Il Brutto

4.6
710 Reviews
$30 and under
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 house-made 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 710 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.6
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4.3
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Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AnaiQ
Mississippi
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We really like this restaurant. We order cacio e pepe and pappardelle and some ginger sodas. The food was amazing and the service was great! The food was serve very fast but we really love the place.

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seanb
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

food is overpriced, tables are nasty and dirty, very simple menu, host was extremely rude and sat us with only two menus for 3-4 of us, so when I asked for another menu I got an extreme aggressive and rude answer

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vipAverageguy
Austin
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great dinner and good service overall. Hostesses we’re in a conversation upon arrival that we felt we were interrupting. I was really looking forward to their tenderloin but was disappointed it was taken off the menu with no comparable substitute. There was lamb but I prefer no bone…cocktails, food and service was good. Ordered lasagna and tiramisu, both of which are smaller portions than I’ve been served in the past. We were also looking forward to the limoncello they serve at the meals end. We were served two shot glasses instead of the small bottle and glasses they served in the past. Our child voiced his and our disappointment before we could about no bottle which before, made for a super presentation, extended the sense of “attention to detail” and thorough hospitality. Although we’ll definitely go back, the overall service, menu and hospitality aren’t quite what they once were for us. With tip we spent over $250 which is okay but I’d feel better if they re-upped their game.

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vipChucho
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience5

Heard so many great things about it...Im very disappointed! Terrible service!
Server took forever to come to us. had no idea about the wine or food menu. he had to go back to management several times to get answers to us.
First time in my life they asked me even before ordering our main dish if I was going to get dessert because kitchen was closing soon! I haven't even ordered my food! no wine in the table and he comes with that question??? Not only that but now I'm feeling rushed already! I asked for a sample of the wine I wanted to order and he said they don't do samples on wine that they don't sell by the glass ( IU understand that) so I looked back at the menu and show him that specific wine they sell by the glass.
When food comes in, not silverware or plates on the table for the sharables. Ambience and food were ok. I ordered the mussels and at least 1/2 were empty shells! main course and pastas were excellent. such a bad experience.

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Virginia
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great happy hour spot and loved the live jazz ensemble on a Thursday evening. Will be back!

JM
vipJimM
Austin
24 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy hour is the best in town. The bartenders have the right attitude.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The agnolotti is a must!

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vipAshleyI
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinners are always amazing, one of my favorite spots in Austin!

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Jamie
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The Appetizer was amazing and the lamb was really good. Loved the ambiance! Will go back for drinks.

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vipjoeyberry
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVED the restaurant! It was our first visit. Won't be our last. The food was delicious. Our waitress, Nina, was helpful and very knowledgeable. We would, in the future, request a table where she offers service. Husband had the squid pasta, I had the swordfish. Exquisite presentations. Marvellous wine and cocktail pairings. Superb selection of Italian beverages. A truly fun place. We will take visiting family their, for sure!

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vipRhonda
Austin
16 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful patio, great server who was very knowledgeable about the entire menu and you can’t beat 1/2 priced drinks at happy hour

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MalloryV
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

My friend had the angolotti which was divine. We split a farm salad (which was huge) and I had the salami pizza. It was by far the best pizza I've had at a non-pizzaria. The pistachio ice cream for me was a miss. Very salty. But all in all, a great meal. Great place to go out with friends an intimate date night.

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Raoul
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Amazing bruschetta with anchovies, ego land with slightly over-fried artichokes and great squid ink pasta. Definitely will go back and taste some more.

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vipSteph
Austin
31 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

The food was quite tasty! They really know how to make some delicious cheese dishes. However the serive was lacking and the temperature was so warm inside we were sweating.

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KylerE
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Not bad! The music was so loud I had to shout at my wife from 2 feet away. But, the food and cocktails were good.

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BarbaraPS
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am Italian (from Italy.. ad I like to say "fresh off the boat") and this restaurant is one of the few where I know I can eat real Italian dishes.
I love the Cacio e Pepe, to me it's a test dish.. very simple ingredients, but also very easy to screw up if you don't know what you are doing.. and Il Brutto has a majestic Cacio e Pepe. Fabulous atmosphere and drinks. The Spritz, my favorite, is so well done it feels like I might be back in Italy having drinks with my friends in the main square of my town Bologna!

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Brianna
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience4

The food wasn’t great and needed more seasoning but wasn’t terrible I guess.

The main issue was our server. Started out great then when we ordered entrees we named off a few to share, then paused saying “and one more just a sec”as we looked back on the menu, and the waitress literally turned around and walked away Ha!

Then when our drinks were delivered, the guy bringing them out spilled half a martini and said he would bring a new one to replace it. When he came back, it was a 1 ounce shot of the martini. Seems ridiculous that they wouldn’t make it right by bringing out a new beverage.

Don’t plan to come back ever again.

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LaciK
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Incredible, handmade, scratch cooking with an exceptional wine and cocktail menu. Every dish we had was perfect- from the citrus rind tinged olives, to the bechamel infused lasagne, to the delicate tiramisu. We can't wait to go back. Thanks chef!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

I am a cacio e pepe fanatic. And my cacio e pepe here was lumpy and nearly inedible. I would have sent it back, but I didn’t want to interrupt the flow of my friends’ meals. No one asked how our meals were - service was rushed and impersonal.


Housemade lemoncello is good, and the bar and patio are pretty. But there is better Italian food (better cacio e pepe for sure) in Austin.

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Reagan15
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lasagna was on point as well as the wine! Highly recommend this place if you love Italian.

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Pollyanna
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I traveled through Italy a few years ago, and my meal at Il Brutto was the closest thing I've found to what I experienced there. Our meal was outstanding. We tried four different pasta dishes, and I struggle to decide which was my favorite. Great atmosphere in a trendy spot with fantastic food and attentive service. What more could you ask for? Also, while I easily found street parking, they offer validation for parking the Arnold garage.

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DonnaK
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Went for an early dinner. Service was good. Food came out in a timely manner. All our food was done well. Menu was big enough to service different tastes. Desserts were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jess was the best server we’ve ever had. And the food was really great. All the pasta.

CT
CyrusT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant inside and out. Solid friendly service. Had drinks at the indoor bar then dinner on the outdoor patio under a big live oak. Good spot for people watching on a bustling street just east of downtown. Everything was perfect and would recommend it.

KJ
vipKJani
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food - good for vegetarians. The dirty martini was not the best but the rest of our drinks were great. The Tiramisu was awesome.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience overall. II Brutto is an Italian gem in Austin’s Eastside. Service, food quality, and the chef's creativeness are all well-deserving of a five-star experience. Special notoriety should be given for their deconstructed martini presentation. Very enjoyable evening. I’ll be back!

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vipwino4ever
Austin
62 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OMG - dropped in here for a pizza fix after beers at Zilker since Buffalina had closed and it was incredible. I went for the burrata with sausage but they were happy to sub in mushrooms for my vegetarian friends. Wife had the squid ink pasta which looked great as well. Make reservations!

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Prosecco
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy hour for locals and others! From ease in booking to paying the bill. We had a very nice experience. 50% cocktails and half off on bottles of wine were an amazing surprise and put us in the mood to try some interesting drinks. Aperitivi flight was great. Negroni also top notch! Pizza, roasted beet salad with goat cheese and the works, and mussels and clams all very good! Barbera was a steal during happy hour! Nina, our server was not only knowledgeable and attentive, but charming and friendly. Next time will order as we go, as we learned that the kitchen sends out hot dishes quickly and too many arrived at the same time. Will definitely go back!

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CynthiaG
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was great. Drinks were great. Noise level extremely high.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super good! Great atmosphere and service, delish wine!

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VictoriaU
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

I have nothing else to say. I am required to post

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Pasta did not meet the standards, the red meat pasta was cooked and seasoned poorly

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Ink squid pasta too salty.
Not enough food for adults.
Music too loud

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vipMeghan
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best patio, great area, good for larger groups as well.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The spritz’s are so yummy here! The pepper pasta might be my favorite dish

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JayW
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Il Brutto was wonderful! Definitely must eat here when in Austin.

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FoodieMcFooderson
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Let the chef choose for you! We did that and had the most incredible meal I’ve had in a year. Every bite was incredible. Also, sit outside. Their ambience inside is noisy and not great. Always outside :)

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SarahG
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I came for my birthday dinner, and it was perfect! The service, the food, the view from the pizza counter; it was honestly one of the best meals of my life!
Get the cacio e pepe and the lasagna; I’m still dreaming about them!

JS
JohnnyS
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pasta was excellent drinks were good. Pistachio Gelato was the greatest thing I’ve ever put in my mouth.

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IanL
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun and inviting, atmosphere, enjoyed my birthday celebration.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Il Brutto using the Order Online button. Il Brutto also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (512) 580-8779.

Il Brutto is rated 4.6 stars by 710 OpenTable diners.

Il Brutto does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.ilbruttoaustin.com/gift-cards.

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.