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Zanti Cucina Italiana - River Oaks, Houston, TX

Zanti Cucina Italiana - River Oaks

4.6
4.6
325 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian
Zanti presents authentic Italian cuisine in a high-end casual atmosphere. Contemporary décor will combine with a charming outdoor patio, bar lounge area, pizza station and lively dining room. Handmade pasta, prepared daily in our kitchen and our gleaming brick oven, in which we will bake pizza, piadinas and select main dishes, will add to the unique vibrancy of Zanti. It is a place to feel yourself among friends and enjoy the beauty of the Italian experience.

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2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 109 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Mediterranean, Wine Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (281) 845-4990

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Stefano Ferrero

  • Private party facilities

    www.zanticucina.com

  • Neighborhood

    River Oaks

  • Cross street

    Driscoll St

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 325 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. William77009

    Houston

    71 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    71 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Beautiful interior design and attentive staff however the food lacked "sazon". The flavors were all a bit short and off, underwhelming the palate. The best plate was the octopus carpaccio. The signature tableside prepared tagliolini with black truffle was disappointing.
  2. Tony

    Houston

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another fantastic brunch at Zanti’s. Tasty pizzas and pasta. Delicious drinks and Bri was an amazing server.
  3. walter

    Miami

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It is a good Italian restaurant using authentic Italian products (I am Italian born and raised). Only observations I would like to make are: service a little slow (nothing out of the world but it could definitely improve) sauce in the rigatoni all'amatriciana was very spicy. You should just add a touch of peperoncino, not that much. Flavors were overpowered by it. You charge for bread which takes away the main welcoming feel that an Italian restaurant should give when you sit down, which is warm bread and XVOO. It is only a dollar or two, you should simply add it to the food cost, no authentic Italian restaurant charges for bread (which was good bread by the way and could be a distinctive signature for your place). Said so, and hoping you accept my observation as constructive criticism, I will probably come back next time I am in town. I am happy to know there is now a restaurant in Houston that reminds me the dearly missed Arcodoro that Efisio unfortunately had to close a few years ago. Good luck to you.
  4. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food5service1ambience5
    I was very dissatisfied with my service last night . I left my pasta and chicken that cost me $75 on the table in a container and it was thrown away. I would really like to be reimbursed for this . The waitress was not very friendly either and I was celebrating my birthday with a group of friends .
  5. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing service was great I will definitely be back
  6. ElieG

    Houston

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    The restaurant is very nice the atmosphere was great. We celebrate a birthday it was nice that they give you a desert it was a nice one too. Overall it was a nice experience food was good. I’ll come back!!
  7. Marisa

    Pittsburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional in all the ways. We were very impressed by the staff's professionalism, kindness, knowledge, and patience during our visit. We made a reservation and requested booth seating and they accommodated that with no issue. We had very high expectations and they were met from the quality of the food, the timing of when it came out, and the food matching the menu description (it tasted authentic). It is on the pricer side to eat here, but worth every penny. We will definitely be back. Thanks, Justin for the superb service. We will never not drink Masi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Costasera again.
  8. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Amazing!!! Wonderful Servers & Phenomenal Food! Probably one of the best Italian Restaurants in Houston!
  9. Danielf

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    By far the best Italian restaurant I've been to in Houston so far! Drinks were incredible, service was above and beyond anything I would have expected. Not only this, but the birthday surprise dessert was beyond incredible. Made my fiancee and I both feel great even if we celebrate birthdays on back to back days! This is the place for a business dinner, family get togethers, dates, or a special treat for yourself. Don't miss out!
  10. TedP

    Houston

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Food was cold by the time it was served. Disappointing.
  11. DavidM

    Houston

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding!! The wines were perfectly matched with our meal!!! The waitstaff was beyond great!!! This place is amazing
  12. JenniferK

    Houston

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was wonderful and our server Justin was amazing- will be back and request him again. His knowledge of the menu and the food was impressive-
  13. Tony

    Houston

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fabulous brunch Sunday. Excellent service by Andres, delicious pasta and pizza. The drinks were tasty too!
  14. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Honestly, one of the best restaurants that I’ve been to in Houston so far Chris was absolutely amazing very down to earth and knowledgeable guy. He made our anniversary a wonderful experience. The food was absolutely amazing most definitely coming back.
  15. MariaT

    Houston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambience and food Not kid friendly Fun for special occasion or friends night out DJ great music
  16. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing atmosphere great date night! And the food was superb.
  17. JasmineB

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Prices are super fair compared to other restaurants. Fresh food. Interactive dishes. Staff is wonderful.
  18. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time there, and let me say it exceeded expectations. Beautiful vibe, spacious, and our waiter Justin was the cherry on top. The food was 12/10. Everything was so good, including the drinks—specifically the handmade pasta. Anyway can’t recommend it enough. I will add this place to my must-return list.
  19. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2023

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Front doors were impassable - being worked on. Restaurant was very cold due to doors being wide open. Manager breezed by, didn’t seem genuine in his inquiry re our experience.
  20. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were Celebrating Women and had a great experience with Dominique. We shall return to experience other menu items, the patio and bar. I would like to be offered a dessert on the house. The Lemon Meringue sounds tasty.
  21. AlexisP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Only issue was the music. The live piano player was playing covers of radio friendly pop songs and it took away from the classy feel of the restaurant. He was belting out and it was very distracting. Soft jazz or covers with little to no lyrics would have been better. Other than that the staff, food & experience was great!
  22. ToriL

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2023

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    salmon was plain. cheese ravioli was pretty good, only because of the added truffle oil. Too bright, too loud. could hear every conversation and fork/knife hitting the plate.
  23. OKCfoodies

    Chicago

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great experience! L no seated in the bar area with an An extremely talented entertainer directly in front , he knows a wide range of tunes and can sing! The service is spot on in every aspect. No rush, but any finished dish removed quickly. They have great people and management. Then there’s the food. Pasta is al’ dente and amazing. Sauces spot on, all items taste great and are well plated. An outstanding evening. Don’t miss this gem!
  24. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful dinning experience for my Wife’s birthday. She and I both enjoyed all aspects of our evening. Service was amazing beginning to end. The drinks and food were equally enjoyable. Would recommend to try this restaurant if you have not before
  25. Mgee

    Houston

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Food was great but service didn’t match. Might have been out waiters first night on the job. Didn’t know a lot but hovered a ton!
  26. JohnnyC

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurants I’ve been I have been to in a while
  27. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great experience!! Went with my parents for my birthday last night, and everything was great. The food was amazing and so was our waitress!
  28. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sam, the waiter, was awesome! He created the best experience
  29. JenB

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food!! We will definitely return. The pizza crust is to die for.
  30. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love the restaurant and the service
  31. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our waitress, Anne, was attentive and helpful. Chef came by to do his rounds and I found that sweet. It lets you know that the people who cook your food care about what you’re consuming. Finally, the manager stopped by our table and asked us how we’re doing. We had a late dinner, but that didn’t stop the employees’ hospitality — from the moment you arrive up til the end of your meal. Or desert, if you choose to stay for something sweet. I made this reservation for my mom’s birthday. We enjoyed everything that was going on. Drinks were served before our meals and the appetizer came in steaming hot. Live crowd, everyone is having a good time, and the decor is great to look at. I also like that they have these racks for your jackets and purses. Last but not least, dolce. I’m a huge fan of Italian deserts and the tortino di latte bruciato tied the knot. Comes very close in rating to the vanilla exotic panna cotta I had from Olio e Più in New York. By the way, there’s this cake you can only get at Zanti’s and it was delicious. It reminds me of Christmas! We will be back.
  32. HeatherH

    Houston

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    It was my birthday and we loved celebrating there. The food was great and the chef came out to speak with guests to make sure everyone was enjoying their meal.
  33. OpenTable Diner

    Amarillo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It was my birthday, and I told the servant that we are here to celebrate it with my boyfriend. The servant said it will be little celebration with chef recommended sweet, we left without celebration and I was little disappointed since this restaurant was my first choice to celebrate my birthday.
  34. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2023

    overall3food5service4ambience3
    We got stuck at a table by the bathrooms again when we have reservations far in advance
  35. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food. Good wines. Good service!
  36. PaytonB

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my second time to enjoy Zanti. I was not QUITE the fabulous experience we had the first time mainly because my favorite waiter Giggy was off, but our waiter was excellent none the less. Besides that, last night it was VERY noisy to the extent that we had to raise our voices to hear across a 2 top. Otherwise it was fabulous! The interior design is the very best, the food is really wonderful, and the service impeccable. I highly recommend this restaurant.
  37. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2023

    overall5food2service5ambience1
    Nice but way too noisy - could barely talk. Food was good. Service was great.
  38. lulu

    Houston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Menu. Food was really good
  39. RobinW

    Houston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Attentive wait staff and delicious food! The steak tartare and artichoke appetizers were delicious, as was the gnocchi.
  40. Tipsy

    Washington DC

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Elegant and energetic restaurant with great food and profesional service!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Zanti Cucina Italiana - River Oaks offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (281) 845-4990.

Zanti Cucina Italiana - River Oaks is rated 4.6 stars by 325 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 109 times today
Google Map for Zanti Cucina Italiana - River Oaks

1958 W Gray St suite 101, Houston, TX 77019-4816

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Driscoll St

  • Neighborhood

    River Oaks

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Mediterranean, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Stefano Ferrero

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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