Check Out This New Houston Eatery With French Influences


Dining area with velvet banquettes below a ceiling installation of colorful seasonal florals

Benjamin Berg worked hand-in-hand with Gail McCleese of Sensitori to design Berg Hospitality Group’s dreamy Annabelle Brasserie in Houston. Inspired by classic French brasseries like Balthazar and Pastis, the duo sourced a collection of antiques from around the world, including vintage lighting, mirrors and even a bronze female sculpture as a focal point.

A blend of pink, coral and peppermint hues along with playful French blues bask in the warmth of rich woods and intricate millwork. Flooring, with herringbone and checker marble, exudes old-world European luxury. However, the real showstopper of the space is overhead: a ceiling covered in flowers that will evolve with the seasons, changing throughout the year.

“For decades, brasseries have been the meeting points for social gatherings throughout the streets of France and other major urban cities,” Berg says. “They’re places to talk, have fun and share a meal together, and the guests are part of the lively atmosphere. My goal is that Annabelle becomes this type of space in the urban oasis that is Autry Park.”

dining table with vintage chairs underneath a crystal chandelier and large-scale landscape muralPHOTOS: BRIAN KENNEDY