My husband and I went for an early dinner before the symphony we had a wonderful meal. Since it was our 21st anniversary our waiter brought us a complimentary creme brulè, yummy! One of our favorite places in Austin for a quiet meal.
We went for new years eve. The set menu was very good. I had Cod. Cod is either good or awful. I was happy taht they did a good job.
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.
Two adults and a child. Two drinks, two entrees, one appetizer. $70?
Way overpriced for the quality of the food.
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.
Great meal and service. We shared a caprese salad and each had a pizza. Overall great experience.
We eat here often and have enjoyed the food and wine each time! The staff are excellent. Highly recommend you try Cipollina!