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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JH
Austin
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very noisy table next to us was invasive. Waitress was nice and helpful. Especially liked the desert with pickled strawberries, etc.

m
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The waitress knew the food well on the menu and was able to make excellent recommendations. Everything that we had I don’t think one of us left anything on our plate! This will definitely become one of my favorite restaurants!

A
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brunch was awesome, we had steak and eggs and avocado toast. Very yummy!

AD
Austin
24 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to dine! We came to celebrate NYE and I specifically picked this place since its allowed to select a la carte instead of prefix.
My husband ordered some cocktails which he said were excellent (old fashioned and negroni). He said probably the best in austin.
Everything that we ordered were plated beautifully and tasted amazing.
And out server Hannah was super excellent! Great place, we will definitely be back.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jade was our server and was great. We will request her every time we eat here. Great way to ring in the new year!

E
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and drinks! They have great pasta that was cooked perfectly.

TM
Austin
12 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought our daughter and son-in-law there to celebrate her birthday. They were visiting from CA. They understood why I keep raving about your restaurant. We often celebrate with you. Thanks for being consistently delicious.

SY
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Everything from the complimentary bread to the pastas - way over salted. Other reviews have said similar things. They need to stop oversalting. Gelato is tasty.

H
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I had octopus, which I ordinarily love, but I couldn’t finish eating it. It was overcooked in a cloying sauce. I can’t remember a worse Italian restaurant

LA
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great Christmas Eve meal. The food was very good and the staff was great!

ML
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We went for Christmas Eve dinner, food was delicious. Reasonably priced but service was slow.

SV
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love it! One of our favorite restaurants in Austin. They always recognize us and make us feel a part of their family. Food is amazing!!

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food fabulous service

OT
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated next to the private party room. Unfortunately, it was a very cold night and the room had a door open. So we FROZE!

D
Tahoe
7 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent service and the food/drink were definitely worth the cost. We enjoyed out time there but some of the other customers were more than noisy. The staff, however, were sympathetic to our plight and moved us to a slightly quieter area. Plus up got to watch the kitchen and truly enjoyed watching them. They even to the time to say hello.

AT
Austin
37 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

II Brutto- Pizza is great, fish was cold and filet slightly overcooked.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

It was ok. Cute place inside. Happy hour is a good deal on drinks.

OT
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and our server was very knowledgeable and attentive. We had a great time and experience!

ML
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Holiday dinner

MW
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been to Il Bruto twice now. First time for a date night and sat at the bar, second time for a work dinner and love it both times! The bread alone is worth it!

SM
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant for a date!!

LF
Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Two of our entrées were so salty they were not edible. Cute place. Pizza appetizer was good salad was good

WP
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Second time here. First time was magical. Second time definitely not. The difference - the service. It was obviously painful for our server to do her job well. We sat outside this time which was fun. The restaurant was busy when we arrived but dead by the time we left. Our group had a little bit of everything and it was mostly good. Fungi pizza had no taste. Maybe I’ll try again but maybe not - there are lots of restaurants in Austin.

E
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and atmosphere at Il Brutto! My cacio e pepe tasted SO fresh! Also, had the best waiter who really knew what he was talking about and was super helpful! 10/10 would recommend :)

J
Austin
31 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great space, attentive service and great food well priced - what’s not to love!

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always solid

AS
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Il Brutto was phenomenal. We loved the atmosphere, music, and food. We each got something different and they all tasted amazing. Highly recommend this place for a date night!

L
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Delayed unfriendly slow service . Would not recommend this restaurant.

KH
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday dinner for group of 8

MZ
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there for a birthday celebration. Food was very tasty. We had pizza and the pici pasta dish. Good wine selections with some at reasonable prices. The waiters were attentive without being intrusive. At the end of our meals we received complementary lemoncello which was tasty.

c
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outstanding brunch menu! And great outside seating area. I will return!

JC
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Il Bruto is a fun lively spot for delish Italian inspired dishes. It's a friend-favorite and I will definitely be back. Perfect for date night or meeting with pals. It is quite loud so be prepared to people watch or snuggle close to your guests to hear.

KZ
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great spot-from bar to table,

DK
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love going here. And happy hour lasts til 7-half off all alcohol so we can drink some really nice wine!

JR
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. I loved the arugula and prosciutto pizza.

a
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The best thing about Il Brutto is its location. Overall, it is too pricey for the food it served. The main portion was more like an appetizer, but priced at a main course price. I ordered the Scallop crudo for $18. It came out with 6 thinly slices of large scallops (maybe 2 scallops at best). For dinner, I had the charred baby octopus dinner. It has 5 or 6 octopi, a couple of tablespoons of mash potatoes.. and a couple of olives and tomatoes. That's it for $24. After drinks and desserts, my bill came out close to $75 including tips. Given Austin food scene, Il Brutto is overpriced for the food value.

O
Ottawa
83 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice lasagne bolognese, but it was a little dry.

RC
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

It was pleasant, the food was very good. The service was slow even though the restaurant wasn’t full, I think the management may have understaffed.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

The food wasn’t very good, we were given the wrong appetizer and we got the clam pasta that only had 3 clams. Pasta didn’t taste great either, very average. Our server was hard to get a hold of but tried her best when our food wasn’t to our expectations. The actual place was very nice but it’s next to some popular East side bars that are very loud so there was a mix of 2-3 different types of music so it made it hard to talk

DL
London
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Restaurant was mostly empty yet they still seated us next to a loud bachelorette party. Service was terrible and food was mediocre. Ambiance was fun.