About Kris Bistro & Wine Lounge

7070 Allensby
Houston, TX 77022
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Located 7 minutes North of Downtown this North Village Modern French Bistro supports and showcases local growers, local artists, French wines and aspiring chefs.

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary French, Organic

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Wednesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm

Dinner: TUES - THURS 5:30-9; FRI & SAT 5:30-10

Cross Street:
Riggs

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(713) 358-5079

Website:
http://www.krisbistro.com/

Entertainment:
Dining Room is surrounded by 150 Feet of glass looking into three operating kitchens to provide visual interest for Foodies and Dining Room movement.

Parking Details:
Private fenced lot with onsite security.

Executive Chef:
Kristopher Jakob

Private Party Facilities:
Restaurant can hold 70

Banquet Room holds 40

Private Lounge - Wine Bar and Table for 12

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

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4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4

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Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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food4
ambience4
service5

I loved the design of the space and the ...

Dined on April 10, 2016

I loved the design of the space and the ambiance. The service was fantastic, as well as the food.

food5
ambience3
service5
value4

Lived up to my expectations

Dined on April 1, 2016

We took some friends from out of town to this restaurant. They wanted somewhere different to meet up . The lady is a gourmet cook herself and we knew she would enjoy both tasting the food and discussing it with the knowledgeable and helpful staff. The waitress was happy to discuss and assist with wine selections and helped us make a couple of great choices. It's always a relief when a recommendation works out even better than you hoped and I think this is one place you can feel confident of that happening.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Table of two

Dined on March 16, 2016

Great spot for an intimate dinner for two. Tristan our waiter, was excellent and more than willing to answer any and all questions.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

AH-MAZING!

Dined on March 10, 2016

Went to dinner here with a friend and it was unbelievable! Our server Amanda was fantistic! The food was sublime! Highly recommend trying Kris Bistro out!!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience3
service4
value3

Business lunch - an gamble that paid off

Dined on February 26, 2016

We were meeting with a potential resource company CEO. We wanted to dine at a restaurant that was equidistant between our two office locations. Kris Bistro was found on Google Earth and the website was reviewed. The website had a great first impression. It was easy to make reservations. The menu was impressive and relatively competitive. One comment: provide the wine list without the patron having to request it. Make it just as available as a menu. The practice of exhibiting a wine bottle without the patron having an opportunity to discreetly review pricing. The entrée was cooked to perfection: grilled sea bass. Beggar's purse appetizers were delicious and the tiramisu dessert was very tasty. The wait staff were attentive and courteous; however, one of the staff made small talk and mentioned her husband had gotten laid off and is unemployed - I believe this was mentioned because she overheard some of our conversation. Wait staff need to remember their job is to enhance the patron's dining experience, not to become part of it. The meeting went well; the food came out hot, professionally plated and in a reasonable amount of time. Lastly, because the wine turned out to be $49.00, our companies split the bill; we agreed to pay for the food, the other company stated they would take care of the wine bill. We both provided our credit cards and explained who would pay for what but, when we got the bills back, I was charged for the wine and the other company was charged the food! Not sure what happened there. I really like concept that we were providing culinary students an opportunity to hone their skills. Kris Bistro would benefit from additional marketing to get the word out. Disadvantages: Tiny Kris Bistro sign, restaurant is effectively hidden in the Culinary institute. Terrible entrance into the restaurant; you feel like you are walking through someone's office to get to the restaurant - because you are! Maybe a side entrance that opens directly into Bistro?

Tags: good for groups, great for lunch
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Kris Bistro offers a Unique Experience

Dined on February 15, 2016

Kris Bistro offers a one of a kind experience. It is a little out of the way in a non traditional location but it is well worth the visit. Its like a hidden gem. The food is always excellent. The restaurant is quiet and romantic and almost always available. We eat dinner there 4-6 times a years. I especially enjoyed the Valentines Day event where five separate chef stations each prepared a serious of dishes and we could choose one or all of them.

Tags: great for brunch, romantic, notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service4
value5

Another great meal

Dined on February 14, 2016

We had a wonderful Valentine's Day buffet but noticed that a bit too much salt was being used in the string beans! We hope this is not an omen of change but rather a minor slip in an otherwise flawless meal.

Tags: great for brunch, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

Marvelous!

Dined on February 14, 2016

Our Valentine's Day brunch was superb. With the 5 stations, there was something for everyone and enough to satisfy even the largest of hungers! Excellent quality, friendly chefs, a real dining pleasure!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Edith

vip
Dined on February 12, 2016

Excellent food and service was efficient, friendly staff. Our server Norma was very good. The entire staff were friendly including the Manager John

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

A HIDDEN JEWEL!

Dined on February 10, 2016

This is one of Houston's hidden jewels. Everyone in the kitchen is expertly trained, and the Chefs who lead it all are instructors at the Culinary Institute LeNotre (a famous French Family, with a Culinary Institute here in Houston). You'd be hard pressed to find finer food anywhere in our area. FANTASTIC!!!

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
food5
ambience2
service2

We are out of towers and were there at a ...

vip
Dined on February 7, 2016

We are out of towers and were there at a Mardi Gras night we didn't know about. Service poor, too loud, but very good food. Will try again during regular day.

food3
ambience4
service2

Meal started out great with starters the ...

Dined on February 7, 2016

Meal started out great with starters then the soup was next, very good. Meals were ok. Seafood meal was cool, not hot. Gumbo was ok again not hot but cool. Service was average by server. Not very attentive and food took entrees took sometome to get out. I think he avoided us knowing that food was taking so long.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Love it

Dined on January 30, 2016

The food and service were great. The staff really try hard to please you and all the food came presented in a very nice presentation. It was delicious, I would go back.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Edith

vip
Dined on January 23, 2016

Excellent dining experiences, we all enjoyed from the appetizers to main dish. We were pleasantly surprised, fantastic dishes. Mark our server was knowledgeable, friendly and efficient. Please send him our appreciation. We will definitely be back to try different dishes.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Great restaurant for authentic French cu ...

Dined on November 19, 2015

Great restaurant for authentic French cuisine, extensive wine list, with a very helpful waiter (Mark) to explain everything in very friendly, non-condescending manner. Since this restaurant is part of the "lab" for the students, the learning environment extends to the restaurant, where the staff is happy to explain everything on the menu, while you watch the students prepare delicious meals.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service4

Amazing wine and excellent food at very ...

Dined on November 19, 2015

Amazing wine and excellent food at very reasonable prices. Ambiance is fair but fun if you enjoy looking at the kitchen

food3
ambience3
service3

Culinary School

Dined on November 14, 2015

This is a culinary school with a dining room. The food is good. I asked for the music to be generationally fit. Everyone eating was above 35 years of age. They accomodated using Pandora.

food5
ambience5
service5

Best kept secret

Dined on November 11, 2015

Food is always expertly prepared. Service is reliable, professional, knowledgeable. I love that our waiter never interrupted our conversation so he can complete his agenda, rather he stopped by every so often, lingered a few moments and let us decide to pause ourselves to ask him for service. Rare to find that level of restraint in even the highest end eateries in Houston. Standouts were the Beef Carpaccio, Moules fritte (delicious sauce so ask for extra bread for dunking), octopus & Scallop salad, and grilled sea bass. Ambiance is cozy and romantic if you chose table near the bar or can be entertaining if you choose table with window facing the kitchen. The staff are mostly students of the LeNotre Culinary Institute, making the experience so fulfilling. I can always count on Kris Bistro to give us a great evening. Keep up the good work!! A+++

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Hidden gem

vip
Dined on November 7, 2015

Must try this place. The foie Gras is some the best in houston. Each dish was spectacular.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food2
ambience4
service4

French onion soup: onion sliced too thic ...

Dined on November 5, 2015

French onion soup: onion sliced too thick, not enough cooking, difficult to chew. Too much onion, not enough soup. French Fries: I always think Kris Bistro has the best French fries in town . But I was a bit disappointed this time . it was not crispy enough, some fries only less than one inch long. WILD MUSHROOM AGNOLOTTI : too salty Dessert: very good but pricey

food5
ambience4
service5

Impressed by Every Dish

Dined on November 1, 2015

We ate six different dishes and they ranged from very good to excellent. Blown away by the appearance of the dishes and the fact that there was uniqueness to each dish. Service was great. The price we paid was great for the value that we received. The wine that we bought was the most reasonable wine for the quality that I have purchased in years at a restaurant.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5

Pleasant Surprise

vip
Dined on October 30, 2015

Don't let the location and building mislead you. The food is outstanding and the service is very attentive. We had a 3-course meal and everything is delicious. First time I try duck confit in a stew / pot pie - very creative! Dessert is heavenly. This restaurant is definitely a keeper.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service4

Always good

Dined on October 28, 2015

Rusia place is always great we love it. Food is always spectacular. You get to watch the students while they cook. The bread and butter are amazing. The oysters and beef are yummy. Cheese plate is great.

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience4
service5

Amazing food, great ambiance, fantastic wine

Dined on October 18, 2015

Such an amazing meal, all of the food is delicious and the wine pairings were spot on. Great place to spend a Saturday night. Definitely save room for dessert!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Fun and unique!

Dined on October 18, 2015

There's always something new and innovative on the menu to try. Everyone in our party ordered something different and had a great time sampling one another's food. I had a foie gras creme brulee served with homemade ginger snaps that was WONDERFUL! That's just a sample of the sort of thoughtful and tasty selections you'll get to play with. It wasn't our first time here, and it won't be our last.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5

Hidden Gem in Houston

Dined on October 15, 2015

Kris Bistro is fantastic. I saved the newspaper article from 2012 announcing their opening and could not get anyone to join me there until last week. Unknown entity, unknown part of town. my friend and I were thrilled with the whole experience, including seeing the students working away in the classroom kitchens and entering the restaurant space after walking down the school halls very special most excellent meal cannot wait to return

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Fine culinary school bistro

Dined on September 26, 2015

Kris Bistro is one of our favorite restaurants. While it is in a somewhat awkward area to visit from where we live, the parking area always feels secure and the drive is not bad. We always feel welcome and the staff is friendly and efficient. The cuisine is deliciously imaginative and inspired. And it is beautifully presented. There is a nice wine list, very fairly priced. And one can bring ones own wine for an extremely reasonable $10 corkage fee. Kris Bistro is well worth a visit for a delicious, relaxed and quiet meal. And I seriously doubt if it will be your last time there!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4

Great food

Dined on September 19, 2015

Everything here is amazing, especially for the money. It has gone up a little since we were here last, but definitely worth every penny. Loved the duck confit gumbo and the curry ketchup that came with the fries was spectacular.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Our 25th Anniversary was Memorable!

Dined on September 18, 2015

My wife and I started our evening out with an elegant dinner at Kris Bistro & Wine Lounge. The food was magnificent and the proportions were perfect. The staff is the most attentive I have ever experienced in a 5 star restaurant.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service5

Hidden Gem

vip
Dined on September 18, 2015

I took my fiancée here for her birthday. The food was really good, service was great and watching the students in class was good theater for our meal. Wine list was a good size and spanned many regions and price points. Overall, we had a great time. The location, as others note, is unusual in that it is part of the Culinary school. However, it is a romantic full service restaurant that lets you watch the students learn and make dishes. Final note, the Level 3 (near graduation) students are the only ones cooking for you under executive chef supervision. It was real fun and I look forward to bringing friends here.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food5
ambience3
service5

Definitely a great find

Dined on September 6, 2015

There were eight of us in our party, we were made to feel welcome and had a great evening. The food was superb, the service excellent and the cost very reasonable. The staff were knowledgeable and more than willing to discuss our menu selections with us describing each dish in detail. The wine selection was great. We had a wonderful evening and all would be happy to visit again. This is a restaurant you can recommend with no fear of a bad experience.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5

Great value

Dined on September 4, 2015

Interesting if you go when students in class to see cooking school activity thru window. Menu great, also served complimentary chocolates.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5

Devine food! Great wine!

Dined on September 2, 2015

The salmon was perfectly prepared. The accompaniments were perfect. Great service. Excellent attention to detail, and quality of ingredients. I will definitely be back.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5

Great Food, great Service

Dined on September 2, 2015

Loved the food, very inventive, not extreme, service was attentive. The wine selection was good and inexpensive. There were 3 of us, appetizers, main course and desert, we chose different items on each course. There were good choices and excellent choices. The excellent choices caused what would have been an excellent choice elsewhere to be down graded to good here. Glad they are part of Restaurant Week, glad to have Discovered them.

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience5
service5

Excellent experience.

Dined on August 30, 2015

We went at dinner during the Houston Restaurant Week for my wife's birthday. We had an excellent experience. The food was superb and the service was exceptional. We had lots of smiles and happy faces. We have traveled and vacationed a few times in France, and this meal was superior to most of what I ever had on the French soil. Well done, Kris Bistro, really well done. We will be back again. You are a Houston gem. Cheers,

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food3
ambience2
service3

Ambitous

Dined on August 30, 2015

This was a repeat visit to this restaurant. Our first time here was a true delight. The food was excellent, and every course had some surprises in it. We also had an excellent server who apparently took a real interest in the food, where it came from and what had been done to it in the kitchen. This last visit was ok. The food was good, and was delivered to the table in a timely manner. It was very busy, so I guess there was no time to waste - efficient. If anybody from Kris reads this, try moving those little side tables out of the dining room. Patrons and servers run into them all the time, they remind me of hospital food trays, and really serve no function.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

High expectations exceeded...

Dined on August 29, 2015

Kris Bistro definitely exceeded our expectations from the wine to the desert.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

We had the restaurant week dinner menu. ...

vip
Dined on August 29, 2015

We had the restaurant week dinner menu. All are excellent! Service is great! If only all the restaurants in Houston have this kinda attentiveness & politeness, it will be an awesome dining city!

food5
ambience5
service5

Great food and outstanding staff!

Dined on August 28, 2015

The food was incredible!! There were so many options on the HRW menu that anyone could find something they like. The waitstaff and restaurant staff were so helpful when it came to food and drink recommendations - we learned about some of the beers they offered that we'd never heard of. It was a really enjoyable experience and I have been telling anyone who will listen!!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

Great Discovery!!.

Dined on August 26, 2015

FABULOUS RESTAURANT CONNECTED TO ONE OF THO BEST COOKING SCHOOLS IN THE COOUNTRY

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list

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