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Polovina Italian Cafe
Polovina Italian Cafe

Polovina Italian Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.polovinaitalian.com
  • Email: contact@polovinaitalian.com
  • Phone: (713) 861-1042
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm,
    Sunday Brunch:11:00am - 2:30pm - Lunch: until 4:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

    $7.95 Lunch Special Tuesday - Friday + 0.25 Bellini's & Mimosa's from 11:00am - 2:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We cater for all sizes of events, with many options from which to choose. Please call us to speak with our staff.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Patterson
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking is available behind the restaurant.
A word from Polovina Italian Cafe
Join us at Polovina Italian Cafe - a neighborhood Italian restaurant serving the Houston Heights and Washington corridor area since 2008. Come inside, or sit on our newly enhanced patio for all your Italian favorites, seasoned to perfection and done right. Whether it's our signature Osso Bucco, or our grilled shrimp risotto, you're sure to find something on the menu for every age and every taste.



$7.95 Lunch Special Monday - Saturday + 0.25 Bellini's & Mimosa's from 11:00am - 2:00pm.



Our Sunday Brunch service, a great value with most entrees priced under $15, is from 11:00 to 2:30pm. Our brunch menu features fifteen new menu items and Italian favorites, along with drink specials for your enjoyment.



We hope to see you in the restaurant soon for lunch, brunch or dinner!
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Diner Reviews
  • "The food was well-seasoned. I got their take on mozzarella sticks which had a very light and fluffy cheesy filling. It wasn't the type to be just a stick of cheese that will stretch as you eat it. The lasagna was delicious and the right portion size. I appreciated that they were also able to split the appetizer price between the group in 1/4's !!!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Met my wife and a friend for dinner. I had bell peppers stuffed with crab and shrimp, excellent. Wife had spaghetti and meatballs, excellent especially the meat balls. Our friend had grilled salmon, good sized and thick salmon steak, excellent. Less than $100.00 for the three of us. Will be going back."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "I came here with my girlfriend to celebrate Valentine's day. I needed a place with a good atmosphere, good quality delicious food, and a romantic setting. This place was amazing, I highly recommend the Salmon. The waitress was so nice, checked up on us, and explained everything clearly. I would be prepared to spend some cash but it was worth every penny because we had a great time together and this place made our Valentine's day the best yet!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Our visit was on Valentine's Day, so it was understandably busy. However, even with a packed house the waitresses were attentive and friendly, and the food was prepared and cooked deliciously - no frustrated staff nor sloppy food because of the rush."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had a very nice, affordable Valentine's Day dinner at Polovina. Although the place was full, our waitress was very attentive. My Chicken Marsala and his Chicken Piccata were very good. Had to cancel a previous reservation at another restaurant who chose to scalp diners with a prix fixe meal even though the menu site didn't state that; of course, there are lots of other restaurants who do that---just because they can. Love this pretty little gem!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This place is great and the foo is fabulous. The service was helpful and very attentive."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I took my mother here for her birthday and we enjoyed the food plus the drinks. Service was quite well. We tried a cannelloni dessert with some type of filling and it was really gross. It tasted like plastic. The waitress said it was the most popular dessert on the menu. Overall, I recommend the other dishes on the menu and it's perfect for a date!"
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Some friends and I visited Polovina this past weekend for a friend's birthday dinner. The food was excellent and we really enjoyed the BYOB factor! While we were dining we found out about their Sunday brunches. Therefore, we went back on Sunday for brunch to enjoy the $1 mimosas and $1 poinsettias! However, they were out of champagne and their delicious lobster bisque, so we ended up leaving. We'll give them another chance on brunch though because our dinner experience was so great!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Decent pasta at reasonable prices. A good casual dining spot."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "I brought my family to Polovina Cafe to carb load for the Houston Marathon this year. I had a reservation for 6:30 and we had to wait for a good 5-10 minutes until we had a table. The service was ok, the place was packed and they were understaffed. The food was good and the waitress was working as hard as she could. Overall it was good."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We made reservations for Christmas. The pasta took 2.5 hours to arrive and was cold the waiter apologized, as did the manager , stating that had lots of call ins. I would have expected the manager to jump into the kitchen and help not just tell us not to order pizza because it was taking extra time. They were out of the first three types of wine we requested. We picked this because of prior ratings and since it was the first night of our vacation wanted a great Italian place. They also didn't even recognize the Christmas drink specials advertised on the web. My advice until they improve staffing don't waste your time or money."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "Was open on Christmas and took forever, but food was good"
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "The restaurant did not have our open table reservation. They were overcrowded, short staffed and the food took over an hour and was not not flavorful. Will not be using open table again."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "We were in the mood for Italian so based on others' reviews, we chose Polovina Italian Cafe. It was a pretty quiet night because right before Christmas. I have to say that the food was a bit disappointing--nothing spectacular, both pasta dishes were okay. The service was friendly and there are outdoor tables if weather permits. If we lived in the neighborhood, I could see us going more often to try more of the dishes and having a nice glass of wine outside but with so many other Italian restaurants, I probably wouldn't make a special trip here again."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "Food is great and reasonably priced. Great parking and location. You will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "All attributes of the dining experience were more than acceptable. On top of that, Jennifer our waitress hailing from Brooklyn, added extra verve to a top-10 dining experience. The extra attention she afforded our special daughter was greatly appreciated. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Happened on this cute little Resturant thanks to scrolling Open Table! Super nice staff and delicious food! I had the chicken Romano, my husband the Chicken parmesean, and we shared a nice bottle of wine. Has a very nice neighborhood feel. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "The food was really good, lots of choices on the menu. Waitstaff were friendly. Would definitely go back."
    Dined on 10/23/2013
  • "We were there on Sunday afternoon around 5:00 PM. Not too many customers and not enough wait staff."
    Dined on 10/20/2013
  • "Among the frenetic pace of Washington Avenue is this unpretentious casual Italian cafe. The food was as expected because we had seen some nice reviews by prior visitors. We had a nice pizza with goat cheese as an appetizer and it was great. The entrees were equally good. Service was a bit slow but it was a busy night. Many folks seated outside on the street which you can only do on rare evenings in Houston. The carrot cake which we had for dessert was not up to the quality of the other dishes. Reasonably priced. I would recommend and will try again."
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "very good basic italian restaurant. Reasonable. would definitely return"
    Dined on 9/15/2013