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Vespaio Ristorante

1610 S. Congress St, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)
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Ranked #30 of 3,117 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
Neighborhood: South Austin
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English first
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Best Italian restaurant I have ever dined at, and best restaurant I have dined at in Austin! I've had the pleasure of eating here twice and both times the food was perfection! It's very crowded, and the wait was much longer than we were told on the phone a week before our visit. They don't take reservations for large groups,... More

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Austin, Texas
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Delicious! I love the mussels here with the crusty bread for dipping!! Don't miss out! Everything is great on the menu! The steak and fries are great too. I really like their wine list too. They have some great red wines that compliment the meals. Get their early. They DO NOT take reservations. We get there around 6:00 for dinner.

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Cameron, Texas, United States
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This isn't eating out, it's a dining experience. From the wine selection to the made to order risotto, the knowledgeable & friendly staff & the fresh made mozarella & pasta, you'll be full and happy. Went for our 10 year anniversary and it was well worth the drive.

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Fort Lauderdale
15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Was in Austin as the concierge advice on a couple restaurants when we mentioned this one he was like the best Italian restaurant in the city. Well let me tell you it was fantastic Reed our server was very knowledgable on wine list any the food. The oysters for appetizer were great I had the veal saltimbocca which was amazing... More

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Austin, Texas
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

No idea why some commenters describe Vespaio as excellent, probably because they lack comparisons and consider Olive Garden as Italian. Vespaio in the late 90ties was trying hard as a first in now trendy south congress, but now - with Austin's growth, they gave up. They now make real money. The place is still full, trendy and hopping but for... More

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Austin, Texas
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We'd never eaten here, because it was so hard to get in! SoCo parking is notorious too. Our anniversary fell on a Monday, and since they take reservations 'til 6:30 (an uncivilized hour to eat for some!) we were in. The place is comfortable but not fancy, and from our table against the wall, we could see the brick pizza... More

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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120 reviews 120 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This was my second trip to this very nice downtown (Austin) eatery. It is an interesting location with lots of other shops in the area. The food is excellent and eclectic. They have a wide assortment of pastas, fish and meat, also nice fresh salads. The wine list is adequate and the prices quite reasonable. I had the pasta with... More

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Chicago, IL
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105 reviews 105 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This is probably the best Italian restaurant I have been to, outside of Italy. And, let me tell you, we have been to many, all over the country. The outstanding attention to detail was amazing. Pillows of perfectly cooked butternut squash ravioli started an amazing meal. Lovely, deep wine list with all price ranges. Gorgeous display of antipasti to start.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 via mobile

I have been to Vespaio at least 20 times in the past 8 years and it has always been fantastic. We were there tonight, sitting at the bar with bartender, Tom, who is always a delight and knowledgable about food and wine. I realize with all the new restaurants in austin, I want Vespaio to remain in the forefront of... More

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Houston, TX
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

On a visit to Austin, we stopped here on a fluke (partially due to finding a convenient parking spot!). What a great dining experience. Excellent service, outstanding food. The chicken ravioli was simply wonderful -- probably the best I've ever had. Even the bread was above par. Next time I plan to save room for one of their delicious looking... More

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