Roma

4.5
663 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
After a spectacular three-year run for Sud Italia, Shanon Scott’s ode to the foodways of Southern Italy, the Houston restaurateur has turned his gaze northward to the capital: Rome or Roma (ROH-mah) in Italian. “I wanted to create a casual dining experience for Houstonians,” says Shanon, “and the natural inspiration for that was Rome’s wonderful trattorias.”

“Here at Roma, we’ve created a menu centered around the Roman classics like the pasta trinity — carbonara, amatricana, and cacio e pepe. But the departure from southern Italian cooking has also allowed Shanon to include other Italian greats like osso buco and braised lamb shank.

His wine list has also evolved: It now features the three Italian big reds: Barolo, Barbaresco, and Brunello, as well as favorites from Tuscany like Chianti and Super Tuscan blends of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
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vipAlways
Houston
403 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for food, drink and friends. Wonderful patio with owner and servers who care.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The food was not very inspired. People were sitting way to close and the overall cleanliness of the facility needs to be addressed.

Roma
Responded on November 19, 2020

Can you expound please? We follow the states guidelines in regards towards Covid 19, also we have a had several perfect Health Department reports (very hard to do). Please let me know what you observed. Shanon

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vipChristiQ
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! If we cant travel to Rome, we can at least eat at Roma.

Roma
Responded on November 9, 2020

Christi, I am so glad that you enjoyed everything! Thank you for sharing your experience here and we hope to see you again very soon. Shanon

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

We went back today. The food is tertuble. Octopus really bad. Bread terrible! We asked for olive oil and what we got was canola, the burrata out fron the fridge, really bad experience and the prices hihg for the bad food! Good service but bad food.

Roma
Responded on November 9, 2020

What happened? We are open! Shanon

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Houstongal
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant. The food and service is always great

Roma
Responded on November 6, 2020

Thank you! Shanon

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Cota
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always a good sign when your waiter speaks Italian.

Roma
Responded on November 6, 2020

Yes, so does the kitchen. It helps to have an Italian staff. Shanon

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time and exceeded our expectations!

Roma
Responded on November 6, 2020

Thank you for joining us and for sharing your dining experience. Shanon

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was exceptionally good, very tasty. Service was very friendly. While we were there we found out they have a food and wine pairing special on Thursdays which was a very good value. Too bad we won’t be able to experience it since we are out of town and won’t be in the area in the foreseeable future

Roma
Responded on November 6, 2020

Thank you for the kind words and we look forward to seeing you back when you return to Houston. Shanon

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vipSamerM
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was better than expected but we did find the ossobucco and the lamb shank were a little too salty. The Amarone wine was spectacular, as was Massimo, our waiter!

Roma
Responded on November 6, 2020

Samer, thank you for letting me know. Have a great day and Massimo and I look forward to seeing you again very soon. Shanon

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vipStacirh
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I think they have the best pasta in Houston, hands down. It’s cozy and romantic and quiet but comfortable and unstuffy. Great wine list and amazing service. The rice balls are to die for!

Roma
Responded on October 19, 2020

Thank you for joining us! We are so happy that you enjoyed everything and we hope to see you back very soon. Shanon

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vipGriffinMill
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was looking forward to having an early dinner at Roma because I had read so many favorable reviews and this former New Yorker loves his Italian food. I was seated on the patio and within a few minutes was greeted by my server Felipa. I ordered a glass of Montepuciano and perused the menu. I decided on the combination shrimp and calamari appetizer which was lightly breaded and served with two sauces. Great start. For the main course I ordered the veal scallopIni I don't like artichokes which accompanied the dish so I asked for the frigatelli peppers and roasted potatoes instead. The veal was served with prosciutto in white wine sauce.
You know the scene in The Godfather when Sollozzo tells Michael to "try the veal, it's the best in the city." I find it hard to believe there is a more tender tasty piece of veal than this. My mouth is watering just thinking about it again.
Ended the meal with espresso and sambuca and a text to my son to say we need to plck a date to come back.

Roma
Responded on October 15, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us and for sharing your experience here. Shanon

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, wait staff was knowledgeable and helpful, and the patio was very enjoyable! Will definitely be back

Roma
Responded on October 6, 2020

Thank you for joining us and for sharing your dining experience here. Shanon

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Paul
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful Friday night family dinner on the patio. The server recommended a nice Valpolicella that went well with everything we ordered. Ended up eating 4 courses plus the delicious Limonicello. Service was evenly paced and relaxed. Looking forward to a return visit soon.

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kaybabe
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely birthday dinner and amazing service! Wasn’t too noisy on a Friday night and our server was very helpful

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HtownDiner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The offerings were surprisingly good. Italian fare in Houston is so often disappointing, but not at Roma. The freshly made pasta was tasty and the sauces were delightful. Attentive, but not hovering waitstaff took care of our needs.

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ChanelleF
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great dinner spot. The scene was nice and tranquil--perfect for catching up with a girlfriend or a peaceful data. The food was delicious and well priced. The waitstaff was helpful (recommendations, knew what things were) and tentative (glasses of water stayed full, table stayed manageable i.e. removal of empty plates). Overall a great experience. Will definitely go again.

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vipSandyS
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thus is such a great place that is such a hidden gem!! Great food, wine, service, ambiance and value.
Shannon always gives the best service like you are visiting an Italian family. A must visit!!

Roma
Responded on September 28, 2020

Sandy, it was great seeing you both and thank you for the kind words. Shanon

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great patio

Roma
Responded on September 24, 2020

THANK YOU! Shanon

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vipNoelleD
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat here every time we are in Houston. The food is fantastic! If weather allows, try to sit on the patio, it is beautiful. Also, be sure to try the homemade lemonchello.

Roma
Responded on September 24, 2020

Noelle, thank you for joining us and for sharing your experience here. Shanon

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Daniellef
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Roma has amazing food, great wine and an atmosphere that makes you want to stay for hours!

Roma
Responded on September 18, 2020

Danielle, it was a pleasure having you in. Thank you for sharing your dining experience here and we look forward to seeing you back very soon. Shanon

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vipSheyM
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

To start, there was no social distance even outside on the patio I was so close to the table next to me I could have reached over and touch them there was no 6ft. Secondly, this is the only italian restaurant I have went to where the wine by the glass is horrible no flavor at all like dyed red water. Third, my waiter was horrible. I have never waited an hour to order a drink because she wanted to give no effort in making a wine selection she said they were all bad unless I ordered a bottle like what type of recommendation is that. Why would I order a bottle when the glasses of wine were bad! I use to love Russo Italian, the food was excellent and I hadn’t been since the name change the food is no where near as good the are not accommodating at all and the staff is impatient. Not to mention the small portions my friend and I were still so hungry when we left. I will never come back or recommend it. It is officially off my list I will go down the street for real Italian food at Antica Osteria in Rice Village please avoid this place at all costs!

Roma
Responded on September 15, 2020

Shey, tables are 6 feet apart and everyone of the staff wear gloves and mask. You tried every glass of wine we have to offer by the glass, the server only suggested a bottle after numerous trips to he table. You asked me to make something that we do not have on the menu or the ingredients for. We are not meant for everyone, our food is authentic and we pride our self's for that. Have a great day and all the best to you both. Shanon

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food and service was very good. The only element that prevented me from giving 5 stars was due to a couple of the waiters wearing their masks below their noses. Didn't want to be confrontational and create any waves with the person serving my food, so I opted to remain silent. I could've opted to say something, but this one is a slippery slope.

Roma
Responded on September 15, 2020

Please let me know next time and I can speak to the staff. I am glad that you enjoyed everything but we take safety very serious here. Please join us again and ask for me personally. Shanon

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vipgrrrl75
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a lovely early dinner outside. Our server was very knowledgable, suggesting the perfect wine to go with our order (since I'm really not familiar with Italian wines). The saffron gnocchi was by far the highlight of dinner, and the tiramisu was a fantastic close to the meal.

Roma
Responded on September 10, 2020

Thank you for joining us and for sharing. Have a great day and we hope to see you back very soon. Shanon

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vipHugoZagaria
Houston
32 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. Sean and his people do a great job

Roma
Responded on September 10, 2020

Hugo, it is always great seeing you and thank you for sharing your experience here. Shanon

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OpenTable Diner
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing. Very friendly. Gave us a great wine suggestion. The bread dip is sooo good and our main course didn’t disappoint either. Highly recommend

Roma
Responded on August 11, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us and for sharing your dining experience here! Shanon

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vipGierus
Detroit
56 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Some dishes are great and some are very heavy cream sauces

Roma
Responded on August 3, 2020

Good afternoon, can you please describe what you had? Shanon

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat on the patio and had a lovely meal! Food tasted just like being back in Rome. Will be back!

Roma
Responded on July 27, 2020

Thank you! Shanon

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msclock
Austin
14 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice set up outside. However COVID restriction were not 100 % follow. Pasta was totally to cooked .. for a real italian restaurant ... this is not good and Condiment was not impressive on primavera pasta

The mozzarella in carrozza ( fry mozzarella ) is like my gran ma 20 years ago. Fantastic.

Roma
Responded on June 16, 2020

I am sorry that you feel we are not in compliance. We all wear mask and gloves. Restrooms are cleaned every 30 minutes, tables are 6 feet apart and we have hand sanitizer by the front door. Please let me know if I have missed something because we take it very serious here. Have a great day and we hope you will join us again. Shanon

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Jeff
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Look no further for authentic Italian foods. Will definitely be back!!

Roma
Responded on June 9, 2020

Jeff, it was a pleasure having you both in for such a special occasion! Happy Anniversary once again and we hope to see you both very soon. Shanon

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Houston! The food taste like my grandmother is back there cooking! Shannon the other is the best.

Roma
Responded on June 9, 2020

Thank you for the kind words. Shanon

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SusanTL
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We found this gem on Open Table and it did not disappoint. We sat outside on the patio and enjoyed the fresh air, fantastic food and wonderful service. We will most certainly be back.

Roma
Responded on June 9, 2020

Thank you for the kind words. We hope to see you back again very soon. Shanon

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halfNM
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Outdoor seating was very quite and area was covered w\ fans. Apps, main and wine were are fantastic. Parking is on the street, so be careful. Great date night location

Roma
Responded on June 9, 2020

Thank you for joining us and for sharing your experience here! Shanon

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vipCarmenV
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exquisite and the service was wonderful.

Roma
Responded on June 9, 2020

Thank you for joining us and for sharing! Shanon

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Java
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first night out in months due to the shutdown. This was an anniversary dinner we reserved early hoping things would open up. We were scheduled for a cruise of Italy which of course was canceled. We could not have our dinner in Rome. So we booked the next closest thing ROMA. It did not disappoint. Great pasta (made in house) Excellent wine chose by our waiter, great service and a wonderful atmosphere. We could not see the Parthenon or Forum but we had a great view of University Blvd.
We will be back, thanks for a great evening.

Roma
Responded on May 25, 2020

Thank you for joining us and for sharing your experience here! Shanon

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vipSRM430
Houston
41 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had the arancini as an appetizer, and the squid ink pasta with seafood, scallops & shrimp, and ravioli as entrees. Everyone very pleased with their meals--and they do takeout, which is key right now.

Roma
Responded on March 17, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us and for sharing your experience here. Sahnon

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GlennT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor patio is a very relaxing place to enjoy a great meal. The service is always just perfectly there when needed.

Roma
Responded on March 13, 2020

Glenn, thank you for joining us and for sharing your experience here. Shanon

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BernadetteS
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of four loved everything about Roma! The food, the service, the wine & lemoncello were all excellent!

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vipbdug
Houston
43 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Would have preferred fresher bread. Homemade pasta was good. The guacial was too salty. I would prefer a different type of meat

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RuthM
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely spot with wonderful food

Roma
Responded on March 2, 2020

Ruth, thank you for joining us and for sharing. Shanon

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John
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Burrata salad and meatball appetizers excellent, along a little on the too large size; better to order one plate and share. My partners chicken was very good, my carbonara a little dry but still highly recommended. We will come back.

Roma
Responded on February 26, 2020

John, thank you for joining us and for sharing your experience here. Shanon

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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 4.5 stars by 663 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.

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