Lounge serves until 1 a.m. nightly
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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Philippe Restaurant + Lounge Restaurant Review: This sleek Galleria-area restaurant and bar, designed by architect Shafik Rifaat (who created Tony’s), is a study in retro French meets Texas in both taste and flair. Downstairs, Phil’s Wine Lounge features leather banquettes with cowhide footstools and plays black-and-white classic French films while offering thin-crust pizzas and charcuterie and cheese plates. Upstairs, the restaurant elegantly mixes leather with an antique map of Paris, a giant black chandelier and a few goat hide chairs. During the fall, the balcony is the place to see and be seen for power lunches, such as the $20 three-course meal that might include a goat cheese cake, coq au vin and a crunchy little apple pie parfait. At dinner, go for the seared foie gras or the Prime steak tartare with a Texas quail egg yolk to start, before moving on to the duck confit with sautéed potatoes or blackened Gulf Coast flounder. Sorbets and ice creams make a fine finish. There’s an extensive wine list heavy on French and California labels, and the bar turns out traditional cocktails with clever twists, like a Mandarin sidecar with house-infused Cognac.