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“Our Favorite Restaurant in All of Houston”

Da Vinci Ristorante Italiano
Ranked #1 of 558 Restaurants in Katy
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Katy, Texas
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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“Our Favorite Restaurant in All of Houston”
Reviewed March 28, 2013

We've been to DaVinci's a dozen times and always had a wonderful experience. The owner is Cordon Bleu-trained and has had restaurants all over the world. Both he and his wife put a lot of love into the menu, the atmosphere, and the customer service; they know many of the patrons by name.

They've kept the restaurant small by choice, so that they can have personal interaction with the customers and keep close control of food and service. Definitely make a reservation if you plan to go on the weekend, and you can still expect to wait a bit for your seat even with the reservation. It's absolutely worth it, and you'll be surprised what friends you can make while waiting.

Take a deep breath and plan to make an evening out of the meal. It is an European dining experience; we've had dinners upwards of three hours. Relax and go with the flow, rather than trying to force the American mentality of rushing from one course to the next so you can get out the door. They'll get you out quickly if that's what you want, but the whole night is much more enjoyable if you treat it as an experience and stop to enjoy your company. No matter how busy, they will never rush you out.

Their specials list is nearly as long as their menu. They'll bring the board and explain the entire list; wait for that before you make your decision. The menu items are good, but the specials are awesome.

They also have a to-go menu that you can find on their website, at less than half the price you would spend in the restaurant. It is restricted to their standard menu options (alfredo, parmigana, etc etc) with salad, soup and dessert. It's not nearly as good as the in-restaurant food and experience, but still an excellent deal and high-quality food.

  • Visited January 2013
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United Kingdom
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“Very busy but excellent food.”
Reviewed February 10, 2013

On a Saturday night it was very busy and we had to wait for 10 minutes even with a confirmed booking. Once in, it was noisy but lively. Don't go here for a quiet romantic dinner - at least not on a Saturday. The choice of specials was extensive and the wine list was comprehensive. The food was imaginative and beautifully prepared. The staff are knowledgeable and attentive even under pressure. All in all it was a pleasure to dine here and something we will certainly do again although perhaps on a mid-week evening when it may be less busy.

  • Visited February 2013
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4 Thank SlowDance
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Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
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“High end dining without the attitude.”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

I have visited Da Vinci's twice now. Once just with friends and once for my daddy daughter date with my newly turned 16 yr old. On both occasions, the atmosphere and environment, were very appropriate. The menu and "off menu" are spectacular. The chef's are very flexible with ingredients and will get creative upon request. I WILL go again and again.

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5 Thank Dane-n-Kir
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Houston, TX
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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“Great Local Eating Place”
Reviewed December 12, 2012

Da Vinci's entrees appear to be prepared fresh each day and vary by day. Salads are varied and very good. For entrees, you probably can't go wrong with the veal or one of the shrimp dishes. Wine list is adequate and the house wines are very good. Prepare for a long and enjoyable dinner.

  • Visited December 2012
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7 Thank wlgolfer
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Houston, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
81 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
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“If I tell you how good and you go I may not get back in again myself to eat”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

Hard to believe Katy, Texas FINALLY got no, not four, but a FIVE star restaurant! I have eaten here several times and each time the food has been beyond great. Alex, the owner is a fantastic chef and host to all making sure he greets all and makes you welcome. Cozy and intimate

  • Visited November 2012
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