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About Cavatore Italian Restaurant

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)!!

2120 Ella Blvd
Houston, TX 77008
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:


Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: Closed

Cross Street:
T.C. Jester

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(713) 869-6622

Website:
http://www.cavatores.com/

Entertainment:
We have live piano music every night.

Catering:
Let us cater your next event-whether its an office lunch or a private function. We will be happy to work with you to make your event a success.

Executive Chef:
Raul Garcia

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Cavatore Italian Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (16)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Good for a Date (12)
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Casual (11)
Special Occasion (11)
Live Music (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Authentic (9)
Cozy (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Business Meals (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Romantic (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Fun (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Late-night Find (1)
People Watching (1)
Vegan (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined 5 days ago

We have dined at Cavatore's for many years and have never been disappointed. The food and service are always great. Half price bottles of wine on Mondays!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Vegan, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Disabled Access
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food5
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 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

Food was fantastic! Opt for the Caesar salad table side. Well worth it! So many entrees but everything we ordered was amazing!

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food5
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Wait staff was not a team effort. Rather than take my request and pass it on, It was made clear to me that it wasn’t their problem, but if I wanted my waiter..... also, the waiter provided an awkward solution to a problem with a drink from the bar—he basically brought me a second glass with the missing product, for me to mix my own at the table. Enjoyed the piano player.

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food3
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service2
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great table side caesar!!! We have been going to this local gem for over 15 years! Never brought a friend that did not also love the salad!...They return with our without us! The spaghetti and pasta dishes are not the best...sauce is mixed on noodles, and seem to be microwaved overcooked mush...but, try the pizza or the salmon. They are fresh and cooked upon order. Love the staff...feels like home...

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Live Music, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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food3
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Always great choices in Italian food, and the best Caesar salad we have ever had. Piano music adds to the pleasure of sharing a meal with friends.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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food5
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service4
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food is always delicious Chad made our evening very special with his suggestions and attention to detail. The live music was delightful. Will come again.

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food5
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Our first time and very pleasantly surprised. A great pianist and female vocalist entertained with great standards and volume was just right. Outstanding eggplant parmesan. Very wam and comfortable ambience. No valet parking as plenty parking on site.

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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food5
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The food was delicious!! Waitress recommended a good Italian wine by the glass. Piano player was very nice addition to the meal! Waitress seemed a little in a hurry though.

Tags: Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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food5
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Their food is always excellent & service is always top notch!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Wonderful dinner with friends and family. Ambiance was great, but the music was a bit loud. Next time I will not be seated so close to the piano.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Live Music
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

The decorum was a bit kitsch but the Italian food was delicious. The wine list and cocktails were lovely. The staff was friendly and accommodating.

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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food5
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 25, 2017

We had a great meal. The food was very good and the server Kelly was terrific. We will all be back in the future.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great food and a great, experienced waiter. Make sure they don’t seat you in the dining room on the left unless you want to watch sports. Otherwise, it was top notch.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Live Music, Cozy, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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food5
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Excellent, casual dining with live music(a pianist). The environment is cozy, warm and inviting. The food is fresh and delicious!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Casual, Live Music, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Food was familiar Italian fare. Merinero says was fabulous.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch
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food4
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Very nice and delicious food. My wife and I really enjoyed our dinner. Grazie!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on September 29, 2017

This place is always good. We enjoy the piano music, the food and the wine!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Always such a lovely dining experience!
Great food and service!
Be sure to check out Mondays for 1/2 price bottles of wine!

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food5
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

I feel bad leaving a bad review, but the restaurant was closed due to Harvey. I had checked the website and there was nothing about it being closed. Open Table even sent me reminder about our reservation. We show up and they are closed for renovations.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on August 21, 2017

We have dined at Cavatore's many times over the past many years and have never been disappointed. We love the food, wine, service & piano player. We will return to Cavatore's again very soon. We love it!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Kid-friendly, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Cozy, Disabled Access
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food5
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·Dined on August 21, 2017

The food was superb. Best Italian sausage in Houston (IMHO).

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 (Orlando)·Dined on August 16, 2017

The service was horrible. There was 3 of us and the restaurant was not full and we never got a refill on water. The busboy was more attentive than the waiter. Bread was brought to our table and there was so much butter it was dripping from the container onto the floor.

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 (Houston)·Dined on August 16, 2017

The waiter was very polite and knowledgeable. The food came out fast. And had great taste.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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food4
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Please bring the violinist back! We really miss her. Food was ok. The pasta carbonara was great but the giancarlo was overly saucy.

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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Great music!

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·Dined on August 11, 2017

It was a nice get together. Service was a little slow. Everyone had to request a refill, or note something needed. Not attentive at all.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Great food and unique atmosphere. Will go back soon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 6, 2017

The chicken parmigiana's crust was burnt, the rosemary chicken was decent and the tiramisu was good. But what we enjoyed most was the piano player, she was a darling!

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 (Houston)·Dined on August 3, 2017

I have been meaning to go to this restaurant for some time. I finally did and took 3 guests. We all loved the place. The music was fantastic ... the four of us are a little older (ha!) and they seated us at a perfect cozy corner table where we were entertained by the music ... but far enough away to converse. The cocktails were perfect (kudos to the bartender) our waiter was attentive but not intrusive. The food was delicious ... we all took our first bite about the same time and looked each other as we exclaimed..."this is good!" I and we'll go back there many more times!

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Cavatore is one of our very favorite restaurants! We have been going for over 20 years - the service is always superb and I have never been disappointed with my meal. The table side Caesar salad is the best I have ever had. Love the atmosphere and the piano player!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Groups
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 (Houston)·Dined on July 29, 2017

This restaurant has a unique fun look and atmosphere. It is very different to the regular restaurants. The service was great and the food extremely tasty. Very family friendly. The pianist adds to the upbeat atmosphere. Will definitely go back to this restaurant for a casual, relaxed evening.

Tags: Authentic, Live Music, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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 (Houston)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Delicious food, quiet atmosphere, attentive waitstaff. Love this place!!!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Live Music
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 (Houston)·Dined on July 23, 2017

We had such a fun dinner at Cavatore! The atmosphere was fun and eclectic and the live music was really fun! We'll be back for sure!

Tags: Live Music, Live Sports, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Houston)·Dined on July 10, 2017

We went here for my birthday and have been going to this restaurant for many years. the food and service are always awesome. Lots of good vegetarian options too.

Tags: Good for a Date, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Great ambiance. I took my wife on a Saturday night for her birthday and we loved the place and the food. The service was excellent and the food was delicious. Honestly I just went to Italy last month and I had a better experience at Cavatore than I had in Rome.
I had the Saltimboca and my wife had the Fettuccine Giancarlo and they were both very good. I recommend it.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Authentic Italian. Dinner specials. Superb service. Unique ambiance. Family and kid friendly, but quiet enough for dates or personal conversation. Live piano music. Highly recommended.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Excellent place to eat with a group.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Great dinner!

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Children love to build their own pizzas. The place was packed, yet our waiter was very attentive. Piano music a nice touch. Unique. First time I took my family there and they want to return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Casual, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Groups
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 (Houston)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Cavatore's is one of our favorite restaurants. It has great Italian food, wonderful ambiance with live piano music on weekend nights, and great service.

Tags: Fun, Live Music
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