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


Open Now
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