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La Vista

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(20 Reviews)

1936 Fountain View Dr, Houston, TX 77057

(713) 787-9899

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Today: 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Tomorrow: 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
21
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Hours
Regular Hours

Extra Phones

Phone: (713) 787-9928

Phone: (281) 509-9581

Primary Phone: (346) 204-5669

Fax: (713) 787-9928

Payment method
all major credit cards, amex, discover, master card, visa
Price Range
$$
Neighborhoods
Three Fountain Square, Westside, Great Uptown
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Categories
Italian Restaurants, American Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Caterers, Mediterranean Restaurants, Mexican Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Lot, Private

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Mediterranean, Caterers, Mexican, American, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Latin American, Italian, European, Continental

Alcohol: Beer, Yes, Wine

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average

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Abby H.

06/22/2016

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La Vista is a great neighborhood Italian spot in Houston, Texas. This casual, indoor/outdoor seating, BYOB (conveniently located next to Rice Epicurean if you want to buy a bottle of wine before dinner), moderately priced restaurant is exactly the place you are looking for on weekday night. Food is great and the menu offers something for everyone.

clmackav

04/01/2012

Overall
Good food bad service

The title says it all! Enjoyed the food but won't go back because of the miserable service for a party of 6.

Bol

07/09/2010

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
This Place is the Bomb

I live less than a mile from La Vista, but really never dined there. I found myself always heading to Carrabbas for Italian food, which is a great place. Never the less, we finally went, and I was blown away on the quality of the food and the price. We brought in our own bottle of red, and spite the tomato appetizer and the veal chop. It was out of the this world. The price was super reasonable!

bkhan25

05/30/2010

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Great Italian - BYOB

Good food, reasonably priced, BYOB (there's Rice Epicurean next door and a liquor store as well), casual, outdoor/indoor seating and a relaxed atmosphere. We went there for dinner last night and I had the ribs that were delicious and my wife had the Ribeye which was pretty good.

HoustonTexReview

05/11/2010

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Huge Portions and BYOW

Okay, when a group of us met there, I was dreading the patio which faces the parking lot. They had fans blowing, making a bunch of noise. The tables looked cheap and I was a bit grossed out.

I saw families with cases of wine. You can BYOW for $5 or order from a mini bar they just installed.

I had always heard great things about the food. Their entrees are expensive, bu they are huge. My mussels were delicious and an A+! The brownie a la mode was a A-. Everyone else ordered pork and fish...they loved it.

Family friendly; not dog friendly.

yumyuminthetumtum

03/10/2010

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Overall
The best

This is one of the few places that my fiance and I continue coming back to time and time again. The food is delicious and the BYOB policy is right up our alley. We always get the crab cakes, which are delicious, but the best part of that dish is actually the corn salsa. I love their veggie pizza as well as the pork tenderloin entree. It is PERFECTION. Not crazy about the ceviche at all though. If you're coming on a Friday or Saturday night, be prepared for at least a 45 minute-1hour wait if you don't get there by 6:30. They have a little waiting area of chairs in the parking lot where you can pop a bottle of wine to enjoy while you wait. We almost always sit outside, unless it's unbearably hot or cold.

Service is usually pretty good. I don't know any of the servers names, but there are a few that recognize us as repeat customers and take the time to talk with us, and a few who make it clear they are just a body serving you food...if that makes sense.

The clientele is a little bit of an older, more conservative crowd (which we are neither lol!), but everyone meshes well. It seems that no matter what age or status you are, you go there because you like to bring your own wine and eat awesome food!

chuebinger

07/26/2009

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Overall
My new fav place!

My girlfriends and I and I were looking for a new place and of course came to CitySearch and found this place! First of all it is BYOB which is always great! The food is wonderful and comes in such large portions it is easy to share. The pizzas are also really good. And the service is outstanding! I have actually been twice in the last week! I will definitely be coming back and bringing my husband!

humblemd

04/10/2009

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Overall
Great food and great wine

La Vista has always been a favorite for me and my wife. With the BYOB policy and the excellent food at very reasonable prices, we end up hosting our monthly wine dinner there. Last weekend, we hosted our wedding reception for 50 people on the patio. Ed and George - managers - and the rest of the crews took excellent care of our party. This is a must go place for wine lovers and lover of excellent food.

htown01

02/01/2009

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Overall
Italian at it's Best

I am a little reluctant to write a review about this restaurant because I don't want the secret to be out that this is by far the best Italian restaurant in Houston. I finally tried La Vista after I finagled the secret out of my parents when they ate there three times in one week! Having travelled to Italy numerous times, I know how ""REAL"" italian food should taste. This restaurant takes classic Italian and puts a fun, inventive twist to it. The pastas and pizza are delicious and the main entrees, especially the tuna, are divine. La Vista is BYOB and has a great patio (Fountain View) so you can dine alfresco.

houstontx77079

06/09/2008

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Overall
simply great food

I have tried everything on the menu and never been dissapointed. The bread and salad are great! Good for a family meal or a date night. Always food left over.

maxeagle

03/22/2008

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Overall
Great food and great service

I really enjoyed my experience here - I've found a new hang out! I got there early on a Friday - around 6 PM and we were seated right away. The place was clean - small, but important detail for me. My dinnermate really enjoyed her salad (which I declined). We both enjoyed the bread that was brought out - lightly dusted with cheese - perfect way to start a meal. I had rainbow trout encrusted with cornmeal. It had guacamole on the side as well as these three, small spinach-filled enchildas. My dinnermate had a shrimp pasta dish. We each loved our entrees! This is an Italian place, but the menu had lots of interesting twists on Italian food. Great experience. I will return. Also, this is BYOB, but they do have wine that you can order.

Sunshine72

03/20/2008

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Overall
Excellent Food/Service

One of my favorite dishes, which I order only occasionally, is the fettucine alfredo. It's sinfully creamy and infused with nutmeg. I usually add shrimp and veggies or go lighter on the sauce, and they willingly accommodate. I've tried most of their pasta dishes, including the tortellini and ravioli, and I keep going back to them. The bread is served warm with a light olive oil dipping sauce.

Ed, who is the manager, is on top of the food and service. He gives personal attention to many of the regulars.

Amalina

02/26/2008

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Overall
Consistantly good food but be prepared for a wait for it if you come after 7:00 P.M.

My husband and I have been eating here from the very beginning when it first opened. It has changed quite a bit since then from not only the look of the restaurant but the BYOB policy of charging $7 for a corkage fee. Yes, it is nice of them to let you bring your own wine, but they used to do it for a lot less money and still had plenty of people coming. I think that they should have kept the $3 corkage fee. Also, they have totally remodeled the place where it was just a little hole in the wall, to a very appealing restaurant that you could bring clients or friends. The owner was the original chef from Collinas and he has certainly done well for himself here. His menu is larger than the original one and he is now open for lunch. They aren't upity here either and will cook your food the way you want. I asked for my fish to be plainly grilled and extra vegetables and they were very accomadating. They put the sauce on the side. It was delicious and it wasn't the sauce that it normaly came with. I look forwared to trying the one near my home in Memorial but for now this one is centrally located and still enjoy coming here with friends and family.

rdibclc

10/01/2007

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Overall
Don't Avoid EVER! The wait is well worth it.

Of note, I go here every year for my birthday. It was this past Saturday and my server was the pitts! Not helpful at all, short with me and my guests, and did not spend anytime at the table and VERY quick to drop the bill. Lately the wait staff hasn't been that impressive.
Aside from this I love it. The mussels are to die for. I've had just about everything on the menu and it's ALL good. On any night you may have to wait but it's so fun sitting around, chatting and drinking good wine (if that's your drink) and waiting for a seat. If there was one area of themenu I'm disappointed in it would be the desserts, except the bread pudding. I think they could addd a little variety. Also, the special this weekend sounded the same as a year ago, may want to change that up a bit.

marcy_76

10/13/2006

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Overall
Great Food-Cozy Little Spot

This place has excellent food, great service, and menu with many choices. I regularly ordered one of two dishes, either the Eggplant parmesan (the first time i tried this) which has a fabulous sauce, and is quite tasty, perfect if you're not looking for anything too heavy. Other times, I opted for the Shrimp Diavolo-prawns tossed in angel hair pasta with fairly spicy marinara sauce. My husband ordered the beef tenderloin with plum/burgundy reduction sauce. La Vista serves the most perfect bread, with olive oil to dip. The ""bonus"" about this place, is that you can BYOB..we enjoyed our meal along with a great bottle of red. At the time, we were charged a $3.00 corking fee. Conveniently, at least, at the time, the restaurant is next door to a liquor store which has a nice wine selection to suit all palates. This place is pretty popular, so I'd advise making reservations or bringing enough soft drinks or grapejuice to sip on while waiting. don't worry, management is on top of the wait, and has always been very attentive when i've eaten here. I've moved out of state for work, but I mention this place to all who visit my home town. I miss it!

talltex1963

09/12/2005

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Overall
Great Food/Great Value

In a word, the food is fabulous. My pork chop with horseradish potatoes was seasoned perfectly. A bite of my fathers shrimp and grits let me know there were other things I must return to try. I begged the chef for the sweet potatoe and roasted corn pudding to no avail, but will return for another taste. Presentation was beautiful and the portions quite large. I had no room for dessert, which was disappointing as they all looked wonderful.

lefty1

02/28/2005

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Overall
Wonderful!

My husband and I frequented this restaurant when we lived in the Galleria area and we were never disappointed. It has a great atmosphere and wonderful food.

juliecossette

09/13/2004

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Patron

Well worth the wait for the great food and value and ambiance.