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Tony Mandola's

1212 Waugh Dr, Houston, TX 77019-3906
+1 713-528-3474
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“snapper” (23 reviews)
“gumbo” (20 reviews)
“oysters” (19 reviews)
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Cajun & Creole, American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1212 Waugh Dr, Houston, TX 77019-3906
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The oysters were terrible - Rockefeller were gross; grilled tasted like fake smoke flavoring was added. I left my plate 3/4 full, and even pushed it away, and when Tony Mandola came around to speak to us, he seemed to not notice; he was delighted...More

Thank Aujourdhui2
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Tony Mandola's is the kind of place you can keep going back to over and over and have a consistently good meal each time. Their seafood entrees are stellar. Great place for a special date night.

Thank Elyssa H
Reviewed 22 March 2017

It has been a while since the move to the new location and while the food has remained very good the crouds have thined at this Houston favorite. I think the gumbo and salad combo at lunch is hard to beat. It is a restaurant...More

2  Thank jsthouston
Reviewed 14 March 2017

This place is an institution - classy Italian fare in a comfortable environment. Can't fault it in any way, always excellent food and good service. The only hassle is the valet parking - I much prefer to park my car myself, but that is a...More

Thank Bondesco
Reviewed 26 February 2017

Tony's is known as a place to celebrate and it has earned its status for good reason. The Villa-esque atmosphere is enhanced with white tableclothes and simply appointed tables. Both the dining room and the patio serve as a great backdrop for a special occasion...More

Thank mayfieldtl
Reviewed 22 February 2017

Everything I ate at this restaurant was gross! I had the tower for appetizer. The sushi did not taste like sushi grade fish. The fish was not eatable. I had the the pecan fish dish that was drowned with pecans and sauces to hide the...More

1  Thank KiityKat
Reviewed 15 February 2017

If you go for happy hour, I suggest sitting at the bar. The staff is friendly and they don't skimp on the wine pours. Their oysters are great and have a small hh food menu as well. My girlfriends and I like to meet here...More

Thank annc3bros
Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

Business lunch with four associates. Fried oyster and salsa appetizer was perfect. Grilled snapper as good as any I've had anywhere on gulf coast. Service impeccable. Will return, and will try supper too. Loved it.

Thank TheDotdog
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

I have been here several times and never tried their Seafood gumbo. It was delicious! The service was good as usual! Hats off to Tony and his wife Phyllis for having consistently good food! Totally enjoyable!

Thank Deborah M
Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

We visited to celebrate a friends wedding. The food was amazing. The ceviche and calamari were very fresh and flavorful. The staff was very accommodating with our large party. Will definitely return.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 16 - USD 40
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
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
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
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
  • Neighbourhood: Neartown/ Montrose
  • Phone Number: +1 713-528-3474
  • E-mail
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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