Trattoria Lisina
Trattoria Lisina

Trattoria Lisina

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.trattorialisina.com/
  • Phone: (512) 894-3111
  • 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
196 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (162)scenic view (145)romantic (129)good for groups (103)fit for foodies (95)notable wine list (87)great for lunch (42)kid-friendly (39)neighborhood gem (33)great for brunch (24)great for outdoor dining (22)hot spot (18)late-night find (6)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Wonderful food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We had a party of 6, the services was excellent. Our waiter let us taste several different wines before deciding which we liked best. We had a variety of different dishes, and everything was excellent. Eggplant parmigana, lasagna, butternut squash ravioli's, pizza, and scallops. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Trattoria Lisina is our go-to spot for special occasions. We know we will always enjoy superior food and service which is a cut above anything you can get in Austin. Plus, the restaurant and grounds are beautiful any time of year. We took our friend for her birthday, enjoyed a leisurely and extravagant lunch, and had a wonderful time. Our waiter, John, was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Haven't been there for lunch, brunch or outdoors.
    JGLH
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Trattoria Lisina is our favorite special occasion dining spot although Dripping Springs has other excellent choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meatball App was great
    PiggyLovesKermit
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Loved the bread and the meatball appetizer! Lasagna was good but the beef tenderloin pizza I got was not to my liking much due to the overwhelming medium rare slivers of beef on the pizza, which I originally thought might be fully cooked...should've gotten the Margharita pizza like usual...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • November dinner
    SeanC
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We've been to the tasting room, but this was our first dinner visit. It was my wife's birthday. The dining room was a bit louder than we expected, but we were sitting in the middle. Food was all excellent. The bottle of wine we ordered was corked (not the restaurant's fault), and the wine staff promptly provided a replacement. Service was excellent across the board.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday
    BIscotti
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Food was excellent, service was friendly, it took a long time from ordering until plates arrived from the kitchen. 50 minutes
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and great service.
    zlb06
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The meal was everything I wanted it to be for me and my date.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place to Dine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    As always, we had an excellent dining experience with courtesy thoughtful service and outstanding food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Italian Food!
    dinerdash
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Trattoria Lisina serves quite possibly the best Italian food that I have ever had. The restaurant is positioned in a vineyard and has a very Italian feel in both architecture and décor. The wine selection is wonderful. I'm not a fan of reds but absolutely loved the red wine that my server suggested. The food has a great presentation, perfectly sized proportions, and an exquisite taste. Everything from the meatballs as an appetizer to the salted caramel chocolate cake with vanilla gelato for dessert was wonderful! I would highly recommend this for special occasions (birthday, anniversary, etc.).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding experience
    JoePasta
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Great food, great service, outstanding ambiance....our experience at Trattoria Lisina was flawless. Would definitely reccomended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great waiter
    TxTravelers
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    A great waiter makes all the difference. He suggested all the right wines and courses. He told us he had been there something like three years and he was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yum
    sheilalmrx
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Great food and atmosphere. Somewhat kid friendly. Kids playscape but no kid menu, however they will make anything you want into a kid version. Great service. Wonderful experience. Get the steak.
    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.
  • Beautiful place to dine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Very good Italian restaurant in a very scenic setting out in the country. Very good Italian dishes as well as excellent steaks and lamb chops. Strongly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Trattoria
    sarab
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner and great service. Enjoyed the evening immensely. It is now our favorite place to go and we don't have to drive into the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet Evening
    Fernando
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Enjoyed the ambiance and the service most of all. Able to relax, have a conversation, and dine in a very relaxing setting. The food was very well prepared and presented. Great place for a relaxing dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italy in Texas
    Italy
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My husband and I visited Trattoria Lisina for our 25th wedding anniversary. Not only did our good friends recommend it, but the bed and breakfast we stayed at recommend it as well. Trattoria was far beyond our expectations. It is absolutely beautiful, a setting that we loved! The food, wine and service was outstanding. Thank you so much for a most lovely evening!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fri - Very crowded, but good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Have been to Trattoria many times, but never on Fri. (I usually love this place.) It was very crowded; there was a wedding celebration and full restaurant as well. Food was good, service friendly, but busy. It took 1 hr to get food. Noise level high. Won't go again on a Fri night.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Negative Changes...
    LoveAustin
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We used to go every year for our anniversary. But had not been in a few years. They changed the menu significantly, it's now overpriced and pretentious. Their wine selection is still good, but we felt their food had really gone downhill. I'd suggest saving the money and going to Carino's as the sauce on the meatballs was reminiscent of that sort of establishment at 3 times the price! Plus, I called to add two more to my wife's birthday dinner. They refused to accommodate and asked me if I wanted to cancel. Rather than bending over backwards to try and help, I felt they were ready to just move-on to the next one. They also have "Public Wifi" but when I asked for the code, they no longer offer it to customers, yet phones don't work there.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • anniversarry dinner
    wacoans
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    we thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Trattoria Lisina!! the landscaping was beautiful, great for photos! when we arrived the host knew it was our 25th anniversary & he greeted us with 2 glasses of champagne. that made us feel really special. the interior was so pretty & the lighting was perfect. our waiter even offered us some lost & found reading glasses so we could read the menu, cause we forgot ours!! the food was very authentic(veal was amazing). we look forward to dining there again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyable Evening
    Blessed777
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We were celebrating a 60th birthday and requested seating on patio away from kitchen area and it made all the difference to our experience at this local restaurant. We had a terrible experience in March when we celebrated our daughters birthday but decided to ask specifically to not be near the kitchen. Made a huge difference seating near the garden and when it came to nightfall our 2 yr old grandson enjoyed the colored lighting outside. We all enjoyed the food from salads to main. Their asparagus salad was excellent as was their eggplant dish. And the tiramisu was delicious and was a generous helping enough for several people. Overall a relaxing evening with delicious food and wonderful ambience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Loved the food and the venue. I had the risotto with steak and it was amazing! A little pricey for everyday but a perfect "special event" destination.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Fun
    Fun2bhad
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Excellent food and atmosphere. We really enjoyed our evening amongst friends.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great location, food quality spotty
    DutchFoodie
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We had dinner (party of 4) there a few nights ago. We absolutely loved the scenery and the wine in the beautiful garden. When we went inside we were in a great mood, in part because the good service and wine advise we received from the bar tender at the front. However, our experience went a bit downhill after. The appetizers were good, we had calamari, a pizza, and the antipasto. However, 3 of the 4 fingers were marginal at best. When the waitress came, she didn't think to ask us why there were 3 almost full plates left, and we actuary had to ask for the manager ourselves. It is a shame, it could be a fantastic place, but the food leaves much to be desired.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Italy in the Heart if Texas
    HillCountryLady
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Italian cuisine with paired wine available by the glass or bottle. Entrees are marvelous...be sure to note the off menu specials...and save room for dessert. Portions are large and tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wait person
    Cats
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.