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Birraporetti's - Theater District

4.4
4.4
2534 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
One of Houston’s original restaurants, Birraporetti’s opened in 1974 with the slogan “A great Italian Restaurant…A heck of an Irish bar.” For almost 40 years, Birraporetti’s has been the place to gather on a date, celebrating with friends and family, for happy hour or before or after the theater.
We are noted for our award-winning stone oven pizzas, pastas such as lobster ravioli, & delicious main courses including hand-carved beef filet & fresh seafood. And don't leave without trying our signature Frozen Bellini’s, Irish Coffee, chocolate chip cheesecake, tiramisu, or the berries & cream.
Located in the heart of the Theater District. Steps away from the Alley Theater, Jones Hall, Hobby Center, Wortham, Houston Ballet, Bayou Music Center, Sundance Cinema & a few blocks from Toyota Center and Minute Maid Park.
Open late seven days a week. Join us for Sunday live Jazz Brunch Buffet, Live Music Mondays, or to enjoy our lunch menu for downtown business clients.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizzeria, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (713) 224-9494

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Rogelio Roman

  • Catering

    Birraporetti's caters off site events and offers all levels of catering, from a simple drop off and pick up option, all the way to a full service, fully satisfied wonderful banquet like experience!! Birraporetti's can accommodate any number of people on cater outs.

  • Private party facilities

    For almost 40 years Birraporetti’s has been the place to gather on a date, celebrating with friends and family, for happy hour, or before or after the theater.

  • Private party contact

    Jon Glieber: (855) 637-5890

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Prairie

  • Parking details

    Parking meters available around the restaurant; meters are free after 6:00pm and all day on Sundays. There is also a parking garage that is connected to the restaurant with; entrance on Louisiana St. & Smith St.

  • Public transit

    Birraporetti's is located three blocks down from the Preston stop on the Metrorail, and there are Metro bus stops around the restaurant. Birraporetti's will also call you a cab if need be.

  • Entertainment

    Every Saturday and Sunday night, Birraporetti's features live music and entertainment into the wee hours of the night. Live jazz is also featured during Sunday brunch. Occasionally there is music during the week as well.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,534 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. DC

    DCT84

    Houston

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    Great for late afternoon early dinner in the theater district when seeing a show. Food was good, crowd was quite large when we left but we arrived prior to the crowd. Service was just brutal however. The waiter never came to our table after being seated by the host until I went and asked if we had one. Then he slow and inattentive with everything. To top it off, our bill was incorrect as there were extra drinks included that were not ordered. I am sure the waiter just having a bad day and I would give it another try as this was just a one off.
  2. CB

    CharlesB

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner before the theater
  3. TA

    TracyA

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    Poor service. I had a reservation for 5:30. Party of 5. We were sat at a table immediately upon arrival. Waited for 30 minutes before I got up to let the host know that no one had been by to take our drink order. At which time he collected our drink and appetizer order with an attitude to boot. Another half hour went by before we received the drinks and appetizers. The order was also incomplete. About 15 minutes before the arrival of our apps, our dinner order was placed. At 7:00 we asked for the ticket. Our dinner had not arrived. We waited an hour and a half in total. We had ballet tickets and could not wait any longer. Terrible service. Manager gave us a $50 gift certificate and asked us to return later that night. He didn’t even offer to comp our apps. What a joke. Not going back there again.
  4. TC

    ThereseC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have always lives birraperetti’s. It never fails. The food is good. Great location.
  5. AB

    AlisonB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate before seeing a matinee of the Nutcracker . Food was great and the service was excellent. They even held our leftovers in the cooler until after the show.
  6. LM

    LaurieM

    Houston

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    This was just in regards to the thanksgiving brunch. It was good but not the best this restaurant can do. Their regular menu is much better.
  7. MA

    MARTING

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The perfect compliment for a night at the theatre.
  8. JD

    JocelynD

    Houston

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We came for dinner before seeing a show at The Hobby Center. Monica provided wonderful service. The food was great. This is a place others have come and raved about. Finally tried it, will definitely be back!!
  9. r

    rutht

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were excellent. Parking at the parking meter on the street was easy, inexpensive, and a quick walk to the show at the Hobby Center.
  10. OE

    OldEnoughToKnow

    Houston

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From walking in and being greet by the Excellent Host to our wonderful waitress, the meal, experience and moments will be one of our favorite times. The food was fresh and excellent, service was continually spot on. Cod not ask for a better evening.
  11. DC

    DonnaC1026

    Houston

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    The food is good however this is my second visit to this restaurant and the service is slow. I should say the servers are not attentive to the customers. We had to ask our waitress for a to-go box 3 times before we got one, then I had to go to the hostess table to get a carryout bag. I always love the food and the atmosphere is good but the tables are too close together. I will return just because the I love the food.
  12. KW

    KeithW

    Houston

    25 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Food was very good but kitchen seemed to be very disorganized. Salad came before our drinks. Appetizer came during our meal.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We love going to this restaurant before a show.
  14. JK

    JKaty

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service! We loved the capped mushroom appetizer and dessert menu options too. Delicious.
  15. DF

    DavidF

    Houston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    The biggest stumbling block to a better rating in all categories is that there are just too few servers to handle the size of the main dining times. All the staff pleasant and try hard to be helpful and to satisfy the needs of the customers, but are hard pressed to do so. This results in extended waits for food and drinks. Additionally, both drink and wine cards should be presented on seating. My wine finally arrived only when I was nearly finished with the meal. My Poretti Pasta dish was OK, but as in many Italian food preparers, the white sauce was applied in overabundance and rather than supplement the main ingredients, overwhelmed them. I never did receive the listed side salad or bread. I patronize this restaurant only because it is one of the few remaining in the Theater District after the Covid pandemic. Sad.
  16. SS

    SuSu

    Houston

    66 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    The wait for our wine and dinner was much too long. It was not the server's fault, but the kitchen staff could not keep up with the guests' orders. A manager should have been helping.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Louder and busier than usual because this followed the Houston Astro’s Parade.
  18. S

    Sylvinka

    Houston

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    We both got the pre set menu and everything was delicious and drinks were so good as well! We will be back!
  19. JB

    JesB

    Houston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was nice. The servers were a bit busy but very friendly.
  20. DD

    DDGdowntown

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great location and great food after an enjoyable afternoon at Jones Hall.
  21. j

    jmsg8girl

    Houston

    184 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    184 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First time at the Sunday brunch. Very impressed with the options available. Definitely a good value for the price, particularly for two hungry men!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience2
    Always enjoy Birraporettis but this time we were seated at a table for two close to the reception stand and there was a table for two right below our table right next to us. It was too close as I could hear every word they said and very awkward.
  23. K

    Kateyed

    Amarillo

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We had the theater menu and it was prompt and delicious. The tenderloin was a hit and the creme brulee was just perfect. They've got it down!
  24. DH

    DanielH

    Houston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Convenient to the theater district, otherwise mediocre. Maitre’d very disinterested.
  25. BM

    BrettM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They honored our reservation time. Wonderful staff. Great location in the alley theater parking garage near Jones Hall.
  26. DE

    DEBBIEM

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service is outstanding and the food is fabulous. It’s so close to Jones Hall, easy walk. We will be eating here again.
  27. SE

    SEMcIntyre

    Houston

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    This is a nice place to eat before a downtown show in the theatre district. It would be nice if a dress code could be utilized at different levels for different sections of the restaurant.
  28. A

    Angel

    San Antonio

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    It is a good place to grab a bite before the theatre. I had the prix fixe menu offered for the night. I chose caesar salad, trio del mar (lobster ravioli, shrimp, and a crab cake), and chocolate mousse. Each course arrived well presented. The staff was appropriately attentive. The lobster ravioli was fine but not exceptional. The herbs and peppers in the crab cake overpowered the delicate flavor of the crab. The shrimp did not taste as if they had been seasoned. The meal could be improved with seasoning changes.
  29. DF

    DawnF

    Houston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have been to Birraporettis in years and they didn’t disappoint. Great service and the pizza was the best.
  30. GC

    GeneC

    Puerto Vallarta

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent!!!
  31. M

    Mary

    Houston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    My husband and I visited Birra Poretti’s before a matinee on Sunday afternoon. We were disappointed to find that they were offering a buffet only. Patrons were not able to order off the menu. They referred to the buffet as “brunch.” Unfortunately, the breakfast food was very poor. They offered grits with sugar in them, and the eggs Benedict didn’t have English muffins on the bottom. The biscuits were canned biscuits and not good at that. When I asked for butter for the biscuit and grits, they brought me melted butter! They also offered pizza. . . for brunch. We were charged $76.00 (before tip). Yikes. If they don’t want to open on Sunday, they should stay closed.
  32. C

    Cathy

    San Antonio

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    We arrived for our reservation at noon on Sunday and we were seated promptly, however, it was much too long by the time Kim our waitress came to our table. I had to request menus and as I did, the manager was informing Kim that no one could order from the menu and that everyone had to eat from the brunch / lunch buffet. I told him it’s after 12:00 noon I’d like more lunch options and he went on to say that the buffet was all they were offering. No price was shared and for the amount we paid over $60 for two, well this buffet was not worth it. We have season tickets to the Opera and always enjoy a meal before and sometimes after, but we will not return to this restaurant as they lack customer service and management is unprofessional. Also there was someone offering musical entertainment. My suggestion is to not seat anyone across from him, we were seated across and we couldn’t hear each other. Too loud.
  33. S

    Scooter

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Just a delightful dinner experience. Our waiter, Paso was a true professional. He was very attentive but not overbearing. The food away excellent, the bruschetta was to die for. Great experience!!!!
  34. ED

    EstherD

    Houston

    33 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    We often go to Birraporettis before the opera. It’s great to park eat and walk to the opera. Usually we are satisfied with the food! But last night things were just not right. Both our meals were bland. Linguine didn’t have much flavor. Crab cake was not as I’ve had here before. Salads were good. Maybe it was just an off night.
  35. e

    edcy

    Houston

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good service and food was very good and priced reasonably. Good spot before theater or opera
  36. j

    jmsg8girl

    Houston

    185 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    185 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Service was very good which is always important when headed to the theater after dinner. Food is consistently good.
  37. CP

    CoryP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Lasagne was great.....lobster ravioli was full of alot of filler and some lobster.....rather fishy .....but the lasagne was awesome.....tres leches was fresh and unique......chocolate mousse was average......our server was sweet but she was not very social....her first words were .....what are you drinking?..sweet but dry...and downtown is a criminal haven .....we will be searching the suburbs for entertainment in future.....no more downtown for us.....ever again
  38. RD

    RickD

    Houston

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Convenient location for dinner before a show
  39. MT

    MerilynT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, friendly servers, and convenient location
  40. CG

    CindyG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birraeporetts is a great place to eat , especially if you are in theater district. We have been going there for over 30 years. Our favorite, the special pizza. Delicious

FAQs

Birraporetti's - Theater District offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (713) 224-9494.

Birraporetti's - Theater District is rated 4.4 stars by 2534 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today
Google Map for Birraporetti's - Theater District

500 Louisiana St., Houston, TX 77002

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Prairie

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizzeria, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parking meters available around the restaurant; meters are free after 6:00pm and all day on Sundays. There is also a parking garage that is connected to the restaurant with; entrance on Louisiana St. & Smith St.

  • Public transit

    Birraporetti's is located three blocks down from the Preston stop on the Metrorail, and there are Metro bus stops around the restaurant. Birraporetti's will also call you a cab if need be.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Rogelio Roman

  • Entertainment

    Every Saturday and Sunday night, Birraporetti's features live music and entertainment into the wee hours of the night. Live jazz is also featured during Sunday brunch. Occasionally there is music during the week as well.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (713) 224-9494

  • Catering

    Birraporetti's caters off site events and offers all levels of catering, from a simple drop off and pick up option, all the way to a full service, fully satisfied wonderful banquet like experience!! Birraporetti's can accommodate any number of people on cater outs.

  • Private party facilities

    For almost 40 years Birraporetti’s has been the place to gather on a date, celebrating with friends and family, for happy hour, or before or after the theater.

  • Private party contact

    Jon Glieber: (855) 637-5890

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