Divino Italian Restaurant
Divino Italian Restaurant

Divino Italian Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.divinohouston.com/
  • Phone: 7138071123
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner:
    Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Patrick McCray
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Private dining for up to 30 in the elegant, wood-accented wine cellar. Special menus are available. Audio visual facilities provided for business presentations.
  • Private Party Contact: Patrick McCray 7138071123

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Woodhead
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Ample parking available in two private lots in front of and adjacent to the restaurant.
A word from Divino Italian Restaurant
Divino is a family owned restaurant and wine bar specializing in honest regional Italian food. Since 2000, neighborhood foodies and Italophiles have flocked to the casual/chic Montrose hideaway for handmade pastas, exquisite local seafood and innovative dishes like Crispy Pork Shoulder with Green Apple Risotto and Pickled Celery Root. The eclectic wine list features 30 wines by the glass with very low mark-ups. The list is predominantly Italian and celebrates not only the classic regions of Tuscany and Piemonte but also the more obscure wines of Alto Adige all the way to Sicily.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Divino Italian Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
38 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (26)notable wine list (18)fit for foodies (15)special occasion (15)romantic (14)good for groups (5)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Divino is FairDino
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I have been wanting to try Divino for years. It has a great reputation as a quality Italian Restaurant. Personally, I think the food needs a little work. Our calamari appetizer was average at best and very oily. The accompanying sauces lacked flavor. I ordered the lamb chops for my entree and the lamb chops were very good. However, the mashed potatoes and accompanying veggies were below average. My girlfriend ordered a veal dish and the veal was tasty but the accompanying salad lacked flavor. The Dessert was the best part of the meal. The chocolate pudding was velvety and smooth. Overall not a bad experience but I expected a better. A nice job with proteins but sides need work.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Divino is divine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    That's really corny, isnt it. This is just a really nice place. Friendly service. Delicious food. Good wines (They pride themselves on this). Atmosphere. What more do you need.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Menu - Better Wine List
    BobbyD
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The bartender spends serious time in Italy gathering local knowledge of the winnery's. The wine selection was extensive and reasonable. We asked for a recommendation based on our table's food choices and the paring was excellent. The food was excellent, prepared exactly to our requests. Eveyone agreed they were very pleased with selections.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mike
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    From Lafayette and looking for a good neighborhood Houston Italian Rest. and found a great one with varied menu and wonderful food and service. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Oenophile's Delight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Great food with a wine list that is exceptional in its breadth and value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed bag
    MotowngirlVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Loved the appetizer and my husband loved the Tuscan pork but the risotto was bland and lacked seasoning really of any kind. Would probably go back and give it another try.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood favorite
    Bertil
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I enjoy dinner at Divino and have for years. It is just the right size, you can self-park, the menu is spot on with my mood. And you can talk and be heard.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Enjoy Divino
    southsideeaterVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We regularly dine here and find the food to be always good and the wine outstanding. It is one of our 'go to' restaurants for a good dinner, wine and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    Dinerout
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Will definitely return. Quiet, excellent food, good service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food and the service were excellent. I was disappointed because I made a note on open table that we had a gluten free diner and the server was not aware of that and was not very knowlegable about which items would be gluten free.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner
    Rmlack
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Our waiter was helpful with the wine. We enjoyed the variety on the restaurant week menu. We will definitely dine there again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    myopinion
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Really love the restaurant. The food and service were both excellent. I had a difficult time finding a parking space and the manager came out and helped me park around back where the employees park. It was nice to be able to have a conversation without yelling across the table. The best part was we could see our food. The lighting was perfect. We will definitely go back and recommend to others. Thank you
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kurth
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    As always, dinner was enjoyable and food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WhitVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    My wife and I dined with our daughter and two young granddaughters on a busy Friday night. All of the wait staff and restaurant personnel were very patient and helpful when the little girls grew restless. The food was great and the staff at Divino were exceptional. We will go there again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always
    Bevotex
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Had the Houston Restaurant Weeks menu and was very happy. Wine list was very good, and the food quality was excellent as always
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TexasVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Always amazing! You can't go wrong with anything here! The best wine selection!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delivers great Italian every time
    spikerjackVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    One of our favorite neighborhood restaurants! Good wine list, good, consistent service and fantastic pastas - especially the mushroom ravioli in truffled broth.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always good
    Shirley
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I always enjoy dining at Divino and this visit was not a disappointment. The nice thing about this restaurant is that it is not too noisy even when there is a fairly full house. It is refreshing to be able to talk with one's friends without having to shout.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 88 reviews are from the Divino Italian Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Marvelous Experience
    Judi
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Our party of eight was to celebrate a 75th birthday. Our party included an amateur chef and folks that have dined all over the world. It was the first time there for each of us and everyone of us can't wait to come back. Appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts were fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    SLM42VIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I went with my fiancé for dinner on Friday night. We sat in a lovely booth near the bar. I had the lamb chops and he had the parmesan crusted chicken. Both entree's were so yummy. We look forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good Food But Crazy Corkage Fee
    ImHereForTheFood
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    One of the great aspects that this restaurant is touted for is its BYOB policy. They don't publish anywhere that I can see what they charge for corkage (e.g., menu, winelist, website...) 4 bottles later the bill came and we found out... $18 each! I've never experienced a corkage fee this high and was truly surprised and unpleasantly so,
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 80th birthday
    Bobby
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Party of eleven for an 80th birthday party. We were seated in the wine room which was a great location for our loud group. The food was fantastic - both the specials and regular menu items. Wine suggested by waiter was as good or better than our last visit. I've been here multiple times and am never disappointed. Roberto, our waiter, ensured our evening was special.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time
    SingleTravelerVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Average food - very good service. Wine list is reasonable. Better options around town.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find
    MichaelBVIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    I found this place by just sorting away on opentable for Italian. Loved it. Very quaint. Food is good basic Italian. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I will not eat here again.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I will not eat here again. The food was frozen, cold and bland. The service wasn't good either. I do not recommend this restaurant!!!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our favorite "go-to" place
    Bubba
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Our favorite "go-to" place in town. Never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Finally tried
    BWbw
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We drive past Divino almost every day. Glad we finally tried it. Sound level was perfect. Service was excellent. Wine excellent. Food was very good to great. Prices are very reasonable for a first class dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We have been here a couple
    Cinlouhouston
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    We have been here a couple of times and find the food wonderful and the atmosphere so quiet and relaxing. The wait staff has been excellent and would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just GO!
    OuchVIP
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Divino is a gem! Just go! Food is always amazing, they always have great off-menu specials and they will cater to your needs. Service is the reason we come back. From the owner, who is present and a true gentleman, to our favorite server, Roberto, who is the best you will find in any restaurant. You will not be disappointed. JUST GO!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great staff
    Buzz
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    We stayed beyond closing time - never made us uncomfortable or asked usti leave!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Devine
    foodie2shoesVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    I pass this restaurant up so many times , why did I wait so long to try it out. I'm not a big Italian food fan because I'm not a big pasta fan ! However I dabble a bit here and there ! Great wine list , fresh pasta is awesome ! A bit pricey but worth money! Fresh ingredients , I didn't really care for the fish ! Wasn't terrible just need a little more flavor ! It's not a social scene and that's my preference. If you are looking for the scene go somewhere else ! Good family and date restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Good food, attentive service, good wi.ne list. The specials were great
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    David
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Great atmophere. Great food. Great service. We would definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quaint Italian
    Charles
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Divino is a nice, small establishment with simple tastes done right. My date and I went for valentines, where a special menu was prepared (not prix fixe, but a shortened menu). The entrees were items that could be seen at an American food restaurant, with a slight Italian flare to it, such as scallops on a bed of risotto. We started with the gnocchi. The only complaint: we ran out too soon! The service was prompt and friendly, nothing to complain about. And the wine list was comprehensive for the occasion.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cheaper than a flight to Italy!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Our dinner was amazing. From the gnocchi (so light and flavorful) and mushroom ravioli (handmade pasta, swimming in a delicate broth) to our entrees of Orecchiette with Duck Sausage and Crispy Snapper with Risotto, we delighted in every bite. We also had a taste of the lasagna special (white lasagna in a vegetable ragu). I haven't had a lasagna that delicate and well-balanced since my last trip to Italy. You can't go wrong eating here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A favorite
    Bubba
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    We dine regularly at Divino. It is totally consistent with excellent ingredients, excellent solid cooking, personalized service, and hard-to find interesting wines. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great place
    romanticdinner
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Great food, great service, great atmosphere. The wine list was notable and a great place for a special occassion or date night.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, wine,ambiance,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    Great food, wine,ambiance, service, people. A real neighborhood bistro! Peter H. Browny
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently great food
    Giulio
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    I go to the Divino often. This time had mushroom ravioli in truffled broth, home made, and salmone affogato. Both excellent dishes. May also want to try their orecchiette with duck sausage. Yummy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hands down the best Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    Hands down the best Italian restaurant we have been to. All the dishes are fresh, authentic and delicious, especially Emily's goat cheese ravioli and mushroom ravioli! Best dining experience, staff is so friendly and will go out of their way to make sure you are taken care of. We are regulars and will continue to be:)
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.