The Best Italian Restaurants in Houston

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Houston, Texas is a town close to the Gulf of Mexico and is known for its hot, bayou climate and for being the home of NASA's Johnson Space Center. Houstonians take pride in all their town has to offer, and they're known for two things in particular: warm Texas hospitality and delicious food. There are countless restaurants in Houston that make the map for being culinary standouts. Ask a local and you’re bound to get the most accurate read on the pulse of the restaurant scene. So, we looked at our data to find where the most in-the-know locals are going for the best Italian food in H-Town—here’s where they’re dining now.

Restaurants:Potente, Divino Italian Restaurant, Quattro - Four Seasons Hotel - Houston
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Italian
Neighborhoods:Downtown, River Oaks

Potente

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
937 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
Dining at Potente feels like dining in a stunning Italian villa. Visitors who choose to eat here will be impressed both with the setting and with their meal. The menu at Potente isRead more
93% recommended
Special Occasion in Houston

Divino Italian Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
River Oaks
438 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Authentic
Wine lovers will love the chance to dine at Divino Italian Restaurant, which is also celebrated as one of the best wine bars in town. Divino serves some of the best Italian in HousRead more
83% recommended
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Quattro - Four Seasons Hotel - Houston

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
1,235 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
One of the best hotel restaurants in all of Houston is Quattro — the fancy spot for upscale dining at the Four Seasons. This formal restaurant with an elegant interior serves some Read more
94% recommended
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Sorrento Ristorante Italiano

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown / Montrose
2,549 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
For a romantic date night, there's no better place than Sorrento Ristorante Italiano. Not only does Sorrento offer a stunning, candlelit, sumptuous atmosphere, it also has some of Read more
98% recommended
Best Service in Houston

Crisp - Heights

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Heights / Washington
596 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for Groups
CRISP is one of the most casual places on this list, and is well-known for great Italian dishes, as well as an excellent selection of wine and beers. The Italian food here is innovRead more
92% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Houston

Damian's Cucina Italiana

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown / Montrose
2,497 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Damian's is undoubtedly a Houston classic. The restaurant has been open for 30 years, and it is highly regarded for its impeccable service and dependably good Italian food. Some ofRead more
92% recommended
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Grotto - Downtown Houston

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
866 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Casual
Grotto is a chain that serves authentic homemade Italian classics. Its Downtown Houston location stands out for dishing out exceptional food in an impressive atmosphere with soarinRead more
84% recommended
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Mia Bella Trattoria - Vintage Park

$$$$·Italian·
North Side
799 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Lunch
Mia Bella Trattoria's Vintage Park location is popular and beloved, so the restaurant is usually filled with buzzing energy and happy diners. On the menu there are items like beef Read more
99% recommended

Via Emilia - The Woodlands

$$$$·Italian·
The Woodlands
1,478 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Via Emilia serves Northern Italian cuisine that qualifies as some of the best Italian in Houston. Diners can enjoy dishes like burrata e prosciutto, Italian sausage and peppers, anRead more
96% recommended
Italian in Houston

Ristorante Cavour at the Hotel Granduca

$$$$·Italian·
Galleria / Uptown
688 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
Five-star Hotel Granduca, in the Uptown part of Houston, houses Ristorante Cavour, a restaurant serving some of the best Italian in Houston. This is an upscale restaurant, so expecRead more
88% recommended
Romantic in Houston

North Italia – BLVD

$$$$·Italian·
Galleria / Uptown
2,888 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
There are multiple locations of North Italia across the U.S., but one of the best and most popular is in Houston. The food at North Italia is created by hand every day, so visitorsRead more
96% recommended

Coppa Osteria

$$$$·Italian·
Rice Village
1,012 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
Coppa Osteria is a trendy Italian restaurant that offers classic meals in a contemporary setting. Visitors to Coppa Osteria will find items like shrimp scampi, meatballs al forno, Read more
93% recommended
Italian in Houston

La Griglia - Houston

$$$$·Italian·
River Oaks
1,828 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
Wine lovers will be in heaven at La Griglia, an Italian restaurant and wine bar in the River Oaks neighborhood in Houston. The wine list has wines from all 20 regions of Italy, so Read more
97% recommended

Amalfi Ristorante Italiano & Bar

$$$$·Italian·
Galleria / Uptown
706 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
Amalfi Ristorante Italiano & Bar is another award-winning restaurant where diners can find the best Italian in Houston. It offers an upscale dining experience with white tableclothRead more
97% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Houston

Piatto Ristorante (Galleria)

$$$$·Italian·
Galleria / Uptown
762 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Piatto's philosophy is that every person who walks through the door should feel like family. The restaurant does that well by creating a warm and inviting interior, having attentivRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in Houston
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Enoteca Rossa

$$$$·Italian·
Bellaire
576 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
Located in Houston's Bellaire neighborhood, Enoteca Rossa is one of the city's most popular wine bars and Italian restaurants. The restaurant has a straightforward Italian menu, wiRead more
89% recommended

Da Marco

$$$$·Italian·
Texas
1,007 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
For some of the best Italian in Houston, check out Da Marco. Da Marco is a Tuscan restaurant that serves fine Italian food in an upscale, white tablecloth setting. Diners can eat eRead more
93% recommended
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Birraporetti's - Theater District

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
2,450 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
There's a reason that Birraporettis has been open in for more than 40 years: It serves some of the best Italian in Houston. This local favorite has a huge menu of traditional ItaliRead more
88% recommended

Osso & Kristalla

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
378 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
  • Bar Seating
Osso and Kristalla is one of the newest Italian restaurants in Houston. The atmosphere is upscale and trendy, and diners rave about the food. Visitors will enjoy popular menu itemsRead more
95% recommended
Vibrant Bar Scene in Houston

Antica Osteria

$$$$·Italian·
Texas
988 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Anniversaries
For a meal that feels like dining in a warm, welcoming home, diners should choose Antica Osteria. The owners of the restaurant created their eatery to offer visitors a place that fRead more
100% recommended
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