Da Marco

4.8
979 reviews
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Italian
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.
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Houston
383 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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

Great but some dishes like the truffle risotto overpriced

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

Service is excellent. Food is great too

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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.

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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!

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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.

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AK
Houston
1 review
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.

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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.

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LG
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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B
New England
3 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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A
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still the best Italian restaurant in Houston! Nothing like the truffle risotto

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GT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful meal and amazing service

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H
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Many interesting dishes to choose drom

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S
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lorenzo, our server, was wonderful. Informative, attentive and focused. His descriptions were spot on. Branzino carpaccio with pine nuts and foil gras was a memorable experience. da Marco is expensive, but unlike many high end restaurants, delivers on its promise.

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SD
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Da Marco is our favorite restaurant for a special night out. The food is always exceptional and the wait staff is friendly and very knowledgeable and helpful with their menu and specials. The Raviolo with egg and ricotta is to die for!

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R
Austin
59 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We started dining at Da Marco when it opened in the late 90's having been gone from the Houston area for a number of years we decided to return to Da Marco with some friends. We had an excellent dinner with their normal outstanding service. Would recommend it to anyone who wants a first class dinner served by an experienced waitstaff.

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SC
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This place is generally good, but for the prices, it needs to be exceptional, which it is not. And my pasta was overcooked, which is pretty lame for a restaurant that touts itself like this one. Overall: overrated!! Not worth it.

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SW
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We had an early reservation, 6:00. It was the only time available. We felt rushed from the beginning. The servers brought our food menus before we ordered drinks. It was not the leisurely dining experience we expected from this type of restaurant.

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AP
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another perfect date night. We were in the back room and it was very nice. We both had the specials and they were fabulous along with excellent service.

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FD
Houston
71 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely anniversary dinner at our favorite restaurant

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JM
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Aumentar las porciones de comida y esperar que el cliente culmine su servicio porque el cliente siempre tiene la razon

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p
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about this restaurant. The wild boar pasta dish was amazing. Service was incredible. Everything we ate was delicious.

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JG
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food and service we know of in Houston. Classic place.

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SE
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Quiet place but it was freezing inside . I could feel
Many people uncomfortable because of the AC on the room in the other side . The food was ok.
If you like to go with group to have a nice conversation that place is perfect . No noisy dishes sound . Dressy and beautiful people.

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VB
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Branzino fish for $200; way too expensive. Service is great they just need to adjust their exorbitant prices.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect.

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MG
Atlanta
30 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing first time experience from service to quality to flavor. Cant wait to come back

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s
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is, by far, the best and most authentic Italian in Houston. It’s consistently tasty and has great service. It’s also consistently a very cold room temp so bring a sweater!!!

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WT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food at Da Marco is delicious and really Italian. The ambiance is nice. We liked the service very much. The parking (valet) is very convenient.

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A
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

wonderful evening and meal. appreciated exceptional service

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p
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always a pleasure! The dover sole and branzino are wonderful not to be outdone by the truffle and risotto app!!

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RW
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best.

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y
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was so delicious. I thoroughly enjoyed the artichoke. The corn chowder was equally as good. The butternut squash pasta was to die for. Excellent snapper with top notch ingredients. Topped it off with a perfectly sized Italian wedding cake and vanilla gelato.

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s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful! Food, service and wine are fabulous!

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DS
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite seasonal food, knowledgeable waiters and a serene setting--a perfect place for a special lunch.

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