About Us

this is our story

The owners of Étoile, Chef Philippe Verpiand and Monica Bui, have created an inviting, warm European environment where fine French food is front and center. “We want to dispel the notion that French food is heavy and pretentious,” says the team, recently transplanted to Houston from San Diego, where they owned the famed Cavaillon restaurant. Everything about Étoile, from the inviting outside facade to the intriguing interior design to the high quality service, is meant to convey a feeling of truly being in France. With Chef Philippe’s take on a seasonal menu using a French technique, it’s a place where fine food lovers come together, not on a special occasion, but to enjoy every day.

We would like to take a minute and thank all of those who help make Étoile happen:


Thank you Steven and Jonathan for helping us find such a great location to create our dream restaurant.


Will and Charles, thank you for selecting us to be a part of the Uptown Park Shopping Center family.

Andrews Myers, P.C.

Andy and Patrick, thanks for your help in getting the lease contract together for us.

CTC Contractors
Much thanks to Josh, Aaron, Troy and the rest of your sub-contractors for helping us get done much earlier than expected (almost 2 months) with quality services throughout the whole process. Cannot thank you enough.

Identity Architects
Charles, Stacy, Keenon, David and the rest of the team at Identity helped us put all of our ideas down on paper. Awesome team.

Kathy Heard Design

Thank you Kathy for all your helpful advice on this project.

On the Mark Communications

Huge thanks go out to Mark, Ashley and Katy for all your hard work in getting us known in Houston.


Thank you Tim and Amy for helping us develop such a beautiful menu design and web site!