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Carrabba's - The Original on Voss

#365 of 7,143 Restaurants in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
Great Uptown
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1399 S Voss Rd, Houston, TX 77057-1023
+1 713-468-0868
11:00 - 22:00
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Houston, Texas
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

I took a dear friend of mine for lunch and we thoroughly enjoy the ambiance and th great service. Great all around.

Thank Patricia A
Houston, Texas, United States
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

My husband and I always start with the mussels which are the best we've ever had; love to dip the sliced bread in the mussel juice - delicious! I also always order a chocolate martini (no one makes a better one.) My husband ordered the rib eye with asparagus and roasted potatoes. I had Stuffed Shrimp Mandola. Both dishes were... More 

Thank Kitty B
Houston, Texas
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91 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Johnny Carrabba - you need to visit your restaurant. This place and all the Original places were the best. But, salty pasta, a Johnny Rocco salad that had seen better days...it is not the same place. The atmosphere was great. The wait staff - not so great but pretty full of themselves. But, they aren't the reason we visit and... More 

Thank RMCHouston
Loren A, Public Relations Manager at Carrabba's - The Original on Voss, responded to this review

Hello! Thank you for your review. We take every review, positive or negative, seriously and yours stood out significantly and we wanted to address it. We are sorry that your experience was not satisfactory. We do have a strong family presence as Rose Carrabba, Johnny's mother, is in the restaurant Monday-Friday from approximately 9am-4pm. It is our understanding that you... More 

Houston, Texas
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79 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

I have many take out options in Houston. For Italian, the best, by far, is @ Carrabba's. We call in our order, and 25 minutes later, I pick it up in a special area. I am greeted by one of their waiters, who then takes my credit card and then returns with our order and my bill. Easy and quite... More 

1 Thank Joe W
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79 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

Good italian food. Waiters and staff try to talk a lot of italina to the guests. Crowded on weekends. Clean restrooms and a little bit short an beer selections, But the rest is OK. Good service at reasonable prices!

Thank HerbertHuayacocotla
Houston, Texas
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51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Carrabbas used to be an institution. It used to be iconic. It used to be the New Houston. Sadly, it's a shadow of its former self. It's the Sony Walkman of established Houston restaurants; and there are others. The food is OK; though way expensive. The big issue is the ambiance. It's the 80s brown on top of brown look.... More 

1 Thank Mark S
Paris, France
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82 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

We go at this place about twice a year with friends couples, it is EVERY TIME a great dining experience. Very good service, efficient and helpful, Dining room with great and select atmosphere, Meals are delicious and not that expensive regarding the high level of the food. Wine list is easy to read, not too long but offers a good... More 

Thank 369geico
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87 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

The usual Pizza's salads, thick lamb chops, all good, with solid sized drinks and very attentive and good service. I go there for the Minestrone, a good bowl of the tasty healthy and restorative broth, it is delicious, filling and feel light

Thank FloridaBetterhalf
Houston, Texas
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108 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

PRO's: This Carrabba's "Original" is still owned by the Carrabba family and is not part of national chain. We have eaten here for two decades and know the dishes well. This week we decided to pickup some favorites for home. We ordered Carrabba salad, Fiorucci salad, a Margherita Pizza, Tagliarini Picchi Pacchu for pickup. They were all dependable, very good... More 

Thank Spurgeon B
Houston, Texas
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27 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

Although we have had many enjoyable experiences, our recent visit was very unpleasant for our Italian taste buds... We had to return the "COZZE IN BIANCO" (bad smell and taste) and even the substituted "SAUSAGE AND PEPPERS" did not meet expectations (may have been the lingering smell and taste...). The wife (she rarely complains about Italian food...) had a pasta... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 12 - US$ 49
American, Italian
After-hours, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Full Bar, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Groups, Bar Scene
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
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1399 S Voss Rd, Houston, TX 77057-1023
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston>  > Great Uptown
  • Neighbourhood: Great Uptown
  • Phone Number: +1 713-468-0868
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?