Antica Osteria

4.7
860 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Find a little taste of Italy right here in Houston

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.
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M
Houston
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food.

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W
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a romantic evening. Steak was fantastic.

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MJ
Houston
170 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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J
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been coming to Antica Osteria for years and love them! Great food and service, as always!

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ML
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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D
Houston
28 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always love coming here. The food and service are always outstanding and the price is very reasonable compared to other restaurants around town.

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b
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and staff

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MT
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

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.

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Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Houston
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 4

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 .

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S
Houston
33 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was among the best Italian food I’ve ever had in Texas. The house where the restaurant was site’s was delightful.

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K
Houston
42 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant and have been many times. There’s nothing not to love!

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Houston
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Daughters 21st bday

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Houston
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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CD
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

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.

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MJ
Houston
170 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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JC
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Food, Fantastic Service, Beautiful Restaurant. We will definitely be back!

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e
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

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S
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner, superb food and excellent service.

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F
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great place to hang out for dinner.
Osso bucco is the best.
Plus everything else.

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RS
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love this restaurant. Food and service are consistently excellent.

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GR
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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WU
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was, as always, excellent. The service was a little pokey, though the waiter was friendly and knowledgable. Overall, a nice experience.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional!

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DB
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and service. My SO and i had a great time.

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K
Houston
42 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have dined here many times and it is always exceptional in every way.

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J
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place for a date, maybe go early for a better table.

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BP
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You are our favorite restaurant in Houston. Food is always great. Wine recommendations are good. I can get quite spots for business meetings. You accommodate my girlfriends unique vegetarian needs.

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Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Room to left was WAY too noisy to enjoy with friends from out of town and wanting to catch up with news. Service not the best. Food great, however.

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Houston
10 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

waiter was in hurry for us to leave. Entire service of meal was done too fast. gave us bill before finished with desert.

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w
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and amazing food! Staff is always on top of there game!

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M
Houston
51 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This visit to Antica was excellent. We were two couple and we all loved what we ordered. My wife ordered the Colorado Lamb chops. She likes them here better then anywhere else she has tried. I ordered the Filet Mignon with Mushroom sauce. It was really tender and flavorful. Our waiter was very professional yet friendly, and although they were very busy he did his best to keep us happy. Apparently they had many more reservations then they anticipated, due to the just past Valentine's Day. As a result, we had to wait about 30 minutes to get seated. However, Ray (the owner) personally apologized and they provided wine (on the house) while we waited. Because they were so busy the kitchen got backed up. As a result the food was a little slow coming out. Again, they apologized and gave us complimentary after dinner drinks. We all appreciated how they went out of their way to make us comfortable. Even though they were so busy, the food was outstanding!! I would definitely go back and definitely recommend them to others. Ray made a point of apologizing again as we left. Since we were talking and visiting with friends, we didn't mind the extra time we waited, and we greatly appreciated the staff's efforts to make us comfortable and happy.

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WC
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

John Beck is a first class guy who makes you feel you are part of the Antica Osteria family. Excellent food , service and atmosphere!!!

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C
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always our favorite place for special occasions! Valentine’s Day meal was the best

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GH
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Waiter was very pleasant and accommodating, even went behind the bar to research what kinds of (bourbon) whisky they had. First thing he grabbed, however, was a scotch, but soon corrected his mistake with Makers Mark. Had the veal parmagiana with a tomato sauce under the parmagian, but should have had the veal picatta. Nice half bottle of pinot noir. The chocolate cake was positively sinful. We walk to this restaurant and will continue to do so for as long as we are in this neighborhood.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Unfortunately, it felt like our waiter forgot about us. Our reservations were for 7:30 pm, but we weren’t seated until 8:30 pm. The food was good but not great nor was it creative.

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MM
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The hostess stand and check in is always chaotic and seemingly unorganized but once you get past that, the place is great. Once you are seated, service and food are excellent.

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Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good value , food was consistently good

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Houston
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

For the third time we have been hustled to the bar area to wait for 45 minutes past reservation time. Finally seated and was told out of menus and many of specials were already unavailable. Took another 45 min to get starters as we were told the kitchen is very backed up. At the end of meal was given my carry out without a bag as you guessed it , they were out of bags. Waiter was trying very hard but was just put in bad situation. Seems like they way over book as people were all lined up waiting in bar. At least offer a free glass of wine or something !

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EB
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Loved the place. Casual and fun and reminiscent of Italy.

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