Roma

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$30 and under
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Italian
After a spectacular three-year run for Sud Italia, Shanon Scott’s ode to the foodways of Southern Italy, the Houston restaurateur has turned his gaze northward to the capital: Rome or Roma (ROH-mah) in Italian. “I wanted to create a casual dining experience for Houstonians,” says Shanon, “and the natural inspiration for that was Rome’s wonderful trattorias.”

“Here at Roma, we’ve created a menu centered around the Roman classics like the pasta trinity — carbonara, amatricana, and cacio e pepe. But the departure from southern Italian cooking has also allowed Shanon to include other Italian greats like osso buco and braised lamb shank.

His wine list has also evolved: It now features the three Italian big reds: Barolo, Barbaresco, and Brunello, as well as favorites from Tuscany like Chianti and Super Tuscan blends of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
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ChanelleF
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great dinner spot. The scene was nice and tranquil--perfect for catching up with a girlfriend or a peaceful data. The food was delicious and well priced. The waitstaff was helpful (recommendations, knew what things were) and tentative (glasses of water stayed full, table stayed manageable i.e. removal of empty plates). Overall a great experience. Will definitely go again.

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vipSandyS
Houston
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thus is such a great place that is such a hidden gem!! Great food, wine, service, ambiance and value.
Shannon always gives the best service like you are visiting an Italian family. A must visit!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great patio

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Responded 3 days ago

THANK YOU! Shanon

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vipNoelleD
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat here every time we are in Houston. The food is fantastic! If weather allows, try to sit on the patio, it is beautiful. Also, be sure to try the homemade lemonchello.

Roma
Responded 3 days ago

Noelle, thank you for joining us and for sharing your experience here. Shanon

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Daniellef
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Roma has amazing food, great wine and an atmosphere that makes you want to stay for hours!

Roma
Responded on September 18, 2020

Danielle, it was a pleasure having you in. Thank you for sharing your dining experience here and we look forward to seeing you back very soon. Shanon

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vipSheyM
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

To start, there was no social distance even outside on the patio I was so close to the table next to me I could have reached over and touch them there was no 6ft. Secondly, this is the only italian restaurant I have went to where the wine by the glass is horrible no flavor at all like dyed red water. Third, my waiter was horrible. I have never waited an hour to order a drink because she wanted to give no effort in making a wine selection she said they were all bad unless I ordered a bottle like what type of recommendation is that. Why would I order a bottle when the glasses of wine were bad! I use to love Russo Italian, the food was excellent and I hadn’t been since the name change the food is no where near as good the are not accommodating at all and the staff is impatient. Not to mention the small portions my friend and I were still so hungry when we left. I will never come back or recommend it. It is officially off my list I will go down the street for real Italian food at Antica Osteria in Rice Village please avoid this place at all costs!

Roma
Responded on September 15, 2020

Shey, tables are 6 feet apart and everyone of the staff wear gloves and mask. You tried every glass of wine we have to offer by the glass, the server only suggested a bottle after numerous trips to he table. You asked me to make something that we do not have on the menu or the ingredients for. We are not meant for everyone, our food is authentic and we pride our self's for that. Have a great day and all the best to you both. Shanon

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food and service was very good. The only element that prevented me from giving 5 stars was due to a couple of the waiters wearing their masks below their noses. Didn't want to be confrontational and create any waves with the person serving my food, so I opted to remain silent. I could've opted to say something, but this one is a slippery slope.

Roma
Responded on September 15, 2020

Please let me know next time and I can speak to the staff. I am glad that you enjoyed everything but we take safety very serious here. Please join us again and ask for me personally. Shanon

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vipgrrrl75
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a lovely early dinner outside. Our server was very knowledgable, suggesting the perfect wine to go with our order (since I'm really not familiar with Italian wines). The saffron gnocchi was by far the highlight of dinner, and the tiramisu was a fantastic close to the meal.

Roma
Responded on September 10, 2020

Thank you for joining us and for sharing. Have a great day and we hope to see you back very soon. Shanon

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vipHugoZagaria
Houston
31 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. Sean and his people do a great job

Roma
Responded on September 10, 2020

Hugo, it is always great seeing you and thank you for sharing your experience here. Shanon

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OpenTable Diner
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing. Very friendly. Gave us a great wine suggestion. The bread dip is sooo good and our main course didn’t disappoint either. Highly recommend

Roma
Responded on August 11, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us and for sharing your dining experience here! Shanon

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vipGierus
Detroit
52 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Some dishes are great and some are very heavy cream sauces

Roma
Responded on August 3, 2020

Good afternoon, can you please describe what you had? Shanon

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat on the patio and had a lovely meal! Food tasted just like being back in Rome. Will be back!

Roma
Responded on July 27, 2020

Thank you! Shanon

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msclock
Austin
14 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice set up outside. However COVID restriction were not 100 % follow. Pasta was totally to cooked .. for a real italian restaurant ... this is not good and Condiment was not impressive on primavera pasta

The mozzarella in carrozza ( fry mozzarella ) is like my gran ma 20 years ago. Fantastic.

Roma
Responded on June 16, 2020

I am sorry that you feel we are not in compliance. We all wear mask and gloves. Restrooms are cleaned every 30 minutes, tables are 6 feet apart and we have hand sanitizer by the front door. Please let me know if I have missed something because we take it very serious here. Have a great day and we hope you will join us again. Shanon

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Jeff
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Look no further for authentic Italian foods. Will definitely be back!!

Roma
Responded on June 9, 2020

Jeff, it was a pleasure having you both in for such a special occasion! Happy Anniversary once again and we hope to see you both very soon. Shanon

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Houston! The food taste like my grandmother is back there cooking! Shannon the other is the best.

Roma
Responded on June 9, 2020

Thank you for the kind words. Shanon

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SusanTL
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We found this gem on Open Table and it did not disappoint. We sat outside on the patio and enjoyed the fresh air, fantastic food and wonderful service. We will most certainly be back.

Roma
Responded on June 9, 2020

Thank you for the kind words. We hope to see you back again very soon. Shanon

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halfNM
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Outdoor seating was very quite and area was covered w\ fans. Apps, main and wine were are fantastic. Parking is on the street, so be careful. Great date night location

Roma
Responded on June 9, 2020

Thank you for joining us and for sharing your experience here! Shanon

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vipCarmenV
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exquisite and the service was wonderful.

Roma
Responded on June 9, 2020

Thank you for joining us and for sharing! Shanon

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Java
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first night out in months due to the shutdown. This was an anniversary dinner we reserved early hoping things would open up. We were scheduled for a cruise of Italy which of course was canceled. We could not have our dinner in Rome. So we booked the next closest thing ROMA. It did not disappoint. Great pasta (made in house) Excellent wine chose by our waiter, great service and a wonderful atmosphere. We could not see the Parthenon or Forum but we had a great view of University Blvd.
We will be back, thanks for a great evening.

Roma
Responded on May 25, 2020

Thank you for joining us and for sharing your experience here! Shanon

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vipSRM430
Houston
41 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had the arancini as an appetizer, and the squid ink pasta with seafood, scallops & shrimp, and ravioli as entrees. Everyone very pleased with their meals--and they do takeout, which is key right now.

Roma
Responded on March 17, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us and for sharing your experience here. Sahnon

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GlennT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor patio is a very relaxing place to enjoy a great meal. The service is always just perfectly there when needed.

Roma
Responded on March 13, 2020

Glenn, thank you for joining us and for sharing your experience here. Shanon

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BernadetteS
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of four loved everything about Roma! The food, the service, the wine & lemoncello were all excellent!

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vipbdug
Houston
43 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Would have preferred fresher bread. Homemade pasta was good. The guacial was too salty. I would prefer a different type of meat

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RuthM
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely spot with wonderful food

Roma
Responded on March 2, 2020

Ruth, thank you for joining us and for sharing. Shanon

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John
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Burrata salad and meatball appetizers excellent, along a little on the too large size; better to order one plate and share. My partners chicken was very good, my carbonara a little dry but still highly recommended. We will come back.

Roma
Responded on February 26, 2020

John, thank you for joining us and for sharing your experience here. Shanon

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant. The attention was great and the appetizers very good. The pasta dishes others got were a bit dull, thankfully I got the gnocchis and those were excellent.

Roma
Responded on February 26, 2020

Thank you for joining us. I am glad that you enjoyed your dish, I wish the others were as pleased as you. Please join us again. Shanon

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A great restaurant for an intimate date night.

Roma
Responded on March 9, 2020

Thank you for joining us and for sharing your experience here. Shanon

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vipDeejay
Houston
33 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Very disappointed. Calamari appetizer was rubbery. Entree arrived 1-1/2 after appetizers and wasn’t worth the wait. Veal was tough and tuna was overcooked. They servers seemed confused and taking food to wrong tables

Roma
Responded on February 17, 2020

I am sorry your first experience here was less than perfect. I do hope that you will join us again so we can meet or exceed your exceptions. Shanon

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. It’s a very Romantic spot. Feels authentic

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vipMdlc
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Poor quality overall. Cheap wine list, food and service just ok, no ambiance at all.

Roma
Responded on February 19, 2020

Sorry you did not enjoy yourself, not sure if cheap wine list is a good or bad thing. Nothing above $100 on our regular all Italian wine list. We have a reserve wine list which is much more exclusive. Shanon

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CarlosG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The restaurant was beautiful and felt very homely. Though it was Valentine’s Evening, we felt the staff did a good job of handling the rush.

Roma
Responded on February 17, 2020

Carlos, thank you for joining us. I am so glad that we were able to meet your exceptions on such a cray evening. Shanon

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Kalie
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went here for our wedding anniversary and had the best experience! The service was great; although it was a busy Saturday night, they were attentive and prompt. I had the seafood soup and my husband had the veal scallopini, both were excellent! Quaint, romantic but light atmosphere. 10/10 would go back!

Roma
Responded on February 17, 2020

Kalie, thank you for sharing your dining experience here. We look forward to seeing you both back very soon. Shanon

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent service and wine parings. Will definitely return.

Roma
Responded on January 28, 2020

Thank You! Shanon

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vipMartinF
Houston
154 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

caesar salads were good but small. few main dishes on menu(4 as I recall) and they were out of a veal scaloppini plate. My wife thought her meatball appetizer was good but after we left the restaurant, "it was just fair". I tried the spaghetti carbonara and was disappointed. the flavor of the guanciale was weak and the sauce was dry and became more so as I ate the dish. Not sure we will return.

Roma
Responded on January 27, 2020

Martin, we have 10 main dishes. I wish you would let me know while you were ere. We could have corrected them while you were here. Shanon

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vipBobS88
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We attended the special event and as typical of this gem, it did not disappoint. Thank you for a wonderful time, with wonderful food, service and Prosecco! It's our neighborhood 'go to' restaurant because we can always be guaranteed a great evening!

Roma
Responded on January 28, 2020

Bob, thank you for joining us! It was a pleasure to have you both in again. Shanon

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vipHungryBeast
Houston
69 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic evening and great food. Server suggested a great wine to go with our selections of appetizers, pasta and lamb shank. Plus the homemade limoncello was fabulous. Definitely a go-to place for great food and wonderful service.

Roma
Responded on January 24, 2020

Thank you for joining us and for sharing your dining experience! Shanon

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Roma was a great find! Excellent pasta and appetizers and fantastic wine and service!

Roma
Responded on January 24, 2020

It always makes our day when our guest leave satisfied. Thank you for joining us and for sharing your dining experience. Shanon

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vipOpenTable Diner
9 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience4

I really wanted to like this place. Pretty porch and nice ambiance. But after we were seated it took ten minutes til we were asked if we wanted water and ten more til our waiter appeared.

Food came promptly...but it was bland. But no salt on table and when I flagged someone down to ask for, it took 10 minutes for someone e to bring . Despite being asked if we wanted bread, no bread showed up.
No grated cheese was offered.

Basically saw our waiter 3 times total during dinner - one of which was to deliver the check.

I could overlook the bad service if the food was stellar.
It was not.

Roma
Responded on January 20, 2020

I am so sorry that your experience here was less than perfect. I would like to invite you back in on me. Please call or text me at (713) 459-4911. I take every review to heart and I want to make sure that we can correct it. Shanon

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CarlyJ
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Unfortunately, my experience at Roma was a little disappointing. The place is very cute and the service team seems to awesome, but my major complaint is about the gentleman who was at the door and did most of the serving.
I can tell from the other tables around me that the food must be fantastic, but my friends and I were specifically looking for pizza. We didnt check the menu so that is partially our fault, but when we let him know that we would only be drinking wine, he was immediately and very visibly annoyed with our table. We noticed him rolling his eyes and mumbling as he looked at our table a few times.
We were very apologetic and I felt were still polite despite the situation, but most definitely wasnt reciprocated.

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DeniseG
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed our family dinner, the food was delicious and very well priced. Also impeccable service. The only remark is that our table was a bit small for 4 people, we would definitely appreciated more space.

Roma
Responded on January 16, 2020

Denise, thank you for joining us and we look forward to seeing you again very soon. Shanon

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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 648 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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