Damian's Cucina Italiana

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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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OT
Dallas
66 reviews
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service as always.

OT
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were both wonderful!

BP
Houston
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quaint restaurant with delicious food. I HIGHLY recommend the Cesar salad. Made table side from scratch. Best Cesar I’ve ever had.

AZ
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Damian’s never disappoints!! Food and service was perfect!!

LJ
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious and the service extraordinary. The theater shuttle service is very convenient. The valet attendants remain after the restaurant closes to accommodate customers. Wonderful restaurant!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. Love this place.

OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic food, wine and service :)

TB
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent ... great room and service too ...

PK
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal at Damian’s! We had a reservation prior to the Sinatra night at the Symphony.... also, it was the end of the Texan’s playoff game, so they set up a table in the bar so we could watch, and then boarded their van to to the event. Perfect! And Bubba is the best!

p
Houston
35 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful and out in time for symphony, but not rushed

TM
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service!

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fine old school dining room of the type I wish more remained. Politely friendly staff, attentive but not omnipresent. The food was much the same: well executed but not clamoring for attention. A welcome relief from commercialized foodie selling experiences.

CB
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My preferred restaurant in Houston. Outstanding menu; good value; experienced, professional, courteous staff. Great dining experience.

MF
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I consider this one of the top 2 or 3 Italian restaurants in town. No place has better or more friendly service. Interior is traditional and true to when it first opened many years ago. Also, perhaps the best Caesar salad in town (true to original recipe), all handmade at the table. Seafood, lamb shank, veal, chicken, calamari and pastas are all top notch. They draw a very classy, nicely dressed clientele many of whom are dining before theater and performing arts downtown. They have transportation arrangements to take patrons to and fro the venues.

MB
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. The entire staff, from the host/hostess all the way to the bus staff, are outstanding! And you aren't disappointed with the food. Delicious every time we have been to Damian's. The server was very knowledgeable about the food and wines. I highly recommend this restaurant to everyone.

RW
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Damian’s never disappoints!

DL
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the "mature" ambiance of the restaurant; white table cloths, experienced waiters, table-side caesar salad. Too many things on the menu, so I am making plans to return every time I leave.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They spilled drinks on us and didnt even apologize

MI
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and service . This is one of my favorite restaurants in Houston and we always like to go for special occasions. Very good fish entrees that are fresh and flavorful. The best salad is the Damian Insalata Mista in my opinion. The caprese looks beautiful but probably better when fresh area tomatoes can be sourced in season.

DF
Dallas
102 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent salads, lasagna, gnocchi, and Italian cream cake

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

We have dined at Damian’s for more than 10 years. Went for Christmas Eve dinner and the experience was sub standard. Upon arrival it appeared that we were an inconvenience and not paying customers. Our waiter was totally inept and almost to the point of being rude. As for the food, it was mediocre and overpriced. It appeared that there was a menu change and not for the better. The wine list was limited. Felt like we were in a fast food restaurant. I made the reservation a month ahead and we were at a table that was like an afterthought. Said that the Caesar salad could not be made at the table due to it being “ too cramped”. But, they were able to make it table side at other tables. I don’t think our waiter knew how to make it. Ir was made in the kitchen and it was terrible. Have recommended Damian’s many times, but will never do that again. Nor will we ever dine there again. Such a waste of a Christmas Eve dinner experience.

P
Houston
52 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect meal in the perfect restaurant served by very attentive and respectful waitstaff.

4
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Christmas Eve dinner. Thank you!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always!

J
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing tasty food

H
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The food and ambiance was one of the best. It was like being in a Italian restaurant in New York
City but right here at home. The only negative was our waiter who did not inform us that it was ala carte style dining and acted like the sides were included in the cost of the platter. Also, kept trying to sell us the most expensive specials of the day and wines to raise the bill a higher amount.

l
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal again as someone at the restaurant told me Damian’s will become your new favorite place for Italian food and he was right! Love everything on the menu and if you ask for a change there is no problem they do it!

d
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We have eaten at Damian's many times.
Always enjoyed the people, conversation,
food, and the presentation.

OT
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I have come to this restaurant for many years and unfortunately I think it has deteriorated both in service and in quality and presentation of the food. The food reminded me of any Italian chain restaurant. I wish it would be that same place I use to like.

TD
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and outstanding food quality. One of our favorite restaurants!

MB
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both times I've been at Damian's have been absolutely wonderful!

CN
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time and loved it! Will definitely return! Such great food and service. We chose it due to its proximity to theatre district and great reputation! They also will shuttle patrons to the theatre district!

OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and cocktails! I love the Sicilian martini! The lobster bisque is AMAZING!

VB
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

My friends and I go to Damian's often. We usually ride the shuttle to one of the performing arts venues. The shuttle is free, convenient and seats must be reserved. They are uncharacteristically having difficulty with the shuttle this holiday season. I thought they limited shuttle reservations to the number of seats available. Not so this go round.

L
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The food was prepared beautifully.
The Server was impatient, maybe he was having a bad day.

will still recommend.

j
Houston
151 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food and service. They are attentive without being intrusive. Our waiter was kind enough to handle our weird payment (7 of us!) without complaint!

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice location, atmosphere was great, attention from waitstaff was great, the only item was the flavoring on the Osso Buco was a little bland but other than that all the other dishes were great.

OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service. Loved shuttle to/from event.

CM
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wine and restaurant experience as always!

JG
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

I've been having the "Gnocchi Verdi" for more than 30 years. It's my favorite meal & usually tastes great. On this occasion the sauce was OK but the "gnocchi's" tasted horrible. Either there's a new chef or a new recipe. Either way they tasted terrible.

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