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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 WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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
  • "And the food was great. Veal, Ruffino tan label. Doesn't get any better than that!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Fabulous dinner, outstanding service, incredible wine...one of my favorite places in Houston! There is a wonderful ambiance in this charming house. We were made to feel as if we were the only two in the restraurant from the moment we walked in. Our waiter greeted us promptly with warm bread and bruschetta. The Barolo we selected at our servers recommendation was fabulous. I had the caprese and my boyfriend had the caesar salad. There was an incredible freshness...you would have thought they picked from a garden in the back. Both entrees, Fungi Raviioli and Pasta Carbonara, were authentically spectacular. The perfect amount of sauce without consuming the pasta. No dessert for us...just wine. A hidden gem tucked away, a must experience!! "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "dinner was on a weekday. the restaurant was easy to get to. unfortunately, it is mandatory valet parking. once in, we were immediatly greeted by host. our table was by "bar 2". pretty quiet. dimly lit. extensive off menu offerings (they had around 8). reasonable priced on the wines. knowledgeable servers. the appetizers were great, but I thought the entrees were par (not very exceptional). overall an nice experience."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "While the food is great, it is the service and ambiance that make this place irresistable. Antica Osteria has the perfect combination of all 3 that keeps my family and friends combing back again and again."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Not a lot more to say : food is great, real Italian food. More than a neighborhood restaurant. Only point to be improved : we had made a reservation for 8.30pm and (as usual in Houston ?) we had to wait for 20 minutes."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "I have been to Antica Osteria many times. We love the food there (duck, lamb chops or pasta are our favorites). They know how to do simple ingredients...keep it simple and not overly sauced their food. We always have great service there. Sometimes, they are too busy and we have to sit by the door which is an odd location."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "the staff was very helpful. we were late for our reservation because of a traffic tie up. I called ahead to tell them we would be late. They said it would not be a problem. When we arrived, we were seated promptly. Their courtesy was much appreciated."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "The service is always wonderful, I love the neighborhood feel, and love the terrace!!"
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Love that it is quiet and it's possible to have a conversation without shouting. Food is good and menu varied but classic Italian."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Lovely meal. Authentic food presented beautifully."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Antica Osteria is the dining gem of the city of Houston . Unpretentious yet comfortable, the finest Italian meals are presented by caring staff as though serving family. Two great chefs, fine wines and modest pricing, who could ask for more?"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The off menu specials are a true gem to find. Service was a bit slow, but the food is classic and traditional Italian done right."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "I was only in Houston for one night and decided to celebrate my anniversary w/ my boyfriend here. I ordered the chicken parmigiana and he had the shrimp fettuccine which were both very good!! My only complaint was the service. Our waiter wasn't as attentive as i would've liked him to be. It took forever for him to bring us menus, and he didn't really check up on us. I expected better from this type of place. I would still go back and hopefully I would have better service."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The food is delicious. The wait staff are extremely diligent and friendly. Only downside was we could hear our neighbors' entire conversation and at times it was rather an uncomfortable situation."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "My parents don't visit from Dallas often, but every time they do they insist on going back to Antica. Perfect ambiance, great service and very good food. Love it."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Tables are very close so it can be very loud depending on who is sitting around you"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We love Italian food and we love local gems and we love non-chain restaurants. Antica Osteria has a lovely atmosphere and a great menu and great-looking specials, but it doesn't add up to the transcendent experience I read in other reviews. Our server tried to read us the blackboard specials, but couldn't compete with the large, loud party gathering a few steps away. She brought the wrong wine, which she opened and poured and walked away before the mistake registered with us. The appetizer special that was described as an avocado half stuffed with seafood came with no avocado. The entrees were very good, but not memorably delicious. Our plates were cleared before I was completely finished with mine. I recommend, but hesitantly."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "This is a great place to take a date. The dress was casual, and you can sit either inside or outside - both places are romantic. The food was great, and my wife and I will definitely be back soon."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Very nice place hidden away on a side street. Very quiet. Good for a business discussion. Also has a private room for larger parties."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "This place is amazing. It was absolutely the most romantic setting. I went here for my 2 year anniversary and had the best time. The lighting was perfect, it was quiet, romantic, and most importantly, the food was incredible. I've been here before and every time I go I get something different and it is absolutely delicious. I highly recommend this place for any occasion and I will be going back as long as I live in Houston. The service was also top notch. Great waiter."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Wow! The valet parking service was courteous, prompt and did not ding my Porsche. Lol. The bartender provided us great service also and the wine was light but vibrant. The waiter was amazing, very knowlegeable and friendly. The steak and the duck were extremely delicious and cooked just right ... medium rare ... that's how we like them .... BUT THE NOISE LEVEL WAS SO LOUD AND AT TIMES UNBEARABLE COMING FROM THE FLOOR ABOVE THE MAIN DINING ROOM ... PEOPLE CONSTANTLY WALKING AND RUNNING UPSTAIRS ... AND AT TIMES WE COULD SEE THE CEILING TILES MOVING AND DUST FLYING DOWN ... LOL .... SO BECAUSE OF THIS NOISE LEVEL, WE DID NOT ENJOY OUR DINNER AT ALL AND WE WOULD NOT COME BACK UNLESS WE SIT UPSTAIRS OR OUTSIDE PATIO ... SORRY !!!!!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014