OP Italian

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$30 and under
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Italian
Fresh-made pasta, fresh seafood, slow-cooked meats, and wood-fired Neapolitan pizza are the traditional comfort-food classics that Italians have been roasting, baking, curing and making in their own kitchens for generations. OP Italian is a revitalized concept that is making the classics new again, all in a modern setting.

With an open-kitchen concept, a lively wine bar, and a brand new outdoor bar, OP Italian combines the past
and present to serve good food to good people.
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KP
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and ambiance made a birthday celebration even more special. When our waiter Frankko overheard us mention “birthday”, he wasted no time letting us know there’d be a dessert on the house. He was also diligent about checking with the kitchen regarding our many food allergies. Delicious homemade pastas and lamb shank as well.

OT
Cancun
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I forgot 1/2 of my Caymus red wine bottle and went up to my room at the same hotel where the restaurant is, I went early in the morning to ask for my bottle and they never gave me back that bottle...unbelievable...I will never come back

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good wine list!! Short food menu, but very well balanced

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great. OpenTable makes me lengthen the review.

JV
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Everything was great except one of the entrees. The spicy shrimp spaghetti tasted just like garlic butter with no spice.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Tried to accommodate me in the bar. Have to talked to the manager to get a table for dinner despite I made reservations for dinner

BD
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I had to leave because they refused to provide a table with chairs that allowed our feet to remain on ground, while there were obviously plenty. Then the open table app wouldn’t let me make another reservation. It wasn’t entirely OP Italian’s fault that my New Years Eve was as upsetting as it was, but when someone tells you the table is inadequate for a specific physical reason, you damn well should listen to them. I won’t be back for this reason alone.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing! Our waitress was very accomidating with allergies, birthday requests, sweet and funny! The food was amazing as well!

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

While I understand it was Christmas the reason why we picked the restaurant is they advertised a Christmas dinner. They were clearly understaffed with only two waiters tending bar and serving the entire patio. We got our appetizers in reasonable time but waited an hour for our mains and it was clear others were served ahead of us. We were also seated on their patio where they kept the doors open and only closed them after several patrons asked them to be closed as the temps dropped to 60. The pizzas and salads were good. The Beef carpaccio was very sparse and no flavor. The linguini with clams had very little sauce and excessive red peppers to cover taste.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Xmas dinner

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We were expecting better service and food (definitely did not serve fresh pasta like advertised) for our Christmas Eve dinner. It was sufficient but we wouldn’t recommend to a friend or even return ourselves. One plus was that we found a new bottle of wine we love!

DM
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

The management should be ashamed of how they staffed the place Christmas Eve. If you can’t hire and pay enough people to cover an evening then don’t take reservations The extreme slowness of every single ask was frustrating. The food was fine, the clams & spaghetti were not quite hot enough, but other than that acceptable. Can’t say it will break my top 100 places to visit list.

JD
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Appetizer portions very small for price. Had to keep looking for the waitress or ask other staff to get her. Food was excellent! As requested, they two bottles of wine decanter before we got there.

They had gotten message we had reduced our party from 8 to 6, yet had table set for 8. Had to ask them to take away two placesettings and a two top table.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to OP Italian for Christmas Eve dinner bf Church. There were 5 of us. My husband, myself & our 3 kiddos (14, 8 & 5). Brandon was our Server & he was SO GREAT!!! The food, wine & atmosphere we already knew would be wonderful...but Brandon was so engaging & fun to talk to - he was so sweet w/ our 5 year old figuring out what she wanted to eat...it was a memorable holiday dinner. We’ll B back for sure again next Christmas Eve.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambience but the food was average.

DS
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

I improved the rating from a 2 to a 3 star as the restaurant manager reached out to me to request additional feedback. I interpret this as a group that cares to improve and I appreciate it.

Disappointing experience last night. Not what I would expect from a restaurant at a JW.

t
Salt Lake City
26 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Very disappointed by our experience here for dinner last night. Every establishment can run into a hitch or a hiccup...but how they deal with it is what makes a lasting impression. Unfortunately for us, we were left not wishing to return. Too bad as it really could’ve been good....things started out fine but started to rapidly go downhill when it became clear that our meals were not going to come out any time soon....booked for 7.30pm (even arrived a little early) we had allowed 2 hours for dinner for the 6 of us. We literally got our mains with about 10 minutes left on the clock & had to rush them in order to make it to the 10pm show we had tickets for down the road - which we were subsequently late for.
The service was extremely negligent - we were barely checked upon & at one point my husband had to go find someone to replenish drinks....like I said, every establishment has a glitch - but the very least they could’ve done was acknowledge us & keep our drinks stocked while we waited for over an hour for our main courses...2 private rooms with 18 & 40 patrons respectively caused the kitchen to back up...well first, we had arrived long before both parties, second, you’re a restaurant in the business of catering to numbers of people & knew ahead of time about those groups, third, the main restaurant wasn’t even half full & it was a Saturday night - prime time!!!
There was a divide amongst our opinions about the food - most of the dishes were very good but the chicken was a huge disappointment.
This was supposed to be a fun night out for a group of dear friends & sadly OP did not deliver.
Left a bad taste that makes me not want to return - a huge shame as I’m sure our experience wasn’t typical. Having said that, none of the patrons sitting near us had food on their tables either, so those of us dining in the main restaurant clearly got ‘the shaft’. A totally
mis-managed situation that they could & should have handled very differently to mitigate things.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We were excited to try what looked like an amazing menu. Whoever was cooking the pasta that night did not know how to cook it properly. One of our dishes the noodles were hard and grainy. Additionally, there was a dish on the menu that was just a pool of fat. I can appreciate a hearty dish, but this was disgusting. The short rib was nothing but fat and pairing it with a cream sauce just didn’t work because as you mixed it you could see the fat pooling at the top on top of the cream it was nasty and not edible. Luckily we had a very nice waitress who comped us for the hard pasta and apologized for the other dish.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Took our server about 10 minutes to even greet us, and it was pretty empty in the restaurant. The food was so-so, there are much better Italian places in Austin so I would not recommend this place.

RM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I like the relaxed feel, excellent food and friendly service....I would highly recommend it for a small or large gathering.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Thanksgivijg

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The food arrived cold and too quickly to enjoy the courses. The mashed potatoes were a gelatinous blob and the turkey cold and gravy ice cold. The only hot items were the Mac and cheese and spinach. The cranberries were out of a can.

Very disappointing meal. It also cane family style with one set on tongs to serve everything.

I have eaten at OP several times and expected a much more elevated dining experience.

Very disappointed.

MM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was delicious but it was cold. The gravy for the turkey was more like juice than thick gravy. Other than that it was great. - oh also the profiterole was a little too rich.

TJ
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, knowledgeable and friendly service. We’ll be back again!

KH
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Very poor service on the patio, constantly ignored and a sad birthday overall. Only got one drink during a 2 1/2 hour dinner

O
Houston
70 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. I would especially recommend the mushroom appetizer. Service was great with everything being delivered promptly and exactly as ordered. The venue is pleasant and not too noisy. Food was not cheap but represented good value in a restaurant of this caliber.

OP Italian
Responded on November 11, 2019

Hello Operalover, We're so glad that you enjoyed our mushroom salad! If you liked this appetizer, you'd certainly love the mushroom pizza. It has the same three types of mushrooms and is baked on a thin crispy crust, drizzled with truffle oil. Please stop by real soon, we'd love to have you back! Sincerely, the OP Italian Team

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CP
San Joaquin
23 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good food, server was very nice...just didn’t check on us enough....
Very busy place inside the JW Marriott....

F
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I would have given it 5 stars if my food hadn’t arrived cold. We were too hungry to complain but that would be the only thing we found wrong. Great place. Would give it another try

OT
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pizza ever and increadible service. The promo "buy 1 wine and have a pizza" was perfect. Best experience.

OT
Las Vegas
45 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience

TT
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good. The service was very attentive. The noise level was very good to have a small business dinner.

OP Italian
Responded on November 5, 2019

Hello TheodoreT, We're so glad that you enjoyed not only the food, but the ambience as well! We would love to host your small business dinner next time you're in need of a place to eat! Please stop by again, we'd love to have you. -Sincerely, the OP Italian Team

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was fabulous especially calamari, vodka pasta with sausage, minestrone soup and tomato and mozzarella salad....also including the coffees. The young girl who waited on us gave us great suggestions!

AP
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brandon was our server and made the evening!! Had great recommendations for the food and wine. Very pleasant and very knowledgeable. Enjoyed so much came back the next night and asked for him again!!! Was NOT disappointed!!!
He is a definite keeper!! Excellent !!! Need to give him more responsibility.

I will definitely come back!!

OP Italian
Responded on October 20, 2019

Hello Anne, Branden is an amazing server and he will always deliver the utmost service possible. He is a true professional! We hope that you come back and visit real soon! Sincerely, the OP Italian Team

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OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing! I always visit here when in town. I would highly recommend the mushrooms, the calamari, and salmon for an entree!

OP Italian
Responded on October 18, 2019

Hello! Thank you so much for your kind review! Along with our great entrees, we'd love for you to try our amazing signature cocktails. Please feel free to stop by soon! Sincerely, the OP Italian Team

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BG
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was outstanding. I forget his name but he was very kind and nice. Tall, curly hair. It was my birthday dinner and he made it exceptional. He recommended many items that we tried. Thank you for the great experience and I will be back to dine again.

RJ
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Homemade pasta and arugula pizza were phenomenal!

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was wonderful and the food was amazing

OP Italian
Responded on October 18, 2019

Hello Anonymous, Thank you for the lovely compliment and review! Please stop by soon, we'd love to have you back! Sincerely, the OP Italian Team

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Servers were very attentive and friendly.

B
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great meatball appetizer to start followed by two of their signature pizzas. Nice evening, attentive informed wait staff.

OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Top notch and authentic handmade Italian. Highly recommend.

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