Tony Mandola's

4.6
2258 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

Tony Mandola

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
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
What 2258 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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4.4
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipCale
Houston
7 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Extremely slow wait staff. We were sat right away for our reservation but then wait about 7 minutes before anyone came by our table and even then they simply asked if someone had taken our drink order. We poured our own wine several times even though a waiter had come to our table checking on us. Food was ok but not outstanding. While we waited on our meal we observed the hostess eating her own meal at the bar and only stood when someone entered the restaurant or she would stop chewing long enough to say “good night” as people left.

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RobertR
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Their calamari appetizer is exceptional. And the wait staff is some of the best in town.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Disappointed with the overall service and definitely disappointed it was on Mother’s Day. Didn’t know who the actually server was and it took 10 minutes to be properly greeted at the table. Also no one check on our table until I asked for assistance every time.

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MichaelS
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The service was slow. No-one came to our table for longer than usual when we were seated. And it was slow after that. The menu was different than the menu online on the website. The food was okay. Not the quality I expected.

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vipCrystalB
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tony Mandola’s is a gem ! The food and ambiance is always great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time at Mother’s Day brunch! Tony came and said hello. Service could not have been better!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s day brunch!

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SocialButterfly
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tony's never disappoints!! Mother's day brunch was SO much fun thanks to the friendly and attentive staff! The food portions are beyond generous and delicious!

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Carnt
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great value for the money, classy atmosphere, good service.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

It was good. Only thing it was very cold. Ran out of soft shell crab. Besides that food was good.

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HanhT
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The appetizers calamari jalapeño poppers and Boudaine are great The main dish shrimp scampi was tasteless the pasta feel like it just came out of the boiling water and the chef forgot to put season in it taste as bland as water we have to ask for salt pepper and Parmesan cheese for the dish The second dish red fish topped with lump of crab meat and crawfish are too salty we have to ask for additional bread to eat with the fish The main dish are disappointment

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Grad101
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

So sad I had a bad experience.
Our server Cynthia was MIA like all night.
I had a reservation and the table still was not ready upon arrival.
We had to request our waters to be replenished.
We had to ask for bread (it wasn’t offered at all; got it 2hr after seating)
Food took 1hr and 42 min to arrive. Food was cold and flavorless. (I ordered the shrimp linguini and it tasted like cooking oil only; I could not stomach it & the noodles were soggy)
Manager was careless to our complaints and experience.
My guests ordered a lemonade and we had to reask for it, it came 1hr and 47min later and it was watered down. No sugar.
Very unfriendly staff.
Margaritas were great. Ambiance beautiful. Service poor.

I selected this restaurant to celebrate graduating from law school and I was so disappointed. Will not be returning.

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viplovestoeat
Houston
25 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, consistent quality and helpful service---a wonderful place for any occasion

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, the food was delicious & service was great.

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Aforce
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We celebrated our wedding anniversary at Tony’s. Tony greeted us as we came into the restaurant, really nice and thoughtful. The staff, stuffed shrimp and snapper were great. We will be going back to Tony’s.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience3

The waiter was horrible we had to ask for a manager.

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RandolphL
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent customer service!!!! The food is always great!

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KentB
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience2

The food was outstanding. Service was a bit slow. We had to move outside to the patio. This restaurant is a great restaurant, but he oversight of not putting something to control the noise was a Mistake. This restaurant is too loud when it is Crowded. We may not return.

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Monica
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food was absolutely delicious and my Mojito was perfect. Only complaint was our waiter did not periodically check to see if we wanted another drink or anything while waiting on our food. We had to get another waiter's attention to get our waiter to check on us.

JM
JackM
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great & the waiter very knowledgeable ... The noise level increased as time went on but all in all it was a perfect outing!!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Good as always

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience3

My parents came into town to visit, so I decided to take them to this restaurant since I had heard it was supposed to be one of the best seafood restaurants in Houston- we were so disappointed!!! The three of us sat on the patio, it was a nice evening. We ordered a glass of wine and an appetizer but then no one came back to take our order for our entrees for about 40 minutes. When we placed our order we were notified that many of the items we were ordering were sold out. This SEAFOOD restaurant didn’t have ANY oysters, or trout. It would have been nice for the server to let us know about the outages upon our arrival so we could chose in-stock items before our 40 minute wait after eating our appetizer. My mom ordered a salad to start and a bowl of the gumbo for her entree, but both arrived at the same time, so she had to choose between eating cold soup OR soggy lettuce. Before our entrees arrived we ordered a second glass of wine to have with our entrees. When our entrees arrived we had to remind the server that we had ordered the second glasses of wine. This is also AFTER we watched the wait staff deliver OUR entree plates to a different table, then pick them back up from in front of the other diners and bring them over to our table... after the other diners had been breathing all over our food.... in the middle of a pandemic... once we received our entrees we didn’t see any of the staff again for over 30 minutes. We had to stand up and flag someone down to fill our waters, as they had all been empty pretty much since receiving our entrees.

The food was delicious, but unfortunately I don’t think we will be back, or recommending this restaurant to others.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

We have been eating at Mandola restaurants for over twenty. The food has always been good and the service fantastic.

However, this occasion only the food was good. The service was non existent. From the time we were seated (with no waiter) till the time I asked to speak with the manager (right before he agreed to comp our entire meal) there was little or no service.

Not sure what was off last Saturday night but whatever it was needs to be addressed and rectified quickly.

We will go back and give it another try.

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SandraB
Austin
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

I was disappointed in Tony Mandola's! The evening started with slow waiter service and never got better. It was apparent that there was not enough staff to handle the tables. Also, I must say the food was not great. I ordered chicken picatta and it was not appealing as served on the plate at all. Prices seems extremely high.

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vipKeith
Houston
42 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had a wonderful dinner, including cocktails, oysters Diablo, Mama’s gumbo and main course. Unfortunately, no room for desert! We went on a Friday evening and they had a fantastic solo musician playing sax, guitar and singing some great songs. Very enjoyable evening. Highly recommend!

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vipAdan
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

good bar, good food, good service. A great place.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely waitress who took the time to make sure our experience was everything on our first time I will make sure to return and bring lots of guests with me

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always.

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MaddieG
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the oysters!

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RomanM
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food1service2ambience4

Food was ok . The price wasn’t no where near the quality of the food . Olive Garden has better Italian dishes .

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HughesB
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Everything was good...nothing spectacular but good.

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vipGaylesyboo
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We returned to Tony Mandola's for the first time since the Pandemic began. We had a wonderful time. We requested a quiet table and we were seated at one. The food was better than we had remembered and as you are our favorite restaurant that says something. The Snapper Martha was superb, very fresh and perfectly cooked. Our server for the Buhler party was very attentive but not obtrusive. He had a delightful personality. In short, everything was perfect.

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vipSteven
Houston
40 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food from appetizers to entrees and professional service from Eric. An institution in Houston.

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GregS
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

You always know that you will get quality service here. They take care of their customers and deliver great food.

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vippeters
Houston
49 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The only problem real problem with this restaurant is that they have the ceiling fans on high and that creates a strong breeze in the restaurant that is somewhat unpleasant. This is about the third time we've experienced this for a meal here.

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vipLSP1
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lemon martini, crabcakes and salmon we’re all perfect. Great food, great service, and great atmosphere made for a perfect Saturday night.

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MelanieR
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FABULOUS as usual...always our go-to restaurant that never fails

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vipemae
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

I really hate to change my rating, however, this is the first time I've been back since the pandemic.
I must say-- when other restaurants are elevating and getting better-- this one has plummeted.

There were all but three other tables of couples the whole ENTIRE evening.

Also, their service was extremely subpar. Even with the lack of crowd and guests, our server still behaved as though she didn't want to work. Extremely lackadaisical and off-putting.

She barely came and checked to see if we wanted to order or anything really. She didn't know answers to our questions about the menu items or have suggestions for anything except when we asked her about dessert.

When I ordered the appetizers, the Crab cakes took a very very long time which, if it was a busy night I would understand but, again, it was EXTREMELY light last night. There's no excuse. Like there was NO excuse for me having super BURNT black crab cakes! They both had a super thick solid layer of black burntness on the I was like.. are you kidding me?

What happened to the quality here? I'm so perplexed.

I never received any water at all for like half the evening until I realized that I had to ASK her for water and I finally received it.

My meal was good. I had the salmon Sophia. I, at least, appreciated that. The pecan pie was out of this world good!! Yum yum yum.

I just.. I'm just really really disappointed in my evening. If it wasn't for my friend sitting at the table with me I probably would have walked out.. this shouldn't happen at a place like this.

What happened to the quality? What happened to the standards? It should have been 100% better since the pandemic because you want to attract people again!

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SamB
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and service were outstanding. There were a couple of very loud tables of 6+ people in the same room as us that made it difficult to converse at normal speaking volume, so don't expect muted noise levels. Prices seemed a little high for the overall experience.

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LESLIED
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First time brunch at this restaurant. The food was excellent. Service lacked a little, but it was Easter Sunday and all the staff was very busy. The waiter made up his lack of attention before our meal was complete. He was very courteous.

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You can order delivery directly from Tony Mandola's using the Order Online button. Tony Mandola's also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Tony Mandola's also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (713) 528-3474.

Tony Mandola's is rated 4.6 stars by 2258 OpenTable diners.

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.

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