Cavatore Italian Restaurant

4.6
741 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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LC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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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BC
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have no complaints. This restaurant is excellent, kid-friendly, delicious, and the staff and live piano add to a beautiful ambiance.

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R
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

From the outside, the place does not look like a 5 star place. Once inside, a different story. We ordered the Caesar Salad at the table was outstanding. We ordered pasta dishes which we as good as any we have had, anywhere on the planet.

Our waiter, Chad was excellent and added to the great dining experience! This is a must try in Houston.

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CP
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Food, service, atmosphere- it’s all perfect!

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DK
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was fine. The waiter wasn't attentive. We would've ordered more drinks but he wouldn't visit our table often. We had to request the dessert tray... I doubt I'd return.

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M
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very cozy, great food. They had a singer there the night we stopped by.

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JS
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming here for years. The food and service have always been excellent but we always struggled with the wine selections by the glass. That has changed! The Conundrum and Saldo are both solid picks. Thanks for updating the wine selections. Still the best garlic bread and table-side Caesar Salad in town! We will definitely be back.

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MR
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food, good service (could've been faster but we enjoyed the slower pace/relaxation). Loved the decor (was very Texas and eclectic). Really enjoyed the tableside caesar salad!

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T
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of favorite places in the heights. It can be busy so make a reservation. My favorite is the veal Marsala. The table side ceasar is a must have.

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JP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

It's the perfect place for a nice and elegant dinner. Along being able to have a conversation without telling and amazing filling food.

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S
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

Ambience was great. Piano player was awesome. Food was mediocre. Service was lousy. I would go for casual dinner & drinks not for any occasion.

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KN
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Although it was Valentine's Day, it took 2 hours to get our food, while others who came in after us were served and gone. The waiter had to ask us 3 times what we had ordered as he brought our appetizers, then salad. Leads me to believe he never put the order in in the beginning. Then they blamed it on the kitchen and the meal ordered as if that particular meal took extra time, which it didn't. Veal Saltimbucca? Don't think so. The food was average to say the least and nothing to write home about or write a recommendation about. Won't happen again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Everything was great except that we waited 45 minutes for our food to come out.

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KJ
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I would not recommend for Valentine’s for sure. The overriding reason is that the piano woman ( is your regular man gone for good?) was so loud you could not really have a conversation. I had brought my friends from England who insisted on paying, and I was uncomfortable with the cost, service and noise. They did like the lamb ( not on the web, said steak and shrimp) but for $65 how about a proper vegetable? We’ll be back for kids pizza night or Caesar salad. You did ask...

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P
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been going to this restaurant for almost 30 years now, and it has always been an excellent experience, whether for lunch or dinner!

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j
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carbonara amazing!

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JM
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was average. Crawfish pasta was disappointing. Atmosphere with live piano player was outstanding.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been there many times and I am never disappointed.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Chris was excellent. Love the piano player. The food is always delicious at Cavatore, portion size seemed small though. Otherwise was s great Valentines dinner!

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DB
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wait staff was wonderful. We will visit this establishment again. I would suggest this location as a top 10 affordable Italian eatery in Houston. Thanks for a great experience!

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BP
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming decor, romantic ambiance and great food rounded out an excellent experience. Keep this place in mind for special occasions.

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

Excellent experience, food, and service. Impressed!

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SM
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had a great time and your food was excellent!!! I highly will recommend it to family and friends!!!

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BD
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to Cavatore to celebrate my husband's birthday, and it was indeed a treat. The service was quite good, although it waned a bit as our server got busier and busier - to be expected. The ambiance has always been lovely, including the décor, the character of the different rooms and the piano and violin music. The only drawback regarding the ambiance when we visited was that we were seated amid three different tables that included infants or toddlers. While they were relatively well-behaved, this was distracting at times and certainly added to the noise level. While I don't experience Cavatore as the ideal family restaurant, I would hope that some effort could be made to seat families with children in a separate section from tables with adults only. The food was delicious. As always, their unique Caesar salad was outstanding. Two or us had the veal "con limon" and it and the accompanying asparagus were perfect. My husband enjoyed his eggplant as well. We can recommend saving room for dessert, as both the pecan pie cheesecake and the key lime pie were extraordinary. We will return for special occasions in the future.

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

We were seated 30 minutes after our reservation time. Once we were seated we only saw our waiter when he got our order and brought my husband a glass of wine. We had to ask for water and some bread. The service was very slow but you could tell the place was packed. On a positive note the food was amazing and we will give this place another try. Just disappointed with the bad service.

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

Food is high quality but serving sizes leave a lot to be desired. Dinner dishes are expensive and feel more like lunch portions.

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RV
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

We were seated ten minutes late from our reservation time! Host was not organized and had five 7 PM reservations waiting. In addition server was overwhelmed although it wasn’t his fault. Second time here where I have had bad service. Owners really need to intervene or they will lose more customers.

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

Cavatore's is a super fun place in the Heights. The piano player was excellent. The food is wonderful. The pasta is made from scratch! We enjoyed the ambiance, and the service was personal, but not overdone.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the piano on Friday night! Table side Caesar salad is always amazing!

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time I eat at Cavatore the food is exceptional, as is the entertainment and staff. It deserves an A+!

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DD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cavatore has been a favorite of ours for over 20 years. It has never once disappointed! Best Caesar salad ever. I love the piano player and the overall atmosphere.

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HC
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is fantastic and consistently great

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SG
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best table side prepared Caesar Salad in Houston hands down, been a patron for years.
Love the weekend pianist "Pat is amazing, she played Bohemian Rhapsody - omg"
Service is always five star, cuisine with presentation always five star and the ambiance is so unique here in our city.

A true Houston treasure!

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LP
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Service was extremely slow and food was mediocre, at best. We won’t be going back.

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DL
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Shout out for the service. We were seated at a table in very noisy area, but when my wife asked they moved us to a quieter table where we could here the music. Our waiter has been there 31 years and I think that says something positive about the restaurant. Also speaks to quality of the restaurant that we keep coming back on Christmas eve. Have been coming for 10+ years. Continue to enjoy the food and the service.

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SP
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

20 year tradition going here for special occasions. never disappoints. great food, lovely ambience, responsive service, good people.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The piano player needs to start promptly by 6 pm to catch both early and later diners. We waited a long time for the music to begin then she was very slow to start playing even after she arrived.

The Caesar Salad great . ..
The Lasagna good - needed more meat
The Chicken Picatta needed more flavor

The ambiance was wonderful and we enjoyed ourselves.

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AB
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent pasta dishes! A wonderful place for special family occasions.

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PP
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I always eat at this restaurant for my special occasions. I love the piano and the music played by the pianist. This restaurant has the best Caesar salad in the entire city of Houston. I have been a customer for over 25 years

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