Il Brutto

4.6
326 reviews
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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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New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Beautiful patio

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant Week but we will be back!!

WG
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday and retirement

OT
Central Texas
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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.

CL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and the Austin Restaurant Week deal was amazing! Highly recommend the burrata and tiramisu. Bonus Limoncello at the end of our prie fixe meal!
Indoor seating was lovely. Outside had Dan and misters but may be quite hot in summer still. Service and staff were attentive and friendly.

MP
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional as always!! My absolute favorite place in Austin ❤

o
Austin
21 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

IL Bruto
This restaurant is full of energy as soon as you walk through the doors....casual fine dining full of younger “yuppie “population.😊
It is in a densely populated part of east 6th street.....thanks to gentrification.
Service was great. Server was always checking on us happy to serve and helpful. Water glass always filled. Waits a moment to soak in your response to question and smiles to show appreciation.
Food was small but very flavorful.
I had the wild halibut and my wife had pasta with mushroom.
We shared the farm salad which was delicious.
The tarimassu was a true icing on the cake. Usually not my favorite but this time, my wife left the last scoop for me.
Will return and recommend. They treated us to a housemade lemon liquor delicious and refreshing
Over all a 4 star

HM
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The restaurant has a nice patio. Good for socializing.

NL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Decent food, basic atmosphere and adequate service. We were one of maybe 6 people in the restaurant and our server would be out of sight for 10-15 minutes at a time. Sat at the counter and watched an employee scrolling through his phone and laughing the entire time. Not the best experience and not one worth repeating.

JM
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our waiter/photographer Richard and our bartender with the cute pink hair was ADORABLE! I wish I remembered her name but what a sweetie- great food recommendations from her.

a
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

Usually, the food and service are great! However, I was disappointed with the service this time. One person received their entree 20 minutes before everyone else, we were rarely checked on and it took forever to get the check and get it back.

A
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Loved our meal and the service. Tenderloin and lasagna were great, as were the tiramisu and gelato. Love the limoncello at the end! Our 10th time there and will continue to go back.

C
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found this restaurant when looking for brunch options for my sister's bachelorette party, and it was perfect! What a gem! The service was fantastic, drinks were yummy, and food was outstanding. They accommodated our group of 8 and even provided us with separate checks. They even surprised her with a really unique and delicious dessert on the house. We ate inside, and there were a bunch of fun late 90's, early 2000's songs playing which we loved. I would definitely come back! It was a really lucky find.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive, knowledgeable staff and delicious, authentic Italian food

EC
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Music was great. Service was great.
Portions were small especially for the price.

E
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Steven was our server and service was great!

OT
Central Texas
9 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The key here is the extraordinary blending of flavors from appetizers through desert. If your focus is on splendid dining this is your place. Best espresso I’ve experienced this side of NE Italy,

GF
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place and the staff! Great for date nights.

OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat at the counter and loved watching the action in the kitchen. Great value and service. Desserts were on point.

TA
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service!

F
Austin
27 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Weather was amazing - great patio.
Service, drinks and food - as always - wonderful.

OT
Central Texas
9 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wine list exceptional variety of Italians not usually found in Austin. Menu varied and creative with exceptional deserts.
Bang for the buck excellent .
Service and attention by manager unexpected.

M
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Some of the most authentic Italian cuisine in the Austin area. Excellent food, friendly service, lively atmosphere, good value.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was amazing. Wonderful ambiance. We went for our 7 year anniversary and were not disappointed! We appreciate the wonderful details

OT
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this cute Italian place!! I just got back from Italy and it made me feel like I was still on vacation with the cute lemoncillo touch at the end. Pizza was amazing as wel!!!

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lasagna was my favorite! So delicious. Good ambiance and great location.

JM
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time. Very pleasantly surprised.
Food and service were excellent.
Will definitely be back again.

HC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Not sure about their matchbook phrase...

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bachelorette

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JM
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our dinner. It was a bit loud, but our server was awesome and loved the food.

JM
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great outdoor patio ambiance and service. The pizza was incredible, beef tenderloin portion size was on the small side. Don't skip the Tiramisu- the best and it beat Bobby Flay's which sold us from our server. Will come back!

L
Austin
30 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The lamb chops and beef tenderloin were great. The service was great. We sat at the counter and watch magic happen in the kitchen. The fried artichoke with the lamb was outstanding. Would love a full plate if that.

CH
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience for brunch here was incredible. The food was outstanding and we were served bread while we waited which was delicious. An excellent variety of mimosas that are very reasonably priced. I can’t wait to come back for brunch or dinner

DI
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice ambiance, great food and very accommodating customer service. Would love to go back!

i
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Service was a little slow but there were a couple of big tables. My pasta was good but my husbands pizza was burnt.

KR
Boise
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food, service was slow but the restaurant was packed.

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