Birraporetti's - Theater District

4.2
2032 reviews
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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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Wine and Dine

Enjoy a complimentary appetizer (up to $15.00 value) with the purchase of a bottle of wine anytime after 8pm.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 15, 2019

Ends: February 16, 2118

Availability: Sun-Thu 8:00PM-11:30PM

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H
Houston
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I would recommend this restaurant to friends who have event or theater tickets in the downtown. They will get you served in time to make your show time. The food is adequate but not amazing.

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DS
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I have been here several times recently. Increasingly concerned that this Theater District standby is losing its mojo. The service is just OK, the place is crowded and noisy during prime pre-theater time, but most important, the food lacks character. The garlic mashed potatoes are a tasteless wad of paste. The shrimp dishes lack shrimp, etc. It appears the owners are taking advantage of their location to soak the theater crowd. For close to the same money, will try the Lancaster next time.

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RR
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great place to eat before a play with reasonable prices. Nice atmosphere and attentive wait staff.

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TB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

This restaurant us right next to the Alley Theatre so they have a built-in customer base. This time especially I felt as if they didn't need my business. The feeling is mutual.

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j
Houston
120 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place for pre-theatre dinner. They always work to make sure you get out in time for the theater. Food is consistently good.

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TB
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food portion were small considering the price. Drinks are high even for happy hour.

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DG
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the spinach fettucine alfredo. never get rid of it

We had a great evening

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MC
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We eat there after most Alley performances. The food is very good, service is good and price is reasonable. Hated to not get the pizza, but on a diet--the sea food was a great substitute (or as good as a substitute could be for their pizza.

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s
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Make sure you have reservations. The food was fair, not great.

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M
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service! We asked for an off menu item and the chef was happy to accommodate the request

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KG
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy going here before the theater. Good food and great people watching.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Waiter was discounting things do make up for poor service. Overall I’m not usually that turned off by mistakes but it was multiple tables around us with the same issues of missing items, meals incomplete and overall details that were forgotten. Waiter also had a grill in his mouth which doesn’t fit the class of this restaurant so my wife and I were a little put off by that. Strange dining experience for a place that is usually much classier.

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EB
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

A server jumped in to help are group as the assign waiter was a no show to our table of 4. It appears the fellow that jumped in looks for opportunities to expand his role and make some additional cash on tips.
He was attentive, but we could feel it in service received that he was over extended. Very nice though.

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RD
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Pizza crust was excellent and pizza toppings were very good. The Server we had (OTTO) was friendly and efficient. Will definitely be back

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E
New Mexico
64 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Average food, poor service!

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MH
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Food was just awful.
No wine list to speak of.
Billed itself as an authentic Italian restaurant -- NOT.
Might be a great place for music, but not for dinner.
Very disappointing.

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CA
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Only because of its proximity to this Alley. Of late the service has been poor at best. Not the usual level I have come to expect.

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DV
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

The evening began with our reservation not being shown when we arrive, even though we had confirmed via email the day before and called 30 minutes before arriving (to let the staff know we might be 5 or 10 minutes late arriving, which it ended up we were not).

After that, everything went very well. We enjoyed our dinner and our server was great.

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WB
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were really good. If you are going before a play make sure you have reservations.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We met friends for dinner before seeing a play at the Alley Theatre. Our table was ready when we arrived. The service was great & the food was delicious. We ordered Chicken Picatta, Pork Chops, Lasagna, & Eggplant Parmesan & everyone was pleased with their food. It was very good. We will definitely eat here before another event downtown.

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GW
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Food was barely edible
Six diners and only one liked it and had horrible indigestion later......

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MD
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Tried the buffet. Food was disappointing - most of it looked and tasted like it had been sitting out for a while and was dry. Tasteless. Maybe ordering from the menu and skipping the buffet would have been better.

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KF
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

The entire buffet was cold.
My tablecloth was dirty when seated.
I killed a fruitfly/gnat at my table.
Won't be back - waste of time and money.

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RB
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Sunday brunch is one of my favorite ways to enjoy a meal.

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j
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Not impressed with portion sizes at all.. Food was delicious but the portions were so tiny.

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SA
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Like Applebee’s or Chilis quality and service

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had lunch prior to a Saturday matinee theater. They have a lunch menu that has good selection and very good pricing. The service was excellent and the food fantastic. I will definitely be back.

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KW
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Having a reservation didn’t seem to help. We still had to wait with everyone else which was a little disappointing.

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BR
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We made a reservation for 2 for my daughter and I at the last minute on line as we were driving to the theater. We got stuck in traffic and called the restaurant and told them we would be 15 minutes late. They were very nice and accommodating on the phone. The hostess upon our arrival was a bit rude but she showed us to our table.
We were able to eat and make it to theater in a timely manner. Food was good. Nice restaurant. Good service.

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B
Orange County
217 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Dinner for two at Birraporetti's on a Sunday evening was a disappointment. The primary reason for visiting any upscale restaurant is the quality of the food and on this basis Birraporetti's failed to deliver. The Lulu's Classic Lasagna was comparable to that found at low-end chain restaurants. The Crab Cakes were tasteless and possessed a disappointing texture; the linguini with olive oil & garlic was overwhelmed by the garlic. The service and the ambiance/location was good but did not compensate for the poor quality food.

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b
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was very pleasant and was very cognizant of our time schedule.
The food was very good.
Would highly recommend this restaurant .

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a
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I've eaten at Birraporetti's at least a couple of times (last night, January 12, 2019 was the most recent) and I've been underwhelmed each time. We were attending a concert at the Wortham Theatre Centre so it was very convenient. Convenience is its main appeal.

My experience, and that of my wife was more disappointing. We had a 6:30pm reservation and that was handled perfectly. The restaurant was mostly full but we were seated immediately even though we were a few minutes early. We noticed, however, that the table was quite wobbly and we mentioned that to the very friendly server. He said he would see what he could do but actually did not do anything about it. After a while the other guest with us got down on the floor, found something to shove under the leg and amazingly, the table was no longer wobbly. Didn't take much, except restaurant guests should not have to crawl on the floor to fix tables.

As I mentioned, my wife and I were eating kind of light. She ordered the Ceasar salad topped with salmon. I ordered the eggplant Parmesan with spinach fettuccine and Alfredo sauce. My wife noted that the salad was fine but her fish wasn't terrific. My plate was tepid, the fettuccine was all stuck together (probably sat on the counter a while) and the eggplant was pretty mushy and quite salty. It probably also sat around a while awaiting service. It took a long time for the waiter to check back with us on how our meals were. We were just about done eating so we didn't "complain." Any correction at that point would have taken a long time and we had a show to catch.

The waiter seemed a bit disappointed we didn't order any appetizers, drinks, or dessert. I get it; we probably weren't the most profitable table he had that night. But he remained friendly and by the time we settled our bills the restaurant was pretty empty. Dining in the Theatre District prior to the curtain just does that.

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G
Houston
42 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening. The grilled salmon with pasta primavera is always a favorite. Enjoyed the Tuscan Bean soup instead of a salad and it too was very good. Our waiter, Eric, is excellent! Both times he has waited on us, he has been perfect. Seated in the booths along the wall was so comfortable and we cannot wait to return!

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DL
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a great time
The food is fantastic and well priced
We always like the champagne and bellinis
Otto was wonderful

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G
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Average Italian food. Hasn’t changed since I last visited 20+ years ago.

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HD
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love their cheese garlic bread and their clams linguini

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JR
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and I went here for New Years Eve and loved it! We thought it would've been crowded, but nope! We reserved a table on Open table and bought a groupon. WIN WIN. We had the philly cheesesteak pizza and as a person who eats beef rarely, I was so surprised with out tender the meat was! Needless to say we are every bite. My 1 year old also LOVED the live music performed by the band that was there. Great tunes.

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MG
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and the service was very good! Try their veal, doesn’t matter which version as they are all amazing!

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GB
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They made our pre theater dinner magical from the time our family of 8 walked in the door. The food and the service was amazing. We had lots of different food but the pizza was the best I have ever had. The live music was fantastic and the decor with all the windows was special. We will be back just for dinner without having to go to theater. A special shout out to the gentleman who served us.

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JL
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was very good, but the service was awful. Our waitress failed to return to the table to check on us, had to be asked multiple times to bring the dessert tray, and then once we ordered dessert, failed to put the order in. She kept making excuses about how she had been there since opening and was exhausted. We had to ask an assistant manager to bring our check and then the waitress wouldn’t return to allow us to pay. We finally had to take it to the front ourselves. We watched as her other tables had their orders all mixed up and couldn’t get their checks either. The restaurant is very convenient to Jones Hall, but the awful service nearly spoiled our enjoyable night out. I would definitely not recommend trying to eat there before a performance.

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