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Tony Mandola's

1212 Waugh Drive, Houston, TX 77019 (Neartown/ Montrose)
713-528-3474
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Ranked #259 of 7,210 restaurants in Houston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $16 - $40
Cuisines: Southwestern, Seafood, Pizza & Pasta, Oyster Bar
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Good for: Large groups, Outdoor seating, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Neartown/ Montrose
Cross street: Femdale Street
Description: In 1982, we opened Tony Mandolaʼs Blue Oyster Bar on the Gulf Freeway, which we owned and operated for 22 years. A second Tony Mandolaʼs Blue Oyster Bar debuted on Shepherd in 1984, which he closed four years later in order to open our famous West Gray Tony Mandolaʼs flagship location. Our lifelong dream of owning a freestanding restaurant has now become a reality with the opening of our new, permanent Tony Mandola's location at 1212 Waugh Drive. We take great pride in serving what we think is some of the best food on the Gulf Coast. Everything is homemade fresh in our kitchen daily and many of our dishes are our Mamas' recipes. God Bless our Mamas and God Bless you for your patronage.“Dedicated to the preservation of the art of Mamas' Cooking.” Sincerely,Tony & Phyllis Mandola
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English first
Houston, Texas
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Every meal at Mandola's has been perfect and the service is top notch. When I ask a waiter for a suggestion, I feel they are giving honest advice and not steering me to some food item they are pushing or trying to get rid of

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Sour Lake, Texas
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

The service was impeccable with Tony himself checking on our table. We all tried different dishes from gumbo pizza to seafood pasta. Delicious!!!! We will be back when in Houston again.

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Houston
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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Visited on Saturday night. The handmade pasta / fish special was wonderful. Problem was the one and half hour wait for the food to arrive.

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Even though Im not a Seafood person, I enjoyed this restaurant. Tony Mandola's is loved in this city by fans of Gulf Coast Seafood, but because Im allergic to shellfish, I never indulged. I attended a dinner meeting last night where the hostess selected Mandola's. She preselected the menu giving a fish, beef and poultry entree choice. I selected the... More

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Wilmington, DE
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137 reviews 137 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

A colleague and I met a client here for dinner on a Monday evening. The restaurant was not very crowded so we were surprised when it came to order that our server was too tied up with another table and someone else had to take our order. He seemed to return later but it was a little bothersome. As for... More

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Houston, Texas
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48 reviews 48 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

In the past I use to frequent this restaurant at least 2x a week. Over the years the portions have gotten much smaller and the prices have gone way up. I don't really want to pay $35 for a square piece of fish. The last time I was there they weren't serving their food with limes because of the cost?????... More

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Orlando, FL
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

We really enjoyed our Easter Brunch at Tony's. We ate outside on a beautiful day, the food (breakfast food for us) and service was great and the $1.99 mimosas went down easy.

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014 via mobile

This must be the best happy hour menu I have ever seen. Almost everything is $5, including excellent wine. We joined our daughter, 2-1/2 year old twin grandchildren, and their dog on the patio and had the most wonderful time. We kept the babies and dog (who was served a bowl of water) at the table while dining and while... More

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Abilene, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We had a wonderful dining experience on sunday 4-6-14. This was our first time at Tony Mondola's. We come to Houston twice a year for medical reasons so we reward ourselves with Great Seafood. In the past we have gone to Danton's and have always been pleased. But this trip we were looking for someone open on sunday evening and... More

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Houston, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

This restaurant has really lost it's way! Nothing we ordered was exceptional in any way for the prices charged. It had previously been one of our favorite Houston restaurants. We were there on a Friday night in Houston and the place was, at best, half full! Not a good sign. Management needs to re-examine things....from drinks to appetizers to desserts!

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