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Tony Mandola's

#340 of 7,363 Restaurants in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Neartown/ Montrose
Southwestern, Seafood, Pizza & Pasta, Oyster Bar
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1212 Waugh Drive, Houston, TX 77019 (Femdale Street)
713-528-3474
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: In 1982, we opened Tony Mandolaʼs Blue Oyster Bar on the Gulf Freeway...
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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Good for:
Casual Dining
Large groups
Outdoor seating
Scenic view
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 70
    Excellent
  • 41
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Brunch at Tony Mandolas

We recently had Sunday Brunch at the new Tony Mandola location. It was our first time there although we had been many times to the old location in River Oaks. I have to say it was delightful; the service was great and the food good. Eggs Benedict with crab cakes, gulf coast style, instead of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 11, 2015
CaptainJerrylee
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Houston, Texas
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Large groups
  • Outdoor seating
  • Scenic view
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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134 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Houston
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

What more can I say that others haven't said already?? Lovely place, extensive menu, well priced, excellent!

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McKinney, Texas
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351 reviews 351 reviews
261 restaurant reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

This is a great place if you love fresh gulf seafood. We ate there this weekend and I had the redfish martha (sauce with shrimp, crabmeat and crawfish). Perfect!

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Little Rock
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Neighborhood restaurant, fun at bar, fresh and well prepared seafood. House special drink - Italian Martini is delicious. Good Happy Hour.

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Houston, Texas
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195 reviews 195 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We went on a quiet night with friends who are regulars here. Since it was our first time, we followed their lead and all of us got the Sicilian salad and the gulf red snapper, either grilled or plancha, with differing toppings. We were all very pleased with the food, and the wine selection. The owner greeted all of us... More 

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Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania
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54 reviews 54 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Well, the ratings give this nice noisy open bar/ restaurant higher ratings than earned. The salads are ok but nothing special as well as the trio oysters which would not recommend or any oysters since they tasted not fresh and weird taste. I would be careful if you do order. The filet is average and some of the other dishes... More 

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Houston, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

We recently had Sunday Brunch at the new Tony Mandola location. It was our first time there although we had been many times to the old location in River Oaks. I have to say it was delightful; the service was great and the food good. Eggs Benedict with crab cakes, gulf coast style, instead of Canadian bacon was a treat.... More 

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Bloomington, IN
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82 reviews 82 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

We stopped for cocktails and appetizers and sat on the patio. It was a lovely evening and the house white wine was lovely, too. We enjoyed an assortment of yummy appetizers and the great service you get when someone is in training and being trailed by their trainer. Two people to make sure we had everything we needed!

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Houston, Texas
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

After our last visit in November, we decided to give Tony Mandola's another try since the food was so delicious. We arrived with no reservation on a Sunday evening. The were full, but the hostess saw my elderly mom was having trouble getting around and found us a table rather than send us elsewhere. How sweet is that? This visit,... More 

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Houston, Texas
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Always enjoy this restaurant that feels homey even in its newish expansive digs. Service is always top notch and food reliably good like a neighborhood restaurant should be.

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Houston, Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

I've been a patron of Tony Mandola's for 12 years. It has always been a top-notch place to dine. Friendly employees and a truly wonderful owner. He is just a great guy. However, this Restauranteur may be loosing his way. I've been traveling for the past few months and haven't been into his restaurant. I went there to eat last... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1212 Waugh Drive, Houston, TX 77019
    (Femdale Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston>  > Neartown/ Montrose
  • Neighborhood: Neartown/ Montrose
  • Phone Number: 713-528-3474

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 16 - 40
  • Cuisine: Southwestern, Seafood, Pizza & Pasta, Oyster Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Large groups, Outdoor seating, Scenic view, Entertaining clients

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
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 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 - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

Questions & Answers

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