Il Brutto

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$30 and under
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Italian
Il Brutto is a neighborhood Italian restaurant located in East Austin with an emphasis on classic, multi-regional Italian dishes. The menu features fresh antipasti, daily home-made pastas, and pizzas baked in the restaurant’s Neapolitan wood-burning oven, in addition to housemade gelati, sorbets & desserts. The beverage program highlights an extensive selection of Italian wines from an on-site cellar, as well as local beers and handcrafted cocktails.
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PJ
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing brunch with a group of friends. Food was phenomenal, service was amazing. Great atmosphere, we sat outside and it was just lovely. Our waiter even gave us some lemón-cellos. Very happy with my experience here and would definitely recommend to anyone looking to have a relaxed Sunday brunch with some authentic Italian!

OT
Austin
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The blueberry and cream dessert is one of the best I have ever had in Austin.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Fantastic place to go. Great vibes, even had a jazz band outside when the sun went down. Went here without knowing anything about it and definitely will go back. The pizza was phenomenal.

CL
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tasting food, vegetarian options were amazing too. Phenomenal service and made my date feel special on her birthday. Thank you guys!

WP
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had to go early due to schedule issues. We had Ford as a server and he was great from start to finish. He was great at explaining the menu and made it easy to decide what we wanted. We had the burrata for a starter, I had the beet salad (yum) and the pappardelle with lamb for the main course . It was a great experience.

JR
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Our waiter wasn’t that nice or helpful as it being many of our first times being there. He didn’t have any recommendations and stated that he rather not recommend us anything at all in case we “complained”.

ES
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Had the baby octopus, sea bass , lamb and the tiramisu, Nothing impressive about dinner. Seem average to me, try fav part was the dessert

EN
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

polpi, pizze, e stizzichini era eccellente. La musica era troppo forte. Food was excellent, service great. Music drove us outside. So loud you can't talk to each other. Gives you the vibe they want you out of there fast. I recommend sitting outside if you can stand the heat.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

My dad and brother in law were visiting, we wanted to treat them somewhere nice. We love il brutto, but the service wasn’t what we’ve come to expect on this particular evening (and it wasn’t busy). That said, the food and drinks were delicious!

OT
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was incredible, and our server was so sweet!

OT
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really a family get together. Steve, our waiter was fantastic!

G
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great atmosphere and convenient location. Sitting at the counter (near pizza oven and charcuterie station) was very entertaining!

A
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Il Brutto was such an amazing experience! The cocktails and food were great in their own right but the service is what made it so amazing. The waitress knew it was my girlfriend's birthday, and she brought over dessert and limoncello on the house. She was super friendly and made the evening even greater.

J
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy eating at Il Brutto. We especially like the lamb pappardelle and the limoncello, of course. I was especially taken by the exquisite flower arrangement from Bricolage. Il Brutto satisfies my hunger on so many levels.

DB
Austin
21 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Incredible food! 1st time visit and we were blown away by the food. In spite of our 1st choice bottle of wine not available, and 2nd choice bottle of wine being bad (fizzy and warm and we returned it and got a great 3rd bottle recommended by our server), I would rate this 4.5 stars due to just incredible food prepared like you get in Europe. We will be back....soon!

GJ
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We enjoyed our food but the noise level was very high.

d
San Antonio
112 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Disappointing experience. We were served bread which was fair And were promised more would be delivered. No more ever appeared. They listed gluten-free pasta, and since one of our party has celiac this was important, but only two of the pastas could be gluten-free. The beet salad had a minimal number of beets. The decor is appealing. Not worth the expense or the hype in my opinion

LA
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was excellent, sat at the bar and enjoyed conversation with the bartender.

CC
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They have the most amazing lasagna! Probably top 5 lasagnas in my life!

JH
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Solid place, good italian with some unique dishes and takes that make it a bit more modern. Appreciated the smaller portion sizes as you can leave the spot satisfied instead of stuffed as with most italian spots.

MG
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall great food. I loved the atmosphere and the ambiance of the restaurant. Great sweets as well.

HH
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was AUSTIN restaurant week. We’d heard good things about Il Brutto and was happy to give it a try.

Will return.

LW
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place was amazing. The service was above and beyond, our server answered all of our many questions and helped us decide. She also constantly waited on us, refilling our water and wine for us even though the bottles for both were on our tables within reach. The food was delicious and traditional, and the whole establishment works hard to stick to Italian roots. The concrete tables and square bar were all beautiful with modern details. My boyfriend and I went for our anniversary, and we plan to go back for many,many more!

Can not recommend this place enough. My new favorite restaurant in Austin. 10/10.

JM
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service.
Jade was an outstanding wait person.
Very cordial, attentive, and knowledgeable

JF
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

The squid ink pasta (advertised as being with clams and mussels) was a major disappointment. If you can't buy a clam or a mussel bigger than a dime, you should take that dish off the menu. The clams and mussels in the dish I was served were about the size of an Advil gelcap.

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I went for Austin Restaurant Weeks. The deal was so sweet: 4 courses for $35. The wine and service are stellar. Alas my pasta was under cooked and chewy. The tiramisu pretty much saved the not-so-well-coked pasta. And the free limoncello was delightful.

OT
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We both got sick the next morning from the food.

SS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Italian food in a nice setting. The food was wonderful. We ate there firing restaurant week. The eggplant caponata was very flavorful. The lasagne was traditional with bechamel- not cheesy American version. It was very subtle with many layers of flavor. And the cacio de Pepe was cooked beautifully. Desserts are worth saving room for.

KH
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. We went for Austin Restaurant Week and tried that menu only, but they didn't skimp on the food or service. Perfect portions, great flavor and I look forward to trying it again. Drinks were amazing!

SD
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at Il Brutto during Austin's restaurant week. Amazing food, service, and drinks. Highly recommend!

LA
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Il Brutto was great - the decor, and friendly attentive staff plus the Restaurant Week special menu. We had a blast!

f
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The place was beautiful! Food was ok. Burrata was to creamy not a lot of flavor, and my pasta wasn’t really well cooked

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Beautiful patio

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant Week but we will be back!!

WG
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went out on a date night and had a great time. We are authentic Italian fans and this place lived up to the hype yet had some local twists as well. Worth the visit!

TK
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Overall this is a cute date place. Amazing service and great cocktails. The appetizers were delicious, however the main pasta dishes were a 6.5/10. Nothing too unique about them unfortunately! Tiramisu was to die for though.

SD
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday and retirement

OT
Central Texas
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 stars says it all. Great by-the-glass wine list with all Italian regions represented. Small list of entrees perfectly done. Desert lovers will not be disappointed. Manager and staff- the best!

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

SUper slow service. At one point i sat waiting with an empty drink for 20min before a server came to check on us. ALso i ordered a 4 course meal and the wait time between courses were way too long. We sat with finished plates for long stretches.

QK
Austin
14 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was very good while the staff was amazing. Got there early for HH and was given a complimentary dish as a Thank You. I’ve been looking for a good Italian restaurant.

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