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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
1

4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.5

Noise

Quiet

98% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (46)
Pre/post Theatre (46)
Special Occasion (46)
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Good for Anniversaries (42)
Good for Birthdays (37)
Romantic (37)
Authentic (36)
Business Meals (33)
Quiet Conversation (33)
Worth the Drive (28)
Good for Groups (25)
Fit for Foodies (25)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
Notable Wine List (19)
Cozy (18)
Great for Lunch (18)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Casual (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Fun (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined 4 days ago

One of our Go To Italian restaurants especially when we are in midtown. We enjoyed our meal as usual - service is always great. Restaurant was packed at 6:30 Friday night. I will say though, with so many good restaurants coming up in Houston, Damien’s might need to change it up a bit.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined 6 days ago

The service was great. Went here before the show and they were able to get us in and out within the hour. Their shuttle service took us over to the show and picked us up right after. we had the shrimp appetizer, gnocchi and split the lobster and crab pasta. everything was so yummy. also had the house chardonnay and merlot. The rosemary lemon drop is to die for.
Highly recommend for quick dining or let them know your not in a hurry.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Great meal

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Damien’s is always good, however the food no matter what it is tends to be either toooooo salty or way toooo much garlic. One of my party had to send meal back to kitchen which did improve the situation of over sautéed spinach with far to much minced garlic.

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food3
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Great food and service

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food5
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Houston classic. Great service. Incredible food.

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food5
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We went to dinner the night before New Year's eve. The restaurant was moderately full, so the noise level was down. The food, as always, was superb! The owner came over and greeted us during our meal and honestly wanted to know how the food was. We have gone to Damian's several times before and will be going many more times in the future.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We picked this for our anniversary and were very pleased. The resturants decor was just lovely and had a old world feel. The food and service was excellent just like a family ran Italian old school place. Lots of good selections and a good Super Tuscan

wine. It's romantic but also faimly friendly.

Tags: Romantic, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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food5
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 27, 2017

This was our first time visiting this restaurant, having heard good reviews for a while. We decided to try it for an anniversary dinner and we were very pleased with the decision. The food was excellent and the portions were generous, so we had take-away for the following day. This helped to compensate for the higher price point. The service was excellent and we were not rushed through our meal. Since it was an anniversary celebration, it was nice to take our time in a relaxed and cozy environment where it was easy to talk. Kudos to Damian's!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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food5
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 23, 2017

I hadn't been to Damian's in 25 years and it was the same, which is good. Consistent is an admirable quality in a restaurant. The food here is always delicious and the service excellent. I would go more often but I find the location challenging and rarely go downtown.

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Loved it! Great food, service and atmosphere.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 20, 2017

the food at Damians's is always great - go for the stuffed veal chop

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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Damian's is one of our favorite restaurants. If you want authentic Italian food with exemplary service, then this restaurant is for you. Our recent visit was a lovely dinner, coupled with complimentary round trip shuttle to the Alley Theater.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Service and food were great. Food was fresh with a great presentation. It was crowded but aren't all great restaurants. It's not cheap but worth it.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Outstanding experience! Great service and fantastic food. Can’t wait to go again!

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·Dined on December 19, 2017

When to Daiman's for Christmas lunch with friends. This was their first time going to the restaurant and they were really impressed with the food and the atmosphere. We will go again for lunch.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Great food, great wait staff, and great ambiance. Have loved Damian’s for many years-a Houston mainstay!!

Tags: Vegan, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 16, 2017

It was a Theatre Evening that started with an excellent Dining Experience

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food4
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

As usual, a great dining experience!!!! You must order Lobster Bisque in bread bowl - off menu item.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

Always great

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·Dined on December 14, 2017

Always awesome.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Not impressed with Damian's. Service was slow. Took 45min-1hr for lunch to be served. I ordered a Ceasar Salad to start and the waiter said that it would take too long and then tried to sell me on the soup special instead of a different salad! First, I have never had a waiter tell me that a salad would take too long to make and second, if I wanted a soup, I would have ordered a soup! Food was good, but nothing worth raving about.

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food3
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·Dined on December 14, 2017

Had birthday lunch with my daughter. Very good service. Attentive but not intrusive. Great choices for entrees. My flounder was perfect. She was very pleased with the shrimp pasta.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Consistently one of the very best restaurants in Houston. Excellent Italian and seafood no matter what you choose; the best lobster bisque ever made; fantastic cocktails of any variety, but the martinis are superb; stellar service every time, perfect and non-hovering; elegant decor and so festive at this time of year; a real treat and a dependably wonderful night out no matter when you go. It is a fave.

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·Dined on December 13, 2017

Damian's is my favorite restaurant in Houston. I highly recommend it.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Business Meals, Cozy
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Never disappoints. It is our “go to” restaurant for pre-theater dining.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Damian's is a fine restaurant with excellent food and very good service. There was no pressure to rush through lunch which is relaxing.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 10, 2017

You know a meal is exceptional when you are still thinking about it 2 days after!! Johnny Mandola and his team hit one out of the park for us last Saturday night!!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Damian’s is one of our favorite restaurants in Houston. In all aspects the restaurant has reached a level of excellence. We are never disappointed!

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

We have been looking for good Italian food in Houston for some time. Originally from NY, my bar is set high. Our server Andy had great recommendations and was attentive. We had the Italian sausage for an appetizer which reminded me of a true NY style Italian hero. For dinner we had the tortellini with spicy marinara instead of Alfredo and the pork medallion entree. Both were incredibly rich and delicious. We were stuffed halfway through our course. The manager Reuben came by to check on us and offered us free dessert which was delicious. We can’t wait to go back and would easily recommend this spot to friends!

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food5
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Valet was a little shaky, had to open door and get out inches from moving traffic, should have more safety measures.
Food was excellent, service very good, but a little slow coming to table after we were seated.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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food5
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Love the environment. Perfect for a cozy date. Very intimate

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We went to celebrate our 4th wedding anniversary (I made a note of that while making the reservation). However, from the start, it’s an ordinary service. They gave us a table for 4 (that’s perfectly fine) and the first thing server asked us was, “are you waiting for 2 more people?”. That statement put this restaurant one level below the “high-end” ratings in my standards. It’s all downhill from there as far as the service is concerned. However, the main course was delicious and the wine was pretty good. We had a great dessert as well.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Awesome food and service. The shuttle to Jones Hall was so great!!!
Wonderful dining experience !

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Wonderful restaurant. We love their theatre shuttle service.

Tags: Seasonal, Romantic, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 2, 2017

This restaurant is great for special occasions! I wanted to treat my mother to a nice meal and my husband chose Damian's. He always wanted to go there, but never did. The service was
impeccable and the food was amazing!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 2, 2017

It is a great place to dine before going to the theatre district and taking their shuttle! easy peasy!!

Tags: Fun, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great time at Damian’s!!! Love that they have a shuttle to the theatre district!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Authentic
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We had a friend with us who has never been at the restaurant before. Jose, our server, was amazing and we had the perfect dinner thanks to his help.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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food5
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Our dinner food was wonderful. The bus round trip to Jones Hall was perfect.
It is disappointing that we could not return after the event for dessert and after dinner drink. Because of this, we'll go to Brennan's next time if we are including a performance downtown.
Our table waiter service was excellent. He should be commended.

Tags: Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre
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