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

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (22)
Good for a Date (22)
Romantic (20)
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Neighborhood Gem (18)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Authentic (15)
Special Occasion (14)
Cozy (12)
Notable Wine List (10)
Business Meals (9)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Worth the Drive (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Comfort Food (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Fun (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Casual (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Tapas (2)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Seasonal (1)
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Calidad, servicio excelente, buen ambiente, superior

Tags: Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on January 7, 2018

It’s a cozy place with excellent service and a delicious menu.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Antica has become my favorite restaurant even though it is 30 miles from home. Best food. Service is amazing. Nice ambiance. Can’t say enough.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 6, 2018

It was good. I felt a little rushed when we finished dinner.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on January 4, 2018

We have an infant and have dined with her at Antica Osteria several times because they are always very accommodating and friendly. We went for dinner to celebrate my father's birthday. The food is great - so many options - but my favorite is the carbonara. They brought out a piece of birthday cheesecake with a candle as well.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on January 1, 2018

really well prepared dishes for new years eve with out the crazy markup. the ambiance felt a little dated and the service could be more attentive but if i compare to new yerar's dining in general, they did very well this night. the lobster fra diablo was excellent - very good quality and the tomato sauce was highly addictive. my husband's filet was prepared excellent and he loved it.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

My family and I always have a great time at Antica, the food is wonderful, the service is great and the overall atmosphere is very charming.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great food, great environment, 3rd time here and the whole group left impressed.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We go often and are never disappointed Food always great

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Best Italian food in Houston, with super service and hospitality

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Business Meals
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We always enjoy the food and service here. There is a loud noise level once the rooms are full which is why we prefer coming when the weather is mild and we can sit outside. Regardless, we had a fun evening with friends here on a cold, rainy night seated inside with great food (enough for leftovers!) and nice wine at reasonable prices in a quaint setting! The valets then walked us to our car with umbrellas. Great service inside and out!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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·Dined on December 13, 2017

Christmas party small

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vip
 (Amarillo)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Good ambiance

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Excellent. Authentic Italian food in Houston.

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·Dined on December 6, 2017

As close to authentic Italian food as you will find in Houston.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Would not give separate checks or do food substitutes. Will not go back

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Loved the ambiance ! Great dinner, great staff...highly recommend!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Romantic
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Outstanding food, service and good wine selection. The grilled Branzino was one of the best I've ever had.

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·Dined on November 28, 2017

My wife and I went to Osteria Antica for our aniversary, this was our first time dining with them, mostly driven by the reviews we found online. Pros: The atmosphere was very cozy and welcoming and the food was great
Cons: Our server was not very attentive and sometimes even not polite.
My wife asked for a Pasta Carbonara with Shrimp and they charged us $12 for FOUR of them, which seems OUTRAGEOUS.
I tried to switch the sides on my plate and they were not willing to do so .

Overall, I give a 8/10 to the food and a 3/10 to everything else. This will not be our first option the next time around for sure, although the food was great our overall experience was far from good

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Romantic
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 25, 2017

I hate to tell you about this place because it is so good and I am afraid it will become busy! The food is amazing and the service is wonderful! You have to try it!

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·Dined on November 16, 2017

We arrived for a 7:15 reservation for 2 and were promptly seated and offered drinks and dinner menus. We were also provided with a plate of bruschetta. 30 minutes later we had to ask the busboy to get our waiter so we could order, although the waiter was clearly being attentive to other, larger parties (refilling wine glasses, etc). When he came over, he did not offer any specials, although there was clearly a large chalk board being shown elsewhere. Being now hungry, we also ordered an appetizer (tomato and mozzarella). The tomato was a cardboard tasting plum tomato sliced horizontally with a thick piece of obviously store bought mozzarella inside. The was no basi, oil, or balsamic vinegar. He did bring us another plate of bruschetta to make up for our wait (which obviously is free anyway). I had the rainbow trout, which was very well prepared. My wife had the veal piccata, which did not come with capers. The piece of lemon was on the side so she could add it herself. The veal was pounded so thin that when they breaded and fried it, it was inedible and had to be sent back.

At no point were we offered a free drink, desert or anything else you would expect from any restaurant that offered less than exceptional service. My wife asked the waiter if he was the owner; he said no. At that point I would have expected either the owner or manager to have come over to speak to us about our experience.

I would not recommend this restaurant for any meals.

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vip
 (London)·Dined on November 16, 2017

The food and ambiance were great! Unfortunately, the service was terrible. We were very excited to go out and celebrate our engagement together. However, from the start, our waiter seemed annoyed to have us there! He rushed us through the wine list, knocked over our ice bucket with our champagne and didn't say sorry, barely came by the entire night... and lastly, gave my fiance turned red win wine, but we couldn't ever send it back because he ignored us the rest of dinner! So, while the food was incredible, the service is awful and makes you feel crappy after getting engaged : /

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 14, 2017

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

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 14, 2017

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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vip
 (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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