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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
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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.6

Noise

Quiet

98% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (43)
Good for Anniversaries (41)
Good for a Date (39)
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Romantic (35)
Pre/post Theatre (33)
Good for Birthdays (32)
Business Meals (30)
Worth the Drive (29)
Notable Wine List (23)
Authentic (23)
Good for Groups (20)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Cozy (16)
Casual (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Fun (7)
Tasting Menu (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
People Watching (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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·Dined a day ago

Food was amazing! Super impressed with asparagus mike wells appetizer and the snapper was great too!

Ambience is classic Italian fanciness. And service is top notch!

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined a day ago

Food was better than ever, and it's always delicious.

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food5
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 (Houston)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent, as always. A terrific dining experience once again.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Business Meals
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food5
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined 5 days ago

My client had particilar demands of a chopped salad without tomatoes, etc. The waiter served him per his request. I went with the special of the day; grille flounder and shrimp.

We were served what we were asked, but it took awhile and there were more wait staff than customers. It didn’t make sense and too much too long to serve our food.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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food5
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service3
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food and service was awesome.

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food5
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Delicious! Great service. Superb food!

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food5
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Consistently first-rate food, service, atmosphere. I host a couple of annual business dinners here when I am traveling to Houston on business. The evening is always impressive with excellent service and delicious food...a memorable experience for all my guests. I will keep coming back. This is a must-not-miss stop when in Houston.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Such a wonderful restaurant. Can't miss is the Caesar salad made table-side. The pasta is made in-house and one can taste the difference. Shrimp Damian and branzino are standouts. The pork tenderloin is also very good with an excellent sauce. We went for birthday celebrations, but good for all occasions (and free theater shuttle service if that applies to you).

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Romantic, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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value4

 
 (Houston)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Quite disappointed by the service we received. I noted that we were celebrating a birthday in the reservation. Also told the waiter that we had celebrants in the table. Even asked him what the restaurant does for celebrants, where he told us in detail what the restaurant does...yet, he doesn't follow through. It seemed as if the waiter treated us as though we were lying. Abhorrent.

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food4
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Bonus free shuttle service to Theater District. Takes all the stress out of parking and exit crowds.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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food5
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

We had tickets to the Hobby; this was our first time to have dinner before at Damian's and take advantage of the shuttle. It was wonderful, from the ease with making reservations to the final good-bye after the play. We will be back.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Been dining at Damien's for years now - always great service and delicious food. My friends and I are theatre goers and LOVE that they provide a shuttle bus for patrons.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Our dinner was very good. Service by Juan was excellent. The bus to and from the Ballet saved Parking and hassle of driving into the theater district.

Tags: Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Wonderful menu and service. One of my favorite restaurants in Downtown Houston!

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food5
ambience4
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

Wonderful as always! Staff, food and wine were exceptional!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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 (London)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Nice place nice feel. Food was totally non authentic. Shopping mall standard.

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food1
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on October 20, 2017

The food and service are always consistent. The food is top quality and the wait staff are wonderful. I’ve never had a bad meal there and will continue to return and recommend to others.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Mussels were so good, and so was the Veal Parmesian

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Cozy
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food and service were excellent. It was the first time our friends had eaten here and they loved it. The spaghetti and meatballs, shrimp and veal dishes were all well-prepared and delicious. Service was very attentive.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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food5
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 13, 2017

The best pasta carbonara that I've ever eaten. Went to Italy and Europe this summer in search for better and couldn't find it!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Whenever we go, we have a spectacular meal. Old-school Italian, like it should be. Delicious food - lots of great choices - pasta, fish, meat. Gnocchi appetizer highly recommended. Don’t forget the Caesar salad (off-menu) that they make tableside. Service professional and friendly. Quiet restaurant - great for romantic date. Just fantastic

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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food5
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service5
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Great for dinner or lunch

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food5
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·Dined on October 3, 2017

Our favorite restaurant in Houston. Our friends raved about it. Total successful lunch. Great food and outstanding waiter. Always try to come there when coming from The Woodlands to Houston.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Romantic, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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food5
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·Dined on October 3, 2017

Absolutely wonderful. The service was superb!
Very authentic food and excellent drinks. Definitely will return.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on October 1, 2017

What a great find for us coming in from out of town for a big Birthday celebration. We were seated immediately and never felt neglected. The menu was very diverse with delicious options for us all. One of the best wine lists I have seen in a while. The bread and the bread pudding are worth mentioning as fantastic. Food was impeccable and staff was very professional. We enjoyed our time and will be back.

Tags: Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Fun, People Watching
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food5
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 30, 2017

I have been going to Damian's for over 20 years. It is a special destination with consistently great food and service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

First visit and it was a great experience. Waiter and staff very friendly and courteous; great service. Food and drinks tasted great. Loved the table side Caesar salad. Would definitely go back!

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 (Houston)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Perfect as always. A great place for a date or business lunch.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups
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food5
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·Dined on September 26, 2017

Delicious food and excellent service. An old favorite.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Had a wonderful time. Food was awesome. Attentive service. Finished off with the salted Carmel martini for dessert. To die for.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Eating at Damian's is always a good experience. The food, service and atmosphere is top notch!

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We love Damian's Cucina. One of the few Italian places in town with amarone and borolo.

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 (Houston)·Dined on September 23, 2017

A wonderful place to dine. Terrific food and excellent service and staff. Charming in every way and guests are treated like family. A neighborhood gem not to be missed.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 22, 2017

One of my friends flew in from England and joined the three of us here in Houston. We wanted a nice place with great food where we could talk and have excellent service. Damian's delivered on everything. Food was outstanding restaurant was nice and serene but also energetic. Service was excellent . We always start out with a bloody Mary when we meet, and the waiter took extra care to make certain that they were nice and very tasty. I was the only person who had been to Damiens before. My other three friends all agreed that they would definitely be back.

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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food5
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Love the food. It is always excellent. The atmosphere is always romantic. The service is almost always exceptional.

Will keep coming back!!

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food5
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Everything was wonderful. The food was amazing as well as the service!

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 (Houston)·Dined on September 19, 2017

We had our girls group of six and loved this place. It was quiet enough to enjoy our visit but not so quiet we couldn't enjoy ourselves, you know? Great, great food, fast service, friendly waitstaff - everything you could imagine to make for a great meal experience. Would definitely recommend Damian's to all my other friends.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Business Meals
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food5
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

The overall dining experience was great. However, the server Fred was horrible. Before I arrived my guests that were already seated said he had a nasty attitude. Once it was time to pay our bills, he had everyone check wrong. It took him about 6 times of back and forth to finally get it correct. I plan to frequent Damian's again but he CANNOT service our table.

Tags: Authentic
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food5
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Damian's is my go to place when we want GOOD Italian. The portions are large and the service is AMAZING!!! Always order the Caesar Salad, as they make it fresh in front of you!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

My boyfriend and I went to Damian's for his birthday on the recommendation of a friend and it was absolutely wonderful! We were able to take part in the extended restaurant week deal which was absolutely delicious and they brought out a lemon tart with a candle as a small birthday wish which was very sweet. Very romantic and delicious food and I would recommend Damian's to anyone for a special occasion!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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