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Carrabba's - The Original on Kirby

#64 of 7,143 Restaurants in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Greenway/ Upper Kirby
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3115 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX 77098-2152
+1 713-522-3131
11:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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San Francisco, California
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is the ORIGINAL Carrabba's -- not the chain found in every upscale suburb. The food is lighter and homemade rather than tomato-heavy and processed. Wine is extremely reasonably priced which is an unexpected complement to the full-service white tablecloth experience. The servers are knowledgeable about the wine list and proper pairings. Service is attentive and the dishes are well... More 

Thank wesleyfromus
Houston, Texas
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40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There's no better place to eat in all of Houston. Every single thing on the menu is delicious. Dined here for over 25 years. This is what sets Carrabba's apart from other restaurants. Don't know if it's the recipes themselves or fresh ingredients--probably both. You never experience ordering "the wrong thing." If the item sounds good, it's going to be... More 

Thank sallyleonard
Houston, Texas
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29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is one of our favorite places. We sit at the pasta bar where the chef and cooks prepare the food a right in front of you. We start with our go to off the menu shrimp and crab Osel in a garlic lemon butter sauce with asparagus and red peppers. Order this if you like seafood. The wifeacita couldn't... More 

Thank JimJamesOstiones
Sugar Land, Texas
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110 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

The original Carrabba's is exceptional -- fine food, superb service and great ambience. We enjoyed an outstanding lunch - topped off with a server who not only knew her stuff but had a great sense of humor. A must "go back to" establishment.

Thank Dennis M
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46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

I usually oder a bottle of wine and Johnny Rocco salad when eating at Carrabba's because I love the fresh salad and seafood so I am very familiar with the quality of this menu item. My girlfriend and I stopped into Carrabba's, sat at the food bar, ordered a bottle of wine and 2 Johnny Rocco salads. I asked our... More 

3 Thank Teddybear57
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

ALWAYS excellent since the beginning over 20 years ago. From the food to service to valet. Excellent & Classic, just like family.

Thank Susu S
Bellaire, United States
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

The ORIGINAL Carrabba's is a restaurant that feels like home! From the moment you enter the front door, the greeting received from the front desk staff makes you feel like family! Requesting a table in the Wine Room is recommended for those who enjoy fine food in a quieter environment. The food is always fresh and delicious and the service... More 

Thank Mary J
Houston, Texas
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39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

Love our meal here with our family. Many of us suffer hearing loss so it was imperative that we have a quiet table. Luckily we waited for the awesome banquette that will seat 6-8 people! It was super quiet, which is not usual for Carrabba's. Food and service was outstanding!

Thank plumerialady2014
Paris, France
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

Very noisy, crowded with hurried service but delicious food. Heavy on salt and butter and that is coming from someone who loves both!

2 Thank S R
Houston, Texas
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172 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

Not the chain. The ORIGINAL. Our favorite restaurant in Houston. Great vibe. A classic delicious Italian restaurant. You name it. Great. Salads, meets, fish, pasta, desert, bread. Great waiters and highly attentive. Fun for lunch and dinner any day of the week. Great parking across the street or valet. You will not be disappointed.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$12 - US$45
American, Italian
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Takeout, Private Dining, 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, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids
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
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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