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Cafe Rabelais

#230 of 7,176 Restaurants in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
University Place
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2442 Times Blvd, Houston, TX 77005-3223
+1 713-520-8841
11:00 - 21:00
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Mon 18:00 - 21:00
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Houston, Texas
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123 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2017

Got a gift card for my birthday and took my wife. It is small and cozy. Great service and greater food. I could eat here every week because the menu keeps changing, but they keep favorites on the menu.

Thank Steve77346
College Station, Texas
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

Went for our anniversary after catching a matinee at Hobby Center. We got in before the rush began for dinner and it was wonderful. Worth the price for the $30 entrees, cozy atmosphere, the world disappeared even with tables crowded into this tiny cafe. Will return. Wine recommendations were excellent as well.

Thank BonnieP1
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Small, no reservations, daily changing menu written on a blackboard, fabulous food. I have taken my grandson to this Bistro and he ate every bite of the rabbit he ordered. I have visited this restaurant since shortly after it opened, and have never been disappointed by the food.

Thank Abyhiker
Austin, Texas
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54 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

I loved the atmosphere and the food at Cafe Rabelais, but I wasn't that crazy about the service. The host was great but the waiter was pretty dismissive. He pointed at the menu on the wall and didn't come back for a very long time. When he did, he was just there to take orders and nothing more. After our... More 

Thank bookofadventures
Houston, Texas
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

This place is so romantic. My husband and I come here for a lot of special occasions. I see a lot of families here too. It's a unique place here in rice village. It makes me feel like I'm in France. The food is always delicious! This place has my favorite mussels and the bread they bring out before the... More 

Thank MrsSherfield
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2016

This is a very inviting French restaurant in terms of atmosphere and offers some solid trustworthy dishes like foie gras and mussels, but the menu rarely changes, and some of the dishes are "cliché" (like quiche ....) or too Americanized like sandwiches.

Thank Pompsy
Houston, Texas
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

We have been here before and loved it!! So, we were looking forward to our return. Unfortunately, we had a horrible waitress (short African-American looking with an accent). She took our order fine, but after that it was all bad. She took forever to come back and check on us. We ordered 4 glasses of Rose Champagne bc they were... More 

1 Thank Eric G
Houston, Texas
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404 reviews
280 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016

We had a non business lunch here with work colleagues and had a great time. It has all the standard french items from steak and frites to escargot. The setting is intimate and cozy. Great lunch or dinner place.

Thank Malachy F
Anchorage, Alaska
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102 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2016

I searched yelp, and came here for the seared foie gras, which is my favorite. The restaurant is small/cozy, with the menu written on blackboards over wine bottles. I was seated next to those bottles, so was a bit of a neck stretch to read the menu. I started off with a small cheese plate and a glass of white... More 

Thank MJS4444
abilene, tx
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58 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2016

This bistro restaurant is a little slice of French heaven near the museum district. We went there with two locals and were delighted first by the out-of-this-world bread. We had a very attentive server who's timing was just perfect. As to the selections, they vary each day. My husband and I shared the rack of lamb and we were both... More 

Thank jodan108

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$20
French, European, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
18:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2442 Times Blvd, Houston, TX 77005-3223
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston>  > University Place
  • Neighbourhood: University Place
  • Phone Number: +1 713-520-8841

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?