Houston >Food & Dining > Phil & Derek's Restaurant & Wine Bar
2811 Bammel Ln, Houston, TX | Directions 7709829.740967 -95.423805
11:00a.m. to 10:00p.m. daily; closed from 2:00 to 5:00p.m.
Neighborhoods: Central, Greenway/ Upper Kirby
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 a glass and it tasted awful. We looked at the so called menu to find everything was fried or smothered in gravy. They had no decent healthy choices. If you like cheap wine and mediocre soul food, this is the place for you. Overview: terrible place!
Intimate Ambiance Featuring Live Music Nightly – Occupying the grounds of th 1880-era De Chaumes Cottage Phil & Derek’s 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 roots to create a menu that zigzags from pork tenderloin with apples and raisons to spicy gumbo. Look for juicy cheeseburgers plated with herb-drenched fries or the seasonal fried green tomato salad topped with crawfish rémoulade. The back room overlooks a garden with a fountain, English greenhouse and gazebo. There's lively music nightly and one of the best carvery Sunday brunches in town. Wine and beer, and desserts such as peach cobbler, round out the experience. The restaurant also offers BYOB for a $10 corkage fee. Simply put, we love the friendly service, great food, ambiance and nightly live music.
Don't Bother !! – 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 another location to have the dinner (you know how hard that can be during the holidays?) I had been a supporter of Phil and Dereks in the past despite the fact the food is not good and I don't like buffet food. But after this experience. I can no longer recommend this place or be a supporter of this type treatment. Spend you monies elsewhere !!
Phil & Derek's - spend your money elsewhere – 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 to be Bistro Calais and was no good. The food was simply off-par and it took almost an hour to get our food. it was a one-man show at that time, cook was waiter was host was owner was bus-boy.
Go to Phil & Dereks if you like bad service & feeling unsafe – 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 really used to enjoy the food and customers. Who can beat a place with a good lounge singer, great ambiance, and an attentive wait staff, right? The good times ain't rolling here, unless you're a mugger. This is a place to get carjacked, as people have been. Don't believe me? Look at the Houston Police Department online crime reports.
If you want a place where it is way to loud, the customers have no class, and the food is worse than Jack in the Box, this is the place for you. If not, LOOK ELSEWHERE!
Food is good but customer service was lacking by management – 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 received our beverages.
While waiting for our food, we received a nice woven bread basket with bread basket linen which enclosed warm bread inside. After eating from the nice warm bread basket, several things started to move. Some of us had eaten more than others but once we moved the bread around, there were several roaches running around in the bread basket. We did not make a scene and we politely disclosed the situation to management. He came over and gave an explanation, they had just exterminated. He promised he would take care of us. Since we had already ordered, we decided to stay. Management took care of us by sending wait staff over to offer us one desert to be shared by 3 people.
Believe it or not, I am more upset about the compensation instead of the event. We were not looking for a free meal, but the GALL......
Sunday brunch:):) – I've been there 2 times so far for a Sunday brunch.
I love the place. It's in a quiet neighbourhood and it's very nice inside and outside.
Staff is wonderful - very attentive and helpful. Once we came on a very busy day and manager found us a place - he simply combined two tables and sat us there...:)
They have crepes to die for and wonderful omelettes - I usually eat only those and have no space for other food;) But tried a little bit of everything and was good. My husband and friends were also very happy with their food.
They have nice alcohol too.
For sure I will be coming back there...
Houston's Best Smoked Salmon and Live Music to boot. – 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.
Great place for a quiet lunch! – 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!
Charming view, but inconsistent food and and inattentive service – 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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