Sophia's

4.3
379 reviews
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$30 and under
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Sophia’s is a sexy and modern take on a classic Italian-American supper club. The 3,700 square-foot restaurant marries family recipes with contemporary flair to serve up familiar Italian dishes and libations in a stylish and sophisticated space. The sleek high-energy atmosphere completes the dining and social experience to allow for the perfect ambiance. Sophia’s is open for dinner Monday through Sunday, and features an intimate cocktail lounge atmosphere and late night bites Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Tuesday - Wednesday: 5pm - Close
Thursday - Saturday: 5pm - Late
Sunday: 5pm - 10pm
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Phone number
(512) 580-9990
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Mark Sparacino
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Cross street
Pecan
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine
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Austin
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice date nite Italian
Great food
Great service

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible experience with great service and outstanding cuisine. I highly recommend to everyone who is wanting a memorable night!

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HB
Austin
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Somewhat weird experience for us as we are frequent customers at Sophia’s. It was emptier than usual but they were blasting music so loud that we had to ask them to turn it down. They recently got a new chef and one of the meals we got came out way undercooked for medium well, which is what we ordered.

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AW
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall a very good experience. We thought it very odd that the server was instructed to give us instructions on how to order, per the chef. In other words, he wanted everything ordered at once. I do feel this place was a little pricey for the food offered.

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San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there with a bunch of couples! These couples were from Austin and never been there and I am from San Antonio! We had an excellent food great conversation the place was a lively and seductive!

Try the lobster and shrimp Fisili Pasta!

Great cocktails!

Had Fun

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BL
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

This restaurant is all about the ambiance. Beautiful interior. My food was not good but my date's was. Service at the bar was not great but our waiter was pretty good. It should be more upscale because it has such a romantic atmosphere.

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Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, beautiful, intimate space downstairs with a lovely bar. Service was excellent. Menu changed with a new executive chef from small plate driven to more traditional. Was disappointed that the octopus was no longer available, but the entrees were very good. Will return!

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G
New England
12 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sophia’s has a supperclub look and feel. We had a pasta dish and the salmon—both were delicious! The old fashioned was a top notch cocktail. I loved the decor and the music. While we were visiting Austin for the first time, this was one of the places we’d definitely go back to. Well done!!

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was not good. My food was not good and the waiter never got back to our table. Other dishes at the table were fine will not recommend

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LC
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, they do not allow for substitutions unless you have an allergy so review the menu 1st.

Dark, dungeon ambience- quiet and great for a business meal or a date.

Food is sensational and our waitress was professional, attentive and knowledgeable.

Drink cocktails - can’t recall the name of this one but it has smoked rosemary- it’s a must!!

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The overall experience was awful.

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PL
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

Good food, overpriced, and they literally played techno beats so loud we couldn’t hear each other talk. Very odd choice for a nicer restaurant .. would not go back.

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Austin
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Faust was outstanding. Cocktail recommendations were 2 for 2. Octopus, lobster bucatini, half chicken, and s’mores dessert with homemade marshmallow - sincerely one of my favorites meals in Austin. Only request is to enlarge that lobster bucatini portion because it was that good.

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Austin
8 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Sorry guys, but your time is clearly up in Austin and it shows. I’ve eaten and Sophia’s a handful of times, and hadn’t been in awhile, so figured we’d come back. We arrived at 7:15 for our reservation and didn’t have a waitress to our table for 45 minutes. I asked for one and was told one would be right over. 5 minutes later I asked again, and we finally got one. We hadn’t been served drinks or water or anything yet during this entire time. We just sat and talked at our empty table trying to be patient. (Only 2 other tables full at the restaurant, so not a busy thing). The food was also just ok- recipes had changed and weren’t as good as they used to be. Also, the bathroom had cockroaches on the floor by the toilets & toilet paper holders on the floor (so no toilet paper in some of the bathrooms unless u wanted floor toilet paper). Super disappointed as we used to love coming out for a big meatball and cozy evening out, but never again.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great music, atmosphere, vibe — loved it

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TP
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Not welcoming and snooty employees. Small over priced portions. Just another trendy, pricey Austin restaurant. Underwhelming to say the least.

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DD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great service I would totally recommend.

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CB
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

They were out of lots of wines (all Pinot, Chianti). They didn't have the whole fish that is prominently advertised on the website and one of the reasons we went. At 8 we were told kitchen was closing (on a Thursday night) and we were rushed to order dessert. When we went to order dessert, surprise, they were out of everything but two things. It's very dark and felt awkward and we felt rushed to leave since I guess kitchen was going to close so everyone could go home. The food we did get was ok (meatball and salad were good, bruschetta was not good we didn't even finish it, and the pasta dish and vegetable dish we got were very good). I would not return. We went to celebrate a special occasion and it didn't feel special at all.

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JW
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cool environment. The service was awesome and the staff was super friendly and nice. Very cool mix of amazing food and modern, yet nice, upscale ambiance. Would definitely recommend for a nicer dinner / date!

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KB
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fiancé and I had an AMAZING experience at Sophia's for Valentines Day. The chef ought to be ashamed of himself.... the food was too good. I also enjoyed the romantic atmosphere and music.

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C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sophia's definitely defines fine dining; great place to feast on top quality meal

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H
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

My boyfriend and I went for Valentine’s Day. We are younger adults and it was well apparent that we were not attended to like the other guests. The food was great, but the service was bad.

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CA
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sophia's is so amazing! Super sexy space, perfect for taking a date but also a great bar area to just grab dinner or drinks with friends. Food is incredible, service is top notch and the drinks are fabulous. Highly recommend!

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E
Austin
37 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Terrible experience. Staff there has no idea on how to handle a bad situation. Have been there several times in the past and noticed that establishment has gone down especially service. Appears just another austin restaurant that one time was good. Got lazy and now on downward spiral

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CM
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

All of our food was delicious, from the meat ball to the pork collar! The only thing I could say that wasn't the greatest was how close the tables were to each other. I would definitely go back!

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BM
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

This was a mediocre dining experience. The food was fair, but not outstanding. The service was indifferent. The ambience was pretty negative. I understand that dim lighting is considered desirable, but it was so dark that -- not only could I not read the menu or the bill (and the waitperson did not have any kind of light to help out), but you could barely see what was on your plate. Then, a group of about a dozen loud young people were seated next to us, and another group seated behind us so close that the gentleman behind me kept leaning back into me during the meal.

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s
Austin
17 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I was honestly underwhelmed. Several items were not available, basic bread baskets were not available, had to call the waiter/waitress several times to service the table with water, etc. This is not the typical experience I have had. I was very surprised.

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LM
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Waiter was no where to be found. He took our order 8-10 min after we had sat down. We waited over 25 minutes for a salad. Each item ordered came out 20-25 min separate and each member was staring at the others eat. I asked for well done flat iron stake "may I have it well done?" Waiter: No, and you can't make any substituions. " I feel if I am paying for a nice dinner, I can at least have it the way I like it. Waiter never came back to check up on us. We asked for check, paid and left.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 3ambience 3

Asked for a quiet table in an out-of-the-way area for our anniversary. They sat us in the highest traffic area; main walkway 10 steps from both the bar and the hostess. Crowded and cold. Not romantic at all. Was willing to spend big $ for special occasion but won’t do it here.

Our server was lovely, smiling and knowledgeable though. She’s truly an asset to the place. Too bad she wasn’t in charge of the kitchen who took at least 30 minutes to get our food out.

Good luck to them. Hope the get their act together.

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BS
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect date night venue! Great food and service with a quiet, romantic ambiance.

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P
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

We had outstanding service from Maggie, but the restaurant needs to be a little more flexible. We had some simple VERY requests to modify some dishes to accommodate for some dietary restrictions. The kitchen would not accommodate at all. Additionally, the lighting within the restaurant is abysmal. We were four adults dining and had to resort to during the flash lights on our iPhone on and facing them up to provide enough lighting in our booth.

Sophia's has a chance to be an outstanding restaurant but needs to be a little more accommodating.

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RF
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had Maggie as our server and she was AMAZING and funny with a great attitude! She recommended a few dishes that we ordered. The chicken and lobster pasta were delicious!

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Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

It was our first time trying Sophia‘s and we’re quite disappointed. The menu that is on OpenTable bears little relation to the menu we found once we arrived. It was much more limited. For example, there are three pasta dishes all of which have cream sauce. Good if you like cream sauce not so good if you don’t. When my wife asked to have a pasta dish with grilled vegetables instead of pasta she was told that no substitutions of any kind were permitted on the menu. However our salads could come with dressing on the side at the least. Because of the limited selection and their refusal to make any modifications we decided to leave before main course and went to another place down the street which was as usual just fine. They do have a very nice wine list especially of Italian wines with a large selection over hundred dollars. More limited selection in the more moderate range. For those of us who live downtown there are too many other good Italian restaurants to choose from that are willing to accommodate us. Why settle?

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LJ
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

We were excited to try this restaurant, as I remember the space being unique and romantic from when it was Bess. Unfortunately, this is the best part about this disappointing restaurant. Upon being seated, we were informed that they do not allow any changes or substitutions to the menu, except in case of allergy - so apparently the chef's ego is more important that the customer experience or dietary wishes. Not cool. They wouldn't even leave olives off a salad, or let us order an extra side of the rice that came with the meal. The food itself was ranged from bad ( a raw tuna app that only tasted of salt) to pretty good, but not notable ( the chicken). We live in the Downtown area and love fine dining, but won't come back. There's too many other great choices!

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HB
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic meal as always. This time we had the octopus and it was amazing. Jordan was a great waiter and made the special occasion even better!!

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HB
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVE Sophia's. Every time we go, we love it even more. This visit was fantastic as always - our waitress was very friendly and helpful. Definitely recommend for a birthday! It's our tradition now because they make it so special.

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H
E. Tennessee
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very cozy and not very busy. Hope they stay in business cause we enjoyed it!

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AG
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Sophias had a great NYE atmosphere. It has a wine cellar, intimate feel and private booths. The portions were a bit small, but that may have been due to the set menu for the holiday. I would definitely come back, it is a great date night/special occasion place, and its right on sixth street so there are plenty of bars to hop around to

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RL
Austin
12 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Not sure what this restaurant’s concept is honestly. Advertised as an Italian supper club, with photos of rat pack icons on the wall, it was missing the ambience and service to make a good experience, plus the music was super loud club beats that contrasted with a 6:30 dinner spot. Food was not great and definitely overpriced. Waiter pushed the grilled octopus as outstanding, it was not. Over cooked with no flavor and piled on a bed of arugula and pita bread with no dressing or sauce. Never had crunchy gnocchi before I ate here, I’m good never having it again. Overall disappointing evening at Sophia’s, will not return.

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Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We really wanted to love this restaurant but unfortunately we won’t be back. The place was not that busy but we still felt like we had to track the waitress down every time we wanted something. The food was just ok with a few dishes being served lukewarm. There’s a lot of competition in Austin so for this place to make it they will need to step it up.

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