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#33 of 3,045 Restaurants in Austin
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1610 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-3522
+1 512-441-6100
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 10:00 - 15:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Dallas, Texas
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2014 via mobile

Best Italian restaurant I have ever dined at, and best restaurant I have dined at in Austin! I've had the pleasure of eating here twice and both times the food was perfection! It's very crowded, and the wait was much longer than we were told on the phone a week before our visit. They don't take reservations for large groups,... More 

Thank paperqueen1
Austin, Texas
Level Contributor
8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2014 via mobile

Delicious! I love the mussels here with the crusty bread for dipping!! Don't miss out! Everything is great on the menu! The steak and fries are great too. I really like their wine list too. They have some great red wines that compliment the meals. Get their early. They DO NOT take reservations. We get there around 6:00 for dinner.

1 Thank Nicolecn84
Cameron, Texas, United States
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2014

This isn't eating out, it's a dining experience. From the wine selection to the made to order risotto, the knowledgeable & friendly staff & the fresh made mozarella & pasta, you'll be full and happy. Went for our 10 year anniversary and it was well worth the drive.

Thank Liz M
Dallas, Texas
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177 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2014 via mobile

Was in Austin as the concierge advice on a couple restaurants when we mentioned this one he was like the best Italian restaurant in the city. Well let me tell you it was fantastic Reed our server was very knowledgable on wine list any the food. The oysters for appetizer were great I had the veal saltimbocca which was amazing... More 

Thank Harmony5757
Austin, Texas
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115 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2014 via mobile

No idea why some commenters describe Vespaio as excellent, probably because they lack comparisons and consider Olive Garden as Italian. Vespaio in the late 90ties was trying hard as a first in now trendy south congress, but now - with Austin's growth, they gave up. They now make real money. The place is still full, trendy and hopping but for... More 

2 Thank Austinprogress
Austin, Texas
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136 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2014

We'd never eaten here, because it was so hard to get in! SoCo parking is notorious too. Our anniversary fell on a Monday, and since they take reservations 'til 6:30 (an uncivilized hour to eat for some!) we were in. The place is comfortable but not fancy, and from our table against the wall, we could see the brick pizza... More 

Thank Eileenthepainter
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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181 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2014

This was my second trip to this very nice downtown (Austin) eatery. It is an interesting location with lots of other shops in the area. The food is excellent and eclectic. They have a wide assortment of pastas, fish and meat, also nice fresh salads. The wine list is adequate and the prices quite reasonable. I had the pasta with... More 

Thank jjc34
Chicago, IL
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332 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2014

This is probably the best Italian restaurant I have been to, outside of Italy. And, let me tell you, we have been to many, all over the country. The outstanding attention to detail was amazing. Pillows of perfectly cooked butternut squash ravioli started an amazing meal. Lovely, deep wine list with all price ranges. Gorgeous display of antipasti to start.... More 

Thank dreytuch
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2014

I have been to Vespaio at least 20 times in the past 8 years and it has always been fantastic. We were there tonight, sitting at the bar with bartender, Tom, who is always a delight and knowledgable about food and wine. I realize with all the new restaurants in austin, I want Vespaio to remain in the forefront of... More 

Thank LuluAustintx
Waco, Texas
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69 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2014

This was the 2nd time I had been there while visiting Austin; both times for weekend brunch. This trip was a girls' weekend, and we all loved this place. My eggs with mushrooms, spinach, and cheese, was perfect and decadent tasting. My friends had eggs benedict, but liked my eggs better, even though their eggs were delicate and not over... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 40
Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1610 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-3522
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin
  • Phone Number: +1 512-441-6100

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