Houston >Bisto Le Cep
“Overall, this restaurant is fabulous -- don't let the location fool you!”
“The creme brulee is just short of tasting and feeling like frozen custard and the chocolate sauce on poached pears was overwhelmingly bitter.”
“This tender, flavorful rabbit in a burgundy wine sauce, wow.”
“This restaurant is quite pricey and the food is worth the price.”
“The wine selection fits any budget and offers great selections from around the globe.”
“Bistro is such a nice and cozy restaurant to have some really hearty french food.”
“The food and service was great!”
“Reasonable prices and I may say lower than anybody else in town for the quality of food and service.”
Old Guard. We used to go to Bistro Le Cep when it was in it's hay day, but no more. The last time I went, prior to this time was about 2 years ago when they served me old fish, that tasted like ammonia. I sent it back and the waiter came back agreeing that the fish was old and offering a new entree. Of course, that was not possible given that my table mates were finishing their meals, and I no longer had an appetite. This time we went on a Tuesday night and I ordered a meal I had enjoyed before, the shrimp with white beans, fried onions and "beafsteak" tomatoes. Shrimp were overcooked and tough,, beans bland, tomatoes, well, it's December. So no tomato is good in December!! The menu does not change, ever. No matter the season. (from December 2011; edited Jan 2013)
Great experience. This was my first time to try Bistro Le Cep. There were three of us dining and we all enjoyed the experience. The maitre d' could have been a little friendlier on our arrival, but he seemed to have warned up as he was nicer on our departure. We stood and talked to him for several moments. The food was delicious and Mr. Mannke came out to greet the customers. That was a nice touch. It was worth the drive from Cypress. I hope to return with my family soon.
A very romantic evening.
On monday the 20th my wife and I celebrated 30yrs of marriage. I made reservations late but the staff was gracious and fit us in. Our table was decorated beautifully and in a great location. The escargo here is simply the best in Houston. Along with the home made breads it was a great start. My wife had the crab cakes and I has the salmon grilled. Both dishes were exceptional along with the exceptional service. It was such a warm and pleasant place that it reminded me of my home in Louisiana. The sides which included grilled veggies and green beans were cooked to perfection making the whole meal outstanding. The desert was complimentary and at our request we had one of there home make peach tarts with a scoup of ice cream. The taste was savory and excellent. We had the house coffee which was great. Altogether it was a memorable evening. It could not have been any better. We have been a fan for many years and it never ceases to amaze me how consistantly fine the food and service continues to be. When the owner is around he makes his rounds and checks on how you are enjoying yourself and to see if everything is satisfactory. The staff really went out of there way to provide a special evening for us. We have never been disappointed. It is always a treat to see whats cooking at this fine place.
Cecil & Pam
All I can say is WOW!!!. We ate at the Bistro for the first time today, and I can tell you it won't be the last!! The food was so delicious I can't quit thinking about it! It is located in a part of town that , to me, isn't very appealing. It's near my Husband's office, so we decided to give it a try. Once you walk in the door you have entered a different world. The place was packed, and every one was busy, busy, busy. The wood floors, the French Country decor, the white table cloths with place settings in place..SO charming! I had the Quiche Loraine which came with a side salad. The quiche was nothing short of mouth watering, and the house dressing that was on the greens was delicious!! The server's and our waiter did a great job, even though they were so busy. They must be used to it:) I can't wait until our next visit!
A Lovely Place to Dine.
Bisto Le Cep is a charming restaurant giving the patron the feeling they are dining in Europe. Le Cep has wonderful ambience, great food, wine, and a waitstaff that is always ready to meet ones needs. It is a place where everybody knows you name. So cosy it reminds me of "Cheers". Once you've tried this restaurant, I promise you will keep Bistro le Cep on your places to dine list.
Stuck in a time machine.
This place is stuck in a time machine. Another post said it's like it's stuck in a time macine, and that is so true.
The steak aux poive had no poive - it was all butter and cream, absolutely no poive in it - probably the worst I've ever had.
On top of that the service was poor at best, had to ask for bread twice, and there was some obnoxious engineer with 2 others at the table next to us who apparently thought it was OK to blow your nose like a trupmpet 3 or 4 times while we were trying to eat!! Unbelievable!!
Will NEVER eat there again, what a huge dissapointment.
Could have had a better and cheaper meal at KFC...
In a word...Perfection.
Incroyable! Magnifique! Without question the best meal I have had since I moved to Texas 2 years ago. And being an ex-chef I am extra picky. Here you will find the sort of meal so richly delicious that you feel a little drunk afterward, even if you haven't touched a drop of alcohol. I mean that literally. If you have never been here you are doing yourself a disservice. This is not fussy French food, nor nouvelle cuisine in impossible arrangements on huge plates...what I call silly food...so tiny you have to get a burger afterward...oh no...THIS is the real thing.
I had the Chicken with Wild Mushrooms (I won't attempt the french spelling) and my wife had the Wild Boar with Plum Sauce. My first bite made my eyes roll up in my head. It was that good. Succulent, moist but with a crispness to the outside that few places seem to be able to accomplish. My tablemate moaned when she tasted the boar. I rather expected it to be somewhere in the pork family flavorwise but it was really more of a beef flavor profile. In fact both dishes were so delicious that we kept grabbing bites off each other's plates throughout the meal. My mouth is watering just writing this. For dessert they brought a sort of chocolate mousse pie (maybe it was french silk) with a candle in it, free of charge. The plate drizzled with raspberry and if I'm not mistaken, passionfruit sauces (maybe mango) no matter, the chocolate is the important thing...creamy, decadently smooth and thick in texture...I can only describe it as a choco-gasm. The wife had her heart set on Creme Brulee so we ordered that as well. Without a doubt the creamiest and most decadent I have had, in a word - superb. And to make it even better, this isn't one of those a la carte places like certain other high end restaurants in Houston where you have to pay $10 for a potato. In fact according to my research, BISTRO LE CEP IS ON AVERAGE $10 CHEAPER PER MENU ITEM THAN HOUSTON'S OTHER FINE DINING ESTABLISHMENTS, ACROSS THE BOARD
I was searching for a special spot for my anniversary and after a great deal of research I found Bistro Le Cep right down the street from my home. Quaint, warm ambiance and unlike most places in Houston the acoustics are fabulous so you don't have to listen to the conversation of every other diner in the place.
We arrived to find we had been given a corner table scattered with confetti and streamers in honor of our anniversary and best of all, not a single member of the staff, including the owner who came to our table to give his best wishes, did so much as blink an eye at the discovery that the anniversary couple was two women. We were treated with the utmost respect.
Service was impeccable, with delicious fresh bread brought to the table at intervals throughout the meal, very attentive without being obtrusive or obsequious. Cute boys with French accents too...if that's your thing. We have already decided that we will be regulars at Bistro Le Cep and have told pretty much everyone we know that they HAVE to try it. You should too.
According to clippings and awards posted around the restaurant Chef Mannke has been working in fine dining establishments all over the world since the '60s. It shows...believe me...it shows.
I only have one issue with the place...nothing major really just a question...Why is the cow out front anatomically correct?
I LOVE this place!.
My husband took me here for Valentine's Day this year. It was the best French meal I have had in years. The wait staff are very friendly and efficient and the food - I'm nearly in tears just thinking about it.
My husband had the Wild Boar served with Plum Sauce, Wild Rice and Grilled Seasonal Vegetables). I had to try it and it was fabulous. I had the Coq Au Vin. Equally wonderful. The creme brulee was silken, lovely, awesome!
The drawbacks were that the parking lot is tiny and the interior of the restaurant is not wheelchair friendly - the walkways are very narrow. I won't be able to bring my mom here and that's a shame.
Wow, what a treat for Houston!!.
This place is different from the normal hustle and bustle of Houstons eateries. Slightly Mountian sophiticated decor, wonderfull menu, reasonable wine prices, excellent service and the Chef walks around talking to guests.
If you have a up comming family event, and your children have good table manners, I recommend this place for a new adventure in culinary delights.
Just a wonderfull experience and unique for Houston.
I want to go back!.
I took my boyfriend here a few weeks back. He heard me raving about this place for years but we never got the opporunity to go, so I was very excited to take him here.
We got there pretty early, in hopes to forgo the wait. The hostest infromed us that all the tables had reservations but we can eat at the bar. I really didn't want o eat at the bar, so dissappointed we both headed out the door. They called us back in and said they will set a table for us, it turned out they took away their dessert and cheese table to make room for us, which was very nice!
The boyfriend had the onion soup, it was on the sour side and we both agreed the that the one we had in Paris was a lot better. I enjoyed my snails very much.
I had the wild boar and he had the rabbit. My boar was very delishious but his rabbit was to die for. Everytime i took a bit of his rabbit, mmmmmmmmmmmm couldn't stop coming out of my mouth. It was just so good.
We ended the night was the fresh strawberry tart! Just coming back from France, I was afraid this would tarnish my memory of the great pasteries in France, but it didn't. It was soooooooo delishious!
I really do love this gem! And now so does my boyfriend!
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