About Antica Osteria

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.

2311 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm

Cross Street:
Greenbriar St

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(713) 521-1155

Website:
http://www.anticarestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Complementary Valet.

Executive Chef:
Velio Deplano

Private Party Facilities:
Two private rooms. A/V equipped. 32 guests max

Private Party Contact:
Ray Memari: (713) 521-1155

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Antica Osteria Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (30)
Neighborhood Gem (28)
Special Occasion (26)
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Romantic (24)
Good for a Date (23)
Cozy (18)
Authentic (16)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Business Meals (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Good for Groups (9)
Fun (7)
Casual (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Tapas (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Music (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Scenic View (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
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 (Houston)·Dined 6 days ago

I love this place. Outstanding food, staff and ambiance.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined 6 days ago

Lovely Italian restaurant. Nice staff and delicious food.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (London)·Dined on November 10, 2017

I have been going to this restaurant since it was originally located in Rice Village. The food is wonderful, the service is great and Ray - one of the owners - is always very attentative to what is happening in the dining area. It is a wonderful dining experience. The fare is Italian and there are no culinary "surprises" on the menu. If you can't enjoy a dish unless it has at least three unpronounceable ingredients, then please stay away. "Foodies" will enjoy this restaurants but "foodie snobs" will not!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great and romantic environment with great wine and food to choose. We sat at a very intimate table and had a lovely time. A gastronomic delight for both of our selections.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Good food, okay ambience, service wasn't great. I think they were short handed. Might go back, not sure.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

First time to eat there. Will definitely go back. Great food, great service and great atmosphere!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We discovered this restaurant this year and go back every other month while we are in Houston
Great food and service and very accommodating

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Recent death in the family and was posthumously celebrating their birthday

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 (Houston)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Delicious!

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 (Houston)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I have driven by this place for years and always wanted to try it and man was I impressed with Antica Osteria. Great food, atmosphere, and service. Definitely going on my must go to places recommendation list!

Tags: Cozy, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I was very disappointed with the noise level of this restaurant. It is not the only restaurant in town where older people with hearing problems can't tolerate the noise level and two of my guests were not happy. otherwise the food was good and so was the service

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Hadn't been here in about a year and decided to return with my wife and children. Food was good - not great. Had the Lamb Shank special and it was a bit bland lacking the depth of flavor that I'd expect from AO. Other dishes were good - but again, not great. One treat was that they have some really good half-bottles of Italian wine - the Gaja I had was the star of the evening. Both the service and ambiance were very good - as was the value. I'd return - but not rushing to go back.

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 (Houston)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Never disappoints. Fabulous. Great food. Good atmosphere

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We ordered the osso bucco for the first time at this restaurant and it was not very good.
We were very disappointed in the course and were glad we split it. We enjoyed our salads.
Usually I order fish and it's excellent or veal. I will be back because I love the restaurant.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Tapas, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 12, 2017

We eat here fairly regularly and it never disappoints. Their outdoor seating is a hidden gem on nice evenings.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 11, 2017

We were in on a Tuesday night. Restaurant was full and very lively. In a good way. The food was excellent, but not overly complicated. The only downside that we experienced was that we felt a little bit rushed by our server. He seemed to be in a hurry- either to get home or to clear the table. Not sure which. Overall an excellent meal, a good value, and someplace that I would visit it again

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 11, 2017

This restaurant is absolutely wonderful! I have driven by it for years and finally stopped in and we will definitely be back. It's a comfortable and cozy restaurant even though there is tons of seating. The food was terrific and so was the service!

Tags: Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Romantic, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on October 10, 2017

It's ok not something special

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 (Houston)·Dined on October 4, 2017

I have been here three times in the past year. The food and service are inconsistent. Some dishes are quite good, others disappointing. On this visit the waiter was so inattentive and unfriendly that I will likely not return.

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 (Houston)·Dined on October 1, 2017

This was the first visit by my wife and I. We were pleased with the ambiance that reminded us of quaint New York-style Italian restaurants. It certainly made us feel like we were having a unique dining experience for Houston. The quality of the food surpassed our expectations and the prices were reasonable. We will definitely return.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on September 30, 2017

AnticaOsteria is a lovely restaurant with excellent food and service. We sat at a cozy table near the bar area and it was quiet enough to have a conversation. We loved it!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 27, 2017

It is a very civilized relaxed cozy and romantic restaurant with great Italian food and service. A refreshing change from trendy loud restaurants.
Highly recommend for conversation, a date, nice dinner with friends and family in a neighborhood setting.

Tags: Tapas, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The food here is always enjoyable, but wait times and service are slow. To be honest, most things seem pretty disorganized and chaotic -perhaps truly Italian style! Never had a table ready at reservation time, always have to wait 10 to 15 minutes. Service is slow, but food is good.

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 (Houston)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Love the food and ambience. Their lamb chops are the best and I usually have them every time.
Intimate space but very cosy and special. One of our go to places for a great dining experience.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Food was delicious. Excellent service. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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 (Houston)·Dined on September 18, 2017

As always, found the food and service outstanding. Decent value for the money.

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 (Houston)·Dined on September 15, 2017

We were a party of four and everyone loved everything they ordered. But, I would recommend the steak as #1
Excellent staff, valet parking

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 2, 2017

The food was incredibly delicious and the service excellent, arrentive without being intrusive.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 26, 2017

First time for us to visit and eat at the restaurant as it was recommended to us by the Hotel ZaZa several times and we finally were able to make it. Great experience, food was very good
we will be back many times when we travel to Houston.

God bless the people of Houston for what everyone is going thru with the hurricane

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Excellent as always. We were a party of 9, and absolutely everyone was pleased with his/her choice. Service was spot-on: attentive but not overbearing.

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Another great meal and meeting at Antics. It never disappoints.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Great as usual. Their Houston restaurant week menu is everything on their regular menu. Everything is superb. 😊😊😊

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·Dined on August 23, 2017

AMAZING FOOD!!!! Very scenic. Definitely recommend

Tags: Live Music, Scenic View, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 22, 2017

The food was very good, 1st course octopus salad, 2nd course baby lam chop and telamu.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Fabulous food and service- never a disappointment. It is our favorite in Houston!

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Staff was inattentive (timer set to 6 minutes elapsed after we thought it was a long time to not be given menues). Food was average at best. We realized after waiting so long for service that we had tried the place before and hadn't cared for it then either. This experience sealed the deal... never going back.

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 (Houston)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Houston restaurant week. Great place, great food!

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·Dined on August 19, 2017

My friend and I went here for dinner. The food was delicious. I would definitely eat there again. The wait staff was very attentive. We had a wonderful experience there. And the dessert was truly an experience. 💕💕

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 18, 2017

I highly recommend this restaurant. The chef purchases the highest quality vegetables and meat to cook. Every bite of every item was absolutely delicious. Best meal I have had in months. The service was outstanding. I will return many times.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Authentic
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 18, 2017

We have enjoyed every time we have come with friends. Never lets us down with service and food.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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