This historic cottage in River Oaks, formerly called Bistro Calais, is known for its casual French fare and cozy atmosphere.
Ask for a table on the sun-drenched front porch or in the airy, glass-walled main room for a view overlooking the Bammell Gardens and conservatory. The atmosphere is upscale casual--suitable enough for ladies who lunch but still ideal for a relaxed midweek dinner. The menu features authentic French fare (once a rarity for Houston) including a notable bouillabaisse and Cornish hen, as well as creative salads, stews and a lighter lunch menu.
Be sure to make a reservation for Sunday brunch. It's $18 and includes made-to-order omelets and crepes.
Need a new date idea? Try booking the chef's table for a special four-course meal, a bottle of wine and a chance to impress your special someone.
The "are we really in Houston?" city block known as The Gardens of Bammell Lane includes a handful of restored '30s-era cottages, lush landscaped gardens and English conservatory which can be rented for weddings, luncheons and other special events. To view the gardens, visit during the week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.