Houston >Food & Dining > Divino
1830 W Alabama St, Houston, TX | Directions 7709829.738854 -95.405942
Mon. - Thu. 5:30pm - 10pm;Fri. - Sat. 5:30pm - 10:30pm;Sun. CLOSED
Neighborhoods: Central, Neartown/ Montrose
If you haven't tried the duck sausage orchietto pasta you haven't lived. Wonderfully creative dish with a bit of bite. Just one of many wonderful creations from the owner/chef Patrick. Love this place!
Make the same mistake twice – I love Italian food and when friends wanted to go out I thought of some place close. I have had a bad experience in the past but I thought that after a couple years they had surely gotten their act together. I was invited my friends to my local Italian restaurant but the service we received had me so embarrassed. The ambiance felt so strange with waiters laughing and playing in the corner but when they came to the table the stiff upper lip came out. We came in a good mood and left in a bad mood. I offered to buy dessert across the street but the night was shot. If you want to impress your starchy Brit friend or get back at your boss for not giving you that bonus then come here otherwise you might want to get a Totino's Pizza, a cheap bottle of wine and some good company before you shell out top dollar for crappy service and sub par food.
When in Rome.... – I have frequented this establishment for some time. It may be good to note, even if you use large words like insolent or inordinately, if you are accustomed to fast food this place is not for you. The chef at this restaurant is an artist and will not prepare your food quickly or let it sit under a heat lamp. He will take his time to make sure your food is top notch. The people who have a complaint about the time it takes to prepare a top notch meal should also not badger the waitstaff. This shows bad manners. You can not expect an establishment to bend its standards of service to reflect your passion for fast food. There is a reason the food tastes so good. This restaurant is for low key people who can appreciate a two or three hour meal. The waitstaff is never in your face or interrupting your conversations. Most regulars here understand that the waitstaff is not the evenings entertainment or a personal butler. This place would do well to keep the uncouth at arms length and focus on the individuals and families that can appreciate good wine, and SLOW food.
Good food and wines cannot compensate for rude, insolent and indifferent wait-staff. – We recently discovered Divino and have been there three times in the past two months. The food is excellent, the wine-list good and the ambience is pleasing but we found the behavior of one waiter who, unfortunately served us on two separate occasions, a little bizarre. On our first visit, until repeatedly asked, he did not inform us of any daily ?specials?. The third and, probably our last time, the same waiter was extremely tardy in taking our orders and appeared to be miffed when my wife decided to change her order. We were a party of six and for some reason my wife?s dish seemed to take an inordinately long time to come out. When asked about the delay he mumbled something about ?not wanting to upset the chef?. After the main course was cleared, even before offering dessert or coffee, we were presented with the bill. When asked about this strange behavior on the part of our waiter, the person who passed for the maitre?d was not in the least bit apologetic or helpful: choosing rather to complain of the additional costs the restaurant would incur by our splitting the bill three ways. Seeing as that at least two other reviewers of this restaurant on Citysearch found reason to complain of indifferent and almost contemptuous service, there is obviously a systemic problem at this establishment and despite the fact that the food was excellent, with the present economy, I would rather spend my money where my custom is appreciated.
waiter without personality – This was our first time to Divino. We had read the reviews, and hoped for an excellent meal, as we were celebrating. I ordered the goat cheese ravioli. I am Italian, and was expecting much better. (Actually Prego in Rice Village has 3 ravioli dishes that are so much better!!) The ravioli was sitting in what I considered grease. I think it was olive oil, but it was just plain greasy. My husband ordered the pork tenderloin. It was not tender, had no flavor and was over-cooked. We can do much better on our grill at home. We did order the calimari, which was good, but also lacked in flavor. One of our favorite things about eating Italian is the BREAD. No bread. Not even suggested. The waiter had no personality, no smile, no energy. Will not be going back.
Thank you Divino! – Divino saved us on this last New year's eve. After reservations at another fave Italian place not too far away went awry we were on a scramble to find another place to eat. Divino is less than half a block away from where we live so we popped in just to see if they could squeeze us in. Luckily they had 1 table open. Yes the tables for 2 can be a little claustrophobic but the food and the wine selection are out of this world. Our waiter was very prompt and courteous and not so intruding like some other places. I agree with one writer "If you want your butt kissed by the wait staff this is not the place for you." Excellent mashed potatoes that night as they were part of a special New year's menu. Can't wait to return for a regular night....
A place we can always count on – We keep Divino on our speed dial of restaurants we can count on. Most of the time we get in just before or just after the crowd. We always ask for a wine recommendation and we have never been let down. New items have recently been added to the menu and so far the ones we have tried are every bit as good as our old favorites. We love the small neighborhood atmosphere, if you want big and noisy look elsewhere.
Great food, great wine! – Divino's has great authentic Italian dishes with a small bistro ambiance. You definitely don't feel like you're in a corporate chain restaurant. This place also has a great wine selection and offers great recommendaitons. Staff has always been unassuming and helpful. Great place for a date night.
Have always enjoyed Divino – I'm perplexed by some of the reviews. I've eaten at Divino probably 10 times and have always left happy. True, it's not as spacious as I would like sometimes, but I won't begrudge a small restaurant trying to serve a reasonable amount of people. The wine list is great and although I'm no expert, I've gotten several great recommendations from the staff. I've enjoyed everything I've eaten there and never had staff be rude or inattentive. Parking can be a little touchy and the ambience is nothing spectacular - but I can't eat ambience. I'd rather the effort be put into the food, which I believe it is.
Horrible Experience – I have never had such a horrible experience at a restaurant. The staff was flat-out rude. Though the food was not bad, the service guaranteed that I will never eat here again.
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