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 WinnerItalian
Trattoria Lisina reviews from OpenTable diners
227 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (189)scenic view (169)romantic (145)fit for foodies (112)good for groups (108)notable wine list (98)kid-friendly (45)great for lunch (44)neighborhood gem (42)great for brunch (30)great for outdoor dining (21)hot spot (12)late-night find (8)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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 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
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    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
  • Enjoyable Evening
    luvgelato
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Fantastic food & service. We took friends who had never dined there and they definitely enjoyed the evening. The two hours spend there went very quick & it was reminiscent of a recent visit to European dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, 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.
  • Amazing!
    Austin525
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Food, service and atmosphere were perfect!! Will def go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Hill Country Setting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food was really good, from the anti-pasta to the Rib-Eye cooked exactly like I wanted and dessert with espresso was great. Rustic and nice country Italian setting. Service is good. It is not quiet though, the large group behind us was very loud and sometimes obnoxious. You will not get a quiet evening, room is large, echo's with the conversation of a room full of people. Everything else is great though, I would still recommend to a friend.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great way to spend a summer evening
    frankNObeans
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We made a reservation and they had the table ready for us when we arrived. The waiter was an extremely nice and competent young man, and we indulged in some banter here and there. The food came out at a leisurely pace--a little too leisurely at the end, but things were hopping, so no big deal. All the food was excellent, from the tender calamari to the generous salads. All the entrees were very good to excellent, with the exception of my daughter's lasagna, which was very pedestrian and disappointing to her. The restaurant, being across the parking lot from a vineyard, would make you forget you're in central Texas if it wasn't for the heat. Love the fact that they don't rush you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous food! Lacks Intimacy
    Aimhigh
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We were wowed by the food. It was everything promised. The side dining room really lacked the intimacy we were expecting. It felt a bit institutional to is. Maybe the main area feels more special. The service was impeccable. We would go back in a heartbeat and absolutely recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great family eveing
    Williams
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had a great time and couldn't believe we were there for over 2 hours. We started with a class of wine outside and played some bocce ball and then had a wonderful dinner.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Italian
    willisroger
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I've been here twice and have found it to be excellent both times. AND, I seldom give an excellent rating on anything. I will be back and this is a 3 hour drive for me, one way. The first time I was here I got back to the hotel and realized I had left my wallet. I returned the next morning and the restaurant was closed but the manager was there and our waiter had turned in my wallet. I had over $500 cash in my wallet and it was all there. I attempted to give the manager 100 dollars to reward the waiter but the manager refused. I have told many people about this restaurant and I have seen some leaving Facebook pictures of their visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • engaged to be married
    2bmarried
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The evening was awesome!!! I was looking for a special place to propose marriage to my girlfriend, and Trattoria Lisina was everything for our special day. From the scenic drive, the vineyards, the water fountain, the ambiance, food, wine.... It was the prefect choice for us! And what made the night more special was that she said YES!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food / Mixed Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Overall, our experience was good and I would recommend dining there. Everyone felt that the the food was very good/very good, except perhaps for the Lasagna, which was a good portion, nice pasta layers, tasty meat filling but virtually no sauce, so it was dry and did not have the robust flavor I would have expected. Our waiter tried to be attentive but was over-worked, and one of our entree's came out late, forcing everyone else to wait to eat. Beautiful scenery and location, and the facility is very nice. Reasonable prices. Definately worth the drive out into the country for a special dinner.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary
    2aussiesintexas
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We had a window seat, looking out to a Tuscan fountain and garden. The waitress was helpful, informative and cheerful, and very professional. We were not rushed to order and the ambience of the restaurant was excellent. The choice of drinks was good, and the Italian choice menu was the reason we chose this restaurant. The garden salad and the calamari were excellent starters. The lamb and the seafood spaghetti mains were the highlight of the evening and the serves were generous, the Tiramisu was a delightful finish to an excellent evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wine + waitstaff = wow!
    Foodieplusone
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Expect service & experience a Trattoria Lisina. The setting is just picturesque driving through this lush vineyard to the restaurant. While crazy Texas liquor laws don't allow them to serve the wine grown and I'm guessing stomped on site, they do have an extensive wine list. Just a beautiful place. A little loud with the concrete & stone, but the food made it all worthwhile. The staff and ambience make you feel as if you've made it home to your giant Italian grandmother's estate. Warm and friendly near Wimberley, our friends kept commenting that they couldn't believe a place in the 'middle of nowhere could be so busy. We all loved it!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over Rated
    ItalianbyBirth
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The staff were all very friendly and courteous. The grounds were beautiful. We found the menu selection poor and the food extremely over-priced for its average quality. My $150 for two people would have been better spent elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still great, pricier than in past
    Jen54434
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We always enjoy our dining experience at Tratatoria Lisina. Service is impeccable, food delicious and wines wonderful. We have been coming for dates or with our family since it opened. Our only disappointment was the increased price of a meal for our meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just keeps getting better
    Yumyum
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    we had a party of six for lunch. Wonderful, leisurely meal, great service, beautiful grounds, ambience a 5 star. We enjoyed watching the limos of bridal luncheons arrive, and even a helicoptered group dropped in for lunch and landed adjacent to the vineyard.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect evening
    Michael
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The ambience is perfect and the food and service was fantastic. Our dining experience could not have been any better. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • islandbychoice
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Celebrated wedding anniversary with outstanding rib eye and tender pork loin entres. Beautiful ambiance and a memorable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Jeff was our server and he did a great job. Attentive service and didn't rush our meal. Our food was good as was the atmosphere. Had a good bottle of the house chianti with the meal. Overall a great experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Una de las mejores comidas italianas en el area Central de texas!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Food & Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had reservations for 6 for a Saturday night. We had a variety of the dishes: rabbit, pasta, osso bucco, steak and that night's special risotto. They were all good: the pasta was loaded with fresh vegetables that were not overcooked; the rabbit had just the right touch of gaminess, the steak was perfectly cooked, the osso bucco was falling off the bone and the "Texas Polenta" was great with it. The best dish of the evening was the risotto. It was cooked with the top of the line prosciutto. When it came out, I have to say that it did not look that appetizing, but the flavors exploded on the palate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.