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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.
Houston, TX 77005
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Private Party Facilities:
Two private rooms. A/V equipped. 32 guests max
Private Party Contact:
Ray Memari: (713) 521-1155
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Antica Osteria Ratings and Reviews
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.
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 : /
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!
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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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