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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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (19)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Special Occasion (16)
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Good for a Date (15)
Casual (14)
Live Music (14)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Good for Groups (12)
Cozy (10)
Worth the Drive (9)
Business Meals (9)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Romantic (7)
Authentic (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Fun (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Healthy (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Vegan (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Used to be a favorite but this last visit was horrible. The service was nonexistant and nowhere near the exceptional service we used to get. The food is still good but we won’t be back unless they can up the service standards back to what it used to be. So sad.

After waiting FOREVER, our waiter forgot drinks and entrees we ordered and the. Kept blaminh everyone and everything else for the missing items. Said he removed items from the bill because of the mistakes but actually ended up adding other things we didn’t even order.

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 (Denver)·Dined 3 days ago

As usual Cavatore Italian Restaurant did not disappoint! From the appys to the main entree to the wine - everything was amazing. The caesar salad is the best I have had!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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 (Houston)·Dined 3 days ago

Outstanding as usual! Table side Caesar salad best in town! Thanks, Maria!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Cozy, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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 (Houston)·Dined 4 days ago

Cavatore still has the best caesar salad in town. Otherwise the food is just alright.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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food3
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined 4 days ago

Favorite restaurant in Houston!

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 (Houston)·Dined 4 days ago

We went to Cavatore for two of my girlfreinds' birthdays and everything from start to finish was perfect! We did the fried mozzarella for an appetizer (best ever) and then we did the table-side cesaer salad (best ever). A couple of us ordered the various pizzas and while one friend ordered pasta and the other a chicken dish. EVERYTHING was so very delicious! We will definitely be back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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food5
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 (Houston)·Dined 4 days ago

This has been our "go to" Italian restaurant for years. We love the food and the service staff.

Tags: Healthy, Quick Bite, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great food and service. Atmosphere is super cool. An Italian treat for sure.

Tags: Romantic, Live Music
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food5
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The eggplant parmigana is superb. The waitstaff is professional, attentive and friendly.
If I was to nitpick, it would be the lighting in the South portion of the restaurant. We sat near the wall and it was difficult to read the menus. The light from overhead fixtures is not very appealing and the small candles on the tables don't help. I recommend improvements to the lighting which will greatly improve the ambience.

Tags: Comfort Food, Live Music, Pre/post Theatre
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food5
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Have always enjoyed Cavatore's! Great for large parties.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Unique venue
The lasagna was good but not exceptional
The service was rather slow and underwealming

The piano player was a nice touch

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food4
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service3
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The fish was dry and overcooked. Vegetables too salty.
$50.00 lunch for 2 people is not worth it.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Food was good as usual, a little frustrated slow service this time, not the norm and requested seating by live music and was told guests made reservations one year in advance there fore could not accommodate my request. I attempted to make a reservation one year in advance, it would not allow me to based on Cavatorie Guidelines. Why was I told this? The whole time we were dining there was empty seating in the area with the live music.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Good Italian good, family friendly and good service/atmosphere.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 20, 2017

This restaurant has great food and service along with a very nice atmosphere. i was disappointed in the wine by the glass selection. My 2 favorite wines were only offered by the bottle - La Crema and Sonoma Cutrer and I usually find these wines offered by the glass at most other restaurants. The chocolate mousse dessert was delicious!

Tags: Casual
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food4
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

We discovered Cavatore's by accident a few weeks ago. We live in Cypress. But when we have an activity or event to attend in the Heights, Cavatore's is the place for us to eat.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Kid-friendly, People Watching, Fun, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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food4
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 17, 2017

My family went for my mom's birthday. We all had a great time and the food was wonderful and our server was very helpful and informative. Thank you for making this a celebration to remember.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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food5
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great food. Great service. Perfect date night

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 11, 2017

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 on December 10, 2017

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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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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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 (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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 (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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 (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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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Food was familiar Italian fare. Merinero says was fabulous.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch
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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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·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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 (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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·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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