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“Dining in European style” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ristorante Cavour

Ristorante Cavour
1080 Uptown Park Blvd., Hotel Granduca, Houston, TX 77056 (Great Uptown)
+1 713-418-1104
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Ranked #796 of 7,288 Restaurants in Houston
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Great Uptown
Cross street: Post Oak Blvd.
Description: Exceptional cuisine beckons you to enjoy Ristorante Cavour, one of Houston's most renowned authentic Italian restaurants. Here, the unique flavors of Northern Italy take center stage. From important business lunches to leisurely celebratory dinners, as well as Houston's "Best Sunday Brunch", you are sure to enjoy a memorable experience. Traditional Italian favorites alongside frequent seasonal specialties can be found each day. Ristorante Cavour also boasts an impressive wine collection featuring hundreds of unique wines from around the world.
Houston
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115 restaurant reviews
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“Dining in European style”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

Three couples visited this restaurant recently for the first time, and, generally speaking, were pleased. The service was extremely attentive and professional, with no need going unmet. The setting is more on the formal side, with tablecloths, no loud music, a quiet, serene atmosphere perfect for an evening of dining.

Our dinner began with amuse bouce of spinach quiche, which was decent. Each person had a different appetizer, and all os us seemed very pleased. (The only ones I can recall are the quartet of soups and the tomatoes, basil & burrata cheese.)

Entrees were, with one exception, excellent, and included barramundi, dorade, veal chop and osso buco. The one exception was a filet mignon, which had to be returned to the kitchen because of the mealiness of the meat. The guest chose a veal chop as a replacement, and was satisfied with the replacement. While the food is generally excellent, presentation is not the restaurant's strong point--it could use some work.

The serving staff overheard us toasting each other's birthdays (three within 10 days), so without our asking, brought three complimentary desserts.

The restaurant has the best European-style service we've seen in Houston. Nothing is rushed, but the team approach assures you that someone is always looking out for any of your needs. Total cost per couple ran approximately $175 before gratuity.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Fekade W, Food & Beverage Director at Ristorante Cavour, responded to this review, September 25, 2012
Dear Guest:

Thank you for taking time to share your experience at the Ristorante Cavour at the Hotel Granduca .We are so delighted you enjoyed the quality of service & the atmosphere. We look forward to seeing you again for our acclaimed Sunday Brunch

Best Regards, Fekade Wolde
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English first
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“Wonderful ambiance, Excellent Service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

Hands-down, we've never had a bad meal here; and we now have a new favorite place for Sunday brunch. The food and service are always wonderful, and is a nice, hidden gem of a restaurant!

Visited September 2012
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Fekade W, Food & Beverage Director at Ristorante Cavour, responded to this review, September 19, 2012
Dear Guest:

Thank you for taking time to share your experience at the Ristorante Cavour at the Hotel Granduca .We are so delighted you enjoyed the food & the quality of service . We look forward to seeing you again.

Best Regards,

Fekade Wolde
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Houston, Texas
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“Fine Dining with Excellent Service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

Very good, classic, old style fine dining establishment. Attentive, but not intrusive service. Lovely setting, but may not be "hip" enough for some who like minimalist decor and high energy, i.e. loud, dining. Expensive, but not out of line with high end restaurants in Houston.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Fekade W, Food & Beverage Director at Ristorante Cavour, responded to this review, September 5, 2012
Dear Guest:

Thank you for taking time to share your experience at Ristorante Cavour. We are so delighted you enjoyed the atmospher of the Restaurant . We look forward to seeing you again for our acclaimed Sunday Brunch.

Best Regards

Fekade Wolde
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“Outstanding food & service! A hidden jem! Best brunch is the best in town, hands down!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

My husband and I just got home this afternoon from a two night "stay-cation" at Hotel Granduca to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary. We planned on eating at the hotel just once to try it out since I had heard it was excellent. However, the service and food were soooo good the first night, we never left the hotel (and there are great eating places within walking distance not to mention one of our favorites, The Tasting Room being right across the street). We had planned on walking across the street at some point as we had our engagement party there (The Tasting Room) 6 years ago, and it just seemed fitting to go back for a drink over the weekend but it wasn't necessary as we never left the hotel. Yes, it was that good. Friday night (our anniversary) was the first night we were there. We dined in a little private nook area between the Bar Malatesta and the Ristorante Cavour. If you don't want to sit in the restaurant and want a more relaxed and intimate (in my opinion anyway) atmosphere, sit in the Bar Malatesta. You can order off either menu (which we did). And did I mention the service??? Wow. Lauren (the bartender) and Goran (our server) were excellent!! I thought the whole time about how many times we have gone to restaurants with good food with bad service but...this place is a great example of what happens when you have courteous, kind, attentive staff. The management/owners have done a great job in finding and training staff, a big pat on the back!!! Everyone we encountered were extremely nice, and genuinely cared about your needs. They really seemed to love their job as well. We have traveled a lot throughout the years and eaten at very nice places and this just takes the cake. I think it's great that management reads these reviews, because I think it is very important that they know their employees are great at what they do! We also went to the Sunday Brunch and I apologize that I don't remember the service but they we all so great (we opened it at 11 and shut it down at 2). It was by far the best brunch ever. The price tag is a little hefty at $42 pp, however you Totally get what you pay for. Impeccable service once again! And the food....so fresh!!! And not crowded. This is the hidden gem in Houston for sure. If you are looking for a special occasion such as a birthday or mother's day or some other occasion....I encourage you to go for brunch!!! The brunch menu is on their website...and yes it has some of the things you see at other brunches like an omelet station....Granduca has an Eggs Benedict station....talk about fresh! The eggs are poached right before your very eyes...and while you are waiting for your egg to cook, the chef carves a most excellent filet Mignon right off of the tenderloin...melts in your mouth. Other excellent stand outs of the brunch were the mimosa (which of course are included), tomato caprese, fresh chicken salad served on romaine lettuce, cold soup station, risottos, and for dessert...the best tiramisu I believe I have ever had. And they were in little cups..so cute. You have to try the chocolate mousse served in little cups that are made out of chocolate..and cookies so thick and gooey and perfect on the inside. Of course my husband is still raving about the fruit cup. Now that description doesn't sound like much but it was many cuts of fresh fruit topped with fresh whipped cream & a raspberry. He had two of those...I had 3 of the tiramisu! I love seafood so I couldn't resist making several rounds just to get more crab legs, delicious. Our service was awesome for brunch too, I just can't remember our server's name, so sorry! He and everyone else were great! We enjoyed the brunch soo much we lost track of time and missed check out time (whoops) but the desk staff there was very nice about it.
Bottom line....this place is outstanding! Great service and great food! You aren't rushed at all during your dining service and you just wanna try everything they have to offer! You definitely get what you pay for and worth every penny when you want to splurge. Try it and spread the word. It's definitely a hidden gem. We are already talking about going back for the next special occasion.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Fekade W, Food & Beverage Director at Ristorante Cavour, responded to this review, July 24, 2012
Dear Guest:

Thank you for taking time to share your experience the Food & Beverage at the Hotel Granduca .We are so delighted you enjoyed the food & the quality of service . We look forward to seeing you again .

Best Regards
Fekade Wolde
Food & Beverage Director
Hotel Granduca
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“Quiet, staid restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

The restaurant has expensive food in an "old world" atmosphere. The main advantage is that it is
very quiet and the service is restrained. We did not feel rushed by the atmosphere (i.e. no loud music, chilly temperatures, or hovering hostess) or by the service, and were given plenty of time to order etc. Very good place to catch up with an old friend!

  • Visited June 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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, Food & Beverage Director at Ristorante Cavour, responded to this review, July 11, 2012
Dear Guest:

Thank you for taking time to share your experience at Ristorante Cavour. We are so delighted you enjoyed the atmospher of the Restaurant . We look forward to seeing you again for our acclaimed Sunday Brunch.

Best Regards
Fekade Wolde
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