Amalfi Ristorante Italiano & Bar

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The western coast of Italy summons visions of gorgeous views, salty air, and the freshest seafood & produce imaginable. Leave your passport at the door – Executive Chef/Owner Giancarlo Ferrara invites you to experience the tastes, aromas, and passions of his homeland right here in Houston through a culinary experience years in the making. The inspired menu at Amalfi emphasizes fresh seafood, vivid citrus, and cozy olive oil in addition to fresh pastas, an assortment of meats, family-made cheeses, cleanly crafted cocktails, and an extensive, thoughtful wine list. Here at Amalfi we strive to offer a warm setting in which to celebrate and cherish both everyday moments and significant milestones. Please visit soon; we look forward to sharing our kitchen with you.
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C
Houston
107 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service. Very well run restaurant all around. The ambience is elegant yet very friendly. Menu is quite varied with wonderful, authentic Italian dishes. Tonight we had Ossibuco, Branzino, Beef Carpaccio, various good salads and caramel brûlée and rum baba. Great meal!

ST
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! Service was great and what a nice, cozy spot. We sat outside because the inside was quite loud. But, if you don't mind the noise, it's a very lovely restaurant inside with a warm, intimate feel.
the patio was nice too. We will definitely be back!

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

Amalfi is the absolute best and only real Italian restaurant in the Houston area.
The service is provided by professional waiters and not by people only working as servers till they find another job.
Steve W

g
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice service, real Italian food and good ambience.

A
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very lively inside restaurant. Went Saturday evening and they were very busy. Staff was very friendly.

g
Houston
49 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a neighborhood gem! A friend told me about this restaurant, and we loved it! The staff is so friendly and the food is delicious! Be sure to make a reservation before you go to this popular place as it was packed when we went. If you like a slightly quieter environment, ask for a table in the wine room.

DY
Houston
25 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Very loud. Tables close together. Food delicious.

OT
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance reminded us of Italian restaurants, cozy and tight spaces. Really enjoyed the HRW menu. Will definitely go back for regular menus.

KH
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was over the top! We will be back!

I
Phoenix
30 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant week was the special occasion and we enjoyed it. Service was great. Loved the bread sticks and ambience was good. Sat in back room. Would recommend to friends. Very good restaurant.

NR
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Had teservation for 8.30 PM and was seated at 9.30 PM. Very noisy, tables on top of each other. Food was disappointing. Would not recommend.

T
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a wonderful Italian restaurant in Houston!
There were very crowded because of Restaurant week.
We also ordered from restaurant week menu and food was all good!
We will absolutely come back here again for the regular menu.

S
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

It was ok just bad experience.

OT
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Highly recommend the Branzion fish!

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and attentive waiter. It was a lovely date night.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it!!

RW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

4 of us went for Restaurant Weeks. I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful the service was. Even though the restaurant was full we felt special
and it wasn't too loud. The food presentation and flavor were excellent. We will be back soon.

R
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. Fresh homemade pasta. Great wine. Gianni is the best waiter. What else do you need?

GS
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Well it took a bit of time for someone to even address our table? Which was disappointing as it was our first time and my fathers birthday.
I ordered the chicken as I don’t eat beef or seafood, sadly I found the chicken a tad dry-
However my father enjoyed his meal immensely, so that’s a happy end.

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

Como siempre la comida estuvo excelente, el ambiente muy agradable y la atención excepcional. Les felicito y continuen de esa manera.

Ya hice mi proxima reservacion.

Saludos y Muchas Gracias

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J
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, great service. Had a great time.

We will come back.

JT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great place for a date night. I really enjoyed taking my wife out.

NA
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service were outstanding! The presentation was beautiful. Even the plates on the tables next to us. The restaurant was packed, which is always a good sign. It definitely time for an upgrade to a larger space.

M
Central Coast
47 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal, service and decor.
Our only negative was the tables (which were all full) were packed too close together. So I was hard to move around and very noisy. They need more space!

OT
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The service and food were amazing! The restaurant was smaller than expected but it was still very nice. It was packed! People at every table but they still got the food out to us extremely quick. Very responsive to dietary restrictions - server had extensive knowledge of the menu and made wonderful recommendations of dishes that fit my needs.

BN
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great menu, especially for us as we eat plant based diets. Many vegan, plant based, options. Service was very good, and waiter/chef have worked with me in the past to provide plant based options. Waiters are very experienced and customer focused. Good atmosphere, can get a little noisy on a busy weekend night when packed, but still very enjoyable ( some outside seating looked very nice weather permitting).

We plan to return next time an Italian dinner out is in our plans.

d
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BEST ITALIAN FOOD IN HOUSTON PERIOD!!!!!

E
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had a great dinner with friends.

P
Houston
42 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Deliciously Authentic Italian cuisine

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

What a great dining experience for Houston, I felt they did a great job, everything we ate for restaurant weeks was amazing

E
Houston
113 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Extremely loud. Food was good. Service was good. But it was so loud, we could not talk!!

OT
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great neighborhood spot for our family! Our kids always demand that we go here. The parents love it too.

K
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration

S
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meal and service were outstanding. I have been there before and it is always great but this time was restaurant month. Menu was wonderful and they displayed the Restaurant Menu right on the regular menu (rather than having to ask for it as in some restaurants.). Highly recommend this restaurant.

JM
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Italian restaurant in Houston. Dined from the HRW menu. Barata mouse was delicious. Ravioli great. Short ribs with butternut squash risotto fabulous.

CC
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Though it was super busy late on a Friday evening, the food was excellent and our waiter was sincere, cheerful, and knowledgeable about the food and wine pairings. Nothing was taken for granted, even the salad dressing was delightful and tangy, and tasted like it was thoughtfully prepared. I didn't think I cared for pannacotta until I had Amalfi's pannacotta: DEE-lish!

SF
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Our waiter took our order and we never seen him again until he delivered the bill. Never even brought our food out, another person did that. No one checked to see if we needed drink refills or if our food was ok. Won’t be back to this restaurant.

OT
Houston
106 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always consistent and tasty.

TN
Houston
42 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The recommended white wine was good but the sea bass was average & expensive. It was listed on the menu with gnocchi but that’s not how it came. It was very crowded and extremely loud and the owner annoyingly came by to check if our table for four could be split into two. My guest jokingly said we’re not giving it up and she said well I’m the owner and I could do it if I want to but I won’t. Then she kept coming by to see if we were done. Wanted to like it more sine we need a good neighborhood place.

AS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food and wine selection was absolutely fantastic! The service felt a bit rushed throughout the dinner--that was the only drawback. Would definitely go there again though and recommend it to anyone.

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