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Vespaio Ristorante

1610 S. Congress St, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)
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Ranked #31 of 3,120 restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $40
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean, Pizza
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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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252 reviews from our community

85% Recommend
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English first
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 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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71 reviews 71 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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Austin, Texas
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108 reviews 108 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Excellent food and service in a very friendly atmosphere. On Congress the big problem is parking. Not at Vespaio where parking is available in front, behind and next to the restaurant. As a bonus the restaurant has great food and they can always seem to fit you in no matter how busy. Both inside and outside dining so you can... More

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Fort Myers, Florida
19 reviews 19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Vacationing in Austin and had been camping and eating fast food so let my daughter age 18 pick a nice sit down place for dinner and did she pick a wonderful place. Made reservations for 5:30pm. We had cabonara, carne grigliata,fish and a bottle of Fiorini Lambrusco. I had forgotten my readers so the waiter read the menu to me.... More

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Bellaire, Texas
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214 reviews 214 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The food and service were very good and the atmosphere is classy. My wife and I split a lasagna which we enjoyed. Parking is a little difficult but fortunately we were able to get a spot in their lot behind the restaurant. We will return.

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Rockport, Texas
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

My boyfriend and I came to austin from our small hometown and didn't really know where to go. We walked down south congress with one of our buddies looking for a place to eat but everywhere seemed a little overwhelming. We were going to stop in at hopdoddys as it seemed popular but the line was literally out the door,... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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92 reviews 92 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Okay...this place is not inexpensive, but this was without a doubt, one of the best meals that I have ever had. Our server was great, but not too chatty (which was really the only negative for me - I like talking to servers; I'm weird, I know). But everything we had was wonderful, and the prices weren't so high that... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

There was 4 in our party and Joshua was our server who was excellent. We started with calamari and caprese. We had mixed meat special, lasagna and spinach salad. Desert was the short cake which wasn't anything I expected. It was all excellent.

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New York City, New York
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102 reviews 102 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Our server was Melanie. Proficient, friendly, efficient, knowledgeable, and experienced. (As was the entire staff.) Timing throughout the meal was nearly impeccable. This is NOT your ordinary Italian Menu here. Started with Grey Goose Martini and Champagne cocktail. ( $24.00) Ordered a bottle of Quercetto Italian Red to go with dinner ( 2007) ( $42,00). Very good. Dinner starts with... More

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