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Carrabba's - The Original on Voss

#330 of 6,987 Restaurants in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
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Great Uptown
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1399 S Voss Rd, Houston, TX 77057-1023
17134680868
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Houston, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although we have had many enjoyable experiences, our recent visit was very unpleasant for our Italian taste buds... We had to return the "COZZE IN BIANCO" (bad smell and taste) and even the substituted "SAUSAGE AND PEPPERS" did not meet expectations (may have been the lingering smell and taste...). The wife (she rarely complains about Italian food...) had a pasta... More 

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Richardson, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

We almost didn't go to this restaurant thinking it was part of the chain. Thanks, TripAdvisor reviewers who pointed out that this is the original. What a huge difference. There was a bit of a wait, so we sat at the grill table overlooking the cooks at the grill. They are amazing. Always moving, always cooking. My husband enjoyed seeing... More 

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Houston, Texas
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41 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

This location and the one on Kirby are the only ones still owned by the family. The rest are franchisees and do not measure up. The difference is evident from both the service and the food. Do not skip this place just because you tried some half-hearted franchisee's location in another city. This is still worth a visit, and you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

We always enjoy the service and meal here. I had the meat ravioli, others had pizza, chicken breast, seafood, veggie pasta, etc. All delicious.

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Spicewood, Texas, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2016 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This restaurant consistently provides High Quality Italian Food. The staff is friendly and professional, the food is timely and taste wonderful. It is a bit pricey, but you do get what you pay for!

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Houston, Texas, Usa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2016 credit card Amex Card Member Review

You can always count on fabulous service and delicious food with a pleasant ambience here! Rosie makes everyone feel special and welcome!

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Meal superb, great atmosphere and service by Darren excellent. Newly arrived Aussies in Houston looked to trip advisor for suggestions. Luckily in walking distance from home this restaurant is such a good find. Most popular choice for us. Have tried other local restaurants - Sylvia's Kitchen Woodway and Escalante's Woodway and enjoyed all. Other eateries recommended Tiny Boxwood, Carmelo's Ristorante... More 

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Thank Anne J
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016 via mobile

I called ahead to get a sit at a certain time once we got there had to wait 15 min which wasn't an issue for us at all. Food was good and our waiter was excellent he was very knowledgeable of everything and help us with the menu on certain items. I give the place 3 stars but I give... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

You will enjoy every morsel you put in your mouth. The hot bread and dipping oil and spices is such a great way to start. Whether you want a very nice salad or a pasta dish the variety is really good. Our server was excellent and the entire meal was delightful.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

I added shrimp to a house salad and it was fabulous! Low calorie and still tasty. My friend and I chased it with "Death by Chocolate" which is too superb to pass up!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$12 - $49
Cuisine
American, Italian
Meals
Late Night, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Full Bar, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Television, Highchairs Available
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1399 S Voss Rd, Houston, TX 77057-1023
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston>  > Great Uptown
  • Neighborhood: Great Uptown
  • Phone Number: 17134680868
Description
On December 26, 1986, The Original Carrabba's opened its doors. Today, Johnny Carrabba and his family are proud that the two original locations on Kirby Drive and Voss Road remain family owned and operated neighborhood restaurants. What makes us unique are the quality ingredients that go into each dish along with our lively and warm dining experiences. At The Original Carrabba's, we have an open kitchen and we take enormous pride in our food. Our pizza dough is made fresh every day and our pizzas are cooked in a wood-burning oven. We fillet our own fish daily, make fresh homemade pasta, and we even hand stuff our own signature Cappelletti. Even our fresh milk mozzarella is hand made. Our steaks, chops and seafood are all cooked over a wood-burning grill. Johnny's father, Mr. C. still mixes his own secret spices and makes his own Italian sausage for our restaurants. The Original Carrabba's on Kirby Drive and Voss Road is where people come together to eat, celebrate, share stories, share meals and share many laughs and memories. We look forward to you and your family joining us at our table.

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