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About Damian's Cucina Italiana

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.

3011 Smith Street
Houston, TX 77006
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch:
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm

Dinner:
Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Anita / Rosalie

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(713) 522-0439

Website:
http://www.damians.com/

Entertainment:
Damian's offers complimentary shuttle service after dinner to the Wortham Center, Hobby Center, and Jones Hall.

Catering:
Call the event planner for catering details.

Parking Details:
Complimentary Valet.

Executive Chef:
Francisco Barillas

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Available for our upstairs private party functions.

Private Dining

Our Private dining rooms seat from 10 to 140ppl.

Damian's Cucina Italiana Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

98% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (46)
Good for a Date (43)
Pre/post Theatre (42)
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Authentic (42)
Good for Anniversaries (37)
Romantic (35)
Quiet Conversation (33)
Business Meals (30)
Good for Birthdays (29)
Cozy (22)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Worth the Drive (21)
Notable Wine List (21)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Good for Groups (18)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Comfort Food (13)
Great for Lunch (13)
Casual (11)
Fun (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Tasting Menu (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Seasonal (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tapas (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Absolutely the best. Our server Eddie was awesome and the food was outstanding. Staff and management treating my wife very special. It was her birthday and they helped me make the night all about her.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 3 days ago

Crowded, waited by room like those of a free medical clinic, we were ushered in group of 6 to the second floor from the outside via a side stair well like going to and illegal joint of some sort!
Upstairs the drop ceiling has old tiles, a lady greeted us and was the nicest staff.
Once seated could see a frustrated captain. The service was as you would expect in a busy restaurant
Food was OK from a set menu ( I guess to be expected for Valentine’s Day or a major occasion)
Not very impressive for price.

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food3
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined 3 days ago

Great food and as always great food

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 (Houston)·Dined 3 days ago

Valentines dinner. Viewed the menu online. I’ve been there for numerous occasions and the food is always excellent but set for the occasion. I had expectations of an open menu and found out it was set menu only after being seated. The food was still really good

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined 3 days ago

Went to Damian’s on Valentines Day, which is an atypical day for sure. The fixed price menu was a little high for three courses (almost $70 each), but the food was FABULOUS. Service was rather inattentive, which is not at all characteristic of this restaurant. (Normally, you don’t wait for a table it you have a reservation and water glasses stay full without asking.). Still, Damian’s remains one of our favorites.

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 (Houston)·Dined 3 days ago

We arrived about 10 minutes prior to or reservation time and were seated right on time. Service was on point and the the food was great. Our visit was on Valentines Day and they had a limited menu, we will return to explore more of their menu. Highly recommend!

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 (Houston)·Dined 3 days ago

It reminded my wife and I why we don’t go to dinner on Valentine’s Day. Overpriced, poor quality and very slow service.

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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Damien ‘s as usual rises to the occasion. Valentine’s Day can be hectic for almost any restaurant but Damien’s service was impeccable. On Valentine’s Day they prepared a limited menu but the cannelloni as an appetizer selection was superb. I would have preferred a bigger selection of pasta dishes but settled on a filet which was done to perfection. The deserts were also wonderful but the bread pudding was sublime.
Next year hopefully they will expand their pasta selection and we will return again.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined 3 days ago

Went for Valentine’s Day. We had great service and wonderful food.

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 (Houston)·Dined 3 days ago

Not a good dining experience. Our meals were good, however, service was rushed, obviously trying to turn tables. Also, extremely overpriced.

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 (Dallas)·Dined 3 days ago

We have been eating at Damien’s for 30 years. The quality remains outstanding. The best Italian restaurant in Houston.

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 (Houston)·Dined 5 days ago

From start to finish, this experience for my wife and I was SUPERB!!

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 (Houston)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Excellent service, food, decor, and atmosphere. The bread bowl soup, lasagna, and chocolate cake desert were delicious and amazing. Thank you for making our early Valentine’s Day so special!!!

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Everything was excellent.

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 (Houston)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Very attentive wait staff. Delicious food, nicely presented.

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 (Houston)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was great both in taste & valve. The free shuttle service to & from the opera in a first class bus was unexpected & appreciated. An A+ experience.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Rated as “the best Italian food” restaurant in Houston on several travel related web sites, it certainly ranks in the “old Mama Mia New York” style Italian restaurant genre. The staff is professional, friendly, attentive and helpful. My order of mussels in white wine/butter sauce (you know this should be a “broth”) arrived within a few minutes which should raise suspicions. The mussels were cold while the “sauce” was warm. I suspect that they were cooked much earlier and then the customer’s choice of wine or marinara “sauce”is added. The mussels were huge but virtually tasteless providing further evidence of not having been prepared freshly nor in its broth. Two specials for the evening were lobster bisque offered in a “bread bowl” which my wife rated favorably. My Osso bucco was a substantial portion, very tender but sadly lacking in flavor. My wife’s entree of grilled snapper was also quite good. The tiramisu for desert was exceptional by any standards. This restaurant appears to be popular in Houston despite its lack of modern culinary inspiration and high prices. Certainly there is better Italian food available in this important city.

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 (Houston)·Dined on February 10, 2018

I would have liked to be seated at the main diner. We were among the first to come, had a reservation and were seated in the very back without a window or the view of the main dining room. The service was good though and the waiters always very nice and pleasant.

We got a ride to the theater and that was very nice.

Tags: Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Casual
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Had an early dinner. Service was prompt and professional. Food was outstanding as usual. Ready for the next meal.

Tags: Special Occasion
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food4
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We were at Damians for dinner before going to the Alley Theatre, using their round trip bus. My mussels were excellent, but the fish entre was over cooked and not tasty. The other three guests enjoyed their meals.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great food and service. Didn’t feel pressured to get up and leave after dinner.

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 (Houston)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Our meals were excellent & we couldn’t have gotten any better service from the waiters!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Good food served cold with decent service but a lot of noise for a couple to have much conversation.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Great service and excellent food

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 (Houston)·Dined on February 4, 2018

The best for delicious food, lovely ambiance and flawless service.

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 (Houston)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Damian’s offers complimentary valet service (perfect for downtown streets), amazing, personalized service, and wonderful ambiance. I highly recommend for ambiance...perfect for special occasion, date night, or a night at the theater (shuttle service provided from restaurant).

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 (Houston)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Our meal was excellent as always, and we really appreciate the shuttle to the theatre. Our waiter was very slow in some of our service relative to other experiences at your restaurant.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We have been to this restaurant many times. We have never been disappointed with the quality and quantity of the food, superb service and friendliness of the staff. Highly recommend the restaurant.

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 (Houston)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Damian’s never, ever lets me down even when I dine alone!

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Excellent as always! We often meet here for a pre-theatre dinner and love taking their convenient shuttle to Hobby Theatre. Shrimp Damian is still one of our all time favorites!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Great venue, excellent food and outstanding service.

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 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I could write a scathing review, but that would not deter the large number of senior citizens who filled the place last Saturday. My wife and I seemed to be the only table less than 70.

Terrible service and passable food do not make for a good night out. Not coming back

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 26, 2018

That was ,hands down, the best Italian meal i had that had no cheese in it. The chicken was tender and so flavorful. I so loved the spinach as well. The owner is very nice and personable. Will definitely definitely go again!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Wife’s birthday celebration

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Great service and great food always

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 23, 2018

I've been going to Damian's for over 30 years... - for several years, it was once a week - either Friday or Sat night (if I had been good about keeping my exercise schedule... ;-) )... I have NEVER had a negative experience there... - That's why I'm very hesitant to go anywhere else... - because going somewhere else - might be wasted money ;-) I unhesitatingly recommend Damian's - to anyone who want to go out for a 'Special' experience... :-) Carl...

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Food was outstanding, service was excellent, noise level was quiet enough to have a meaningful conversation, and free shuttle to Jones Hall made the evening as good as it gets.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2018

It was my wife’s birthday and we hadn’t been here in awhile. Service and food was outstanding. From the red fish to the fillet mignon to the osso buco. Ben G did an excellent job making sure all our needs were met. Also, lobster bisque was wonderful as it was a special this night.
Hope to be back soon.

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food5
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Excellent food
Mama Mandola meatballs are the best thing
On the menu
Very attentive waiters
Wine glasses were always refreshed
Very excellent experience

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Each of us ordered a fish dish as the main course and all three of them were exceptional. The wait staff was polite, knowledgeable, attentive and accommodating. We will definitely come back.

Tags: Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Authentic
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