The Best Italian Restaurants in Houston

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.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Potente, Divino Italian Restaurant, Quattro - Four Seasons Hotel - Houston
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Italian
Neighborhoods:Downtown, River Oaks
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Potente

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
1,144 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date

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 is innovative, featuri...

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Divino Italian Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
River Oaks
470 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Notable Wine List

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 Houston because the chef...

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Quattro - Four Seasons Hotel - Houston

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
1,209 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

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 of the best Italian ...

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Sorrento Ristorante Italiano

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown / Montrose
2,743 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries

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 the best Italian of ...

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Crisp - Heights

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Heights / Washington
660 reviews
  • Fun
  • Notable Wine List
  • Bar Seating

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 innovative. Expect to fin...

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Damian's Cucina Italiana

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown / Montrose
2,594 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries

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 of the best Italian di...

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Grotto - Downtown Houston

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
993 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays

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 soaring ceilings and beaut...

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Mia Bella Trattoria - Vintage Park

$$$$·Italian·
North Side
902 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem

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 carpaccio, polpette,...

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Via Emilia - The Woodlands

$$$$·Italian·
The Woodlands
1,715 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Notable Wine List

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, and pollo alla marsala...

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Best Ambiance in The Woodlands

Giorgio's Bar & Table at the Hotel Granduca

$$$$·Italian·
Galleria / Uptown
721 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Good for Anniversaries

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 expect attentive service ...

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North Italia – BLVD

$$$$·Italian·
Galleria / Uptown
3,106 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Brunch

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 visitors can expect the very...

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Coppa Osteria

$$$$·Italian·
Rice Village
1,179 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Notable Wine List
  • 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, and margherita pizza...

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La Griglia - Houston

$$$$·Italian·
River Oaks
2,000 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for Anniversaries

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 oenophiles can sampl...

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Amalfi Ristorante Italiano & Bar

$$$$·Italian·
Galleria / Uptown
874 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

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 tablecloths and impeccable ser...

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Piatto Ristorante (Galleria)

$$$$·Italian·
Galleria / Uptown
823 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Authentic

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 attentive and friendly servi...

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Enoteca Rossa

$$$$·Italian·
Bellaire
665 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
  • Cozy

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, with a large selection...

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Da Marco

$$$$·Italian·
Texas
993 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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 either lunch or dinne...

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Birraporetti's - Theater District

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
2,406 reviews
  • Worth the Drive
  • Authentic
  • Good for Birthdays

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 Italian foods, including ...

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Osso & Kristalla

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
448 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch

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 items like lasagna bologn...

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Antica Osteria

$$$$·Italian·
Texas
987 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
  • 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 feels comfortable and...

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