Roma

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

The food was exquisite and the service was wonderful.

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Java
1 review
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.

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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.

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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
66 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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vipMartinB
Houston
81 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch. Excellent service

Roma
Responded on January 16, 2020

Thank you for sharing your experience here! Shanon

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GolfGuy
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and service. Everybody got something different and it was all delicious.

Roma
Responded on January 16, 2020

Thank you for the kind words. We look forward to seeing you back in very soon. Shanon

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TMai
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had my birthday lunch there with a friend and it was AMAZING. Food and service were top notch.

Roma
Responded on January 6, 2020

Thank you for joining us for such a special occasion and for for the kind words. Shanon

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vipMyreviews
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite Italian restaurant in Houston!!!!!

Roma
Responded on January 4, 2020

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

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vipStephanieW
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always exceeds our expectations

Roma
Responded on January 2, 2020

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

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vipNathanA
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was very attentive. Had the ravioli and carbonara both were excellent. Also started with calamari which was good. Ambiance and service were best parts for sure.

Roma
Responded on December 30, 2019

Nathan, it was a pleasure having you in and thank you for sharing your experience here. Shanon

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viptxpeach
Houston
38 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is awesome! Most authentic Italian I have had in Houston in a while. The staff was amazing, we came on a busy Thursday evening and they had steady traffic. We sat outside on their deck on a beautiful evening. Our waiter was great, with good wine suggestions (go with the Pinot from Venezia!) and food. We had the Veal scallopine and the tuna with risotto. Both were outstanding.
The desserts are not to be missed. Tiramisu was traditional, and my apple tarte was perfect.The price was right, and the staff made our evening a real experience not just another meal. We will be back.

Roma
Responded on December 30, 2019

Thank you for joining us and for sharing your dining experience here. We are only 1 of a handful of restaurants with an Italian staff. Shanon

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Shannon the owner was there and came by many times. The staff is literally all from Italy. I will hit this place every time I am in town.

Roma
Responded on December 20, 2019

Thank you for joining us! We look forward to seeing you the next time you are in town. Shanon

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very accommodating of us! Thank you!

Roma
Responded on December 17, 2019

Thank you for joining us! Shanon

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vipCathyT
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed my meal here. They offered valet for $5. Service was very friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. Suggested a few wines and we ordered a bottle. Great suggestion. Had the cesar salad as an appetizer, it was cheesy and the perfect amount of creaming. Order the pasta bolognese and the pasta tasted fresh, not sure if it's made in house. I devoured my whole plate. Finished off with the truffle chocolate. Prices is great for the area and the amount of food you get. You will not be disappointed. Hope this place does well and sticks around because it's my new go to Italian Restaurant.

Roma
Responded on December 17, 2019

Cathy, it was a pleasure having you into our home. Everything is made fresh in house daily. We only have a small freezer for gelato and sorbet. Thank you so much for the kind words and we look forward to having you back in very soon! Shanon

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vipJHouston
Houston
35 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We were anticipating a standard neighborhood spot and were absolutely blown away by the delicious dinner we enjoyed. Probably one of the best Gnocchi I've ever had! Also loved the Panna Cotta!!

Roma
Responded on December 17, 2019

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

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vipDouglasD
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow, never had dined here before and was very impressed. If your rushed for time, pass! This is a typical European experience where you need to plan for a great dining experience and enjoying time with your company. Food portions are nice and food is excellent.

Roma
Responded on December 10, 2019

Douglas, it was a pleasure having you in and thank you for the kin words. Shanon

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DorianS
Houston
2 reviews