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Permanently Closed - Arcodoro - Houston

4.5
786 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Authentic

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Italian restaurateur Efisio Farris is putting the island of Sardinia on the map as he gains international acclaim for his rustic traditional Italian cuisine. Arcodoro, a Galleria area jewel, sweeps you away to the flavors of the Mediterranean as you taste homemade pastas, award winning steaks, and the freshest seafood. Specialties include carpaccios, risottos, baked whole fish, wood fired pizzas and Arcodoro's award winning homemade pastas. Efisio invites you to sip Arcodoro's Gold Medal EFIX Prosecco in the Doro Lounge. Enjoy Arcodoro in the formal dining room, casual grill, al fresco on either of our two patios or in one of three private dining rooms.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood, Pizzeria
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm

Brunch: Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Late Night Menu: Thursday - Saturday: 10:30pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(713) 621-6888
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Efisio Farris
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Private party facilities
Have it ALL! Wedding events or large corporate receptions are welcome to utilize the Arcodoro Main Dining Room and our private rooms for seated lunches and dinners for up to 120 and buffets for up to 200. We welcome the chance to work with you for your next celebration.
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Private party contact
Lori Farris: (713) 621-6858
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Catering
Arcodoro is happy to bring the flavors of Sardinia to your home or office. They offer a range of catering options from box lunches and drop off of antipasto trays to elaborate chef-prepared meals with full service staffing. Contact their event office to find the Arcodoro solution to your next event.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Post Oak Blvd
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Parking details
Complimentary valet, patrolled parking lot
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cigar Room, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.5
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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

One of the best Italian food - ! Great, exceptional service!

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

The best Italian place in Houston

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Awesome service and food. They will even let your kids prepare their own pizza. Authentic italian food due to ingredients.

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2018

Great service and presentation of the specials.

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5.0Dined on January 22, 2018

A most requested venue for my brother when visiting from out of state. Food delicious and service spot on and friendly . A bit pricey as was the Branzino more so, which my brother loves. Decor is well done and the restaurant atmosphere comfortable . Every one enjoyed the food and wine, albeit a bit on the high side for the wine. Will most likely be there for his next visit

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

OMG that ravioli!

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1.0Dined on January 6, 2018

This is the one italian restaurant in the area we had never tried before. So my wife and our 2 kids (6 and 3 years old) had a reservation at the restaurant for 6PM on a Saturday night. We arrived on time. The restaurant did not have a single person in it at that time. The host began to seat us at a table in the lobby of the restaurant, no in the main dining room. Since it was a cold day in Houston, and the table offered us would picking up a draft whenever the front door was opened I immediately asked if we could be seated in the main dining room. However, the host said they do not allow children in the main dining room (even though there was no one in it). He said not to worry "everything will be fine" at the table he had offered us. I have never been to a restaurant that discriminates against kids like this. We left Arcodoro and instead went to Amalfi Ristorante a few blocks down the street on Westheimer and had a great dinner - fantastic food, atmosphere, and service. Would NOT recommend Arcodoro to anyone. With service like theirs, I can see why they were empty on a Saturday night !!!

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

The staff is very friendly and knowledgable; the restaurant has been around a long time and the service is professional, comfortable, and well done. The food is Sardinian Italian, and it is well done. They are also very flexible in accommodating special requests and special diets. I would go back again.

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

I am have eaten in this restaurant 11 years ago, it still offer the best quality food and kept the wonderful atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

The most authentic Italian restaurant in Texas

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5.0Dined on December 20, 2017

This is one of my go-to spots for dining - whether with family, friends or for business. This visit was a business lunch. In addition to the consistently excellent food and superior service, I was actually able to hear and be heard without the need to shout across the table to my dining companion - an oasis of calm in a sea of noise!

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4.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Great Italian wines!! Food is always good. A wonderful neighborhood restaurant that is sometimes forgotten. Will definitely return!!

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5.0Dined on December 12, 2017

As always, wonderful service from knowledgeable staff with excellent food and unique wines. I always pick 1 of the specials and love it!

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Wonderful first experience !

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5.0Dined on November 15, 2017

The Tuna lunch special was "special"! Impeccable service and exceptional breads, too.

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3.0Dined on November 14, 2017

Fairly poor service. Had to ask for refill on bread 2x. Had to ask for water refill 2x. Waiter kept us waiting to take order for 20 minutes!!! Very understaffed considering the large table of conventioneers nearby and the additional room filled with diners.

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

One of the best in Houston and all of Texas, this is an authentic Italian restaurant with perfect service - down to the Italian-speaking wait staff! Perfecto!

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2017

This single diner enjoyed a great Friday evening meal in this beautiful but nearly empty restaurant featuring fare from Sardinia. It is hard to know why there were so few patrons, but one factor might have been the 3rd game of the 2017 World Series being played in Houston that evening. I started with the house Sardinian soup. It was complex in flavor - with oysters, a fairly clear broth and fregola pasta. I enjoyed the pasta special, which was lobster in a spicy "al diavolo" red sauce on fettuccine (pictured). Again a wonderful balance of flavors and a reasonable portion size. I ended the meal with assorted biscotti served with "vin santo" for dipping. The waiter, owner and even one of the other patrons all were speaking Italian. The extensive wine list features a variety of Italian, Sardinian and Sicilian wines. A special treat was the fantastic live music by a bass/saxophone jazz duo. While the young sax player was somewhat distracted by the world series game on a silent television behind the bar, he still was very good. The bass player was the more seasoned professional. She was a real virtuoso and provided several wonderful solos. It's a shame there were not more people present to enjoy their music.

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5.0Dined on October 5, 2017

Love this place...Service is always first class and the food is wonderful. They have a nice wine selection as well.

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4.0Dined on September 26, 2017

Wait staff was great and food was very good. House wine could have been better.

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5.0Dined on September 25, 2017

When I am in Houston, I usually go and have lunch in the Arcodoro.

I love the food and the 5 star service.

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2.0Dined on September 22, 2017

Use to be a great place to go. Service wasn't great. And food was average. Not the same. Sat us in a smoking area outside in the corner because we brought a small service dog with papers. By law a service dog can be anywhere including inside. They wouldn't even let us sit on their regular patio which wasn't even 20% occupied. Wouldn't recommend to a friend. Felt we were being rushed to leave.

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4.0Dined on September 3, 2017

Great food and Outstanding service!

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5.0Dined on August 18, 2017

Great service and amazing food!

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5.0Dined on August 15, 2017

Ephisio and his staff take excellent personal care and interest in their customers and service. They are clearly there to create a warm friendly atmosphere and cater to your specific interests and needs. Thanks for a great evening.

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1.0Dined on August 12, 2017

We arrived at 7:20 for our 7:15 reservation- he told me that he thought we weren't showing up so they either gave away our table or had nothing set up. We waited about 10 minutes and they quickly set up a table next to the bar at the entrance to the kitchen. Needless to say it was not the dining room that I expected. It was uncomfortable as waiters constantly passed our table and the air conditioning was not working well. He later came and apologized which was appreciated but he could have moved us to the formal dining area as my wife and kids were dressed formally for the dinner - we ate at the bar for casual diners. Not at all welcoming!!!

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2017

Too many good things to say about Arcodoro. The Staff was beyond knowledgeable of the foods and wines, super attentive and engaging. We opted to do the Houston Restaurant Month Menu and it was done well.
We enjoyed the authenticity of the food and the restaurant and would definitely recommend this place to others as well as look forward to returning to dine again.

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4.0Dined on August 6, 2017

Lovely relaxed atmosphere, beautifully decorated. Food was very good, all Italian-wine
list, several by the glass. Not your typical Italian menu, very different Sardinian food such as whole fish baked in rock salt. We always like to try new places for Houston Restaurant Weeks and this was a hit--we will return. We had Sunday brunch, I ordered from HRW menu my husband ordered roasted pork from the reg menu.

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2017

The food was good, however I don't think the portions were large enough. The appetizer had only the one ricotta bite, easily could have been 2 or 3 per person. The dessert serving size was fine. The entree serving was borderline on size. I don't normally like large portions, but these were bordering on small even for me. My pasta with tempura soft shell crab actually had a grainy area in it that was very unappetizing. Not sure what it was, almost like sand?? The area we sat in was great, nice and quiet.

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2017

Atención excelente , muy buena recomendación de vino , pedimos un vino reserva de 1990 pero nos explicaron que esos vinos requieren más tiempo de oxigenación antes de tomarse y nos recomendaron muy atinadamente probar otro Con características similares pero más joven. La comida deliciosa, especialmente el risotto con trufa negra y el osobucco
Definitivamente regresaremos !

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4.0Dined on July 20, 2017

This is a classic restaurant. Always good food and drinks...with superb service

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2017

Hadn't been here in quite a while...the lobster special brought me back. We were all saying why haven't we been here more often? Great food, service was perfect, ladies lunching able to talk and hear each other as not noisy as waiter came by only to see if we needed something without hovering!

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2017

Always solid. We only had the prosciutto salad as a pre dinner snack and it was sooooo good. Must try!

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2017

Fabulous food, service & ambiance! Also, wonderful wine list!

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2017

We were visiting Houston for one night and took the recommendation of the hotel staff to eat here. This authentic Italian restaurant had a wonderful menu selection including a few specials not on the menu. The wait staff was wonderful and made some great recommendations. The food was excellent and everyone in our group loved what they ordered. I would definitely go back again.

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2017

Great food and service.

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2017

Excellent food and service and reasonably priced. We had a lovely meal.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2017

What a wonderful anniversary dinner! My wife and I decided to dine at Arcodoro for our second anniversary and Effisio and his entire staff went above and beyond and did an excellent job. The service was attentive and warm. The team never made us feel rushed yet they anticipated all our needs perfectly. The food was superb and the atmosphere was just what we wanted on a romantic evening. The service really stood out as they made great wine recommendations and went above and beyond to make us feel special. The dessert platter and homemade lemoncello topped off a fantastic night. All the courses were perfect from the light and flavorful imported buffala mozzarella salad, the melt in your mouth crudo de pesce, imported Sardinian pasta with lamb to the perfectly cooked ribeye! All were delicious! They went really well with the Sardinian wine that is the private label of the house. It was excellent and a great recommendation. This is not you spaghetti and meatballs place so don't expect that. Arcodoro is a true Italian gem in the heart of the galleria. I suggest to expand your horizons and give real Italian food a try and you will not be disappointed! Mille Grazie!!!!

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Food was outstanding, as always!!

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

We went for Mother's Day brunch. The service was excellent; knowledgeable, prompt, helpful, and proud of their restaurant, but unobtrusive. We went early and had half the restaurant to ourselves, but even when it got busier, and we had full tables around us, we could converse with inside voices and be heard clearly. The food was served hot and delicious. It was a wonderful meal at a great restaurant. We would definitely refer our friends and family here.

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