B.B. Italia Kitchen & Bar

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$30 and under
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Italian
Located in Houston’s Energy Corridor, B.B. Italia Kitchen & Bar offers a fresh take on classic, Italian-American food in an approachable atmosphere with first-class service. A traditional, family-owned and operated restaurant, Proprietor Benjamin Berg and his brother and Executive Chef and Partner Daniel Berg are committed to sourcing only the best Italian products and local ingredients, and everything is made from scratch, including the pasta! Located inside of B.B. Italia, B.B. Pizza To Go offers authentic, New York-style pizza, subs and calzones available to order for pickup and delivery. Inspired by the pizzerias that the Berg brothers frequented while growing up in Manhattan, everything is made with fresh, high-quality ingredients and cooked in a top-of-the-line deck oven.
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RP
Houston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

noise level at first was a bit high... perhaps was because we were in the center of the restaurant

KB
Houston
96 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

A server can make or break your evening and last night our server broke it. We came to celebrate our daughter in laws birthday and our server could not have been any worse than what she was. She was more interested in telling us about herself and having us do things her way than servicing us. At the beginning of the evening, we asked her for water for two our guests who arrived later. She told us she would get it once we ordered the wine. Next one of our guests asked her for a recommendation about 2 dishes and she went through the whole menu and never addressed the two dishes asked about. When she asked if we were ready to order, we told her 5 minutes and she stood over us while we discussed what we were going to order and interjected comments into our conversation. When one guest started ordering she asked him if he wanted a salad with Grandma's Ravioli since she over heard him talking about that as a possible selection. It just went down hill from there. We ordered dessert and didn't bring dessert out with a candle for the birthday girl but when we were leaving she wished her a Happy Birthday. We had a great experience with BB Italia in August and this is the reason we came back. Not sure we are coming back anytime soon with this kind of service. Although the service was bad, the food was of B & B quality...GOOD!!!

j
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our new favorite place! What a treasure and a find! Best Italian food I’ve had in a long time. Love the vibe.

E
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a family birthday here last week. Great service and food tasty. Favorites- three cheese ravioli, short rib ravioli ,Capresse salad and tiramisu! Will be back. Delightful waiter too.

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

28day dry aged sirloin
Outstanding

M
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

This is a great place for Italian. Food is good, wine is good, and generally, the service is pretty good too. This was an off night - the server seemed pretty disengaged and we had to flag her down for attention a couple of times. Otherwise was a good experience.

JJ
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Save your time and money and go somewhere else- anywhere else.
Whipped ricotta was bland, Italian friend chicken was grossly greasy and the salmon was thin, oily and overcooked. How on earth is this place run by the same group as B.B. Lemon?

G
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was fabulous and the food was prepared perfectly

BC
Houston
51 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Kudos to Benjamin for his excellent service

KT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous food and great prices. New favorite Italian place in Houston!

SM
Houston
76 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great bar with great service. Neighborhood gem for sure

M
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was good!

Z
Houston
34 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit here. I am a fan of B&B Butchers so wanted to try this. I was not disappointed. Everything was great and well priced. Will be back!

SM
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

For the price, a great option for good Italian food.

B.B. Italia Kitchen & Bar
Responded on September 9, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to rate us! We hope to see you again soon!

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L
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent. The service was spot on! Although the dining area seems a little cold. The Bar area is great, the outdoor is inviting.
We will be back again. We are BB fans.

B.B. Italia Kitchen & Bar
Responded on September 9, 2019

Thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to review us! We hope to see you again soon!

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m
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service, and atmosphere ! Victor was great!
We will be back for sure!

B.B. Italia Kitchen & Bar
Responded on September 6, 2019

Thanks for your kind words. We are thrilled that you loved your experience; Victor will definitely be happy to read what you wrote. We put customer experience and satisfaction as our priority, and your review reaffirms the hard work we put in every day. So thanks for your kind words and we look forward to seeing you again.

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HN
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was my birthday and could not have picked a better place to celebrate with my family. Our server was excellent. The food was perfect, especially the salmon and peach sorbet desert served in a frozen peach!

AN
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and atmosphere - we enjoyed it very much and will definitely be back. Also, our waitress (JLo) was amazing!

NH
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Recommend with hesitation. The three of us went on the second to last night of Houston Restaurant Weeks. We had a fairly early (6:00 pm) dinner reservation and I recognize "we were not the regulars" but the table we were seated at for dinner left a lot to be desired. Up front & right by the walkway when others are being seated. Our waiter was ok but somewhat inattentive - how many restaurants have you been to where you actually have to flag your waiter for a glass of wine?? Dinner was good and I have to say, my filet was cooked perfectly. It is a shame that for $10 upcharge on the steak they did not provide any side item at all. Disappointing. Would I return, yes. Are there similar Italian restaurants in the neighborhood that I think are better (at the same price point), yes.

CW
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and our server J Lo was very knowledgeable and helpful.

HG
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent!! The food was a tad too salty. I think the kitchen needs to hold back on the salt and allow the customer to season their entrees.

m
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We came here for lunch on a Friday during HRW. Our waiter made our experience very memorable. He offered great suggestions such as the shrimp scampi and to my surprise brought out a dessert after overhearing it was my birthday. We live in the galleria area and never really travel this way for a meal but it was worth it.

LB
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and good value for restaurant weeks!

B.B. Italia Kitchen & Bar
Responded on September 6, 2019

Thanks for giving us 5 stars! We hope to see you again soon!

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GS
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

3 visits in one week......yes it's that good! Service, food and drinks are outstanding.

B.B. Italia Kitchen & Bar
Responded on September 6, 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this amazing review. We hope to see you again soon!

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E
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a table of 7 for lunch and they were busy but we received excellent service. The food came out quickly. Food was really delicious. We started with 3 appetizers to share- pizza, mozzarella and calamari and they were all good. I had spaghetti and meatballs and it was a good sized serving- not greasy and lots meatballs. Can’t wait to go back and have more pizza!!!

B.B. Italia Kitchen & Bar
Responded on September 6, 2019

Thanks for leaving us such a wonderful review. We are thrilled that you loved your experience. We put customer experience and satisfaction as our priority, and your review reaffirms the hard work we put in every day. So thanks for your kind words and we look forward to seeing you again.

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KG
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

I like this place and I like their food but our server this time was terrible. She did not have any manners. We were 3 women and a man; she started with the man first taking his order. She brought 3 glasses of water for 4 people. We told her that we are ready to order and she responded with “hold on let me finish with the other table. “ we’ve been to bb Italia many times since it opened and I’ve always found everyone to be friendly so this was surprising!

NG
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Lights very bright, would of preferred they bring down the lighting. The bread was too hard.

OT
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Jennifer made us feel right at home! The food was not that good! The bread was too salty. The pastas were dry and seemed to have been under a heat lamp so they were dried out! The redfish was dry and overcooked! However the Cannoli was good! The expresso was not served with the rind of a lemon!

OT
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food! Great service. And the noise level was deafening. Will go back of course!

GS
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

If you haven't tried this new place, you are missing out. The lunches and dinners I have had there have all been great. Make a reservation if you can, it's getting busier and rightly so!

B.B. Italia Kitchen & Bar
Responded on September 6, 2019

This review made our day! Thank your for taking the time to review us. We hope to see you again soon!

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BA
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food- the salmon piccata was delicious! And the caprese salad was great

B.B. Italia Kitchen & Bar
Responded on September 6, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review us and for your kind words! We hope to see you again soon!

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KB
Houston
97 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Evening at BB Italia! The food was delicious and reasonably priced. Our service could not have been any better. We had a good recommendation from the sommelier for our wine. We will go back to this restaurant. Only wish it was closer to our home.

B.B. Italia Kitchen & Bar
Responded on August 26, 2019

Thanks for leaving us such a wonderful review. We are thrilled that you loved your experience; our staff will definitely be happy to read what you wrote. We put customer experience and satisfaction as our priority, and your review reaffirms the hard work we put in every day. So thanks for your kind words and we look forward to seeing you again!

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JT
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The food was just disappointing.
Went for restaurant week. The food just wasn’t that good.
Doubtful will return.

GD
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went to have lunch with a friend, and both of us walked out satisfied. The lunch menu has a range of good choices and is good value overall. Service was excellent. Will go back and try other dishes.

B.B. Italia Kitchen & Bar
Responded on August 26, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review BB Italia and for your kind words. We hope to see you again soon!

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FM
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My guest was about 15 minutes late arriving for our 12:00 reservation and we had to wait for an additional 15 minutes to be seated. It was Restaurant Month so was very busy so I can appreciate the delay. I will go again.

NR
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food at reasonable prices. Not an inexpensive place but due to portions being generous it makes for an easy dining experience especially if sharing.

B.B. Italia Kitchen & Bar
Responded on August 26, 2019

We are so grateful for your kind words. Thanks for sharing your review with us and the community. We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to celebrate a birthday. Fun and wait staff were great! Wish you have more options of upscale wine by the glass

TD
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This may be the best pasta in town. They have the look,feel and service to compare with this country’s best( N Beach, South End, Hill, Chi/NY little Italies).

B.B. Italia Kitchen & Bar
Responded on August 26, 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this amazing review. We put customer experience and satisfaction as our priority, and your review reaffirms the hard work we put in every day. So thanks for your kind words and we look forward to seeing you again. Have a wonderful day!

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FL
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A little pricey for the service and quality of food, but I appreciate having a nice place on the West Side of HOU to meet friends. Wine list could be more reasonable and improved. Ran out of a basic white wine varietal and brought us a ho hum replacement that you would pick up at the grocery store.

b
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Super cute spot! Loved the waiter and most of the food! The pasta was definitely homemade but was a bit heavy to me and to be a fettucini it was lacking a bit of alfredo sauce.

But the bread/butter, calamari, and kale salad were SIMPLY DELISH!

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