About Damian's Cucina Italiana
For 31 years Damian's Cucina Italiana has been known worldwide as the top authentic Italian restaurant in Houston, Texas. Set in an old-world atmosphere which is elegant, yet warm and friendly, diners at Damian's are accustomed to extensive menu offerings, specially tailored dishes, and weekly specials created by Chef Napolean Palacios.
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Anita / Rosalie
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Damian's offers complimentary shuttle service after dinner to the Wortham Center, Hobby Center, and Jones Hall.
Call the event planner for catering details.
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Available for our upstairs private party functions.
Our Private dining rooms seat from 10 to 140ppl.
Damian's Cucina Italiana Ratings and Reviews
the stuffed veal chop was outstanding. W ...
the stuffed veal chop was outstanding. Wish they would redo the bar area and make it more appealing.
We've eaten here a couple times now for ...
We've eaten here a couple times now for different occasions and have never been disappointed in anything except our lack of tummy space to take in all the delicious variety of excellent food.
Great atmosphere and fantastic food. Th ...
Great atmosphere and fantastic food. The seafood daily special with risotto was fantastic. The veal picatta is outstanding - the best of any restaurant in Houston. We love this place for a special occasion.
We have dined at Damians a number of tim ...
We have dined at Damians a number of times, and every time it's just great! The service is always spot on...not too much attention, just the right amount. And our dinners were very nice too. I had the piccata this time which was very tasty. And we all enjoyed the wine list as usual! We will return soon.
I take valued clients to dine at Damian' ...
I take valued clients to dine at Damian's. The service is fantastic, the food is fantastic and you can hold a conversation and have a relaxing lunch.
The flounder was so fresh! All our food ...
The flounder was so fresh! All our food was delicious! The service was so attentive that you had to put your hand over your tea to keep them from refilling your glass every few minutes.
Food and service are always outstanding! ...
Food and service are always outstanding! Perfect place for a business lunch.
Theater Go To
I love that that provide a free shuttle to all the theaters. It saves me the trouble of trying to maneuver a parking garage. After the show, the bus is waiting. My leftovers (if I have any) are waiting for me at the restaurant. Perfect for a show night!
Would not recommend
It was so cold inside, even the men complained. I did not find anything Italian about the food other than the names. Their cooking has been totally Americanized with lots of cheese on the chicken Marsala and too much oil or butter on the Red Snapper. Get an Italian Chef.
Very Good food, and even better service.
From the moment you walk in you are treated like Family. The entire staff, from management on down, is very attentive. Appetizers and Entrees are excellent.
We dined at Damian's prior to going to the theater. The food was wonderful, the service exceptional. They were timely without being rushed to get food out so we could depart with plenty of time to get to the theater.
Feeling that we are spoiled with fabulous food in Houston, we truly felt that this restaurant is a gem. The food was spectacular as was the service. We will return again very soon ;)
Great Italian Resturant with quality service
This is a restaurant with a standing history of excellence! This was our first visit and there was nothing to disappoint. Outstanding service by one of the long time servers, Benjimin, with great suggestions on every question. Very comfortable seating and the ambiance was great for any occasion. The 48 oz. veal chop was outstanding. Made a few special requests that were handled perfectly. Hats off to the Chef!
The presentation of the food is great. O ...
The presentation of the food is great. Our server was first rate. Got the chicken dish with goat cheese and dried tomatoes and added a side salad. Very accommodating about no onions in salad. The chicken was a little chewy but great flavor. I have real problem with tolerating garlic flavoring although I don't think it was too heavy for most. In retrospect I should have inquired about skipping the garlic. The speed of service and attentiveness was perfect
As one of the Great Italian families in ...
As one of the Great Italian families in Houston,, You can always rely on having a great meal
Absolute favorite restaurant in the worl ...
Absolute favorite restaurant in the world. Food is great; service is about the best you'll find in the city. Love this place.
Food that should be served chilled is exactly that. And beautifully plated without being fussy. Our main courses arrived piping hot. My husband had briefly left the table and our waiter had sense enough not to put the plates down until he returned. Old school proper! The wine we choose was nice and the mark up very reasonable. We did not have dessert because we were stuffed. I forget to mention the Focaccia served at the beginning of our meal. Piping hot and delicious.
My husband and I went to Damian's for the first time last weekend. Every single aspect of our experience, from the valet to the dessert was top notch. The table-side Ceasar salad was the best I've ever had, and their lobster bisque is amazing! We will most definitely be adding Damian's to our regular restaurant rotation!
Service can improve
I love Damian's food. The taste of their traditional Italian cuisine is great. The ambiance is good and the valet service excellent. But the waiters service is "underwhelming" in my opinion. I have been at Damian's twice and I for sure will go back but both times I have been attended by waiters that have very heavy Spanish accents and trouble with the English language. Language would not be a problem if they are least were friendly. They are not. When one of my guest asked for recommendations, the waiter's answer was "everything on the menu is good". Well, I certainly hope that wasn't the answer Mr. Mandola was looking for when his waiters were hired. Nevertheless, good food like in all the Mandola's restaurants.
Food was great, tiramisu spectacular an ...
Food was great, tiramisu spectacular and the shuttle to the Hobby Center made for a completely enjoyable and stress free evening. The quiet setting is the best Dining experience for entertaining friends, always enjoy being there.
The Insalata Naparst which is a favorite ...
The Insalata Naparst which is a favorite was lacking needing more acid and seasoning--it was flat, a very unusual event.
Excellent food, professional waitstaff t ...
Excellent food, professional waitstaff that can read your mind, great wine list at not over the top prices. One of my favorites!
We have been to Damiens several times ov ...
We have been to Damiens several times over the years and have generally had good experiences. On Mother's Day I took my wife, daughter and grand daughter. There was a fixed menu, which I wasn't aware of but was probably my fault for not paying attention. Our choices were limited and were basically forced to get a salad or soup, main course and dessert as it was a fixed price. They did make a cesear salad for my grand daughter as she didn't want any of those offered. Main courses were average but not worth the cost, Drinks were very average and expensive. The fixed menu and cost were both in the restaurants favor. They got to limit the choices and charge more than the individuals items would have totaled. I was not a SPECIAL experience on a special day.
Excellent food and service . One of Hous ...
Excellent food and service . One of Houston's best.
We had a big party (8) and they did a gr ...
We had a big party (8) and they did a great job serving us so we got to the theater on time. Food is always excellent.
Perfect Pre-Theatre & Shuttle Downtown
Damians did a great for a group of 8 of us on a Friday night. We had excellent service and even though it was early in the evening, it was packed and there was a warm, vibrant ambiance. We were on our way to a show at Hobby Center, and Damians took us straight downtown at 7:30 and dropped us off and picked us up after. I love not worrying about parking downtown, and you can relax and enjoy your meal without feeling rushed. Great pre-theatre pick.
Another successful evening
Damians provides the perfect location for meeting clients before the theater. Food is good, service is excellent and one does not feel rushed. Damians also accommodated our vegan diet.
Love this place!!!!
We went to dinner before the theatre and it was fabulous. The food is always great. I had shrimp and my husband had filet mignon and we both enjoyed out dinners. The specialty cocktails were interesting and very different so that added to our enjoyment. Will go back again.
Excellent service and even better food. ...
Excellent service and even better food. Will be going again soon. Ask for Fred.
My sister and I enjoyed a dinner meal at ...
My sister and I enjoyed a dinner meal at Damian's after seeing an afternoon show. Overall the meal was wonderful but it seemed a little rushed. We had to tell more than one person we were not using the shuttle and attending an evening show. This restaurant never disappoints! The food is wonderful.
Eating at Damian's is always a pleasant ...
Eating at Damian's is always a pleasant experience. The food is uniformly fresh, expertly prepared, and nicely presented. "0sso Buco" is a favorite when available. "Insulata Neparst" is my go to dish. The waitstaff is friendly, but unobtrusive, and competent. A big bonus is Damian's shuttle bus, which takes diners to any one of the downtown theaters during the week, as well as on Saturday evening. Make sure to reserve a seat on the bus when you make a dinner reservation.
Always a pleasure ...
Damian's is always an easy answer for dinner, as it's located quite close (hotel shuttle) to where we always stay (recently returned to its origin as The Whitehall). The ambience, always calm and quiet, makes for easy conversation, and there is, importantly, a well-seasoned wait staff whom we recognize year after year after year! The food is usually spot on, from pastas to pork and veal, to fish. The one disappointment this time was the crab-stuffed portobello; the mushroom having been baked and rebaked to the toughness and density of shoe leather. We did not complain, but we should have, since only the crabmeat could be consumed. Otherwise, Damian's is an enjoyable dinner out for those us who don't require loud music, the crush of boisterous under-30s, or a rowdy bar scene.
Fun with our granddaughter!
We took our 10-year-old granddaughter to Damian's before seeing a show at Hobby Center. Our server treated her like a valued diner. After one bite of her buttered noodles, she asked, "Is there a Damian's in Southlake (Texas)?" We rode the free Damian's shuttle to and from the theater. We may never park in the parking garage again!
Planned the evening for an early birthday celebration for my wife. The ambience was romantic; the food was great, and the service impeccable. They provided a shuttle to the Houston Symphony, making the evening more special and relaxed. Great experience!
I was somewhat disappointed in the food quality.
I was somewhat disappointed in the food quality. I have eaten there before and really enjoyed my dish. This time there was entirely too much tomato sauce which drowned out the taste. Probably would not order that dish again, but afraid the quality is not the same as it has been in the past.
Excellent food & service
An excellent, enjoyable evening. Great food and attentive, friendly service.
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