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Damian's Cucina Italiana
Damian's Cucina Italiana

Damian's Cucina Italiana Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.damians.com
  • Phone: (713) 522-0439
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch:
    Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm

    Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Napolean Palacios
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Call the event planner for catering details.
  • Entertainment: Damian's offers complimentary shuttle service after dinner to the Wortham Center, Hobby Center, and Jones Hall.

    For shuttle reservations, please call 713.522.0439
  • Special Events & Promotions: Available for our upstairs private party functions.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Anita / Rosalie
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet.
A word from Damian's Cucina Italiana
For 31 years Damian's Cucina Italiana has been known worldwide as the top authentic Italian restaurant in Houston, Texas. Set in an old-world atmosphere which is elegant, yet warm and friendly, diners at Damian's are accustomed to extensive menu offerings, specially tailored dishes, and weekly specials created by Chef Napolean Palacios. Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "We enjoyed an awesome meal here on a Saturday night. We had a reservation and were seated right away. Although our reservation was late, we never felt hurried or rushed. Our server, gave us great recommendations which we followed. We split a salad and each enjoyed an entrée, then split a dessert. Again, we were never hurried or rushed, servers were there to refill water when needed, and our server checked on us just enough. Overall a great evening and a great meal. Damian's is definitely a special occasion place, or even for just a great evening out. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "Wife and I wanted to try something different. . DAMIAN'S is a nice old style Italian restaurant it's decor is pleasant and service is outstanding..the staff was very attentive. .complementary valet parking was a plus.. Now for the food EXCELLENT is the only word I need to describe it...."
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "Our waiter was most charming & he prepared the best Caesar salad at our table that I have ever had! Appetizer was out of this world breaded asparagus with crab and a delightful sauce on top! Entree and dessert!!! Fabulous! Nice wine selection as well. Will return next time we are in Houston!"
    Dined on 8/29/2014
  • "Damian's has been one of my favorite nice restaurants for the 30 years it has been open. My waiter this lunch has been there the whole time. His service was great. The "Mona Lisa" salad was well below the standard of the many salads I have had before. However, the "Italian Creme Cake" was a very poor factory product and was just plain terrible. My main course was about on the usual Damian's standard."
    Dined on 8/29/2014
  • "The decor in the restaurant entails that the establishment has been around for many years. I would say it appealed to an older crowd.As far as the food goes....it was delicious. No complaints. Sizeable plates...nice flavors....and i highly recommend thier Salted Caramel Martini. That was one of the best drinks Ive ever had anywhere. The Mike Wells asparagus and shrimp Damien were tasty. We will return."
    Dined on 8/28/2014
  • "They really take care of the customer. Food is excellent. Never a wait."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Had lunch for 6 during a convention week and we had excellant and fast service. Great food selection off the menu and we all tried something different. Very tasty and good serving amounts."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "This restaurant reminds us of a fine restaurant in Rome. We were surprised every table was filled and people were waiting to be seated on a Wednesday night! We were there with another couple for Houston Restaurant Weeks. Everyone enjoyed their meals. The only complaint was that the flounder was a little "mushy" but the presentation was spot on!"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Great venue for business lunch. The waitstaff are professional and know their menu well. Food was served quickly and was amazing. I had the grilled snapper served over a shrimp and artichoke risotto - it was incredible!"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Everything was super except when I called to verify a seating change it did not get entered. But that is ok since we were granted the change on request."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Meeting friends for dinner - had not seen friends in a long time - quite table (good) close to the entrance (could have been unacceptable) worked out fine for us - waiter hovered and often interrupted conversation - restaurant was not full so could not understand this behavior - we left a generous tip for the waiter for our 2+hrs at his table - hope this hovering/interruption is not normal at this restaurant. We live out of town/this restaurant was recommended to us."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The snapper was wonderful and the panna cota was perfect with all the fruit."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "wonderful dinner! ambience good- would return! Food was wonderful, service very good- would recommend this restaurant to many!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "5 of us went for the first time during Restaurant Week, and we all plan to go back! One friend said the filet mignon was the best he'd ever had."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "As always, Damian's did not disappoint. We happened to be there during food month, and two of us had the prix fixe meal. Great food and great value. The service was wonderful, as always."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I've been dining here for more than 20 years, and there have been rare occasions in the past decade when Damian's seemed lackluster or off their game. Not so on this visit: Everything was top-notch and it's great to see them doing so well. The seafood dishes are my favorite--especially the Gamberoni Vincenzo. A great experience. I hope to dine here another 20 years or more."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I'm Italian and grew up with made from scratch pasta and homemade sauce. Damian's is as close as I have found to my Mother's Italian cooking. The lasagna is to die for and if you want simple, spaghetti and meatballs won't disappoint. We had early reservations (5:45pm) and were in and out in an hour's time. I just love this place and it is well worth the hour plus drive into downtown Houston for their food."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Received this recommendation from a local Houstonian that told me it was a must while visiting. We had a great meal with perfect service-awesome veal piccata and Marsala. Will definitely return!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "We had our sons family with us, two children 4 & 1. The staff was wonderful. We requested a corner table mainly for more privacy and received it, perfect spot. Food was fabulous as always, service was perfectly timed, server attentive. Perfect evening!!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Nice Resturant. They accommodated me and my party. The waiter and staff was nice and understanding."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "I have been here multiple times. I love it every time! Came here for a special occasion, a date night with my husband, and went with coworkers for a nice lunch out! Everyone loved it and the service was great!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "not always the first choice for the younger crowd, Damian's is a classic Houston institution with some of the best service and food ever. I always order the tableside Caesar, even though it is not on the menu. It is the best I have ever had (except my mother's)."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "I am always looking for god fried chicken in this city. I saw Damian's had a Monday fried chicken lunch special during July, so off I went. Fantastic! Crisp, seasoned well, juicy, just awesome. Only problem, not sure when I will be able to get it again."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Some of the best food in Houston, and the service is second to none. I never once felt like they were trying to rush us out, which I really appreciate as well."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Went for an early dinner before a concert. The service was great, and management was extremely solicitous. The free shuttle to Jones Hall and then back to the restaurant makes this my go to place when I attend anything in the theater district."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Our experience with "Damian's" was nothing less than, "Spectacular"... The bar did not have any pomegranate martinis!!!! That was disappointing...!!!!!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "My reservation was for two guests & me at 6 PM. i left my house in Champions for the expected 45 to 50 minuet drive. Due to wreck 45S with a fuel and the incompetence of the police in keeping the traific informended and moving , it took me three hour reach your place, where i arrived at 8 PM. my guests happy and well taken care of by your staff. Dinner and drinks were great. thanks."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "In general I liked the restaurant, but there is nothing special about it. Food ok, service ok (but not more), wine ok... I am glad I went to try the restaurant, but Houston is full of so many really good restaurants so I would not prioritize this one ."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "For years we have had friends tell us Damian's was a 'special place' so we drove an hour and half to celebrate our anniversary at Damian's and I'll say the experience and the food exceeded our expectations! Highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We went to Damian's for a meal with out of town friends on a friday night. The service and food were great. They did not hurry us while we visited. The waiter helped my wife with ordering a special meal. Will surely go back."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Great dining experience. The specials here always seem to be "special" ...as opposed to just something to offer. Great restaurant."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "My wife, daughter, son in law, and I had a wonderful quiet dinner here after taking in an Astros game. The restaurant was quite a contrast to the rowdy stadium, and a wonderful way to end the day. Our waiter was Juan, and he was the consummate professional. Juan was on point with all of his explanations and recommendations. The food was wonderful, and it was a top notch dinning experience."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The Snapper with lump crab meat was perfectly prepared and delicious. The Caesar salad prepared at the table was good, but prepared without Anchovies, so it was a little bland. I prefer Cavatore's, which I think has the best in town. The Linguini with white Clams and white wine sauce was superb. We shared the Lemon Sorbetto, which is the best I have had anywhere, including Italy. I asked the waiter to bring us some fresh Basil, which we crumbled over the Sorbetto. If you haven't tried Lemon Sorbetto with fresh basil, you are in for a treat. Bon Appetite!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We enjoyed a business dinner for four... the food is incredible...the service was excellent. A Houston Landmark"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "A lovely Houston institution serving some of the best Italian food in town. The lobtser bisque in a bread bowl was incredible. I had the osso bucco with pimento as my entre, and it was quite good too. Two thumbs up!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "A great Italian restaurant that you might think you could only find in New York, but Damian's Cucina Italian Restaurant in Downtown Houston, Texas makes that grade. Attentive staff, terrific wine list, top notch menu - it's the complete package."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Damian's Cucina was the PERFECT choice for my mother's bday. We went to dine before taking in the TUTS musical at the Hobby, and the staff were more than accomodating and congenial. THe shuttlet othe theatre district was an added bonus rather than the only reason for dining there. . . the food was all delicious. You can not order wrong! Service was impeccable. Best choice for us!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Carrabas is our favorite restaurant, but this original in the Mandolas family still has the 5 star feel, menu and prices. It's elegant without losing the "your welcome" atmosphere, and the service was much better than the more popular and will known chain. Our waiter was attentive and knew his menu and specials by heart and his wines, although my wife choose the champagne bellini and I had the Perroni beer. The food was outstanding, but my favorite was no doubt the Italian Cream Carrot Cake with Pecan Caramel Sauce. OMG! It's expensive, as most 5 star places are, but for special occasions, or if you just have a lot of money to go all the time, it's a great place and we will be back."
    Dined on 6/14/2014