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Tony Mandola's

$$$
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: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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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Visitor rating
  • 71
    Excellent
  • 41
    Very good
  • 12
    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:
  • Scenic view
  • Large groups
  • Entertaining clients
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136 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Hillsville, Virginia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Valet parking then seated for our reservation. Wait staff very attentive and food was amazing. Soft shell crabs were very popular at our table and everyone enjoyed their meal. Great desserts!

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Chicago, Illinois
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Food was decent but definitely not as good as expected or should have been. Nice environment but very loud, not terrible but would not go back.

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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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368 reviews 368 reviews
275 restaurant reviews
140 helpful votes 140 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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194 reviews 194 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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
20 helpful votes 20 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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84 reviews 84 reviews
64 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
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65 reviews 65 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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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: Scenic view, Large groups, 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

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?