Birraporetti's - Theater District

4.2
2141 reviews
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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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Specials

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

Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

We will be offering a Sunday Brunch Buffet from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm for $35.95 adults and $16.95 for children 12 and under. We will offer featured specials at dinner.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

What 2141 People Are Saying
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LN
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a perfect meal before the theater. Online reservation worked great.

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JM
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service from all employees. Our waiter, Felix, was great! Like the option of putting any leftovers in the kitchen and picking up after the theater.

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TW
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I eat at Birraporetti"s before plays at the Alley Theater . Food is good and service usually very good. Last night however we had a waiter that must be relatively new. It wasn't a huge negative but the server brought my entree and salad at the same time. He needs to know that salad needs to come first so meal won't get cold.

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RC
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birraporetti’s is alway a treat! I was dining alone, and my server made me feel so welcome. I had the spinach fettuccine with mushrooms. It was the best fettuccine I have ever had… ever! The noodles were fresh and tender, and the sauce was smooth and flavorful. A great place to dine in the theater district either before or after any event.

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Mississippi
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

All was great! Felix took good care of us.

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PP
London
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Good location for lunch before the theater, symphony or opera, with convenient parking and OK ambiance. Unfortunately very old fashioned Italian food - could really benefit from a lighter and more true Italian upgrade.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Brunch buffet was very mediocre and a poor value at $37.00 per person. It was Mother’s Day and I felt a little like we got had with the jacked up pricing for a pizza and pasta buffet. Carving station was a very dry brisket and roast beef with no accompanying sauce or au jus.

I would not go back as the service was also non existent. We had to place our dirty plates on another table when we got our dessert.

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BN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful food! Great place for a date dinner after a Broadway play.

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RM
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food was excellent. Great preshow spot.

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PO
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Birraporetti’s for a pre show meal. The service Earl provided was professional and courteous. We let him know what time the show started and he got us out in plenty of time. The food was great. The music created a nice ambiance. We will definitely go back!

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

After the Opera. Out of Key Lime Pie at 6pm 😡
Service was good but s-l-o-w. Food was good but not great.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Slow, slow, slow.

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KF
West Virginia
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I have tried Birraporetti's several times now and every time the food is meh. Nothing outstanding and the food tastes okay. I went with the curtain menu's spinach salad, ribeye steak and chocolate mousse. It was just all mundane. I don't know what they put in the mashed potatoes, but they tasted weird--almost fishy. The food gleamed a little, which made me weary of what they finished it off with--MSG, maybe. The mousse was extremely fluffy and bland. Our server, Danny, was prompt and friendly, but he's not in charge of the food. No more visits here.

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J
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

My sister wanted me to tell you that she Loved her linguini with clams and I enjoyed my pork chops. Our server was very personable (I wish I could remember his name...choby?). Overall a good pre -theater experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was good. Nice place. Felt like it was a good value for what we paid. A bit slow service.

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SO
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Helen was very attentive and patient when we couldn’t decide what to order. Came to our table several times to check to see if we needed anything. Food was excellent and perfectly portioned. We will definitely be returning for another pre-theater dinner.

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NS
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

It is easy to take reservations but another thing to honor the time. Way too many reservations were accepted for the amount of staff and seating and kitchen help. Were seated fourty minutes after the reservation time and had to hurry through dinner before the theater start. Average food at best and no mention of our daughter’s birthday which was made known on booking. Disappointed and will not return.

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n
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect! I really enjoyed our evening there. The live jazz was also great!

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M
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Had a reservation but had to wait in line for 30 minutes . Finally seated David waited on us and he was incredible. We managed to have drinks dinner and make it to the theater on time

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TR
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

We had a group of 9 ladies for dinner at 5pm on a Wed, so not a busy time. The service was horrible and some of our ladies did not receive their meals. Two of them became ill after the meal. We will not return.

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JF
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

It took quite a while for the waitress to realize we were there. I had to ask someone bussing tables to bring us water.

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DD
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Went to see the band that performed tonight and it was great.

Birraporetti's - Theater District
Responded on May 2, 2019

Thank you for your 4 star review. We have Live music every Thursday Thru Monday. Monday is the biggest draw. Those bands are selected because they generally have their own following. You can check out the website event calendar at birraporettishouston or sign into our mailing list on the website and we will email you the weekly band line up.

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P
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Having had one bad experience among many pleasant experiences at this restaurant, I was pleased with the service, food, and ambiance at our last visit.

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WB
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The service was a touch slow, but not bad. The food was excellent and the convenience of being right next to the theater was great.

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R
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Management very cognizant of its clientele. They encourage returning Opera/Theater goers by giving free parking passes for future visits.

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KS
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was excellent. The location for the theater's, especially for HGO.

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SS
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our meal at Birraporetti's. It was one of the best meals I ever had. The salmon special with crab meat and lemon butter sauce was out of this world! I will definitely go again! Just make sure you make reservations!

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RV
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lasagna used to be better. But the overall experience of going there before the symphony is still a winner.

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OT
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

The food was good & the restaurant is a pleasant place. We had lobster ravioli (tasty), pizza (marvelous), chicken picatta (good), & pork chops (excellent). The service was very slow & indifferent. It took us almost 15 minutes to find our waiter to get the check. That’s ridiculous. It’s also inexcusable as it was Friday night & the majority of diners were going on to nearby events. We were almost late to the Alley Theatre.

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C
Houston
78 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food and generous wine pours! If you are doing any of the downtown theaters or music, it can't be beat. The adjacent parking is easy and reasonable ($10 event price in a secured garage) with the restaurant right downstairs and venues within easy walks. The dark interior gives an elegant vibe. The food is always outstanding. Had a happy hour special of the bruschetta...wow delicious on garlic bread slices. A meal in itself. Everything I have seen and had is wonderful, but I'm a regular for the eggplant parmigiana. Love this place and it makes attending any event downtown very easy. And a great meal at surprisingly very reasonable prices.

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j
Houston
130 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A great pre-theater option. Food is consistently good and they work to get you out in time for the theater.

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J
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Where’s my points for dining? They haven’t posted and you said you confirmed my reservation

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LP
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 3

I have visited this Birraporetti's several times, and have always been very pleased with the service and
food, however service this time was totally unacceptable. After being lead to our table, wait staff came back and forth past and never asked if we had been waited on, after 10 minutes I went back up to the host desk and asked if anyone was working the area where they had sat us, they said yes and they would send someone over. Waiter came over took our drink order, after several minutes another waiter came over and asked for our drink order, we told him we had already given our order to another person, he said I'll take it, what do want to drink. This waiter(328 Donald) should not be in the service industry he was totally not interested in what he was doing.

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D
Kinki Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Food was very disappointing and not a good value. Worst meatball sandwich I have ever had. The chicken la griglia not good. Asked for sauce since it was so dry and not tasty and was charged $2 for sauce even though told waiter why needed. Service was very mediocre.

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LM
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved their brunch. A great variety of food. Everything was delicious. Love their crème brûlée.

Birraporetti's - Theater District
Responded on April 18, 2019

Thank you Liliana for the wonderful brunch recommendation~

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and Service, quiet place in Downtown Houston.

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B
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Recommend for the food which was good as always. But, it was so cold in that place. They seemed to have cranked the AC up as if expecting a full crowd, but there weren't enough people for the cold. It was good to get outside when we finished so we could warm up.

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M
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great service! Would recommend to friends and family. Thank you.

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Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly delicious meal beautifully presented. The perfect place for a meal before the theater. Great live music too!

Birraporetti's - Theater District
Responded on April 6, 2019

Thank you for your 5 star review. WE have live music on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and the biggest bands play on Monday evenings where you can enjoy Happy Hour all day and night in the restaurant and the bar.

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j
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and amazing service!

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