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Prima Pasta

4.1
19 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for Groups

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About

Stepping inside Prima Pasta in Houston is like stepping foot in Italy. Aside from the windows that provide street views of the surrounding neighborhood, large murals featuring views of waterways and Italian shops transport diners to another time and place. Prima Pasta offers up Italian fare in a warm, inviting and family-friendly environment that is filled with a relaxing and somewhat intimate ambiance.

The main menu contains several Italian classics such as calamari fritti, pasta primavera, shrimp scampi and red snapper. There is also a vegetarian menu with tossed green salad, eggplant parmesan panini, vegetable lasagna and fettuccine alfredo. Prima Pasta also offers catering and family-sized portions to accommodate large groups and special events.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation

Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm.
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm.
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Phone number
(713) 666-4047
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Dorrington St
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Public transit
Metro stop right in front of restaurant.
Additional
Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1based on all time ratings
4.1
food
4.3
service
4.1
ambience
4.3
value
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5.0Dined on December 28, 2015

Very friendly staff, excellent food, all made to our special requests.

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3.0Dined on November 26, 2015

I thought this was a true Italian restaurant but I was way off. The place is not authentic Italian food so if you are looking for that I would suggest you find another place. Overall the food was okay. The place wasn't real clean.

I would not go back.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2015

Very good Italian that is freshly prepared for a reasonable price. We will return!

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4.0Dined on November 11, 2015

Really enjoyed this cozy local dining restaurant. Owner greeted us and spent time with at our table. Meal was nice and well presented. We'll try to return while we're in town.

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4.0Dined on November 6, 2015

Nice quiet little Italian restaurant. Large helpings so bring an appetite. Not your conventional preparation but more traditional. Had the spaghetti in meat sauce with meat balls which was delicious and hearty. Lots of large portions of fresh vegetables mixed in with the sauce which I have never had prepared that way before except for in Little Italy in NY. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on November 3, 2015

The food, service, location, and staff were nothing short of excellent! We were celebrating the cancer free report for our 23 year old beautiful, special, special, young lady that has been fighting this dread disease for more than three years. God is so good!
The choice to meet at Prima Pasta made the evening a night to remember. Thank you for allowing us to make the evening a moment to always remember!

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5.0Dined on October 9, 2015

Congratulations to owner because he is always there taking care of the business, and to the staff for being very helpfull, excelent service...and very friendly

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3.0Dined on August 14, 2015

We met another couple for a night out and chose Prima Pasta for our dinner location. This place has a great ambient feel inside IF you aren't sat by the kitchen doors. It was busy, so we got over that... But what we couldn't over look was the subpar service from our waitress. She was NOT attentive, we constantly had to flag her down to remove empty food plates, and to refill glasses in front of us. So irritating and frankly she really killed what would have been a overall enjoyable dinner. Food was decent and I would have like to go back... But great service is everything!!

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4.0Dined on May 7, 2015

Location isn't great, but food was excellent. I had the beef lasagna - large portion and delicious.

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4.0Dined on January 1, 2015

We went on New Year's Day with my daughter and her family for dinner. The food was really delicious and the portions were very generous. We're big eaters and we had take-home boxes. There was a very good traditional Italian menu along with Americanized favorites. Prices are great and service was attentive. It's close to the zoo.

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5.0Dined on October 24, 2014

We have been going to Prima Pasta for years and absolutely love this place. The food is amazing, the staff are so good at making you feel like you're family, and the ambiance is very quaint.

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2014

overall a very nice experience and many of us will return

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2014

The food is great and Stephanie is the best!

We drive from the Beltway & I-10 to eat at Prima Pasta. Definitely worth the drive and ask for Stephanie, you'll get
the best service ever!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2014

The ambience and cuisine were extremely impressive. My date and I had a wonderful time!

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2014

Came here for Valentine's Day. Server was very good. I had the Pasta Primo and a lasagna. I enjoyed the pasta. The red sauce was not my favorite, as I tend to like it more acidic, and this was more sweet. I think that is just a personal preference. The desserts were delicious though. We had the tres leches ( I know, its weird for an Italian restaurant) and the tiramissou. Both were great. There was a musician playing and I received a rose when we left. Overall, pretty tasty, affordable, and great service.

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2014

She was a great waitress, always attentive and very friendly.

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2.0Dined on August 2, 2013

The atmosphere at this place is awesome. Everyone was really friendly and nice, but the food was just average at best. This is a really neat place, but the food just didn't do it for me.

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4.0Dined on July 26, 2013

Not fancy, old time, old school, casual with funky guitarist. Lovely, friendly service and very reasonable prices. Yummmmm.....

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2.0Dined on July 15, 2013

Pasta is part of their name however, pasta is not what they do best. My husband asked for linguine with pesto and the cook had never heard of pesto. They asked us if we could tell him how to make it. We could but they did not have the ingredients to do it. The antipasto was a joke. No Italian has ever had an antipasto like they serve, basically a salad with canned sliced black olives and no cheese of any kind. One of the most disappointing places we have eaten.

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