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Best Contemporary Italian Restaurants in River Oaks


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A photo of Lombardi Cucina Italiana - Houston restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Contemporary italian • Westside
Booked 96 times today
*Please note- reservations are only accepted via OpenTable or by calling the restaurant directly*Lombardi Cucina Italiana is a celebration of authentic Italian cuisine with a modern touch. The menu features a large selection "fatto a Mano" pastas as well as an extensive array of fresh fish, meats and produce. The curated beverage program has a vast selection of worldly wines and handcrafted signature cocktails. Our forward thinking cocktail menu uses innovative ingredients from the kitchen, such as prosciutto, rosemary and amarene. The wine list will represent all main wine regions of the world, with a primary focus on the Italian Peninsula, Lombardi Cucina Italiana's atmosphere will remind you of an open air villa in Italy, surrounded by olive trees, Italian marble and Venetian Chandeliers. Their luxurious bar and cocktail lounge is the perfect setting for an evening of relaxation, while listening to live entertainment.
A photo of Coppa Osteria restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • Rice Village
Booked 63 times today
Coppa Osteria is highly recommended for its excellent contemporary Italian cuisine with reviews frequently highlighting the restaurant's exceptional service and food quality. Visitors enjoy a range of authentic dishes, including homemade pasta with Bolognese, octopus carpaccio, and brick chicken. Despite the bustling atmosphere, staff are both attentive and professional, ensuring a great dining experience. The impressive wine selection accompaniments the Italian fare well, with the Italian rose and espresso martini favored by many. Even when busy, service never feels rushed and guests appreciate the thoughtful menu recommendations. Despite being a bit loud at times, Coppa Osteria's high-energy ambiance enhances its contemporary Italian dining experience. One reviewer notes Coppa Osteria as their "go-to for the best Italian in town," showcasing its reputation for truly delightful dining.
A photo of Fiori restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Contemporary italian • Montrose
Booked 19 times today
"Fiori" distinguishes itself as an authentic Italian restaurant due to numerous positive reviews from customers who have experienced its service and cuisine. Situated in Houston, the restaurant boasts a beautiful and comfortable ambiance, complete with a flower shop. The owner and chef, both Italian, are praised for offering true Italian specialties that never disappoint. Reviewers call attention to the chef's unique dishes, such as fried lamb chops, and the careful attention given to presenting high-quality ingredients in dishes, such as the lobster ravioli and the Amatriciana. Furthermore, the restaurant's service, presentation, and ambiance have won approval from both Italian locals and visitors alike. Indeed, customers laud the professional staff, the engaging events and live music, and the restaurant's commitment to the authenticity of Italian cuisine. Fiori's reputation as Houston's best Italian restaurant is thus well-deserved.
A photo of North Italia – BLVD restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • Galleria / Uptown
Booked 64 times today
North Italia – BLVD is held in high regard for its authentic Italian cuisine by its patrons. Customers rave about the exquisite menu, which includes Wild Shrimp Scampi, Braised Short Rib Lumache, and a Bolognese touted as a house specialty, to name just a few. The reviews highlight a "wonderful" experience from start to finish, with the "best short ribs" and "best fried calamari" some patrons have ever had. "The appetizer of the calamari was sensational", a reviewer shared. Other testimonials describe the Italian eatery as "always a wonderful experience," with "amazing" food and "fun, lively atmosphere". The restaurant's notable quality, service, and ambiance further establish North Italia – BLVD as one of the finest Italian establishments.
A photo of Mia Bella Trattoria - Greenway Plaza restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • Upper Kirby / Shepherd Corridor
Booked 22 times today
Mia Bella Trattoria at Greenway Plaza consistently delights its patrons with high-quality Italian cuisine. Numerous reviews rave about the amazing service, delicious food, and pleasurable ambiance. Many customers celebrate special occasions here and plan to return, indicating satisfaction with their experience. Their fresh pasta dishes are favorites, and the risotto and grilled artichokes receive high praise as well. Some patrons have called it one of the best Italian restaurants in the Houston area. Mia Bella has a extensive menu that keeps customers wanting to return and try new dishes. The friendly, attentive staff and management ensure every meal is perfectly prepared, contributing significantly to the restaurant's overall appeal.
A photo of Enoteca Rossa restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Contemporary italian • Bellaire
Booked 21 times today
Enoteca Rossa, located in Houston, consistently garners praise for its authentic Italian culinary expertise. Customers hail it as their favorite, and some even consider it as the best Italian cuisine in Houston. Reviewers have delighted in its variety of dishes, from outstanding calamari, beet salad, and scallops over risotto, to the classic chicken parmigiana and linguine with clams. The restaurant's lively ambiance, friendly service, and extensive wine selection contribute to its genuine Italian dining experience. The consistent quality and freshness of food, combined with the traditional Italian atmosphere, have made Enoteca Rossa a precious gem among the gastronomy scene.
A photo of Crisp - Heights restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • Heights / Washington
Booked 1 time today
Crisp - Heights located in the vibrant Heights neighborhood, is highly praised for offering delectable Contemporary Italian cuisine. Featured in rave reviews for its diverse offerings, the restaurant has been commended for dishes like short rib on polenta, risotto, and meatballs. Customers have especially enjoyed the pizza, stating it to be a must-try. Other highlights noted in reviews are the welcoming atmosphere, the attentive service, and the exceptional wine selection. Reviewers invariably recommend Crisp for everything from casual nights out to double dates. The restaurant certainly leaves a lasting impression with its combination of Italian culinary traditions and modern flavors.
A photo of Passerella - Washington restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Contemporary italian • Heights / Washington
Booked 5 times today
Passerella in Washington receives glowing reviews for its excellent Italian cuisine. Reviewers are thrilled with the new branch, highlighting the attractive design as well as the diverse menu, featuring traditional red sauce Italian and seafood dishes. Furthermore, their specialities such as lobster penne, scallops wrapped in prosciutto, and branzino with pesto risotto have all been highly praised. The attentive and knowledgeable staff adds to the overall experience, greeting guests with complimentary Prosecco and providing recommendations. Many diners are already planning return visits, testament to the quality and satisfaction that Passerella offers, elevating it into the ranks of beloved Italian restaurants.
A photo of Giorgio's Bar & Table at the Hotel Granduca restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Contemporary italian • Galleria / Uptown
Booked 2 times today
Giorgio's Bar & Table at the Hotel Granduca in Houston is a lauded favorite among aficionados of Italian cuisine. From their inviting patio setting to the exceptional service, guests are treated to an unforgettable dining experience. As several reviews mention, the Northern Italian cuisine is 'spot on', with the Tagliatelle pasta, risotto, and Tiramisu emerging as popular choices. The menu captures an Italian flair and the chef has been highly praised for his skill and creativity. Additionally, the ambiance is beautifully decorated and elevated by live piano music, creating a captivating dining environment. Lastly, the restaurant is touted as an ideal location for business meetings and events.
A photo of Weights and Measures restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • Midtown
Booked 6 times today
All of our dishes are crafted from scratch, including our handmade pastas and pizzas. We offer a selection of wood fired pizzas, including our famous Roasted Carrot Pizza (so good that it was feature in the Food Network). Our Lunch is great for Business Lunches and our Dinner is the best place to enjoy a relaxed & fair experience. Don’t miss Brunch, as some consider it the best in Houston.We have also partner up with Love Croissants, to offer the best croissants in H-Town. You can smell the baking of the croissants before opening our doors. Don't miss the almond one! They are available, starting daily at 7am, along with locally roasted coffee and fresh juices in our bake shop. Our bar stands ready to bring you the most delicious libations in the city. We offer a full array of spirits, beers and wines selected from the US and abroad.Our ultimate goal is to create a comfortable, sincere and welcoming place for everyone to dine, relax, socialize and share great experiences.
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