Photo by Barbara Kuntz

This is the original, vintage 1986 restaurant that has now grown to a chain of around 230 franchises. Unlike the other Carrabba's, this place is still owned by founder Damian Mandola and his nephew Johnny Carrabba, and it shows. Here, Carrabba’s Italian-American cuisine goes from basic (fried mozzarella and spaghetti) to ambitious (oak-and-pecan-grilled, pancetta-and-sage wrapped quail) and it’s all tasty and served up in a bustling, convivial atmosphere that is as kid-friendly as it is ideal for couples out on a first date. Hey, bring your grandma. She’ll love it, too.

Avoid the back side alley unless you enjoy the sound of crashing dishes.


3115 Kirby Dr.
Houston, TX 77098


Sun: noon-10 pm
Mon: 11 am-10 pm
Tue: 11 am-10 pm
Wed: 11 am-10 pm
Thu: 11 am-10 pm
Fri: 11 am-11 pm
Sat: noon-11 pm

Good to Know

  • $$
  • TVs
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Valet Parking
  • Full Bar
  • Patio/Outdoor Dining
  • Takeout