Tony Mandola's

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$31 to $50
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Seafood
We take great pride in serving what we think is some of the best food on the Gulf Coast. Everything is homemade fresh in our kitchen daily. Many of our dishes are our Mama’s recipes. With my basic training from Mama, I've gone on to create a sizeable repertoire of recipes of my own. God Bless Mama and God Bless you for your patronage.

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Houston
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my parents out for Day After Valentine’s Dinner... best time ever... I love this place... the food , the staff and the owners are so Beautiful ....what I really love is the different ethnicities that dine here and everyone is enjoying themselves and the ambience.... love this place!!! Keep up the Fantastic Service, Amazing Food, Wonderful Staff and Lovely Atmosphere!!!!! Did I say the owners (Husband and Wife) are AMAZING!!!!

M
Houston
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Service was good. The food was just ok . I ordered a combo seafood platter. All my food items were very small just tasted plain no seasoning.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service2ambience3

Went on Valentine's night, so there were a lot of people even with reservations. It was a cold night, however, the restaurant was running the A/C at full blast causing many to complain that it was cold and uncomfortable in the restaurant. The bar was overwhelmed and could not service the guest waiting. All of that is abnormal for this restaurant. On the plus side, they do have both a Valentine's Menu and their regular menu to choose from. Happy eating.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great experience overall thank you !

MC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good atmosphere and good service....great food and band

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was very good and had good live music too

DO
Singapore
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service4ambience3

I have visited Tony Mandola's more times than I can remember at the old location and it was always a great experience. I have been to the new one only five or six times but have taken large parties of up to eight and had great food. Here it comes - Valentines Day dinner - we arrived at 6pm and the place was not very busy yet. Party of three. Ordered two Cosmos and a Moscow Mule. The Cosmos were filled with simple syrup and just not good. Waiter took them back. We asked for their wonderful oysters Rockefeller to start - got some other kind of tiny grilled oysters that were covered in salt. Waiter left them and brought TINY oysters with stringy spinach topping - just ridiculously poor imitations of the dish. I ordered the $50 Valentines Day special - ought to be good right? Avocado balls hard and tasteless like hush puppies. Lobster bisque was okay. NY strip steak was large but well done - I ordered medium rare. Sent it back got a very tough medium rare steak - probably choice or less grade meat. Ate about a third. Bread pudding was good. Mother-in-law ordered a filet Mignon medium - got rare. Sent it back Got an really ill-shaped piece of blackened meat that was maybe three inches round at best and an inch and a half thick that was red in the middle for $47. The fries with it were very good - they had someone in the kitchen that could do that right - Burger King training? My wife ordered tuna tartar - pretty simple right? Not so. It was dosed with jalapeno and a lot of citrus and a bit slimy.

I asked the waiter if the Mandola's had sold the place to new owners because it was just terrible. He said a cousin had taken it over. I might forgive a place for being understaffed on a busy night but we ate at 6pm and there was not a crowd yet. The chef should quit as should the new cousin ruining this fine old place. I will never return.

G
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and my friend went to Tony Mandola's for a combination birthday/late Christmas celebrations. They had a wonderful time. They both had Snapper Martha and thoroughly enjoyed the fresh fish and the delicious sauce that included jumbo shrimp and crawfish tails.

Upon seeing my wife enter with a couple of gift bags, he asked her if her party was celebrating a birthday. She told him that they were celebrating two birthdays. The waiter, upon clearing it with his manager I am sure, later offered them each a complimentary desert. He brought them both to the table and lit a candle on each one. My wife's friend and she herself found the deserts delicious: a banana key lime pie and a flourless chocolate torte.

Unfortunately, she cannot remember the server's name, but if you can determine who served the Buhler party at lunch on February 13, 2020, please convey our thanks and appreciation to him.

We are from New Orleans, so my wife enjoyed seeing the restaurant decorated in Mardi Gras colors of purple, green, and gold.

KF
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food.

MD
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience, for your palate and your billfold.

Tony’s great cuisine is reasonably priced for the quality and portion size.

We always leave happy and satisfied.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second time and the experience was even better than the first. Food was excellent along with the service. The atmosphere was perfect. Everyone was so attentive and wanted to make sure we were ok our entire visit. This is my new favorite spot !! Oh and the Mimosas 👍🏾👍🏾

JN
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my wife's birthday on Sunday. The food was outstanding as always; and, our Server, Walter, is the best. He always goes out of his way to ensure we are enjoying our time/meal at Tony's. Since we both have birthdays in February, we will be going back in a few weeks! The only issue we have is it is always difficult to choose what to have as everything is delicious! The Stuffed Jalapenos are the best we have ever had.

SH
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super fantastic fried shrimp.

M
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

I have eaten at Tony Mandola’s many many time. The food was great but the service was not good.

KA
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

This was my first trip our food was cold waited at least 20 minutes to get waited on the whole experience took us 3 hours we had to get the hostess to get our bill and then had to hunt her down to take our payment. We saw 2 couples leave because they weren’t even brought water upon being seated they waited 15 minutes. It was really an unfortunate experience. I t was my daughter’s birthday and what a mess.

W
Toronto
22 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Food and service were great at Tony’s, as always. However, we had to take one star off for food as one dish had a small piece of metal in it. Tony himself and manager both apologized profusely and comp’d both the dish containing the metal and dessert to make up for it but you should never find foreign objects in your food. Having said that, we have always loved their food and this is the first time this has ever happened. We will give them another try as we believe this was a very unusual circumstance.

BA
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and excellent service! Loved the calamari!

GQ
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner!! EXCELLENT FOOD AND SERVICE! Oysters Damien are THE BEST!! Spencer was attentive to every detail!!! The entire meal was perfection!!!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional as always!

OT
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This is a good news, bad news review. Good news is the food itself was just incredible. Very delicious. Bad news is some of the prices border on insane. Got to be some of the highest prices for seafood in Houston. $48. 00 for snapper! Yikes! ( no, I didn't order that). We dined early, so the service was outstanding. Just whatch what you order because it can be very pricey. Otherwise, we enjoyed our meal very much

SJ
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yesterday was my birthday and Walter took very good care of us. The oysters are probably my favorite thing during brunch! I can’t wait to go back!!

R
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a birthday brunch and had a great time!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Only regrets are that the alla mama is so much smaller than when it was off menu for the same price. However, it was still delicious. Many of the desserts did not meet the quality of the food on the rest of the menu. Otherwise, it was truly amazing dining experience with fantastic service.

RB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went to Tony's for the first time. We were celebrating my birthday!! The food was fantastic and the service was excellent. We will be back

D
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Scallops had a shell particle or other hard particle; had to ask for bread, coffee and additional water. All other aspects were good. We have dined at Mandola's several times in the past and this is the first time we have had to leave constructive comments.

OT
Houston
80 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and terrific service

OT
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service and food were very good. It’s seafood so it’s a little pricey. My main course was $39.00.

RJ
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to celebrate my Birthday and take advantage of the live music by Vince King. This particular show featured wonderful and familiar songs by Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and other classics. As always, everything was great and consistently good!

JD
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time at this establishment. Met for a friendly business lunch. The atmosphere was great, easy to have a conversation. The food was phenomenal. We both has that day's seafood special, Snapper! Also highly recommend the coconut cream pie! Will definitely be back again.

CJ
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great and good service. A very consistent place. Food is always excellent.

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!!

l
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience2

This is the oiliest and worst linguini I have ever eaten. Not the Tony Mandola's that was once one of the finest Italian restaurants in town. At least, be honest and change the name, so that customers do not think they are eating at the original Tony Mandola's. Maybe you should stick with making Tex-Mex.

K
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was excellent as usual. We came for seafood and everyone enjoyed their meal. The gumbo was very good and very consistent from previous reservations. My wife had the red snapper with shrimp and scallops and it was perfect. I had the stuffed shrimp with angel hair pasta. It was perfectly cooked and the pasta complimented the stuffed shrimp extremely well.

C
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There are small portions for the price.
The food was great.
The waitstaff was attentive.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Service was slow and very poor. Everyone’s food was cold when we got it. Too expensive of a meal for slow service and cold food. Pretty disappointed as I recommended eating there to group I was with.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect portion sizes and wonderful food

JS
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Restaurant has convenient, free, courteous valet parking. Restaurant was beautifully decorated for Christmas, and included lots of New Orleans prints, photos, and memorabilia. Waiter was attentive. Food was beautifully plated and delicious. Subtle improvements to enhance the experience would be: 1- present a butter knife with the complimentary Leidenheimer bread 2- Dinner knives should be sharp enough to cut through the food; 3- When serving pie a la mode, the pie should be warmed, not cold; 4- Have some music playing in the background. We were the first guests of the evening, and found it awkwardly silent. That all said, the meal was really stunning and flavorful. Happy to have tried Tony Mandolas!

ST
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server, Jason could not have been more helpful and attentive.

R
Houston
47 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our GO-TO seafood in Houston. This particular visit we had the usual great food, great service, and great atmosphere. Edgar, our waiter, was awesome. A special shout out to the manager, Chris, for taking care of us. Great job and we appreciate it! See you soon!

f
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our service was exquisite. My son loved his calamari. We had 4 people. 2 are celiacs. The celiac meals were amazingly good. My husband who ordered a steak said it was just awful. It was undercooked, sinewy and mostly inedible. I saw the grizzle. Because our server was so wonderful, I’m leaving a great review, but that steak. Ugh, it was awful.

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