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#32 of 3,036 Restaurants in Austin
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1610 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-3522
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Austin, Texas
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

NOTE: Vespaio is only open for dinner, but its companion, connected, lunch-time restaurant is Enoteca. Many of the same menu items are served, and they share a kitchen! We have been here numerous times for Happy Hour in the bar side, and once for dinner. The HH here is tops in Austin, IMO. HH specialties include (for me) the Caesar... More 

Thank Judy C
San Antonio, Texas
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108 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped on the sidewalk to review the menu and happened to strike a conversation with the owner. He told us about how all meals are prepared by hand, and even the meats are filleted in the kitchen and pastas are prepared on site everyday. He mentioned that the lasagne would be the best we ever had, so we challenged... More 

Thank D D
San Antonio, Texas
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Here's a 27 ZAGAT restaurant that inspires. Excellent flavor profiles, perfectly cooked dishes, excellent service. Great wine list. You will know the difference between a "cook" preparing your dishes and a "CHEF". Pizza as an appetizer a MUST. Definitely going back weekend after next when we will be in Austin again. Impressed!!!!!!!!!

Thank John B. N
Austin, Texas
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Perhaps my expectations where high. The antipastas were flavorful, and recommended and the tiramisu was wonderfully delicate, however, my bistecca was cooked poorly, one end of it was medium well done and the inside was just short of bloody, and it was tough to chew. At $30 a plate, you're paying for the ambiance, not the quality of their meats.

Thank tdg2002
Overland Park, Kansas
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31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

Colleagues and I visited this restaurant for a relaxing business lunch. We tried the meatballs and calamari appetizers, which were fantastic, and I had the trout special for lunch - also excellent. I suggest you save room for a cannoli or tiramisu - totally worth it! Friendly waitstaff and a busy atmosphere with good classic rock tunes. I'll go back!

Thank hsfitzsimmons
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

I highly recommend Vespaio. I have dined here for 6 years and the food has remained consistently great! The menu offers a wide variety of Italian dishes, salads, pastas and meats. And their deserts are fantastic, all in a great S. Congress setting, so there are lots of great bars and shops next door too.

Thank Bruce H
Austin, Texas
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38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

This place gets excellent reviews, food is good but not outstanding, service is adequate. Location is nice with good parking for customers.

Thank Keke5
Austin, Tx
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144 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

8 yrs on, this is still our favorite restaurant in Austin. Period. Many of my fellow Austinites will tout their favorite Italian places or complain that there isn't really any authentic Italian in Austin, and blah blah blah. Fine, please continue to hate, since the more folks that find out about Vespaio, the longer the wait list gets. We have... More 

Thank Jensoid
United States
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609 reviews
437 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 275 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016 via mobile

Good not great was how we described the fish special and salad and waitress service here. Looks like the pizza might have been the way to go. We did appreciate the management who was very present. This was certainly not an excellent or memorable Italian meal.

Thank Eat-Sleep-Walk
Isle of Palms
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016 via mobile

Mike was our waiter and gave the best recommendations off the special menu. Through pleased with the atmosphere and quality of the food. Get the caesar salad with extra anchovies. The quail special was amazing!

Thank IOPdad

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
Italian, Gluten Free Options, Pizza, Mediterranean
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1610 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-3522
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin
  • Phone Number: 512.441.6100

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