Cavatore Italian Restaurant

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$30 and under
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Italian
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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M
Houston
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening. Have been coming for over 30 years and they never disappoint! Food and service were excellent.

n
Houston
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service is good, portions of pasta are small yet prices are high. We will not be going back there.

JH
Houston
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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G
Houston
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite in Houston. The go-to place for special occasions or just sharing with friends. The live piano music adds to the enjoyment. And don't miss the Caesar salad.

CC
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food, service and wine were great! The ambiance throws you off a bit, but that’s kind of the point. Once you get past that it’s a great value for families or a date spot.

Y
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

DD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to Cavatore for almost thirty years and it never disappoints! The Caesar salad is the best in town. Love the piano player and the overall ambiance!

HH
Houston
38 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food and service was outstanding. This is a great place for many occasions.

K
Houston
39 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service!

MC
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience3

Fun place for a casual dinner. It was delicious. We enjoyed the decorations and especially the live music.

TH
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Waiter didnt care. They were not busy and he hardly ever came around. We waited too long for refills of wine and beer. He was to busy talking to other staff. I was looking at him to signal for a refill but he would just walk away.

M
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cavatore has become our go-to restaurant for special occasions or for entertaining visiting friends and family. The quality of the food and wait staff has never failed to impress.

GG
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All 5 of us were very pleased with our choices for dinner, the service was great. We had a wonderful time.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING!!! Great friendly service, live piano, timely delivery of order and delicious food. 100% recommend.

BC
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Frederick and his staff made our 50th anniversary a great occasion!

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal! Everything from the food to the service is top notch!

JA
Houston
53 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food, good price and nice location!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice for a first date. Variety on the menu. Only thing, the service seemed rushed or distracted.

TC
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Wonderful food and atmosphere. Waiter was a little invisible and hard to nail down at times. Piano playing was nice touch (although would have preferred Frank Sinatra to the endless Elton John songs in an Italian Restaurant - though I love Elton). So much to choose from on menu it was overwhelming but everyone was happy with their selections. Had the rosemary chicken - fabulous! Will definitely be back!

MM
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Bread was so so. Kind of dry with no oil or butter.

Eggplant Parmesan was pretty good.

Service was decent.

Would go back to try dessert. Looked tasty.

j
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Salmon Tarragon was the best salmon I have ever had. Food is always excellent.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite local spot. Best Caesar salads, period. Snapper Della Casa was delicious. Great wine. Great music - piano and violin tonight. Chocolate mousse. Not much more you could ask for.

TE
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I Chose New Years Eve for Date Night, and Cavatore's on New Years Eve was spectacular!
Great Service during the busiest of times....delectable entree's and although our favorite Table Side Service for Caesar Salad was not available, the salads were still very fine.

Thank You Cavatore's for a Fine Dining Experience....Once Again!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well, it was my birthday and I wanted to have one of my favorite meals there. I had requested my “Favorite” waiter but unfortunately he was out ill that day. I should have called ahead to find out, but “Luis” attended me and he was Great. Other guests were also having birthdays and I noticed the attention paid to them. Since I was dining by myself I did not want the attention, kinda sad. Si j asked zLuis if we could skip it and just have my complementary Birthday Cake wrapped “To Go”, he obliged. Thank you zLuis you saved my evening! By the way! The lady playing the piano was Excellent! Made my evening more Special. Thank you Cavatore, my home away from home.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Took a long while for a server to come up and even bring us water. The guy seating us was unfriendly and uninviting as usual. We come here quite a bit...rude if we walk in without a reservation (even though it’s empty) and still rude when we do book a reservation so it’s a no win situation with what I would consider the face of the restaurant since he’s at the front and the first person we ever see. Could be more welcoming. Normally our servers are excellent

CN
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for another memorable Christmas Eve dinner! Food and service are both outstanding! And the piano player adds extra joy.

m
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy Csvatores particularly at Christmas. Love the piano with Pat Johnson. The flavors are the right intensity, nothing overpowers. Wine selection is good. Staff is knowledgeable and helpful.

JS
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful! We loved every minute of it. Our server was awesome, the food was so delicious, and we totally enjoyed the pianist. Our holiday fun with friends was perfect. Can't wait to go back!

RS
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food2service3ambience5

This place has a lot of sentimentality for me but I’ve noticed that the food quality is slipping. Please make sure you don’t slip too far. I want to keep coming back.

CM
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cavatore always meets and exceeds my expectations.

Fantastic food and the folks are super nice....

BB
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! Love the piano player.

J
Mississippi
41 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a small birthday party here and it was great. Great food and awesome service.

m
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have loved Cavatore for many years! It's a great special occasion place, or just a "where do we want to eat" spur of the moment place. The atmosphere is always great, and the live music (usually piano, this last time was a pianist and a violist, which was a great treat) is a plus to add to the ambiance. The food and the service is always great.

LZ
Houston
30 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is a great find. The food was delicious. The restaurant has a unique decor complete with cloth tablecloths and napkins. I can’t say enough about the bread. We will definitely be returning.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, friendly people

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was recommended this spot from a local Houstonian. Gotta say I was impressed with the ambiance and the food. Sangria’s were good. Menu isn’t too pricey. Would definitely come back.

CT
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Please bring back the ten item lunch menu........,

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for our anniversary. It was very nice. We had a great time. The live music (piano and violin) was great. We did have a very loud table right behind my head, which was annoying, but not the fault of the restaurant.

P
Dallas
35 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been dining @ "Cavatore's" for over 30 years now, and ALWAYS AN EXCELLENT TIME, both @ the bar and the dining room!!! Excellent service, both always courteous and professional!!!