Cavatore Italian Restaurant

4.7
954 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Cavatore Italian Restaurant is a family owned and operated restaurant that has been in Houston for 36 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 954 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Awesome service

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been coming to Cavatore’s for over 16 years! The food, service and ambiance is always perfect!!

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PaulK
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific service from the time we walked in the door. Our waiter was excellent, and took care of our every need. We enjoyed the made at the table salad, we even tried the anchovies. Food was perfect as always. I especially like the ambience. I'm hard of hearing and am turned off by noisy dining rooms. If I want energetic I'll go to a gym.

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vipJancyyress
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We went there for a birthday dinner. The service was exceedingly slow. The table side Caesar salad was warm rather than crisp. The water had a awful smell. Some of this could have been due to recovery efforts after the winter storm but being seated at 6:30 and not eating until after 8:30 was too much. At least keep the drinks coming. Nothing was done or acknowledged for the two birthdays we were celebrating. Not sure I’d return too many really good restaurants in Houston. BTW, another table of 5 by us were also complaining about the slow service.

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vipMeaghanC
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband loves Italian food and since we’ve moved to Houston we’ve had trouble finding a new go-to spot. This may have just become our go-to, hubby loved the chicken parm! The decor on the inside is definitely interesting to say the least but the service was wonderful. When making my reservation I even noted it was my husbands birthday and without even mentioning it at the restaurant they took note of it and brought dessert out to him at the end of our meal; typically restaurants pay no attention to those notes so that was big for me! We will be back.

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Cathy
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. The atmosphere is cozy and homey. They don't try to turn the tables. Overall a great experience.

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RussellC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, good service, nice atmosphere. Even in the age of COVID a very enjoyable experience.

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vip3JHHmom
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always! You can actually talk to your dinner companions without yelling! Highly recommend!

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vipMoneymom
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistent and always delicious! Has been a family favorite for years and this time did not disappoint. Also appreciated the outstanding service. The table side Caesar salad is still the best in the city.

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weliketoeat
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Reservations at 6:45. We didn’t order until 7:30. Food came at 8:30. We left at 9:15. Longest meal of my life. Cesar salad with anchovies a must. Other than that, I have had better dining experiences here before. The whole night was off.

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DemetraM
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Open Table PLEASE UPDATE THE BUSINESS HOURS FOR CAVATORE'S. I MADE A RESERVATION FOR FRIDAY EVENING ATV8:15 BECAUSE THE TIMES ON OPEN TABLE SHOWED THE RESTAURANT WAS OPEN UNTIL 10PM. LOW AND BEHOLD THE RESTAURANT CLOSES AT 8:30 ... MY HUSBAND AND I WERE DISAPPOINTED 😞

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Felicity
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Husband and I had a wonderful dinner here, we will definitely be back!

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vipCocoLoco
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A family restaurant that we return to again and again. The welcome, service and food is always great!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Cesar salad in Houston. Great Snapper De Casa and stuffed mushrooms.

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vipDrEd
Houston
62 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite Italian Restaurants in Houston, and it may not be ultra luxury but it is very good and on Saturdays they have live music.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around a great experience.

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JimmieP
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lemon ice martinis were the bomb. Loved the salmon tarragon. Waitstaff was on point. Piano player was icing in the cake.

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vipSuSu
Houston
46 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

On every visit to Cavatore's, I am so happy that we have such a nice restaurant in our neighborhood. The food is always very good as is the service. Keep up the good work.

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vipAnnB
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy dining at Cavatore’s. The food is delicious, the wine list is great and the staff are very attentive. They are being very careful about COVID protocol which is reassuring.

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vipGlennandJR
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Our table and host were great; the piano player excellent. Our server may have started that day. She did seem to know or understand our drink order which carried out through the dinner. My husband's pizza was tasty; my pasta dish tasted mundane.

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vipLindaF
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came on Friday evening. The food and service was outstanding as it always is when we dine here,

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience2

Food was mediocre .

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vipDiscriminatingDiner
Houston
131 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cavatore's is a wonderful neighborhood restaurant! The food and service are always excellent. A piano player and violin player made the evening even better. We will return to Cavatore's soon.

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DavidL
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We have been going to Cavatore's on Christmas eve for many years. This year was better than ever. We arrived early, but were seated quickly. Where we were seated was a little chilly, and staff quickly adjusted the temp. We had the most attentive waiter in all the years coming here. The food was every bit as good as we experienced in the past.

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vipTomG
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The piano music made dinner all the better.

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vipHammerWilliams
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the restaurant. Great service and lovely atmosphere.

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MarleneT
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always great here and so is the service. Never been disappointed. Love this restaurant.

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vipJohnr
Mississippi
73 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite restaurant that I continue to go back again and again. I would highly recommend it. The food is great and the service is always good. The veal marsala is my very favorite and I think the best in Houston.

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AshleyR
Houston
30 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fettucine alfredo was the creamiest that I have ever had!

The garlic bread was toasted and very tasty.

The chocolate mousse was to die for!

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DavidT
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Good food. Service was off for some reason. Although it was recognized and other wait staff tried to cover.

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foodie
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food delicious as always

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vipHeightsFoodieGuy
Houston
76 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SO EXCITED that OSSO BUCCO Fridays are back!!!
Fork tender and so well seasoned... all on a bed of Prosciutto Mashed Potatoes!
SO YUMMY ON A COOL FALL EVENING!

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vipNativeHou
Houston
31 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent we had the Snapper. Fresh and cooked perfectly. I think most of the wait staff was in training but the service was fine. Overall the experience was great. We have eaten here many times.

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vipDrEd
Houston
62 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening with a live violinist and piano player playing wonderful music. First up, a bottle of Barolo, then the fantastic Caesar Salad for two, made in front of you, and then the Entrees, never a disappointment no matter what you choose. For us, we were full, the sizes of the entrees are large, so come hungry, and we just couldn't find room for some of their wonderful dessert this Saturday Night. This certainly is one of our favorite Italian Restaurants.

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EmPowers
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

As usual, the food was amazing. However, there was no music at all, live or recorded, which I’ve never experienced before when dining here. It was a little disconcerting. Not a reason to not dine here, but it’s always strange going to places that don’t have some sort of background music

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JerryB
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Good food and reasonably priced! Enjoyed the experience.

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vipDiscriminatingDiner
Houston
132 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Cavatore's was great. The martinis were perfect, the food was delicious, and our waiter, Chris, was excellent. We will return to Cavatore's soon.

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Claire
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, loved the mix of "old barn" and "Italian restaurant". Service was friendly and efficient. Our bar drinks were perfect, and the food was delicious. Our group ordered the fried ravioli, chicken parmesan, grilled salmon, and pasta with creamy pesto sauce. All were wonderful. I definitely want to return to try other dishes. Gluten-free pasta is also available.

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vipholidayevent
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Excellent pasta and pizza, plus maybe the best Caesar salad in town. Service was okay, waitress seemed too busy and walked by many times without looking our way. Crying babies from three different tables were annoying.

FAQs

Cavatore Italian Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (713) 869-6622.

Cavatore Italian Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 954 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.