Antica Osteria
Antica Osteria

Antica Osteria

  • 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 7135211155

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 WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Antica Osteria reviews from OpenTable diners
87 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (60)romantic (52)special occasion (40)fit for foodies (35)notable wine list (23)good for groups (15)great for outdoor dining (12)kid-friendly (4)hot spot (2)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • delish!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Always spot on! The only Italian food as authentic as Italy in Houston!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ALWAYS ALWAYS GOOD
    MJLFROGVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    The lamb is outstanding, the pastas excellent, and the veal piccata very good. Have never had anything inferior here. Service is good and so is Italian wine selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Redfish Ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The Osso Bucco was delicious, as always. The red fish special was hands down the best red fish I've ever had and probably best fish. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Wonderful
    BrentVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Consistently great experience here. Wonderful service, great food, lovely dining room. A perfect place when you want a comforting and tasty meal and want to experience reliably great service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice find in busy city
    bigjimVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Nice, cozy Italian restaurant in a converted house. Reservation was ready when we arrived (group of four), very attentive service, food was well prepared and the group enjoyed the evening. The lamb chops on the special was outstanding. cooked perfectly and very flavorful. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simply the best
    LshidlofVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Won't go to without stopping in for dinner. Great food and service. Perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too noisy, great food
    Nick
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Always good food, much too much noise. Will still come back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Gem
    RedStickRefugee
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Nice place, has valet parking and a friendly and attentive staff. Great for a romantic dinner. Me and my date actually stuck around through part of our concert, it was so relaxing. Good wine list, too.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointed
    TwinMomVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My husband and I have been going here for years; unfortunately, our recent visit was a huge disappointment. First, our table was literally next to the bar, but it was so busy (and VERY loud), we would have had to wait for another table. Second, you can apparently no longer buy wine by the glass except for the house wines. Third, our waiter could not (or would not) look us in the eye at any point during this visit, which was very off-putting. Fourth, I cannot eat gluten and asked for assistance in items that could be prepared without flour - the waiter seemed annoyed that I was asking and basically offered little in the way of help, so I just ordered plain fish and vegetables. Finally, the fish was overcooked and unappetizing-looking.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Magnifico
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I am a repeat client. This is one of the best Italian restaurants and my favorite in Houston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of My Favorites
    meatloverVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    This is in our neighborhood and we love it. Always fresh fish of the day and veggies. Delicious bread that you have a hard time putting down. Never have been disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We happened upon Antico Osteria when out and about and said we need to try it sometime. Last Saturday we did and really enjoyed the entire experience. Great original food choices, reasonable wine list, wonderful wait staff! We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oldtimer
    Oldtimer
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Trusty old standby which has continued to be a neighborhood gem for more than 10 years. We all would welcome a menu revision.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst experience there yet
    MaryVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I love Antica. I was very disappointed by my most recent visit there. We made a reservation a week ahead and we had to wait a good 35 - 40 minutes for a table anyway. Then, they sat us and then moved one of us around to the other side of the table because they couldn't get through. They should have reserved us a table with enough space. The waiter raved about the Osso Buco and convinced two people at the table to order it. They came back a few minutes later and they said it has sold out. They were out of the asparagus dish also. Our waiter was awkward. I had my boyfriend's family in town, so I was disappointed about this. I specifically chose Antica because it is such a great spot. Disappointing.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Barb
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The service was great but the food mediocre - We have been there several times but it seems to be going down hill with regard to the quality of the food. Lots and lots of veal on the menu - a more varied menu would be great. Not sure we will be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dinerVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great food, great service, too noisy to talk to my table mates.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Trusted and True
    bigfanVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Antica has been a trusted and true Italian restaurant in the neighborhood for the past decade. They offer good food at good value with a friendly and professional service. The owners are always there and they care.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charming and delicious
    Pandasmom1VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We always enjoy our visits to Antica. The menu is varied and fresh. The Italian dishes are very good, salads are creative. They will accommodate minor variations on many of the dishes offered. Nightly specials are usually interesting.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Food, Aged Crowd
    grubAdub
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    My girlfriend and I both had a great time. We both started out with tomato salads toped with parmesan and EVOO which was very light and a good way to start the meal. Personally I liked the salad in combination with the bruschetta that was served. Next we moved onto the carbonara, which was the best I have had. The sauce was homemade with only a few ingredients and the pancetta was nice. We didn't go for any wine or dessert but overall the food was great. The waiter was a tad bit "strange" in my opinion but I can't exactly describe what it was about him, my girlfriend mentioned him as well after we arrived home. The crowd was a tad bit old also, the average age in the place must have been about 50. regardless of the negatives, a great time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it!!
    kelly
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Had dinner with a friend recently at Antica Osteria during Houston restaurant weeks. The food was amazing and our service was engaging and helpful (and funny!). Would highly recommend them for a special dinner or for when you want to experience something transcendent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Restaurant
    Cbarish
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I have lived in Houston for 3.5 years now and this is by far my favorite restaurant. The food, service, atmosphere, and wine is AMAZING! I just took my family there this past weekend and they could not stop raving about the food. Cannot wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Carol
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    food was okay, not special. service was inattentive. never checked whether we were pleased. while it is nice not to be rushed, it is not okay to be ignored, not to be asked whether we were ready for dessert. mentioned when we arrived, that we were celebrating a birthday, but staff did not follow up. (usually a restaurant will put a candle in dessert or some such gesture). seemed as tho prices were jacked up for the special $35 restaurant week menu. should have stuck to the regular dinner menu. big decline since we were at restaurant over ten years agol
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Every aspect of the dining out experience was excellent. Food, service, ambiance,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food but too noisy
    Amberly
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We were seated on the first floor and it was incredibly loud. It was noisy to the point that people at the same table couldn't hear each other. The food was all right (chicken overcooked), but what we thought would be an enjoyable dining experience to celebrate a special occasion turned out to be a competition to see which table could laugh and yell the loudest around us. It ruined the evening and was especially upsetting as we have had wonderful experiences before seated on the second floor. If you're paying that much for dinner, the ambiance should be more quiet fine dining than Chuck E. Cheese.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I was in town for a business trip and found this spot on OpenTable. Food was excellent and would highly recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful dining experience!
    Marmc
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    My husband and I were visiting Houston and saw on Open Table that this restaurant was participating in Houston Restaurant Week. We thought we'd try it. From the wine to the dessert, everything we tasted was wonderful! We had two salads on the Specials blackboard the waiter brought to the table - a smoked salmon appetizer and a Roma tomato salad. Both were excellent! I ordered spaghetti Bolognese; it was the best I've ever tasted. My husband had the veal piccata and felt the same way. The server was prompt and friendly as well. We WILL return. It was a delightful evening!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great experience
    foodpolice
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A taste of Italy in West U
    kittylover
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always excellent
    wencamp
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We love this cozy, delicious and attentive restaurant. It is divine.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ALWAYS GOOD!!
    MJLFROGVIP
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Fabulous Place
    StaceyMVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • singingfoodie
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The specials are always great. The regular menu has all your favorite Italian dishes. Great knowledgeable staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out of Towners, but 2nd time here
    DeniseS
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • John K.
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood restaurant
    eatsfood
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    My wife and I dined there during Houston's restaurant weeks and ate from that menu. I had the fillet and was pleasantly surprised how well it turned out considering this is an Italian restaurant. How are servers were attentive and gracious. I think we will become regulars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great evening and excellent food
    K77010VIP
    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!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Absolutely wonderful!
    Cmoeller
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant!
    GatorGirl
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner after a long day
    ck16
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 47 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 195 reviews are from the Antica Osteria reviews archive.