Zanti Cucina Italiana - The Woodlands

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Zanti will present authentic Italian cuisine in a high-end casual atmosphere. Contemporary décor will combine with a charming outdoor patio, bar lounge area, pizza station and lively dining room. Handmade pasta, prepared daily in our kitchen, and our gleaming brick oven, in which we will bake pizza, paninis and select main dishes, will add to the unique vibrancy of Zanti. It is a place to feel yourself among friends and enjoy the beauty of the Italian experience.
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Houston
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly and delicious. The frozen Zanti drink is great. The risotto was delicious and their bread is nice too. The shrimp quinoa salad is incredible and of course the deserts are yummy. I recommend it.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Disappointed with the Cioppino. Enjoyed the Fruti de Mar

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delish! Our family & friends absolutely love Zanti! The food is amazing! Have never been disappointed, and will be patrons for years to come.

TW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Need to coach our waiter to be more attentive to his customers.

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Responded 2 days ago

Thank you Tim for your feedback. We always appreciate comments from our guest on how we can improve the Zanti experience for the better. Please come again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great everything. Portions are huge. Lots of dishes I’ll be back to try when the weather cools down.

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Responded 6 days ago

Hello, We are so happy you had a great overall experience at Zanti. We look forward to having you join us again when the weather cools down!

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SM
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

The table was not ready when we got to the restaurant. They offered us first a high top in the bar area, we declined as those are really for younger and taller people. We were then seated in the middle where it was very crowded snd noisy close to the kitchen. The sun started glaring directly in our eyes during our meal to the point my sunglasses did not even help. We could not hear each other or see each other. We were celebrating a birthday for our friend. So ambiance and this part of the experience could use improvement. Our server was excellent! The food was average for my taste of Italian food. I come from an area where I lived by many Italian families and this cannot compare unfortunately. The bread and bread appetizer was great.

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Responded 5 days ago

Hello Suzan, We really appreciate your honest comments and feedback. We will be installing sounds absorbing materials to help filter the noise in the restaurant. It is great to know that you had excellent service and thoroughly enjoyed the bread appetizer. To make this right and give you an outstanding overall experience at Zanti, we'd like to have you join us again at a date and time that best suits you. Please call 281-259-1300, and we will happily make that reservation. Thank you very much.

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RB
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful. A nice place for an intimate celebration
Will definitely go back again.

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Responded 6 days ago

Hello Ramona, Thank you so much for joining us. We are so grateful you chose to celebrate at Zanti! We can't wait to have you back again.

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JM
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Didn’t expect so many little kids wandering around and making noise while middle age people trying to have a nice dinner. Gnocchi were excellent, lasagna not so much. Way too heavy on the meat sauce. Pomodori sauce, mozzarella, ricotta would be much better. The classic. Also did not see stuffed Shell’s or manicotti, cavatelli with broccoli??? Eggplant parm as an entree??

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very noisy, but happy and full of energy. Not the place for any type of romantic meal away from home. Zanti Artichokes to die for! Scallops wonderful but for $32 need six not four large scallops and that is my tiny wife speaking! Carbonara flavorful but lacked carbonara so was very dry, pasta itself excellent. Those around us all having the Chicken Parmigiana and it looked fantastic as did the lamb shanks. Next time I go it will be with some buddies rather than my wife. Ambience is better elsewhere for date night.

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Responded 6 days ago

Hi there, Thank you so much for visiting Zanti. We really appreciate your review and honest feedback. It is so great to know that you enjoyed the artichoke appetizer and fresh pasta. We will installing sound absorbing materials in several areas of the restaurant to help with the noise level. We hope you give Zanti another chance for your date night dinner.

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DD
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

When you drive up they basically make you valet which is ridiculous because they park your car 10 feet away from you. It really is ridiculous. Other than that the food was pretty good for a family Friday night dinner. It’s very noisy, so it’s not a romantic spot for sure. But great for a regular family meal. The cost was average. We probably will come back to try other dishes.

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Responded 6 days ago

Hello, Thank you for your feedback. In order to help maximize the use of parking spaces at Zanti, we offer our guests a complimentary valet service Thursday - Saturday. As well, we are very excited to say that we will be installing sound absorbing materials in several areas of the restaurant to help reduce the noise level. We can't wait to have you back to try some of our other delicious dishes!

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OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The fresh pasta is delicious. Ribeye steak one of the best. Kids menus are great. Bit pricey, but it’s worth it. Great drinks/wine list. Parking can be a nightmare...

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Responded 2 days ago

Hello, Thank you so much for visiting Zanti. We are so happy you loved our fresh pasta that is made in house! We do offer a complimentary valet service Thursday - Saturday evenings to maximize the parking availability for our guests. Please come again soon.

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FV
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit to Zanti's left us pretty impressed with the flavors and feshnesscof the food. We definitely will be back.

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Responded 6 days ago

Thank you very much for your review. We look forward to having you dine with us again soon!

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SN
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

Food is terrible, bland. Gelato was good. The manger was nice listen complaints and adjusted our bill.
The bread is too salty and too hard. Pasta very bland and under cooked. The Chicken Parmigiana was very good.

LM
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

The only great experience we had at this restaurant was our waitress. She was great. Other than that the food was terrible, more like prepackaged food warmed up. The calamari we ordered was hard with no flavor. Our entries were all disgusting. We sent the roasted chicken entree back, too dry to chew, no flavor. The prices were unreasonably high for the quality. The parking was awkward. The ambiance is more of pretentious nature versus an authentic Italian Cucina experience. No soup on the menu to be found. The complimentary bread was too hard to chew, stale. I must say this is one of the worst restaurant experience we have had. Will not go back.

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Responded on September 10, 2019

Hi there, Thank you for your comments about your time at Zanti. They do come as a surprise to us, as this is not the high standard dining experience or service we have set for our guests. Please contact admin@zanticucina. We would love to hear more from you.

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F
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Considering not much is offered by way of originality in The Woodlands, I would recommend Zanti. I am very familiar with authentic Italian cuisine from different areas of Italy and I wish the dishes stayed more to its origin, but I understand to survive in suburban areas the compromise might be to change it to the demands of the area. So I love tagliata, but to have bbq on the side of it seemed out of sorts. Nevertheless, I will return.

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Responded on September 9, 2019

Thank you Kim for your recommendation. We look forward to having you back at Zanti!

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J
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first opportunity to dine at Zanti. We were very impressed with the menu offerings and the food was incredible. We each (there were 4 of us) had different dishes and tasted each others. All 4 were delicious. Our server was fabulous. Zanti is a definite repeat for certain.

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Responded on September 10, 2019

Hello, Wow, thank you so much for your review. It means a lot to us when our guests have the outstanding dining experience they deserve. We are so glad your party enjoyed the incredible meal and fabulous service. We can't wait to see you at Zanti again!

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BH
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This restaurant is a hidden gem. Great value for the quality of food and the atmosphere is amazing! Will definitely be coming back!

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Responded 6 days ago

Hello Brandon, Thank you very much for your review. We are so happy you liked the great atmosphere at Zanti, and look forward to having you back here!

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JT
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The initial experience when driving up was not good. Little parking as most set aside for valet. Other parking had signs for tow away for businesses not open. We and most ended up parking on road in area marked as “fire lane”. I don’t get it.

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Responded on September 9, 2019

Hi Jim, Thank you for visiting us at Zanti. We want to assure you that we offer a complimentary valet service Thursday - Saturday for the convenience of our guests.

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M
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice surprise, it was great. My only problem was that, in a booth for 4 of us we were crowded with too many plates but. The food was excellent, nice ambiance and very pleasant staff. The food presentation was great. We’ll definitely go back.

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Responded on September 9, 2019

Hi Mary, Thank you so much for your review. We truly appreciate your honest comments. We'll see you again soon for some more excellent food!

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LA
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

New restaurant off to a strong start. A few glitches to work out.

TS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

Poor server experience. Seemed disengaged. Didn’t know the menu. Had to ask for silverware, refills, etc. Very loud so it was difficult to speak to each other. Food was very good.

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Responded on September 9, 2019

Hello Teresa, We are sorry to hear that your time at Zanti was not as outstanding as it should have been. We would love to know more about what we can do to ensure your next dining experience is excellent. Please contact us at admin@zanticucina so that we can make this right. Thank you!

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MM
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

This was our 2nd visit. First time was fantastic and service was exceptional! Second time not so much and service was below par. We asked for a serving spoon for our mussels appetizer and it took the waiter 15 minutes to get it to us. Just overall it was a below par experience.

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Responded on September 6, 2019

Hello Matt, We truly appreciate your honest feedback, and are sorry to hear you had a disappointing experience on your second visit to Zanti. If you would like to please contact the email admin@zanticucina, we would love the opportunity to make this right. Thank you so much and have a wonderful day.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, staff was excellent and on top of everything including suggestions, highly recommend and will be returning soon!

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Responded on September 2, 2019

We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience at Zanti, and will be dining with us again soon!

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SE
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.

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Responded on September 3, 2019

Thank for your review. We are so happy you enjoyed our great food and service. See you next time!

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RC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The flickering candles provided great ambiance for our couples party of six. Though the restaurant was crowded we were happy that it was cozy and quiet in our corner of the restaurant! The food was delicious with delicate layers of spice and smoothness In the best ravioli I’ve ever had!! We are SO happy to find a fine restaurant in this neck of the woods!

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Responded on September 3, 2019

Hello Rachel, Thank you so much for your glowing review, it means a lot to us. It is wonderful to know that you enjoyed the ravioli as much as we do. We are so happy to be here, please come again!

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LB
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

The service was good. No free hot bread/olive oil like other Italian restaurants. None of the entrees came with a salad, the waiter never came with Parmesan cheese to serve on top either. I had the Ravioli and it tasted like a frozen meal. No flavor. Very expensive for what you get.

Not recommended

OT
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zanti’s was fantastic!!! I was so impressed with the food, the service and the ambience. I will definitely be back and I will definitely recommend this restaurant to others!!

OT
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Loud, lively place like most Italian restaurants. Not a place for quiet conversation. Food is good, a smidge overpriced. Attentive service makes up for the experience. Inadequate parking and reservation management; definitely room for improvement.

f
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed our anniversary evening with the exception of the noise level. It was incredibly loud in the back room. It was so loud that two other tables promptly moved after sitting down. Our waitress was incredibly kind and attentive to us despite our difficulty hearing her or vice versa. I can definitely say the room was energetic for two birthday celebrations on a Saturday evening. Overall, the food was delicious so if you have a great sense of humor and easy-going attitude then this is a fun place to be.

SW
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a wonderful time and the food was fantastic!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tasty overall good. Food cane out very hot and tasted fresh.

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Responded on September 5, 2019

Hello, We are so thrilled you enjoyed your hot, fresh meal! Come back soon.

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HS
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Italian Food. Service was good as well. The Pizza’s are really good. We got a few as appetizers to share with the table. It’s hard to find good Italian Style pizza in Houston. My only complaint is that it was very loud in the back dining room. Cant wait to go back though. Make sure you get a reservation because this place is new and always crowded. Wait was over an hour on a Saturday night.

GC
New Orleans
24 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

I’ll start by stating that we new this place was new before going. I like to always extend a free pass to any new establishment.

Service was top shelf. This was a very busy Friday night in The Woodlands. Parking was a disaster so we used the valet.....not because we couldn’t walk but because the Texas heat was extreme. Our server was attentive, friendly and a pleasure throughout the evening.

The food was delicious! It came in a reasonable time, was hot and tasty. Homemade pasta was a hit! Prices are reasonable.

The noise level in the far left section is horrendous. It is a large bricked room with high ceilings and concrete floor. You can’t talk in a normal tone because it is so loud. Uncomfortably loud. I had the opportunity to speak with the owner and he is working on the problem. This was an obvious architect issue during the design. Hopefully they will fix the problem soon. I’d certainly recommend it sitting in that area until they do.

For sure we will return. This place will only get better.

Zanti Cucina Italiana - The Woodlands
Responded on September 3, 2019

Hi Gregory, Thank you so much for your review. Your honest feedback is truly appreciated, and we want to assure you that we are working on resolving the noise level issue. We can't wait for you to join us again soon!

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KF
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Very loud, given the price the food was ok.

BE
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was very good. My one complaint was that the manager came by our table and I asked her a specific question about my latte. she never returned to answer my question and I ended up getting (over) charged $7.00 for one latte. Our waitress was great but I question whether management really cares about customer service.

MF
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! From the service to the food to everything in-between, it was fabulous. We had a pizza, which was the most authentic, delicious we have ever had. We will be back and will be bringing others to share this gem with! So glad to have a great Italian place in the area!

CN
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was absolutely fantastic! We had a group of 7 and the waiter was very knowledgeable and attentive, My son and daughter-in-law recommended your restaurant and so glad to took their advice. We will definitely be back and will tell all our friends to come.

BA
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food is fresh and made from scratch - that you can tell. I tried some food from each person from our table - truffle cheese ravioli was good, but small portion. Lasagna was a very meaty, almost taco like, and could have used more cheese and sauce. The lasagna sauce lacked the tangy taste I'm used to from other Italian restaurants. The chicken parmigiana wins the night - it was a huge serving, breaded nicely, covered in adequate sauce and cheese, and the cheesy pasta that came with the meal complimented it well (had more of an Alfredo taste). We started with the Cheese Furrata appetizer. This was a popular choice as we could tell from those that sat around us later. Think of it as bruschetta or caprese. You get tomatoes (would have preferred sliced instead of cherry), arugula (would have preferred basil), and a large serving of mozzarella. The star of the show are a few pieces of wood smoked Italian bread. using those ingredients you piece together a combination to your liking. I think it lacked olive oil, salt, or vinegar - question if it was worth $15.

Had a cannoli at the end of the meal. Great, crisp shell, and one of the best fillings I have ever had, and plenty of chocolate sauce and fresh berries. The wife had cinnamon gelato which was as expected in flavor, but it came with fresh berries as well. Desserts were good.

The place is new and nicely decorated. Waitstaff was friendly, drinks refilled timely, food delivered timely. Service was not an issue.

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my new favorite restaurant. The food is excellent, presenting a superior option to traditional Italian food, and the wine selection is very much to my liking. The service has been exceptional each time I have been. Also, I love the decor and ambiance.

L
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ate at Zanti on Friday night and I had the artichoke appetizer. It was so good we went back on Sunday evening so that I could have it again with a salad.
I would recommend gluten free options and gluten free pasta option.

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