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Cafe Express Museum of Fine Arts - CLOSED

5601 Main St Lowr Level, Audrey Jones Beck Building, Houston, TX 77005-1823
+1 713-639-7370
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  • Excellent24%
  • Very good48%
  • Average19%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
14 Oct 2016
“Very minimalist........”
4 Apr 2016
“Best for a Break”
Restaurant Hours Closed
Cafe, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
5601 Main St Lowr Level, Audrey Jones Beck Building, Houston, TX 77005-1823
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1 - 10 of 68 reviews

Reviewed 14 October 2016

For our group the café was a bit austere - cold and barren but on a more positive spin it could be considered minimalist and appropriate to a forward looking museum. The food was good and very fresh but average café fare. The café was...More

Thank WeegieQuine
Reviewed 4 April 2016

We had a late lunch in the Cafe. Like all museum cafes I have visited, it is horrendously over-priced, but the food was good and the service satisfactory (order, find a table, and your food is brought to you). The Cafe could do with some...More

Thank Travel_Lady6062
Reviewed 24 March 2016

I'd suggest that if anyone is spending the better part of the day at the MFAH, they plan on having lunch or coffee break in Cafe Express, or both. As we did. The menu features delicious Italian-style eating. For lunch, my husband had a breakfast...More

Thank dont_tie_me_down
Reviewed 10 January 2016 via mobile

I'm glad my son and I ate a hardy lunch at Theo's after seeing Cafe' Express is gone. In its place is a coffee/wine bar offering pastries and 1 sad old pre made sandwich. I ordered a Cafe' Americano and my son a small pot...More

Thank Beabe T
Reviewed 5 January 2016

The Houston Museum of Fine Arts has recently renovated the Cafe. It is artistic and fresh with a new menu. The prices are reasonable and food delicious.

Thank Artistyle
Reviewed 18 November 2015

A new cafe has opened in this spot. Have heard not so good things about replacement. Just walk across the street to Hotel Za Za and have a wonderful meal in their casual restaurant. Great wine list, service, pretty interiors.

1  Thank liz77006
Reviewed 15 November 2015

We were pleasantly surprised by the caliber and breadth of food and beverage offered here. Also, for a museum, the prices were VERY reasonable.

Thank CreateSF
Reviewed 30 October 2015

Cafe Express was always OK, but I long thought what a great venue this would be for a really nice museum restaurant. The new place is called MFA Cafe alright, but it is dreary and dreadful. 1) Decor: They hung a pretty chandelier. Otherwise the...More

1  Thank Michelle032
Reviewed 8 October 2015

This location used to house Cafe Express but has recently (as of October 2015) been occupied by a no-name restaurant. We used to eat at Cafe Express fairly often (we are MFAH members). So we tried the new place last Tuesday (10/5/2015) and it is...More

2  Thank Bondesco
Reviewed 13 August 2015

Sorry folks this Cafe Express is history and a new Cafe MFA will be in place soon. There are other Cafe Expresses in Houston and they are not bad if you are in a hurry and need a quick lunch.

Thank mcfiddle
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Restaurant Details

Average prices
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5601 Main St Lowr Level, Audrey Jones Beck Building, Houston, TX 77005-1823
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston>  > The Museum District
  • Neighbourhood: The Museum District
  • Phone Number: +1 713-639-7370
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