Houston >Food & Dining > Nino's
2817 W Dallas St, Houston, TX | Directions 7701929.757308 -95.395420
Neighborhoods: Central, Neartown/ Montrose
Houstonians have been flocking to the Mandola's Italian 'compound' on West Dallas which includes Nino's, Vincent's and Grappino di Nino for more than 30 years! Spicy Barbecue Shrimp, Pollo Arrosto (lemon-garlic roasted chicken) and the Cannoli are delightful!
Tourist Place with Decent Moderate Priced Food, Causal Atmosphere – Ninos atmosphere is dark and rustic. Be sure to watch your step going to the bathrooms, they are located in a dark corner and you cannot always see the step to get up on the platform where they are located. Also there is only one toilet so you have to wait out in the hall. Wait staff is decent, I had the salmon with risotto. The Salmon was good but I didn't like the flavor of the risotto. This restaurant is located among a complex of three and behind the buildings is an outdoor area for dinning. They have a live band on Saturday nights. This is a good place to take your date for a casual or moderately nice dressed evening. Its not on the scale of Marks.
Good food, Good Atmosphere, Rude management – Overall we had a good experience at Nino's. The grouping of restaurants has a unique feel, and that alone makes it worth checking out. The food was good, but the atmosphere is what really makes the place. My only complaint is that the manager was rude and was unwilling to resolve a problem. I would expect a higher level of customer service from a restaurant of this quality.
Great dine in place – Someone suggested Nino's, I searched the place, looked at their minue and decided it would be a good day to take my friends who are visiting from out of town there for dinner. We didn't have reservations but called inan hour before we got there. They were able to get us a nice table. At first, the waiter wasn't very friendly but as the night went by he got better. There are not many choices in the menue but hey all nice places are like this.
I loved the atmosphere. It was crowded with nice music and good looking people. The crowd were mostly in the older range of age. We had fun. Food was great and worth the money. One thing we didn't like is that you can't split the check which can be a hassel if a large group of friends are going there together.
Overall it was nice and I am sure going there again.
Best authenic Southern Italian marinara sauce anywhere. Fresh bread with crispy crust. – Our favorite Southern Italian restaurant in the city for years. Usually perfect, sometimes not perfect but that sounds like my wife! Could only be better if I ran it. (Sound like you?) Get the antipasta misto for a sampling of all their appetizers including the candied fig stuffed with what I would call walnut praline filling. Go early and avoid the crowds. Regardless of what they say over the phone you can always get a seat if you go early. Tell me if you find a better restaurant with this track record.
After All These Years - Still Great! – Went to Ninos just recently. The food was absolutely fabulous. We were seated right on time of our reservation (a Saturday night prime time). The waitstaff and managers were very attentative. The Veal Vincent is still my favorite!
Visit Vincent Mandola's rustic Italian village in the heart of Montrose. – In Short
For more than 20 years, Nino's has been a popular dining destination for down-home Sicilian dishes. Warm, rich colors, hanging herbs and dark woods add to the converted house's rustic, romantic feel. Must-try menu items include the house specialty Veal Vincent, sauteed medallions topped with artichoke hearts, comforting lasagna, and the succulent rotisserie-roasted lemon and garlic chicken with mashed potatoes. Dine inside or outdoors on the cozy courtyard patio.
Grappino...not meeting the vision. – I love Vincent and Nino's, they have the best rotissed chicken in town....however, Grappino? Uh, the service....all I can say is that my bf and I had the worst waiter. It could have been because he had the entire bar and 1/2 patio to cover. Needless, he was not on top of the game. Portions of food, great for the eat before going somewhere else--perfect size. Drinks/Bar: questionable to nothing special. I'm willing to give it another try after work on a Friday.
Excellent Food, Service, Atmosphere – I don't understand the negative reviews, all my visits to Nino's and Vincent's have been top-notch. The food is spectacular...the best lasagne and pasta around. Everytime we go, the service is outstanding from the hosts, barstaff, waiters and owners. This Italian Village in the heart of Houston is our favorite stop and we love it!
HORRIBLE!!!!!!! – WHERE TO BEGIN. 7PM RESERVATIONS, SEATED AT 9:45PM. WAITERS WERE RUDE,MANAGEMENT WAS UNAVALABLE. FOOD WAS COLD AND UNDERCOOKED.
TAKE MY ADVICE, GO SOMEWHERE ELSE!!!!!
Are the WAITERS on COMMISSION??? – The WAITERS here MUST be on COMMISSION. We were seated, while looking at the wine list the waiter ask what kind of wine we were interested in, of the two types, he suggested the two most expensive bottles and looked down on us when we did not choose the most expensive bottle. While ordering the waiter of course suggested the most expensive item on the menu, one of the drinks we ordered was incorrect and had to be sent back, the wine was barely chilled, the water we ordered when we first arrived finally made it to the table during the meal. Two meals arrived at the table over cooked and no one had silverware. It seemed the waiter was more interested in the ten top table than ours. Overall the meal that I was really looking forward to was mediocre at best and the service was terrible.
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