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Cavatore Italian Restaurant
Cavatore Italian Restaurant

Cavatore Italian Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cavatores.com
  • Phone: (713) 869-6622
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: Closed
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Raul Garcia
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Let us cater your next event-whether its an office lunch or a private function. We will be happy to work with you to make your event a success.
  • Entertainment: We have live piano music every night.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: T.C. Jester
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Cavatore Italian Restaurant
Cavatore Italian Restaurant is a family owned restaurant that has been in Houston for almost 29 years. Our unique menu features dishes from Northern Italy. We are famous for our tableside Caesar salad and homemade tiramisu. Live piano music nightly complements our food and atmosphere. Benvenutti a tutti (welcome everybody)!!Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Excellent food and service, and very good jazz/blues entertainer that evening that blended in to the atmosphere to complement the evening."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We loved the Caesar salad at Cavatori. They make it table side for you and it was absolutely delicious. It says it's for two but our table of four all got a great helping. I also had the tomato basil soup, which was excellent. The service was attentive and they even had someone playing on the piano all night."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Took a date there (their first tome there) had the table side Caesar salad & it was delicious - they are now ruined from eating salad anywhere else"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The food is great and the service friendly but not obtrusive. No televisions!! You can actually hear one another. Cavatore is a perfect setting for good food and conversation."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Wonderful and authentic Italian cuisine, served in a friendly manner. Live piano music enhances the experience. Best Caesar salad we ever had. Attentive but unhurried service. A regular with our family, especially for out of town guests and special occasions."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The receptionist at the Houston office if my company recommended this place. They have great food, the service was speedy, and they have local beers on tap! I'll definitely go again and suggest this place to others!!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "As we live in the neighborhood near Cavatore, it is always our first choice for Italian food. The quality of the food is consistently good and when my husband and I want a great Caesar salad and fettuccine alfredo, we know to head over to Cavatore."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Best time best service ever!! A very great time. Our waiter Phjoine ( sorry if I mis-spelled your name) and his crew were most gracious and accommodating. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Once again we chose Cavatore's for a special occasion and were not disappointed. The food was fabulous--as always--and the service was friendly and professional. Now, what is the next special occasion...........?"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Very pleased. Food came out Alittle slow but we did have a larger party. Great ambiance "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Been a customer for about 20 years. Love the ambience, availability for semi & private rooms, especially for larger groups. Our waiter was excellent, as well as our appetizers & salad. Bar service was extremely slow. Could've made a lot more money on our large festive group, but drinks took too long. Entrees were warm at best, and not very good. Veal Picatta was swimming in what looked to be cream of mushroom soup. Houston is a food town - Cavatore needs to update and refreshment it's food, with continuity."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Had a fantastic meal and the atmosphere was conducive to good conversation. Special recognition for 11 yr girl's top accomplishments for school year. Restaurant honored her with her favorite chocolate cake dessert. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "15 years ago I proposed to my wife here, yesterday I took my wife and three little girls. Staff took great care of us, knew it was a special occasion. Seated us in the same room that I proposed, payed special attention to my three girls. It was a night we all will remember. My favorite Italian restaurant of all time. Food was outstanding."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I used to come here with my family. I was happy to introduce it to some of my friends. They loved the atmosphere, the charm of the service, and the wonderful music of the piano player. We were still able to have great conversations without having to raise our voices. The food was great!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "The food is very flavorful and the staff friendly. Everyone serves with a smile. I thought the menu was pretty accommodating as it catered to everyone's needs and wants. I would highly recommend this spot to anyone. The piano player?? Outstanding!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I have been patronizing Cavatores since the "70s". There was something very wrong on this occasion. Our reservation was for 7:00 pm and when we arrived the parking lot was less than half full. After ordering, we waited more than 40 minutes for our food. The excuse was they were very busy and having problems with the kitchen. I ordered Veal Marsala and asparagus. The veal was overcooked to the point of "shoe leather" and the asparagus hadn't been snapped and the ends were hard and fibrous. The piano player was more suited to a bar than a good restaurant."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Ok so its Mothers Day, you go to a restaurant thats not normally open. Why would you do that? Not here, these people were ready. They have been so nice, treat you like family and make you just want to stop and smell the aroma. Walking through the door for me is a treat, and then the fun starts. the Bar Manager Jorge, wow very nice and his helper we don't have her name, but she knows thats her bar. They are such great ambassadors, of this fine establishment. They make it as if its their own. The food is great and, well planned. We travel from katy, so you know that we are looking for the right mix of things, here they have it. Thank you Cavatore, we'll be back."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Cavatore has been one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants for many years. Mother's Day has cured me. First, we were seated at the first table by the door. After being bumped several times we moved to an available table towards the back and placed our orders. The server only brought four of the five orders. None of the guest of honor. The server did not speak English. Our waiter had disappeared. After flagging down another waiter and asking for the fifth meal, and waiting fifteen minutes, we were told only four orders were turned in. Needless to say the rest of the table was almost through eating. When the waiter brought the check, he blamed the cook. When I complained to the manager, he was not concerned. This isn't the Cavatore I knew."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Fish was badly overlooked. When your being charged over $20 you would expect far better."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Love the fact that Cavatore's is consistent. Food & service are always good. Love the tableside Caesar salad!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "One of the best!!! Loved everything from the house cabernet to the food and dessert. Piano playing was GREAT!!! Set the ambience and Pat played fabulous."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We were looking for a nice, quiet restaurant to have dinner with another couple and had not been to Cavatore's, so we decided to try it. The reviews on Open Table were very favorable and our friends had dined there for lunch and liked it. Food, wine, Service, atmosphere was just what we were looking for and we could carry on a normal conversation during the whole evening. Piano player was great and music was not loud - a real plus for us. Large parking lot - no valet, another huge plus !! We had a fine time and will definitely be back."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "This is a great, relaxing place to bring some friends, drink some reasonably priced food, and enjoy yourself. We always enjoy our meals here. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "My family came into town and we went to Cavatore, the waiters were very good keeping our glasses refreshed and the meal was very nice. I enjoyed it very much and it is one of the places we will always return to when we want Italian."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "The Fettuccine Carbonara was fantastic, as was the Tiramisu! I wish they had a greater selection of wines by the glass."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Cavatores is a delightful restaurant. It has character and charm and great Italian food. The tableside Caesar salad is a must! The service is friendly and efficient. A true gem and one we will visit again soon."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "It was remarkable! I enjoyed the atmosphere, the service was excellent and the food was very delicious."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "The Caesar salad and seafood dishes draw us back several times. Last Saturday we invited our friends to join us , but that night the dinning experience turned out to be a disappointment . First, we were served with cold bread, we could taste the solidified butter in it. Later my husband and I found the shrimp in Gamberi Della Casaa and Pesce Con Gamberi Alla Griglia were smaller in size than our previous dinning. After dinner, we had to look very hard to find our waitress for coffee and dessert. The coffee came with lukewarm temperature, the dessert were good. We had to wait another 10 minutes after we requested for another refill. It did not worth about $200 dined 4 this type of service. We will think twice if we ever want to return."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We visited this place as it had some great reviews...it really is deficient in many matters. My veal was a bit tough, pasta over cooked and dessert at best mediocre. Not all what we expected."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "If you are looking for good Italian food that gives you the most bang for your dollar you need to visit Cavatore's. Known for the best Cesar salad in town, they make it fresh at your table side and that alone is enough to get you to come back again and again. The pastas are fresh and portions will make sure you leave happy."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Celebrating our anniversary. The food was outstanding and I was very impressed with the level of service and attention hby the staff."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We used to go Cavatore quite often but had gotten out of the habit and decided to take family from PA and Texarkana there. The food, service and ambiance were excellent. Even after 30 years, the decor is still enjoyable. The waiter checked on us just the right number of times, and he was very helpful in discussing the menu and the wine selection. We ordered the Caesar salad for the table, and everyone enjoyed it. Entrees were excellent, with one of our guests specifically noting how fresh everything was. We also very much enjoyed the chocolate cake. The singer was wonderful--and she was not too loud, so we were able to talk fairly easily even though we were close to the piano."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I'm excessively picky when it comes to Italian cuisine. I can count on one hand the number of Italian restaurants in the entire city of Houston worthy of my dining. Cavatore it one of them. The food is outstanding here. I ordered Eggplant Parmesan. It was perfect. The eggplant had a nice crisp coating, and the inside was tender, but not overly moist or mushy. Topped with just the right amount of sauce, I enjoyed every bite. My dining companion ordered manicotti. She said it had a nice creamy filling, and it held together well. We also ordered a Caprese Salad as an appetizer, and it too was very good. I highly recommend it, and look forward to returning to Cavatore to try the other items on the menu."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Around the time of the Godfather movies, a class of Italian restaurants serving New York / Sicilian fare were opened around the country. Cavatore reminds me of such a place. However, unlike many of those older retaurants, this one remains and provides a high quality menu consisting of the New York brand of Sicilian pasta dishes. The scene is more townie than hipster, but that is not a knock. It's part of the charm, and younger couples and families are starting to find this gem and integrating with their older neighbors. The interior is easily mistaken for a kitsch'y wall of collectibles, but a closer inspection shows a genuinely creative (and overflowing) eclectic mix of collectibles; this isn't Katz's kitsch."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We love this place -- friendly, homey, authentic Italian cuisine in a quirky reconstructed barn with Italian memorabilia decor, particularly classic Italian movies. Piano lends a nice touch to dinnertime dining. The Caesar salad is entertaining in its creation, and the best I have ever had."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "The food was exceptional, service great and a surprising find. It is perfect for groups, as there are partitioned spaces available. They will also seat you in a room by yourself if they are not too busy so you can have a romantic room to yourself:)"
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Love Cavatore for its quaint ambience and atmosphere. Cozy and romantic. And we always live Mood Indigo's music when they are there. Their mellow music and songs add so much to the atmosphere. Food is great. Their table side salad is fantastic and service is excellent. Definitely recommend!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Great service! Knew what we needed to have a great evening!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We sat in a cozy room with 3 other tables and it was perfect. The service was great. The restaurant came recommended by a friend and she was right Maria makes the best Cesar salad."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Very loud piano player.......service was slow.......food over priced for quality. Noise level very loud during piano playing. We have a group that goes out once a week, we return if it is good, will not be returning to Cava"
    Dined on 2/20/2014