Da Marco

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1006 Reviews
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$50 and over
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Italian

About

You'll get the best pizza and pasta dishes in the city at Marco Wiles' intimate and unassuming little Montrose restaurant. Some of the unusual varieties of fish, such as the branzino (Italian sea bass) are jet-flown in from Italy. The wine list is just as innovative as the food, with lots of crisp Proseccos and unusual Piedmont reds. And the service is exceptional -- unless you ask for spaghetti and meatballs.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm, Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(713) 807-8857
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Marco Wiles
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Private party facilities
Please contact the restaurant for details.
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Private party contact
Nicolas Nikic: (713) 807-8857
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Ridgewood
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Complementary
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Houston
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visiting this Houston establishment. The food was delicious, the staff were very attentive and the atmosphere was cozy. It’s a bit pricey but worth the experience.

LB
San Antonio
11 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I believe this to be among the top restaurants in Houston as well as the state. A must go for anyone wanting authentic italian with a courteous staff.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

Waiter was very unprofessional. I.E. dropped the champagne cork in my water then didn’t bring me a new one, pulled the specials for the day board from our table within 2 mins, did not bring it back over when he realized that they were out of one particular special, etc. Messed up multiple times placing our order and forgot to send items. Tried to blame an unexpectedly busy Saturday night...

Funny part was watching waiter delivery a happy anniversary dish to the wrong table. Not funny part was table beside us belting out racial epithets. Wildly inappropriate

Food was amazing experience was garbage though

h
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice meal. Great service. Always nice evening. Always great food. Nice ambiance

RM
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

A bass fish barely enough for 2 people was 165 dollars very plain no sauces to add flavor to it
an average cab worth 20 dollars a bottle at HEB was sold here anywhere from 200 to 3000 dollars :-(
unless you are super rich and don't mind wasting your money you can come here
Many other places with better food same service and much better value for your $$$

G
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After 10 years, still my favorite restaurant in Houston.
Which is saying something.

OT
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Per usual - excellent service & ambiance.

m
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellently in every way. Eric was our sever and he couldn’t have been more helpful.

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. The service like always the best.

d
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great along with the service!

N
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The combination of Chef Alfredo and Jose waiting at the table is a winner, outstanding, exceptional.

AM
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good overall experience. Food was good. Service was outstanding. Exactly what one would expect of a high quality eatery.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing! Thank you fir making my birthday such a special one!

SO
Houston
39 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The tuna tartar, artichokes, and octopus are excellent appetizers. We split the truffle pasta as a primi which I highly recommend you do because it is very rich. I prefer the white truffles so I suggest waiting until they are available. My husband and I split the branzino which was perfect. The standout dessert was the strawberry cheesecake but it's really more like a mousse. I wanted to lick the plate. My only minor complaint was their failure to update the wine list which did not have 2 of my selections. (Our waiter suggested a wine that was 75% more expensive than the one I had selected.) We did really like the wine chosen by the Somm. Da Marco is an amazing Houston gem for special occasions.

M
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Wonderful but seriously for these prices the facility needs a facelift. Ceiling, restrooms, chairs. All of it needs attention. Service, food and wine spectacular. Waiters are superb. Recover the chairs, put out some fresh ( not plastic) flowers.. spruce up the restrooms, clean the ceilings. Keep the integrity of the understated and simple atmosphere but....It’s time. An old building is charming. An old building without proper attention is not.

AA
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is a top notch and the best Italien food in Houston, is a MUST try and ask for Jose very knowledgeable about the menu.... please, don’t say it expensive or the portions are small NO, it’s a gastronomic restaurant.

t
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and outstanding food. Great for a special occasion.

O
Houston
59 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A longstanding Houston establishment which still meets all the requirements for being one of the best
in the city. Great food, great service, and not so noisy that one can have a conversation without shouting. Decor is simpl.e elegance...always a pleasure to host luncheon or dinner at Da Marco

s
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service as usual! Food was top notch and creative!

SJ
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I made a reservation for 7 people for lunch at 1:30. I double checked with restaurant knowing they closed at 2:00 and was assured that it would be no problem. We felt from the time we walked in -when we were very casually greeted by the maître d' that we were not welcomed. Very unfortunate since we were celebrating a birthday and looking forward to dining here. Unless you know management or are a regular, don't come here. Can't blame service personnel...it's all management.

The table ordered Aperol Spritz from the menu. I asked for an additional shot of Aperol because I felt my drink was lacking and was told, they were out. No wonder my drink was lacking. Should have given us an option to order a different drink vs. shorting the drinks.
Only a matter of time.....the end

F
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Very good food, however some waiters trying to push for most expensive items, totally unnecessary.

S
San Antonio
25 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening and the Branzino was fabulous. .

S
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had not been to Da Marco in several years and it will not be that long til we return. The entire evening was wonderful from the round table in the corner to the warm and efficient waitstaff and our meal was nothing short of divine! The grilled octopus appetizer, the strip and the black spaghetti special were true standouts.

h
Houston
385 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent but this time food was too salty, friend and I were drinking water all afternoon

a
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great but some dishes like the truffle risotto overpriced

AP
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another excellent dinner for special night out. The service was excellent and excellent meals.

TF
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is excellent. Food is great too

SG
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Da Marco is one of the best, if not the best, restaurants in Houston. The food is inventive while maintaining tradition. The sommelier is superb and the service cannot be beat.

MT
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time I’ve been to Da Marco. Incredible in every aspect, as before. The food is incredible. Great, helpful, knowledgeable staff. I wish I could afford to eat there every day!

L
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We had never been and were a little disappointed in the food selections and related prices.

AK
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Most was lovely. Paparadelle special was great. Beef filet special, prime step and desserts were so-so. Ambiance, service and sommelier were spot on.

C
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the wild Italian fish and the ambiance of the restaurant.

LG
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! Food Amazing! Can’t wait to go back.

L
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had lovely lunch. The service, food, and ambiance were great. We will be back.

B
New Orleans
17 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Houston. Everything we have had is delicious. Service is 1st class. Pricey, but well worth it.

I
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again incredible service. I can count the restaurants in this country with this quality of service on the fingers of one hand. Absolutely impeccable. The food is out of this world. I cannot get enough of this place.

MM
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It’s a very old school rich people kinda place. Lots of waiters running everywhere, classic old home type feel, and typical multiple course meal.

Service was great, food was excellent but the portions were very small. Nearly impossible to share anything and VERY expensive. It was a fun experience and I love the old school atmosphere over the more modern restaurant scene but likely won’t be back any time too soon.

CP
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

The food was not good. I had the potato gnocchis, with not much explanation on the menu I did not know it had squid in it. Not really a big deal because I do enjoy a well made squid but for medical reasons I shouldn’t eat squid. It was very bland. My daughter had lobster ravioli which was decent but the main flavor was butter.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best restaurant you will ever eat at. Everything about it is amazing.

B
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Over the years, Da Marco has consistently been Houston’s best restaurant-and it still is.

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