About Divino Italian Restaurant
Divino is a family owned restaurant and wine bar specializing in honest regional Italian food. Since 2000, neighborhood foodies and Italophiles have flocked to the casual/chic Montrose hideaway for handmade pastas, exquisite local seafood and innovative dishes like Crispy Pork Shoulder with Green Apple Risotto and Pickled Celery Root. The eclectic wine list features 30 wines by the glass with very low mark-ups. The list is predominantly Italian and celebrates not only the classic regions of Tuscany and Piemonte but also the more obscure wines of Alto Adige all the way to Sicily.
Houston, TX 77098
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Ample parking available in two private lots in front of and adjacent to the restaurant.
Private Party Facilities:
Private dining for up to 30 in the elegant, wood-accented wine cellar. Special menus are available. Audio visual facilities provided for business presentations.
Private Party Contact:
Patrick McCray: (713) 807-1123
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Divino Italian Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Very nice spot but, service was shaky, and food was mediocre. The location and private parking lot is very good. Our waiter seemed to be the only waiter for our side of the restraunt and took about 15 mins to ask if we would like bread. He did not know the menu very well and was hesitant to answer questions about the plates. I had the 12oz ribeye with pasta sauce and veggies,which was a special of the night and my wife had the shrimp and scallop fettuccini. I ordered my steak medium and it was brought out closer to well than medium. My wife's plate tasted like homemade eggshell pasta with nothing exciting about it. All in all the food wasn't bad just not as expected from the reviews I had read before. I think I would give it one more Vance since he restraunt was very nice inside and the location is in a nice area, but I would just sit at the bar and avoid their service.
I have been to Divino on numerous occasions and am never disappointed with the food. The service was good as well. This time I invited friends to join my husband and me and it was on the Friday of Super Bowl so we were able to reserve a table at 6:00. We knew it would be more crowded later. Our friends arrived a few minutes before we did and one of the managers told them "you have until 8:00 because we are quite full tonight. " We certainly did not plan to stay any longer than that and think that was a rather unnecessary comment. When we departed at 7:45 (after leisurely visiting for a bit even after we got the check paid), there were still two empty booths and one empty table. Frankly, the food and service by Pedro were worth being there. The comment by the manager or whoever said that we needed to be out by 8:00 was totally uncalled for. Just saying.
We've been here a few times in last couple months and continue to be impressed. Every dish is very well put together, no sloppiness, careful attention to details. Salmon had a nicely crispy top side but perfectly medium inside, Italian broccoli had a bit of crunch to it. The owner suggested a $48 wine -- which was a great match with our food -- rather than an $80 one. We felt really well, and personally, taken care of.
This was my second time to enjoy Divino's. The first was with a group of friends and it was an excellent experience and the second was for a "date" and it was also an excellent experience. The waitstaff are very friendly, attentive (but not intrusive) and very accommodating (we lost track of time and needed to grab the check and dash out to another engagement, and the waiter handled the situation perfectly!) I highly recommend any of the raviolis (mushroom is spectacular!) and the lasagna. Will definitely be going back to explore the rest of the menu!
Divino's food is consistent, well-prepared, and good. As name indicates, they have a great wine list and are usually happy to provide wine sample before ordering. The icing on the cake is the noise level is low and allows actual conversation to take place. Wait staff is attentive and experienced. You don't build such a regular clientele without maintaining quality.
This was a celebration for a 40th birthday with a good friend. Reservations were made prior to reading the rave reviews "or so I thought" . Upon arrival we were greeted by the what I presume would be the hostess who we made mention of the birthday and he went on and on how "we will take good care of you no worries". Here is where it went south, we were seated at first at a round table for five then he asked would you like it better at a 4 top so we agreed seeing as a two top would be too much to ask for.. just odd. Water took what seemed like forever not to mention a waiter once he did arrive we placed our drink order. After we received our drinks we decided to order everything else while we still had him at our table now mind you the food here is not exactly cheap so although we were going to split a dish we decided to order our own dish. The ambiance is blah no music in the background nothing. After our food finally arrived I ordered the lasagna my friend ordered what looked like penne pasta and ragu which she described as uncooked pasta and ragu dumped on top and honestly that's exactly how it looked so she wasn't pleased. My lasagna being italian i know tasted as if they really love their nutmeg because that is a secret to lasagna but this was almost more a dessert than it was a lasagna. After we got our bill 90 dollars later (2 drinks ,salad , entree) we paid our bill there was no sort of celebration no cookie cake whatever decent places do for special occasion none of that. As we got up to leave the same "hostess older man" who greeted us so kindly stared at us at his podium as we walked up to him since we have to in order to leave as he watched us leave he did not say one word not good bye not how was the food nothing i have never seen such disrespect from an establishment than this place. I will not be returning to this joke you want Italian hire some good ole fashion Italians who know respect but hey i'll let you be the judge yourself.
WE ARRIVED AND ADVISED WE HAD A RESERVATION VIA OPEN TABLE. THE HOST WAS VERY NICE BUT SAID THEY WERE FULLY BOOKED AND DID NOT HAVE A RESERVATION FOR US!! WE DID GET A SEAT AT THE BAR SO THE EVENING WAS A SUCCESS BUT YOU NEED TO CHECK YOUR AUTHENTICATION SYSTEM.
I had been wanting to try this restaurant for awhile and finally did on a Wednesday night. My husband and I took our two adult sons for a dinner there and I think at least one of them enjoyed his meal. We thought the (daily fish special) red snapper was really delicious and added the mista salad with the white beans that tasted good in the red sauce from the fish. My husband got the scallops with the ink risotto and definitely liked it. My son who is hardly ever happy with his decision on what to choose to eat thought his veal on the greens was okay. I think both of them loved their dessert which I can't recall what it was called but it was similar to flan or custard.
Favorite neighborhood restaurant consistently enjoyable no matter the occasion. Good place to catch up with friends or celebrate a special time. Impeccable service, especially Roberto, adds to a pleasant outing. And of course the food is fresh seasonal and good !!
While we are mid-way through Houston restaurant weeks, Divino has opted out and instead taking this time to recreate some of their best dishes over the last 16 years. As a frequent diner , I think of myself as part of the family but have only lived in Houston 8 years so I have a lot of specials to catch up with. Experienced "Seared Duck Breast with Morello Cherries,
Pecorino Risotto & Green Beans" and it was beyond WONDERFUL! Can't wait to experience their other weekly specials coming up soon. To all at Divino, a big THANK YOU!
Divino has been a great favorite for many years--I know I will always be made to feel special by the welcoming staff.
The menu balances Italian food with some American classics, and their pasta is some of the best in this city. Also an outstanding selection of wines within a decent price range, with special wine tastings scheduled on a regular basis.
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