Birraporetti's - Theater District

4.1
2454 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian

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One of Houston’s original restaurants, Birraporetti’s opened in 1974 with the slogan “A great Italian Restaurant…A heck of an Irish bar.” For almost 40 years, Birraporetti’s has been the place to gather on a date, celebrating with friends and family, for happy hour or before or after the theater.
We are noted for our award-winning stone oven pizzas, pastas such as lobster ravioli, & delicious main courses including hand-carved beef filet & fresh seafood. And don't leave without trying our signature Frozen Bellini’s, Irish Coffee, chocolate chip cheesecake, tiramisu, or the berries & cream.
Located in the heart of the Theater District. Steps away from the Alley Theater, Jones Hall, Hobby Center, Wortham, Houston Ballet, Bayou Music Center, Sundance Cinema & a few blocks from Toyota Center and Minute Maid Park.
Open late seven days a week. Join us for Sunday live Jazz Brunch Buffet, Live Music Mondays, or to enjoy our lunch menu for downtown business clients.
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ShaiyaD
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We sat in the restaurant for an hour and the server kept serving other people before us. We did not even get served drinks and we had to get out own menus

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a wonderful experience. I had Parmesan chicken with shrimp and sausage. The food was amazing. In addition we had a bottle of wine, it was Humberto Asti Muscato. The taste was so amazing that we bought a bottle of wine to go. Our server was Michael Williams.

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Septembertwentyfirst
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great service, ambiance and parking! Food was okay I had the crab cakes, they were flavorful, but the pasta was too greasy. Margarita was FANTASTIC!!!

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vipRockjo
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Before the Symphony, had a nice dinner at Birraporetti's. The Veal Piccata special with the house Caesar was excellent. The staff wore masks and were very good about social distancing the tables. Thank you for a lovely meal.

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laurlaur41989
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is always our favorite! We travel an hour a couple times a year to eat here.

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patron
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Birraporetti's always gets 5 stars in my book. I was disappointed by the limited wine list available and the menu seemed smaller. I know it is because of the health scare. Can't wait for that to be over so we can enjoy our fave restaurant again.

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Lynsk510
San Antonio
10 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Large portions of excellent tasting Italian food. My Mom and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The Christmas decor was beautiful and tasteful.

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vipArtGo
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! We look forward to going back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The food wasn’t the best and only half of the staff wore a mask.

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MaryAnn
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We came for the music at Cezanne’s (drinks, food, and service there was excellent and the music was memorable and AWESOME!), and we decided to go upstairs for dinner. Wonderful night!!!
That night at Cezanne’s downstairs, hosted by Woody Witt, we heard Houston’s incredible jazz guitarists, Mike Wheeler, Paul Chester, and Greg Petitto. AMAZING!

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MichaelA
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience2

While the decor is dated and service was lacking, for a slow evening, the food made up for those pitfalls. Portions are usually healthy and filling.

CJ
vipChrisJ
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Birraporetti’s is conveniently located downtown in the Theatre District. But, as always, they are indifferent about seating you. There were 4 of us & were seated at an awkward round table for 8 when there appeared to be tables of 4 available. And I had made a reservation! Then they are indifferent about serving you the food that you’ve ordered. Our food was hot & tasty. But we had to remind them to bring the drinks & appetizer that we had ordered.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience1

Awful one waiter no ac in Restraunt a portable unit inside so staff aware it was awful bugs flying on food

We rsvp on open table no warning there was no ac

It took 30 minutes to get the check
Close this place down

RUN

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TraciU
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

All of the food was on point! Services was fine.

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StuL
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Birraporetti's is about the best place to catch a meal before the symphony, theater, or opera or a night cap after. The food is very good, reasonably priced, and served well. Like most restaurants in the Theater District, Birraporetti is struggling. Let's make this your place to dine in the Theater District so that its doors stay open and we all have a great place to dine before the show.

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FoodLover21
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We were concerned that our server wore his mask below his nose. Since we are both retired nurses, we instructed him in the proper way of wearing a mask and explained the rationale behind masks in the midst of a pandemic. The server was very cooperative and appreciative.

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JosephS
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It is one of my favorite Italian restaurants in Houston, Food and service is always great. It has a very nice atmosphere too. It is good for business meetings and romantic outings both.

DB
DawnB
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

If you are considering this place, please don’t. Food was mediocre, at best, and severely overpriced. The service was poor. There was no music or HVAC... the best part about our visit was leaving.

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vipCBear
Houston
40 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Sons birthday before he ships out for basic training. We normally go at Christmas but since he will be gone, we came early. Always great arrive and great meals.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing and consistently wonderful food and service.

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Giane
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The Google maps times said restaurant was open until 11 pm... Open Table allowed us to make a 9:45 pm reservation, and we got there and the restaurant was closed!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We now live within walking distance. First time here. Good was excellent! The service was spectacular! Not busy butt we are early and the theater is closed. Great dining experience!

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susanc
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely restaurant and heartbreaking experience with it being so empty but it was private, food was excellent and service as well

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Lovemyhouston603
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have gone to Birraporetti’s for 40+ yrs... it is always delicious & great service! I hope Houstonians will patronize this Houston favorite.. as it serves our Theater District well and the Arts District is not opening back up until December/January!
Please support this restaurant & go there for your dining enjoyment. Our Downtown restaurants are not going to survive if we don’t go to them!! What a loss to our downtown area. It makes me very sad that we as a city don’t go downtown for dining!

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yaniav
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Clean, live music on Fridays. Very calm and not hectic. Food is always on point!

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vipConciergeUSA
Houston
34 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service ever!

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CherylN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food and service was outstanding the only thing I have a concern on is the parking as I had people that could not make the trek to the theater district we had to park and walk about six blocks so just be aware of parking.

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ericinspring
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We eat dinner here before a show. On the positive side I will say that they are very efficient in getting you out before showtime. However, there was not a lot about the meal that was very good. The food was mediocre, and served lukewarm. The service was not good.In short, it was just alright. There are a lot of options for restaurants within walking distance of the Hobby Center, I suggest trying a different one

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were there for dinner before a Hobby Center event. Good experience as always. Been in Houston 32 yrs.

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LindaT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always go to Birraporetti's before going to the Alley Theatre. It never fails to give us a good meal in a lovely atmosphere; and still we're in time for the show.

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Peachy
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

we were eating before our Alley Theather play and the waiter was very accommodating. The pizza we ordered was very good , white others had a variety of meals which there were no complaints.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

We have eaten in this restaurant for 30 years probably eight times a year. We often wonder why none of the staff ever seems to be the same except for the gentleman who directs traffic. As many times as we eat there we love the pizza it would be nice to be welcomed or recognized staff is generally pleasant but no one goes out of their way. It is very disappointing to us. It is convenient to Theater and we do really enjoy the pizza so we keep going back

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KathrynB
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Great food!

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AmyS
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Horrible service. Waiter admitted that my drink came in a dirty glass. Residue from old drink. Food and drink orders came out wrong. Lady that bussed the table did so with us at the table balancing the dirty dish container on her hip and asked us to hand her the dirty dishes. Whole experience was disappointing. Food is better at Olive Garden. Only went here because very few things open downtown on a Sunday so it was an easy choice. But never again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was good and had a nice feel to the place

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TeressaG
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Service very slow. Waited a long time before a waiter showed up. Then, it took a very long time for drinks and barely got the garlic bread before the food came out.

Too slow overall

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vipEdwardD
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Had some service issues. Biggest one was the server refilling a glass that had rum and coke with tea. Never seen that one before.

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TeresaG
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we come to the theater district we love coming to eat at birraporettis and it’s always amazing!

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Choirguy
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

If - you are not too concerned with the quality of the food. Location and dining early were in our favor. Waiter was cordial but a bit pushy on drinks and appetizer suggestions. Menu prices were ok, but quality of food was B to B-

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Dinner before the ballet-exceptional location, great ambiance-comfortable seating, big windows and great service. We love the caprese salad, and the Artichoke Spinach dip was amazing. 3-Course special menu was great.
It is our go-to spot for pre-ballet food! Thank you!

FAQs

Birraporetti's - Theater District offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (713) 224-9494.

Birraporetti's - Theater District is rated 4.1 stars by 2454 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.