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Nundini Chef's Table

4.1
222 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Notable Wine List
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies

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About

The Nundini Chef's Table is Houston's destination for authentic Italian food and products. Nestled in an unassuming warehouse in the Heights, the Chef's Table transports you to the streets of Italy. Get true Italian food in our full-service restaurant, featuring dishes from many regions in Italy. Or take a stroll through our shop, and purchase the very products used to make your delicious meal. Offering a vast selection of wine from every region in Italy, the choice is yours as to what part of Italy you wish to visit today. Indulge in the rich flavors of our Homemade Gelato and Sorbetto. Come to the Chef's Table, where every day is like a trip to Italy with all your friends and family.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Wine Bar, Pizzeria
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Hours of operation
Lunch:

Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm


Dinner:
Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm


Dinner:
Friday-Saturday:5:00pm-10:00pm
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Phone number
(713) 861-6331
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Giampaolo Nundini
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Catering
We do provide
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Cross street
W. 6th St.
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Parking details
Complimentary Valet is provided, but self parking is an available option as well.
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Public transit
Bus stop on the corner of North Shepherd and 6th.
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Additional
Beer, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 222 People Are Saying
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4.1based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.0
service
3.9
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on August 19, 2017

Squid ink pasta is a winner.
Breaded veal chop was excellent and shareable.
Outstanding all Italian wine list at affordable in restaurant and retail prices.

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3.0Dined on August 16, 2017

On our weeknight visit we found the food good to very good. The tiramisu was excellent as was the ravioli. The buccatini was less successful. There,was a large group there that night so the server was a bit harried--the food arrived on time but there was a wait for the check. Wine selection is exceptionally broad, and costs are reasonable. We will be back.

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4.0Dined on August 11, 2017

We enjoyed the food, but were fairly disappointed in the service. We were seated quickly, but then waited what seemed like a very long time before we were ever approached again, even for water. After dinner, we waited a very long time again to get the check. Unfortunately, it kind of out a damper on our experience at the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2017

Enjoyed the August lunch special. Great price, great selection, great taste and perfect portion size.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2017

A pleaseant surprise as to how good it was. The food was excellent, the service was outstanding. The market for authentic Italian food items was an unexpected treat. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2017

Food was mostly amazing.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2017

Three of us met for dinner. We decided to order a margarita pizza for a shared appetizer. The crust and cheese were both good...the tomatoes were one of the small varieties that are usually used in salads but were flavorful in this usage. There was not a lot of basil, but it was fresh. Our preference would have been for the crust to be crispier.

For my entre I ordered the shrimp that normally came with risotto...I asked if they could substitute a pasta with marinara and they were happy to do that. The dish was excellent. My wife ordered scallops in prosciutto and the scallops were very good with a rich taste similar to bacon wrapped scallops without so much fat. Our friend ordered the pork tenderloin and seemed to also enjoy his meal.

We ordered a couple of glasses of one of the Italian blend wines that they are famous for...a very good value at less than $10 per glass.

Service is leisurely but having their fresh bread with olive oil kept us occupied until the meal arrived. If you have never tried this place and you like Italian food, you should definitely give it a try. It has evolved from an Italian grocery to an Italian grocery with some food to an excellent Italian restaurant with an Italian grocery. Note that Friday and Saturday nights can be busy so consider making reservations on OpenTable.

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3.0Dined on July 12, 2017

To start off, I had requested a quiet spot for a business meeting. I didn't expect the person taking us to our table to mention that out loud in front of my guest. The food was okay but the service was a drag. It took forever before we were seated ( it wasn't crowded, there was no one at the front), it took a while to order and to ask/receive the check.

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2.0Dined on July 7, 2017

My husband had found this restaurant and was excited to take me. We did arrive a little late for our reservation (I had called to let them know we would be). Once we were seated, our waitress was less than friendly (or even happy to have a job), the food was an hour out (that's being kind) and then my risotto was crunchy and not edible. Talk about a disappointing evening....we won't be back.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2017

We love Nundini's whether every day grab a bite place or special day or night. The staff is very personable and knowledgeable. They chefs also make great soups.

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3.0Dined on June 12, 2017

Very good quality food but outside of the pizza, prices were higher than what I expected. Service was okay to start but when finished, we weren't offered coffee or dessert.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2017

Wonderful food selection
Our party each ordered something different
All were delighted. Service was good. Wine selection excellent Italian wines

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2017

Met husband's family here for dinner; father in-law, mother in-law, sister in-law and her boyfriend. Father in-law collects wine and thoroughly impressed with the wine menu; he will be back for their tasting dinners. The food was authentic, skillfully prepared (and tasty) and the service was excellent. We tried several different appetizers, entrees and desserts and were impressed by them all. The price was quite reasonable as well. We will absolutely be back!

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2017

Even though I have been to Nundini several times to pick up their delicious gelato, this was my first dinner excursion. I was initially concerned about being able to have a conversation without diners at the next table overhearing, but amazingly my concern was unfounded. The service was flawless and the food delicious and beautifully presented. Will definitely return and highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2017

This place is a gem. Service is great and everyone is friendly. Food tastes fantastic. I want to go back and try the pizza which is cooked in a brick oven right in front of the dining room. It's like a night in Italy! Free valet parking makes it a breeze for Date Night. Love the wine list! Lots of interesting and affordable wines by the glass and by the bottle. CHEERS!

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2017

Took our friends to celebrate both their birthdays and they just loved it. One of our friends is from Sicily and I was worried the food would not be as authentic as he is accustomed to but he was impressed with the menu items and wines. White wines were years old but the waiter let us try it and if it wasn't to our liking we changed it out with a red wine. They were very patient with us and the food was outstanding! Definitely returning.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2017

Nundini's was a real neighborhood find. Located in a commercial center the entrance is very plain. Inside it is spacious and quiet if a bit dark. The food is excellent and features many authentic Italian specialties. We enjoyed the pasta with pistachio pesto and the wild boar ragu. Both dishes reminded us of our travels in Italy. The wine list is long, all Italian and very reasonably priced. It includes wines from every major wine producing area in Italy often with economical to more high priced examples. Timothy our server was very helpful with both food and wine selections and with explaining the many specials available.

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2.0Dined on March 3, 2017

1. 2 out of the 4 in my party received the wrong order
2. The pappardelle that I ordered was stuck together
3. Panna cotta was like a frozen cake form

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2017

This was a very good lunch. The waiter was new and still getting familiar with the menu. I have had dinner here number of times before. This was my first lunch. My associate had never been to The restaurant before. He was very impressed. The location is the perfect place to meet between downtown and uptown.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

One of my favorite spots outside of downtown. Great service and outstanding food.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2017

We went for Valentine's day which is becoming a yearly outing at Nundini's. The service and food were both excellent.

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2017

A secret neighborhood jewel. Will definitely be back, just to work through the rest of the menu.

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3.0Dined on January 21, 2017

Received menus 15 min after being seated. No water either. There were maybe 6 tables occupied and 3 servers. The server told us that they were short-staffed. P.S. To all servers - I don't care about the problems of the restaurant. Just appologize and make it better. The bread was tasteless as well as the olive oil that was served for dipping. Another tip - use great olive oil or add some spices. We ordered a couple of dishes that had mussels and 6 of the mussels were closed - the server said.... I can bring you a tool to open them. Note: if a mussel is closed you should not eat it as it means it was probably dead before harvesting and therefore bad. We also ordered risotto and many many of the rice kernels were hard. All in all the food was just OK and for just OK food it was over priced.

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3.0Dined on January 13, 2017

Date night.

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4.0Dined on January 12, 2017

This is the third time I have been the Chef's table. When we arrived some kind of event was going on. I had already made reservations online and nothing was noted about a special event. The server asked if we wanted to have the 4 course pairing but really we already had our hearts set on the normal menu. The chef was kind enough to accommodate us and served the regular menu. The food was excellent as usual! Highly recommend the calamari! The wine list is very good but by the glass options were not that impressive.

The seating in the original dining room is so much better than the extended seating area so request that if you go.

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1.0Dined on December 22, 2016

This was our 3rd visit and we brought new clients with us. We were very disappointed as the service was extremely poor. We waited over 50 minutes for our food with no communication from the waiter as to why that was happening. When we finally asked for the owner of the restaurant, he came out and his excuse was that he had other things to take care of and the problem was his people. He basically through his staff "under the bus" and told us his problems instead of solving our problem of no food! He didn't try to make it up by comping any portion of our meal. Needless to say, we will never be going back and neither will the new potential clients. Very unfortunate.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2016

The food was amazing and well presented!

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2016

Excellent service and great food!

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5.0Dined on November 19, 2016

Loved the ambiance. Waitstaff was attentive. Food was delicious! Will be returning soon!

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2.0Dined on November 12, 2016

The food was good - authentic Italian. the service was extremely slow.
it took a long time to be seated even though we had a reservation.
it took a long time to take our order and get some wine on the table.
4 TV screens were showing a boxing match in the bar, while at the other end of the restaurant classical Italian opera music was being sung by opera singers!!

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5.0Dined on October 22, 2016

Very good food and service.

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4.0Dined on August 27, 2016

had a very nice meal and time. Food was excellent and service friendly.We walked from our home so it made for a enjoyable evening. Sorry we missed the live music on Fridays. We will return. Thanks

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4.0Dined on August 27, 2016

One the best true Italian restaurants in town. We had great food, had a lovely service and the people were "molto simpatici".

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3.0Dined on August 27, 2016

The restaurant looked good on the web portal. The service was great. The wine suggested by the server was good. However, the veal was thin and overdone. Unfortunately, my wife and I ordered veal, so I didn't get to try something else for comparison. We went to Nundini's during Resturants Weeks, to try something new.

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5.0Dined on August 22, 2016

Delicious authentic dishes for anyone missing the old country. Chef Nundini is a wonderful presence and the ingredients sold in their store up front lends to the charming atmosphere.

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2.0Dined on August 18, 2016

We had the Houston restaurant weeks menu. Our appetizers, the artichoke bottomed, were both warm and cold as if they had not been microwaved long enough. My wife's salmon was over cooked and my veal scallopini was more cubed veal than a scallopini. And it was over priced.

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5.0Dined on August 17, 2016

The lamb chops and the accompanying sautéed mixed vegetables were fantastic!

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4.0Dined on August 16, 2016

A regular customer who loves the food and the ambiance. Wine is well priced as well. This time the service was terrible. One person ordered vegan and was clear about no cheese - guess what she received? Lamb chops were delicious but waiter never asked how they were to be cooked so that person had to bring him back out to clarify. Owner was informed and he said "sorry it is the waiters fault"
Note to Vegans - they including the owner has no idea what you eat even though their menu clearly stated that they do.


With all this said - I would go again with out a doubt.

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5.0Dined on August 13, 2016

Had an excellent experience at Nundini's. We have driven by for months and always wanted to go in, so glad we finally did. The service was great! The wait staff was attentive, knowledgeable, and did not rush us at all. The food was fantastic!!!! Loved the Risotto al nero di sepia most of all. Everything we had was wonderful-artichoke bottoms, cream of mushroom soup, salmon, and the veal chop. We will definitely return.

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4.0Dined on August 12, 2016

The service is always phenomenal, and the restaurant itself is cute and cozy (inside an Italian market and gelateria). My only issue is that the food is very hit or miss. This time around, we had a pizza (wonderful), soup of the day (also wonderful), bucatini amatriciana (terrible - bland sauce, mushy bland meatballs), saltimbocca (delicious but nothing special), various risottos (good flavor, but undercooked), and limoncello cake and gelato (all delicious). Last time I was there, I had pizza (good but not great), bruschetta (amazing), the Girelle pasta (totally mediocre).

If their entrees were more consistent - particularly their pastas - this would be a great place!

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