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Tony Mandola's

1212 Waugh Drive, Houston, TX 77019 (Neartown/ Montrose)
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Ranked #238 of 7,136 restaurants in Houston
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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110 reviews from our community

84% Recommend
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English first
Abilene, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

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 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

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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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Ok place, food not so great. Do not go if you are hungry , go to Goode seafood or Pappadeaux. Portions are too small , shrimp cocktail with " Jumbo" shrimp you get 6 the size of my little finger for 12.00. I know what a Jumbo shrimp is and this is a rip off. Ordered some lump crabmeat and... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Mandola s is a classic seafood restaurant of very high quality and service. The Chilean sea bass Bebe was excellent. The dessert was a chocolate molten cake with ice cream which was prepared perfectly

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Houston, Texas
14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Enjoyed the drinks and food, as always. The service was on spot in all ways except for the blatant attempt to up serve the experience. All in all, highly recommended for an evening out with friends.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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114 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

The appetizers are first rate...lots of oyster presentations along with a great gumbo. The snapper decadent is fabulous topped with oysters and a light sauce. You can't go wrong with your menu selection. Fresh made desserts

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

I reserved two weeks in advance. I called the restaurant the morning of my visit to double-check and they confirmed I had a reservation for that night at 9 pm. I noticed their website said they would close at 9 pm, so I called them again and they told me they were already closing (at 8:15 pm). I told them... More

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Houston, Texas, USA
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

Absolutely beautiful restaurant! The menu is amazing - do not miss the 2+2+2 oyster appetizer. We enjoyed the oysters and loved the ceviche. We had a nice bottle of cab (a little pricey for the label) and my daughter had great lemonade. Things to improve... marginal service and soggy salad. Service: Unbelievably slow and not attentive; truly disappointing because bad... More

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Oakland, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Not as good as I remember. We ate on the patio, which was very pleasant. The service was outstanding, just wish the food had been as good.

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46 reviews 46 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

What a great place for dinner. The food is always outstanding here. I had visitors from Italy with me for business and took our commercial director here. He raved about the red snapper he had for dinner.

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