1610 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Phone: (512) 326-4411
Phone: (512) 441-6100
Primary Phone: (512) 441-6100
Fax: (512) 441-7746
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Fine Dining, Mediterranean, Caterers, French, Italian, European, Continental, Bar & Grills, Pizza
Alcohol: Yes, Full Bar, Wine
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Price Range : Average
Good For Groups: Yes
08/02/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Well, the food was not bad, but not good either. The place is loud, uncomfortable, and populated by a bunch of loud young Westlake rowdies who had to shout at the top of their lungs while their women screamed in approval about how much they made and how cool their cars were and where they vacationed.
Bad enough to make me not return yet.
For the price, I expected better.
05/10/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Where to begin? I had heard horror stories about the management and the French owner of this place. My friend talked me into going here because she had always wanted to try it. I gave in.... We arrived around 8:30, the place was hot as hell, I'm thinking they do not invest any of the many dollars they must make back into keeping up the comfort level here.. not a good dining temperature. We sat at the bar where a very colorful character, Tom greeted us. He was very entertaining but seemed a little buzzed himself already. He makes a fine martini for sure. We ordered the tuna tartare which was underwhelming to say the least... there is enough bread here to choke an army with a thimble's worth of tuna to go with it. If this was Uchi grade tuna then I could possible almost see the value but the fish was starting to oxidize and was not pleasant. We ordered the veal saltimbocca and the tagliatelle for entrees.. Blah! The veal was so overdone and tough (hard to accomplish with veal) and slathered in butter that it was inedible.. the pasta, while homemade, was disgustingly overly creamy with no emphasis on subtle nuances.. just a big creamy gut bomb. We were missing Tom at this point, he had disappeared for what I assume was a cigarette break, when he walked behind us to come back behind the bar the odor of nicotine followed him. In the meantime, the manager had taken his place behind the bar and had this condescending, fake b.s. attitude that made our already unhappy stomachs crawl... The kind of guy you expect to find at a used car lot. This was seriously, one of the worst dining experiences I've had in the world and it would have been funny if not for the exorbitant prices these clowns have the audacity to charge for this mess. Avoid.
09/23/2010Provided by Citysearch -
We had wanted to go to Vespaio for a while because of all the great reviews. When we finally went this week it was an awesome disappointment. The bartender was too busy doing inventory to make any conversation or even get our bread before the food arrived. We were the only one's there at the time. The bread was lousy considering it's made on sight. It was cold, undercooked and bland with a poor crust. The pizza was lousy, undercooked and bland. The lasagna was a pool of bad pasta and lackluster bolognese. The salmon and crab ravioli special was so bland and the ""homemade"" pasta was terrible. We ended up just having everything packed to go-for our dogs-and grabbing an awesome burger at Hut's. It was a $100 waste.
01/15/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Went yesterday night and the place was so noisy that I had to leave taking the dessert with me home.
We ordered 2 plates of pasta: the raviolinis, which were very salty and also small for the price. The other dish was past with mushrooms and chestnate sauce, badly executed and almost sweet.
For dessert I ordered a tiramisu, probably the worst I've ever tried. No mascarpone at all, except for a spoon. It was all biscuits.
I do not recommend this place on weekend nights or for pasta.
The wine is excellent, thought (we tried 2 types)
02/11/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I used City Search to research restaurants for a recent 5 day stay in Austin. I was impressed with the reviews others gave this restaurant. It did not disappoint. Beginning with the bartender who was so friendly and offered suggestions on the wine and the food and the waiter who made us feel we were the most important people in the restaurant. The food was spectacular...the Duck Bolognese was fabulous as was everything else to include the dessert which was a cappuccino flavored mousse that was to die for.
Don't miss this one!!
11/30/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Great food. It is not only delicious, but also artistic. As they don't take reservations, there can be a long wait on the weekend for tables. So, the last couple of times we ate there we sat at the bar. The bartenders are great and know their distinct wine list. The cheese platter has an incredible selection of cheeses, with candied nuts and paper thin sliced fruits. It was so well presented, it was a shame to eat it. (But we did and loved it.) The Pasta is done perfectly and don't forget to leave room for dessert. For the quality of food and experience, it is a place that you can feel comfortable in jeans and for what you get, the prices are very reasonable.
08/17/2008Provided by Citysearch -
My wife and I supped here a few months ago as a friend gave us a coupon. My wife is Italian, and to our dismay, whenever we eat out at an Italian restaurant, we usually find that her cooking is better.
Luckily, we actually found an Italian Restaurant that is at least worth the trip out. They really could improve on their service and personality, but at least the food was good. Prices were reasonable, but not cheap. A good place to go to for a special dinner.
LOVE, LOVE this place. love everything about it really. (oh, except it can get pretty loud - but i won't be stopped!) everything i've eaten here has been delicious. the butternut squash ravioli - YUM, the pizza - great, salad - yes, dessert - give me more! i also love how slow it is. you are not rushed to give up your table for the people waiting. they bring you each dish with a pause between - it gives you time to unwind and relax and TALK! such a great place to go when the kids are home with the sitter!! give me more!!
oh, and we went a little early, put our name on the list, gave them our cell #, walked around the shops and they called us when our table was ready. love it!
08/01/2008Provided by Citysearch -
It's a romatic place with pretty good italian food. Everything has so much butter and that's totally not italian at all though. Service is pretty good, not the most impressive. Quality of food is not consistent. I eat here pretty often and I order pretty much same appitizer/dish and the taste of food changes every time.
07/06/2008Provided by Citysearch -
This place was so crowded, we bumped elbows with the table next to us. It was my date's favorite italian in town. We made reservations but still waited half an hour. Nice rustic brown interiors, the ambience might have been good if it wasn't so darned busy. Prices were pretty high. The food was really oily and not as tasty- I felt like I was missing some essential italian herbs. I was pretty dissapointed.
06/13/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Vespio is the best Italian in Austin--and probably one of the top restaurants in Austin.
Here's the little known secret: The best way to have fun and enjoy Vespio is to sit at the bar, which is much livelier than the restaurant. Tom, the bald bartender with glasses, is among the best mixologists ever. Sit at the bar and let him recommend the food and wine pairings. The tuna tartar is to die for, so that's a must. And Tom will set you up with a nice antipasto plate and maybe a pasta for sharing. Maybe a salad too, and you're full. No need for entrees for each person.
After reading the prior review, I felt obligated to share my opinion. It's so weird that those people thought Enotica is fabulous and Vespio is not. Hello...it's the same owner and chef, except Enotica is a little cheaper / casual and doesn't serve the tuna tartar. They're both great!
05/30/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Today 5/30/08 I joined a few (3) friends for lunch to celebrate a birthday. After being served a greasy lunch, we requested 4 small plates to share a small cake between ourselves. To our dismay we were told we could not discreetly share the cake. HOWEVER, WE COULD SHARE THE CAKE IF WE AGREED TO PAYED NEARLY $2 PER PERSON. I'm appalled because we did not ask for a free lunch, a mariachi routine, or dancing on the table to announce my friends birthday.
I HAVE NO PLANS TO RETURN, BUT SHOULD YOU DECIDE TO EAT THERE I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO LOOK AGAIN AT HOW GREASY THE FOOD REALLY IS BEFORE YOU EAT IT.
UNHAPPY NATIVE AUSTINITE!
05/19/2008Provided by Citysearch -
My husband and I were looking for a new restaurant late on Saturday night. We gave up and tried Enoteca because we loved it, but it was closed. So we ventured next door to Vespaio, thinking you can't screw up Italian food. WRONG!
We started with a cocktail as we browsed the impressive menu and wine list. I was excited. it looked great! We ordered a bottle of wine, per our usual routine, and got vinegar! It was terrible! We ordered the flavorless, rubbery calamari and cesar salads (which were pretty good).
We then ordered our meal. The waitress recommended the veal which was tough and salty. It tasted like Luby's chicken fried steak. To be fair, the fried zuccini was crispy and fresh.
My husband's lasagna tasted like chef boyarde... plasticy and sausage-heavy.
The food was over-priced and all we could do is laugh at the experience. At least our hefty bill could count as entertainment. We learned to never go to a place just because it's open... and we will never again go back to Vespaio.
I just can't understand why there are so many great reviews. Either nobody knows anything about food or wine or they are just stacking their own blog.
04/20/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Vespaio is as close to a perfect restaurant as it comes. The food is spectacular, the best you will have in Texas. It is very affordable. The atmosphere is great, as well as the service. The only drawback is that the dining room is a little small, and can be a little noisy.
03/11/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I love love love Enoteca. It should be noted that the phone number is 441-7672. The suppli is wonderful & the specials are always amazing. Service is top notch too! It's a great place to go for coffee in the morning, then a casual lunch & then back again for a romantic dinner. Brunch is awesome too! You can eat there every day & have something different.
03/06/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Okay! So the wine we ordered wasn't our favorite. That has more to do with my complete lack of knowledge about Italian wine. But the food...Oh My Goodness was it good. The Funghi con Polenta appetizer consisted of fire-roasted (almost smoked) mushrooms in the most amazing gorgonzola cream sauce. I literally said to the table that ""I'd like a little privacy so that I can be alone with my food"". I didn't think they could top the app, but the Kurobuta Pork Short Rib over Risotta was one of the best things I've ever tasted. It was on the nightly specials, so be sure to look for it. The hostess managed the news that we were 9 people on a busy Wednesday evening without a hint of panic. (grace under pressure) Our server, Kenneth, managed our large table consisting of both foodies and several who ""don't get out much"" really well. He made sure that as the specials began running short, we knew it and could get ours reserved. I don't know why I have never been to Vespaio before. I've always been meaning-to-go. Now! I wonder if I'll want to go anywhere else?
03/03/2008Provided by Citysearch -
i thought it was ok (food). wife thought it wasn't too great.(food) we thought the server treated us like we should be lucky to be there (sunday night 3/2/08 - figure it out management..). he didn't know wine and was too hip for himself. a turn off for a pricey place - give me some pro's or people that can act the part. because of him, i wouldn't go back or recommend. i mean - i used to eat at italian restaurants in san francisco's north beach all the time and the servers and owners would treat me like their 2nd cousin and they were all young and hip too.