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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

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.5

Noise

Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (41)
Special Occasion (39)
Pre/post Theatre (35)
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Good for Anniversaries (34)
Good for Birthdays (34)
Romantic (32)
Authentic (28)
Business Meals (28)
Worth the Drive (27)
Quiet Conversation (26)
Good for Groups (21)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Notable Wine List (20)
Cozy (16)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Great for Lunch (11)
Fun (10)
Casual (9)
Comfort Food (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Happy Hour (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Disabled Access (2)
People Watching (2)
Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Authentic, Romantic
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food5
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 (Houston)·Dined 4 days ago

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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·Dined 4 days ago

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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food5
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined 5 days ago

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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food5
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·Dined 6 days ago

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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food5
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 (Houston)·Dined 6 days ago

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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food5
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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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food5
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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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food5
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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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 (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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 (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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food4
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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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food4
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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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food4
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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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food5
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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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 (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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food4
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Food was excellent! Love the ambiance. Wine is superb.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Food was excellent . The fish was cooked perfectly and the green beans were very good. It was nice to have a restaurant that understands that a meal should be a meal, not a snack!

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 29, 2017

We were in the private dining room off the kitchen, very romantic and the service was fantastic. Six course chef's dinner. Wonderful 👍👍👍

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Fun, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Romantic
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·Dined on November 28, 2017

I used to be a regular customer of this restaurant . My family were in town. I took them to Damian. Before we went to the restaurant, I told my family that it was one of the best Italian Restaurants. I spent near $300 (no wine or cocktail). All the dishes were so salty. None of us be able to finish the meal. Really embarrassed in front of my family.

I would not go or recommend any of my friends to go to this restaurant.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This restaurant was perfect for a special night that included the theatre. Our meal arrived, thoughtfully presented, and delicious. We had everything from soup to main courses. Then at 7:30, the shuttle arrived and dropped us at the front door of the Hobby Center. After the play, our shuttle was waiting to bring us back to Damian’s. Totally delightful. They even kept our leftovers and distributed after our arrival. Incredible!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

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 on November 21, 2017

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

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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 on November 17, 2017

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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 (Houston)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food and service was awesome.

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Delicious! Great service. Superb food!

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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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 (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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·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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·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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