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“Overall Average”

Da Marco Cucina E Vino
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Ranked #210 of 8,142 Restaurants in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $80
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Neartown/ Montrose
Cross street: Ridgewood
Rochester, New York
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112 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Overall Average”
Reviewed August 8, 2013

This was a very high end restaurant and the service was great, but the seating was difficult - we had a large group and they placed us in a back corner with a round table and really could not serve the entire table. They had a wide selection of food, but the food was average and the restaurant was in a kind of seedy part of town and getting there from downtown was difficult.

We also had trouble getting taxi's for our return trip - even though we called over an hour before the meal was done. No one wanted to come out to that area.

Overall - it was not someplace I would go again unless maybe as a nice date night for a local.

  • Visited August 2013
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English first
Reston, Virginia
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343 reviews
292 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
“Average”
Reviewed August 6, 2013

Having previously dined at magnificent Italian restaurants both domestically and abroad, we arrived at DaMarco's with much anticipation and hunger after a long flight from the East Coast.

The Good:
(1). Reveling in a well-balanced, fruit forward 2009 Damilano Barolo. Consider this fine Italian Piedmont wine as an alternative to a great CA Pinot. Well worth the steep price.
(2). Enjoying the nicely prepared grilled octopus. The arugula remained on the plate since neither of us enjoy its bitter taste. Although this antipasti claimed fennel, we didn't see/taste any.
(3). The Colorado lamb chops were simply delicious

The Bad:
(1). The Black Truffle Risotto, although well prepared and infused with truffle oil, wasn't a standout since the shaved truffle, prepared tableside, had no flavor whatsoever
(2). The artichoke alla giudia was an interesting spin given that just the heart & stem are presented with several small, toasted leaves well placed around the dish. Unfortunately, the artichoke was surprisingly bland...nothing to write home about.

The Ugly:
(1). Skip the Italian Bread. 2 words: plain/stale
(2). Spaghettini with veraci clams: sand city with no veraci clams in sight. After the dish was presented, we were informed the veraci clams were not available so an alternate was provided. The dish was returned after we quickly realized that an extra ingredient, sand, was a highlight of the dish. Our server kindly replaced this entree with a plain but satisfying spaghettini with pomodoro sauce. He explained that since clams live in the ocean, it is difficult to remove the sand from them. Interesting, comical and unappreciated comment.

All in all, we enjoyed the venue, the accommodating Staff and a couple of the dishes. Fortunately, the Bad and the Ugly are outweighed by the Good. Not by much however.

FYI - no liquor license, beer and wine only.

  • Visited July 2013
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Reston, Virginia
Level Contributor
343 reviews
292 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
“The Good, The Bad, The Ugly”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Having previously dined at magnificent Italian restaurants both domestically and abroad, we arrived at DaMarco's with much anticipation and hunger after a long flight from the East Coast.

The Good:
(1). Reveling in a well-balanced, fruit forward 2009 Damilano Barolo. Consider this fine Italian Piedmont wine as an alternative to a great CA Pinot. Well worth the steep price.
(2). Enjoying the nicely prepared grilled octopus. The arugula remained on the plate since neither of us enjoy its bitter taste. Although this antipasti claimed fennel, we didn't see/taste any.
(3). The Colorado lamb chops were simply delicious

The Bad:
(1). The Black Truffle Risotto, although well prepared and infused with truffle oil, wasn't a standout since the shaved truffle, prepared tableside, had no flavor whatsoever
(2). The artichoke alla giudia was an interesting spin given that just the heart & stem are presented with several small, toasted leaves well placed around the dish. Unfortunately, the artichoke was surprisingly bland...nothing to write home about.

The Ugly:
(1). Skip the Italian Bread. 2 words: plain/stale
(2). Spaghettini with veraci clams: sand city with no veraci clams in sight. After the dish was presented, we were informed the veraci clams were not available so an alternate was provided. The dish was returned after we quickly realized that an extra ingredient, sand, was a highlight of the dish. Our server kindly replaced this entree with a plain but satisfying spaghettini with pomodoro sauce. He explained that since clams live in the ocean, it is difficult to remove the sand from them. Interesting, comical and unappreciated comment.

All in all, we enjoyed the venue, the accommodating Staff and a couple of the dishes. Fortunately, the Bad and the Ugly are outweighed by the Good. Not by much however.

BTW - wine and beer only, they don't have a full bar.

  • Visited July 2013
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1 Thank LessWork M
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Atlanta
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46 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Elegance and fantastic food!”
Reviewed July 18, 2013

I have eaten dinner several times at Da Marco (always terrific), but this was my first lunch experience.

Two business colleagues and I took a late lunch at this exquisite Italian restaurant. The decor is elegant and the service is superb.

I started off with the frisee, pear and taleggio salad, which was an amazing blend of flavors. The contrast of the pears with the mild taleggio cheese was a perfect pairing.

For my main course, once again I had the whole roasted branzino, served with potatoes and leek. The mild flavor of the fish was exceptional. My colleagues had the gluten-free corn spaghetti "alla busara" (excellent) and Colorado lamb chops "scottadito" (also excellent).

With the meal we paired a bottle of 2009 Vietti, Scarrone, Barbera d'Alba, the light flavor of which was just right.

If you are looking for spaghetti, ravioli or calzone, this is not the restaurant for you. If you are looking for genuine Italian haut cuisine, Da Marco's is the place.

  • Visited July 2013
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Houston, Texas
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Fabulous Italian Food”
Reviewed July 9, 2013

The ambience was very nice, some romantic tables.

Waiters all on their toes.

Excellent wine list.

Surperb food.

Wonderful dining experience.

Parking lot is a bit small.

Must make resevations way in advance. This is a very popular venue.

  • Visited June 2013
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