Cavatore Italian Restaurant

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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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J
Mississippi
35 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

m
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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
25 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
33 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!!!

DD
Houston
114 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and great service. We love Cavatores and will dine there again soon.

HH
Houston
37 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always it was a fabulous lunch

OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience1

The reservations don’t mean anything at Cavatore. Waited a good 35-40 minutes for a table with a reservation for my wife’s bday. This is the second time it’s happened to us. They use the fact that it’s the weekend as an excuse but they don’t actually hold tables for reservations at all and that’s obvious. They shouldn’t be taking reservations if they can’t handle holding the tables at the time of the reservation.

SL
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed eating at Cavatore. Caesars salad is awesome and the marinara has tons of flavor. We’ll be back for sure (soon)!

TE
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Favorite Italian Restaurant in The Heights, came through once again with a great dining experience, especially for the "Twins Celebrating their 65th Birthday's together!!!
Our waiter, Chad, was working his magic again....all evening......and so....extra special thanks to the entire team at Cavatore's, for helping to make our dining experience a glorious celebration!

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a loud table to start the night, but the awesome team handled it wonderfully. Great place

JP
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The piano playing was wonderful and the food was delicious.

JU
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was awesome with the pianist playing set the mood. Very family friendly and the food was amazing.

B
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First time to dine at Cavatore. Very good food. Great service, server Gabriel was very attentive.

JH
Houston
34 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Caesar salad in Houston! Great old school Italian!

RS
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding... You must have Caesars Salad, the best ever.

RM
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a good neighborhood restaurant. We have been going there for years. It is always consistent. The food is good and the service can be slow sometimes, but it is normally good. It can get loud sometimes. Overall it is a good place.

MC
Houston
65 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants in Houston! Great food and great piano but Pat!

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go there every Thursday for dinner. It never disappoints!!

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I took my wife here for her birthday dinner. We had a great time. Didn’t know what to expect because reviews don’t tell the whole story. The table side Caesar salads was excellent and the pasta we had was great. What made the evening even more special was the pianist coming over to our table and asking my wife about if she would like a song played for her birthday. Such a sweet moment and a really great night.

DD
Houston
114 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Cavatores and dine here often. The food and service are always excellent!

TK
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience! The tableside Caesar salad made from scratch is their specialty and it is well worth the money. I had Carbonara and my wife had Veal Marsala. Both were excellent. My only criticism is the bread they serve with the meal is not up to the same standards as the rest of their food. They make pizza, so you know that have fresh dough. Why not make some good rolls with it?

JL
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for my son’s 25th birthday! Nice HH wine menu at $5 a glass. Loved the pizza!

OT
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Our server was MIA a lot and didn’t always bring back our cocktails when we asked but the food was on point. We will definitely be back

OT
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent red sauce - spicy but not too spicy, sweet but not too sweet.

TE
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cavatore's Italian Restaurant is our favorite. With Bill at the Piano on Friday night, we were definitely glad to share another amazing evening together!

I can't thank the staff enough for their impeccable service and attention to detail!

We'll be Back SOON!!!

M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service has always been exceptional. Great value for the entrees we ordered. Each dish I have tried is rich 6flavor. I highly recommend this establishment. I always enjoy the piano and violinist playing in the background. Great place for first dates.

AB
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I have been trying Italian restaurants all over Houston so we were excited to try this one. I had the spaghetti with bolognese sauce and it was some of the best bolognese sauce I've had yet! Waitress and staff are very friendly! Loved the live music as well which was a violin player and pianist. The restaurant is in an old barn which looks like it would be home to southern cooking but I soon learned that the original owner wanted to combine the Italian heritage with the Texas authentic feel and he did! Enjoyed it very much and will be going back!

RS
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The caesar salad was the best I’ve ever had!

PK
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service! Awesome Caesar salad made tableside and best veal marsala I've ever had!! My wife said the chicken parmesan was excellent as well.

J
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal. we went there for HRW but have eaten there before. Always delicious. Love the piano music. Pat was excellent in playing requested tunes and going around the tables to introduce herself. Our waiter was outstanding and full of background knowledge on the restaurant. Cavatore has the best ambiance and atmospheres in my opinion. Love love love the food! Wine is awesome too! We'll continue coming back to Cavat ore. 🍝🍷🍽

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was the first time I’ve been to Cavatore and I was happy with my experience. My friend and I have a tradition that we get together for HRW and our pick was Cavatore. I got the stuffed mushrooms for an appetizer, the veal for main dish and the tiramisu for dessert. The food was very good and filling. I’ll be back for sure.

B
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Nice place perhaps with family. The food is family style and smothered with creamy sauces. The sauces are good but reduces the taste of the actual meat. Go with family and kids.

CM
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place . Nice atmosphere , friendly staff. Background live band piano was a nice surprise. Not overpriced , great value for the quality of food and service.

LB
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Came here for HRW and was very disappointed. Ordered the red snapper: came out extraordinarily overcooked to the point I could barely cut it, they brought a new one... I could cut through it but it was not edible. They offer me a new meal and say they will comp it... Then they charge me $20 for small plate of spaghetti! Unbelievable. Also horribly slow service.

SM
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was very good. We had fried cheese and minestrone soup as an appetizer and tomatoe sauce dishes for the entree. A chocolate dessert. Our only complaint is that a piano player started in the middle of the meal and we could not hear ourselves talk to each other. He was quite good...just too loud.