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2347 University Blvd, Houston, TX | Directions 7700529.714856 -95.414755
Neighborhoods: University Place, South Central
Sitting on the patio of this cozy French bistro with a cappuccino and a simple, delicious ham/Brie/asparagus crepe really makes you want to stop and relax for a while. Love the simple yet polished feel of a nice French restaurant like Bistro des Amis.
Bistro des Amis features freshly-prepared, classic Paris bistro cuisine in a charming, casual setting. Prices are moderate, too. This middle-range French restaurant is a good choice for all gourmets, or for those who would like to exercise their gourmet muscles-- without breaking their wallets.
• Delicious, simple French bistro dishes with modern flair
• Excellent service and friendly wait staff
• Basque décor transports you to Biarritz
• Terrace offers outdoor dining option
Owner Matthew Brice and his staff offer up freshly-prepared market ingredients in elegantly-presented traditional dishes, adding just a zest of the eclectic and modern to old favorites.
Because seasonal ingredients are favored by the kitchen, there are always daily menu specials. You can order a la carte, but I recommend the fixed menu for a first visit.
In short, Bistro des Amis is worth reserving an evening to enjoy and experience.
Fantastic Food – I attended a private party here on Saturday the 22nd of October...Congratulations Again. The food was outstanding and the service was top of the line. I remember the place from back in the antique book store days. Although it was a little sad that all the old books are gone, it was well worth the visit. Keep up the great work!
Interesting but not quite there... – We ate here on a Saturday evening and without question, enjoyed the evening. A quaint atmosphere with a real hint of small town French. The restaurant is an old refurbished house which lends itself perfectly to this type of restaurant. The servers were very friendly and service was good.
The food was good but not great as one expects French food to be. The escargo is actually fabulous and was a real treat. The veal was OK but not great. The chicken was also tasty, but lacked that signature pop that should come with French. OK, the creme brulee was also fabulous... as good as I have ever had. Unfortunately my wife ordered the creme brulee and I ordered the crepes. The crepes were terrible. When they set them down in front of me I noticed that the crepe was very light colored and that the chocolate was thin and already soaking intothe crepe. I took two bites discovering that the crepe was severly under cooked. The good news was that our server was kind enough to take it away and bring me a creme brulee.
And last but not least, their wine selection is a little short, but the wines are reasonably priced.
So give it a try with an open mind. If you absolutely want fine traditional French, go some where else but expect to pay more.
Resonable prices - awesome french food – My wife and I have been regulars at this place since the brother and sister team from the Basque country of France opened. It is consistent. The portions are sensible size (which is pretty much unheard of in Houston) and prices for both food and wine are very reasonable. Perhaps most important - the food is really good. The basque cuisine is a somehow a little more mediterranean. Save room - they have a desert case with very tasty - small fresh deserts. You will feel like you have actually been to a very lovely little country bistro.
Citysearch Editorial Review – The quaint, converted house on the corner of Morningside and University has seen several businesses come and go over the years with as many paint jobs to match. Now, with owners Odile de Maindreville and Bernard Cuillier helming this little French café, we hope the location has broken its curse. Authentic, well-executed menu items like a thyme-heavy vegetable potage and perfectly seared beef bourguignon make for a hearty meal, although a pastry and café au lait would be an equally acceptable reason to stop in. The petite setting is modest but romantic, and a well-liked spot by both couples and old friends.
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