Esposito's Italian Bistro

4.3
58 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Located in the heart of Downtown Auburn, Alabama, Esposito's Italian Bistro offers fresh Italian specialties with locally sourced ingredients served in a fun, casual atmosphere - just steps from Toomers Corner! Our family owned and operated bistro offers all the classic pasta dishes created with our own handmade pastas including our 13-layer lasagna. You'll also find exceptional dishes featuring beef, pork, seafood and chicken. Vegetarian and gluten free options are noted on our menu.
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vipLiteEater
Los Angeles
69 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great pasta!! Great service and reasonable prices!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Savannah
8 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a fabulous meal and the service by Kristine was impeccable. If you are in auburn it’s worth a visit.

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GCameronS
Birmingham
12 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The four of us were seated at the bar unexpectedly. We had reservations and arrived on time. There were several available tables They refused to seat us at a table. The bar was so high I could not use a knife and was unable to eat much of my meal. The hostess was rude. The tables remained empty throughout our meal.

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vipCissyG
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was average. Chicken Parmesan had lots of pasta, too much sauce and an over cooked piece of thinly cut chicken breast on top. Cesar salad was good, as were the fries. The other dishes in our group were underwhelming. Service was okay. Had to find the server to get plates for the appetizers. Even with a reservation, we were initially seated in a high traffic flow area but our request to be switched to an open table was accommodated. Automatic 20% gratuity added to bill for 5 people, which was surprising. With the many restaurants in Auburn, won’t be in a hurry to return.

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AmyM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was fabulous.

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krism
Jackson Hole
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed our dinner and would definitely dine here again!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Awful food. The lasagna was disgusting. It was smothered in so much sauce I scraped it all off. My coworkers pasta was a hard ball all clumped together. The server forgot our appetizer…. The bruschetta was burnt… not sure what happened but we were extremely disappointed… terrible first experience!!!!

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vipNashvilleNativ
Nashville
18 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant when we visit Auburn! The staff is so friendly and works so hard. Game weekends are slammed all over and they do a great job serving their diners and everyone is smiling.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great service despite our poor waitress having to wait on around 10 tables. Bread and oil is always a treat. Loved the spinach and cauliflower dip with the toasted bread. Loved the zucchini noodles with vegetables and meatballs. Very tasty and will return again!!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

We have been before and it was absolutely fantastic. While the food was still great on this visit and the server was very nice, the service started out fast and dropped off. We ordered a to go dessert and it took 25 minutes. Had we known we probably wouldn’t have ordered it.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We were a large party with 2 separate reservations on a game weekend and they were able to accommodate us!!

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vipMichelleK
Charlotte
67 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great new little spot for casual Italian. The bar was a bit backed up. Light sauce requested on flatbreads came out has heavy sauce. The appetizer dip potion was very small for a sharable dish....consider a bigger container please. We would give it another visit.

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vipokst77
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite Italian food in Auburn. The bolognese sauce is especially good.

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LisaM
Kansas City
32 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it!!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The food was good for the price. It’s not top tier food, but it’s priced accordingly.

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Dvm2005
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great find! Small place with amazing service and great food! The lasagna was delicious! Big portions and great prices! The menu is limited but I highly recommend this place!

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Elizabeth
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Ordered Linguini Carbonara. The “ Panchetta seemed to be fat back, and inedible. The Sauce should have had loads of Parmesan cheese with egg and butter, but it wasn’t cheesy. Our other dish was Tagliatelle with Bolanaise. The pasta hadn’t been stired while cooking and came clumped together.
The salads however were both very good/ Caprese, and Ceasar . Service, though friendly, lacked attention. We were brought dessert and had to go in search of spoons to eat it. We were disappointed in the fare and noise level.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience2

Food was “just okay”. So noisy we could hardly carry on a conversation. With all the good choices in Auburn we don’t have any need to go back any time soon. Service was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great service. Sam was great

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CathleenG
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really liked our quiet table in the back, the friendliness of the servers, and the food! We'll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Not what I expected from an Italian food

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vipAUfoodie
Atlanta
24 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wanted to bring some friends for their first visit. Everyone enjoyed it. Our server, Conner was well prepared for all the questions we ‘peppered’ him with. As usual, we enjoyed ourselves.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
12 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

I had requested standard seating and we were seated at a high top booth next to the bar.It was extremely uncomfortable - hard, wooden boxes and the table was too far away. As a shorter person, I had to sit on the edge of my seat the entire night. If we visit again I will specifically request a table in the front of the restaurant. Our server was excellent. I don’t recall her name though. She was also covering the bar. We started with the cauliflower spinach dip. It didn’t have very much flavor and I wouldn’t order it again. My husband had the seafood fra diavolo. It normally comes with zucchini noodles, but my husband requested pasta and his request was granted without any problem. It came with generous portions of mussels and shrimp. At the recommendation of our server, I had the chicken pesto tagliatelle. It was very flavorful, but the pasta was a bit over cooked. Both portions were very large and enough for 2 meals. It appeared that this restaurant was short-staffed and had a very limited menu, but our food was brought out promptly and it was hot. We took dessert to go. I had the zeppole with peach compote. It was okay. Should’ve eaten it warm at the restaurant. My husband had the cannoli and he enjoyed them. We were celebrating our anniversary and I specified this on our reservation on Open Table, but our special event was not acknowledged. Will try this restaurant again in the future.

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vipMichaelA
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great fresh homemade dishes. Wine list was solid.

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vipAUfoodie
Atlanta
25 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is our new 'go-to' for Italian fare. Every dish is prepared and served in an attractive manner. While fairly new, they get the basics of good food, pleasant atmosphere and good service. We have yet to find fault with anything! Just go!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

It was good but not great. We’ll try it again though.

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JaneB
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Waitress was friendly but not very professional. Brought dirty dishes to our table and stacked them on top of our dishes. Food is decent.

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AnneW
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very enjoyable meal. Service was great, we all enjoyed our dishes; will return!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service

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vipMisterMangiare
Charleston
34 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service st this trendy Italian Bistro a stones throw from the Auburn University campus!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We came on the night before Auburns spring graduation, so it was very busy but we were well taken care of and the food was delicious! The Alfredo had a little too much pepper in it for some people’s tastes in our party, so beware if you aren’t a pepper fan. The bread and cauliflower spinach dip were amazing. Great wine selection for a good value!

JM
vipJanetM
Miami
57 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A hidden in plain sight gem! GO! Food was fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service and food. Homemade pasta and great appetizers. Manager Linda super nice.

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LynnG
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lindsay and Linda were fabulous!

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vipJaneK
Central Coast
76 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice wine list reasonably priced

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wareagle34
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

We were able to get a reservation last minute when every other restaurant was packed....and now we know why. The service was subpar, the food was ok and they have no liquor license. It took way too long for food to arrive, drinks to get to the table, etc. on top of that, it seems like one of our servers might have been drunk.

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vipLiteEater
Los Angeles
70 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant!! Great food! Great service! Very reasonable prices!

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vipLiteEater
Los Angeles
70 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great service! Reasonable prices!!

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AnnN
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food! Great value and yummy. The the lasagna and fried artichokes and awesome. We go about once a week.

FAQs

Esposito's Italian Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (334) 209-6420.

Esposito's Italian Bistro is rated 4.3 stars by 58 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.