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Carrabba's - The Original on Kirby

3115 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX 77098-2152
+1 713-522-3131
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good28%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“pasta” (30 reviews)
“cappelletti” (3 reviews)
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American, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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3115 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX 77098-2152
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Same name as the chain but the original is far better. Fresh ingredients. Energetic atmosphere. Always crowded. This is not high end Italian but they do all the classics well and have off the menu items for the regulars like Shrimp Osiel -- fried in...More

Thank houstontraveler2017
Reviewed 8 August 2017

I have been here previously and really enjoyed the experience. My wife and I enjoyed an early dinner. Started out at bar with a bottle of wine and an order of calamari. Well that was an hour in of itself. Moved to a table for...More

Thank mrbill0504
Reviewed 28 July 2017

The Shrimp Rafaelo was the perfect beginning to our meal! The wines suggested by our servers were delicious, and the servers were gracious and wise in all of their recommendations. Our party of five sampled entrees from all parts of the menu, and we were...More

Thank Kathy B
Reviewed 6 July 2017

My husband and I visit Johnny Carrabba's restaurant about once a month. The food is always delicious and we love the "regular" items that are "original" to this Carrabba's as well as to Rosie's on Voss. The "chain" Carrabba's are just not the same. We...More

Thank ppettyHtown
Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

After over 25 years in business this is still a great place to eat. Everything is excellent! I recommend the lamb chops. Wonderful service and nice people. You must try it.

Thank red1990
Reviewed 2 July 2017

Lovely open space with an old Italian world feel. Service is top notch! Eggplant parm was delicious, though the pasta side was below average. Create your own pizza was hearty and tasty but they forgot 1 topping. It's all about atmosphere and tasty food. Give...More

Thank djz032070
Reviewed 25 June 2017

Delicious meal, excellent service, always a good choice when you're in the mood for Italian. The ambience never really is much to speak of, but it's still a good choice for couples, families, lunch meetings, etc.

Thank Laura B
Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

Carrabba's has outstanding and fresh food with terrific service to match. They consistently deliver a high quality product to customers. They have a nice bar and valet parking. It can be quite busy almost any evening, so reservations are recommended but not required.

Thank jswflights
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

We had a great dinner tonight at the original Carrabba's on Kirby. Everything was outstanding. The lamb chops were some of the best I have ever had. Great dinner all around and excellent service.

Thank red1990
Reviewed 3 May 2017

My girlfriend and I stopped in for Saturday lunch. From the time we walked in until the time we walked out, every single aspect of this restaurant was perfect. She had the chicken Bryan.Tx - it was flavorful and grilled to perfection. I had shrimp,...More

Thank Troy W
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Average prices
US$12 - US$45
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3115 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX 77098-2152
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston>  > Greenway/ Upper Kirby
  • Neighbourhood: Greenway/ Upper Kirby
  • Phone Number: +1 713-522-3131
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On December 26, 1986, The Original Carrabba's opened its doors. Today, Johnny Carrabba and his family are proud that the two original locations on Kirby Drive and Voss Road remain family owned and operated neighborhood restaurants. What makes us unique are the quality ingredients that go into each dish along with our lively and warm dining experiences. At The Original Carrabba's, we have an open kitchen and we take enormous pride in our food. Our pizza dough is made fresh every day and our pizzas are cooked in a wood-burning oven. We fillet our own fish daily, make fresh homemade pasta, and we even hand stuff our own signature Cappelletti. Even our fresh milk mozzarella is hand made. Our steaks, chops and seafood are all cooked over a wood-burning grill. Johnny's father, Mr. C. still mixes his own secret spices and makes his own Italian sausage for our restaurants. The Original Carrabba's on Kirby Drive and Voss Road is where people come together to eat, celebrate, share stories, share meals and share many laughs and memories. We look forward to you and your family joining us at our table.
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