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Da Marco
Da Marco

Da Marco Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.damarcohouston.com
  • Email: damarco@damarcohouston.com
  • Phone: (713) 807-8857
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm, Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Marco Wiles
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact the restaurant for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Nicolas Nikic (713) 807-8857

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ridgewood
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Da Marco
You'll get the best pizza and pasta dishes in the city at Marco Wiles' intimate and unassuming little Montrose restaurant. Some of the unusual varieties of fish, such as the branzino (Italian sea bass) are jet-flown in from Italy. The wine list is just as innovative as the food, with lots of crisp Proseccos and unusual Piedmont reds. And the service is exceptional -- unless you ask for spaghetti and meatballs.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "my only criticism is that the table people (bread, water, follow-up) are not at the same level as the person who was like the captain. alternatively, the person handling the wine was not as attentive as he could have been. i am sure it is a matter of training but it was distracting and probably not what you would expect. the food was outstanding, well presented and relatively speaking not expensive. many restaurants in houston are charging at this level for very average food. i, however, do not want to give the impression that the food was inexpensive. da marco is clearly be one of the ten best restaurants in houston and if the service issues were refined competitive with top flight restaurants in new york."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "2nd time we've eaten here; unlikley to be a 3rd. Food is good, not great. Tables are packed together, so lots of noise and be ready to climb around waiters and tables to get anywhere. Service was not what it should be."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We have eaten here several times. The food is exceptional and the wait staff is excellent. I would highly recommend."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Sophisticated ambience, superior food, superior service, business lunch is good value"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Food is very good. Service is impeccable. The tables tend to be overcrowded."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Took the advice of Texas Monthly's foodie issue and made reservations for DeMarco. Service was fantastic, food was incredible. There were too many entrée items to choose from so we will definitely return. I highly recommend the 2009 Tommasi Amerone as your wine of choice. We also purchased two bottles of your wonderful olive oil. Delicious!!!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "DeMarco's is an upscale romantic Italian gem! The atmosphere and service are top notch. I was completely underdressed for the resturant and neither the host nor the waiter made me feel unwelcomed. The food is excellent and the wine selection just as great. However, parking in the area stinks so using the valet service is a must! 4 1/2 stars out of 5!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Superb wine (Mezzei Super Tuscan), amazing black truffle pasta primi, and amazing fish special off the chalkboard. Consistently a great dining experience."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I cannot rave about Da Marco's enough! Food outstanding, ambiance is second to none and the service is outstanding. The perfect power lunch or romantic special occasion locale."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Food was unremarkable and the service was indifferent at best."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This place will make you dinner a successful experience. Good ambiance, very good food and attentive service. The restaurant is definitively a cut above the average."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Attentive service, great food. High end dining experience."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Well worth the drive from downtown for a business lunch. Will definitely return and soon."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Loved the ambience at DaMarco's. My girlfriend deserved a relaxing, romantic dinner with great tasting food and wine and she got just that. Would love to go again, but will only reserve that for special occasions since it is pricey."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Our group of 4 had to wait 30 min before a table was available even with a reservation. Groups of 2 have no issues so beware when you reserve at 7pm."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "As always, De Marco was hitting on all cylinders. My first course was scallops perfectly prepared with a side of celery salad. I had never had celery salad before but was is,air to carrot salad. Next came the sweet corn ravioli with lump crab meat. I don't know what it is about this dish since I get it every time I come here. I just wish this was a place I could sop the sauce up with bread! Finally ca,e the sole. Again, perfectly prepared. The dinner was pricier than normal being Valentines Day. Service was impeccable as normal. The only negative were the guests next to us.. Not the restaurants fault and not so overboard where they would have needed to intervene."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had our Valentine dinner on the 13th before going to the symphony to see Emanuel Ax. It was lovely. The food, the service, the wine list were all superb. We had a terrific evening."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Zagat's rating for this establishment is spot on! The exterior and the location do not lend justice to the experience once inside. From the hostess to the wait staff the service is impeccable. The food is second to none. I will be back. I recommend DaMarco without any reservation."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Our experience at Da Marco's was a complete letdown. My colleagues and I had a reservation for 9:30 and all arrived together and were seated right next to the door which was awkward. We were immediately told we had to get in our entire order (appetizers, entree, etc.) within 20 minutes as the kitchen closed by 10. Of course, this enraged people who had patiently waited to eat this supposedly amazing dinner. We questioned why they even took reservations past 9:00 if the kitchen closed so early and they had to rush customers. No response. The food was definitely good. But we had servers cleaning up floors around us while we ate. So glad we did not bring our clients to this dinner. We would have been mortified."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "The food was good to very good. I would rate a 3.5 but wasn't given that opportuity. The portions were small and over priced. Service was very good. I notified the restaurant days in advance that I would like to have creme brulee for my wife's birthday. This is our tradition. I was never notified they could not make creme brulee until I was being seated in the restaurant. I would have gone to a different restaurant had I known this and kept the tradition alive. Also they only have wine and beer. No liquor. Very disappointed!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Food was fantastic. The waiter did get a bit surly with one of our party when asked to describe a number of the menu items...which should not happen at a restaurant like this."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Unique menu; very attentive service from knowledgable wait staff. Perfect spot for a special occasion."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Da Marco's is an outstanding dining rpexperience from food to service! One of the very best restaurants in Houston."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "This was out traditional family dinner at our favorite restaurant, and could not have been better. Everything was as wonderful as we always count on Da Marco being, plus we had some perfectly cooked octopus that was really over the top."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "What more can I say? The food was delicious; the service attentive but not hovering; the ambiance romantic yet festive for New Year's Eve. It was simply perfect."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "overall it's fine but taste is not kind of real good and i think it 's expensive compared to the taste"
    Dined on 10/17/2013
  • "The food was wonderful but the dinning experience was unpleasant. Our waiter was good, but other staff is very unprofessional. 1) Staff was hovering around our table socializing and discussing personal topics 2) One waiter used profanity walking by referring to another customer 3) Hostess rolled eyes and smirked behind another customer's back when they requested new table 4) Wish we had asked to be in the main room maybe it is different in there...."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "I am never disappointed when eating at DaMarco. My daughter from New York was with us and she was delighted. I would say this is her new favorite restaurant in Houston. Everything about it made this the perfect way to entertain her while she was here for the holidays."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "Outstanding food, great service. We make a point of going there whenever we're in Houston."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "Da Marco's is the benchmark for Houston Restaurants. They get everything right every time."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Loved the entire dining 'package' here - great food (innovative, simple yet elegant flavors), great service, fantastic wine. Couldn't ask for more. It's among the Top 3 best restaurants in Houston."
    Dined on 11/26/2013
  • "My favorite restaurant. I have never been disappointed when I dine here."
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "This little place offers outstanding food and service every time. The staff are knowledgable about the cuisine and the wine list. A recent remodel of the dining room gives a nice feel to the dining room. I have had a great experience here over many years."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Third time for us to go to DM. Love the food and the truffles! Only one negative I can think of is that the tables are a little close together if you are only two people. When we went with 4 people it was more intimate."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "They changed the menu. They had an appetizer that was unbelievable a raviolo, with cheese with ricotta an egg and truffle, they don't have it anymore if you want truffle they can add it at market price but then it is to much quantity and it overpowers the taste of the other ingredients"
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Our second visit to Da Marco, this time for lunch, which is a much better bargain than is dinner. The service was very attentive. We ordered the three course fixed price lunch: corn soup was very good; the fish and the rabbit ravioli were acceptable but left us a bit disappointed; deserts were very good. Wine by the glass was overpriced. Best find was bread and olive oil. The olive oil is sold by the bottle, so we purchased one for our home use and two more for gifts. Lunch at Da Marco was good, we did enjoy it, & we will consider another visit. If the fish and ravioli had more flavor, we'd rate the restaurant 4-star."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "I've eaten at Da Marco dozens of times over the years. The quality of the food is always the best, whether it's local or imported from Italy. Any of the days specials will be good as well as the regular menu items. The waitstaff is knowledgable about what's coming out of the kitchen and they care if you're happy. It's my favorite restaurant by far.. The business lunch is the best deal in town."
    Dined on 12/3/2013
  • "The Title says it all. The most challenging effort of the night is choosing what to eat. Everything is spectacular! Great wine list. Helpful unobtrusive wait staff. Spectacular food. I've never had a sub-spectacualr meal at DaMarco's!"
    Dined on 11/26/2013
  • "My wife and I celebrated our 5th Anniversary at Da Marco's. Karen confirmed our RSVP and had the flowers I requested ready when we arrived at our table. Nicholas rcommemded a great wine and the food was excellent. We can not wait to return for dinner and have recommended Da Marco's to our family and friends. AGL"
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "Simple, perfect food and good value. The bread was the best I ate in this country, the olive oil light and fruity, the ravioli perfect, the proscuitto tender, the panna cotta marvellous."
    Dined on 11/22/2013