Houston >Food & Dining > Michelangelo's Restaurant
“Incredibly romantic, great service, and good food.”
“The desert was just plain bad.”
“The service was decent and my pasta was good but the tab was nearly a hundred dollars for two pasta meals, one salad, and a budget bottle of wine.”
“Used to have great food for a good value.”
“The food was incredible and the menu had many choices.”
“Now my favorite restaurant”
“The service was impeccable - there when you needed it, unobtrusive when not.”
“Used to have great food for a good value.”
“The wine was excellent, our dinners were marvelous and our server was polite and quick.”
Atmosphere lacking, not worth the price.
I took a date here on a Friday evening. There was live piano/jazz music, which was very nice and was the highlight of the night. However, the service was not so spectacular, with only about half the waitstaff speaking english, and the food taking 45min-1 hour to be served. The wine list was comprehensive, but only if you were looking to buy a bottle, and the wine prices were marked up significantly. The food tasted good, but was nothing out of the ordinary for an Italian place.
Word of advice: The valet looks free (theres no cost sign outside), but it is not, so bring cash.
Decent Atmosphere, Decent Food...so so. Dined at Michelangelo's last Saturday evening. The atmosphere is nice with the bass and piano music but the decor could be alot nicer. One complaint I have is with the tables closer to the street. Several times throughout the meal I was blinded by the oncoming car headlights on the busy Westheimer street. The owners seriously need to consider installing blinds on these windows so that the headlights don't negatively effect the dining experience of their patrons. It took about 10 minutes for a waitress to sit us and the host passed by us without a word twice. She was obviously busy but a simple "I'll be right with you" would have sufficed. The service was average at best. I really dislike having waiters that don't know how to consolidate their table requests instead of taking care of one request at a time. As for the food, it was average as well. My wife had a spinach stuff chicken dish and I had the Lobster Raviolli. Both were extremely underwhelming and were of the same quality you could get at dozens of other Italian restaurants in the Houston area. The desert was just plain bad. If it were not for the pianoass music, which was a nice touch, I would not recommend this restaurant at all.
Super Romantic Date. So, yes this isn't THE BEST food in Houston. But sometimes going out is more than just having perfectly cooked pasta. They are so accommodating and the waiters give great service. There is a little 2 piece band that plays in the main dining room, and you feel like they're playing just for you. It's just a perfect setting for any kind of romantic date. I ordered spinach ravioli (very rich, which made it very romantic) and my fiance ordered porkchops. They were good. If you're eating here, you're not going as a food critic... you're going b/c you're in love with the person you're with, or you're bringing your family to have a great conversation. But don't get me wrong about the food... I did crave the ravioli the next day I'm going for brunch today for the first time... I'll let you know how it is! I highly recommend this place for people in love!
Again, MichelAngelo's presents the absolute best in casual, fine dining. We arrived on time for our reservation on a busy, holiday season, Saturday evening and were seated immediately in the main dining room. The service was impeccable - there when you needed it, unobtrusive when not. The lobster ravioli was absolutely decadent, as always. The stuffed veal chop was beautifully presented with rosemary potatoes. It was aromatic and succulent. The desserts were fabulous as always.
Yes, the 15% gratuity is automatically included. For those of us who traditionally tip MORE, you can feel compelled to just leave it at that. However, the whole evening was so perfect, we added a little extra.
My only complaint? The ambience is slightly degraded by the lack of enforcement of a better dress code.
I brought my wife here on a Friday evening. We were seated quickly with no waiting, which was good. It all went down hill from there. They ran out artichoke hearts so we could not have the appetizer we wanted (this was at 5:30pm - and they already "ran out"????) This is the second time I received the "run out" excuse there. After that it took about 30 minutes to get our trout dishes. I didn't want fast food service but 30 minutes is a bit excessive. We received the food and it was bland. We had to send back our potatoes because they were undercooked. After dinner we got our suprise check with gratuity included (only 2 dined). We were not happy with the food and our experience but we felt compelled to pay for a gruity we didn't believe belonged to the restaurant - that is an aweful way to make a customer feel. We spoke to the manager there and he simply says "that is the way it has always been" - but it wasn't like that when I went there for desert a few months ago.
All in all, I will never go back. There are too many other better restaurants in town that know what they are doing to put up Michelangelo's.
Most Romantic Restaurant I Know. Wow! I can't say enough about Michelangelo's. I've been dining there for 25 years and it's my very favorite restaurant of all time, especially if I want romance and great Italian food. They have the best eggplant parmesan on the planet, although for some reason it hasn't been on the menu in a number of years. BUT you can still order it off the menu. I've tried the eggplant in numerous Italian restaurants and nothing compares. They make it just like lasagna, but with the eggplant substituting for the noodles---awesome! Why they took it off the menu, I'll never know. And the atmosphere is wonderful---small, cozy, quaint, aromatic, candle lit, delightful---as is the service. I've had to wait awhile on a few occasions, but when you have a restaurant this deservedly popular, what do you expect? All those people are there for a reason. The food and the atmosphere are well worth the wait and if you're with someone really special, who cares---you listen to the piano, have a glass of wine and lose all track of time!! I moved from the area several years ago and really miss Michelangelo's, as I haven't been there in awhile. But I NEVER make a trip to Houston without eating there---to do so would be a sacrilege!
Romantic atmosphere, good staff, not a 'foodie' stop. First went here 18 yrs ago. Took my wife to brunch for the start of a week of birthday treats. Great bloody marys, bottomless mimosas, wonderful romantic atmosphere with live pianist. Very friendly staff, place was not busy. I had the tenderloin steak caruso, wife had stuffed quail, and we made a mistake. They both tasted microwaved, not fresh off grill/oven. Fruit was not fresh-cut and all same color as a result. I believe we were too ambitious, as other tables' eggs benedict looked great. Desserts were just OK. My coffee cup had huge, visible cr*ck in it and creamer jug had a chip on the rim. I did not complain because my wife was happy enjoying the atmosphere. To add insult to injury, they auto-grat 15% on table of two. We usually tip 20-30%, but not when demanded. This policy shows that service is spotty or the clientele is generally cheap. By the poor preparation of our expensive food, I would go with the latter.
We attended dinner here with my fiancee and her two kids this past Friday evening. The service, ambiance, attention to detail, and delectable Italian dishes were happily unchanged and unequivacably excellent. As appetizers, we tried the stuffed mushrooms with crabmeat, and the calamari. Both were excellent! My fiancee and I both opted for the Pasta Mista dish for dinner, which comes with a robust tour of Italian specialties, including homemade canneloni, chicken parmesan, homemade lasagna, and homemade fettucine alfredo. The kids split an entree of the pasta de Pisto di Mare, with homemade pasta, marinara sauce, fresh scallops, shrimp, and parmesan cheese. They both loved it, and oohhed at the fettucine alfredo.
Dinner was impeccable, casual, and uniquely "Michelangelo's" as I remembered it. Although we had been gone awhile, we will be back again soon. We all love the food, ambiance, service, and attention to detail here.
User review by chaitanya911. best italian food i ever ate.take time seating though, even when one has a reservation it took about 20 mins one time. otherwise excellent in EVERY other department
This Montrose hideaway has set the standard for romantic Italian dining since 1969..
From couples to coworkers, multiple generations of Houstonians have passed through Michelangelo's dimly lit dining room. This cozy house with a tree in the middle sets the mood with relaxed decor and satisfying comfort food. Diners wait for tables in a small bar adjacent to the stage. Romantic piano standards drift through the two dining rooms and covered patio. Service is friendly and efficient.
Expect a menu of favorites including pasta, seafood, chicken and veal. Tender beef carpaccio is enlivened by Parmesan and pesto. Salads include entree-sized mixed baby greens with orange slices, grilled shrimp and toasted capellini. Beyond familiar pasta options are tortellini di Anitra, duck and spinach tortellini bathed in tart raspberry reduction with Gorgonzola, and linguine nuevo topped with crawfish and zesty vegetables. Grilled lamb chops are artfully prepared with marsala wine sauce, shiitake mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes and polenta. The wine list is varied.
Sign in with Facebook Sign in with Facebook to see what your friends are up to!
Do you have a review of Michelangelo's Restaurant on your blog? If you include the Citysearch image link (shown below) in your post, we'll automatically link to your review from the business profile page. Here's how our Linkback system works:
The Linkback system is free and automatic. It's really that easy.
To link to our business profile page, copy the html below to your web page.