Menil Avacado Salad
Image of Bistro Menil's Turkey Burger

lunch starters

Watermelon and Feta Salad

with cucumber, pickled shallot, and mint vinagigrette (GF, V)

18 (+12 Jumbo lump crab)

Calamari

crisp calamari topped with grated Parmesan cheese (GF)

11

Eggplant Fries

our signature starter with anchovy aioli and spicy brava sauce (GF)

11

Truffle Potatoes

crisp, thick-cut potatoes with black-truffle cheese and white-truffle oil (GF, V)

15

Patatas Bravas

Barcelona-style crisp potatoes with creamy brava sauce and topped with an egg (GF,V)

15

Cheese Selection (rotating)

Houston Dair Maids cheeses (3) with toasted fig and walnut bread, cornichons, candied pecans, sliced pear, and cranberry mostarda (GF, V)

20

Cold Artichoke Dip

with feta and mascarpone cheese, basil, roasted tomatoes, and EVOO crostini (GF)

16

Porcini Roasted Cauliflower

with romesco and parsley gastrique (V)

15

Goat Cheese Provencal

marinated with shallots, garlic, EVOO, herbs, lemon peel, black pepper, and served with hand-made focaccia bread (V)

17 (GF bread +5)

featured salads

Jumbo Lump Crab

with avocado, shredded carrots, beets, Bibb lettuce, and apricot dressing (GF)

29

Duck Salad

crisp duck confit, sliced pears, mixed greens, pomegranate seeds, spiced pecans, and red-wine vinaigrette (GF)

26

Salmon Salad

sous-vide farm-raised salmon (medium-rare), with avocado, grapefruit and orange segments, dressed with citrus vinaigrette (GF)

25

bistro salads

Add to your bistro salad: chicken +6, salmon +7, crabcake +15, grilled shrimp +16

Veggie Bowl

quinoa, roasted beets, avocado, chickpeas, walnuts, roasted vegetables, EVOO and lemon vinaigrette (GF, V)

15

Bistro Caesar

classic Caesar salad with romaine lettuce, Caesar dressing, white anchovies, croutons, and crab deviled eggs with caviar (GF)

20

Arugula Salad

with roasted mushrooms, Piave cheese, and lemon and EVOO dressing (GF)

15

hamburgers

Choice of 1/2 lb. beef or turkey patty
- burgers served with bistro home fries, Brava sauce, and cornichons -

Manchego Cheese and Jamón Serrano Burger

featuring Spanish cheese and ham

17

Porcini-Rub Burger

porcini-mushroom-rubbed burger with bacon, truffle cheese, and caramelized onions

17

Chèvre Burger

goat-cheese-topped favorite with lemon-avocado salad

17

The Classic

with cheddar cheese, Bibb lettuce, tomato, and Dijonnaise

17

pizza

Gluten Free Cauliflower crust available +5

Bianca

white sauce, Gruyère cheese, chives, with crisp pancetta

22

Amalfi

soft Italian cheese, arugula, pear, and white-truffle oil

17

La Spezia

fresh pesto, fresh mozzarella, and tomato

16

San Marino

Italian sausage, mushrooms, tomato sauce, and mozzarella

18

Umbria

wild mushrooms, Italian truffle cheese, and white-truffle oil

18

Granada

brava sauce, Manchego cheese, and Jamón Serrano (Spanish ham)

20

entrées

all main entrées served with choice of two side dishes (all gluten-free) at no charge:
cold zucchini with Parmesan and pancetta
house salad (V)
mashed cauliflower/potatoes (V)
bistro fries (thick-cut, home style, fried potatoes) (V)

OR

one of the following special sides at an additional charge:
seared brussels sprouts with pancetta (GF) +6
layered ratatouille (GF,V) +6
potatoes au gratin (with Italian béchamel and Gruyère) (GF, V) +7
asparagus and goat cheese crepes (GF, V) +8

Crab Cakes

our signature entrée served with caper mayonnaise (GF)

32

Roasted Salmon

roasted Atlantic salmon (farm-raised) with horseradish-dill sauce (GF)

30

Grilled Shrimp Skewer

with grilled pineapple and salsa verde (GF)

27

Seared Lemon-Thyme Chicken

delicious sous-vide chicken, seared and served with pan drippings (GF)

30

Crisp Duck Confit

tender duck with crisp skin, served with pink peppercorn butter (GF)

31

12-Hour Beef Short Rib

fork-tender rib topped with port wine and shallot reduction (GF)

31

Chicken and Artichoke Crepes

with fresh mozzarella, and lemon beurre blanc sauce (GF)

20

Crab and Mushroom Crepes

topped with lemon beurre blanc sauce (GF)

22

Roasted Artichoke Quiche

with roasted tomato and Gruyere cheese

24

Afternoon Tea Service

Looking for a great way to spend time with friends conversing over a soothing cup of tea and light bites? If it all starts off with a bit of champagne, even better.

With a fine selection of elegant finger food, sweet indulgences and your choice of several outstanding teas, Bistro Menil features a modern and relaxed spin on afternoon tea service, the perfect idea for intimate gatherings of friends.

Tea service is offered Wednesday to Sunday, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., along with our lunch and dinner menus. Tea service is $65 per person (includes sales tax & gratuity) with a two-person minimum. A credit card is required to secure all tea party reservations. Additional split of offer not available. Adding additional components to the menu will incur additional cost.

A final guest count is required 24 hours prior to service. Please provide any necessary menu requirements (food allergies and dietary requests) via email 24 hours prior to service.

By making a reservation for tea service you agree to the terms of service that are detailed here in addition to what is found at bistromenil.com. Please contact us at 713-904-3537 or make your reservation for tea service online. Reservations will be confirmed via phone. Modification of set menus will incur additional costs


Afternoon Tea Menu

Our afternoon tea service begins with a coupe of champagne (or Italian soda) followed by selections of savory and sweet bites, capped off with a soothing cup of tea as you and your companions overlook the surrounding green space and Menil Museum campus. Whether celebrating the impending arrival of a bundle of joy with your group of friends or reconnecting with that one special person, afternoon tea is the ideal gathering event.
Bistro Menil Tea Service

to celebrate

NV Ayala Brut Champagne
or
Raspberry or Lemon Italian Soda


starter

Demitasse cup of Soup Du Jour


sandwiches & canapés

Smoked Scottish Salmon Finger Sandwiches

with cucumbers and mascarpone on brioche bread

Mini BLT's

bacon, arugula, & tomato mayonnaise, on house-made bun

Crab Cake Bites

with cornichon caper sauce

Savory Chicken Salad

with mango chutney on warm walnut bread


assorted sweets

Chocolate Mousse

with double chocolate crisp

Lemon Tart

classic lemon curd with Italian meringue

Vanilla Crème Brûlée

decadently creamy classic with crisp sugar shell

TERMS & RESERVATIONS

Tea service is offered Wednesday to Sunday, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Tea service is $65 per person (includes sales tax & gratuity) with a two-person minimum. A credit card is required to secure all tea party reservations. Additional split of offer not available. Adding additional components to the menu will incur additional cost.

A final guest count is required 24 hours prior to service. Please provide any necessary menu requirements (food allergies and dietary requests) via email 24 hours prior to service.

By making a reservation for tea service you agree to the terms of service that are detailed here in addition to what is found at bistromenil.com. Reservations will be confirmed via phone.

Happy Hour

Happy Hour served Wednesday - Friday 3 - 6pm
GF- gluten free, V- vegetarian


happy hour pintxos (small bites)

Grilled Octopus
tentacle with olive oil, paprika and lemon sauce (GF) 5

Padron Peppers
flash-fried, mild with Fleur de Sel, EVOO and lemon (GF) 4

Eggplant Fries
our savory favorites with aioli (GF, V) 4

Calamari
with fries and brava sauce (GF) 5

Double-Truffle Potatoes
with truffle cheese and white-truffle oil (GF) 5

Garbanzo Bites
quick-fried garbanzos served with aioli (GF) 4

Pizzettes
Manchego and Jamón Serrano or Taleggio, arugula and pear (V) 8

Patatas Bravas
Barcelona-style crisp potatoes with creamy brava sauce (GF) 4

Pizza Bianca
white sauce, leek, garlic, with crisp pancetta 8


happy hour craft beer $5

16 Ounce Pint


happy hour cask wine $5

1/4 carafe/glass


happy hour cocktails

See Beverage board or ask your waiter for current offering

Blood Orange Mimosa
made with blood orange juice and French Blanc de Blancs 10/18/34

Mimosa
made with blood orange juice and French Blanc de Blancs 10/18/34

White Sangria Sparkler
French Blanc de Blancs and marinated fruit 11/20/38


happy hour beverages by the glass $5

Irish Coffee
espresso with Chôcô Noir

Adult Mocha
espresso with Irish country cream

Bistro Mojito
mint, lime, simple syrup and sake

Bellini
French Blanc de Blancs with peach puree served in a coupe

The Ladybug Cocktail
French Blanc de Blancs with pomegranate juice

Coconut Republic
Coconut sake, ginger beer and mint

Bloody Mary
our spicy Bistro Bloody Mary

Negroni Sbagliato
Cappelletti, Vermouth di Torino, Champagne and orange slice

Limoncello Kiss
infused with sake, lemon syrup and Prosecco

Italian Red Sangria
Puianello, Reggiano Lambrusco Amabile Rosso, Dolin Blanc and orange

Chambery Spritzer
Dolin Blanc, raspberry, lemon zest and citrus soda

Guzzi Spritz
Capelletti, Dolin Blanc, Prosecco, Topo Chico, and orange garnish

Hours & Location

Happy Hour served Wednesday - Friday 3 - 6pm

1513 West Alabama
Houston, TX 77006

Click here to view location on a Google map. Street and parking lot parking available

Dinner Menu

Dinner served Wednesday - Sunday, 4pm - 9pm
GF- gluten free, V- vegetarian
Sous Vide Chicken
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glass of champagne

starters

Watermelon and Feta Salad

with cucumber, pickled shallot, and mint vinagigrette (GF, V)

18 (+12 Jumbo lump crab)

Calamari

crisp calamari topped with grated Parmesan cheese (GF)

11

Eggplant Fries

our signature starter with anchovy aioli and spicy brava sauce (GF)

11

Truffle Potatoes

crisp, thick-cut potatoes with black-truffle cheese and white-truffle oil (GF, V)

15

Patatas Bravas

Barcelona-style crisp potatoes with creamy brava sauce and topped with an egg (GF,V)

15

Octopus

char-grilled with smoked paprika, lime, and olive-oil drizzle (GF)

19

Cheese Selection (rotating)

Houston Dair Maids cheeses (3) with toasted fig and walnut bread, cornichons, candied pecans, sliced pear, and cranberry mostarda (GF, V)

20

Cold Artichoke Dip

with feta and mascarpone cheese, basil, roasted tomatoes, and EVOO crostini (GF)

16

Porcini Roasted Cauliflower

with romesco and parsley gastrique (V)

16

Goat Cheese Provencal

marinated with shallots, garlic, EVOO, herbs, lemon peel, black pepper, and served with hand-made focaccia bread (V)

17 (GF bread +5)

featured salads

Jumbo Lump Crab

with avocado, shredded carrots, beets, Bibb lettuce, and apricot dressing (GF)

29

Duck Salad

crisp duck confit, sliced pears, mixed greens, pomegranate seeds, spiced pecans, and red-wine vinaigrette (GF)

26

Salmon Salad

sous-vide farm-raised salmon (medium-rare), with avocado, grapefruit and orange segments, dressed with citrus vinaigrette (GF)

25

bistro salads

Add to your bistro salad: chicken +6, salmon +7, crabcake +15, grilled shrimp +16

Bistro Caesar

classic Caesar salad with romaine lettuce, Caesar dressing, white anchovies, croutons, and crab deviled eggs with caviar (GF)

20

Arugula Salad

with roasted mushrooms, Piave cheese, and lemon and EVOO dressing (GF)

15

pizza

Gluten Free Cauliflower crust available +5

Bianca

white sauce, Gruyère cheese, chives, with crisp pancetta

22

Amalfi

soft Italian cheese, arugula, pear, and white-truffle oil

17

La Spezia

fresh pesto, fresh mozzarella, and tomato

16

San Marino

Italian sausage, mushrooms, tomato sauce, and mozzarella

18

Umbria

wild mushrooms, Italian truffle cheese, and white-truffle oil

18

Granada

brava sauce, Manchego cheese, and Jamón Serrano (Spanish ham)

20

entrées

all main entrées served with choice of two side dishes (all gluten-free) at no charge:
cold zucchini with Parmesan and pancetta
house salad (V)
mashed cauliflower/potatoes (V)
bistro fries (thick-cut, home style, fried potatoes) (V)

OR

one of the following special sides at an additional charge:
seared brussels sprouts with pancetta (GF) +6
layered ratatouille (GF,V) +6
potatoes au gratin (with Italian béchamel and Gruyère) (GF, V) +7
asparagus and goat cheese crepes (GF, V) +8

Crab Cakes

our signature entrée served with caper mayonnaise (GF)

32

Roasted Salmon

roasted Atlantic salmon (farm-raised) with horseradish-dill sauce (GF)

30

Grilled Shrimp Skewer

with grilled pineapple and salsa verde (GF)

27

Seared Lemon-Thyme Chicken

delicious sous-vide chicken, seared and served with pan drippings (GF)

30

Crisp Duck Confit

tender duck with crisp skin, served with pink peppercorn butter (GF)

31

Bavette Steak

sous-vide French flank steak with black-truffle butter (GF)

32

12-Hour Beef Short Rib

fork-tender rib topped with port wine and shallot reduction (GF)

31

Dessert

Dessert served Wednesday – Sunday 10 am - closing
GF- gluten free, V- vegetarian

Lemon Tart

classic lemon curd with Italian meringue in house-made pastry shell (GF preparation available)

11

Buttermilk Blackberry Cake

financiers-inspired cake with blackberries and whipped cream (GF)

9

Tuscan Lemon-Almond Torte

our version of the classic Italian torte featuring our house-made lemon curd (GF)

12

Brownie a la Mode

rich chocolate brownie with vanilla bean gelato and a drizzling of caramel sauce (GF)

10

Basque Cheesecake

a unique combination of sweet cheeses complimented with mixed-berry purée and whipped cream (GF)

13

Caramelized Banana and Nutella Crêpe

house-made crêpes filled with brûléed bananas and Nutella (GF)

9

Chocolate Coconut Cream Ice Cream

a delicious dairy-free combination of rich chocolate and coconut cream with toasted coconut flakes (DF, V, GF)

9
Brownie with Vanilla Bean Gelato
Italian Lemon Almond Torte
Notice

In order to provide the best possible experience and attend to all of our valued guests, we highly encourage reservations. We ask that all parties be present for seating. We are more than happy to hold reservations for up to 15 additional minutes.

Guests are asked to notify their server of any food allergies or dietary restrictions when ordering so that the proper modifications, substitutions or clarification of menu choices can be made.

Please no outside food or beverages.

Dinner Reservations

To provide the highest level of service, parties of 9-12 guests will require a credit card to secure the reservation and a 20% gratuity is required after taxes. We do not offer itemized checks. Please make your reservation online or by calling Bistro Menil at 713-904-3537. Requests for specific seating areas are subject to availability.

By making a reservation on open table, via telephone, text message, or email you agree to the Open Table terms of service.

Terms of Use Agreement

By requesting seating in-person or making a reservation electronically, you are accepting the terms and conditions provided by Bistro Menil.

To-Go Menu Specials

Items offered on the To-Go Specials menu are not available for in-house dining.

Check Policy

We will gladly split checks evenly among as many guests as desired; however, in order to provide efficient service, we do not offer itemized checks. Tables of six or more will have 20% gratuity automatically added after sales tax.