Roma

4.6
686 Reviews
$30 and under
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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AndreaS
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and service was excellent. We felt the prices were very reasonable for the amount of food that was served and the quality.

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vipFamily
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. Lovely patio. Best bolognese in town!

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Jenny
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience4

The food tasted mediocre and my friend joked that she made pasta at home that tasted better. The noodle texture was good but the taste was just bland. Compared to the price point, it wasn’t worth it at all.

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vipJenn
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came in for a warm meal after several days with no power or water. Everyone was welcoming and did their absolute best to make our dinner special, even with limitations on things like ingredient availability, tap water and ice. We enjoyed the food, the friendly service and the effort to make things as normal as possible during a very abnormal week. We will definitely be back.

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Kalie
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We visited Roma for the first time last year for our anniversary and fell in love - it's now our tradition! Great food, excellent service, and love the wind and dessert selection.

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vipWeena
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I have very mixed feelings about this place. I love their patio - it’s pleasant and cozy, and the service is always attentive and prompt. My problem unfortunately is with the food. I’ve been here many times and have tried many different things on the menu, but nothing is ever better than just okay. Everything tends to be bland and unimaginative. With so many great italian places around, they badly need to step up their game and re- work the recipes adding interest and flavor. I hate to leave this review because I really want this place to survive, so I hope this will help rather than hurt.

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JamesL
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every way; what great people and great food.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Charming place!! The food is delicious!

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JordanS
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience2

Food was very good and service was as well. The wine menu is fairly limited.

Furniture is very uncomfortable and poor overall ambiance for the price point.

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MaryP
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Roma is a beautiful restaurant that always has amazing food and best of all is the astounding service. And save room for dessert!

Roma
Responded on January 26, 2021

Mary, it was great seeing you both! Thank you for joining us and for the kind words. Shanon

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vipStephanieW
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best service with outstanding food!!

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chrisb
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always!

Roma
Responded on January 18, 2021

Chris, it was great having you both in. Thank you for sharing your experience here. Shanon

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Sensia
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Good ambiance and service but food was underwhelming. We ordered calamari, it came in cute little wire basket with 2 shrimps n a fistful of calamari - expensive for tiny portion. Hubby had sausage pasta, good flavoring but ordinary. I had gnocchi with shrimp-not stuffed inside. It was smothered in yellow cheese and few sprigs saffron which could barely taste. I was disappointed because it tasted like Kraft Mac and cheese with doughy pasta. I came in excited with high expectations but food not up to par.

Roma
Responded on January 26, 2021

Sensia, I am sorry that everything was not perfect. I wish I would have known while you were here. We could have corrected it then. Please join us again and ask for me personally. Shanon

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vipJenniferF
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family evening. Felt very safe and clean with always outstanding service

Roma
Responded on January 18, 2021

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

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to hang out with friends or grab dinner with a special someone.

Roma
Responded on January 18, 2021

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

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vippeters
Houston
44 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The octopus salad was quite good, but the other good was nothing special. The traditional seafood soup was fishy and all the mussel shells were broken. Broth did not have depth of flavor, tasted like tomato sauce out of a can. Made me wonder if they put old seafood items in the soup to use them up. Service was very inattentive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious! Can’t wait to go back. Excellent service and food.

Roma
Responded on January 3, 2021

THANK YOU! Shanon

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JorgeS
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was good, we were given a table in a private room...so service was not very accesible.
Overall nice atmosphere

Roma
Responded on December 18, 2020

Jorge, thank you for joining us. Shanon

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vipjanjohn
Houston
31 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good pasta. Great veal dish.

Roma
Responded on December 18, 2020

Thank you for joining us. Shanon

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vipLeslieK
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an enjoyable dinner at Roma. The food, service and vibe is wonderful

Roma
Responded on December 12, 2020

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

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vipCindy8000
London
177 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was great without being intrusive. Wine was priced right. Very happy. I’ll be back

Roma
Responded on December 12, 2020

Thank you for the kind words, it was great seeing you again. Shanon

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JoeC
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. The service and food was wonderful! We will be back.

Roma
Responded on December 12, 2020

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

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Adams
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outside patio is delightful in mild weather. The branzino is devine.

Roma
Responded on November 29, 2020

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

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vipAlways
Houston
415 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for food, drink and friends. Wonderful patio with owner and servers who care.

Roma
Responded on November 27, 2020

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

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The food was not very inspired. People were sitting way to close and the overall cleanliness of the facility needs to be addressed.

Roma
Responded on November 19, 2020

Can you expound please? We follow the states guidelines in regards towards Covid 19, also we have a had several perfect Health Department reports (very hard to do). Please let me know what you observed. Shanon

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vipChristiQ
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! If we cant travel to Rome, we can at least eat at Roma.

Roma
Responded on November 9, 2020

Christi, I am so glad that you enjoyed everything! Thank you for sharing your experience here and we hope to see you again very soon. Shanon

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

We went back today. The food is tertuble. Octopus really bad. Bread terrible! We asked for olive oil and what we got was canola, the burrata out fron the fridge, really bad experience and the prices hihg for the bad food! Good service but bad food.

Roma
Responded on November 9, 2020

What happened? We are open! Shanon

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Houstongal
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant. The food and service is always great

Roma
Responded on November 6, 2020

Thank you! Shanon

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Cota
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always a good sign when your waiter speaks Italian.

Roma
Responded on November 6, 2020

Yes, so does the kitchen. It helps to have an Italian staff. Shanon

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time and exceeded our expectations!

Roma
Responded on November 6, 2020

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

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was exceptionally good, very tasty. Service was very friendly. While we were there we found out they have a food and wine pairing special on Thursdays which was a very good value. Too bad we won’t be able to experience it since we are out of town and won’t be in the area in the foreseeable future

Roma
Responded on November 6, 2020

Thank you for the kind words and we look forward to seeing you back when you return to Houston. Shanon

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vipSamerM
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was better than expected but we did find the ossobucco and the lamb shank were a little too salty. The Amarone wine was spectacular, as was Massimo, our waiter!

Roma
Responded on November 6, 2020

Samer, thank you for letting me know. Have a great day and Massimo and I look forward to seeing you again very soon. Shanon

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vipStacirh
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I think they have the best pasta in Houston, hands down. It’s cozy and romantic and quiet but comfortable and unstuffy. Great wine list and amazing service. The rice balls are to die for!

Roma
Responded on October 19, 2020

Thank you for joining us! We are so happy that you enjoyed everything and we hope to see you back very soon. Shanon

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vipGriffinMill
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was looking forward to having an early dinner at Roma because I had read so many favorable reviews and this former New Yorker loves his Italian food. I was seated on the patio and within a few minutes was greeted by my server Felipa. I ordered a glass of Montepuciano and perused the menu. I decided on the combination shrimp and calamari appetizer which was lightly breaded and served with two sauces. Great start. For the main course I ordered the veal scallopIni I don't like artichokes which accompanied the dish so I asked for the frigatelli peppers and roasted potatoes instead. The veal was served with prosciutto in white wine sauce.
You know the scene in The Godfather when Sollozzo tells Michael to "try the veal, it's the best in the city." I find it hard to believe there is a more tender tasty piece of veal than this. My mouth is watering just thinking about it again.
Ended the meal with espresso and sambuca and a text to my son to say we need to plck a date to come back.

Roma
Responded on October 15, 2020

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, wait staff was knowledgeable and helpful, and the patio was very enjoyable! Will definitely be back

Roma
Responded on October 6, 2020

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

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Paul
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful Friday night family dinner on the patio. The server recommended a nice Valpolicella that went well with everything we ordered. Ended up eating 4 courses plus the delicious Limonicello. Service was evenly paced and relaxed. Looking forward to a return visit soon.

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kaybabe
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely birthday dinner and amazing service! Wasn’t too noisy on a Friday night and our server was very helpful

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HtownDiner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The offerings were surprisingly good. Italian fare in Houston is so often disappointing, but not at Roma. The freshly made pasta was tasty and the sauces were delightful. Attentive, but not hovering waitstaff took care of our needs.

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ChanelleF
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
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
17 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
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!!

Roma
Responded on September 28, 2020

Sandy, it was great seeing you both and thank you for the kind words. 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 4.6 stars by 686 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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