Birraporetti's - Theater District

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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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4.1
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3.7
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4.1
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CJ
Houston
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Enjoyed dinner before the play at the Alley

H
Houston
25 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience2

One meal was totally unacceptable, and cold not be eaten.

JW
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food late night. Loved the live guitarist. Food was delicious and service was fast.

GA
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were seated promptly on this occasion, as opposed to previous visits. Service was acceptable, however our initial waiter was replaced by a new individual who serviced our table. The second waiter was fine, but I never know in situations such as this which one to waive down when I need something like a drink refill or additional silverware.

SH
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a reservation on valentines' day and we were seated immediately as we arrived. We were seated in a section in the corner where it was quite. There was only one waiter for nearly 8 tables or so but he (Felix) did a great job so we had a very good evening. They had a good selection of vegetarian choices which was important to us. It being cold, I was looking for a warm dessert but they didn't have any. Overall, we had a good evening there.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Took a while to get a server. Didn’t get our salads until the meal came and they were the wrong salads. Everything else was good.

AE
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommended by past patrons The staff and service was outstanding. Our wait person was very observant to our needs ... made it a pleasure to dine

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I ate here for Valentines Day before going to the Opera and the food was amazing!! We started with the appetizer sampler then my husband ordered the Chicken picatta w/ lobster ravioli an asparagus and I had the Filet w/spinach Alfredo and asparagus and omg, it was delicious!! We returned after the opera was over to listen to live music and a glass of red blend with their chocolate chip cheesecake. We will definitely be returning!!!

RR
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our night with dinner before the show and our waiter Earl was great!
Then had an after show drink and desert with another outstanding employee "bartender Mr Smalls" .
Thanks

A
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had lunch at Birraporetti's before a Sunday matinee Houston Symphony performance and ordered off the menu rather than having the buffet brunch. Our server was excellent, very patient with our questions and accommodating with our orders. The food was good and ample. Location for those of us going to performances nearby can't be beat.

i
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great brunch buffet!

OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Mommie Daughter date

J
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience4

I did not eat my dinner. The chicken was very, very dry. The green beans did not even have the ends cut off, and they were oily. The food overall was not hot. The only thing that was okay was the massed potatoes.

ND
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Worst experience ever! Birra Porettis has gone downhill! We went there bc it was close to Hobby Center as we were seeing a show at 8:00. Made reservations for 6:45. Got there on time and was asked by an older gentleman at the front about our table. He then said “well I don’t know, you’ll have to wait.” Finally was seated and the waiter never came so another gentleman took our order. The waiter finally returned but was confused why we gave our order to the other guy? Ordered a dirty martini and was far from anything resembling a drink. Bean soup was so salty! Garlic bread tasted like the one you get in the freezer section at HEB. Bright lights. No ambiance. Will not visit again and suggest you don’t either.

V
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Nice place to eat before the play. Great selection of food. Nice ambiance.

r
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food, very clean, exceptional manager, Chuck we love u!

Birraporetti's - Theater District
Responded on February 9, 2020

Thank you Richard for the 4 star review. We will pass your comments on to Chuck, who,by the way, is an investor ,not a manager.

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DB
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Dinner was a very pleasant experience - food and service. We even came back after the show and had dessert and coffee.

RL
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal at a reasonable price. We tend to visit when in the theater district for an event, but would be good anytime.

S
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food, excellent service, and we enjoyed the live music.

r
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service! Very quick. Consistently good food.

M
Houston
32 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and drinks. Good service and friendly

Birraporetti's - Theater District
Responded on February 5, 2020

Thank you for the 5 stars, we are tickled you enjoyed experience!

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JS
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

service was poor-slow to take order, timing of food delivery off

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Three words: Don’t Do It! I expected mediocre food from looking at reviews but the annoyed, disinterested server made the mediocre food even worse.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felix, our waiter was tremendous. All was great!!

SM
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner before the theatre with my daughter

RS
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Overbooked, noisy and chaotic. Service was very very slow and food not hot when we got it. Several people waiting for food and service. Will not return sorry to say.

r
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

This is usually a good place. They have a captive audience of
Wortham, Alley, Jones, etc. But the chow is just average. But, but
the prices are not bad. My noodles were cold with only a dollop
of bottled alfredo sauce thrown on top. I can do that, but not as badly
as this.

SW
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We would give it another try. Our servers wasnt very attentive!

SN
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We chose Birraporetti's for a pre-theater dinner since we were seeing a play at the Alley. We were able to have dinner and a leisurely stroll over to the theatre.

The food was average- the Tuscan bean soup was over salted, the veal picatta was chewy - the "straw and hay" fettuccine was o.k. Service was over bearing at times- and then the waitress would disappear for long stretches.

So- you be the judge- it can't be beat for location if you are going to the Alley but it feels like the restaurant is sliding by on its location

DG
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The restaurant has been here for a long time and sometimes it shows. The reservation wasn't ready, the food was only average, and a few table near us were getting a lot of attention from a manager trying to make up for mistakes in their order. Our server was pleasant, but our order took a long time considering that people come here before attending shows and timing is important.

TR
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Waiter was a bit distracted by a larger party, but it did take a bit more time than anticipated to get wine glass refills and check.

WB
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Our waiter was great and the food was good but it took nearly an hour to come out. Our server finally said “let me go talk to the manager and see what is taking so long” and it came out a few minutes later. People around us were seated after us but got their meals quickly while we waited. While the server apologized repeatedly, no manager ever came by. Luckily we had plenty of time before the show, but it took way too long.

OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We have been here several times and each time it gets worse. We were seated promptly, and that was the last good thing I can say about the evening. The salads were all lettuce. One cherry tomato. We then were going to split a pizza. While still trying to finish our lettuce, the waiter starting shoving plates toward us in a small table. He spilled my drink on me. He shrugged and took my salad away (still eating my lettuce) and never offered to replace my drink. The pizza was very undercooked. Our dining experience lasted less than 39 minutes. It felt like an evening at McDonald’s. The manager came over and after explaining our evening, he finally took the spilled cocktail off the bill. We will never return.

MS
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience5

The food an atmosphere was fabulous. Our waitress however was very slow in every aspect of handling our table of 6. She nearly made us miss the opening of the performance at Jones Hall we were going to see.

JE
Houston
69 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Service was very slow. It took a while to be waited on. I believe the server was over worked. We had to ask continually for everything we ordered. This may be convenient for pre show dinner but not unless you can pull it off. Very disappointed.

LN
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My son and I had our pre-marathon pasta meal here (fettuccini & meatballs in tomato sauce with a side order of bread). The food was excellent with good sized portions and service quick despite the restaurant being quite full. Our waiter was great and restaurant ambience very nice. Good value, highly recommend and will definitely go back next time in Houston!

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and good quiet atmosphere, even though they were very busy.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best place for Italian food in Houston! Always cannot wait to return.

TM
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance. Very friendly staff. Food was excellent as was the service. I would definitely recommend to anyone and will return when back in Houston

s
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Dinner before the show! Always nice to dine before Hobby Center performance.