Roma

4.5
784 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
"One of the Best New Restaurants in Houston."
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ROMA, an Italian eatery in Rice Village, is Houston's premier Italian restaurant, known for its homemade traditional pastas, its creative contemporary Italian cuisine, and its fine wine program.

ROMA was called one of "Houston's Best New Restaurants" by CultureMap when it first opened in 2019. And Houstonia magazine has called it one of their editors' favorite Italian restaurants in the city.

In 2020, ROMA launched what would become one of the city's most successful virtual wine dinner programs, often "hosting" more than 80 guests weekly in their homes as Italian winemakers joined from Italy.

That has inspired Shanon Scott to take his wine program to the next level. "Our goal is to make ROMA one of Houston's top wine destinations by the end of 2021," says Shanon.

Look out for new and regularly occurring wine tastings, wine dinners, and other wine and food events at ROMA!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 784 people are saying
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Kiaa
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Overall experience was okay. Small menu. Food wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either, just very average. The bread was cold and old.
The place has a cute patio, but the service was very average. We asked for an appetizer and the server asked us to decide on the entire order right away, because it was a requirement for the kitchen to put in the whole order for the table at once. Meaning, we couldn't add things to our order later...? just odd.
Again the food was average and with some many great Italian restaurants in Houston, I don't think this one makes it to the "go back list".

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner was very nice. It was our first time here and we are very glad we have now discovered Roma. We will be back regularly.

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LisaC
Houston
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So excited to fin another delicious restaurant with wonderful ambiance. My husband had the octopus, and I had the osso buco, which was amazing.
Can't wait for our next dinner at Roma. Great date night spot.

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Renee
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all enjoyed the food. The portions are not too big and not too small. Nice atmosphere with lots of talking but it wasn’t too loud. In my opinion the dessert is not big enough to share so get your own

Roma
Responded 7 days ago

Renee, I am so glad that you enjoyed everything. Have a great day and we look forward to seeing you again very soon. Shanon

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quick & friendly service of beautiful & delicious foods!

Roma
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for joining us and for sharing! Shanon

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vipGreatViews
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food in a cozy and friendly environment. I would recommend Roma to anyone.

Roma
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for the kind words, we hope to see you again very soon. Shanon

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Food nothing special. But terrace is very nice

Roma
Responded on October 5, 2021

Can you please let me know why you were not excited about the food? Shanon

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chrisb
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. Thx Shanon!

Roma
Responded on September 28, 2021

Chris, thank you for joining us and for the kind words. Shanon

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! We sat on the patio, and it was lovely! The service was incredible, and the food was delicious. We will go back!

Roma
Responded on September 28, 2021

Thank you for sharing your dining experience! The staff and I look forward too seeing you back again very soon. Shanon

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Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent and reasonably priced. Great service. Ate on patio but it got pretty humid and hot after sun went down, even with fan. Our first time here. We will come back!

Roma
Responded on September 24, 2021

We are so happy that you enjoyed your dinning experience and thank you for sharing. Have a great day and we look forward to seeing you again very soon. Shanon

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vipbillboy
Houston
26 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very enjoyable, and made us feel as if we were in Italy. Food and wine were outstanding. Mix up on the entrees resulted in an extended wait, but the waiter was super apologetic and comped a glass of wine and one of our desserts. That’s the way to handle a problem! We will be back.

Roma
Responded on September 20, 2021

Thank you for understanding and being patient. Massimo and I hope to see you back again very soon. Shanon

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Im obsessed with this place

Roma
Responded on September 20, 2021

As am I! Seriously, thank you for the joining us and for sharing. We hope to see you back again very soon. Shanon

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service as usual

Roma
Responded on September 13, 2021

Thank you for joining us and for the kind words. Shanon

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vipJamesC
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is excellent. One of our favorite places. We plan on returning often.

Roma
Responded on September 9, 2021

James, thank you for joining us nd for sharing. Shanon

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PamM
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service and food werewolves fantastic

Roma
Responded on August 30, 2021

Thank you for sharing and the analogy! Shanon

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EstherD
Houston
25 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great time with delicious wine, friends and delicious food! Our server Massimo helped with our wine selections and menu! Wine was amazing and meals were delicious! We loved the outdoor patio even during the hot dog days of Houston! Highly recommend!

Roma
Responded on August 30, 2021

Ester, thank you for the kind words and for sharing your dining experience here. Shanon

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Roma is always a safe bet for great Italian food. From the homemade pastas to main entrees like Saltimbocca, the ingredients are fresh and the presentation is lovely under the close watch of the owner, Shanon, who appears to be always, greeting each table.

Roma
Responded on August 31, 2021

I want to personally thank you for the kind words. It was great having you in and I really appreciate you sharing your experience here. Shanpon

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vipWilliamK
Houston
65 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Would not recommend won’t go back

Roma
Responded on August 31, 2021

William, can you please let me know what happened? You can call me at the restaurant (713) 664-7581 or email me shanon@romahouston, I welcome all forms of input, positive or negative. Shanon

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RobertM
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wine! Valet parking was easy and quick.

Roma
Responded on August 31, 2021

Robert, thank you for sharing and we hope to see you again very soon. Shanon

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vipMaria
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So yummy!!! 10/10 recommend for some tasty Italian food.

Roma
Responded on August 25, 2021

Maria, thank you for the 5 star review and for sharing your dining experience here! Shanon

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madi96
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Service wasn’t that great, waitress seemed annoyed with us the whole time. We ordered pasta tossed table side for a new experience and waitress loaded the pasta up with pepper and didn’t even ask us our preference. The overload of pepper ruined the whole dish. Ended up leaving without eating most of it.

Roma
Responded on August 24, 2021

I am sorry that you did not enjoy the pasta, we should have gotten a different dish for you. The cacio e pepe is just cheese and pepper (cacio is cheese and pepi is pepper). Please join us again so we make you a different pasta. Shanon

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Ivano
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Excellent food. Osso Buco was one of the best I’ve ever had anywhere aside from my own (Italian) mother’s. The sauce with it was delicious. Squid ink pasta with seafood was top notch. Calamari fritti were perfectly cooked although serving with marinara and tartar sauce (!) was a bit odd.
Good wine list — could have a few more by the glass though. Cute place inside, if a bit too noisy. Outside patio was much quieter and although we went on a hot night, the ceiling fans made it pleasant enough (Houston in August, so can’t expect too much!) Good prices too. Definitely will be back. Hope to get a better server though next time. Ours was decent if a bit overwhelmed the night we went. Not a deal breaker though. It happens. Cute place and finally one that gels well with that space.

Roma
Responded on August 23, 2021

Thank you for joining us and for sharing. I am sorry that service was less than perfect. We (like most of the restaurants) are short staffed, it is by no means an excuse. Please join us again and ask for me personally.

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vipwudiner
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent HRW meals. The red italian wine and service were great.

Roma
Responded on August 23, 2021

Thank you for sharing your dining experience here and we hope to see you again very soon. Shanon

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vipLeonardoP
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

👌 food amazing

Roma
Responded on August 20, 2021

Leonardo, thank you for sharing. Shanon

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Frank
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

A healthy walk from the Texas Medical Center is an amazing dining experience in Rice Village aptly named Roma. Terrific choices of Italian specialties and a wine list to match. We started with a Ceasar salad, moved on to splitting the Gnocchi Gorgonzola, then went on to our respective veal dishes (saltimbocca and osso bucco) - all superb. Indoor seating is a bit noisy so if you want a calmer/quiet experience sit outdoors. No matter where you sit, request Massimo as your server - he is magnifico. The portions are large enough to split so take your time and savor your meal. Make sure to save room for your cannoli and cappuccino but before your walk back, definitely toast to your health with Roma’s homemade limoncello. Buon appetito!

Roma
Responded on August 23, 2021

Frank,, thank you for joining us and for the kind words. Massimo and I look forward to, seeing you back again very soon. Shanon

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vipscotte
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Everything very hot and served with care. Great place for an intimate dinner or with a crowd.

Roma
Responded on August 24, 2021

Scott, thank you for joining us and for sharing your dining experience . Shanon

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vipTerry
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, food and wine list. We go every time we are in Houston

Roma
Responded on August 20, 2021

Terence, thank you for joining us and for sharing your dining experience here! Shanon

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vipDrEd
Houston
78 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and food and wonderful outdoor patio if you choose outside. This was our 1st time at Roma and truly is like being in Italy. We both started with a mixed green salad, WoW, what a great presentation and simple but so good, and had a favorite wine red wine, a nice 2016 bottle of Barolo as well. Then ordered a dish that is very hard to find in Houston, Pasta and fresh clams, and it met all my expectations. Know there are other Italian Restaurants equal or maybe even better, but Roma is surely a keeper. We always ask the same Questions, would you order it again and would you go back? The answers to the questions, Yes and Yes we would, great experience and loved Roma.

Roma
Responded on August 20, 2021

Thank you for the kind words! It always makes our day when a guest enjoys everything. We look forward to seeing you back in very soon. Shanon

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timw
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for us first timers.

Roma
Responded on August 20, 2021

Thank you for the 5 Star review and for sharing your dining experience, Shanon

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JohnS
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food in Houston! Homemade pasta and Lemoncello. Grandma’s tiramisu, doesn’t get any better!

Roma
Responded on August 9, 2021

John, it was a pleasure having you in, thank you for sharing your dining experience here and for the 5 Star Review! Shanon

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viphellokitty
Houston
27 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A neighborhood gem! Pleasant service, attentive but not intrusive. Food is nicely and beautifully presented and is very tasty. The resturant is in a old building that is quaint, but can get noisy when it’s 3/4 full. There is a nice large deck also.

Roma
Responded on August 9, 2021

Thank you for the kind words. Shanon

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vipgus2sib
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice neighborhood place. Delicious food and family-like service. Just ideal

Roma
Responded on August 1, 2021

Thank you for joining us and for sharing. Shanon

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vipDwight
Houston
50 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shannon and his staff always provide an excellent dining experience. The service is attentive, but relaxed enough to allow us to visit with friends and never feel rushed. The food is excellent, and the wine list, while not exceptionally deep, has plenty of offerings and are available at a very fair price. It is excellent food with a personal touch, and makes you feel as though you are guests at a friend's home.

Roma
Responded on August 9, 2021

Dwight, thank you for the kind words and for sharing. My staff and I always love hearing when our guest have a great experience. Shanonm

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall1food2service4ambience4

The food was pretty underwhelming not gonna lie. It was a cute little restaurant though, just not good Italian food. The pasta was super over cooked and the chicken breast had a bone piece in one bite that I took. The people there were extremely nice and welcoming though!!

Roma
Responded on August 20, 2021

Thank you for joining us. I wish you would have told me or one of the staff while you were here. We could have corrected it for you then. Please join us again and ask for me personally. Shanon

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MadS
Nashville
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The patio is a perfect spot for date night (although I’d recommend waiting until it’s a bit cooler out)! The food is fabulous and we appreciated that you could get gluten free pasta with any dish. Wine selection was also excellent!

Roma
Responded on July 29, 2021

Thank you for sharing your dining experience here at Roma. We look forward to seeing you once again very soon. Shanon

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vipHoustonfoodlover
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was amazing. Tony, the waiter made it extra special too. Fab food, great service. Cant wait to go back!!!

Roma
Responded on July 29, 2021

Thank you for sharing! Tony and I look forward to seeing you back very soon. Shanon

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vipJohnK
Houston
36 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was outstanding, very friendly and attentive when required. Food was excellent particularly the lobster tails and sea bass. Reasonably priced wine list. All round good value.

Roma
Responded on July 26, 2021

John, thank you for joining and for sharing your dining experience here at Roma. Shanon

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Massimo
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Ciao,
The Fettuccini a la bolognese was fantastico, as well as the cannolis. The service could be improved, by being more welcoming and warm.
Grazie,
Massimo

Roma
Responded on July 26, 2021

Massimo, thank you for joining us and for the constructive idea. Shanon

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MeredithC
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I was really surprised by the great reviews for this place. We were so unimpressed with the food. Italian food is about simple preparation of good quality ingredients, but that’s not what you get here. The ingredients were not at all fresh, and everything was over-salted as if to compensate. I can forgive the inept (but very friendly!) service and the serious fly problem on the patio (nothing a few strips of fly paper can’t fix), but in this price range the food has to be better. Maybe they should focus on better ingredients in smaller portions, to improve the quality without hitting margins?

Roma
Responded on July 26, 2021

Meredith, nothing here is frozen (we do not have a freezer) and everything is prepared fresh daily. I am sorry that your meal was less than perfect. I am not sure about the fly problem that you were having but will look into your advice. I hope that you will join us once again. Shanon

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LeeG
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We began our meal with the freshest cantaloupe and prosciutto and it just got better and better. Our entrees were served in hot cast iron skillets and both my semolina gnocchi and my husband’s lasagna surpassed our expectations. How have we never eaten here before??? We left NOTHING behind, mopping up our sauces with crusty bread. The wine selection was lovely, and we left full and happy.

FAQs

Roma does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Roma also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (713) 664-7581.

Roma is rated 4.5 stars by 784 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.

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