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Tony Mandola's

#231 of 6,986 Restaurants in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Neartown/ Montrose
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1212 Waugh Dr, Houston, TX 77019-3906 (Femdale Street)
17135283474
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Houston, Texas
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We dined at Tony Mandola's last weekend, and ordered off the Restaurant Week menu. 3 of the 4 of us ordered the gumbo as the first course, and we were blown away. Fabulous flavor and loaded with shrimp! The entree was also outstanding - snapper, perfectly prepared. The service was first rate. We'll be back!

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Thank TexasMary6
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Only thing that was delicious was the appetizer. The spiedini is really good, I'll give it to them. But for the price they charge the entries should be much better. I ordered a $40 filet that was somewhat chewy and flavor wasn't good at all. Honestly outback does 10 times better for less than $15... the fish wasn't much... More 

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Thank bduque
Huntsville, Texas
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98 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I dined early on Saturday evening with my wife and our daughter, who was visiting from LA. We enjoyed cocktails before dinner and Cajun Fried Green Tomatoes and Spiedini -- both fantastic. We had seafood for entrees and every dish was superb. The evening was topped off with a slice of Key Lime Banana Pie. The wine list offered a... More 

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Pasadena, Texas
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64 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I selected Tony Mandola's Houston Restaurant Week menu out of the dozens offered because the $35 p/p selections were the most appealing to our particular taste. My wife started to order a Sicilian salad, but our waiter suggested a more adventurous broccolini salad that had a rich smoky taste, unlike anything I have ever had or thought... More 

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Thank Bradley R
Naranjo, Costa Rica
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28 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

Yesterday my wife and I made a reservation for a Sunday night dinner at Tony Mandola's for 5 PM. It turned out the reservation was not really needed as we were just the 3rd couple in the restaurant at that time. But we were happy with the timing just the same since we stumbled into their Happy Hour pricing. I... More 

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Thank Don B
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59 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

This place is consistently right on the money. Service is wonderful, bar seating is really great if it's just you or a couple. They've been around to know how to do it right. I've never gotten anything bad here. We'e come alone as a couple, with a group of friends and family and as a business lunch with our staff.

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Thank Pam M
Houston, Texas
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54 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

We had a Groupon for a 'fixed-price menu' lunch for two. The choices were fish, seafood or chicken with two choices for a salad and a desert each. Both entrees were delicious! My husband had grilled trout and I had crawfish ravioli. The servings were ample (I took some of mine home.) The deserts were large and very good. I... More 

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Thank Shirley L
Houston, Texas
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71 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

This is an upscale restaurant specializing in Cajun style food with a touch of Italian. I enjoy Cajun food and this place is among the best. Been to other Cajun restaurants where the food was over spiced or overcooked and ruined the meal. Not here. The kitchen staffs know what they are doing. Seafood is always cooked just right and... More 

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Thank Victor C
Houston, TX
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75 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

More than the location has changed at Tony Mandolas. It was very good, but different. I remember the Cajun coleslaw as smother with some Cajun spice and alittle more shrimp. The mixed seafood grill was also good ,but the scallops were below their normal standards. The banana key lime pie,however, was just as delicious as ever!! Change is good, but... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

Was one of my favorite restaurants when I lived in Texas briefly 15 years ago. Always get the Cioppino which is great and a dozen oysters. Banana Key Lime Pie is out of this world.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$16 - $40
Cuisine
Cajun & Creole, American, Seafood, Pizza
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Scenic view, Bar scene, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1212 Waugh Dr, Houston, TX 77019-3906
    (Femdale Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston>  > Neartown/ Montrose
  • Neighborhood: Neartown/ Montrose
  • Phone Number: 17135283474
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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