Antica Osteria

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937 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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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Margaret, was wonderful. She made us feel right at home, and we had a great experience because of her. The food was delicious, and we had a wonderful evening.

T
Houston
72 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Antica Oysteria has the best possible ambiance for a quiet good conversation dinner. Service is impeccable and the food is always good.

T
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little noisy when crowded but overall the best dining experience that I've ever experienced. JonBeck is the best waitress and made my fiance's birthday incredibly special. I will never forget that night

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food was very good. Our server Santiago was excellent. He made our experience a fabulous one and he is the main reason we would return.

VI
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Love it,my favorite restaurant houston.excellent service food is great,nice people, small and cozy.
Strongly recommended

KP
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A little pricey but food was prepared well with good portion size. Menu section was excellent and nice wine list. Even got a free dessert for our anniversary!!!

OT
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food.

O
Houston
62 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A local well run bistro which has thrived for more than 10 years. Many original personnel make it a joy to visit. Wine list is becoming more creative with some prodding I might add. Menu could benefit from a rethink!

D
Houston
68 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still going strong after many years, either for a dinner during the week, or a date night. My lamb and my wife's fish were both delicious. Service was perfect. Our friends reported a recent visit, and they also had a great meal. A real gem of a restaurant and worth keeping in your "rotation" of places to go.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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JC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelent food. Nice place. Excelent service aswell

ZC
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a quaint older house that is so welcoming. The staff is the best and they enjoy their profession! The food was the best and I cannot wait to go back!

I
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVE our neighborhood Italian restaurant! Antica Osteria is our go to place when we want good Italian food that's not too fussy. It's got a great atmosphere and we always run in to someone we know. :) Kamal and Jonbeck are fantastic servers. The wine selection is great too. My favorite meal is the lamb chops with roasted potatoes and fresh sautéed vegetables. Don't skip dessert either! LOVE LOVE LOVE

D
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love AO, Ray, and all the team. 50 characters is a lot.

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Where was the manager?
Food was cold after an extended wait?
Other guests out the door who arrived after us?
All staff avoided eye contact?

K
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was able to select and get my favorite table so our experience was very nice. Other parts of the restaurant can be very noisy.

EK
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

LOVED loved loved the ambiance and the service. My pasta carbonara was made with cream..so I'm still looking for a place in Houston that makes it creamy by using just egg and hot, starchy pasta water! (The pasta was yummy, I'd just really been hoping for the authentic version.) Husband's eggplant parmigiana was crunchy and well-cooked, and his roasted potato and vegetable sides fresh and delicious.

ER
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Noise level was perfect and we enjoyed our dinner - we would recommend

S
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was intimate, our waiter was friendly and attentive and the food was amazing. I ordered the grilled snapper and vegetables. It was so delicious. I highly recommend Antica Osteria!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday for Hubby 🎂

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always! Such a cozy restaurant and a fantastic staff! ❤️

D
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding food and service! It is obvious that quality vs quantity rules the menu. Friendly and inviting too!

G
Houston
49 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was just the best of everything. If you want a special evening to be just perfect, Antica Osteria is a place you will not be disappointed. The lamb chops were cooked to perfection and the vegetables served with them were fresh, not frozen. We were there for HRW so we ordered two different desserts, the Tiramisu was excellent as was the cannoli which was some of the best ever. The garlic toast served with the avocado and seafood salad complimented the flavor of an unusual and delicious salad! Needless to say, we had excellent service from start to finish and thoroughly enjoyed our evening!

MW
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place to have good food with value and wonderful automosphere.

RL
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Antica Osteria is an amazing experience. Best food, excellent service, everything perfect and over the top! I ordered Lamb chops again and wasn’t disappointed, they’re grilled and cooked perfectly. The Shrimp Salald over avocado was delicious. You couldn’t ask for a better waiters Jon beck, was wonderful and very attentive.
One of my friends favorites places to dine! Highly recommend!

DI
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Food was amazing and the service superb!

WG
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Antica Osteria is my favorite restaurant in Houston. The food is fantastic. I especially love their lamb chops but everything on their menu is great. The service is excellent. The waiters are knowledgeable, efficient and considerate. They have a wonderful selection of incredible desserts. You can’t go wrong here.

J
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We have been there several times in past and have enjoyed this dining with friends. This time for our 40th Anniversary we were seated on the east side in fairly cramped and noisy quarters. My wife’s eggplant was very good as always, but the side vegetables with my grilled fish were not very good. The Italian creme cakes were also good. But we were not impressed with our overall experience.

MJ
Houston
183 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The osso buco was delicious, and the Barbara d’Asti was very good - $38 a bottle

T
London
63 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for Houston Restaurant Weeks. Antica Osteria is absolutely one of the best options on the HRW list. Food and service were excellent. The filet alla crema was fantastic! Our server Margaret was very friendly and attentive. Interesting wine list with some affordable options. We’ll definitely be back.

RW
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Simply outstanding kitchen serving unique and delicious Italian fare.

P
Houston
49 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sensational restaurant in every way!

F
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Frequently we dine here. Today was not a good day. Service was poor and pushy. Fish was not cooked properly and consistency was hard and with no seasoning. Poor experience for a regular. Hope they improve or was an anomaly. Otherwise it will go down as many others recently. Today it was no good. Birthday celebration was not as good as expected.

TN
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The waitstaff and atmosphere are very nice, but the food is smothered in extra greasy sauces. We ordered the Osso Buco and lamb shank. Each was smothered in so much greasy tomato sauce, you couldn't make out what you were eating. For the price, we were expecting well cooked italian dinners, if they were, you couldn't tell, because you can't identify what you're eating.

A
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant was the perect setting for a date night, quaint, cozy. Food was amazing and the waitstaff didn't miss a beat.

M
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great.

OT
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Execellent service and great food

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great neighborhood spot- great service and food.

D
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food and service.

p
Houston
29 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, it was a complete delight: excellent food; warm, friendly service; quiet enough that we could easily converse; good value. What else do you want?