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Sorrel Urban Bistro

2202 West Alabama Street, Houston, TX 77098 (Downtown)
713-677-0391
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Ranked #34 of 7,136 restaurants in Houston
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American, French, Healthy, Bistro
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: Kirby, Greenbriar
Description: Born out of a shared vision to bring affordable farm-to-table dining to Houston, restaurateur Ray Salti and Executive Chef Soren Pedersen have collaborated to create Sorrel Urban Bistro, a casually elegant, fresh design featuring an ever-changing blackboard menu of organically focused cuisine. Sorrel represents the second culinary collaboration between Salti and Pedersen, who also are partners at Ray’s Grill, a highly-lauded farm-to-table concept in Fulshear, TX, 20 miles West of Houston. In addition to a diverse daily menu selection featuring local organically grown produce and meat, sustainable fish and wild game, Sorrel offers a charcuterie bar with a wide variety of salami, sausages and prosciutto, both imported and housemade, along with artisan Texas cheeses, handcrafted breads and more. Beverage service includes seasonally inspired cocktails, artisanal beers and 200 plus wines (25 percent organic.) At Sorrel, it's about enjoying a culinary experience.
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English first
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Fine dining but not too stuffy! Food was outstanding, we started with seared scallop, spinach salad, followed by herb crusted flounder and pork schnitzel. Couldn't leave without trying their apple crumble. Great service, food is locally sourced and very fresh!! Will definitely be back again!

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Houston, Texas
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77 reviews 77 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We went the day after Valentines and the menu was still set for that day. I ordered the lobster and it was over cooked. The saving grace was the Strawberry-Basil bread pudding for desert. The service was excellent and the wine list was above average but overall the food seemed on the decline.

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Chelsea R, Manager at Sorrel Urban Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share this feedback with us, Macanudo. It's truly disheartening to hear you feel our food has declined and I sincerely hope we can make this right. First off, thank you for the specific feedback on the lobster and the strawberry-basil bread pudding as I will be sure to pass that along to the... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

We came here only off of Trip Advisor reviews... we were visiting from DC. The menu is creative... the food is delicious and the service was outstanding! Bravo Sorrel for delivering a jewel in Houston!

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Chelsea R, Manager at Sorrel Urban Bistro, responded to this review

I am happy you were able to swing by during your visit to Houston! Even happier that you found our menu creative, food amazing and service outstanding. What heartwarming compliments! I truly appreciate you taking the time to share this recommendation here on TripAdvisor and hope that next time you're in Houston, you'll keep us in mind. Take care, Chelsea More

Houston, Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Fortuantely we were out to enjoy a relaxing bunch experience, so the lax attention to service was not too much a bother. The meal preparation was excellent as always so that nullified the annoying lack of service.

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Chelsea R, Manager at Sorrel Urban Bistro, responded to this review

We always welcome feedback on how we can improve to better serve our guests; so thank you, Jeff, for this valuable feedback. While I'm happy your meal was excellent, I want to sincerely apologize for the lapse in our service. The last thing we want is for our guests to feel like a bother and I want to assure you... More

Conroe, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

We love this restaurant. The level of personalized service is remarkable. The food is very creative and well prepared. The executive chef / owner has always been present when we have visited and is very congenial. We particularly like the High top tables adjacent to the kitchen where we can see all the prep activities happening.

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Chelsea R, Manager at Sorrel Urban Bistro, responded to this review

I couldn't be happier to hear that you love us! My sincerest thank you for taking the time to share this glowing recommendation here on TripAdvisor. I simply cannot wait to pass along your compliments on our creativity and flavors to the rest of the team, and hope we'll have the pleasure of serving you again soon. You've always got... More

Houston, Texas
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63 reviews 63 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The first time I came here when it first opened I wasn't too fond of it, because the breakfast menu was a little thin. Since then, however, it has become one of my favorite restaurants in Houston. Everything that I have ever had, be it a breakfast item or lunch has been flawlessly executed and delicious. I generally come here... More

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Chelsea R, Manager at Sorrel Urban Bistro, responded to this review

Your opening line is truly heartwarming! My sincerest thank you for taking the time to share this glowing recommendation. I'm happy to hear you gave us a second chance and we are now one of your favorite spots in Houston! Hopefully we'll have the pleasure of serving you again soon. You've always got a spot at our table! Until then,... More

Houston, Texas, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

We stopped by for some appetizers and happy hour after some holiday shopping. What a lovely little place! Scallops and sliders were perfect with our cocktails, lemon drop martini (best my wife ever had) and an old fashioned for me (perfect). Hanna, the bartender, was funny and a great mixologist!

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Chelsea R, Manager at Sorrel Urban Bistro, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind words! You definitely made some great choices from our menu, and I'll pass along your compliments to Hanna, too. Looking forward to having you back for another visit soon! All the best, Chelsea More

Houston, Texas
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50 reviews 50 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

Consistently excellent food, service, and ambiance. Their constantly changing locally sourced menu is excellent. For lunch, dinner, or a visit to the bar for drinks and a snack. I have never had a sub par experience and will return again and again.

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Chelsea R, Manager at Sorrel Urban Bistro, responded to this review

I truly appreciate you taking the time to share such a glowing, thoughtful review here on Yelp. Your support truly means a lot to not only myself, but also the rest of the Sorrel team. It's great to hear how much you enjoy our locally sourced menu and we simply cannot wait to welcome you back! Warm regards, Chelsea More

Houston, TX
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Prior to a Houston Symphony Orchestra concert, we stopped by Sorrel for a first visit, in this case for brunch. We found the food (on the suggestion of our server, I had Biscuits and Foie Gras Gravy and my partner had Lobster Cake Benedict) to be exceptionally well prepared and tasteful and the service to be exceptional. Yes, it was... More

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Chelsea R, Manager at Sorrel Urban Bistro, responded to this review

Exceptional brunch? Wow, thank you for taking the time to share such a glowing compliment here on TripAdvisor. I'm happy to hear you loved our Biscuits and Foie Gras Gravy as well as our Lobster Cake Benedict. I speak on behalf of our team when I say, we look forward to welcoming you back! Until next time, Chelsea More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

We tried their Sunday brunch today. We started with the seared scallops with baby bok choy slaw. The slaw was tasty but the scallops were just okay. Of course, we had been spoiled by having outstanding scallops the two previous days as well. My wife had the Lobster Cake Benedict and it would have likely been better is it was... More

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Chelsea R, Manager at Sorrel Urban Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your feedback with us here on TripAdvisor. Overall, I'm disappointed to hear your brunch dishes did not impress. When it comes to scallops, there are many ways to prepare this tasty seafood entree, so I'm sorry you found ours just okay. What would've made the dish outstanding to you? I'm all ears! As far as your... More

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