Palinuro Italian Cuisine

4.9
201 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Inspired by the warmth and comfort of the seaside town in Palinuro, located in the southern Italian region. Palinuro Italian Cusinie and Chef Paolo bring traditional and authentic Italian cuisine to Katy, Texas. Enjoy fresh house-made pastas, traditional risottos, salads with the highest quality ingredients, imported truffles, and entrees such as veal. An experience at Palinuro is one to remember.
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Nick
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My family and I only wish we would have discovered this restaurant sooner. We all moved from the Tri-State Area and have a deep love for Italian food, wine, and culture. It is the dominant culture in our heritage. This restaurant has a strong staff, strong kitchen, and a reasonably priced and adequately varied wine list. They are smart and keep the menu to a certain size in order to guarantee the use of fresh ingredients. The desserts are also excellent. What makes this place really lovely is more than just the food. The people that own and run the day to day operations all have very warm and hospitable energy and take the time to connect with their patrons. It seems that they represent the sentiment, "Food is Love" with their food, wine, and everything they do. If you get there early, there is one slightly less than ideal presence of the aroma of a freshly cleaned bathroom. While I am happy to know the restaurant facility is clean, I would prefer to smell something else when I first enter. Granted, I have a very sensitive sense of smell, but if the amazing owner and staff want one piece of feedback, that would be it.
I worked in restaurants for over a decade and could always find a few little things that can be improved, but there are very few to point out. Tutto Bene! Squisito! Gratzie Mille.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints!! Our favourite Italian Restaurant in Katy.

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BradB
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always accommodating, great food, excellent service.

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1Paddy
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great local restaurant. First but definitely not our last visit.

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vipmark
Houston
118 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely, Friday date nite dinner. We love the food and the location is a short easy drive from our house. It's a neighborhood gem! I've been to Italy many times and this food is just as good and you see a few things that are different from the chain restaurants. Its in a strip-center but don't let that bother you, its attractive inside and an oasis from the city and the heat.

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MaxM
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had an amazing experience at the restaurant the server was extremely tiny and provided excellent service. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone that wants a special evening.

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vipMartiM
Houston
29 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great date spot. We really did enjoy the dinner. Pasta parm is the best!

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GrahamP
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time dining there. Roberto and Miguel are very attentive servers—and I had the chance to meet the owner! A wonderful, passionate man from the town of the same name as the restaurant: Palinuro. Makes me want to visit there one day soon:)

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food quality and service. Can’t wait to come back for more.

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PatrickG
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Received dinner as a gift. Had never been there before, but will be going again. First class food and service. A great little restaurant without the commotion of a chain.

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vipCBear
Houston
41 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience. Food, service, and ambiance. Definitely will be back.

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JoeK
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place!
Service was top notch. Owner overseeing everything with attention to details.
Oh yeah, great food!

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GrahamP
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a find! People usually travel out of the burbs for food this good. We travel from Downtown just to eat there. Our servers Miguel and Roberto were amazing. Our food was absolutely and authentically perfect. Can’t wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was Awesome.the staff where great.best Italian food I have had Since I left New York

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has probably the best italian food that I ever tried in the USA. I traveled to Italy 3 times and spent my elementary and HS in a private italian school.
I do recommend that place. It was fantastic.

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Tspencer1971
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went hear from my wife's birthday well most things were excellent however, my wife didn't want to complain but told me when we got home that her fish was overcooked. However, Roberto called me this afternoon and said for her to come back and he would make it right....Great customer service will definitely be going back.

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AlexL
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent. We had a special appetizer of grilled octopus. And wonderful seafood entrees.

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vipJuanP
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service in my experience are always superb! A true gem in Cinco Ranch

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
9 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious!!!

Our First cup of wine was sour like the wine was past, after we talles with waiter he changed our cup.

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Jannie
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has become our new go-to Italian restaurant! Everything has been delicious and the menu changes all the time which makes it fun to try new things. The lasagna is very different but so delicious. We really enjoy the caesar salads because they put ribbons of parmesan cheese on them. Usually we're full but can't resist dessert...limoncello sponge cake and last night was chocolate lava cake with ice cream. Yum!

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RonnieC
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the finest Italian restaurants I have ever been to. I don’t think our experience could have been any better. The authenticity of the food is unmatched by any place we have tried in the area.

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LoriF
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Roberto &. his staff were all very attentive & super helpful. Turned out to be the perfect spot for my husband’s retirement dinner.

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Stefan
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Roberto was an excellent host and the complete staff is very friendly and accommodating! We arrived 15 minutes early at the restaurant and were immediately asked if we want to sit at the bar until the table is ready. After consulting Roberto for a dish choice, he offered a special / surprise meal and we absolutely loved it. The spot is fairly small but the noise level was surprisingly low. They definitely put a lot of energy in the interior set-up and the food was incredible. However it’s important to understand that quality service and food has it’s price, so consider that. We will definitely come back to the place and can only suggest it to everyone who appreciates great food and a special location! Thanks for making the day special :)

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there. Loved it!!

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vipMikeM
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

really nice restaurant in the Katy TX area. Food was excellent, very fresh and tasty. Def give them a try.

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MrsJay
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A wonderful little jewel in Katy. The service was excellent. My fish was a little over cooked, but not too bad. The meal was good. At last a place where you can have
a conversation while you dine and not scream to be heard. Charming.

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Ryan
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Upscale authentic Italian. The wine selection is unique and fantastic. Service is attentive. And every dish I’ve had has been wonderful.

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MichaelS
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our 3rd visit, their food choices are creative, very well prepared and delicious! 5 Star all the way

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vipamyt95
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food options, great Moscato, and excellent service

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UTparent
Houston
27 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Sea bass excellent. Little on the expensive side for an evening out.

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Andrew
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The restaurant front is directly facing the afternoon sun which makes the door handle rather hot. I was seated to the table by a young girl probably on summer job. The place is small, well air-conditioned and they managed to treat the front so that the heat and glare does not penetrate through. Our server is probably a Latino and we could hardly make out what he said. Anyway, my wife ordered the Caprese Burrata di Melanzane and I the Linguini di Palinuro. The food were served by other servers and another server came by and asked whether we like our food with some Italian spicy chilli. We chatted with this Italian server as I recognized him from another restaurant. Anyway, the main server didn't much come around and his service was sub at best. If you go there, ask for Roberto and he will take care of you. My wife enjoyed the eggplant and although the pasta was served with manila clams, I wish they use the little necks. Overall the food taste good.

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vipMartiM
Houston
30 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Neighborhood gem! Wonderful staff and the food was awesome. Will be on our list of places to go from now on.

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JoseS
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great!! Amazing pasta and the Veal was delicious. Dessert was awesome plus a good selection of wines.

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Fiki
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Italian place in Katy. Loved it. My grandson said “it was off the chain”!!

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Xpertdinnner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Try it won’t be disappointed!

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RodrigoN
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Disappointing experience. Menu is extremely limited, very plain choices overall. The starter was good (seafood fritters) but that was the only highlight. The lasagna was almost inedible. With the amount of italian restaurants to choose from, it is not to be remembered.

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DavidB
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a wonderful dinner and experience. The service was impeccable. We absolutely love this restaurant

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vipMTLinKaty
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and good!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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James
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

outstanding Sea Bass cooked to perfection. And I'm really picky when it comes to fish. Wine selections were great.

FAQs

Palinuro Italian Cuisine offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (281) 394-2495.

Palinuro Italian Cuisine is rated 4.9 stars by 201 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.