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Polovina Italian Cafe
Polovina Italian Cafe

Polovina Italian Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.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
  • "Had a nice lunch at Polovina - nothing particularly stood out, but everything was pleasant, and the service was friendly and well-paced."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "The staff was gracious and helpful in making arrangements for a special 50th birthday party with friends. The waiter provided great service and the food was terrific. Guests were allowed to mingle and enjoy appetizers and wine with no pressure to rush into dinner. A fantastic evening. Love dining with local entrepreneurs. We'll be back. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We were the only customers and service was good, but could have been great. The staff was nice. The food prices are reasonable on the menu, but then the cost of the food goes up once you receive your small than normal portion sized meal. The place looked nice and was comfortable; however."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "With a 3 yr old, this place is great. Offers gluten-free pastas for my daughter. Has a decent wine selection. Good prices. Great outdoor area even though it's on a busy street. Good service. They are never very busy so they often don't have some items on the menu which is a bit frustrating but we continue to go back for the consistently good food and gelato :)"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "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
  • "My husband was looking for a new place to try and suggested Polovino. We were pleasantly surprised; first by the extensive menu. We started with sausage and peppers and when we asked that the sausage not be sliced they were accommodating. He had rigatoni bolognese with extra sauce and I had a delicious thin crust pizza. We shared an outstanding gelato to end the meal. Parking was plentiful. We would definitely return."
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "very good basic italian restaurant. Reasonable. would definitely return"
    Dined on 9/15/2013
  • "our group of 6 enjoyed dinner and the service was excellent!"
    Dined on 8/24/2013
  • "Not only is this place exceptional in many ways, it is educated on special diet needs and made every effort to insure I enjoyed my eating experience. Some of the best gluten free I have ever eaten!!! Thank you Polovina, you are the best in my book!!"
    Dined on 8/23/2013
  • "I celebrated my 34th bday here. The waitress and staff were patient, consistent and welcoming!! The food was excellent and the services was great! Everyone was pleased. It felt like home!! Thank you so much!!!"
    Dined on 6/14/2013
  • "nice little Italian Restaurant-the food id ordinary however and the wine list pretty standard-it does have byob though and the neighborhood seemed to be enjoying it--it is kid friendly and this is where I would bring grand children -they are very nice and the service was attentive. value good for the money"
    Dined on 6/7/2013
  • "We visited Polovina Italian Cafe for Mother's Day brunch. I don't think they usually serve brunch, so the staff seemed a little unprepared and confused. There was something wrong/missing from every one of the six meals we ordered. The food was okay, but I don't think brunch is their specialty. The restaurant is really cute and has a lot of specialty cheeses, meats, wine and gelato. I think the atmosphere would be perfect for a casual Italian dinner. I hope to try Polovina's for dinner the next time I'm in Houston and hopefully the service will be better this time around."
    Dined on 5/12/2013
  • "Really good food, nice ambiance, and superb waitstaff. Excellent "bang for your buck.""
    Dined on 5/12/2013
  • "I looked all over town for a restaurant that would take a large reservation during the lunch hours, and took a chance on the Polovina Italian Cafe. We had a wonderful experience! The table was ready when we arrived. The food was served timely and everyone seemed to enjoy their meal. The very best part though was that we were able to enjoy a leisurely meal, never felt hurried, nor ignored. This was a family event - a graduation - and we all wanted to catch up with each other. It worked out so well."
    Dined on 5/11/2013
  • "First time eating here, and we pleased. The food was excellent, and the service was great. We were catching up with friends and never felt rushed or neglected. We would go back."
    Dined on 4/24/2013
  • "Good neighborhood place in the Heights/Washington Ave. Pizza is a must as is the whole-wheat pasta additions. Skip some of the salads as the mediterranean was nothing special. Language was a bit of a barrier with our wait-person but she was attentive. Some will like the BYOB."
    Dined on 4/20/2013
  • "We came here on a Friday night. There were 4 of us. We orignally came becuaes of the BYOB policy. We all brought some wine and there was only a $5 corking fee. The service was great and there was always someone catering to our needs. We ordered Calamari for an appetizer and it was a large enough amount to share between the 4 of us. We next all ordered salads and mine ( a cesaer) was delicious. We all shared margarita pizzas and i have to say that they were probaly one of the best i have ever had. They are cooked in a brick oven and you can watch them cook your pizza. 2 pizzas was more than enough to share between 4 girls. I will definitely come back here soon."
    Dined on 4/12/2013
  • "The staff at Polovina took very good care of our party of five. There were a few delays on food and drinks, for which they were very apologetic. We were quite surprised that half our check had been taken off by the manager. Try the pizza, the crust is perfectly thin and crispy from their brick oven."
    Dined on 3/31/2013
  • "For some reason I thought Polovina's would be full but there were only 3-4 other tables that had guests. The food at Polovina was ok to good but a little pricy for what you get. The waiter while attentive was a little pushy. It was as if he needed us to order,eat, and get out so the table would be free, but like I said there weren't that many people there to begin with."
    Dined on 3/31/2013
  • "We visited Polovina for Easter Brunch. Service was very slow and they ran out of eggs! However, the food was very good and we will certainly visit again...probably for an evening snack of pizza and BYOB wine ($5 corkage fee) on the patio."
    Dined on 3/31/2013
  • "We had an 11:00 reservation on Easter. We were one of about 3 or 4 tables seated. We ordered around 11:10 and waited over 45 minutes for our food while tables around us who were seated after us were served. Our waiter was very nice and just as frustrated as we were with how slow and disorganized the kitchen was. Very disappointed!"
    Dined on 3/31/2013