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Roma, Houston, TX

Roma

4.6
4.6
945 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!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Wed 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–9:45 pm

  • Phone number

    (713) 664-7581

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party facilities

    Roma has two private dining rooms, the Ostuni Room, which can accommodate a maximum party of 10, and the Palermo room, which can accommodate up to 20. Call now to book for your upcoming event!

  • Private party contact

    Shanon Scott: (713) 664-7571

  • Neighborhood

    Rice Village

  • Cross street

    Morningside Dr.

  • Parking details

    Street parking is available as well as valet service.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 945 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food fresh pasta great service always

    RomaResponded 1 day agoTHANK YOU! Shanon

  2. m

    mariog

    Houston

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Great food very good service. We sat outside because of the great weather. When the sun set there was hardly enough light to see our plate. Roma, spend $50 and install a string of outdoor lights. It will pay for itself in no time.

    RomaResponded 1 day agoThank you for joining us and for the tip. Shanon

  3. RT

    RichardT

    New Mexico

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Authentic Italian menu Old world bread with great dipping spiced olive oil. Bolognese pasta is to die for.

    RomaResponded 1 day agoRichard, thank you for joining us and for sharing. Shanon

  4. RB

    ReneB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambiente and excelente servício. Lo recomiendo

    RomaResponded 7 days agoRene, thank you for joining us and for sharing your dining experience here at Roma. Shanon

  5. S

    Santiago

    Houston

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Roma never disappoints! The food is excellent and the service is unparalleled. Wine recommendations are top notch. The same team has been there for many years and it is just a pleasure to dine with them.

    RomaResponded 7 days agoSantiago, it is always great having you and your lovely wife in. Thank you for the kind words of encouragement and we hope to see you again very soon. Shanon

  6. L

    Laurie

    Houston

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Roma is a find, especially in that neighborhood where pricey restaurants are the norm. The service was excellent, and the staff was not in a hurry to get us served and out the door. We sat for almost 3 hours and never felt rushed. The food is very fairly priced and good. My only complaint is the that the tables are very small, especially for 4 diners, and the plates and bowls are quite large leaving no room.

    RomaResponded 7 days agoLaurie, thank you for joining us. Shanon

  7. AB

    ABCDEF

    Houston

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love everything about this restaurant, the food, the chef, the ambience, the service and most of all the owner!!!

    RomaResponded 7 days agoThank you for joining us and for sharing! Shanon

  8. J

    Jake

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Food was incredibly underwhelming, service on par with the food. Ambience, lovely. We came from out of state specifically for the cheese wheel pasta (cacio e pepe) which we ordered as an appetizer. We specifically mentioned this to our server - sharing excitement about the table side preparation. My fiancé went to the restroom and while she was gone, our food was plated behind me and plopped on the table. Not much of a presentation. Further, we felt the dish needed salt, but we did not finish our appetizer. When dinner arrived, (we each ordered a seafood dish) all of the seafood was over cooked, we couldn’t eat it. We would have happily mentioned this to our server, but we were never checked on. Our full plates were bussed from the table without question and a bill arrived for over $100. As former employees in the service industry, we get that some nights are off nights. It was just frustrating that our special trip and pricey meal weren’t enjoyed. We don’t frequent Houston often and don’t plan on returning to Roma.

    RomaResponded 7 days agoJake, thank you for joining us. I am truly sorry that everything was less than perfect though. I wish you would have let me or someone else know about all of these issues. We could have fixed everything while you were here. As a former restaurant employee you must know how frustrating it is when your guest leave unhappy but you have no clue that there was an issue. Please join us again and ask for me personally so that I can be assured that you leave happy. Shanon

  9. A

    Augusta

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    Very strange atmosphere. Service was weird and seemed out of synch. The dining room feels cramped and lacks any intimacy or privacy. A young couple came in after us and waited 20 minutes for someone to greet them...and eventually just left because no one seemed to care. The cocktail menu isn't offered until you get the dessert menu which is weird because not everyone drinks wine (allergies, people). The cod I had was delicious but my husband's pasta was mushy and overcooked and had WAY too much sauce. We got the bread pudding to go which did not taste like bread pudding...more like a take on pull-apart bread. Really wanted to like the place...the deck looks charming for cooler months but not worth the $$$.

    RomaResponded 7 days agoAugusta, I am sorry that you left unhappy. Please join us again and give us the opportunity to change your mind. Shanon

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot! Will go back every time I’m in Houston

    RomaResponded 7 days agoTHANK YOU! Shanon

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A delicious anniversary dinner at Roma! Thank you Shanon and your team for elevating a typical Tuesday into a relaxed, delicious and enjoyable evening celebrating our anniversary!

    RomaResponded 7 days agoThank you for joining us and for such a special occasion. We feel honored in sharing such a special date with you both. I appreciate you sharing your dining experience and the kind words of encouragement as well. Shanon

  12. SH

    SamH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing I had the lobster risotto. My waiter was very attentive at all the right times. Very nice atmosphere, louder inside than outside. Great wine. I highly recommend this spot for nice dinner and wonderful service.

    RomaResponded on September 23, 2022Sam, thank you for the kind words of encouragement and for sharing your dining experience. Shanon

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    The service wasn’t great, the food wasn’t great either. For Italian I’d rather go to Poscol or Potente. The dessert and appetizer were good, however both pasta dishes were disappointing.

    RomaResponded on September 19, 2022I wish we knew while you were here that everything was less than perfect. Please join us again to give us the opportunity to change your mind. Shanon

  14. JS

    JoeS

    San Francisco

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the food, atmosphere and service were excellent! Our Waitress was fantastic!

    RomaResponded on September 17, 2022Joe, thank you for joining us again and for sharing your dining experience. Shanon

  15. M

    Mamash

    San Antonio

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Service was excellent. Vongole was so so. Wife’s dish was average. Maybe it was an aberration. Certainly going to return. Order a Irish coffee. It was really a great finish. Buon apetito!

    RomaResponded on September 17, 2022Thank you, I am sorry that everything was less than perfect. Please join us again and ask for me personally. Shanon

  16. BW

    BrianW

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Roma always impresses. Awesome food, ambiance and make you feel like family. Shannon’s crew and chef amazing

    RomaResponded on September 17, 2022Brian, thank you for the kind words and for sharing your dining experience. Shanon

  17. a

    ajmn

    Houston

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First time here. Owner helped us with wine and was spot on. Didn’t try and upsell us. We had the carbonara, squid ink seafood pasta, and salmon. All outstanding.

    RomaResponded on September 12, 2022Thank you for joining us and for sharing! Shanon

  18. x

    xoxoxox

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    So disappointed. Salmon came out looking gorgeous, but was completely sour. Had to order something else that was mediocre at best. It took the owner another 20 minutes to apologize and proceeds to tell us all his fish comes in fresh, really? Maybe chef should smell the fish before he cooks it. My husband ordered the fried whole snapper (which was gorgeous), with the pasta on the side, and that didn't happen, the pasta laid right under the fried fish. We really wanted to love this place, but when your hungry and expecting delicious food, it's really hard. Perhaps it was just a bad night, but we wouldn't give it another shot.

    RomaResponded on September 12, 2022I responded to every review, I am not sure how to respond to this one, therefore I will keep my thoughts to myself. Shanon

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good and service is great as always

    RomaResponded on September 6, 2022Thank you for joining us and for sharing your dining experience. Shanon

  20. GB

    GregB

    Houston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Roma is a great place for a family dinner or a date night. The food and wine selection are great and reasonably priced.

    RomaResponded on September 12, 2022Greg, thank you for joining us again and for sharing your dining experience. Shanon

  21. MA

    MaryAnne

    Houston

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A hidden neighborhood gem. We loved it. Our waiter was great and the food was wonderful!

    RomaResponded on September 12, 2022MaryAnne, thank you for sharing your dining experience here at Roma! Shanon

  22. JS

    JoeS

    San Francisco

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the food and service were excellent!

    RomaResponded on September 3, 2022Joe, thank you for joining us and for sharing! Shanon

  23. M

    Maribella

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Roma Ristorante is a touch of Italy nestled in Rice Village (Houston). The food was transcending and the wine choices phenomenal. Ambiance was great and the service spot on. I finally found a great Italian restaurant that I'll frequent often.

    RomaResponded on September 12, 2022Maribella, it was great seeing you again and thank you for the kind words of encouragement! Shanon

  24. s

    saint

    Houston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything is good. Gelato is the best part but a bit disappointed on the tiramisu

    RomaResponded on August 29, 2022Thank you for sharing your dining experience and for your feedback. We are retasting the tiramisu today. Shanon

  25. MS

    MarkS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and excellent service! Staff was helpful and visible but, not hanging around waiting. The owner and chef both made their way to our table to ask how our experience had been to that point. Ate from the HRW menu and was more than pleasantly surprised! I highly recommend...

    RomaResponded on August 29, 2022Mark, thank you for joining us, the kind words and for supporting HRW. It is always great having you in. Shanon

  26. h

    hellokitty

    Houston

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Roma is a regular on our rotation. We like the food and the service is usually attentive. It was a little off for us last night. First of all, the food was delicious. I had the salmon and it was cooked perfectly. I added sautéed vegetables. The serving was large. My husband had the house salad and the salmon. All good. We noticed that our waiter offered the other tables a special which my husband would have ordered. It was a grilled whole fish. It looked amazing. Why wasn’t it offered to us? The noise level was really good last night. It’s a very small restaurant with poor acoustics, and tables very close together so it is easy things to get loud. Add one table with lots of drinking, and It can be unbearable. Our service wasn’t as attentive as it usually is. We had to summon our waiter to order and to get the check. Not sure what was going on. Roma’s food is delicious, well prepared, and the quality is superb, but it is interesting that the staff all dresses in old jeans and polo shirts. The customers (including us) were all well dressed and it seems a bit disrespectful and weird to spend $150.00 + for dinner and the staff doesn’t dress better. Just feels odd.

    RomaResponded on August 29, 2022Thank you for joining us again and for sharing. You joined us on a very busy Friday evening, why it is no excuse we were extremely busy. As far as the attire, we want our guest to feel comfortable and relaxed. We have tried the "formalwear" and the majority of our guest seem to like the more casual dress. Please join us again and ask for me personally so I can make sure your service is perfect. Shanon

  27. NI

    NewInHouston

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious, meal was not rushed. Looking forward to returning soon!

    RomaResponded on August 29, 2022Thank you for joining us and for sharing your dining experience. Shanon

  28. TN

    TaliN

    Houston

    73 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    I wouldn’t order the salmon again. It was overdone and chewy and the grey stuff on the bottom was left on. The home made caccio peppe was delicious. Place is nice and cozy and service was good. I wouldn’t call this authentic Italian and no one working there is Italian.

    RomaResponded on August 25, 2022Talin, I am sorry that you did not care for the salmon. Please join us again. Shanon

  29. BM

    BrandenM

    Houston

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Very loud inside but very cool ambiance as a classic Italian-style small restaurant. We did the HRW, everything was pretty good but nothing really stood out aside from the chicken/mushroom ravioli. Bolognese was ok, veal was good not great, arancini was ok just not as flavorful as expected. I would return to try some other things and it is close to my house.

    RomaResponded on August 22, 2022Branden, thank you for supporting HRW and for choosing Roma. Shanon

  30. MB

    MaureenB

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I made the reservations for the four of us for my husband‘s birthday Saturday night. We were seated immediately and our waiter was extremely attentive without being overbearing! We had appetizers and several different dishes ( braised lamb, pasta with burrata and two different fish entrees, and all were delicious! They served us a complementary dessert for my husband‘s birthday which we all shared. Everything was wonderful! The main dining room is quite loud, but it was more comfortable than sitting outside. The bill was a little higher than I expected, but we did have two bottles of wine. This is our second time at the restaurant, and we will definitely be back, and recommend it to others!

    RomaResponded on August 22, 2022Maureen, thank you for joining us once again and for sharing your dining experience. Shanon

  31. EB

    ElenaB

    Houston

    31 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Dined during HRW and $39 for a 3-course. While other restaurants are serving full size meals, this restaurant only gives you partial. I had the Caesar’s (full head of Romain was but into 1/8 spears - the dill pickle spears are fatter!). Had the Bolognese and it was just a cup of the past and a mashed up one meatball. The veal scallopini was paper thin served with spaghetti pasta with some mushroom sauce. Overall, the place is cut but very loud. Food was lackluster. At least, I tried it but I will not go back. Go to Lulu’s instead. They are amazing!

    RomaResponded on August 22, 2022Elena, thank you for joining us. We actually serve 2 entrees. We serve a traditional pasta course which is supposed to be served before the entree. It would be much cheaper for us to serve a dessert but we really want to support HRW and to let our future guest know what we are known for. Shanon

  32. KM

    KerryM

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience. Great food, reasonable prices, great service.

    RomaResponded on August 22, 2022Kerry, thank you for joining us and for sharing. Shanon

  33. B

    Bella

    Houston

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food was spectacular! Already thinking about returning for the pesto shrimp pasta.

    RomaResponded on August 22, 2022Bella, thank you for sharing your dining experience. Shann

  34. KK

    KathyK

    Houston

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Consistently great food, service, atmosphere! The Houston Food Week menu is a particularly good value!

    RomaResponded on August 22, 2022Kathy, thank you for joining us and for supporting HRW. We hope to see you again very soon. Shanon

  35. TA

    TANAZC

    Houston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent Food and absolutely wonderful service ! The Pasta Dishes were simply superb !

    RomaResponded on August 22, 2022Thank you for the kind words of encouragement.We look forward to seeing you once again very soon Shanon

  36. TC

    TimC

    Houston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    As always Shannon exceeds expectations

    RomaResponded on August 17, 2022THANK YOU! Shanon

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So so sooooo good. Get the cacio e pepe and the chicken pate! Everything we had was delicious. Can’t wait to be back!

    RomaResponded on August 17, 2022THANK YOU! Shanon

  38. LG

    LewisG

    Houston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Although it was overall a good experience, they appeared to be short staffed. In fact, they did apologize for this. We do understand that staffing at this time is generally a challenge for all.

    RomaResponded on August 17, 2022Lewis, thank you joining us and for understanding. Shanon

  39. AN

    AnnN

    Houston

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Enjoyed the HRW menu and the unobtrusive service. The back room is quiet and pleasant enough if you don't mind a little restroom traffic. Good wines by the glass.

    RomaResponded on August 25, 2022Ann, thank you for supporting HRW and for sharing your dining experience here at Roma. Shanon

  40. SP

    SergioP

    Houston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Menu offers variety which is good. The appetizers were well plated and tasted good. The main entrees were subpar. The carbonara was not classic. A poached egg on top of the pasta was not what we anticipated. 2 out of 4 guests ordered this plate and were not completely satisfied. We also ordered paprdelle alla bolognesa. It tasted like it was made with sauce can, and the paprpadelle were also stucked with each other. The ambiance is good since it is a small cozy place. The service was also good. There is room for improvement in the kitchen.

    RomaResponded on August 16, 2022Sergio,thank you for sharing your dining experience, I will look into how we can use these to help better our guest experience. Shanon

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

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 945 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today
Google Map for Roma

2347 University Blvd, Houston, TX 77005

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Morningside Dr.

  • Neighborhood

    Rice Village

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Wed 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–9:45 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street parking is available as well as valet service.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (713) 664-7581

  • Private party facilities

    Roma has two private dining rooms, the Ostuni Room, which can accommodate a maximum party of 10, and the Palermo room, which can accommodate up to 20. Call now to book for your upcoming event!

  • Private party contact

    Shanon Scott: (713) 664-7571

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