Damian's Cucina Italiana

4.7
2126 reviews
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For over 30 years Damian's Cucina Italiana has been known worldwide as the top authentic Italian restaurant in Houston, Texas. Set in an old-world atmosphere which is elegant, yet warm and friendly, diners at Damian's are accustomed to extensive menu offerings, specially tailored dishes, and weekly specials created by Chef Napolean Palacios.
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Houston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a perfect night. Everyone’s enjoyed their entree.

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MB
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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HS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and great service. We were running late for a show. The food was brought out quickly and the perfect temperature. We jumped on the shuttle, made the show no problem and our car was waiting when we returned on the shuttle.

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DW
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice atmosphere and excellent service. Food was very good.

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EW
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been coming here for 30+ years. It has had a few minor ups and downs. It is definitely at an “up” these days. I should come more often.

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s
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstand service, ambiance and food.

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TT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the wonderful Italian food and the service is outstanding. It is so convenient to dine there and take the shuttle to the theater.

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JL
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

DELICIOUS as usual ❣️Great attentive waiter, too.

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M
Houston
101 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent as always. One of our favorite before theater restaurants.

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SH
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!! Everything! We always enjoy coming to Damian’s when visiting Houston. Love ❤️ this place.

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C
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous dinner. It was a wonderful evening all the way!

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OT
Dallas
46 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and excellent food

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Dallas
46 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and excellent food as always. The desserts are the best and I loved the Sea Bass

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, excellent food, friendly staff and appreciate the transportation to and from Hobby Center.

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B
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was wonderful - Frederick was a wonderful server and took great care in taking care of us! Love this restaurant and will be back again and again!!!!

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H
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Damian's is a place you can count on! They have been there for years with the same staff, food and atmosphere.

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PL
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service!! We come there often to dine.

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DA
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We started our meal with the calamari, which was excellent! The wine selection was great and I chose a nice bottle that went well with the lamb special. We will be back!

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IC
Dallas
91 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was truly a treasure. We selected it based on on-line comments. The food was excellent, the wait staff very attentive but not intrusive, and it was quiet. We were catching up with fiends and conversation was the most important part. It was close to our downtown hotel.

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CR
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful! We won a “theater tickets/dinner package” at a charity event, so our dinner at Damian’s was essentially comp’ed, but the service was still impeccable!! We were treated like royalty. The waiters are so helpful and knowledgeable. We rode the Damian’s shuttle to the theater and back. How convenient! We knew the food was going to be delicious and expertly prepared since Damian’s is a Houston institution and we had been there many times, but we are always pleasantly surprised at how fresh and original the menu continues to be! Spinach gnocchi, cheesy crusted asparagus, light, flaky buttery snapper and veal parmigiana. White chocolate cheesecake. Oh, my!! Our waiter helped with wine selection and was right on. A memorable, lovely evening. Run, don’t walk to Damian’s. It’s that good.

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RP
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. Best Italian restaurant in Houston for sure. Shrimp Damien is awesome.

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EP
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Osso Bucco literally fell off the bone when I tried to pick it up (but only offered Friday and Saturday). Worth the pretty penny it's going to cost you ($39). My girlfriend and I wanted about 4 or 5 things off the menu because it all looked so tasty but alas, we could only eat so much. The wine list is short only in quantity, the quality is extensive (I had the Montepulciano and Chianti). The staff was very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu to the point that we felt comfortable ordering with confidence. I would highly recommend the white chocolate cheesecake for dessert and share it because it's big. Our waiter was very accommodating and was willing to make our experience personal and tailored to our needs. I cannot wait to go back to try more of their menu! Oh, and plus valet is complimentary.

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B
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Damian's continues its long tradition of providing one of the best dining experiences in Houston. The ambiance is just wonderful. On weekends, it is the perfect place to dine before an elegant night enjoying the downtown arts scene. Also great for business dinners and lunch. The food is excellent and priced appropriately. The service is professional, courteous, and absolutely excellent in every way. Great wines and menu choices. I've been dining at Damian's for lunch and dinner for twenty years and it remains my favorite restaurant.

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LC
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We've been dining at Damians for many years. Same wonderful food and service. We can always count on Damians for a great dinner.

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DB
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Waiter screwed up every drink and forgot to put our order in. Took almost two hours to get our entrees.

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CV
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food is good, service is just OK. My mom ordered a salad and I guess the waiter never wrote it down - it never came - but we still had some appetizers left so it was OK. They also forgot some cocktails when we ordered another round. Everyone’s food and dessert was really good!

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JB
San Antonio
7 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A go to place. Reliably good food. Excellent professional service.

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S
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After all these years, still one of the best restaurants in Houston. Every dish our party had was delicious and perfectly prepared. And the expert wait staff reminds me of eating a Galatoire's in New Orleans. Highly recommended.

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A
Houston
343 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a go to spot for business lunches. I wish it would be more popular at lunch as I'm afraid that they may start closing and only open for dinner. Food is excellent and service is always spot on.

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o
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love eating her before the theater. So easy and they are ready to serve you quickly and be able to catch the shuttle bus. Food is always good.

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DK
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, an excellent experience with a great staff, wonderful food and a very pleasant environment!

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H
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful experience. We split the arugula salad and I had grilled chicken served with roasted potatoes and spinach. My friend had fish and ate it all before I could taste. We then shared the Italian Cream Cake which was a great ending to a lovely evening. Love the ambiance and civility of the restaurant. I will be back!

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OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service top notch! When we walked in everyone greeted us warmly. Just a very pleasant experience and of course the food was amazing.

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SS
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Everything was great but I wish our waiter had made us aware of the pricing of the special as it was quite a lot more than other entrees

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MA
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My sister and I met here for dinner before going to TUTS Mama Mia. BTW ... love that you offer the shuttle service.
The drinks, food, service, ambiance was fabulous! Could not have imagined a more perfect meal!

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JH
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was GREAT, particularly the waiter and the arrangements to get us to the Hobby Center via bus.

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d
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love going to Damians. I have season tickets to the theater and they are very prompt with the food as well as providing a complimentary shuttle which drops you off at the door of the theatre and then returns to pick you up. It has always been an outstanding experience.
Donna G.

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MA
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

The menu has changed and tastes just like institutional food. Terrible move.

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CS
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, service, and ambiance. Can’t recommend this place enough. We always love it and hate that we don’t go more often. Go if you have a chance.

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NW
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service served promptly to allow time for shuttle van to the Symphony.

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