Partners Ray Memari and Velio DePlano have done it, again. When you step inside their beautiful new Italian restaurant Antica Osteria you will immediately feel all of the worries of living in a big city melt away. The only hustle and bustle you may notice is that of the staff keeping up a quick pace to meet your every need, usually before you even realize you have a need at all.
The decor will sweep you away to a romantic dreamy Tuscan paradise with it's warm aged walls and woodwork. Even sitting next to the street on the beautiful covered patio that runs along the front of the building and links the restaurant and lounge area doesn't let the chaos of Houston interrupt an enchanting candlelight dining experience.
Always great customer service here. And authentic old school Italian food. High quality. Never disappointed.
Food was great but service was very slow. Ambiance was excellent
Wonderful dinner and service. Celebrating nieces birthday.
The character and atmosphere of a place is as important as the food and service, for me. Antica Osteria has it all. Food and service are unparalleled and the wait staff are great!
We had a nice evening at Antica Osteria. Our server was attentive and efficient, although at times, the very noisy environment made it hard to communicate. We had a particularly loud larger table next to us, and they succeeded in drowning our conversation. The food was of mixed quality: the octopus salad was not of the quality we expected. The octopus was chewy and without much taste; the gnocchi di patate were outstanding . Melanzane alla Sarda was excellent, as were the Beef Ravioli. The whole Branzino was poor. In addition to having lots and lots of bones, it hadn't been cleaned, so the bile pouch was still inside and ruined the taste for the rest of the meal. The Mushroom ravioli was great. The Veal Milanese was overdone and the breading was slightly burned. I prefer it lighter. We had an outstanding Brunello and Tiramisu. The Italian Cream Cake was heavy, hard: it tasted more like carrot cake. Overall, we've had much better dinners at Antica Osteria. The food definitely needs to improve!
I love it when I can write positive reviews! We had a delicious dinner with great service so it doesn't get much better than that. We met friends there at 6:30 and as the restaurant filled up it did get a bit noisy but it's such a pleasant atmosphere that it was sounds of people enjoying themselves.
Always amazing! Forever our favorite restaurant! Best staff, owners, service, food...etc. Can’t wait to go back!
Everything was good but the place got much too noisy.
It was a birthday dinner but they didn’t go out of their way to make it special. The food was tasty and carbonara was very good but scallops and veal were dry and over cooked.
Great food as always. Perfect atmosphere. Really liked the lamb (osso buco). Seafood was great.
We love this restaurant. When we want a quiet meal in a lovely atmosphere with impeccable service, this is one of our go-to spots. Amazing pastas, mains, and salads; the only area that could improve is the antipasto--but that's a small issue when so much else is so wonderful. Highly recommended.
Pasta was delicious and portions generous. Service was top notch.
This is quickly becoming our go to place for both a romantic dinner and a small group of friends.
We totally enjoyed. Also they offer variety of special dishes off the menu, which is great.
Antica Osteria has been one of our absolute favorite restaurants for many years! And, I am sure it will continue to be so. We tend to dine pretty early (~5:30 pm), so the noise level in most restaurants is much lower than at say 7:30pm. Even so, I think Antica Osteria will be relatively quiet. Enjoy!
Service and food was delicious!! Always the best!
Great service and food.
Birthday celebration between friends. Great place. Service was a little scattered (we would have to ask twice for things - such as cheese on our pasta). But I’ve been other times and the service is fabulous so maybe it was just an off night.
Great place for a romantic evening. Steak was fantastic.
ALWAYS ALWAYS GOOD. Lamb chops are superb, filet with mushroom cream sauce was devine (had not had that before), and the fennel salad is spectacular. Our server was JonBeck, and his wine recommendation was outstanding, along with his service. We always enjoy eating here.
We've been coming to Antica Osteria for years and love them! Great food and service, as always!
As always, Antica Osteria provided a fantastic meal and evening. I have never ordered anything that was not prepared perfectly. Most recently had the sauteed red snapper and it was incredible. Everything is always perfect, thus I can't wait to go back.
I always love coming here. The food and service are always outstanding and the price is very reasonable compared to other restaurants around town.
Wonderful food and staff
Food was good. Service was very good.
The restaurant is nice but very loud and not romantic like other reviews suggested. But if you’re in the area and want good Italian food, give it a try.
Our waiter was excellent the service was fantastic and the food was how Italian should be this was no Olive Garden or CiCi's Pizza
We were very disappointed when we brought a guest to this restaurant. The sound was incredibly loud based on a rambunctious table. It made it very difficult to enjoy our evening .
The food was among the best Italian food I’ve ever had in Texas. The house where the restaurant was site’s was delightful.
I love this restaurant and have been many times. There’s nothing not to love!
Daughters 21st bday
Antica Osteria is the quintessential Italian restaurant in Houston.
Veglio is the most hospitable host to his restaurant and I recommend it to guest wanting a fabulous dinner with authentic Italian flavor and hospitality.
Service was not as good as past visits. For some reason, Antica has either lowered the bar, or other restaurants that I attend have raised my standard of expectation that Antica is quickly becoming the equivalent of a high priced Arby’s Restaurant. I doubt I will return, this place has just gone average at best.
Everything is always good!! Lamb chops are superb, special of osso buco was great, and fennel/arugula salad quite nice. Cocktails are perfect, and wine list is very good. We love to eat here - never disappointed.
Always a good and reliable restaurant. Quality of the food was very good and we had a wonderful whole branzino, nicely charred skin and very fresh.
Wonderful dinner, superb food and excellent service.
Excellent Food, Fantastic Service, Beautiful Restaurant. We will definitely be back!
Always a great place to hang out for dinner.
Osso bucco is the best.
Plus everything else.
Always love this restaurant. Food and service are consistently excellent.
Outstanding. My wife had the grilled salmon. The best I've tasted since I lived in Seattle. (She shared.) She also had an avocado salad with shrimp and crab meat that she loved. I started with an octopus salad that was excellent. My entre was chicken Parmesan. Very good as well. We had cake for dessert to top it off. All were top notch. The service and atmosphere were are wonderful for a romantic dinner. We highly recommend the entire experience!
The food was, as always, excellent. The service was a little pokey, though the waiter was friendly and knowledgable. Overall, a nice experience.