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“Romantic with great food and the best bread in Houston”
Review of Cafe Rabelais

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Cafe Rabelais
Ranked #1,238 of 8,552 Restaurants in Houston
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Lunch, Outdoor Seating
Neighborhood: University Place
Reviewed July 29, 2013

This restaurant tucked away in a little mall in Rice Village is one of the gems of Houston. It combines romantic charm, excellent food, exemplary service and good value in a way few Houston restaurants can match. We've never had a bad meal here; not even a mediocre one. One of the things we like is that everything on the menu, ranging from relatively simple sandwiches and salads to more elaborate French cuisine is prepared with great care. But, to be honest, the thing we like best is the bread. I have no idea what these people are doing that other Houston restaurants are not (maybe they just buy bread from a great vendor?), but this is the crusty, yeasty, yummy bread of dreams. The other aspect of the restaurant I like are the prices. Houston is a cheap restaurant town and this place is downright inexpensive (don't tell!) for the value it offers. Sandwiches and salads are quite reasonable and steaks and other pricier items are still well within reach. A great restaurant for a special occasion.

Oh, and one more thing. We're hardly wine experts; but the selection of wines at this place is also great. A year back we were served a Corsican Rose that was so good that I've tried (in vain) for years to hunt it down. The staff is very knowledgable in assisting selections.

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Reviewed April 12, 2013

A great place with an every changing fresh menu that is listed on a big blackboard. This is true french country cooking. The place is small and cozy so sometimes you have to wait for a table. A great wine list. Just describe to your waiter the kind of wine you are looking for and they will do a great job for you.

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Reviewed February 14, 2013

Quaint restaurant, great food. We were thirsty the entire meal because the staff would never visit the table, never filled our drinks and overall the service was non existent. We actually walked over to the kitchen area 2 times and filled our own iced tea. The meal took 1 hour and 10 minutes to be served. Really. If it weren't for the good food, we would rate it a 1 out of 5.

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Reviewed December 11, 2012

Unlike a lot of French restaurants, the atmosphere is casual. Waitstaff is very attentive. The food is fabulous. My husband loves the mussels. I love everything, esp. the fois gras and pommes frite. All price ranges of wine are available and your waiter is always willing to help you with choices. We recently took friends from Florida who are "foodies" and they loved the restaurant also.

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Thank TripCap
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Reviewed December 6, 2012

This restaurant came recommended from a friend for the bone-in ribeye. We had the salmon salad which was average; the salmon was over cooked but the salad was okay. The bone-in ribeye served with french fries was delicious. We went on a Saturday night at 7PM and only a 30 minute wait although it was VERY unorganized to get on the waiting list and they told us NOT to wait at the bar and to go walk-around bc they were busy. The restaurant is quite small and you bump into tables and people and it is loud so it is not a romantic place for a couple but it is kind of a unique neighborhood place. Everything including the servers and other restaurant employees are hurried and frantic in so it is not a relaxing place to enjoy a meal or a bottle of wine. I am most annoyed that we thought about going for our Department Christmas Party, approximately 6-7 people at lunch during the week and they were not willing to reserve tables for us. So summing up all of the above, we will not return to this restaurant.

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Thank KJG792012
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