Sorrento Ristorante Italiano in Houston, Texas
Casual Dining in an Upscale Setting
If you are searching for a delightful dining experience in Houston, Texas, I would recommend making reservations at Sorrento Ristorante Italiano.
My husband and I wanted to do something special for our 40th wedding anniversary. We decided to go to Sunday Brunch at this upscale dining establishment. While the atmosphere and dining experience were upscale, the dress code is relaxed and comfortable.
On the day of our wedding, we dined at another gourmet restaurant in Houston before beginning our honeymoon. We decided to try something different for this particular day.
While my husband was familiar with Sorrento Ristorante Italiano, it was my first dining experience there. I am happy to report that Sorrento not only met but exceeded my expectations!
Sorrento Ristorante Italiano
The location of this Houston fine dining establishment is on lower Westheimer in the Montrose area. The address is 415 Westheimer Road at Whitney Street, Houston, Texas 77006.
It is located downstairs in an end cap of a strip center. A room which is attached to the building functions as a sun-room or solarium. It overlooks a tree-lined street and is a bright room in which to dine.
Whoever was employed to do the murals in this restaurant did an excellent job!
Sorrento, Italy overlooks the Bay of Naples, Mount Vesuvius and the Isle of Capri and is a location where many citrus trees exist.
Visitors and patrons to Sorrento Ristorante Italiano in Houston can gaze upon the waters, buildings, and trees expertly painted upon the walls to whisk them to Italy in spirit.
Speaking of citrus trees Sorrento, Italy is well known for the production of a drink called limoncello. It is made from lemon rinds, water, sugar, and alcohol. Again, one need not travel to Italy to be able to taste and enjoy this drink. If desired, Sorrento Ristorante Italiano can undoubtedly satisfy your quest for that particular libation.
Murals and Fine Art
In the main dining room is another beautiful mural. The artwork does not end there. Faux-finishing techniques on the walls and columns range in pattern and color mimicking old world finishes. Marbleizing techniques were also utilized to give this environment a vibrant and cozy old world charm.
Framed limited edition prints of artists such as Chagall and Matisse adorn the walls. By now you probably realize that the interior design and decorating were well done. But how about the food?
Sorrento is open all day on Sundays from 11 AM to 10 PM. They serve brunch items ranging in price from $11 to $18 from opening time to 3 PM. During brunch, one can also enjoy Mimosa’s, Bellini’s, Champagne and Sorrento for $2.50 per glass.
While we were studying the brunch menu my husband and I decided to enjoy a Bellini. It consists of white peach juice nectar, a hint of raspberry puree and Prosecco which is a sparkling white wine. We did not inquire as to what constitutes the Sorrento drink offering. Perhaps another time!
The roasted garlic was presented on a plate drizzled with different colored oils and herbs. A large selection of various types of bread is brought to the table for one’s choosing.
They have a Sunday only special during the brunch hours costing $35 per person. One gets to have a choice of soup or salad, entrée and dessert off of the dinner menu. That is quite a bargain, and that is what we decided to do to celebrate our special day. Had we ordered the same items after 3 PM it would have cost $32 more.
Wonderful live piano music is played during the brunch hours, and afterward, soft Italian music wafted through space from the intercom.
Our menu choices that day:
We both started our three-course meal with a bowl of fresh Maine lobster bisque. It was served in a round lidded container on top of a square serving liner plate. The lids were removed simultaneously by our captain Sergio.
The generous large lumps of succulent fresh lobster were immediately evident amidst the creamy pink tinged soup topped with lobster foam. That was some molecular gastronomy at its best. The lobster bisque was delicious!
My husband chose as his entrée a Porcini Crusted Gulf Red Snapper with Lobster Risotto and Caviar Butter. I selected the Chilean Sea Bass with wilted spinach, baby artichoke, and a citrus-caper sauce.
Both entrees were artfully presented in a large warmed serving bowl that kept the fish courses at the right temperature during our dining experience. It was as pleasing to our eyes as to our palates. We sampled each other’s entrees and agreed that both of them were delicious.
For dessert, we each chose the Grand Marnier and Chocolate Souffle with Dark Chocolate Sauce. It was presented on a rectangular plate dusted with powdered sugar.
At one end was the dark brown souffle with a small round bowl of melted dark chocolate at the other end. Anchoring it in the middle was a mouthwatering chocolate truffle. While neither of us tasted much Grand Marnier, obviously its use was subtle or just masked by the dark chocolate.
That artfully presented souffle and the coffee we ordered to accompany it became the grand finale to our gourmet meal which also included a bottle of crisp white wine.
My husband and I will also return to sample some of the regular brunch offerings. We saw some delectable looking dishes being taken to other tables as we were enjoying our multi-course meal.
Needless-to-say, we did not have to concern ourselves with eating dinner that evening!
Sorrento’s is an Epicurean Delight!
In addition to the all-day Sunday hours, lunch is served Monday to Friday from 11 AM to 5 PM. Dinner hours are from 5 to 11 PM Monday to Saturday at Sorrento.
Beautifully decorated private dining rooms can be reserved for special occasions. Specially arranged wine dinners are regularly offered with pairings of food and wine to entice the most discriminating of tastes.
Make reservations by calling 713-527-0609.
If you are visiting Houston, Texas consider putting Sorrento Ristorante Italiano on your list for an exceptional dining experience. Buon Appetito!
For those who may never visit Sorrento, Italy in person, the video below gives one a quick preview of what there is to see and enjoy.