Review of Bistecca Italian Steakhouse in Houston

Updated on April 11, 2020
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Exterior of Bistecca Italian Steakhouse
Exterior of Bistecca Italian Steakhouse | Source

Restaurant Newcomer

Bistecca Italian Steakhouse is a relative newcomer to the Houston restaurant scene. The building used to house another restaurant called Bistro 224 and then a flower shop called the Plant House. Bistecca opened in the latter part of 2015 after renovations to the structure of the building.

My husband and I recently made our first visit to this bright and airy establishment during the 2017 Houston Restaurant Weeks. We are very familiar with Sorrento Ristorante Italiano, located just a few blocks away. Both restaurants are owned by Abbas Hussein but are quite different in appearance. What ties them together, other than ownership, is the quality of their food—as we would soon discover.

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Private dining spaceEntrance art with cutout view of dining roomDining room view Looking into a private dining area from the main roomAnother dining room view View of the bar from the dining roomLooking towards the bar and wine storage area
Private dining space
Private dining space | Source
Entrance art with cutout view of dining room
Entrance art with cutout view of dining room | Source
Dining room view
Dining room view | Source
Looking into a private dining area from the main room
Looking into a private dining area from the main room | Source
Another dining room view
Another dining room view | Source
View of the bar from the dining room
View of the bar from the dining room | Source
Looking towards the bar and wine storage area
Looking towards the bar and wine storage area | Source

Interior Spaces

In the entrance and main dining room, the two-story ceilings with numerous windows allow plenty of natural light to illuminate the space. The look is minimalistic with white walls and white tablecloths setting the tone. The decor is modern. The pops of color with bright yellow bench seating and colorful art are even more noticeable due to that backdrop.

The bar and wine storage room can be viewed from the main dining room. I am sure that the bar area has many customers during the happy hour times from 4 to 7 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.

Glass doors can be closed in the one private dining room off the main dining area to at least deaden the sounds emanating from both regions.

The other private dining area pictured above is pretty. I have read some reviews in which people write about being distracted from the adjacent hallway. That is where people using the restrooms as well as waitstaff coming to and from the kitchen are seen. It is not closed off with glass doors like the other more private space. I have to admit that I discovered it when using the restroom before leaving the restaurant.

There is also an outdoor dining space to the front of the restaurant.

The day we dined at Bistecca Italian Steakhouse, the dining room had few customers. Admittedly we were there towards the latter end of regular lunch hours, which are 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. Dinner hours are 5 to 10 p.m., Mondays to Thursdays. They stay open one hour later on Friday and Saturday evenings, and they are closed on Sundays.

Chef Alberto Baffoni Creates Steak Tartar at Bistecca

Chef Baffoni

Crusty, delicious bread is served to each table with butter and a delicious olive tapenade. Chef Alberto Baffoni probably has his unique recipe for this tapenade. It was delicious with the bread.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Italian-born Chef Baffoni has worked in several locales, including London, the Bahamas, Italy, and our nation’s capital before coming to Houston.

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Bread, butter, and olive tapenade is brought to each table.Housemade goat cheese beet raviolo with truffle cream and toasted almondsCutting into the housemade raviolo (singular of ravioli)Potato and leek soupSix-ounce pan-seared salmonSeven-ounce fire-grilled chicken breast
Bread, butter, and olive tapenade is brought to each table.
Bread, butter, and olive tapenade is brought to each table. | Source
Housemade goat cheese beet raviolo with truffle cream and toasted almonds
Housemade goat cheese beet raviolo with truffle cream and toasted almonds | Source
Cutting into the housemade raviolo (singular of ravioli)
Cutting into the housemade raviolo (singular of ravioli) | Source
Potato and leek soup
Potato and leek soup | Source
Six-ounce pan-seared salmon
Six-ounce pan-seared salmon | Source
Seven-ounce fire-grilled chicken breast
Seven-ounce fire-grilled chicken breast | Source

Our Food Choices

Pictured above is the housemade goat cheese and beet raviolo served with truffle cream and toasted almonds that I chose as my first course. The flavor combination was delicious!

My hubby chose the potato and leek soup as his first course. The photo of the soup has some cracked pepper on it. The server lifted a domed top before serving these dishes. My husband was so happy with his choice, and he said he would happily order that soup again.

The salmon was my hubby’s second course, and once again, he was a happy camper! The pan-seared salmon was served with sauteed spinach, cannellini beans, and king crab. It was artfully presented on the plate and was as tasty as it appeared.

I chose the chicken breast. It was fire-grilled and served with bell pepper bandiera and parsley potatoes. For fun, I looked up the word “bandiera.” The flag of Italy (Bandiera d’Italia) has equally sized vertical stripes of green, white, and red. Looking at my dish, I believe the chef was using a play on words to describe the colors of this delectable chicken dish. It certainly had the correct colors on the plate!

There were three courses offered for lunch during Houston Restaurant Weeks 2017. Typically speaking, my husband and I hardly ever order desserts. Despite that fact, we enjoyed the ones provided here.

My husband chose the ricotta cheesecake, which was plated with an amarena cherry sauce and a sliver of poached pear. A dollop of whipped cream and a fresh blueberry was on top. He enjoyed it and finished every bite of it!

The pièce de résistance topping off a masterful meal, in my opinion, was the flourless six-layer chocolate cake with dark chocolate cabernet ganache. This masterpiece slice of cake was mouthwatering! Would I order this again? In a heartbeat is my answer!

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Flourless six-layer chocolate cakeRicotta cheesecake
Flourless six-layer chocolate cake
Flourless six-layer chocolate cake | Source
Ricotta cheesecake
Ricotta cheesecake | Source

Houston Restaurant Weeks

My hubby and I enjoyed discovering some new eateries during Houston Restaurant Weeks. The participating restaurants offer menu choices at discounted pricing. The Houston Food Bank benefits significantly from this effort every year as it is their primary annual fundraiser.

I am sure others take advantage of it like we do each year to try out new and different restaurants from the ones customarily patronized. It is a great way for restaurants to gain new, and hopefully, returning customers. The other restaurants we tried this year include the following: Ciao Bello Restaurant, Lucille’s, and Bistro Menil.

We will return to Bistecca Italian Steakhouse in the future. They regularly offer three-course business lunches for $25. The restaurant has complimentary valet parking.

Bistecca is in the Midtown / Montrose part of our city at 224 Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas 77006.

5 stars for Bistecca Italian Steakhouse

Do you have a similar annual fundraiser by restaurants in your area like the Houston Restaurant Weeks that benefit a local food bank?

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Dinner at the Bistecca Bar on a Busy Evening

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      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        8 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Rida,

        I'll bet that flourless chocolate cake is ordered often at this restaurant. It is so delicious!

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        Peggy Woods 

        8 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Pamela,

        The food was excellent, and we liked the decor and service as well. I hope that they can survive the pandemic as many restaurants can also hopefully do.

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        Peggy Woods 

        8 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Ruby,

        That chocolate cake was a definite winner in my book! (Smile)

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        8 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Liz,

        Many of our restaurants are doing the same thing by offering take-out deliveries, or in the case of fast food entities, drive-through.

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        Rida Verduax 

        8 weeks ago from Seattle

        With you on the flourless chocolate cake for dessert :)

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        8 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi FlourishAnyway,

        Yes, we do have an amazing variety of good restaurants in the Houston area. That cake was so delicious!

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        8 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

        I like the way this restaurant is decorated. Also, the food looks delicous, not to mention that wonderful chesse cake. I imagine you will be returning to this restaurant again.

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        Ruby Jean Richert 

        8 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

        Once again, you've made me hungry, and I just ate, LOL The chocolate cake, I would die for in a flash second. Great article Peggy.

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        Liz Westwood 

        8 weeks ago from UK

        The restaurant weeks sound like a great idea. I hope this restaurant survives the difficult economic climate. Some in the UK are offering take out delivery.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        8 weeks ago from USA

        I’d go straight from the potato soup your husband had to that amazing cake! You have a wonderful selection of restaurants in your area!

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        8 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Diana,

        It is a beautiful setting, and with the excellent food and service, they should do well for a very long time once we get past the current pandemic.

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        Diana Carol Abrahamson 

        8 weeks ago from Somerset West

        Such amazing food at this restaurant. I would also go back again. Beautiful presentation and attention to detail too.

        The setting is perfect.

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