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Vespaio Ristorante

1610 S. Congress St, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)
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Ranked #36 of 3,115 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $40
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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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261 reviews from our community

85% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Austin, Texas
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW 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
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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

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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Austin, Texas
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172 reviews 172 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

It's been around for several years and is at the now popular/trendy SoCo (South Congress) location. I've had excellent food and excellent service at one visit and really who cares service and so so average food the next visit. Try it and take a chance.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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52 reviews 52 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Traditional Italian made perfectly. Neither of us were very hungry but the entrees sounded good. rather than ordering one item t split, we ordered one each. Several delicious bites later, both meals were completely gone. The lemon pepper veal was really the big hit. Once done we went to their casual sister restaurant next door (a great choice for more... More

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Austin, TX
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

I have enjoyed Vespaio since it's opening in the late 90's. It is one of the few Austin restaurants that has survived, which is due to the excellence of the food and high level of service. How many establishments grow their vegetables and herbs, make their own mozzarella, etc.? Beautifully mixed cocktails, wine expertise, and wonderful specials make every visit... More

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San Marcos, TX
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76 reviews 76 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

A little on the pricey side, but great for a date night. Parking can be a nightmare (it is S. Congress after all) but once inside, the food is excellent. Service and atmosphere were an A+ as well.

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