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The Spaghetti Western Italian Cafe

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(43 Reviews)

1608 Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77007

(713) 861-1313

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Today: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
14
YEARS
IN BUSINESS
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Hours
Regular Hours

Extra Phones

Primary Phone: (713) 490-5618

Phone: (713) 861-4490

Phone: (713) 490-2988

Phone: (713) 490-5618

Fax: (713) 861-4490

Payment method
cash, all major credit cards, amex, master card, visa
Price Range
$$
Neighborhoods
Washington Avenue - Memorial Park, Central Houston
Categories
Italian Restaurants, American Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Caterers, Family Style Restaurants, Health Food Restaurants, Mediterranean Restaurants, Pizza, Restaurants, Seafood Restaurants, Vegan Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Lot, Private

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Caterers, American, Healthy, European, Vegetarian, Continental, Vegan, Mediterranean, Family Style, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Italian, Seafood, Pizza

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average

Reviews

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sammygt

10/29/2011

Overall
Great service and good food! I...

Great service and good food! If you get a chance to catch Lupe working the bar, enjoy!

notthatpicky0509

04/16/2011

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Overall
I like most things, but this was blah!

Tried to ignore the other reviews and give it a try. Wish I had taken other reviews into consideration. Ordered spaghetti and meatballs as I figured it would be hard to mess that up! Wrong ... my meal, and my friend's meal was bland, no seasoning, we kept trying to put salt and pepper on it, but it never got to a place where it was good. The restaurant was almost empty and the waiter was still slow, unfocused, and not very attentive. Now I know ... not a restaurant to visit in the future.

thewholeenchilada

04/10/2010

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Overall
what prison food must taste like

Seriously.... I question people's taste buds. I suppose if you aslo think Cadillac Bar is great food - you would enjoy this place. Maybe these people who think this place is good- think Fast Food is like real food.
After reading the other reviews, I was so hopeful...
While dining at this place...I was just hopeful I wouldn't get sick.
If I weren't so hungry... I wouldn't have been able to eat a few bites of my mediocre meal... it was the kind of situation where you are even afraid to send it back because I didn't think anything else would be better.

aef2

04/06/2010

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Overall
My favorite place in Houston!!!

Someone took me to SW when I first moved here and I haven't found a better Italian place yet. Great food, great services, fast on to-go orders and nice selection at the bar. If you blink - you'll miss it driving down Shepherd so keep an eye out for the green awning. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu.

foodcritic77

11/04/2009

Overall
Horrible Food, Dirty Dishes!!!!!!!!!

Obviously some of these reviews are being posted by the restaurant staff. This is NOT the place to go for good pasta. There are by far better restaurants in the Heights / West End area.,DO NOT waste your time & money on this place.,Someone please donate a dishwasher to this restaurant.,The spoon on my table had food particles on it from the last customer.,TOTALLY GROSSED OUT!

lapase7

10/31/2009

Overall
WHERE IS THE GOOD FOOD?

I went to this place tonight because I had a taste for pasta.,well I don't know how "western" they are but RACIST is written all over the faces of the $2.50hr wait staff and hostess. I was told by a young lady to sit anywhere I'd like and she rolled her eyes. I sat and read the menu for a few minutes.,nobody came over to greet me nor bring me water nor take my order. I noticed a couple of caucasian guys sat at a table next to me. The waiter immediately greeted them brought them water and said he would be back to take their order. Then another family (caucasian) came in and were greeted by the same waiter, he brought them water and smiled widely. After a few minutes I got up to leave, the waiter watched me walk out the door. As I approached the restaurant, the waiter came to the door and asked if I were leaving. I told him yes because I was not being served therefore I was going to Cyclone's across the street. His only statement to me was "you have to move your car off the parking lot." What a idiot!!!!! He obviously don't realize that money is green no matter who you receive it from. As a low budget waiter he should learn customer service if he wants to be promoted to bartender or dishwasher.,I don't understand the mentality of people, especially in 2009., I have not had the opportunity to speak to the owner / manager, however if this waiter was so comfortable with his attitude.,I'm sure it is acceptable to management.

UHElle

03/14/2009

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Overall
'salright

I've been to the Spaghetti Western a few times, but I'm not too terribly impressed. It's alright, I suppose. I do really like their Italian Nachos, but so far that's the only thing I've been super crazy about. Oh, the breadsticks are awesome, too. My best friend had the stuffed shells the other day and it was 3 shells with cheese stuffing only and some sauce and that was it...no salad or anything. I've had the southwestern lasagna (it's called something like that) and it's alright. Lots of chicken chunks in it and the salsa it's topped with is tasty. I wasn't impressed with the presentation. My piece of lasagna was completely falling apart and was pretty much a slop of ingredients covered with salsa. I also didn't feel very lasagna-ee about it. If I wanted a whole bunch of sour creamy chicken enchilada filling one day, that's exactly what I'd order, though. They do have a pretty solidly stocked juke box, though...I feel like I'm still listening to Classic Vinyl on my XM when I flip through the pages. I'll probably be back and try a few other things, but it's not amazing or anything.

lalka

03/04/2009

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Overall
Nice decor, food so so

Ate there last night 3/3/09 and overall the food was slightly less than average. The breadsticks were way underbaked and soft, I like my breadsticks chewy, firm and a little crunchy. My veggie pasta was okay but chef forgot to add much seasoning. Being vegetarian I like my veggies tasty, not simply steamed. My friend had the salmon & angel hair pasta. The salmon was good but chef again forgot to add salt or other seasoning to the pasta. We ordered spinach on the side and it was very tasty so we knew the chef had access to salt and lemon and other spices. We took leftovers home and plan to doctor them up for another meal. The decor was nice but the floor looked dirty. I wouldn't want my children crawling on it. And the little waitstaff guy busily swept the floor while we were trying to eat, gross. Better to do that after closing. We may try the pizza next time to see if it warrants a third visit.

hthayden265

12/12/2008

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Overall
love their fried raviolis!

great service. lots of food for the price! highly recommended if you are starving and on a budget!

Johnevan

12/09/2008

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Overall
I did not like this and will not go back.

The only reasons I did not give this place 1 or 2 stars is because my brother liked his food and the other posters that say the service is good are right. I got the ""Pasta Man's Specialty"" which is listed under their Specialties. It has a crab cake, a grilled chicken breast and crawfish tails in a gralic sauce over orzo. I thought that sounded good. Save for the chicken breast, it wasn't. I'd like to know why they felt they could call it a crab cake at all being that as far as I could see, there wasn't a stitch of crab in it. The orzo was way over cooked. It was essentially mush, which ruined that particular portion of the dish.

It could be I caught them on a bad night but with the number of other restaurants to choose from, I'm not taking that chance.

houstoninsider

11/20/2008

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Overall
Quirky fusion in ambience and food

I enjoy dining at Spaghetti Western. I highly recommend the specials for the day when making your dinner selection. The food is creative and blends Mexican and Italian flavors admirably. The combinations are downright unconventional, but sure do satisfy. You have to try the Italian nachos at least once, but bring friends to share the bounty because it's a heaping platter.

jlong86

06/20/2008

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Overall
Good Food, Horrible Service

Good portions and great taste. Sat down at the bar for lunch with a group and had the worst service from the bartender throughout the entire meal. She rolled her eyes when we asked for bread before the meal and had a negative demeanor the whole time.

kattywhompas

06/05/2008

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Overall
Nice Atmosphere

I've eaten here with friends a couple of times. The food is good but the service is shaky--we've had good service and bad service. The portions are huge, I will generally share of take home leftovers.

htown44

06/03/2008

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Overall
Awesome Food - Superb Value - great neighborhood vibe

We're regulars and every time we eat at Spaghetti Western everyone loves it! The food is consistently delicious (I love Shrimp Scampi w/Artichokes and tomatoes) and the shrimp are GIANT fat and juicy. How do they provide such good grub so cheap? The house salads are made with all green, yes i said all GREEN healthy lettuce and an addictive vinegrette dressing and feta cheese. We went again this past Saturday night about 8pm and the place was full but there always happens to be a table waiting for us! My date had the raviolli but I kept tasting bites because their tomato sauce is simply da Bomb. The wait staff is mature but in a hip way and always friendly and super efficient. Keep it up Spaghetti Western!

kradjian

04/19/2008

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Overall
Not up to the Hype

Found the reviews misleading. Service and vibe was good - food was not. People must be coming here for some other reason but it sure isn't for the culinary qualities.

CoolDan

01/30/2008

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Overall
The Theme was really cool.

My girlfriend and I went on a Tuesday. It was very ez going. Good Food, Good Price you can eat here for a fist full of dollars, Nice Wait staff. Order the House wine (Merlot). The menu had plenty almost too much to select from. I would recommend this for dinner. Sure there are carbs but carbs get a bad wrap. I do wish they had some whole wheat selections.

ms_liz_ms

01/25/2008

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Overall
A Winner!

Love the seafood lasanga. Service was great, and the prices weren't bad. I would def. go again.
Very casual, kid friendly place.

npvdesigns

01/22/2008

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Overall
Geriatric Service

If you want to really feel like you are in old western cafe this is the place. Not just the decor- but most of the customers there were about 60+ drinking it up at the bar. Service was terrible, and very very slow. I went during my lunch break and there was 1 waitress for the entire restaurant. Food was decent, nothing to rave about. Will not go back.

houstonyp

11/17/2007

Overall
Awesome Calzones!

This place is a gem that I just discovered recently. The Italian Calzone is absolutely terrific (and probably large enough to feed two instead of one). The crust is freshly baked and cooked pefectly plus it is stuffed with a delicious Italian red sauce, meats and cheeses.