Birraporetti's - Theater District

4.3
2443 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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Our waiter was very informal and didn’t show much care or respect. We were a group of young adults but we were in formal attire, yet we didn’t feel appreciated. Some of my friends enjoyed their meals but I didn’t enjoy mine. The prices and menu were different from everything else I had seen elsewhere, driving it up to an official overpriced burger rating (in my opinion). Will not be returning.

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vipEdwardB
Houston
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything and everyone was just the way we like them to be.

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AlfredZ
Houston
37 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place for drinks and pizza, tried the Alfredo pizza, excellent crust and flavor!!!! Nice place to hang out prior to go to the theater!!!

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RobinS
Houston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The booth we requested was available of food was delicious our server was fabulous wonderful experience

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vipAmateurFoodCritic
Houston
72 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always dine at Birraporetti's when we're downtown for a show. Sometimes before, sometimes after, sometimes both. Just seems like the cool place to go.

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ChrisJ
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2022
Overall2food2service2ambience2

My wife an I went to the restaurant at 6:00 pm with a reservation. We were seated an then we ordered a glass of wine an water while looking at the menu. Ten minutes later we order, we received are wine and a salad. Fifty minutes later after a lot of waving we finally got our dinner. Both of them were Luke warm at best, but we only had 35 minutes left to eat an walk to the show. Had I had more time I would have sent it back. We have dined here for the last fifteen years without any issues. This visit was embarrassing. It looked like they only had two waiters an probably not much more in the kitchen. If your limited on staff I get it, but don’t fill your restaurant thinking we all are there for sub par service and food quality.

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RamonaD
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a marvelous dinner. Our server was exceptional. Will be back again and again.

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RobinS
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food always good, atmosphere as well. My family always enjoys going before or after plays, symphony, etc. Service was a little slow, but not bad. Highly recommend.

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Lindanm
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall4food3service3ambience3

I go there for the Sunday Buffet. The highlight are their vegetables, which were excellent. Usually they have fish but not this time. They had chicken which was pretty dry and beef that was pretty hard to eat. Hopefully they will have fish next time. The deserts were great.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Food was bland. Service was good and we were seated right in the walking path out of the kitchen.

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EstherD
Houston
25 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great spot for pre theatre dining for us! Service is so timely and we have never been late to our show because of late service! Food is consistently good and it’s a 2 min walk to HGo or Alley!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place to eat before the theatre.

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CCMC21
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The lunch menu had good options. Plenty of availability during lunch. Service was slow but it appeared to be a small staff. Would return.

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campbjr
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seated immediately and acknowledged by waiter almost as fast. Food was outstanding! They also held our leftovers until after the performance at Jones Hall.

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KathyL
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was very good and was delivered to our table in reasonable time. It was wise to have a reservation, because the restaurant was busy. The atmosphere was beautiful. Calm & peaceful, lending itself to table conversation. All in all a very good value. We will go back again.

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vipMike
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had excellent service with Blair as our waiter and food was excellent. We had a party of six, having dinner before going to Jones Hall. Blair guided us on our food selections and made sure in came out in a timely matter. All six dinners were excellent. No question about where to go when dinning in the theater district, we will return.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an enjoyable experience

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KAndre
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have the prix fix menu and it was very good. The waiter was patient and willing to accommodate a slight modification and I look forward to going back.

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mb3355
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful New Year Eve. Restaurant beautifully decorated for the holidays. Excellent food and service. Thoroughly enjoyed the live music

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DebbyT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a nice dinner prior to show performance next door. Service was attentive and understood our timing. The food was delicious, hot and fresh. Will go again!

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MarcosS
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Good value, pizzas are the best and service is efficient and friendly

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Downtown for A Christmas Carol at Alley Theatre with my parents and family. The actual meal was good. The service was some of the worst I have ever experienced. 5:30 dinner reservations. Restaurant was not busy at all. Our server had only one table other than us. It took our server Antonio 25 minutes to greet the table. No apologies, no formal greeting, no name introduction. Just walked up and says “You know what you want to drink?” 45 minutes from when we sat to get our glass of wine for my parents. Again no apologies, no urgency, no real interest in our waiter to serve us. 75 minutes before we even got our dinner order in and only because now we went and cook d him for a second time to get the process going. I had to go to the bar to get a glass of wine for my wife and I as well. No water refills. No refills of my daughters tea. Again we had to find someone to get us more water as we all had empty glasses. Dinner was very good, food was wonderful. Our waiter was very attentive when it came time to get me the check and then hovered near by to pick up a signed copy of the bill when I was done. Other waiters seemed to be very attentive and eager to give good service. Antonio seemed to be more interested in hanging out in the back. I’m sending this privately because I never saw a manager to discuss with and one didn’t come by our table to check on us during our two hour meal either.

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LindaL
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience5

We were ignored. My wine never arrived and bartender told me the order had never been placed. Salad plates were not removed. Missing silverware on table. Long wait for Check. Waiter was visible in small room off dining room, playing with his phone. Get him another job!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious

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vipjwuchef
Las Vegas
56 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience3

From all the rave reviews we were very excited. That ended when the food arrived. Zero seasoning, it was obvious our food sat in the pass (window) for at least 10 minutes. Our pasta was dried out and sauce had a thick skin on it from sitting and the steak used for my pasta dish literally looked chewed and cooked..wonder what meat scrapes they REALLY were. Only saving Grace was our awesome server!
Only way I can guess this place is still open is being so close to the theater….then again…Olive Garden would be a vast improvement over this trap.

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KatherineY
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat if you are going to a theater performance.

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CharlesR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

The food was fine and is reasonably priced. And, the service is typically friendly and timely. This time around, though, we had two challenges. The waiter placed the wrong appetizer order (at least the one he did place was cheaper) and he needed to be reminded twice to get our wine order. For the latter issue, we were done eating before the wine arrived and it didn't even occur to him to offer to comp it.

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DarleneS
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great experience, we were seated promptly. Food was excellent. Location conveniently located. Would definitely recommend

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RODNEYC
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The cheese ravioli and club sandwich was less than expected, appetizer, dessert, and service was excellence.

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johnl
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was perfect. Food was great, service was stellar and the ambiance was spot on.

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cindyh
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! Perfecr place to dine before ballet.

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Nathan
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service was very slow, took over 30 minutes to get our check after asking for it. Food was not as good as past times.

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CristenD
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best dinner and the best service we have ever had at Birraporetti‘s prior to going to the nutcracker. It was absolutely wonderful thank you

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Houston Pops “VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS” concert. Could not have been a better dining experience.

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MarkC
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food quality and portion size. The entire staff was professional and attentive.

Can't wait to return.

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YvetteM
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptional. Our reservation was right on time. The staff was friendly and very attentive.

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MichaelR
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Great for a pre-theater meal, not much else, but that’s what it is and that’s ok

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TracyS
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely experience before we attended the ballet. Our server, Victor, was excellent and the food was amazing! Thank you for a wonderful evening!

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vipSEMac
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was packed for the holiday shows, but we were seated 15 minutes earlier than our reservations. Service was excellent in that there was no long wait despite how busy it was. This is a well managed restaurant!

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MannyB
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I should have heeded the warnings about bad service. The wait staff and the manager lack the skills and professionalism that's needed to give a delightful experience. My experience wasn't bad, per se, but it wasn't what I expect from a restaurant that advertises what they advertise. We had 2 servers and both of them were incompetent and I've had better servers at Applebee's. Even though I don't eat at Applebee's but you get my point. If you want top notch service then this place is NOT the place to go. I would never recommend and I'm not going back.

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

Birraporetti's - Theater District is rated 4.3 stars by 2443 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.