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Damian's Cucina Italiana, Houston, TX

Damian's Cucina Italiana

4.8
4.8
2650 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Since 1983, Damian's Cucina Italiana has been known worldwide as the top authentic Italian restaurant in Houston, Texas. Set in an old-world atmosphere which is elegant, yet warm and friendly, diners at Damian's are accustomed to extensive menu offerings, specially tailored dishes, and weekly specials created by Chef Izzy Morfin.

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2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 25 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (713) 522-0439

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Izzy Morfin

  • Catering

    Call the event planner for catering details.

  • Private party facilities

    Our Private dining rooms seat from 10 to 140ppl.

  • Private party contact

    Caroline Santillan: (877) 276-4365

  • Neighborhood

    Midtown / Montrose

  • Cross street

    Anita / Rosalie

  • Parking details

    Complimentary Valet

  • Entertainment

    Damian's offers complimentary shuttle service after dinner to the Wortham Center, Jones Hall, Alley Theatre, and Hobby Center.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,650 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. JA

    JasonA

    Houston

    85 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    85 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good food, great service!
  2. JM

    JillianM

    Houston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It was a wonderful experience with very experienced wait staff.
  3. EN

    EdnaN

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was super nice. Very organized and the food was great!
  4. BS

    BillSedona

    Phoenix

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Both fish entrees as well as the salad appetizer were excellent. We will return the next time we want Italian food.
  5. DT

    DockerT

    Houston

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary dinner. Everything was great! The owner/manager greeted us at the door. Our waiter was very attentive and awesome! Made the whole experience very enjoyable! Thx!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved the food & service. Look forward to entertaining here again.
  7. A

    Always

    Houston

    462 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    462 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had a very good meal and time at Damian's. Always great Italian food and wine.
  8. D

    Divefan

    Dallas

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We don't live in Houston, but when we come to Houston, about once a year, we always eat at Damian's. The food, service, and ambiance are excellent. We love the low lighting and unobtrusive music. We also enjoy the excellent shuttle service to our theater. If this restaurant were closer to home, we would eat there frequently.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Terrific dinner. The stuffed veal chop was the best I've eaten. Jose was an outstanding waiter. Can't wait to go back.
  10. WB

    WendyB

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Damian's never disappoints. It is by far our favorite Italian restaurant in Houston.
  11. t

    terrys

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can’t beat the food quality and the very personable waiters.
  12. P

    Philip

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had not been to Damian's since before COVID started. It was so nice to be back there and enjoy their awesome food!
  13. m

    michaelc

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and excellent service. Quiet relaxed atmosphere
  14. MF

    MichaelF

    Houston

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    One of my favorite standby's for relaxed italian dining. Extremely expert and accommodating staff. The atmosphere is a bit old-style and is like going to ald friend's house. They have all the usual Italian classics, a genuine Caesar salad (no bottled dressing), and specials that are always great like snapper topped with crabmeat, special pasta dishes, etc. Usually after hearing the specials, the menu is superfluous. My only complaint if any is they are sometimes heavy handed on salt, so ask for light or no salt if you are sensitive. They also have limousine service to and from theatre district so a great place to go before a show.
  15. LL

    LillieL

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    I celebrated my birthday at Damien's on July 23,2022 at Damien's and the food and service were wonderful! Our server was very knowledgeable and was able to answer numerous questions about the menu. I had the snapper and shrimp and it was really delicious. We had the roasted brussels sprouts and they were a real hit for the family as an appetizer.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great date night!
  17. SD

    ScottD

    Houston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Hadn’t been here in years. Food is still great and a wine special of 50% off made the Chardonnay more enjoyable.
  18. M

    Mike

    Houston

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner with friends. Delicious food and great service!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Waiter provided exceptional service. The ambience at this restaurant is difficult to find these days, quiet and respectful.
  20. S

    Sassy

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food and service. We loved the intimate atmosphere and genuine Italian food. Don’t miss the dessert. Our group got one of each and they were all to die for!
  21. JG

    JaneaG

    New Orleans

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and meal. Nice wine selection - highly recommend.
  22. c

    caranbo

    Houston

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is an old standby for us. We have celebrated most of our anniversaries and birthdays at Damiens. We stopped coming when they reopened after Covid because they took a lot of our favorites off the menu. We have been coming here for dinner since the mid-80s and our regular server was Armando who unfortunately passed away a few years ago very suddenly. It seems like their servers are well trained and very attentive. It is a lovely dining experience. the food that is on the menu is done very nicely. We both had the snapper Nino Junior and it was really good. I substituted the potatoes for penne marinara and that was really delicious too. We shared the calamari appetizer which was hot and served with their delicious marinara sauce. They were offering several wines at 50% off last night and we took advantage of that and had a lovely Cabernet from Stags’ Leap for under $50. We will start putting Damiens back in our rotation.
  23. GG

    GloriaG

    Houston

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific food and service. We took the shuttle bus to the Hobby Center, great convenience.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service!
  25. J

    Joyti

    Houston

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappointed with my meals at Damian’s The lobster bisque is always out of this world delicious! We also ordered Alfredo with Shrimp and Lasagna - both were delicious The service was good and the atmosphere romantic Always ready to come back !!
  26. BB

    BradB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    A long time staple in Houston’s mid town area. I hadn’t been in a very long time so it was great to get back. The service was excellent as always. Very attentive and very quick to bring our ordered cocktails and food. The food was good, but probably not quite as good as some of my trips before. In fairness, we ordered a very basic chicken Parmesan and Fettuccine Alfredo. The Caesar salad was very good. I think other menu items may leave me with an even better experience overall. The pasta was cooked perfect and the Parmesan was well done also. I will definitely go back! They do a great job and put in a lot of effort to make sure it’s a great experience.
  27. AH

    AngeeH

    Houston

    72 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food and service at a Damian’s is always top notch! And if your dining there, pre-theatre, they are careful to ensure that your food is served in time without making you feel rushed! They also have shuttle service to the downtown theaters. We enjoyed the seafood (Red Snapper), and the Pasta(linguine with shrimp and jumbo lump crab meat), ‘off the menu’ specials, both of which were excellent!
  28. L

    Labybug

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful atmosphere, wonderful food, exceptional service! My go to restaurant for pre-theater dining. Their shuttle service to the theater adds to the total enjoyment of an evening.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Great service! And we love the free shuttle to the Hobby Center!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Shrimp Damian is the best.
  32. LH

    LeslieH

    Houston

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Got the special. A little overpriced. But menu pricing is good
  33. B

    Billiam

    Houston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Still one of the BEST restaurants in Houston. We have been dining here for 40 years and they never disappoint. Need to go back soon.
  34. NL

    NLMom

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Both the food and service was excellent. Our waiter made a number of excellent recommendations and was very attentive to our dining experience.
  35. R

    Richard

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was quite good. The service was remarkable. We have never been disappointed.
  36. DC

    DonnaC

    Houston

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Missed the Linguine & Clams that used to be on the menu. Meatballs were not impressive. Carrot Cake was dry.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    75 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food
  38. BJ

    BubbaJewford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Damian's is a long time favorite for a quality dining experience. If you want a dinner where you can actually hold a conversation without having to shout at your companions across the table, and even hear people at the other end of your table for six or more, Damian's is the place. The standard of service and quality of the meal is consistently good. The food itself is tasty with a nice presentation. The wine list could stand a few more reasonably priced selections.
  39. l

    luvnapa

    Houston

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect birthday dinner service food we’re awesome! glad the bread pudding is back since it is the best i have ever had
  40. S

    Susibelle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Atmosphere is the best, food is fabulous and service is impeccable. Can’t get much better than that. Our favorite restaurant. The shuttle to the Hobby is a super plus.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Damian's Cucina Italiana does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Damian's Cucina Italiana also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (713) 522-0439.

Damian's Cucina Italiana is rated 4.8 stars by 2650 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 25 times today
Google Map for Damian's Cucina Italiana

3011 Smith Street, Houston, TX 77006

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Anita / Rosalie

  • Neighborhood

    Midtown / Montrose

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Complimentary Valet

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Izzy Morfin

  • Entertainment

    Damian's offers complimentary shuttle service after dinner to the Wortham Center, Jones Hall, Alley Theatre, and Hobby Center.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (713) 522-0439

  • Catering

    Call the event planner for catering details.

  • Private party facilities

    Our Private dining rooms seat from 10 to 140ppl.

  • Private party contact

    Caroline Santillan: (877) 276-4365

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