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“Great menu with super fresh seafood!!” 4 of 5 stars
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Tony Mandola's
1212 Waugh Drive, Houston, TX 77019 (Neartown/ Montrose)
713-528-3474
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Ranked #383 of 6,953 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, Entertaining clients, Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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
Houston, Texas, USA
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“Great menu with super fresh seafood!!”
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 service is something that is unforgivable. Soggy Salad: Well, how does that even happen at a place like Mandola's? Hmmmm?

Now, for the good stuff... The oyster appetizers, the ceviche and the Sea Bass Bebe were our favorites. The Snapper Decadent was good but not as tasty as the Sea Bass. The Meatballs were pretty yummy and the Chicken Parm was nice. Don't miss the Key Lime Pie for dessert. OMG! It has bananas in it. Completely divine. That may be the reason for a return visit. All in all, the place is beautiful, it has a nice vibe, the menu is wonderful, everything is in order for an excellent experience. Attention to service and the dressing are things that can be fixed; I hope.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Oakland, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Not up to the old standard”
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.

Visited September 2013
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Philadelphia
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45 restaurant reviews
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“Great Seafood”
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.

Visited October 2013
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103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
“Simply magnificent!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

I loved everything about this food mecca. We were greeted by a friendly hostess who was very prompt in seating us.

The waiter was very professional and knowledgeable.

Everything we ordered was very fresh, flavorful and beautifully presented.

I must mention that the owner is also very friendly.

I most definitely recommend it and I will surely return the next time I'm in Houston.

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Houston, Texas
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“Excellent Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The food was fantastic, especially the Lobster Bisque. The steak my husband had was very flavorful and tender. The atmosphere was pleasant and the service was Exceptional!

Visited September 2013
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