Damian's Cucina Italiana
Damian's Cucina Italiana

Damian's Cucina Italiana

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.damians.com/
  • Phone: (713) 522-0439
  • 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.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Damian's Cucina Italiana reviews from OpenTable diners
159 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (107)romantic (83)fit for foodies (61)good for groups (52)notable wine list (43)neighborhood gem (37)great for lunch (27)kid-friendly (8)great for brunch (6)late-night find (4)hot spot (4)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Worst service ever received
    TrueFoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    This used to be our favorite but we moved away for 15 years and were anxious to visit again after returning to town. Food was average but the service was the worst we have ever had at any restaurant we have ever visited. Our older waiter was rarely around and when he was he was rushing us. Push and before we could answer he would just walk away. He repeated this behavior all night. Never again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great dinner
    henry79sb
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    We had a great dinner since it was a last minute decision we made a reservation without a problem. Food was very delicious. Great service experience. Our waiter was attentive and checked up on us as he saw necessary.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent = Always...
    Richard
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Always excellent food and service. Absolutely wonderful. The bread pudding is to die for...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal -- great service
    Jennatilia
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We Started with the lobster bisque and it was amazing! We ordered a bottle of Ratori sparkling brute, which was very reasonably priced. For meals we ordered the spaghetti and meatballs and the spaghetti broccoli - we were both extremely happy with our choices. The best part of the experience had to be the amazing service: very polite, quick and very inviting. Would recommend to anyone.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great--but hold the butter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    As always Damian's has a cozy feel with a beautiful room that transmits a vibrancy without just being loud. Staff is attentive and the food is great--though this time every dish, from grilled fish to vegetables--was soaked in butter. It also is prices quite reasonably compared to restaurants attempting to do fine Italian in Houston, most of which miss the mark.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-Opera
    mrm1915
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    It was wonderful that Damian's will keep your "take-home" until after the theater. The shuttle to the theater district is a great perk. The food and service, as always, was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • pumpkinhead
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Damian's is always good, and consistent in service and food quality. It is a great place for lunch, and I look forward to trying it for dinner in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Very good food, good menu . good option for those who love Italian food. Recommendable for families and special occasions
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • After theater meal
    Piggy
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We had made reservations as this restaurant as it was recommended by the theater where we saw a play. Glad we went there. Food was good and service was great. We look forward to returning in the future.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what I thought it would be....
    LibertineMC
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Okay, so we were kind of in a hurry... so not all their fault. We were the first to be seated in the afternoon, so it was quiet. Waiter was pleasant, a little too energetic maybe. Soup was good, pasta was over cooked... married an Italian so I know what it should be like, the meat was good. They didn't have the wine we wanted from Italy, so they supplemented... showed me the bottle and was going to open it without telling me that they didn't have it and were exchanging the one we ordered with a different one. hmmmmm.. never check the price difference. They were attentive to needs, but for Italian (supposed to be authentic "like Italy") it didn't get me there.......
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • "Old Standby"
    TheBestCriticVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Damian's is always very good; it's been predictable for many years as one of Houston's "go to" Italian Restaurants. Appetizers are nice with good selection, excellent preparation, but portions are small. Great variety of traditional main dishes, so with a new flare, but nothing "out there". Wine list is very nice with offerings in all price ranges including some top end Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and a Sassicaia. Service is a bit slow, but again, that’s predictable.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice dinner with family.
    Suzanne
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    My son was in town on business and we took him to Damian's. We had a very nice dinner, food was very good and service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Never Disappoints
    DowntownFredVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Damian's is a regular on my business lunch rotation; great food (don't miss the Lobster Bisque in a bread bowl), great service and very convenient location right off of Smith.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as always!
    RobertVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We took our sons here for their birthday. We were seated a bit before our reservation time. This restaurant will make any dish you ask for. Two of us asked for pastas and sauces off the menu and our meals were outstanding! Great service, great food. We'll be back for our usual 3-4 visits a year. Thanks Damian's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Recent Visit
    MarkS
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Friday Dinner with a few friends 10/17/14 (National Pasta Day). It's been a long while and wanted to see if Damian's was maintaining their high traditions. I Found that the experience very consistent with past visits. Great atmosphere and service. I had the Misto salad which has always been great and it fully met my expectations and the Spaghetti and Meatballs which was spot on. Others in my party noted that the tortellini was a tad under-done but flavorful. Another had Eggplant Parmesan with Fettuccini Pomodoro sauce. She said the Eggplant was delicious as was the Pomodoro but again the pasta was not cooked quite enough. Overall, a very pleasant dining experience but not perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ok
    lucie
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We usually go on Saturday night and have a spicific waiter who is wonderful. This was a Thursday and our waiter was off. Service was slower that we are used too. Food was still great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Damian's has always been a consistently good restaurant in quality of food and service. Great place for pre-theater dining. Never had a bad meal there & having shuttle to theater is super.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Cle15
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Try the carbonara and the veal marsala...Both are excellent!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid Italian Rest. for over 30 yrs
    SupperShow1
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Awesome food and service! Staff is very experienced and chef specials are always good! Don't miss bread pudding dessert
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    our order was great, good specials of sea food and pastas. great service from waiters and a nice atmosphere
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a gem
    Lovemyfood82
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Outstanding all around. Food, service, ambiance..... What a great find. Shrimp Damian is a friend for anyone that enjoys scampi garlic style!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Houston Classic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    One of our favorite restaurants in Houston. Several of the wait staff have been around for over 20 years and the service is always attentive without being intrusive. Great wine list and menu make it a great place for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a nice adult restaurant
    GluttonousopholousVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I love this place, but I am from New Jersey. Ambiance is somewhat formal but feels comfortable at the same time. Food is always solid and service great.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, great service
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    This was my third visit to Damian's and it has been wonderful every time! Would definitely recommend! Great food, great service, great atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    Cle15
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    I asked for Veal Marsala and it was great! My husband for spaguetti alla carbonara and he liked it a lot! We will go back for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, as usual!
    Chris
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Fine meal. Great place to dine before a concert, the theater or just a quiet evening out. Friendly and attentive staff, fine food. I'll be back soon.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great date night
    Lawfoods
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    WONDERFUL service and such good food. The gnnochi was awesome and we enjoyed everything about this cozy old world Italian restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Once again, GREAT!!!
    ElyseVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We took some friends for dinner and everyone loved it. The shrimp Damian was my favorite. The specials sounded wonderful. Being a pescatarian, and I also am very careful on my carbs and it was nice that the menu offered several items to pick from.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect dining experience
    2diners
    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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Old school Italian timeless.
    KstaudtVIP
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.