Roma

4.6
801 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
"One of the Best New Restaurants in Houston."
Culture Map

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 801 people are saying
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vipCMDJ
Houston
32 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly staff and delicious food. We enjoyed ourselves.

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vipMike
Central Coast
56 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time dining at Roma and we will be back. Friendly service, great food, lovely patio.

Roma
Responded 5 days ago

Mike, thank you for joining us and for sharing! Shanon

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vipHungryBeast
Houston
82 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We couldn’t have asked for better service or food than what we had at Roma! Shanon Scott and his staff do an amazing job from the minute you walk in the door to when you leave. The food was fabulous and every dish was not only delicious but plated beautifully. The wine selection is also fantastic. Can’t wait to go back!

Roma
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for the kinds words. Have an amazing day and we look forward to seeing you again very soon. Shanon

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ChrisB
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time trying out this place and will definitely be back. Food and service were awesome!

Roma
Responded on November 16, 2021

Chris, thank you for joining us and for sharing! Shanon

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous evening of fine wine, exceptionally good food and world class service with a smile.

Roma
Responded on November 16, 2021

Thank you for the kind words and the private note. You made my day:) Shanon

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Kimb
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! We enjoyed everything about our dining experience.

Roma
Responded on November 16, 2021

THANK YOU! Shanon

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
29 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been three times and a real dining experience each time. Quiet, elegant, comfortable, engaging, sophisticated, and convivial all at the same time.

Roma
Responded on November 16, 2021

Thank you for joining us once again and for sharing your dining experience. We hope to see you again very soon. Shanon

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vipVoiceOfReason33
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Sorry, but this restaurant fell short of my expectations. The service was terribly slow and the food was just “okay”. The ambiance was very casual and felt like they should use tablecloths at night to make it more dressed up and nicer. Overall, I wouldn’t go back because there wasn’t anything to write home about.

Roma
Responded on November 16, 2021

I am sorry that everything was less than perfect. Our guest typically like the more casual feel. We want our guest to take their time but we can always rush things for you if you would like. Please join us again and call in advance and I will put a tablecloth on your table. Shanon

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vipTimC
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Massimo was exceptional as always and Shannon throws down an amazing experience

Roma
Responded on November 16, 2021

Tim, Massimo and I always look forward to having you in. Thank you for sharing your dining experience. Shanon

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vipCook
Houston
37 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful patio dining on a cool evening and the food was delicious.

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vipJerryP
Houston
31 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What can I say! What a truly wonderful dining experience! The food was excellent, our waiter Tony friendly and attentive and the owner very personable and caring.

Roma
Responded on November 16, 2021

Jerry, thank you for taking time to share your experience here and for the private note. We all love it when a guest really has a wonderful time. Tony and I and the rest of the staff look forward to seeing you again very soon. Shanon

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brad
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

some of the best house made pasta and fish you will find anywhere in Houston. from the minute you walk in you are treated like a real guest instead of just a customer.

Roma
Responded on November 1, 2021

Brad, thank you for the kind words. We hope to see you back in our home again very soon. Shanon

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RichardW
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dinner. Service was first class.

Roma
Responded on November 1, 2021

Richard,thank you for sharing your dining experience here! Shanon

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RiceOwl
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!

Roma
Responded on October 26, 2021

Thank you for sharing your dining experience! Shanon

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Didn’t hear about the nightly specials. Sat outside and the main course took along time to be served.

Roma
Responded on October 26, 2021

I am so sorry, we do not always have specials. I apologize for your wait time as well. Please join us again and ask for me personally. Shanon

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vipGlennT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always so welcoming and relaxed. Just perfect.

Roma
Responded on October 26, 2021

Glenn, thank you for the 5 Star review and for sharing your dining experience. Shanon

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Jasmin
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for a relaxing dinner or a fancy night out. Any and all are welcomed to enjoy the beautiful and serene ambiance. The food is so delicious and feels authentic.

Roma
Responded on October 26, 2021

Jasmin, thank you for the kind words. We look forward to seeing you again very soon. Shanon

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Kiaa
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
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".

Roma
Responded on October 20, 2021

Kiaa, I am sorry that everything was less thank perfect. We are a traditional Italian restaurant and bread is served room temperature. As far as asking for your entire order, we are a small restaurant with a smaller kitchen. EVERYTHING is made fresh daily and to order, that is why we ask for your entire order on a busy evening. The other "Italian" restaurants that you mention have a huge kitchen with items pre made. Please join us again and ask for me personally. Shanon

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
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.

Roma
Responded on October 20, 2021

Thank you for sharing your dining experience! We hope to see you back again very soon. Shanon

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LisaC
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
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.

Roma
Responded on October 20, 2021

Lisa, thank you for the kind words and private note. I share all reviews with the staff (both good and bad). It always makes our day when one of our guest goes out of there way to share their experience with us. Have a great evening and we hope to see you back again very soon. Shanon

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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 on October 12, 2021

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 on October 12, 2021

Thank you for joining us and for sharing! Shanon

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vipGreatViews
Houston
25 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Roma
Responded on October 12, 2021

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
29 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
6 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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vipPamM
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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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 4.6 stars by 801 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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