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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B
Houston
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

RS
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

RM
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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
110 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

TK
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

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
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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

TE
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

R
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

PK
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

H
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

My wife and I are in our 50s. They did not bring bread until I ask for it. Never brought my wife's salad and parmesan cheese.
At the end when I pointed this out to are server she said she very busy and ask for help but didn't receive any.
She took 5$ off the bill.
The food was good but the service and attitude of management is not.

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

Wonderful, delicious restaurant, I have lived in the Houston area 5 years and this is the best Italian food I have had.

HH
Houston
36 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always.

S
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service.

TJ
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. We had 4 guests and one of them got eggplant and said it was the best she ever had. Loved the piano player and great service.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very nice experience. Families and couples and some singles having an evening meal in a very pleasant atmosphere

SB
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can't believe this was my first time here. It was fantastic! The happy hour was just what we needed after a long week at work! We told our co-workers and friends about it and will be back. Food was delicious, friendly atmosphere. Lasagna to die for!!

r
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Went on restaurant week and had to ask for menu.
Fish and chicken specials were very good but caesR salad was small. Everyone around us had Caesar salad made tableside but guess restaurant week didn’t qualify for this. Very strange to not give patrons the same treTment.
Overall nice restaurant and good food.

NK
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cavatore was such a wonderful experience!! The food, service, and ambiance were truly remarkable!
Tucked away in the little barn is a hidden gem for great, authentic Italian food! We had such a wonderful experience celebrating my husbands birthday and were treated wonderfully! The owner was beyond sweet when she sat us and checked in later to make sure we were enjoying ourselves.
This was such a treat and they were so kind- we will definitely be back! What a great spot within the Heights!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was amazing! The staff was great and attentive. We would definitely go back and eat there again!

TE
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cavatore's Italian Restaurant is one of our favorite restaurants here in The Heights. The food is exceptional, the service is impeccable, and the ambiance with Bill at the piano, last Friday Night was amazing!

Whether for a Birthday (My 63rd) Celebration, or an Anniversary, or even a Special Day Celebration, Cavatore's Italian Restaurant is our Top Choice!

JW
Houston
48 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorites and a repeater for us!!

MB
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
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.

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.

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

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

RM
Houston
7 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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