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Birraporetti's - Theater District, Houston, TX

Birraporetti's - Theater District

4.1
4.1
2854 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
One of Houston’s original restaurants, Birraporetti’s opened in 1974 with the slogan “A great Italian Restaurant…A heck of an Irish bar.” For almost 40 years, Birraporetti’s has been the place to gather on a date, celebrating with friends and family, for happy hour or before or after the theater.
We are noted for our award-winning stone oven pizzas, pastas such as lobster ravioli, & delicious main courses including hand-carved beef filet & fresh seafood. And don't leave without trying our signature Frozen Bellini’s, Irish Coffee, chocolate chip cheesecake, tiramisu, or the berries & cream.
Located in the heart of the Theater District. Steps away from the Alley Theater, Jones Hall, Hobby Center, Wortham, Houston Ballet, Bayou Music Center, Sundance Cinema & a few blocks from Toyota Center and Minute Maid Park.
Open late seven days a week. Join us for Sunday live Jazz Brunch Buffet, Live Music Mondays, or to enjoy our lunch menu for downtown business clients.

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2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 22 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Pizzeria, Cocktail Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 11:00 am–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (713) 224-9494
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Rogelio Roman
  • Catering
    Birraporetti's caters off site events and offers all levels of catering, from a simple drop off and pick up option, all the way to a full service, fully satisfied wonderful banquet like experience!! Birraporetti's can accommodate any number of people on cater outs.
  • Private party facilities
    For almost 40 years Birraporetti’s has been the place to gather on a date, celebrating with friends and family, for happy hour, or before or after the theater.
  • Private party contact
    Jon Glieber: (713) 224-9494 ext. 105
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Cross street
    Prairie
  • Parking details
    Parking meters available around the restaurant; meters are free after 6:00pm and all day on Sundays. There is also a parking garage that is connected to the restaurant with; entrance on Louisiana St. & Smith St.
  • Public transit
    Birraporetti's is located three blocks down from the Preston stop on the Metrorail, and there are Metro bus stops around the restaurant. Birraporetti's will also call you a cab if need be.
  • Entertainment
    Every Saturday and Sunday night, Birraporetti's features live music and entertainment into the wee hours of the night. Live jazz is also featured during Sunday brunch. Occasionally there is music during the week as well.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,854 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

2,854 Reviews
  1. fishlover

    Houston

    22 reviews

    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We had a pleasant experience for the most part. The asparagus I was served included a spear that was clearly past its prime, and others were so woody at the ends that the ends were indigestible. It was quiet enough for us to hear each other. Service was intermittent.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our recent experience, like others at this restaurant, was positive. The only negative of the meal was the calamari appetizer. It was over cooked.

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  3. Oldtimer

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Chicken dish sides were good but the chicken meat was overcooked and dry. We will stick to pasta from now on.

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  4. JasonW

    Houston

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2023

    overall3food5service4ambience3
    Wife and I come here a lot with the various shows and symphony performances, it’s great food and attentive service. This visit was on an off night and we were one of a few tables at 5:30. We have had most items on the menu, get the escargot it is awesome. Everything else is great, but I usually settle on lulu’s lasagna and the wife gets the cheese ravioli most often. We are looking forward to being able to come to the shows again to visit next time.

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  5. LindaT

    Houston

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    I've been to Birraporetti's many times but was very disappointed on this last visit. The waiter got one of our party's orders wrong causing that party to get their food way after we did. My chicken poretti was very dry and flavorless. We seldom got our tea and water refilled. We had to continually flag down waiter or busboys to get our drinks refilled. Then our waiter brought our check without asking us if we wanted dessert or anything else. When we asked him for the dessert menu, he discouraged us by staying the dessert waiter was running 20 minutes behind so it would be a wait but if we wanted to we could order and pay for it and if dessert didn't get here in time, before we had to leave for our ballet performance, we could pick it up after the performance. We opted to skip out on dessert. We are just shocked that it would take 20 minutes to place a slice of dessert on a plate! This is not the same restaurant that we have loved and patronize for many years.

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  6. DavidB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Restaurant Before Live Theater, Ballet, Opera, or a Special Night Out.

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  7. KatrinaA

    Houston

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Pre theater performance dinner. Prompt service and the quality of the food and service was a good value and convenient.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience. Food and service were amazing. Even though they were busy, we got in and out in time to see our show.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Fantastic waitstaff! Overall a nice experience. If I were to pick nits, I was disappointed that even though I had arranged a reservation ahead of time, we were seated at the closest table next to the kitchen — to me this always feels like a deliberate snub. Also will be wary of the dish Pollo Poretti said to be crepe “style”… it was pasta wrapped chicken (like an enchilada) rather than actual crepes. Was glad to finally be back here after so many years. Interior was nothing like the cozy, pub-like restaurant I remember from way back. Might wait a few more before I return.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent service and atmosphere! We will definitely go and visit again.

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  11. RamanaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A good place to have dinner before you attend a show in the Theater district,

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  12. MissyLea

    Houston

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    overall4food2service5ambience3
    I was so disappointed in my meal this past Saturday evening. I got the shrimp scampi. The past was bland and cold. There was no sauce on the pasta at all. Just plain pasta - no salt, pepper or spices of any kind. The shrimp was also cold and bland.

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  13. CarolMc

    Houston

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Consistent quality of food - excellent service - quieter table near the front window - great dining experience

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  14. DJfromTexas

    Houston

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great evening. The Grateful Geezers were playing and the music was wonderful as always!

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  15. JRH01

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2023

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    Went for a business lunch. We were one of 2 tables seated and the service was terrible and unacceptable - If not embarrassing, considering I was hosting a client. Food was mediocre. I thought based on reviews that it would be considerably better than it was, it was if I was at a different restaurant.

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  16. ChrisC

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a convenient place to dine before a show then grab a cocktail or dessert after as you wait for the crowds in the garage to decrease. The staff is friendly and the ambiance pleasant.

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  17. Rabbit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waiter Paco was extremely helpful.Excellent wine list. My partner had the shrimp and I had white fish. Both were delicious. They were generous with portions - we did not try dessert because the entrees were so much food. Would definitely return.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Even though we had a reservation, they tried to shuffle us downstairs to a “private” dining room. We weren’t looking for a private dining experience and it felt like a dungeon.I had to be direct in stating that we were not going to dine downstairs. The food was okay. Service was just okay. The biggest highlight is this place is convenient to the theatre district. That’s it’s only really upside.

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  19. ChandaF

    Houston

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Overall dinner was a very pleasant experience. We had reservations and was seated promptly. Glad that we allowed a 2 1/2 hr. window for dinner before the concert at the Wortham so we could enjoy the meal and not rush through it. We started with drinks, the Star Cross Lovers was delicious and the Seafood sampler appetizer. The Veal Picatta was quite tasty. The portion was 2 cutlets and I was only able to eat 1 and half of the pasta served. The waiter stated that we could have the remaining boxed and come back and pick it up after the event. We accepted that option and told him our name to place on the leftovers. After the event we returned to pick up the package only to be told that they could not be found. My rating would have been outstanding if it had not been for us being misinformed about being able to pick up ourleft-overs.

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  20. ReginaT

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful attentive staff, very inviting and attentive from moment we walked in. Live music was a plus.

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  21. Heike

    Houston

    19 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    We ordered the "stuffed" mushroom caps which ended up mushroom caps swimming in a sauce covered by not melted cheese. I made the reservation and made it a point to mention the reason for this dinner was also a birthday celebration. The person checking us in mentioned it but that was it. Nothing, not even with dessert was done special. Rest of food was OK.

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  22. Monica

    Houston

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We had nice dinner before the theater. Staff is well-versed in ensuring you make it to your show, so this is a good stress free spot. I had a nice martini. My dinner was good, but my husband and son said there's was okay.

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  23. PamC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve been going here for years before or after performances at the Alley Theatre next door. I’ve never been disappointed. Great food, great sercize, and so convenient.

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  24. DandDB

    Houston

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Just not as good this time. We'll give them another chance, but we were a bit disappointed.

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  25. HDBigDaddy

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Fantastic setting with live musician and very friendly staff.

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  26. BeckyL

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We always eat at Birraporetti’s when we come into Houston to go to The Alley. It’s a favorite tradition we love. We ate downstairs this time, which we’ve never done before. Our server, Betsy, did a great job going up and down those stairs.

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  27. Jerseycyclone

    Houston

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    It was a very busy night. We sat at the bar hoping for quicker service and we think that was a better choice than the crowded high tables but the bar tenders were slammed. Still an enjoyed pre theater dinner.

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  28. CarlaH

    Houston

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Never again, awful experience. After going for years for special occasions before a play at the Alley, last night was our last. As we walked in, the two hosts at the front were chatting and barely acknowledged us. After stating I had a reservation they seemed bothered and gave us and then each other looks before finally leading us to the dungeon, I mean, the basement downstairs dining area. The ambiance was non-existent. Tables were bare, just a tablecloth. No salt and pepper, no centerpiece... Not quite the "fine restaurant" feel to match their prices. Waiter was nice enough taking our orders, but that was the last time we saw him. Never once checked on us and wouldn't make eye contact when we tried to. Iced tea order didn't come with lemons and sweeteners and when we asked they seemed confused. Water was just tap water, no ice, no slice of lemon (ok, but... fine dining?). Drinks weren't refilled for a long time, after asking. Soda was just a can, no refills or ice (in the past it was fountain with refills and ice). Food was ok, nothing spectacular. Biggest gripe is staff just seemed completely unaware of basic things, like offering parmesan cheese with pasta dish, or plates to eat the pizza on. When the pizza was brought to the table we were asked if we wanted plates, odd question in a fine restaurant... Plates didn't come. Serving stuff wouldn't make eye contact so had to get up and ask for plates. Still didn't come. Had to go upstairs and talk to a manager before someone would send us plates to dine on. Pizza was getting cold by then. Manager (I guess? Some guy, didn't introduce himself) came to half-heartedly apologize, which was insulting; and offered to comp the appetizer. I didn't want free food. I wanted a pleasant experience and by then there was no hope for that and just wanted to get out of there. It took some doing to get the waiter to see us so he could come take our payment. Horrible management.

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  29. SCooper

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and the staff was very friendly! The escargot is awesome! We will definitely be back!

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  30. SteveF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    overall4food3service2ambience4
    We were seated right away in the back “bar” room and a training wine tasting was going on as well as all wait staff amping up for the dinner rush. We were seated at 3:10 and at 3:24 had to ask a manager or passing supervisor of some sort to send over a waiter. The bartender tended o us and was busy at the bar so wasnt able to be super attentive. I would have liked a bacon or prosciutto in my pasta but was given meatballs.

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  31. PaulL

    Houston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Best place to go when you are going to The Theater

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  32. DavidR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Convenient site for a pre- or post-Alley meal. Solid food and service with a pretty good menu.

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  33. andy

    Houston

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Birraporetti's is our go to place when we see plays at the Alley. Besides being convenient, the food is very good and the service is prompt.

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  34. DT1424

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service have never disappointed us. It is really convenient to the Alley Theatre and just a short distance to the Hobby Center. We have dinner here for every play we attend downtown.

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  35. StephanieM

    Houston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We had 2 of 3 meals prepared incorrectly and our server seemed less than concerned. Once it was pointed out and corrected, our ticket showed additional charges for the corrected items. We then had to get that corrected. Food was good overall, but service could definitely be better.

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  36. ADeeB

    Houston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Love the location in the theater district. Brunch is consistently good.

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  37. MommaLoves

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing! Service was top notch. If you’re ever looking for a restaurant with a decadent cuisine, Birraporetti’s the place to go. Superbly the best! 💜💜💜

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  38. Claudia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delightful. Good service. No waiting and we were done in time to get to the Alley Theater. Good apasta.

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  39. annieB

    Houston

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    great place before theater and food is good and a good value.

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  40. SuzanneB

    Houston

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2023

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    we were 20 min late for our reservation and they held it for us. we got a gret table and the best server in the restaurant. the food was mid but the vibe made up for it. they were very good about getting us out of there in time to make our show.

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FAQs

Birraporetti's - Theater District offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (713) 224-9494.

Birraporetti's - Theater District is rated 4.1 stars by 2854 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 22 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Birraporetti's - Theater District

500 Louisiana St., Houston, TX 77002

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Prairie
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 11:00 am–11:00 pm
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Pizzeria, Cocktail Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Parking meters available around the restaurant; meters are free after 6:00pm and all day on Sundays. There is also a parking garage that is connected to the restaurant with; entrance on Louisiana St. & Smith St.
  • Public transit
    Birraporetti's is located three blocks down from the Preston stop on the Metrorail, and there are Metro bus stops around the restaurant. Birraporetti's will also call you a cab if need be.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Rogelio Roman
  • Entertainment
    Every Saturday and Sunday night, Birraporetti's features live music and entertainment into the wee hours of the night. Live jazz is also featured during Sunday brunch. Occasionally there is music during the week as well.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (713) 224-9494
  • Catering
    Birraporetti's caters off site events and offers all levels of catering, from a simple drop off and pick up option, all the way to a full service, fully satisfied wonderful banquet like experience!! Birraporetti's can accommodate any number of people on cater outs.
  • Private party facilities
    For almost 40 years Birraporetti’s has been the place to gather on a date, celebrating with friends and family, for happy hour, or before or after the theater.
  • Private party contact
    Jon Glieber: (713) 224-9494 ext. 105
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