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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Houston
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

i was a little disappointed with our service. it was slow. When I placed my order for wine the waiter said, "I did tell you all wine was half off right?" He did tell us and I felt like he thought I should have bought a more expensive bottle because it was half off. he got a large table and we had to flag him down to get our bill and he said he wanted us to stay because he didn't want another table. The professionalism I would have expected wasn't there. Food was great.

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SB
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Father's Day -- We're regulars. Place was packed, which is great, server was HORRIBLE.

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P
Houston
46 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place in town for a date, special occasion like an anniversary or a birthday. Great for buisness meat because it is quiet and great place to talk. Food and service are top notch. Do yourself a favor and go enjoy a great meal at Damian's!

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Denver
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was very good; it's not quite as good as being in Italy, but comes close. One of the party particularly enjoyed her lasagna, and a second member had high praise for the eggplant parmigiana. The salad with romaine and gorgonzola was outstanding, I thought.
Our server was certainly outstanding; he was attentive without being intrusive; friendly while still professional. He didn't make a misstep all evening.

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RH
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Due to the theater crowd the service was a little slow but to be expected. The food could have been served a little warmer.

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ES
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was very good but service was VERY slow especially waiting over 30 minutes for our entrees when restaurant was not that busy

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EW
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and service was impeccable! Great spot for a date night!

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RW
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, as uaual

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JS
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent & so was the service. The lack of noise made it easy to enjoy food & have conversation. I’ve already recommended it to friends. Only “negative” was lack of parking & mandatory valet.

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LB
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place to discuss business in a quite setting.

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VB
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always delicious. Love the shuttle and free valet.

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OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous cocktails! Delicious food! Our server was fun and attentive. It’s an added bonus that their shuttle takes us to the Hobby Center and back after the show.

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RK
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time

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FC
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Juan, was extremely courteous, knowledgeable and attentive. We would definitely return and recommend it to our friends.

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KB
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

My meal was excellent. My husband wasn’t thrilled with his. My waiter Angel was great.

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s
Houston
45 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful dining experience. Love the pastas and salads. Shuttle to the theatre district is a great plus.

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LS
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We asked for a quiet round table for six as part of our party have hearing challenges. We were seated in the side room which was perfect!

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NW
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service!!
Love the shuttle to downtown theatre events!!
Highly recommend!!

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Dallas
57 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and the food is excellent. I could eat at Damian’s every day if I could. Everything on the menu is good.

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O
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic wait staff, and even better food. From the valet, to the front desk, and all through the meal....top notch !

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service, great cocktails and all our meals were delicious

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MC
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

I had the calamari appetizer, my wife the Insalata Mista salad. We both had the Snapper Butera and a nice bottle of Amarone. My wife enjoyed her salad which was very good, the calamari was ok but not what I expected based on prior experiences. The snapper was very dry and barely edible. Both fillets were very thin and terribly over cooked, nearly to the point of being rubbery. Over the years, we have been to Damian's on a number of occasions and always had wonderful experiences; not sure, what has happened.
This was our 25th anniversary lunch; very disappointing to the tune of $225.00

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KR
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

EVERYTHING WAS AWESOME!!! Definitely We will be Back

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice and helpful.

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J
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Only problem is price, it is way too expensive. $11 for a side salad on top of a $35 entree. Would go more often if prices were reasonable.

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Dallas
57 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and good food.

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RC
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a birthday and chose Damian's, one of our favorite restaurants. We were greeted very friendly and immediately seated in very nice and romantic table. We ordered hors d'oeuvres and drinks for started and was extremely pleased with both. We ordered 2 different entrees that were both very fresh and tasted wonderfully. Ordered desserts to go. Waiter was very attentive and prompt. Seemed very knowledgeable and courteous. Just an outstanding dining experience.

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WC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day brunch was awesome. It was my wife’s first time to visit and she was so impressed with everything!

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OT
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal & service! Top notch, all the way around.

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Houston
18 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We visited Damian’s this time, on a ‘pre-Theatre date’, and was pleasantly surprised to learn about their Theatre shuttle service (we didn’t use it this time, but plan to in the future).
My husband enjoyed the expertly prepared lamb chops, which he said were very tender; and I had an wonderful grilled trout with asweet potato ravioli, that was excellent. Oh, and the Rosemary Lemon Drop Martini was wonderful as well!

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Dallas
57 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. The food is so good I go once a week for lunch.

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FM
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have a wonderful dining experience with Damian's Italian restaurant and I do recommend currently restaurant 2 all my family and friends.
See you there again soon!!!!!

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OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with this sentimental “Old Standby” on a celebratory Saturday night. Out of town family was visiting so I wanted a storied Houston institution and a sure bet too - Damian’s came to mind right off. We were rewarded with a surpassing evening in all aspects which stirred many happy memories at this place. The same classic ambiance, the same seasoned waitstaff, the same delectable menu offerings, was all there to behold. Another fond memory etched!

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NA
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Damian's never fails! My husband and I ate here for our anniversary. Every aspect of our experience was top notch. It's so hard to find a fine dining restaurant in Houston that isn't loud and full of large parties. He always get the steak and I got the stuffed shrimp this time. Finished the night off with the complimentary gelato, which tastes like the real deal from Italy.

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m
11 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a quiet table at Damian's, delicious food, attentive Italian waiter, and great shuttle service to the Alley Theater. Win! Win! Win!

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TT
Seattle
52 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious - Hand made pastas I think. Shrimp Damian is scrumptious and never order anything else. Excellent service and atmosphere.

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C
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. We always enjoy eating there.

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JB
Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Management and our waiter were most gracious as we kept them well into the afternoon. We had a party of nine following a courthouse wedding which took longer than we'd planned. Food was absolutely scrumptious. Best Italian I've ever had. Everyone seemed satisfied with their selections.

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MI
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food.. authentic Italian! Not easy to find..

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RT
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Damians, as always, is outstanding! Great food, Great service & so friendly!

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