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About Tony Mandola's

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

1212 Waugh Drive
Houston, TX 77019
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Italian, Cajun

Hours of Operation:
LUNCH
Monday- Friday : 11:00am - 4:00pm
DINNER
Monday - Tuesday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Wednesday- Thursday: 5:00pm- 9:30pm
Friday: 5:00pm- 10:00pm
Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday:Dinner: 4:00pm-9:00pm
BRUNCH
Sunday: 10:00am-3:00pm

Cross Street:
West Clay

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(713) 528-3474

Website:
http://www.tonymandolas.com/

Catering:
Tony Mandola’s has been catering special events for the last 3 decades and our restaurant has done everything from luncheons for 20 to rehearsal dinners for 1000 people. We can prepare items from our menu or almost any style of food you would like and you can be assured it will be the same quality you will find at Tony Mandola's restaurant. Formal or casual, indoors or out, Tony Mandola's Catering.

Parking Details:
Public shopping center parking. We offer valet parking on most evenings.

Street parking is also available.

Executive Chef:
Tony Mandola

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Tony Mandola's has dedicated private dining space to accommodate virtually any type of event. Our new banquet room can be arranged in a variety of configurations and features state-of-the-art audio and video components.

We also have a private outdoor courtyard that can be enjoyed by you and your guests.

Please contact us to discuss your private dining needs by calling us.

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Private Dining

For over three decades Tony Mandola has brought some of the best Gulf Coast seafood cuisine the city of Houston has to offer. Let our friendly staff and event coordinators take care of your next event. We have 3 banquet rooms to chose from holding up to 80 people, as well as restaurant buy outs.

Tony Mandola's Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (34)
Special Occasion (30)
Great for Lunch (26)
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Business Meals (24)
Casual (18)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Authentic (17)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Good for Groups (17)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Great for Brunch (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Fun (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Romantic (9)
Notable Wine List (7)
People Watching (7)
Cozy (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Happy Hour (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Healthy (3)
Live Sports (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Seasonal (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Scenic View (2)
Spicy (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Tapas (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

I didn’t know how much I love stuffed shrimp until I had it there

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 7, 2017

The food was absolutely delicious -- clearly prepared from fresh ingredients. The recipes are well conceived and the kitchen executed beautifully. The wait staff was present when needed and not otherwise. The welcome was warm. Bravo.

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food is ALWAYS good at Tony Mandola's Gulf Coast Kitchen! The craw fish ravioli and Banana Key Lime Pie are simply the best I've ever had.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

I wanted to take my daughter somewhere special for her birthday. This used to be a very up scale restaurant. When we walked in, there were guest wearing shorts. I ordered a Bud Light on tap and it was sour (old). They did replace it with a bottle beer.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 4, 2017

It was our time dining at Tony Mandola’s. We enjoyed the atmosphere, the service and especially the extraordinary food. We definitely will return again when visiting in Houston.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Romantic, Live Sports, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 29, 2017

I love their food! Staff is phenomenal! Will continue to dine here for brunch

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 (Houston)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The gumbo was good, but a bowl is $12.99 and had no okra, crab or oysters, only shrimp; and our bloody Mary’s were overpriced even though we specified our choice of vodka.

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 (Houston)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Tony Mandola's has been one of our favorite restaurants for cajun style seafood for many years. We enjoy the selection of seafood and the preparation. If you want something simpler, the chef will prepare it however you like. The key lime pie is the best in the city and the carrot cake is excellent as well. Service is always excellent. Recently, Andrew did an outstanding job of taking care of us (he remembered us from a prior visit and remembered the bar drink my wife enjoys).

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great food choices. Family atmosphere. Great service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Casual, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

We had our great ladies night out! Great food, ambience and our server went above and beyond to make sure our experience was enjoyable. Loved it!

Tags: Fun, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We've visited Mandola's restaurant several times and are never disappointed. The food is always excellent - the gumbo, boudin, seafood, and cocktails. The service is always perfect - the wait staff doesn't hover over you, but they are always near by if something is needed. It's a very pretty dining room, and has an excellent patio area. We drive about 25 miles to get there, but it is always worth it!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

I was a little disappointed in the food. I had the tuna and it had very little taste to it. My daughter had the redfish and it did not taste fresh. I have eaten at Tony Mandola’s in the past and have always been pleased with the food. A little disappointed this time. Service was great. Waiter was great. Taste of food not so good.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Hot appetizers cold. Rest of meal ok. Sems the restaurant is back sliding from the old River Oaks time.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Everything was excellent except the noise level. It will take some serious thought before I am willing to return. Noise like that and on a blah weekday evening is unacceptable.

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 (Houston)·Dined on October 5, 2017

I think one of the best places for happy hour. Oysters on the half shell for $1, great pricing on other small bites and cocktails as well. Dinner menu is bountiful and service is excellent.

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

The food and the service are perfect apart from the A/ C was way too cold. Actually we wanted to stay longer for drink, but it was too cold to stay.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great food as usual, however they did seem to have an off night with service. Our wait staff seemed unconcerned the fact that our food was taking a long time to arrive. In the past, the service has always been prompt and the food seems to come out very organized, tonight a different story. The manager did adjust or bill accordingly and I will not let this one incident detour me from returning.

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Authentic
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

I enjoyed lunch at Tony Mandola's . I spent my lunch hour catching up with a friend. Great place, great food, excellent service.

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 (Houston)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Mandola's is such a gracious place with superb service timing and consideration by the staff.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Simply the best gumbo in Houston. Always great. Made the big step and brought my wife here for dinner. She agreed the gumbo was as good as her homemade... Always a great time.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The food and the service was very outstanding. What a wonderful meal!

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Friends from Dallas visiting

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 (Houston)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Overall great experience! HRW Brunch and was very pleased with everything -- food and service were both very good and the portion size was definitely not down-sized for HRW!! Food was very tasty and good value too. Cool place ... a little bit of a New Orleans vibe ... will definitely visit again!!

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We had a great meal with a group of six. The food was excellent. We particularly liked the grilled oysters as a starter. Our entire party was very pleased with the quality of the food. One disappointment, along with a compliment to our server was that a gratuity was automatically applied to our bill. I appreciate the server letting me know that because I would not have detected it as I did not scrutinize the bill. I do not like the practice.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 16, 2017

2 out of 3 of us didn't enjoy our meal - the service was attentive.

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 (Houston)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We went to celebrate a firends birthday, the staff went above and beyond, the food was great, the whole night was just great Thank you Tony Mandola staff.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

We had a very nice birthday dinner here, great food, service and atmosphere.

Tags: People Watching, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

the uber driver had a little hard time finding the restaurant but the restaurant itself and the food was really great - the grilled oysters are to die for. friendly waiters. highly recommendable :)

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on September 14, 2017

The new Tony Mandola's is a beautiful restaurant. Service was excellent and the food was on average okay. One had the shrimp cocktail Vincente appetizer (very good), 2 etouffee (just okay), red beans and rice (good). It is a great place to go before a Stages performance or if you are in the neighborhood. Will go back again

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Authentic
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 11, 2017

We just had several small plates rather than entrees and enjoyed them all. My favorites were the lobster bisque, fried asparagus and crab cakes. Not too keen on the crab au gratin dip just because it was too rich for my taste, but it did have a good flavor. Service was excellent. We sat on the patio which was a bit street-noisy...probably won't choose that again.

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·Dined on September 2, 2017

the only reason the ambience was below par is that the air was so cold I was in pain,

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Very poor rice pudding. Cold and congealed rice. Not creamy like rice pudding should be.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Great meal and overall experience

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·Dined on August 21, 2017

Came for Houston restaurant week. The menu was superb, especially for the price. Our waiters were very friendly and prompt. The restaurant is beautiful. Nice bar, comfortable dining and large patio area.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Sunday Lunch
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Went for Houston Restaurant Weeks brunch menu and it was great! Food was delicious, service was perfect, coffee was the best! Tony and his wife spoke to us and were so friendly and lovely. We will be back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

This place drew me in because of the restaurant week menu. Highly recommend to anyone to try this place out. The Ahi Tuna and Grilled oysters are amazing.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 20, 2017

We have eaten here many times before and have been very pleased, but not this time. Tony Mandola's is on Houston restaurant week and our main course was very disappointing. The first course of oysters were wonderful but the drum fish was over done and I can tell you why!! We ordered the main dish after we finished our oysters and before we could take a sip of our drinks, the dinner was on the table, so it was not prepared fresh when ordered. We will not return for restaurant week again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We went for HRW last Saturday. Noticed that "regulars" got seated at full tables by the windows - HRW'ers got the smallish booth tables by the bar. My fried seafood on the HRW menu was over-breaded and appeared to have been bulk frozen items out of a box - 2 flat shrimp, 3 strips of catfish and a couple of dried out oysters with coating like shells. Gumbo was mostly rice, very little roux, and no discernable seafood items. My wife's seared tuna was well done, no color, dried out, and was served with a steak knife! A steak knife! Service was very attentive, but even they couldn't make up for the sorry food. All in all, over-priced and over-rated. HRW prices are no bargain.

Tags: People Watching
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Food was delicious and the service was excellent!!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Rather underwhelming experience. While the service and food were competent enough (attended in timely manner and food was fine, except for chopped salad ) did not feel the love and attention. Had the impression of being on a conveyor belt of diners. Opted for the HRW menu but did feel some pressure to add extras - 'garlic bread, drinks'? Unlikely to return.

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