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Antica Osteria
Antica Osteria

Antica Osteria Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.anticarestaurant.com
  • Email: mcalmari@yahoo.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
  • "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
  • "What can I say. Great execution on Italian food. Not complicated, great friendly service."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We keep going back over and over - the food is delicious, the service is hospitable and impeccable, and the wine is good. I've had the lamb and the trout and various salads and my husband has had various veal dishes, and EVERYTHING is good!!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I read about this place in a review of another restaurant. Thought we would give it a try. wow! We are not from Houston but visit frequently. We are already making plans to eat here on our next visit. Can't wait."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We have tried twice and didn't like it either time. It is really really noisy. Both times we thought that we had a bad table but realize that there isn't a good table. Very tight seating makes it difficult to talk and hear at your own table -- you can hear every conversation going on around you. Food was just ok. The atmosphere can be described as hectic."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "The smoked salmon was the best I have ever had and that's saying a lot. Wonderful appetizer but serving 4 instead of 2-large appetizer. The sauté fish was out of this world. I love the ambiance here and we were celebrating two birthdays so it's good for a special occasion. We had a little trouble with our reservation as we were whisked off to the bar twice because our table wasn't ready. It was a crowded Friday night."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "This was a great spot recommended to me by a friend. It's hidden gem in the neighborhood but it's worth finding. We were sat promptly (we did have reservations). Celebrated Valentine's Day a week later and this we a great place for it. Food was excellent. I had the Lamb Chops special while my date had the veal piccata. Both were savory meals. I'd definitely recommend is place for an excellent meal with a nice mood-lit ambiance. Since it's in the neighborhood, save yourself the trouble of looking for a spot by using the valet parking."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Antica is consistently good, has a lovely neighborhood feel....."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "This was my first time to dine at Antica Osteria & it was outstanding. The evening's specials which my wife & I ordered were all "freshly" prepared including the grilled fish & pasta dishes. Waiter recommended a reasonably priced Tuscan wine which paired well with both the fish & pasta. Restaurant is small with tables very close to each other."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "We were in town for medical reasons and stumbled on this restaurant. It was delightful. I recommend the grilled snapper (special that evening) -- fresh and delicious. Our wonderful waiter, Scott, suggested a superb bottle of wine. All in all, a lovely evening."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "This was my 1st visit to Antica Osteria. The restaurant came highly recommended by a business associate. I procrastinated on making my reservation and when I did, could not get in until 9:30 (to be expected on Valentine's day). The atmosphere was perfect for a Valentine's date. We enjoyed sitting at the bar, but by 10:30 (when we got seated) we were really hungry. Service was good. Our order was taken quickly and the food followed shortly. Temperature of the food was perfect! The fillet melted in your mouth and the shrimp fettuccini was better than average. I was disappointed that they ran out of lobster ravioli by the time we ordered. They have valet parking - a necessity since this is a neighborhood restaurant."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Good ambiance but a little close to others. Great service and attention without being overbearing. Quality menu option while focusing on good flavor choices."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Went to AO for the first time on Valentine's with my wife. Got seated 30 minutes after reservation time, the wine list was not as extensive as I had hoped, the food took a long time to come out and the quality was not what we expected. Other than that, great service and atmosphere."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The owner treats every guest like family. Fantastic dining experience."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "This was our second time coming here and we really enjoyed our experience. The food was amazing and the service exceptional. We will definitely come back."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The food was great but we especially enjoyed our waiter Scott."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "It's very, very hard getting in, as it is. That is why I hate to share this Houston Gem. They're always packed! This is due to their excellent and delicious food, atmosphere, great service, and let's not forget the charming host, Ray. They always know to suggest the perfect wine to go with your meal"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I've been here twice and will definitely continue to go back. We went as a large family on Christmas Eve with 3 children under the age of 5 and they were great with the kids. Made special pastas for each one of them depending on their tastes. Food was fabulous. This last time was a group of 7 of us adults and we had the same amazing experience. Will go on my next date night with my husband too. The house is so cute and cozy! They definitely know their italian food!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Food was ok and the wine selection was way overpriced."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Great Food, service, friendly staff, small wine list but recommendations by staff are great and not always the most expensive wine."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "I like visiting Antica because of the ambience and good food at reasonable prices. Ray's interaction with his customers makes everyone feel like his "best customer". Never been disappointed with this restaurant and you could pay twice the price elsewhere for less ambience and attention."
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "This is our go-to for great Italian food in an intimate and warm setting."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "I drove by this restauarant several times this summer and it peaked my interest... We took my in-laws there this past Friday night. We made reservations for 6:30 and I was glad we did. It seemed everyone was arriving at 6:30. The service was impecable and the food was perfect! We ordered the Atipasta Rustico for an appetizer. My husband and I split the lamb special from the "Chalk board specials" and there was plenty to do so. My mother inlaw ordered the Oso Bucco (sp) and My Father in law ordered something with Chicken and Eggplant and it was all Amazing We all sampled each others and couldnt decide who's was the best. We will definately be back!"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Great restaurant near Rice Village. Wonderful service and food."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Food is well prepared, service by Valerie exemplary - all-in-all a great place to go for dinner. Everyone pleasant and glad to see you - one feels welcome. Not the fanciest restaurant in town but really good food. We go back quite often!!"
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "The service was outstanding and our food selections were exceptional. We had the Chef inspired salad special of avocado with shrimp and lobster in a delicioious red cream sauce that was so delicious and left us with the urge to get back because we are craving it. Delicious."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "I enjoyed our visit to Antica Osteria. We had a group of four and were seated promptly even though we were a few minutes late for our reservation. The pace of the meal was very well done by the wait staff. We shared two appetizers and each had a different entrée. All four were well thought of by our group. The wine list was thorough and nicely priced."
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "Antica never disappoints. I live in Austin, but go to Antica whenever I'm in Houston. Cannot think of a better place."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "If you enjoy good Italian cuisine, Antica Osteria is a restaurant you must try. We love the regular menu items, their specials and the service has always been excellent. We dine here for both everday dining and special occasions."
    Dined on 12/2/2013
  • "My wife and I have young kids and therefore don't get out dinner alone as often as we should. That being said we're extremely particular when the chance to go to dinner arises. While we try new places (only if we've read/heard good things from sources we deem credible) from time to time, Antica Osteria is one of our go-to's. The food is very good and the atmosphere is warm/romantic. Best of all is their service. Most of the time you are seated by a man who seems to be the owner - very friendly Italian looking man - who takes you straight to the cozy dimlit bar, if your tables not ready. He's charming and seems very attentive to all his guests. I recommend a table in one of the downstairs dining rooms for a better atmosphere."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "We had a fabulous evening with JohnBeck as our waiter. Our brunella wine was perfect with our dinners and the atmosphere was lively and warm. People loved their pepper and anchovies hors doevres and I liked the fennel salad. The sautéed fish was very tasty and who doesn't like chocolate for dessert?"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Im a certifiable foodie. Love this place for location, service, and food. Great dining experience with great food and wine that wont break the bank. If you're looking for upscale dining but don't want the hassel of driving out to Weistheimer or Montrose, head here and be rewarded"
    Dined on 9/20/2013