About Ristorante Cavour at the Hotel Granduca
Houston, TX 77056
Romantic, Elegant, Intimate, and Authentic
Recognized as one of Houston's Best Italian Restaurants, Ristorante Cavour features authentic Northern Italian cuisine amid a beautiful and serene setting accented with Murano chandeliers. Savor traditional Italian favorites alongside seasonal house specialties with selections to indulge the most discriminating palate. Experience our premier wine cellar, featuring hundreds of vintages hand-selected from around the world.
From important business lunches to memorable special occasion dinners, Ristorante Cavour offers guests an impeccable dining experience in an intimate and elegant ambiance. Ristorante Cavour is the setting for one of Houston's "Best Brunches" and offers a traditional Afternoon Tea or signature Granduca Tea throughout the year.
Hotel GRANDUCA is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd.
Recommended by Condé Nast Johansens.
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 10:30am, Saturday - Sunday: 7:00am - 11:00am
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm;
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm;
Brunch: Sunday Only: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Afternoon Tea daily by reservation only : 2 pm - 4pm
Post Oak Blvd.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Light Jazz Thursday, Piano Friday and Saturday evenings. Jazz Sunday Brunch
On-site complimentary valet parking available.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Ristorante Cavour at the Hotel Granduca Ratings and Reviews
Small restaurant in hotel. Food was very good, price level was what I'd expect for the location (Galleria etc). We had our anniversary staycation at the hotel and spent the night. This was on a Friday. First I noted in our reservation that it was our anniversary -- the hostess wanted to seat us at the table next to the kitchen entrance. Thanks, but no thanks. Really, folks? This is hardly what I'd expect from this establishment. Maybe more fitting of a Heights hipster place but not here. Then the waitress; felt bad because she was obviously brand new to waitressing (asked how we wanted the duck cooked, never refilled water glasses, didn't clean crumbs from tablecloth etc). Food was good but overall disappointing dinner experience. Suggest you use non prime times to train your staff. Too much competition in this town to give this one another shot. Sorry.
Great for holiday brunches. Their regular Sunday brunch are good as well but nowhere near as elaborate as their special holiday ones. The service was excellent and the ambiance was perfect for a nice brunch with family. We are planning to try the Afternoon Tea service that they offer one weekend.
Wow, wonderful dinner......maybe the best one we've experienced at Ristorante Cavour. My husband started with the bib lettuce with fresh blue crab, tomato, avocado with a lovely lemon dressing. I had the burrata and tomato appetizer with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. My husband had the veal medallions with the most awesome whipped potatoes. I had a wonderful filet mignon with potato fingerlings and grilled asparagus. For dessert we split a panna cotta with strawberry coulis......probably the best panna cotta I've ever eaten. Service was fantastic as well. Can't wait for the new menu starting in January. It's got some of the oldie but goodie items back on it. YUMMO!!! :)
We had lovely service from our waitress. The food, however, was terrible. The linguini had zero flavor to the little sauce that was on it. The pea risotto was bland yet the scallops were good. The meat and cheese tray appetizer .. the meats were good but it only had two pieces of cheese.
We will not be back.
I expected the best of everything since that is what this venue claims to be. The waiter seemed lethargic and ambivalent and not very knowledgeable about the most basic wine question regarding an unoaked chardonnay. The food was OK but not exceptional. The first thing the valet said was, "You came in the wrong way." I didn't notice any signs and there was only one other car coming into the driveway from the other direction so it wasn't like I had caused a traffic jam. Not a very welcoming reception. Underwhelming and expensive.
Excellent range of tasty food for Sunday brunch. Excellent service, although we had to wait a while in the bar (very nice) for about 20 minutes until our table became available. Complementary valet parking. Everything about the hotel and restaurant is first-rate. I recommend it highly both for dinner and for Sunday brunch.
As always, the Ristorante Cavour delivered a fine dining experience in an elegant setting. It is nice to occasionally have a meal in a setting that permits conversation at normal volume levels. There was a large and somewhat boisterous group enjoying an early meal when we arrived for a 6:45 pm reservation, but fortunately they had been seated in the anteroom so that their noise level was not offensive in the main dining room. My only complaint is that their selection of wines by the glass is limited and very expensive. Neither of our guests the other night drink alcohol, so I was forced off their extensive main wine list. Twenty-four dollars a glass for a skimpy serving of a moderately good Barolo is a bit stiff.
Different than when I went 3 months ago. Price went up. Quality and variety of food definitely down. Took 5 friends for their birthdays. Pricey but would not have
Minded if good quality. This was not. That being said....the service was incredible. I could not have asked for more. Will not go back....would. It recommend.
Always the perfect spot!
Lunch at Cavour is the perfect combination of great food, wonderful service and an elegant place where I can slow down from the frantic pace of my workdays.
It's my "go-to" place for business lunches or time with girlfriends.
I have never been disappointed...
We loved the relaxed feel of Ristorante Cavour...Extravagant buffet including omelet and carving station...we particularly loved the salmon as an entree plus an array of salads and cheeses....without forgetting the selections of individual desserts. The service was excellent automatically greeting with complimentary glass of prosecco...
Food is always good. This time the menu was very limited as the kitchen is currently under reconstruction. I know that when it's back in regular operating order that the menu will be back to its original state and probably even better. We had the awesome butternut squash soup and blue crab salad as appetizers. For our entrees we had a filet of tenderloin and flatbread with fresh tomatoes, cheese and basil. Tiramisu was for dessert and it was oh, so good!!!
Staff was prompt & attentive. Great service. The food pictures & menu on here is outdated. The food they served couldn't be distinguished from each other...the branzino came out on a bed of mashed potatoes, smothered with brown gravy. The steak came out on a bed of mashed potatoes, smothered with brown gravy. Both dishes tasted pretty similarly too...I really felt like the chef had simply given up on creativeness. The ambiance was nice & it was SUPER quiet inside. Conversations from nearby tables were at a mere whisper. Will not return to dine here.
Ristorante Cavour has become our favorite restaurant for its consistently excellent food and service, regardless of the time of day. We've had excellent dinners here, as well as an outstanding Sunday brunch. On a recent visit, we enjoyed excellent veal medallions and a wonderful seafood risotto, but you won't be disappointed by Amy of their seafood or freshly-made pasta selections. Finally, the staff always goes out of the way to provide personalized service, making each guest feel special!
The burrata appetizer was very nice. The tomatoes were a beautiful bright red plated beneath a large hand pulled burrata ball. The bslsomic reduction was a bit on the heavy side but all together a fine dish. Their seared tuna dish was a complete miss for me. Ordered rare, it arrived at the table overcooked, as was the accompanying bok choy. The polenta was tough, not creamy and soft as expected. The seafood risotto was a creamy smooth consistency, topped with very little seafood. It was very inexpensive. I would have liked to pay more and have a more balanced dish. The service was a little too attentive. The only table in the restaurant made every worker on staff regularly ask how things were going. We could not get through a conversation without several interruptions.
We've visited Ristorante Cavour on several occasions for dinner and Sunday Brunch, and have always enjoyed an excellent meal and service. His was the first time we had breakfast, and we were equally impressed. The food was fresh, inviting, and served in the Same excellent manner as other meals we've enjoyed here. As such, Ristorante Cavour remains one of our favorite restaurants !
I was disappointed that no comment nor acknowledgement was made concerning our reason for dining there. We were celebrating our 51st wedding anniversary and had made that point at the time we made the reservation. When they telephoned to assure we were keeping the reservation, they made mention of our reason for dining with them.
The night of our dining no reference was made. We had celebrated our 50th anniversary there also.
I once loved this place. I'm so disappointed to have to say that you are better off going somewhere else.
The food is still done fairly well but it is no longer of the quality that made me think that this could become one of the best restaurants in Houston. But the service from beginning to end is the most disappointing aspect.
Arriving, the greeting was horrible. The valet staff seems to be unconcerned with how they represent the hotel. After seeing that my wife was pregnant, they did nothing but the most rudimentary aspect of not being in the way. Next even thought we were only 2 min early, there was no one prepared. Doors were closed and no one to receive guests. With a reservation, if you consider yourself a high end institution, this is unacceptable. Finally I have been dealing with a check for the past 4 days. I have made 2 phone calls with 2 promises that I will be contacted, so far, no one has attempted to contact me.
I have no clue what has changed here but whom ever is in charge needs to take a hard look at themselves and what they want this place to be and represent. .
Incredibly disappointed that the brunch has been "revamped" to include very little of what we loved ... gone is the smoked salmon, shrimp, crab claws, kids buffet items, pasta station, etc. It was a total bummer and not at all worth the same price. The service was still exceptional, but we won't be going back.
the food although Italian does not have an Italian setting, the portions are of Texan size and that is a shame, the starter is large enough for a main course so we did not got to try to many courses.
the quality was good, but the bring out the next place even before you finish the previous dish.
the plates are not heated and so you eat almost cold food.
Like a visit with an old friend, there was nothing new in the experience. But that is the good part. What with exceptional service, great ambiance and low noise levels, what is there to complain about. The kitchen remains above average if not exceptional in this reviewers judgment. All in all, a perfect venue for a visit with old friends.
I was very pleased to host a dinner for 6. The food was delicious, the wine that the Wine Stewart helped me choose was perfect, and the ambiance was delightful. It was quiet enough for all 6 of us to enjoy full table conversations. Everyone loved it!! Only 2 of us had been there before.
I went here with my girlfriend for our Valentine's Day dinner, and I was definitely happily surprised by the quality of the food. We started off with some bread rolls and two different kinds of butter (on the house!), and those were pretty tasty. We also got a cocktail to share from the bar (for two!), and we were both content with the taste of the cocktail and the amount of alcohol in there - I felt just fine after drinking my half (or maybe 60%...).
Not long after we got the bread, our real meal began! My appetizer (crab salad) was maybe the best appetizer I've ever eaten in my life (loads of crab!), and my girlfriend enjoyed her appetizer as well (beef carpaccio salad). Next, my first course was a lobster pasta that was quite decent, although the taste of the sauce was a little strange and probably not my favorite. My girlfriend really enjoyed her first course of bowtie pasta with duck ragout. My second course was filet mignon with crispy prosciutto and truffle mashed potatoes, and it was DELICIOUS! Potentially the best steak I've ever had in my life, so I was really happy about that. My girlfriend had sea bass and was slightly jealous of my entree, although she enjoyed hers as well. Finally, my dessert was a chocolate mousse tart, and it was good (but not outstanding) - my girlfriend's panna cotta was probably a little bit better.
The service was very good - our water was filled up consistently, and the waitress helped us understand some of the more exotic ingredients on the menu. The menu was fixed because it was a special occasion, but there were still four different choices for each of the four courses, which was nice.
Of course, eating here did cost a pretty penny ($85 per person without tip for the food alone). That being said, it was worth it - the food was absolutely delicious, and in particular, the crab salad and filet mignon were incredible.
Was placed at a very small table. Polite staff but mistakes were to our drink order and they brought out the wrong bottle of wine. I think this may be a breakdown in the communication. The food was decent for the price. The level of hostess experience was disappointing for a place of this price and ambiance. Raul was good. He made up for the others some. Overall, there are too many restaurants I would rather frequent at this price level.
This place is wonderful, it reminds me of Le Cirque. While I don't think that Ristorante Cavour is quite at the same level as Le Cirque, they certainly have the potential to make it there. The service is some of the best in Houston. The timing of the food is very good. The food preparation and temperature was just excellent. I'm surprised that it isn't in the top 100 for the Houston Chronicle but if they can do what they did while I was there for my first visit every day, I'm not sure how they will stay off that list for long.
This is the FIRST REAL / GOOD / HIGH-END Italian restaurant that I have found in Houston...
The food, setting, service was SUPERB -- & VERY high-end...
[ Hotel Granduca also is VERY high-end & in a new development (Uptown Park)... ]
I plan to bring my son (a FOODIE) there to try it sometime when he are here...
[ Unfortunately for them, the night that we went Thu 11/19 @20:30-22:00, it was nearly EMPTY... Hope their business IMPROVES... ]
The Cavour in the Granduca Hotel was beautiful and filled with an romantic and luxurious ambiance. the wine list was extensive with numerous good to great selections. The food was only good, not as great as the ambiance. The Italian selections were slight, the duck tasted more like ham, but the pasta Bolognese was delicious. Great spot for a special occasion where the staff makes you feel very special.
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