Houston >Food & Dining > Damian's Cucina Italiana
3011 Smith St, Houston, TX | Directions 7700629.744372 -95.379708
Monday To Thursday From 11:00 AM To 02:00 PM Monday To Thursday From 05:30 PM To 10:00 PM Friday From 11:00 AM To 02:00 PM Friday From 05:30 PM To 11:30 PM Saturday From 05:00 PM To 11:30 PM
Neighborhoods: Midtown, South Central
Very satisfying experience – My wife and I dined on a Friday night here for the first time and were very pleased. The wait staff, both inside and out were very helpful and polite. We attended a play down town later and were driven there, free, by a coach from the restaurant. It was waiting at the curb after the play. Our waiter assisted us in our selection, but did not push the most expensive items on the menu as some places do. A PERFECT EVENING!
great food, but rude waiter ruined experience – I will start out by saying that the food was well worth the price. It was expensive, but tasted phenomenal. However, while the service was attentive, the rude attitude and looks from our waiter made it extremely uncomfortable for my boyfriend and I. I think the waiter was a little upset since our reservation was for 8 and I guess it meant he would have to work late. However, I dont feel that is the patrons fault. I interrupted him twice to ask a question during his 7 minute speech on the specials and he really seemed irritated.I wanted to ask a question but was not allowed. I waited tables before and you need to have more patience than that, especially if people are paying a prety penny for the meal.
In the end, my boyfriend and I had $200 in gift certificates from my work and our bill was $125. Cash back was not an option which is typical of restaurants, so we just gave our waiter the difference on the check since we were really not interested in going back after the service. He was appreciative of the nice tip (one of the only times he was nice, except when we asked for our dessert to go). Then, we got one last nasty look on our way out. All in all, I judge a restaurant by its service as much as its food and this one just didnt hold up.
Wow! – Valet service at the front door so you don't have to worry about parking. Great service right from the start. Excellent food. They helped make for a spectacular date! Definately going back!
Best Italian Restaurant in Houston/Superb Service and Friendliness – You must try Damian's for a memorable dining experience that includes delectable hot, homemade Foccacia Bread w/ dipping oils served at the table on arrival to start your meal & a menu variety to include such wonderful appetizers as Fried Calamari (lightly battered and very tender) w/marinara, asparagus with proscuitto and one of the best tableside prepared Ceasar salads as well as a good Tradit. Italian Salad (Insalada Mista).We have had many of their delicious entree's, most notable are their nightly fresh fish dishes (Halibut when in season & flounder prepared in light wine/ butter sauces and assorted toppings varying nightly and all quite tasty). The Beef Filet & Lamb Chops are cooked to perfection and one of my favorites is their Chicken Menichino (Balsamic Glazed Grilled Chicken with sundried Tomatoes and Goat Cheese). For Pasta Lovers, the Eggplant Parmasean is good served with Linguini and Marinara. There are truly too many wonderful dishes to mention all here. They serve a pork Ossa Bucco which is good but we prefer Veal. Lest I say we have never been disappointed. Please save room for their great Desserts...Infusione Cioccolate for the Chocolate Lovers and their Tre Latte (Italian version of Tres Leches) excellent and my personal favorite is their Italian Cream cake.. the best I have ever had anywhere!!! Moist and Delicious. Not too much coconut. The friendliness and professional service of the staff is second to none. Ask for Rueben's table and he will make your Dining experience one you will not forget. We have eaten all over the country, great restaurants in New Orleans, Paris& none can compare with the pleasure we have from Dining @ Damians with Rueben as our Server. Valet parking is quite convenient since the entrance is on a busy Mid-Town St. We have sent many friends here and they now send their family & friends.Well worth the $$ for the great Food/Service and overall Dining experience. You will not be disappointed. Great for private parties also
Classic Italian Done Right – Word of mouth led me to Damian's, after hearing that it's been serving Houstonians amazing Italian for years. Once I found out it was a Mandola family restaurant, I had no doubt this was the truth. We were promptly seated for our reservation and had a spacious table for our large party. The bread and dipping sauce were a great start - totally scrumptious dipping! We got the mussels with white wine sauce appetizer and it was delicious. Salads and entrees were all so wonderful with great flavoring that was not run-of-the-mill. I particularly loved the spaghetti sauce - so full of flavor! The lasagna was out of this world! The only part of the meal that was a disappointment was dessert...so sad, but nevertheless a great experience overall! Great food, outstanding service, and a nice ambiance. I highly recommend this place for a classic Italian treat.
Awesome Chef's Table – My husband surprised me with a Chef's Table dinner for our 5th anniversary. The head chef asked us if we had any food allergies or anything in particular we didn't like. Then he told us he would fix us an off the menu 5 course dinner. During dinner if we wanted a tour of the restaurant, the manager would be happy to give us one. Also if we'd like one of the Sous Chefs to teach us how to cook a dish, he'd be happy to. Without any hesitation, the food was impeccable and the service was outstanding. The portion sizes were quite large for every course. We had a great experience and are planning to celebrate many more special occasions there.
Best Italian Food in town – This is hands down the best Italian food in Houston. I would go there for my birthday every year. It's like home cooked food from the mother land. Really first rate. It's often over looked, but you should go there.
great food, better service – The eating experience was a pleasant treat from the ho-hum Italian restaurants we have been frequenting since moving to Houston. The pasta was cooked perfect and the veal melted in our mouths. It was as good if not better then some of the NY City eateries we loved when living in the North East. The server was very polite and the food was served as promised by our waiter. The desserts were fresh and delicious, while not being overdone by huge portions. We highly reccomend this eatery and we will be frequent visitors.
Great Overall Experience, Very Good Food – The wife and I moved into an apartment one block from this restaurant, so we decided to try it as we were walking by. We could tell from the cars in the parking lot that the clientele were of means. We figured we might be frowned upon in our jeans and walking shoes, but they treated us no differently than their most eloquently attired customers.
We did not partake of the wine, but the list seemed quite extensive, having something for most budgets. The service was friendly and swift. We never had to flag anyone down or wait extensively for drink refills even though there were many patrons.
I would describe the food as very good. I'm not sure if I'd say it was the best, but it was at least in the top tier of Italian restaurants. A few more trips and I am sure I'll make a more firm decision. I love marinara sauces that are on the extreme side of zesty and tangy, so it possibly could have been a little more so. Nonetheless, the presentation, temperature and overall freshness was without fault.
The decor fits an Italian styled restaurant and is tasteful. One person mentioned an "older crowd" as a negative, but I saw a varied age group only slightly older than normal. I would call it a refreshingly dignified and classy group of people. Loud, drunken or obnoxious behavior would certainly not fit in.
In closing, I would highly recommend the restaurant and I am glad we moved in so close to it.
Great date place. Service is excellent. Food second to none. – Our New Year's Eve experience was awesome. Friendly wait staff, who's suggestions on dishes were excellent. My sea bass dish was the best I've ever had. Dessert was sinfully delicious. Can't wait to return.
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