D'Amico's Italian Market Cafe - Rice Village
D'Amico's Italian Market Cafe - Rice Village

D'Amico's Italian Market Cafe - Rice Village

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.damico-cafe.com/
  • Phone: 713-526-3400
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm;
    Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm;
    Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: We have a full catering menu, please view it on our website.
  • Entertainment: Piped in Italian background music

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: we have a parking garage that we will always validate your parking ticket for absolutely FREE PARKING!
A word from D'Amico's Italian Market Cafe - Rice Village
We are a combination full service and to go restaurant specializing in authentic Northern and Southern Sicilian cuisine. We serve lunch and dinner and offer a full menu, plus daily specials! In addition, we have an Italian Deli and imported food market. All can be found in a casual and relaxed Italian dining setting in the heart of Rice Village.
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D'Amico's Italian Market Cafe - Rice Village reviews from OpenTable diners
35 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (22)great for lunch (13)great for outdoor dining (12)fit for foodies (12)kid-friendly (9)good for groups (8)special occasion (5)notable wine list (5)hot spot (4)romantic (4)great for brunch (3)late-night find (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Lovely outdoor setting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My mom is hard of hearing. This outside venue allowed for a group of 8 to converse with each other and my mom could hear us all. The service was excellent and everyone enjoyed their entrees. We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DininGemVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Convenient neighborhood restaurant featuring Southern Italian food. The food is consistently good, although the portions are too large. Be careful with the appetizers: they are to be shared. Some of the main dishes, while delicious, are quite heavy. The service is friendly but erratic, especially on week-ends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh!!
    peddoc
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This was my fourth visit. It keeps getting better. The crab claws are melt in your mouth as an appetizer. We also really enjoyed the mussels. The entrees are good size. Don't miss the mushroom walnut pasta. I will return every time I'm in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great Italian meal
    Out2dinner
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We have enjoyed this neighborhood Italian Restaurant since it returned to Rice Village 18 years ago. Friendly, prompt service, terrific food, great wine selection. Complementary parking in the garage. Can't go wrong.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    EatingIsGreat
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I really love the homemade cheese ravioli. It's awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A fine time
    FriendsEat
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    A great find. Met new and old friends on a Monday evening and enjoyed excellent service from Isaac. Very good food and good advice for wine. We ate inside as weather was iffy. We would have preferred outside as it is a little noisy inside and made conversation a more difficult. But as we were adding to the general noise we cannot complain too much. Highly recommend D'Amico's.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent !
    MayHouston
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    This is my third time dinning at this amazing restaurant. The food is always so fresh and delicious, I love the Specials and the dessert menu is phenomenal !
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice
    bluense
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    The food was very good. The portions were ample without being ridiculous. We had an energetic 13 month old with us, and no one batted an eye.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    lweats
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Attentive and knowledgeable server and the food was delicious!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Local Italian
    Caleb
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Great Local spot close to Rice. Parking is a little challenging.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 25 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 47 reviews are from the D'Amico's Italian Market Cafe - Rice Village reviews archive.
  • Amazing!
    Clbb
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I had not dined at D'Amico's for quite some time. Some friends suggested it for dinner. The service was excellent and attentive, the ambiance was great. I felt like I was in Italy! It was not too loud to enjoy conversation with our friends. When our server took our order, we had specific requests and was very agreeable in terms of meeting our needs. We were not rushed to leave. Can't wait to go back and try something else on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • EmMc
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    The noodles in the pasta dishes are made from scratchThe food was excellent and even made a special dish for my vegan husband. However, the service was a little slow and there were very few diners for a Wednesday night.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service has gone south
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Been going there for 17 years.Its seems last year service has really dropped.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our Impression
    DagonVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    My wife's food was delivered cold and when she mentioned this the waiter took it back to microwave it. They seemed more responsive to the regulars than to other diners.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A fantastic evening with friends
    AlextheFrench
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Great "homey" atmosphere, great food, great service. It feels good eating at D'amico's and contributes to a great evening with friends.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better Italian in the Village
    SeekingGoodFoodVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    The Village has some good italian food. We've always liked D'Amicos but after recently eating at Coppa Osteria and Prego, we think D'Amicos needs to get better. Homemade pasta is still great though.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Traditional Italian Food
    Paul
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    D'Amico's is one of my favorite Italian restaurants in Houston, where there is no shortag of good Italian restaurants. They provide friendly service with excellent traditional Italian food. Make sure your order a side of meatballs. You can't go wrong with this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun evening
    Carol
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    This was our second visit to D'Amicos within two weeks and it didn't disappoint. We had family visiting and they enjoyed the casual atmosphere. We tried several veal dishes and they were all wonderful. I wanted to try the gnocchi (light as can be) and they substituted that for the pasta with my veal dish. I think my favorite was my husbands veal filled house-made ravioli. Our waiter was very attentive. My only complaint is that even though we had reservations we were seated at the back of the restaurant by the service kitchen which was noisy. But a party of five is hard to seat in a small restaurant. We're looking forward to going back again to try the Asiago Chicken which looked awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good restaurant for Lent
    docdks
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Our waitress was outstanding. She helped our family group of six plus a toddler with grace and humor. She was attentive but not intrusive. Our out of town relatives who were on a Lenten diet had no trouble finding good food to order. The chef promptly replaced my vegetable, which had been over seasoned with salt and garlic, with a perfect dish.This kind of experience, the feel of a comfortable, neighborhood restaurant and the reliably good food is why we continue to come back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-theatre
    2tall
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Took a group there before a play. 6 adults and 4 teens seated at separate tables. Waiter did a great job, even giving the teens special attention and making sure the meal came out quickly.. Had calamari & crab claws for appetizers - very tasty. I had the linguini with clam sauce. While the clams were very fresh, it was a bit standard / bland - nothing really made it stand out (possibly my fault for ordering such a basic dish - but you always hope for culinary magic). My wife's chicken marsala was much better and my daughter's lasagna was quite good. Only the service was great, but everything else was solid. I would go back. Very nice patio with people watching opportunities in good weather.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always good!
    LindaRVIP
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Once again the food was very good and with the relaxed atmosphere makes it a great neighborhood gem!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • True Italian
    LSConcoitVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    We recently moved to Houston and decided to stop at this place since it was on open table. What a find this place is a gem. True Italian food with amazing thin crust puzza! It reminds me of the of an original Italian restaurant I used to frequent in Milwaukee Wisconsin. I love it feels like home. The service was great too, even though they were very busy. The place was bustling.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food, service and
    Steve
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    Wonderful food, service and location. This is a must dine restaurant during my travels to Houston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cute Place!
    2todineVIP
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    Met two friends for a "catch up" lunch and birthday celebration.....we enjoyed and lingered! Everything on the menu sounded great and it was hard to choose. We all went with the daily lunch special $7.95...a choice of three items. Quite good and large servings. It is probably not a true taste test of the full menu. A great Caesar salad with capers, penne pasta w/artichoke and tomato and sorbet w/cappacino ...YUM! The service was excellent although we worried we were holding up a table. Only complaint is the parking...good luck finding a space or street parking at peak times. I was forced to use parking garage $10 flat rate..server gave validation for 2 hr free...we were there 2.5 and got hit for $5..really? Will go back..it was good!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Italian Restaurant
    Paul
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    We went with two other couples and had a great meal. The service was very good and the house Chianti is quite good. I have been there many times before and would not hesitate to go back. The caprese salad was very fresh and delicious. The Capellini pasta tossed with fresh garlic and olive oil, topped with lump crab meat was very good. This is one of my favorites restaurants in Rice Village.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Only Get One First Impression
    DwightVIP
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Dropped into this cafe a few days back and knew I had to come back for a meal. What a charming family run local cafe with that local feel rather than that of a big production restaurant. Made a reservation for 2. Upon arrival had to wait 30 minutes to be seated. Either they overbooked , or they seated too many walk-ins to be able to accommodate reserved dining. Then it took a full hour to get our main courses. The food was good and the amicability of our waiter was second to none. It is a shame the delays cast a shadow on what might have been a good first impression. The last straw was after having our garage parking validated, we still had to pay because the validation was only good for 2 hours...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time
    dnmike
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    It was my first time to dine at this restaurant, and I brought my boyfriend for a romantic dinner. The scenery outside was very pleasant, the food was great, and the staff was courteous and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reminds me of Nash D'Amicos
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    Loved the busy atmosphere and reminds me of Nash D'Amicos on Westheimer from the 1980's! Love to return soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome!
    MaddScientistTX
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    Definitely recommend. The ambiance is amazing and so is the food. Overall... great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Northern and Southern Italian
    OrdinaryDinerVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    Four of us meet before the theatre for dinner at D'Amico's Italian Market Café. I was pleasantly surprised by the menu choices for a neighborhood Italian eatery. we all started with Caesar salads and then progressed onto different entrees. My gnocchi with grilled chicken was delicious, so was the chicken piccata and other dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice selection of pizza,
    enjoyamealVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Very nice selection of pizza, pasta and entrees! I chose the wild mushroom and walnut tortellini - it was wonderful, no wonder its their most popular dish! My partner had the veal ravioli (an off the menu special) - delicious! Very good food, very reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cute place and a family oriented
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    Cute place and a family oriented Italian restaurant in West U. Food was good, service was fair. I would and will go back
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Boss's Day Lunch
    StephanieC
    Dined on 10/16/2013
    My work group took our boss there for Boss's Day lunch, it was great, the food was excellent, as well as ther service, I had a table reserved and it was ready when we got there. The wait staff was excellent, the food came out quickly and was fresh and quite tasty, this is a little gem of a restaurant, very quaint. We definitely we be returning.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our favorite neighborhood spot
    texaslady88
    Dined on 10/7/2013
    As usual all was delicious and my husband was able to have his clams marinara. However, the booking thru OpenTable was snagged. They had our reservation but not the message requesting an outdoor table. The staff worked the problem and got us seated where we had wanted with only a few minutes delay.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Marks
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    Overall experience was okay but the place was packed and since it's small, it's cramped. The food was fair. We were offered a free dish of calamari which was okay. A little rubbery but hey it was free. I had the veal and it was over cooked but because we received a free appetizer I chose not to complain.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Underwhelmed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    I had high hopes for this place after hearing a lot about it. Food was decent, service was good, and it's situated in a nice area in the heights. I'd go back here again, but maybe not with a big group. Not a lot of space available.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rice Village Italian
    LucaBrasi
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    A quaint spot in Rice Village. Food was just as good as their Height's location with a busy atmosphere. The pizza oven in plain view is a nice touch. I really miss them in the Heights.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good lunch spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/15/2013
    We had a very nice experience at D'Amicos for lunch on a Sunday. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable with prompt service. Decor was colorful. Food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not bad...but not as good as before
    HappyMick42
    Dined on 8/20/2013
    We had dinner here on a Tuesday night. We had made reservations and had requested to sit outside, but when we arrived the only available seating was inside. The waiter stopped by immediately to take our drink orders, but my girlfriend was in the washroom and I asked him to come back. I almost immediately regretted this decision as she returned to the table and we had to wait another 10 minutes for him to return. We both ordered the fish special that night. The house dressing is a creamy Italian which I find a bit surprising when you consider how good the olive oil is that they put on the table. With that said, the salad was good but nowhere near amazing. Our main courses showed up pretty quickly and again were good, but not great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They Went the Extra Mile!
    foodchic
    Dined on 8/11/2013
    Went to D'Amico's for a birthday dinner for a 13 year old. Our incomplete party arrived and I promptly explained that we wanted to add extra people to the reservation. The staff did not bat an eye and simply set up for the bigger party. I was extremely apologetic as I wasn't exactly expecting the added people. We came in with a giant birthday cake and the gen. manager/owner(?) immediately asked if he could store the cake for us until we were ready to commence with the singing and what not. The staff was super and the food was fresh. When they saw that we were winding down with the food they brought out the cake complete with a pink lighted birthday candle. Great food, great staff. This is what great memories are made of.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.