Houston >Food & Dining > La Vista
1936 Fountainview Dr, Houston, TX | Directions 7705729.747365 -95.485962
Sun 5:30pm-10pm; Mon-Thu 11am-2pm, 5:30pm-9:30pm
Fri 11am-2pm, 5:30pm-10pm
Neighborhoods: Westside, Great Uptown
Excellent food and it's byob!! – La Vista has a cult following as one of the most wine friendly restaurants in town. Offering BYOB with modest corkage fee, it's a great place to gather with friends and enjoy your favorite wines. The bread here is to-die-for, so all you Atkins dieters, beware. The mussels are a slam-dunk, with some of the BEST garlic butter broth I've tasted.The meat dishes here are generally the star, and what good is BYOB red wine if it's not washed down with a tasty bite of red meat? So, I say skip the pasta, skip the pizza, order some meat, enjoy it with whatever vino is your pleasure, and wash it all down with great friendship and conversation. La Vista is the bomb!
Great food and great service – I really enjoyed my experience here - I've found a new hang out! I got there early on a Friday - around 6 PM and we were seated right away. The place was clean - small, but important detail for me. My dinnermate really enjoyed her salad (which I declined). We both enjoyed the bread that was brought out - lightly dusted with cheese - perfect way to start a meal. I had rainbow trout encrusted with cornmeal. It had guacamole on the side as well as these three, small spinach-filled enchildas. My dinnermate had a shrimp pasta dish. We each loved our entrees! This is an Italian place, but the menu had lots of interesting twists on Italian food. Great experience. I will return. Also, this is BYOB, but they do have wine that you can order.
Excellent Food/Service – One of my favorite dishes, which I order only occasionally, is the fettucine alfredo. It's sinfully creamy and infused with nutmeg. I usually add shrimp and veggies or go lighter on the sauce, and they willingly accommodate. I've tried most of their pasta dishes, including the tortellini and ravioli, and I keep going back to them. The bread is served warm with a light olive oil dipping sauce.
Ed, who is the manager, is on top of the food and service. He gives personal attention to many of the regulars.
Consistantly good food but be prepared for a wait for it if you come after 7:00 P.M. – My husband and I have been eating here from the very beginning when it first opened. It has changed quite a bit since then from not only the look of the restaurant but the BYOB policy of charging $7 for a corkage fee. Yes, it is nice of them to let you bring your own wine, but they used to do it for a lot less money and still had plenty of people coming. I think that they should have kept the $3 corkage fee. Also, they have totally remodeled the place where it was just a little hole in the wall, to a very appealing restaurant that you could bring clients or friends. The owner was the original chef from Collinas and he has certainly done well for himself here. His menu is larger than the original one and he is now open for lunch. They aren't upity here either and will cook your food the way you want. I asked for my fish to be plainly grilled and extra vegetables and they were very accomadating. They put the sauce on the side. It was delicious and it wasn't the sauce that it normaly came with. I look forwared to trying the one near my home in Memorial but for now this one is centrally located and still enjoy coming here with friends and family.
Don't Avoid EVER! The wait is well worth it. – Of note, I go here every year for my birthday. It was this past Saturday and my server was the pitts! Not helpful at all, short with me and my guests, and did not spend anytime at the table and VERY quick to drop the bill. Lately the wait staff hasn't been that impressive.
Aside from this I love it. The mussels are to die for. I've had just about everything on the menu and it's ALL good. On any night you may have to wait but it's so fun sitting around, chatting and drinking good wine (if that's your drink) and waiting for a seat. If there was one area of themenu I'm disappointed in it would be the desserts, except the bread pudding. I think they could addd a little variety. Also, the special this weekend sounded the same as a year ago, may want to change that up a bit.
Cozy BYOB Italian restaurant in West Houston is perfect for a casual date night. – In Short
This charming restaurant welcomes diners with tantalizing smells and an inviting atmosphere. Expect frequent appearances by owner/Chef Greg Gordon who has prepared a menu full of comfort food and classic Italian dishes. Begin with house-made bread topped with figs, caramelized onions and pecans before sampling the warm spinach salad. Entrees include pastas and brick oven pizzas as well as grilled fish and meat including rack of lamb and pork chops. The restaurant charges a $7 corkage fee.
Great Food-Cozy Little Spot – This place has excellent food, great service, and menu with many choices. I regularly ordered one of two dishes, either the Eggplant parmesan (the first time i tried this) which has a fabulous sauce, and is quite tasty, perfect if you're not looking for anything too heavy. Other times, I opted for the Shrimp Diavolo-prawns tossed in angel hair pasta with fairly spicy marinara sauce. My husband ordered the beef tenderloin with plum/burgundy reduction sauce. La Vista serves the most perfect bread, with olive oil to dip. The "bonus" about this place, is that you can BYOB..we enjoyed our meal along with a great bottle of red. At the time, we were charged a $3.00 corking fee. Conveniently, at least, at the time, the restaurant is next door to a liquor store which has a nice wine selection to suit all palates. This place is pretty popular, so I'd advise making reservations or bringing enough soft drinks or grapejuice to sip on while waiting. don't worry, management is on top of the wait, and has always been very attentive when i've eaten here. I've moved out of state for work, but I mention this place to all who visit my home town. I miss it!
Great Food/Great Value – In a word, the food is fabulous. My pork chop with horseradish potatoes was seasoned perfectly. A bite of my fathers shrimp and grits let me know there were other things I must return to try. I begged the chef for the sweet potatoe and roasted corn pudding to no avail, but will return for another taste. Presentation was beautiful and the portions quite large. I had no room for dessert, which was disappointing as they all looked wonderful.
Wonderful! – My husband and I frequented this restaurant when we lived in the Galleria area and we were never disappointed. It has a great atmosphere and wonderful food.
Patron – Well worth the wait for the great food and value and ambiance.
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