Cavatore Italian Restaurant

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779 reviews
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Cavatore Italian Restaurant is a family owned restaurant that has been in Houston for almost 29 years. Our unique menu features dishes from Northern Italy. We are famous for our tableside Caesar salad and homemade tiramisu. Live piano music nightly complements our food and atmosphere. Benvenutti a tutti (welcome everybody)!!
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MB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter and I love this place! Our waiter Isaac has become like family.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food has been great each time I’ve been. The service was always done with a smile and it makes a difference. Atmosphere always helps too.

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P
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three friends and I had asked for a quiet table and was shown to a table in a small nook. We could still hear the piano player but it was in the background. Our waiter was extraordinary in that he checked on us every few minutes but never rushed us or seemed impatient as we spent a long evening (2+ hrs) visiting and dining. The food, as usual, was excellent as we ordered the eggplant parmigiana, and one of their signature chicken dishes. The Key Lime Pie was the perfect light ending to a wonderful meal and evening.

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JD
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration. Chad is awesome! We love Cavatore’s. It’s the best!!!!

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RM
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This is one of our favorites. Over the years we have been there many times. It is always the same. The food was great and the service could be a little better, but it was ok. My biggest complaint is the sound level. Sometimes it is just too loud

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New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service!

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Houston
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We has a rookie waiter who could not keep up with tables. I would call it a blip we normally have the best service and food there will still go back

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BS
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time here last week. Service was wonderful, food was good, and the piano player was fantastic. Made for a relaxing, entertaining evening with friends.

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DD
Houston
105 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Cavatore's! We dine here often and have always had great food and service. Isaac is our favorite waiter.

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MC
Houston
61 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love to go here for special occasions. Great place!

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JS
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time at CAVATORE, and we were pleased with the food and the service. I will definitely go back. The piano was a bonus and made dinner more intimate.

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Houston
15 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

Waiter was not the usual Cavetore caliber not extremely outgoing plus orders were not correct
We come there at least four times a month and this was a disappointment after all we had bragged about to our guests.

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P
Dallas
22 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been coming to "Cavatore's" for 30 years next month, whether lunch or dinner, it has always been EXCELLENT!!! The entire staff is always courteous and professional, a credit to the owner Federico and his family!!!

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RZ
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

My wife and I were celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary on that day and belatedly celebrating our friends 2nd anniversary. The Maitre D` was aware of the special occasion and, although she shared the information with our waiter, he never acknowledged our special day even when we told him again when he came to offer dessert. In addition the caesar salad prepared at the table was poorly made and lacked taste. The meals were disappointing - - the fettuccini alfredo was only spaghetti with a tasteless cream sauce and the chicken piccata was closer to a marsala product. The meals were not served hot.
We have been coming to Cavatore's for years and have never experienced such inattentiveness and surly attitude from their staff and certainly did not expect the meal itself to be so disappointing.
Certainly not worth the price or time.

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j
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accomadating to group of 10 people. Let us have separate checks and gave us a private room. Owner run resteraunts always has excellent service.

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JW
Houston
44 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service!! This will be a repeater for us!!! Loved it!!

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HH
Houston
35 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cavatore is a fab place for a personal or professional lunch. This visit was true to form...food, service and atmosphere were top notch. Highly recommended!!

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C
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ceasar salad is the best. We continue to go often for special occasions.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous restaurant! Wonderful food and great music!

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Houston
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fathers Day

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GV
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service! Everyone is so friendly! The food is authentic!

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OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere! Enjoyed our food and dessert.

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DD
Houston
105 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined at Cavatore's many times. The food and service are always excellent. It is truly a jewel in our Timbergrove/Heights neighborhood.

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Houston
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places. Always like to here live piano music. Food is always good; love their creamy Italian salad dressing, garlic bread and my favorite, their cannelloni.

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HH
Houston
36 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food and service were fabulous.

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DO
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Its was ok...nothing too great. The place was cool.

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AS
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It had been several years since I last visited Cavatore and it was just as delicious as I remember. The food was amazing!!! I was so full but could NOT pass up the white mousse in the candied bowl. Wonderful!!!

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c
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is by far our favorite Italian restaurant in Houston. The food is delicious, the service is excellent, love that there is piano music, and did I say, the food is delicious. Aside from these positives, the restaurant has such a comfortable feel and good energy!

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MC
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner, great service, lovely atmosphere. Really enjoyed the live piano music, the pianist was talented & personable.

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MM
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I know what good Italian food is, and I've never had better. I can't wait to go back.

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M
New Orleans
32 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

They really put too much tomato sauce on food. I was scraping off most of the tomato sauce. If I go back I’ll ask for 1/2 of what they normally use.
Also, what would be a romantic venue, was over run with loud children and babies.

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SE
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

In following with other reviews, the ambiance and feel of Cavatore is great. It's both quirky, and very Italian feeling from the inside. The only drawback is that the wait staff could be more attentive. Keeping in mind that it was Mother's Day, I was more than pleased that getting a table was possible, and my party did arrive later than expected. My only gripe would be that once seated, it did take quite some time to place our order as well as get our food. I'd still recommend this restaurant.

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LL
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great location to celebrate Mother's Day with my wife and daughter. Wonderful meal and great atmosphere to make the experience wonderful.

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DH
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a party of 7 for Mother's Day and everyone enjoyed the food, piano player and the atmosphere!

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LG
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, music servers were great, only complaint was the $3 charge because we split an entree.

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BM
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chris gave us a wonderful evening of service & patience. Explained everything and was very attentive.

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B
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

We were disappointed. The calamari was fishy tasting and rubbery, like it was dated. The red snapper was overcooked and also tasted dated, not fresh. My husband's carbonara was tasteless. I couldn't even drink my Chardonnay. Cavatore is a vendor for my company. On occasion we cater in from them but, man, this was a very poor experience. The wait for items was extremely long. There was a large prom party and it's evident that the kitchen was overwhelmed. It was a wasted evening for us. Manager Roberto did take the snapper off the bill. Don't know if we'll return. I'd rather drive to Enoteca Rossa in Bellaire or North Italia, Grottos, or other nice Italian restaurants in the Houston area.

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G
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our favorite restaurant in town. We go there for special occasions--this one was the visit of a daughter and granddaughter from Seattle. Also go occasionally just for a great meal and a married "date." Wonderful selection of authentic Italian offerings, and the best Caesar salad in town. Live piano music adds to the pleasant atmosphere.

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LC
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The tableside prep of the Caesar Salad is great - delicious salad. Food was outstanding. My parents were visting from Austin and it will be our new favorite place.

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CE
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Mrs. Piano lady was fabulous. We really enjoyed the music during our dinner.
Our waiter was friendly and jolly. His service and timing was excellent.
The Food was great for you pasta lovers!
They also provided a greatly timed birthday dessert and song to end our evening. Mrs. Piano lady came in right on queue to help us sing the birthday song to my sister. It was a fun time!

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