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Patrenella's Ristorante Italiano

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Washington Ave./ Memorial Park
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813 Jackson Hill St, Houston, TX 77007-5772
+1 713-863-8223
Tue - Fri 11:00 - 15:00
Tue - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

My husband and I wanted to try out a different Italian restaurant and this place certainly did not disappoint. The place is actually an old house from the 1930s renovated to be a charming little restaurant. It is owned by the Patrenella family to this day. There are old newspaper or article clippings from that era hung as pictures and... More 

Thank Karina C
Sugar Land, Texas
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38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Food was incredible. Intimate atmosphere. Combination of fine dining and home-style cooking. After your meal, walk thru the back doors into their bar. Great drinks and cool place. Parking was easy.

Thank bigfish210
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

The owner treated us so well. We were dressed casually but we did arrive early at about 5:30 pm. We were seated in the back bar area by the window and they lit a fire in the patio area. The eggplant I have EVER had! They have an excellent wine list and never waited for any thing. You can go... More 

Thank Ann C
Houston, Texas
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

A must try!! Sammy Patrenella has the best gem in Houston!! The most amazing food with the feel of eating dinner in someone's home. Sammy turned this old house into a restaurant for his wife & so it began. Make reservations to be safe & ask for He for as your server. Tell him Angela sent you!!

Thank Angela D
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94 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016

Eight of us were vending at the Houston Quilt Show and we all agreed we wanted to find "that great Italian place we ate at last year". We found it! Patrenella's was just as great this time as last year! Great authentic Italian food with a great wait staff and owner. This could become a yearly thing!

Thank retreatowner
houston, United States
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101 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Second generation owners who grew up in the house that used to be a grocery store. Outstanding carbonara probably best in Houston. They grow their own herbs in their garden. They have rooms that can be partitioned off for large groups. We had a group dinner there that went really well.

Thank Bob1775
houston, United States
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101 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

Nice homemade Italian food. Love the spaghetti carbonara...the lasagna is good as well. We made reservations for a group of 12 and they gave us a private room. Everyone in the group really enjoyed the food and we have decided to return again for our 2016 dinner. Staff was great for both scheduling and service.

Thank Bob1775
Houston, Texas
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2016

First time visitor, arrived early and still got the table right by the kitchen. The one "touched" server was there and a tad off putting...but then I found out he was a fixture. Son got a chicken dish, on first bite, he pulled a long hair out of his mouth that had been wound around a piece of chicken...the waiter... More 

Thank Osage2112
The Woodlands, Texas
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65 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2016 via mobile

Supporting local restaurants is a priority! This quaint house exudes warmth, hospitality , and serves up excellent food. The service is fantastic...thank you Hector. Attentive but not invasive, his recommendations were spot on. Complimentary eggplant appetizer was wonderful. Will order it next time. Four meals were all superb! Delicate combination of spices, sauce, without overwhelming the pasta or meat dishes.... More 

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155 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2016

We weren't sure what to expect when walking into this old house, including seating by the front door, but loved our waiter who kept us laughing. Wine was wonderful, so many delicious sounding specials to choose from, in addition to the menu items. 2 had stuffed flounder special, 1 had lasagne and I had chicken marsala, which was possibly the... More 

1 Thank Janet W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Private Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 813 Jackson Hill St, Houston, TX 77007-5772
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston>  > Washington Ave./ Memorial Park
  • Neighbourhood: Washington Ave./ Memorial Park
  • Phone Number: +1 713-863-8223

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?