Antica Osteria

4.8
886 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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Houston
8 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed another evening at the restaurant! Always delicious!

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Houston
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food , service and ambiance.

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HC
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, nice atmosphere, wine price was high. Have been here many times and will continue to return.

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New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've had excellent food and service every time we've been. Kamal's been a very good wait server!

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FT
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food. Good service. Very convenient parking.

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Austin
68 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice. A friendly old-fashioned neighborhood Italian. Enjoyed a lot. Excellent wine selection.
We liked the 2nd Super Tuscan on the list.

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New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Antica Osteria is a wonderful restaurant with consistently good food, wine, and service. The ambiance in this cozy house converted to a restaurant is charming, and the fact that Velio and Ray, the owners and chefs, are always there makes the dining experience excellent. One of my favorite things is the bruschetta they bring to the table along with regular bread and butter. This place is great for date night, meetings, and gatherings of family and friends!

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Houston
108 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant in a cozy old house. We started with cocktails and a nice Italian wine. There were additional salads besides the regular house and Caesar. I had the Octopus salad which was excellent. My salmon was good but my wife’s whole brazino was fabulous. Not cheap, but it’s worth it.

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OT
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always great customer service here. And authentic old school Italian food. High quality. Never disappointed.

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KS
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Food was great but service was very slow. Ambiance was excellent

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K
Houston
30 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful dinner and service. Celebrating nieces birthday.

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RE
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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DG
Houston
78 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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!

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P
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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

Always amazing! Forever our favorite restaurant! Best staff, owners, service, food...etc. Can’t wait to go back!

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything was good but the place got much too noisy.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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.

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SS
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always. Perfect atmosphere. Really liked the lamb (osso buco). Seafood was great.

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KP
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

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E
Houston
31 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pasta was delicious and portions generous. Service was top notch.

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S
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is quickly becoming our go to place for both a romantic dinner and a small group of friends.

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D
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We totally enjoyed. Also they offer variety of special dishes off the menu, which is great.

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p
Houston
25 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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S
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was delicious!! Always the best!

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M
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food.

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Houston
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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.

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W
Houston
9 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
175 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
5 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
36 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
44 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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OT
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
6 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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