Trattoria Lisina
Trattoria Lisina

Trattoria Lisina

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.trattorialisina.com/
  • Phone: 5128943111x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday Closed
    Tuesday-Thursday 4pm-9pm
    Friday and Saturday 11am-10pm
    Sunday 11am-9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Michael McNeilly
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Our patio overlooking the vineyard makes a great setting to have from 25-200 people for a plated dinner, or family style dinner.
  • Private Party Contact: Jett Minor 512-221-0773x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: FM 1826
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Our parking is adjacent to the restaurant with convenient and ample space.
A word from Trattoria Lisina
Situated in the Texas hill country just outside of Austin, this rustic, casual destination, created and owned by the Mandola Family, offers a new dining experience and boasts a widely varied menu of authentic country-style Italian fare and modern takes on classic Italian dishes. We offer an extensive wine list consisting of purely Italian wines.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Trattoria Lisina reviews from OpenTable diners
216 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (181)scenic view (167)romantic (139)fit for foodies (103)good for groups (100)notable wine list (97)kid-friendly (43)neighborhood gem (40)great for lunch (40)great for brunch (26)great for outdoor dining (23)hot spot (16)late-night find (7)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Wait person
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Needs training on serving in such a great place. Consistently reached across the table in front of us. 4 people at the table.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent!
    Firestarter
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We went here for our anniversary and were more than pleased. If it weren't so far out we would go more often. For a nice restaurant with such excellent food the prices were reasonable and the portions were large enough to feed two people easily.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An enjoyable experience.
    good2eat
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    My wife an I thought that every aspect of our meal was perfect and my seven year old daughter, who usually doesn't enjoy anything but fast food, had a wonderful time. We will be back many times and bring our friends and family!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A nice dinner, but expected more.
    marwoz
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Dinner was nice. However our waiter was a bit inexperienced it seemed and was unable to answer questions regarding the menu. I would have expected a little higher level of service with a restaurant of this price level and caliber. One member of my party had a pork chop that was less than stellar quality and was not prepared well. The manager did attempt to correct the problem. The asparagus salad was very good. My meal was good and so was my wife's. The place was bustling and loud with what appeared to be several very large parties. I would go there again though, maybe it was just this particular evening.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect celebration
    Coffeemom
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We celebrated my husband's 50th bday- the food was superior, the service friendly and professional, the environment was classy..
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    TexasBiker
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    My wife and I went here for our anniversary. I picked it because my wife is a huge wine fan, but honestly the food was amazing. Our server was extremely knowledgeable about the food and the wine. Everyone was extremely polite and courteous the entire time. Wonderful experience and we will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trattoria Lisina-
    JBandFamily
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    What a great find! We have already referred our married son and his wife to go there this weekend! We fell in love with your staff, atmosphere and food!!! We just live down 1826, never knew you were there till we recently had Mandola's Market cater an event for my Mom! Thanks Dominic! Also Chase is an excellent waiter! Great dining experience! Thank you so much!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • merlot68
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Food was very good, having lived in Italy for a number of years, I am pretty "picky". My husband and I enjoyed our meal and our server was very good. This is not your cozy, intimate,romantic dining..it is excellent food and service tho. I will eat here again.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good
    Mark
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I've only been here a few times, but each time has been great. The wine was good, the service was excellent, we had a table by the window and it was a gorgeous evening and view, and the food was really great. It's a bit of a drive to get there, and I would recommend reservations, but its worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    Greatballsoffire
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    From the moment you arrive to the very last bite of the Tiramisu! AMAZEBALLS!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Birthday Dinner
    Helloitsme
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Trattoria Lisina was recommended by two neighbors so we tried it for my birthday. The whole experience was just wonderful. From the attentive service (ask for Paul), delicious food to the beautiful sunset over the vineyard. All our dishes were good but my favorite would have to be the asparagus salad. Perfetto!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Really great place. Food is outstanding; never had a bad experience there; service is friendly and unhurried and the surroundings are great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gem in the Hill Country
    Seguinbear
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    This was the best Italian food I have ever had outside of NYC and Boston. Service was even better. The building and the grounds made one think they were in Tuscany!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • AMAZING!
    Momof3kvs
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This was an amazing gem in a little Texas town. Every bite we ate was incredible. Will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous as always
    gino
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My favorite Central Texas restaurant was once again superb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful atmosphere
    Trotter
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The decor and food are wonderful. Nice selection and taste great.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bla, Bla, Bla
    great2eat
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Fantastic as always. We dine there often! Bla, Bla, Bla, Bla, Bla, Bla, Bla, Bla, Bla, Bla, Bla, Bla, Bla & Bla!! PS. Make this too hard and you can forget about me doing surveys anymore.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Back to being awesome!
    drippingsprsaddict
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    This used to be my favorite restaurant but after a chef and menu change, things went rapidly downhill. I went several times and continued to be disappointed. Finally stopped. Tried again a few weeks ago. Linguine allo scoglio is back and better than ever. Awesome. Entire experience! Same this time too. Great service and great food. Keep scoglio on the menu and I will dine there at least monthly!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Missing dipping sauce
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Everything was wonderful, we ordered a little bit of several items and brought enough home for a dinner later. The only drawback was our waiter forgot to give us some of the olive oil bread dipping sauce that we asked for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Peach
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    A group of "mature" gabby women had a fantastic time, great food no hurry, impeccable service!! our favorite place to meet up
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Out of the Way Place
    bohemianaggie
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The restaurant is outstanding. It is quiet a drive to get there whether you're coming from Austin or from Wimberly. Once you get there the good times start rolling. Great service. Very nice menu selections. And the good is good all the way around the table from appetizers to salads to main course through to desert. This is a great place for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and food
    Goodstuff
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    On the recommendation of our waitress, we ended up ordering several of the first and second courses and splitting them family style. They were great and by the time we got to the final course, we ordered just one and split it. Good pricing and great food...we will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great family restaurant
    Viking
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Overall great quality for prices. Excellent wines. No liquor license.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tuscany in the Hill Country
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Charming setting overlooking grape vines. Authentic decor. Very experienced and talented wait staff. Every dish was outstanding to the palate. Leave room for desert. Italian wine lovers only.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a feeling of Napa
    bubbad
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Good Italian adventure without having to fly. Great food-great view-wonderful ambience
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and scenic
    Carkim
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food was fantastic, the grounds are beautiful, it feels like Italy. Espresso is also very good. Bring a full wallet though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Celebrated my husbands birthday here. We made early reservations (4:30) as we had kiddos in tow and didn't want to get dirty looks from diners seeking a more quiet atmosphere. The good thing was... if the kids were feeling antsy there was a huge playscape just outside the door. Food was delicious, the service was impeccable and the atmosphere was warm and inviting.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great service
    GraldaVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    food is always good, asparagus salad is wonderful, the lasagna was dry but the waitress was great and brought a large bowl of bolognese making my husband very happy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special evening
    Ladieswhodine
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Have visited this spot several times and am never disappointed. Superb food, wine and service. Chef's menu and wine pairings were outstanding. Kudos to Andrea, our wait-person, for giving us an enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still lovely and quaint
    Testmypallette
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We visited the restaurant on a weeknight and there were just enough people there to make it feel lively but not too loud. We each had the devine lamb chops! The service, food and ambience was very nice....we could have quiet conversation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great to celebrate
    fine2dine
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Whenever our relatives from New York visit they ask to go to Trattoria Lisina to eat when we celebrate.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wasted evening
    Foodisgood
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We chose Trattoria Lisina for an anniversary dinner and this was a big mistake. We had been there previously with questionable service, always good food but this as a horrible experience. Reservation made at least a month out but our anniversary falls over Labor Day weekend. After an hour and 45 minutes all we had been served was bread. We have no idea where our order went. Even after manager apologized and said he'd get our order out fast, we sat another 45 minutes. We were ready to walk out when they brought food. We were so tired, had a few bites and had them pack everything up. Needless to say dinner was comped and we never got to an anniversary celebration or dessert. Not sure we'll go back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday celebration not so happy
    4goodeats
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We have always loved Trattoria Lisina for special family occasions and celebrations. This night, however, was a very off night. The service was very slow and did not help the situation by avoiding us, rather than trying to remedy the problem. The food (once it got to our table) was very good, as usual. It was unfortunate as we were celebrating a special occasion with the entire family together. We have never had bad service there before, so I am chalking it up to an "off" night for our server and kitchen. I will go back, but hope the service will be back to its normal style.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced, small portions
    MikiC
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Took family there for a birthday celebration. Food was good (far from exceptional), but extremely overpriced for portion size. Should have ordered appetizers and insalata. Most couples that would normally share dessert each order their own due to the small portions of their various entries. Prices would have been acceptable if portions were larger. No one left feeling satisfied and bill was over $110/couple. Beautiful facility and grounds, very good service.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful
    CLSpivey
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Second time being here. Apparently, there is a new chef and the food was not as memorable as our last visit. Calamari was tough and greasy, sauces were not quite as flavorful, bread was not as good. The ravioli was the highlight of the meal and the cake and cappuccino were very good. Wine was good, as the selection. The grounds are beautiful and romantic. I would probably return, but would think a little harder about the 1.5 hour drive out here before deciding to go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slagle
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Of all the times I have been there. I will have to say that the quality of food was poor and the serve. My wife and mother in law ordered the lasagna. Not knowing at the time until I got home they were not satisfied with their meal. Lasagna should be layered with the sauce and than the pasta. All I saw when I got home was was layers of pasta stacked one on another. Nothing like its shown on the website menu. If I had known this while eating. I would have sent it back and asked the chef to come to my table for an explanation. My Pollo Arrosto was not up to par from the times I have ordered before. It was good but it lacked the quality from past experience almost no lemon flavor. I would like to have my money returned.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Mandola Gem
    HaysFoodie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food and service were very good! The restaurant and scenery are absolutely gorgeous! This is a great restaurant for special occasions or a romantic dinner. The food portions are too large in my opinion and I could only eat half of my food in order to leave room for one of the best cheesecakes anywhere. The only downside in my experience here is that the staff are usually very busy and sometimes slow or forgetful and the pricing is a bit higher than I typically pay for dining out, which is why we only go for special occasions. However, a lower cost option without the scenery can be found at one of the "Mandola's Italian Market" locations. I generally go to the Wm. Cannon location since I live south and it is not as crowded as others.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful evening
    GtownJess
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My husband I had a date night here. We were so pleased. We made last minute reservations on a Saturday night with luck we found a 6:15 opening. So glad we did, because they were busy. Getting out there was quite a drive but so worth it. The moment we walked in, everyone was so courtieous and accomidating. Our server was very attentive and was ready when we were ready to order. Her wine suggestion was right on. My husband had the rabbit, and I had the pork chop. The rabbit was so delicious, I had never tried it before, but it was so tender and full of flavor. The pork chop was huge, I thought there was no way to finish it, but lo and behold, my empty plate. The polenta seved with both dishes just set everything to another level!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Review
    Newdiner
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had been told so much about the restaurant so our expectations were very high. But a combination of flies and a table that kept tipping kind of set the tone for a not so great restaurant experience. Our server was excellent and very polite. On the food side our salad looked delicious but lacked in taste.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful Dining
    Christy
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Trattoria Lisina is a first-class restaurant and a memorable experience. It is very beautiful and feels more like Tuscany than Austin. The service is excellent and the food is delicious. I highly recommend it for a date, a party or just a lovely night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.