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Vespaio

#28 of 2,938 Restaurants in Austin
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1610 S. Congress St, Austin, TX 78704
512.441.6100
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Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dessert, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 169
    Excellent
  • 90
    Very good
  • 26
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great Italian on South Congress

We visited the cafe on a Wednesday evening and were seated immediately. Our meals were delicious. We had pork saltimbocca and a bolognese pasta dish....each had distinctive flavors. The cafe is a little small and the table are close together....reminded us of Italy. The service was ok. We... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
2berries
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CT
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Bar scene
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302 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

Vespaio is one of the few places you can eat outdoors and peacefully on busy South Congress Avenue as there's a courtyard at the side of the restaurant rather than on the pavement. Our first meal there was great - good food and service. The second meal was not quite so good, but could have been our choices, and the... More 

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CT
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132 reviews 132 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

We visited the cafe on a Wednesday evening and were seated immediately. Our meals were delicious. We had pork saltimbocca and a bolognese pasta dish....each had distinctive flavors. The cafe is a little small and the table are close together....reminded us of Italy. The service was ok. We would stop by again if in the area.

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San Angelo, Texas
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221 reviews 221 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Love this restaurant! Fantastic food, service and ambiance. Started with the fabulous fried calamari with yummy marinara sauce and the delicious white anchovy appetizers. Bread so good too, but we prefer olive oil for dipping. We loved the seafood Cioppino, Halibut with polenta, Meyers lemon and radishes. The desert expresso Afogato was primo and the basil sorbet was the perfect... More 

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33 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 via mobile

the food here is over the top good! We gad two specials that included veal bacon and smoked chicken stuffed pasta shells. We sat at the bar and were treated like royalty. The food is fresh and definitely made with love and pride!

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Harlingen, Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Pretty much it's all in the title! Great Italian fare, exquisitely prepared. Good selection of Italian wines, really tasty bread. We go there every time we visit Austin.

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Austin, Texas
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I must have driven past this spot a hundred times and never noticed it. Am so glad I finally did! Dinner was fresh, creative, wonderful. Prices are a bit high, but portions are plenty big. Restaurant is small, intimate; wait staff is attentive and helpful; I will assuredly be back!

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Austin, Texas
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159 reviews 159 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This is one of our Austin faves, so I thought I would finally get around to reviewing it after a wonderful homecoming meal last week. I was a little surprised that it was not more crowded with SXSW in town, but I'm glad we made the effort. I have to start with the service. It was over-the-top good. The primary... More 

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Roskilde, Roskilde, Denmark
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

High quality food & wine, great local interpretation of Italian kitchen, professionalism and on top og that a cozy place.The staff at Vespaio take pride in cooking and serving at this restaurant and you sense that immediately as You enter the place. We have been eating all over Texas and Austin and we have to say: This is number 1.

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London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Great Italian-inspired food which was evidently popular with locals and visitors alike. Easy to find on "main strip" of SoCo. Great choice of aperitifs (Mimosa was much appreciated!), and delicious food - whether from the more extensive main menu at lunchtime, or the Sunday brunch menu. Staff were delightful - combining friendliness with efficiency. The restaurant is busy but we... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 via mobile

A rainy Sunday night, dining solo on my way out of Austin, was made warm and delicious at Vespaio. The energy in the room was vibrant but it was easy to read at a small table, with great olives and bread and the perfectly recommended glass of red, and finish with a plate of precisely al dente pasta cacio e... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1610 S. Congress St, Austin, TX 78704
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin
  • Phone Number: 512.441.6100

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 40
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Doing business, Special occasions, Bar scene
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

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?