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About Carrabba's

Carrabba's Italian Grill was founded in Houston, TX by Johnny Carrabba and Damian Mandola in December of 1986, who set out to create a restaurant experience where people felt like guests in their home. Both Johnny and Damian belong to one of Houston's most successful restaurant families, and many of the recipes on our menu are those of Damian's mother Grace and sister Rose. Damian travels the world in search of the best ingredients and most unique Italian dishes so Carrabba's food tastes authentic and delicious.


Carrabba's is best known for its wood-burning grill, inspired by the many tastes of Italy. Signature dishes like Chicken Bryan, Pollo Rosa Maria and, of course, Marsala are enhanced by the taste of the grill. Other house specialties include Signature Pastas, with sauces made from scratch every day and Cucina Casuale, casual done the Italian way featuring delicious dishes, starting at just $10. Traditional dishes such as Calamari, Margherita Pizza and Chicken Parmesan share the spotlight. Little ones ten and under will enjoy the "Bambini Menu" and pizza dough is offered to keep young customers entertained. Menu items are also available for those who manage their gluten intake.


Carrabba's warm and welcoming atmosphere offers several distinct experiences for customers – from the intimate Family Table in the main dining room, where families and friends can share quality food and time, making dinnertime more memorable, to the Kitchen Counter in the midst of the energy of an authentic Italian kitchen where something is always on the stove and customers can taste what Carrabba's Chefs are cooking. Those customers seeking a more intimate experience can also enjoy dining at the bar.

Wine & Spirits

A moderately-priced wine list featuring Italian and California vintages, a full bar, and a premium selection of domestic and imported beers are available. Seasonal cocktail specialties such as peach, red, white and blackberry sangria are the perfect complement for Carrabba's flavorful dishes.

Amici Club

Amici Club members are the first to learn about new menu specials, receive exclusive offers and invitation-only access to events such as Wine Tastings, Proprietor Dinners and Cooking Demonstrations. Membership is free by signing up here.

Amenities & Services

Carside Carry-Out, Call-Ahead Seating, Handicap Accessible, Gluten-Free Menu


Catering available for delivery or carry-out. Private Dining is also available.

Average Restaurant Specs

6,300 square feet including dining room and bar seating 230 guests. Patio areas available in some locations.


Dinner served seven days a week. Most locations open for weekend lunch.

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Thank you for your interest in Carrabba's. If you are a member of the media and would like additional information, please call or email:

Elizabeth Watts, APR
Director of Media and Community Relations
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