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Antica Osteria
Antica Osteria

Antica Osteria Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.anticarestaurant.com
  • Phone: (713) 521-1155
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Velio Deplano
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Two private rooms. A/V equipped. 32 guests max
  • Private Party Contact: Ray Memari (713) 521-1155

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Greenbriar St
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complementary Valet.
A word from Antica Osteria
Find a little taste of Italy right here in Houston

Partners Ray Memari and Velio DePlano have done it, again. When you step inside their beautiful new Italian restaurant Antica Osteria you will immediately feel all of the worries of living in a big city melt away. The only hustle and bustle you may notice is that of the staff keeping up a quick pace to meet your every need, usually before you even realize you have a need at all.
The decor will sweep you away to a romantic dreamy Tuscan paradise with it's warm aged walls and woodwork. Even sitting next to the street on the beautiful covered patio that runs along the front of the building and links the restaurant and lounge area doesn't let the chaos of Houston interrupt an enchanting candlelight dining experience.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "This restaurant exceeded our expectations. We went twice during Houston REstaurant Month and we might sneak in another visit before SEpt. Even without the special pricing, this is good value for the quality of the food. The atmosphere is warm and pleasant...not over the top at all, very pleasant. The food was terrific. They have a duck preparation which is outstanding...and I don't like duck, in general. The vegetables were well prepared and flavorful. If there was a weakness...and there was...it was the dessert course. You also pretty much have to use valet parking...which is too bad. We will return soon!!"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Although located in the bustling city, this place is a cozy restaurant that could be in an Italian village. The atmosphere was relaxed and quiet enough for good conversation. The service was excellent, but not rushed. We had the lamb and the osso bucco which were tender and delicious. We did get a bottle of wine, but were disappointed there was no selection of wines by the glass. We plan to return in cooler weather when we can dine outside."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We love this cozy, delicious and attentive restaurant. It is divine."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "This is one of our favorite restaurants by far! The food is genuine Italian and is always perfect! Ray, the owner will make sure your experience is just what you expect. We have been eating here for years and we love it!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Such a good restaurant - the people are hospitable, the servers are efficient, and everything on the menu and blackboard are very good - they always know how to do it right!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "We love this place great servers, fantastic food, great ambience. Such a pleasure to come out to a restaurant this enjoyable and spend time with great friends."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "The specials are always great. The regular menu has all your favorite Italian dishes. Great knowledgeable staff."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I had to be in Houston for medical reasons and my husband found this gem while looking at Open Table. It is such a find. Good food, "neighborhoody", and reasonably priced. I will be in Houston a lot over the next year and this will be our go to place."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The menu is straight forward and simple. The food was excellent and I loved the homemade pasta. The service was great and at the right pace, no rushing us out but very attentive. The wine was wonderful too and the complementary tastes to see which one was what we liked was nice too. I would definitely return and would highly recommend this place to anyone."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "We went to celebrate Restaurant Weeks and were very surprised to see everything on the menue was available for the fixed price! The food was excellent and the service outstanding. This would be a great choice anytime but it really is compelling given the Food Bank contribution is a part of the dining experience. No wonder this restaurant has been around so long. BRAVO!!"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Had heard good things about this restaurant and we decided to give it a try. There were 4 of us and everyone's dish was wonderful! We will be back for sure!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "My husband and I were looking for a new Italian restaurant and decided to try "the place across from Kay's". We were both impressed with our dishes and the service was excellent. We made a reservation for restaurant week while before we left."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "First time there...won't be the last. I had a house salad and halibut. My husband had a house salad and veal parmesan. The fish dish was great though a really large portion. My husband enjoyed his as well. He ended up eating my leftover halibut. Our waiter was highly entertaining."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Would be a nice date place. The service was great- attentive but not too much. Food was delicious."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "This was a first for my wife and I as well as our two special friends here in Houston from Alabama for cancer treatments at MD Anderson. We were all so impressed with the ambiance, elegance, and personal care given to each member of our party. I look forward to our next visit!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Waiter was excellent. He recommended a specific plate and he was "spot on". We will be going back for sure."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Amazing little restaurant. Quaint with great food and service. We arrived early to enjoy a drink at the bar and were pleasantly surprised by the intimate surroundings. Our bartender suggested a cocktail – and proceeded to artfully concoct a delicious blend of fresh ingredients. When we were seated for dinner, we were again pleasantly surprised by the space, it's quaintness, and by the wonderfully high level of service. The suggestions were spot-on. The food was fantastic. The service was superb. We stumbled onto the restaurant, searching for a authentic Italian food in a nice, local atmosphere – and we were very pleased with the result. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We always have a good meal there. It is consistant, charming and cosy. We often take guests and they always love it."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My wife and I do a date night about twice per month. We take turns picking the spot. I chose Antica Osteria as a surprise to her, she only knew the general area that we were heading to. After an early evening of wine shopping to stock our cabinet we thoroughly enjoyed an evening at Antica Osteria. She started with a salad and I started with prosciutto wrapped scallops. We both had rainbow trout as our main course. Service was great, table was ready at exactly our reservation time, and we had a great evening. We have already recommended to family and friends, and we will definitely return."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The Pasta Putenesca was the best that I ever had. Other dishes were good, but nlot notworthy. Service was efficient. The decor needs a makeover- very tired looking."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "After having driven by this place for years, I actually remembered to make reservations and go! The food was great and I'm pretty picky when it comes to Italian.Our server was very attentive yet we didn't feel hovered upon. We went on a Saturday night at 7:30 and it was a full house. I felt that the volume was appropriate and I could hear my guest and didn't notice surrounding table conversations. The only complaint I have is during the wait for our table. We were told to go to the bar to which was fine. Unfortunately there didn't seem to be a bartender only an occasional server picking up drinks for their tables.We were never asked if we'd like a drink. I had two with my dinner so it all worked out and wouldn't hinder me from returning."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My Wife and I were in town for a consult at the medical center and had no idea what restaurants were good in Houston. We looked on Open Table and found this place. It has great food and service and has a very authentic Italian feel. We will be back."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Very few wines by the glass (2 reds, 2 whites) & the reds were not Italian wines (was expecting a Chianti, Sangiovese or Super Tuscan). The waiter was pretentious and behaved as though the evening was "about him". My salad (Campagnola) was overdressed and not overly tasty or interesting (mostly oil and greens). The gnocchi pomodori was very good and well priced. Would have preferred it with a meat sauce. Spumoni ice cream was excellent but a little overpriced at $8. The room that you first enter into had tables that were very close together & room was quite noisy. The next room where I was seated had great ambience & was less noisy BUT it was an absolute sauna. Don't know whether air conditioning wasn't on or it just wasn't working."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Visited for the second time, and again great food and wine. Pleasant atmosphere and overall great service. Limited menu allows all items to be fresh and have a nice "special list" Lived in Florence for 2 years and this is as close to Italian food as you can get in Houston"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "And the food was great. Veal, Ruffino tan label. Doesn't get any better than that!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The food was outstanding. The space is well appointed and intimate. The service was professional and very nice. It seemed like a neighborhood restaurant where many local families of all generations come to dine as well as couples. If you love Italian, as I do, then you must not forget to try it."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This is our 3rd or 4th visit. We are always a group of 5 and always request the same table and waiter, if available. To a person, we have all found the food wonderful and have difficulty choosing between entrees."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "I've been meaning to try this restaurant recommended by 2 others. The setting is quite cute, in a small old house, giving it a warm feel. I was greeted nicely, which seems to be rare these days. Actually, I was very pleased with the service in general. The waiter was knowledgeable and I admired his thick accent. My pasta (forget the name but first one listed on the menu) was very good. My guest's chicken parmesan left much to be desired. I did not taste it but he was disappointed in taste and preparation. The tiramisu was not that good, it was not moist."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Our family have dined at this restaurant numerous times, it has becoming one of our favorite Italian restaurant. Antica offers a great selection, I've tried many things on the menu, never disappointed. Interestingly enough, the steaks are one of my favorite there, I know, not really Italian, they are better than most of the fine steak restaurants that I've eaten."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Romantic and timeless. Very good food in an elegant, yet small and quaint atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "If you are looking for a quiet romantic place, Antica Osteria is it. It has charm, good service that doesn't rush you through the evening and delightful food. It's a great place for conversation since the noose level is low. The wine list is minimal but it works."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Love his place, packed but great service, specials always good. Reliable Italian food in fun atmosphere,highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We really love this restaurant. Food is outstanding, nice atmosphere and the service has always been amazing. Our go - to place for special occasions."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I hadn't been to Antica for several years. But we decided to go for a special occasion. We were not disappointed. The food and service were very good. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "The food was good, but our waiter was terrible. My husband requested that his dish be prepared without cheese due to a food allergy. The waiter clarified "You want EXTRA cheese". My husband repeated that he wanted NO CHEESE. When the dish came out, it was prepared with extra cheese. My husband did not eat his dish and was frustrated enough with that waiter that he did not want to order something else. We will not be returning to Antica Osteria for a long while."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Staff cheerful, attentive and helpful. Always enjoy the food selection."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We brought our parents, daughter and her husband to celebrate her graduation from Medical School. We had reservations, were seated immediately and ordered drinks. We did not get menus in a timely manner, so we flagged a waiter and asked for them. From than moment on, service was exemplary, food was delicious and we would recommend this restaurant to anyone. It was fabulous."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Me and a girlfriend came here to have our weekly girls dinner. We were very happy with our meal but a bit taken back by our server. Our server was great with service, but I could sense he had an attitude. It felt like he didnt want to be there. Since I am not a big drinker AT ALL, I asked to order from the "by the glass" menu. So, of course, the servers attitude went from"I dont want to be here" to "these girls dont have enough money to buy a bottle, so I am gonna have a 'tude since I am assuming my tip will be lousy". Yep that is how he made me feel. I left they guy about 19-20% tip anyway. I guess I'm just nice. The food was good and the restaurant is beautiful and cozy. I will come back and ask for a different server."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Very nice restaurant. Tables a bit close and wines by the glass are limited, but overall the food and service are well above average and prices are reasonable. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Never had a bad meal at Aintca Osteria and have dined here for years. Good wine choices. My filet was excellent."
    Dined on 5/27/2014