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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.
Austin, TX 78703
Italian, Wine Bar
Hours of Operation:
Open Daily 11am - 10pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
We do special menus, and events year around. Check out our facebook page for updates and events.
Cipollina Ratings and Reviews
This was a great experience--though it was during the holidays and thus less crowded at lunchtime than usual, I'd guess. That's why I rated the ambiance as "quiet". ;) The pizzas are great--a definite must-try for anyone. The only drawback to the restaurant that I could see was the lack of attentiveness to accessibility. As someone who once had to push her mother in a wheelchair, it was hard for me not to notice that the hallway to the bathrooms was partially blocked by a stack of high chairs. Once inside the bathroom, it was clear that a person in a wheelchair would have trouble reaching for the towels and looking in the mirror. If the accessibility issues could be addressed, it would be a more welcoming restaurant for all! Unfortunately, the landlord only seems to have provided one special parking stall, and it's at the opposite end of the building from Cipollina. If anyone in your party has special physical needs, this might not be the best place for you.
Another neighborhood gem! Great food, service, and value! We have come to Cipollina a number of times and have never been disappointed. Even a simple dish like Spaghetti and meatballs is well done and delicious. Noise level is moderate to energetic. Highly recommended!
If you are looking for elegant dining in a sophisticated setting with table cloths and waitstaff with linen napkins draped across their forearm then this is not the place for you. However, if an inviting relaxed neighborhood atmosphere with great food and terrific service then this will certainly be a restaurant you will enjoy.
I picked this place randomly and could not have been happier with the choice. I felt I had found a diamond in the rough.
Parking on Saturday night at 7:00 was a little difficult but well worth the effort.
My wife and I had dinner at Cipollina for the first time this weekend. We really wanted to love this place - it's cute, really close to our home, and welcoming - but the food was hit or miss. We really enjoyed our drinks and the white bean appetizer was fantastic. However, my wife's pasta was covered in oil and my osso bucco lacked the depth, seasoning and flavor I've experienced at other Italian restaurants. Like the appetizer, the dessert was great and we enjoyed cappuccinos before we left. I wouldn't call Cipollina a total disappointment. I just wish the entrees would have delivered as much as our other courses.
FYI - Our waitress was awesome - very friendly - but parking was a nightmare. It looked like a sewer line was being replaced so several spots were unavailable. However, I don't think those spots would have adequately covered what's needed for the restaurant. Prepare to find parking in the neighborhood or take a Lyft/Uber/RideAustin.
Celebrated my daughter's 21st birthday. Food was a little disappointing only because it was bland. Very little seasoning. I had the Bolognese. The pasta was perfectly made and cooked, just needed some spices. My daughter's pizza was pretty good. My wife had the Spinach Gnochhi Alfredo. Again - not enough seasoning. Pretty bland. Maybe caught the chef on an off night, but really expect not to have to salt a dish to boost flavor. Spent two weeks in Italy this summer and never asked for a salt and pepper shaker once.
We continue to return to Cipollina as it's always great food and great service. Parking can be a little challenging but well worth the risk. The bolognese is outstanding and the pizza is a wood fired gem. Will continue to return and of course, it's highly recommended!
Dark was my first impression when the four of us walked in. The menu had some great choices. We had the Bolognese and Shrimp Scampi. Both were good. We started with the Garlic knots which were very tasty. We shared a Chopped Salad and a Caesar Salad. The chopped was much better then the Caesar. I would not recommend the Caesar. It had an odd aftertaste. I imagine the dressing is not made in house. I would certainly go back and try a pizza or something different.
The first thing to note is that the service was outstanding. We had an early sitting and were among the first there that evening. I can see why the place filled quickly shortly after we arrived. Our table ran the gamut from pizza to pasta, and everybody left the table satisfied.
I had a great evening with my sister and from out of town (Montreal). Beyond the good food, Horacio, our server, made our night unforgettable and delightful! He was kind and funny and one of the best servers I've experienced. An exceptionnel person. Thank-you Horacio!!
Sarah and Claudia
Cipollina is one of my favorite restaurants. It's friendly, a wonderful atmosphere, relaxed, and the service is always very good. And t food never disappoints. A solid choice. The only downside is the noise level. It gets loud the minute it starts to get crowded. If they could solve that problem it would be the best restaurant in town.
This place is a gem! A few friends and I got together over lunch and this place hit the spot. The service was great. The location fit our needs (close to downtown without the downtown prices). The food was delicious and my vegetarian friends had plenty of options. When I arrived, I felt a little silly for booking lunch because there were plenty of tables open. However, I would still book a table in the evening or on the weekend as it is a smaller, neighborhood spot.
I've had some very nice lunches here often by myself, selecting a couple of appetizers for my meal such as the mussels in garlic and wine and fries or the white haricot been puree dip (smooth and decadent) and their excellent calamari. But this dinner wasn't anything special I'm afraid - scampi with fettucini with scarcely a sauce to accompany, (it doesn't have to be full of sauce of course but in absence of moisture, the large quantity of pasta alongside the shrimp tends to become quite tedious). My husband's chicken parmigiana was dry, the coating was overdone and therefore the dish was overall quite boring and we declined to take the leftovers home. We did enjoy the attention of the busy but capable and friendly server, I don't recall her name though. I must say that the service is always pleasant here and they don't do that thing that bugs me here in Austin these days - they don't abandon you after the main meal and make you flay your arms about to obtain the bill.
We started with the calamari and mussels. I love that the calamari comes with marinara and aioli sauce. The mussels are served with two kinds of bread that was nice to dip in the delicious garlic butter. The tomato soup had a nice zest, and the Ceaser salad was authentic with a generous portion of anchovies. We split the snapper that was delicate and would peel off like petals from a rose. The brussels sprouts was a nice side to complement the fish. I would definitely recommend and go again. First class service and food.
A decent Italian place with good pizza and pretty good calamari. Wine selection adequate. Service OK and fast. Won't knock your shoes off, but nice place for lunch. When crowded it can be very noisy. Unless you get there early, parking can be difficult. Uses fresh ingredients, like buffalo mozzarella and fresh basil which is very nice.
Definitely a neighborhood spot with authentic Italian food. If I lived within a few blocks, I would visit often. Wine list is small, but well procured. Staff is eager to help and friendly. The atmosphere is quaint and simple, but comfortable and welcoming. We each had a Caesar salad, which was a little strong with anchovies compared to most, but good. The arancinni were delicious.
A good spot for everyday dinning, casual date night, or a special meal if you feel uncomfortable going to a formal spot.
Food was so bland we had to add more salt to everything, the chicken parmigiana was burnt completely on one side. Server didn't seem to want to be there any longer so service was slacking. Would be a nice little restaurant if the food and service was better.
Great meal at your restaurant. Wonderful service and very good food. Would've given you 5 stars all the way across the board except for one thing -- it's so noisy in that room. We could barely hear each other at our table when we first arrived. Later on it cleared out and was quieter but the first half of dinner was difficult. If you could do something to help the sound issue your place would be perfect! But it was still a great meal and I'll be back.
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