Damian's Cucina Italiana
Damian's Cucina Italiana

Damian's Cucina Italiana

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.damians.com/
  • Phone: 7135220439x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm

    Dinner:
    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: 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.
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Damian's Cucina Italiana reviews from OpenTable diners
151 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (100)romantic (86)good for groups (48)fit for foodies (44)notable wine list (40)neighborhood gem (33)great for lunch (31)hot spot (14)kid-friendly (12)late-night find (7)great for brunch (6)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Perfect dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We had dinner at Damian's and took their shuttle to the Hobby. The dinner was delicious as always and the service impeccable. It is without a doubt our favorite place to dine. The servers have been there forever and they make the dining experience memorable. We have had most of the items on the menu and there is no way we could choose a favorite. We HIGHLY recommend this wonderful restaurant for a fabulous dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • superfoodie
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Service was excellent. All staff were very accomodating. Love the atmosphere and the shuttle to and from whatever we are attending.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    steaklover
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food, ambiance and service are all excellent. The shuttle service to the theater district is so convenient and much appreciated!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disgusting
    NewFoodLover
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I walked in with my girlfriend and it was clean and had a nice ambiance. We ordered wine and the portobello with crab appetizer. Both were great. Then we ordered off the chef special menu. I got a veal with mustard sauce. Nice but nothing special. She got a snapper and scallop dish that tasted like a watered down conundrum of flavors. They apologized and offered to replace. She got a shrimp pasta dish. It probably haa cup of salt in it. And only 4 shrimp for $33. She didn't eat it. The tiramisu was good. When the bill come, they tried to charge for her dish even though they saw she didn't eat it. After some arguing they took it off. They tried to explain the excessive salt to be garlic. We cook a lot so that was insulting.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Old school Italian timeless.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Old school Italian that is quality food, great service. It's not trendy just a consist lay great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Honorable
    Texas1Hog
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We gave ourselves plenty of time driving in from the Champions area on Saturday night to easily make our confirmed Open Table reservations (45 minutes). However, we were unaware that TxDot had closed I-45 southbound leaving us 30 minutes LATE for our reservations. Damian honored our reservation by seating us at our reserved table ... excellent located table. My wife and I, celebrating her 'special' birthday, greatly appreciated Damian's gesture on their busy Saturday night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Waiter got of the four order wrong. Offer to exchange but decline. Did not want to wait any longer.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    $119.00 for dinner for two which was one glass of wine, a little more pricey than expected. Food was very good, but not great.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food - Great Service
    Stuhou810
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food
    1stimpression
    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....
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special night out!
    Stephanie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not to Usual Standard
    SMinor
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went for our anniversary
    MrsWilliamTaylor
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Wonderful
    HoustonAg04VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    From business lunches to romantic dinners, this Houston restaurant is always a favorite. I've taken New York City residents to Damian's who were quite impressed to find NYC level Italian in the South. Shrimp Damian is always awesome, though I've had many fresh fish and steak dishes that were also nicely done. Be sure to finish up with either the lemon tart or my favorite, the chocolate pecan tart.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional food and service
    OKCfood
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    They really take care of the customer. Food is excellent. Never a wait.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Old Italian proud
    2winodinos
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Business lunch
    Deepwater
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    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!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We've dined there since it opened!
    Beoris
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The snapper was wonderful and the panna cota was perfect with all the fruit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic, great food
    Tori007
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Went here for restaurant week with a friend. Classic, great food. The best service I've had in a long time.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    wonderful dinner! ambience good- would return! Food was wonderful, service very good- would recommend this restaurant to many!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food!
    jfharris114
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    Tricia
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Firing on All Cylinders
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite Italian in Houston
    MetzgerZooKeeperVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Italian!
    ColeSC
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous Evening!!
    MimiVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fabfierce40
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Nice Resturant. They accommodated me and my party. The waiter and staff was nice and understanding.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice and fancy place!
    Calliegirl
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a timeless classic
    houfoodie
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    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).
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fried Chicken Special
    phi1566VIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Wamby
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service
    cannguidry
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Dining !!!
    hectorvelarealtorVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Our experience with "Damian's" was nothing less than, "Spectacular"... The bar did not have any pomegranate martinis!!!! That was disappointing...!!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JACKVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OK restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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 .
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Restaurant attracts a very old crowd because it has been around for so long. Food is still great and service very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beyond Expectations
    thetallone
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.