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The Best Italian Restaurants in Houston

The OpenTable Team

Houston, Texas is a town close to the Gulf of Mexico and is known for its hot, bayou climate and for being the home of NASA's Johnson Space Center. Houstonians take pride in all their town has to offer, and they're known for two things in particular: warm Texas hospitality and delicious food. There are countless restaurants in Houston that make the map for being culinary standouts. Ask a local and you’re bound to get the most accurate read on the pulse of the restaurant scene. So, we looked at our data to find where the most in-the-know locals are going for the best Italian food in H-Town—here’s where they’re dining now.

Restaurants:Potente, Divino Italian Restaurant, Quattro - Four Seasons Hotel - Houston
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Italian
Neighborhoods:Downtown, River Oaks
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Potente

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
646 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Dining at Potente feels like dining in a stunning Italian villa. Visitors who choose to eat here will be impressed both with the setting and with their meal. The menu at Potente isRead more
90% recommended
Italian in Houston
12 people mentioned the Truffle Pasta

Divino Italian Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
River Oaks
412 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Cozy
Wine lovers will love the chance to dine at Divino Italian Restaurant, which is also celebrated as one of the best wine bars in town. Divino serves some of the best Italian in HousRead more
100% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Houston
10 people mentioned the Goat Cheese Ravioli
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Quattro - Four Seasons Hotel - Houston

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
1,185 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
One of the best hotel restaurants in all of Houston is Quattro — the fancy spot for upscale dining at the Four Seasons. This formal restaurant with an elegant interior serves some Read more
90% recommended
Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in Houston
27 people mentioned the Caviar

Sorrento Ristorante Italiano

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown / Montrose
2,269 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
For a romantic date night, there's no better place than Sorrento Ristorante Italiano. Not only does Sorrento offer a stunning, candlelit, sumptuous atmosphere, it also has some of Read more
95% recommended
Italian in Houston
25 people mentioned the Roasted Garlic

Crisp - Heights

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Heights / Washington
498 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
CRISP is one of the most casual places on this list, and is well-known for great Italian dishes, as well as an excellent selection of wine and beers. The Italian food here is innovRead more
86% recommended
90 people mentioned the Crisps
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Damian's Cucina Italiana

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown / Montrose
2,267 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Damian's is undoubtedly a Houston classic. The restaurant has been open for 30 years, and it is highly regarded for its impeccable service and dependably good Italian food. Some ofRead more
96% recommended
Italian in Houston
22 people mentioned the Bread Bowl

Grotto - Downtown Houston

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
703 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Business Meals
Grotto is a chain that serves authentic homemade Italian classics. Its Downtown Houston location stands out for dishing out exceptional food in an impressive atmosphere with soarinRead more
96% recommended
6 people mentioned the Calamari

Mia Bella Trattoria - Vintage Park

$$$$·Italian·
North Side
643 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Creative Cuisine
Mia Bella Trattoria's Vintage Park location is popular and beloved, so the restaurant is usually filled with buzzing energy and happy diners. On the menu there are items like beef Read more
91% recommended
6 people mentioned the Ahi Tuna

Via Emilia - The Woodlands

$$$$·Italian·
The Woodlands
1,202 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Via Emilia serves Northern Italian cuisine that qualifies as some of the best Italian in Houston. Diners can enjoy dishes like burrata e prosciutto, Italian sausage and peppers, anRead more
99% recommended
Special Occasion in Houston
21 people mentioned the Osso Buco

Ristorante Cavour at the Hotel Granduca

$$$$·Italian·
Galleria / Uptown
654 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
Five-star Hotel Granduca, in the Uptown part of Houston, houses Ristorante Cavour, a restaurant serving some of the best Italian in Houston. This is an upscale restaurant, so expecRead more
Best Ambiance in Houston
7 people mentioned the Osso Bucco

North Italia – BLVD

$$$$·Italian·
Galleria / Uptown
2,446 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Lunch
  • Fun
There are multiple locations of North Italia across the U.S., but one of the best and most popular is in Houston. The food at North Italia is created by hand every day, so visitorsRead more
94% recommended
Most Booked in Houston
42 people mentioned the Calamari
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Coppa Osteria

$$$$·Italian·
Rice Village
837 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Coppa Osteria is a trendy Italian restaurant that offers classic meals in a contemporary setting. Visitors to Coppa Osteria will find items like shrimp scampi, meatballs al forno, Read more
93% recommended
142 people mentioned the Coppa
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La Griglia - Houston

$$$$·Italian·
River Oaks
1,587 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
Wine lovers will be in heaven at La Griglia, an Italian restaurant and wine bar in the River Oaks neighborhood in Houston. The wine list has wines from all 20 regions of Italy, so Read more
92% recommended
11 people mentioned the Mushroom Lasagna

Amalfi Ristorante Italiano & Bar

$$$$·Italian·
Galleria / Uptown
548 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Amalfi Ristorante Italiano & Bar is another award-winning restaurant where diners can find the best Italian in Houston. It offers an upscale dining experience with white tableclothRead more
89% recommended
Italian in Houston
7 people mentioned the Short Rib

Piatto Ristorante (Galleria)

$$$$·Italian·
Galleria / Uptown
671 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Business Meals
  • Special Occasion
Piatto's philosophy is that every person who walks through the door should feel like family. The restaurant does that well by creating a warm and inviting interior, having attentivRead more
97% recommended
Best Value in Houston
24 people mentioned the Asparagus Appetizer

Enoteca Rossa

$$$$·Italian·
Bellaire
454 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
Located in Houston's Bellaire neighborhood, Enoteca Rossa is one of the city's most popular wine bars and Italian restaurants. The restaurant has a straightforward Italian menu, wiRead more
87% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Houston
6 people mentioned the Calamari

Da Marco

$$$$·Italian·
Texas
1,006 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
For some of the best Italian in Houston, check out Da Marco. Da Marco is a Tuscan restaurant that serves fine Italian food in an upscale, white tablecloth setting. Diners can eat eRead more
92% recommended
16 people mentioned the Short Rib
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Birraporetti's - Theater District

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
2,250 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
There's a reason that Birraporettis has been open in for more than 40 years: It serves some of the best Italian in Houston. This local favorite has a huge menu of traditional ItaliRead more
96% recommended
21 people mentioned the Garlic Bread

Osso & Kristalla

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
295 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for a Date
Osso and Kristalla is one of the newest Italian restaurants in Houston. The atmosphere is upscale and trendy, and diners rave about the food. Visitors will enjoy popular menu itemsRead more
91% recommended
6 people mentioned the Calamari

Antica Osteria

$$$$·Italian·
W. University / Med Center
928 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
For a meal that feels like dining in a warm, welcoming home, diners should choose Antica Osteria. The owners of the restaurant created their eatery to offer visitors a place that fRead more
96% recommended
Italian in Houston
14 people mentioned the Veal Piccata
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