Cipollina
Cipollina

Cipollina

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cipollina-austin.com/
  • Phone: (512) 477-5211
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday: 10am - 3pm, 5pm - 9pm





    Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm





    Friday - Saturday: 11:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Daniel Hunt
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 12th St.
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Cipollina
Cipollina is a neighborhood bistro serving Italian, locally-sourced food. Our seasonal menu features salads, small plates, large plates and wood-fired pizzas. We’re open for lunch and dinner daily. Reservations accepted and walk-ins also welcome.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Cipollina reviews from OpenTable diners
42 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (32)fit for foodies (17)notable wine list (10)good for groups (9)great for lunch (9)romantic (9)special occasion (8)kid-friendly (7)hot spot (4)late-night find (3)great for brunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • A Moment
    Gordita95
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    It was my love and I's one year anniversary, and we had wanted to spend it at a place which would have great quality food without having to put on a dress or suit, and without stress on our wallets. Cipollina seemed to fit what we had wanted. Even before arriving, we had felt special. I had put that I would like to have romantic seating, if possible when I reserved. To my delightful surprise, we arrive at our candle lit table, next to a window with a view, and our name right on the table. As dinner went on, the food and atmosphere was delightful. To end it all, they even gave us a free dessert as a gift for our one year anniversary. I have never felt so special as I did at Cipollina. They were able to create a moment in time for us.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kale Yeah
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    The kale salad was out of this world! Light and flavorful. Thanks for having some hearty vegan options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lacking
    diningATX
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Mussels were lackluster; broth had little flavor and the rolls average.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • skh1205
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Delicious ravioli, great redfish and nice wine pairings...The staff is attentive and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprisingly Delightful
    EMK44
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This restaurant is a lot of fun.Great menu and exceptional service. Food wasn't mind-blowing... but it was delicious and simple.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Find
    eatupATX
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Easy place to have a quick bite before an event. Pasta was delicious!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No brunch menu anymore
    SassyWineBellyVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We made reservations for brunch with friends and were very disappointed that the restaurant had gotten rid of their brunch menu, including mimosas, and we had to order lunch. The food was good, as always, but we had been expecting brunch. They said they had stopped serving brunch a couple of months pervious to our visit. Had we known this we would have chosen another restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cippollina - Italian bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great West Austin Italian bistro on West Lynn in Clarksville neighborhood. Yummy pizzas, pasta dishes, appetizers, and wine list.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wanted more
    Austinfood
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    My husband and I made reservation via Open Table. Service was so so. The guy that filled our water was on top of his job. We started with Caprese Salad and the mussels. Both were good. I wished I would have stopped there. When they showed up my husband ask about his beer that still had not arrived. Entres were the Bistecca and the Pork Saltimbocca. I thought my pork was a bit dry. My husband enjoyed his Bistecca. We will probably be back but stick to the pizzas. We are just eating less carbs these day
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great neighborhood restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Nice dinner -- good food, good service, easy parking!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food & service!
    ZilkerGirl
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This is our favorite place to dine out. Wonderful food and service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice out-of-the-way spot
    Susie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Pancetta/spinach pizza was amazing, ditto the handmade pasta w/ bolognese, lightly fried calamari & pickled vegetables; brussels sprouts, however, were bland and underwhelming. Server was knowledgeable, if a tiny bit scattered--no big deal. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 30 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 184 reviews are from the Cipollina reviews archive.
  • Delicious
    Mommymommybear
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The service was excellent and the entrees so tasty. The pasta choices were unique, yet very Italian. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighbor eatery
    AzottVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Cipollina food is goog the wait staff is attentive but be prepared the place can get noicey. Our table of 4 had 3 of the pasta dishes the and everyone in our party I enjoyed them. The wine list has a little of everything. We will return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent Find
    hamburglar
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Great Italian food with a French / Texas influence. Everything made from scratch. Bolognese and pizza were excellent. Will have to make it back here to sample more of the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We love Cipollina!
    ZilkerGirl
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We always love the food and atmosphere at Cipollina. You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MoJo
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Consistent food and service. Great pizzas and pastas. Fun ambience. Glad that the menu changes.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad not good
    Dontknockit
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    The food is OK. But for the prices and the SMALL portion sizes, I'd expect it to be excellent. Very long wait time for food. Service was adequate.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • PapaTVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We enjoyed the new menu and wine selections. We live in the neighborhood and will be dining there more often..
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Uneven Experience
    OpenEaterVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We were really looking forward to dining at Cipollina. We'd heard about it for awhile, so our expectations were high. Unfortunately, we were disappointed. While the Caesar salad was quite good, my pasta was not what was described on the menu and was heavy, with the pasta sticking in a few chunks. My husband had a steak which he called "not good," and the roasted brussels sprouts lacked seasoning. A friend, however, really enjoyed her pizza, and it did look quite good. While the basil creme brûlée was not completely redeeming, it was delicious (thus the "good" rating for the food). Sadly, we were disappointed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Austin keeps it weird
    ciciriderVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    As a New York transplant to Austin, Cipollina is one of those classic twists you find in Austin: terrible or forgettable restaurants are slammed with business for who knows what reason (Miss Josephine's across the street), and total food gems, like this place, are completely overlooked. Hey, I'm not complaining, It means I can always get a table and that there is zero attitude. If this restaurant were in NYC in a cute neighborhood like Clarksville, you would never be able to get a table. I love it! I even hesitated to leave a review because I dread the day Austin wakes up to the value/quality of this restaurant. Not to be missed: the bolognese (best pasta dish in all of Austin), the bean dip, the pizzas.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific experience
    jbaus
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Cippolina has become an incredible neighborhood dining experience. The food is wonderful. Several in our group ordered the chicken and waffles, and the kids solit a pizza. My wife loved the salmon benedict.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty neighborhood Italian gem
    RebeccammendationsVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Cipollina was a perfect place to have dinner on a visit home with my parents. The atmosphere is simple and welcoming, the food was flavorful, the menu is small enough not to overwhelm you, but large enough to have options for everyone. The Funghi pizza was delicious, as was the fresh kale salad, and the chicken meatballs with hearty cannelloni beans in a light, bright marinara sauce.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    Anna
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I have been here several times, and each time is a treat. The only negative is that it gets very loud. Great service and food. We ordered soup and didn't like it so weren't charged for it.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Italian Restaurant
    PMR1
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Very special neighborhood restaurant ! Adequate lot parking even on a SAturday evening. Service was great--very professional and attentive. Food choices were outstanding. We'll be sure to come back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good neighborhood restaurant
    lindabVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We really enjoyed our meal. Our party ordered a wide variety of selections from the menu, and all were very pleased with the quality of the food and the attractive presentation. Cipollina is now definitely on our short list in Austin.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Better for dinner
    HappHourHappyLife
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    I have been to Cipollina a few times for dinner and it has always been outstanding--- the mussels are my go to item. So, since we love them for dinner we decided to give it a go for brunch. Their menu was sparse. Nothing really stood out, so we opted for pizza. The pizza was good and just the right size. No complaints, but I had been hoping for more of a brunch meal than just pizza. The one highlight was the ginger prosecco cocktail, that was great. The blood orange mimosa was okay, nothing special, but the michelada was a total miss-- more pickled than spicy. The restaurant was also very empty, but if they rev up the menu I know this place would be a hit.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun Neighborhood
    leekbc1155
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Our server was great. The food was good. The neighborhood is charming.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great as always
    daveVIP
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Great as always; loved the wine; loved the lamb pasta; loved the staff
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • who's cooking?
    andrew
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    This was the worst restaurant experience I had had in a while. Our server was friendly, the wine was well recommended, but the food was watery, the cheese plate wasn't described to us as it was delivered. I don't know who's cooking and bussing these days, but plates were cleared before everyone was done, and our pizza tasted nothing like what it did when we went there last year. The kale tasted like wilted spinach, while brussels sprouts were mostly raw. I neglected to complain in the moment, because given my date's reaction to her food, I doubted the kitchen could do any better. so I tipped fairly and left, I doubt I'll be coming back. For 50$ per person, i'd have hoped for a bit more.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NOISY
    melly
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Don't think anything could be done, but so noisy you could barely carry on a conversation. Lunch might be better time than dinner
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great
    Thais95
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Terrific staff--friendly and helpful. Food is amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Staff is friendly and knowledgeable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    Staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Place is noisy but great as a neighborhood bar. Calamari was terrific, rest of appetizers were no more than OK. Service was very slow. We spent much time with our appetizers until someone asked if we need something else. They were a little surprised when we finally were able to place our dinner reservation. Pasta dishes were good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall very nice...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food was very good, the servers were great, and the tables were spread out enough that you could have a conversation and not feel that everyone was listening to you.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Weekday Lunch
    austinFoodieVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Nice restaurant for a weekday lunch with a menu that includes tasty individual pizzas, fresh pastas, and creative salads. Our group enjoyed both the margherita pizza and nicoise salad. The nicoise salad is recommended and definitely will be on the list for our next lunch visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but poor seating
    MelO
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    The food is great and this is a very quaint neighborhood spot. I was disappointed, however, in their choice of where to seat our party. We had a reservation for 8 (7 adults and 1 child). They sat us at a table for maximum 6 so it was extremely crowded and we were practically sitting on top of one another. They also sat 2 adults at either end of the table which was in the walkway to the kitchen and bathroom. I felt like that seating option lacked a bit of common sense and we should have been placed in a more comfortable configuration in a different area of the restaurant. Had we not made a reservation, I would be more forgiving, but the restaurant had plenty of time to make appropriate accommodations.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cipollina is always excellent
    ZilkerGirl
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Food is imaginative and well-prepared. The service is attentive, and the ambiance very pleasant. We just love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Find
    Jorie
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Loved the location and were excited to try a new place. The gnocci was great. My husband's dish wasn't as good and the dessert was not very good (got cheesecake). The wine was lovely and the service was good. I did enjoy the caprese salad. it was mostly just average...
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot to meet with friends
    btaustin
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    Very comfortable surroundings - parking easy to find - noise level very tolerable even when all tables filled - knowledgable and very helpful service staff -
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We keep coming back
    HappydinerVIP
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    We love the bistro ambiance--reminds us of trips to Europe. And the pasta is wonderful, not to mention those great appetizers, soups, and desserts.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet