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Zanti Cucina Italiana - River Oaks, Houston, TX

Zanti Cucina Italiana - River Oaks

4.6
4.6
57 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, paninis 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

11:30 PM


Booked 121 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

    If you want to make a private event please call 832-948-0216 Visit our website for floor plans, capacity and menus. 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

What 57 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. J

    Jdrh

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anthony did a great job. Good wine recommendations. We had a fun afternoon.
  2. NI

    NIKKI

    Houston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fresh and delicious. For a Thursday night, the restaurant was packed with a great high energetic vibe. Service was a tad slow but every table was full so understandable. We will be back!
  3. CI

    ChipotleIsMyLife

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Tried something new for a birthday. Was lucky for a last minute reservation coming open. Service was fantastic & food was great! Great ambiance. The space is huge and accommodates over 200 guests so I mean the noise level is to be expected. The live singer was great, I have to remember to request a table on the side where she plays next time. I’ll definitely return.
  4. LM

    LeslieM

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Valet parking was a plus! Seated immediately. Appetizers menu was terrific. We opted for charcuterie board which was top shelf quality. Two different bottles of wine. Halibut entree with risotto was muy especial! Dessert menu was also terrific. Selection of gelato’s with grappa and espresso. First class 100%
  5. TG

    TexasGuest

    Dallas

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great addition to River Oaks Shopping District.
  6. JB

    JenBlock

    Houston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Date night
  7. A

    Apicius

    Houston

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    The owners invested a lot of money into this restaurant and it may pay off. It was reasonably crowded when we arrived for an early dinner. We were ushered into one dining area where the music was so loud that a conversation would have been near impossible without yelling. When I complained, they ushered us into the quiet side which was quite comfortable. The wait staff was eager to help. The only problem was that they were a bit too eager. As soon as one of us finished a plate someone would come and reach across us to remove it. This interrupted the conversation and was unnecessary. The headwaiter, a nice chap, came buy several times to make sure we were happy. That too was an unnecessary interruption. Once was enough. We can always summon someone if we want. We had three dishes. My first was very good. The second was uninteresting and I have had far better at restaurants that were not nearly as expensive. One dish that they called a lamb osso buco was not an osso buco at all. It was a lamb ragu on pappardelle. No bone, no risotto, no gremolata. My wife and I concluded that there were several better Italian restaurants in the city. By the time we departed the place was crowded with young people. We probably won't go back soon and we won't recommend it to our friends. But the wait staff tried very hard.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It’s a cute place, the food and drinks were good! :) Nice place for a nice dinner date.
  9. BC

    BradleyC

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This is a delightful new addition to the River Oaks restaurant scene. The establishment is exquisitely decorated with beautiful furniture, art, glass and overhead chandeliers. The bustling staff are attentive yet respectful. The food is fantastic - try the Rigatoni all'amatriciana, its unbelievable!
  10. L

    Lara

    Houston

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    The price point of this restaurant indicates its a fine dining establishment. The waiters are definitely not trained as such. Service was poor, plates were cleared before people were finished eating, and we were definitely rushed despite the fact that it was not a busy Monday night. Food was fair .. pasta was served warm not hot.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dominique was our server and she was fantastic. Very knowledgeable, prompt in service, and always had a smile on her face. Everything was great from the ambiance to the food. Black truffle pasta and veal Ragu are must tries here. Can’t wait to go back!
  12. FL

    FoodLover

    Houston

    83 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    83 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gave Zanti a try for lunch on a Sunday. Very nice restaurant aesthetically, service was great (forgot our servers name unfortunately) and the food was amazing. Everyone enjoyed their food and we will definitely add Zanti to our regular rotation when craving Italian!
  13. AB

    AngelaB

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Should have had at least one more scallop for that price. Osso bucco had large pieces of fat gristle in it. Service is lovely. Has a buzz- Really loud.
  14. B

    Boats

    Houston

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Beautiful space. Great service. I ordered the wrong main, chicken paillard, very dry. Appetizers were great.
  15. s

    shanav

    Houston

    57 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    57 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    The food wasn’t good, halibut overcooked & shrimp & clams not fresh in the linguine pasta- service was decent. I’d go again for the bar maybe but not food
  16. L

    Lilyhammer

    Houston

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food2service5ambience2
    First impression visit. We are loyal Brasserie 19 customers. Thought we would give Zanti a try. We shared the star attraction salt encrusted Branzini which was presented nicely, but was overcooked, mushy. Shared Squid ink seafood pasta which was oversauced, underwhelming. Amalfi is the king of Branzini. Loud, club thumping music at 8 pm was annoying. You all spent a lot of money setting this place up, I would suggest you improve your tuning on food quality and ambiance. Wine selection and price was reasonable. Fried Calamari was very good.
  17. M

    Madelyn

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was pretty good. We had the margherita pizza which was delicious. We also had the beef ravioli and the black truffle tagliolini. Both were exquisite but the beef ravioli was my favorite. And as a dessert we had the tiramisū. Overall, food was delicious.
  18. a

    amrj7

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    EVERYTHING IS AMAZING, the food, the people that work there, etc.
  19. S

    Sarah

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    Honestly, do not be fooled by the photos, we went there for their truffle pasta (which they are known for) and they had NO TRUFFLE at least put it on your website or change your menu! They haven’t been even open for two weeks and they’re already having issues running the place. We ordered the margarita pizza and it was so soggy and nasty, the grilled chicken was so just a piece of chicken that was grilled, no seasoning NO FLAVOR. To top everything off our glassware had lipstick marks on them, all of our flatware were dirty, the atmosphere was not even like the pictures. I was very very disappointed. Price and quality do not match.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    Only chose because of advertising I saw on social media. The place was billed as sexy romantic upscale with live music. It was too loud and not intimate enough and no live music. The service was excellent and food mediocre at best compared to prices.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and cocktails were amazing. It was very loud though, we were yelling to hear each other.
  22. MG

    MargaretG

    Houston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Waiter was awesome. I think he lived in Australia for a while. Had a great accent.
  23. f

    foodie2583

    Houston

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant! The food was fantastic and the vibe is great!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    Place was very loud, for cocktails the wait was long, when came one was missing .. food was good. They need to improve service
  25. LS

    LSG81

    Houston

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Fun restaurant, decent cuisine, toilets are in far end of restaurant past the bar which can be a bit tricky especially when they are busy. Our server Brianna was very nice and attentive. Bar made our martinis incorrectly but it was not remedied. Odd. Pizza was good, truffle ravioli was overly salty. Burrata and frito misto were yummy —wish they gave us more toast with the burrata. Perhaps these are simply growing pains.
  26. PC

    PamC

    Houston

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    I realize it was just a week in, but the service was the worst I've ever experienced in Houston. It took us 45 minutes just to get drinks ordered. Our reservation was at 6:30, we didn't get out of there till 10:00. I asked for the manager twice, never came to the table, it really was a nightmare. I would probably go back in a year when they get enough staffing. It was so LOUD we literally could not have a decent conversation. Horrible service.
  27. SS

    SooSoo

    Houston

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our sever Gloria was wonderful- very fast, cheerful and efficient The manager Christopher was not very friendly. The venue was amazing, loved the ambiance
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambiance was great. They went all out to make the restaurant stand out from others. I highly recommend going for the food and atmosphere. Our server was amazing and had great recommendations. Perfect spot to be fancy.
  29. PD

    PabloD

    Houston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the place to be in Houston! Food is amazing, outstanding service and the Bonfire cocktail and Tiramisú a must! Love Zanti
  30. SU

    SUSIED

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious! Great service! Very nice dining experience !
  31. RW

    RonW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent atmosphere; great food; nice bar; interesting people watching
  32. A

    Alex

    Houston

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time there since they opened. As good as first time. Place was hopping. We really like the vibe. Great addition to the neighborhood.
  33. V

    Victoria

    Cancun

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great date night spot- they have live music and a very modern/sleek design. The food was delish.
  34. G

    1edGrip1

    Houston

    201 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    201 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Beautiful new Italian Well prepared Good bar and wines Very good for a newly opened restaurant Energetic vibe but still able to communicate Will definitely be back Good addition to Houston restaurant scene
  35. J

    Johnr

    Mississippi

    130 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    130 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food1service4ambience5
    I have been wanting to go to this restaurant mainly because I have been watching the construction as I walk by it most weeks. I am very happy I went and will go back often. The food is very good, the menu choices are great and very tastefully composed. The wine list is very good, the price of the wines fair. Our waiter was a delight, all his recommendations was very good. The manager Robert was very informative, very friendly and welcoming. John Reynolds Cell 281-536-4444
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous meal and excellent service, particularly in the first week of a new restaurant. Buratta and tomato appetizer (with prosciutto) was excellent and the frito misto was outstanding, but both were very large portions perhaps most appropriate for sharing. Bolognese sauce had great depth of flavor and well-seasoned. Pistachio gelato creamy and flavorful. A great addition to the neighborhood.
  37. HR

    HoustonReview

    Houston

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    This was their first Saturday night of trade, it was extremely busy. The staff have been trained well and it was a pleasure to dine there. Good size portion food. Large, vibrant space with elegant decor. Multiple seating areas within the restaurant. Definitely a great addition to River Oaks. We will be back as regulars!
  38. M

    Marko16

    Houston

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    food was delicious, izzy was great, as always! we loved it.
  39. MA

    MariaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything AMAZING! All the staff there is friendly and the food…Truffle cheese pasta was a 10/10
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dinner in good company! The G Manager Stefano very welcoming, the service blameless and food delicious! We will come back soon :)

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 57 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 121 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

  • Phone number

    (281) 845-4990

  • Private party facilities

    If you want to make a private event please call 832-948-0216 Visit our website for floor plans, capacity and menus. www.zanticucina.com

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