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1610 S. Congress St, Austin, TX 78704
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Ranked #37 of 3,173 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $40
Sun 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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English first
Crown Point, Indiana
19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

The food is amazing here and is only surpassed by the service. This place is in a great area for fun and entertainment. I had the mixed meat special which included quail, tenderloin, and filet. The gnocchi was awsome! I had just watched the movie unbroken and the guy floating in the boat for 42 days with no food always... More 

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98 reviews 98 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We've eaten several times here and at the Enoteca. Never had a bad meal. The food is genuinely Italian and not the fake American Italian stuff you get in most Italian restaurants, particularly in Texas. Its location on South Congress is great because there is a parking lot + it's dog-friendly and in good weather you can sit on the... More 

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Austin, Texas
20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Definitely my favorite Italian restaurant in Austin. Be sure to always check out their daily specials - my last visit I had the chicken breast risotto with Gorgonzola and it was to die for! The waiters really know their menu items so don't be afraid to ask them for advice. If you have a choice of where to sit, be... More 

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232 reviews 232 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Given the issue with Italian restaurants in Austin (most are mediocre and serve Italian American rather than Italian food) we went with an open mind but without high expectations.Finally,an Italian restaurant that isn't a "red sauce palace".Overall the food is well prepared,ingredients are sound,portions just right and prices reasonable.Very light and well seasoned Zucchini friti,home made pasta cooked al dente,including... More 

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Monterrey, Mexico
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

For the first time we went to SOCO area in Austin and we wanted to go to Vespaio since we read good reviews over the internet. The place has nice decoration, you feel to be kind in an italian small restaurant, the food is good, I´ve had better, but is good. The thing I did´t like was the service. The... More 

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Dallas, Texas, United States
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

A great Italian spot in SoCo. Once you find a place to park, it's perfect. We asked for a quiet table so they seated us in a small room off the main dining room. It was outstanding. Service was excellent - thank you, Joshua! He made excellent recommendations on food and wine. Shrimp scampi was great, as was the parpadelle... More 

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Austin, Texas
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38 reviews 38 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Vespaio's is one of my absolute favorite Austin "Dinning Out" spots. Last time I had a Shrimp Scampi dish with spinach noodles. It was delicious but just a bit too rich for my taste that night. But I will definitely be back for another dish in the New Year

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Oakville, Canada
Top Contributor
129 reviews 129 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

This is a fabulous trattorria in the Soco District of South Congress in Austin. After a prompt and friendly seating by the lovely hostess, we were welcomed by Carlos, our extremely genial server. Never pushy but always helpful, he made several suggestions from both the table d'hôte and the daily specials. We finally settled on the pizza margherita for one... More 

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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Definitely great place to go with family, friends and for dates. All food is delicious. One of my favorites restaurants in Austin.

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Austin, Texas
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49 reviews 49 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Vespaio, located in the eclectic neighborhood of South Congress, used to be “the place” to eat wonderful food, enjoy nice size portions, and spend a special evening conversing with friends. Now it has become a place that serves very mediocre food, small portions, and considers turning tables a right of passage. Probably due to the “Californication” and influx of new... More 

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Additional Information about Vespaio

Address: 1610 S. Congress St, Austin, TX 78704
Phone Number: 512.441.6100
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 0 - 40
Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean, Pizza

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