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About Nundini Chef's Table
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.
Houston, TX 77007
Italian, Wine Bar, Pizzeria
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
W. 6th St.
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We do provide
Complimentary Valet is provided, but self parking is an available option as well.
Bus stop on the corner of North Shepherd and 6th.
Beer, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Nundini Chef's Table Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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