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Trattoria Lisina

4.7
3793 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Worth the Drive
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Situated in the Texas hill country just outside of Austin, this rustic, casual destination, created and owned by the Mandola Family, offers a new dining experience and boasts a widely varied menu of authentic country-style Italian fare and modern takes on classic Italian dishes. We offer an extensive wine list consisting of purely Italian wines.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Monday Closed
Tuesday-Thursday 4pm-9pm
Friday and Saturday 11am-10pm
Sunday 11am-9pm
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Phone number
(512) 894-3111
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chisholm Webster
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Private party facilities
Our patio overlooking the vineyard makes a great setting to have from 25-200 people for a plated dinner, or family style dinner.
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Private party contact
Jett Minor: (512) 221-0773
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
FM 1826
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Parking details
Our parking is adjacent to the restaurant with convenient and ample space.
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Banquet, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 3793 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.8
ambience
4.5
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Awesome double birthday celebration. Food and service was impeccable. Great ambiance, beautifully decorated. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

My daughter and son-in- law have given us a nice gift certificate to this location 3 years in a row for Christmas. It is one of our favorite gifts. We always look forward to a great meal, beautiful location, and excellent staff. We can't wait to go back.

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

This was our second time at Trattoria Lisina. The first time was great! We loved the atmosphere and the food was really good. The atmosphere is still wonderful but the food was super disappointing this time and all four of us agreed. My pasta was sticky. Anything but aldente. My friends fish was dry (over cooked) and her husband's lasagna was undercooked. The focaccia bread is waaayy too greasy and fresh warm italian bread with olive oil and parmesan cheese would be so much more authentic. I really want to love this place. I love the location, the wine, the vineyards, it just really wish the food were better. I'm hoping they were just having an off night.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Very good food!!! Beautiful restaurant that is amazing for pictures and special events.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

What a lovely setting to enjoy a delicious meal! From the moment you leave your car, there is beauty all around -- lovely grounds and luscious smells coming from the restaurant. The food is delicious and lots of good selections. Service is excellent -- very attentive and anticipatory. The tiramisu is the best we've ever had. The only downer is the small bathrooms. Not adequate for such a large restaurant that is usually crowded.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

This is our go to spot for date night or family in town. Great wine, scenery, ambiance, food. Good for kids or just adult time!! 🍷

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Food was awesome, and perfectly prepared. Alex was absolutely one of the most welcoming, genuine folks we’ve met when dining. He was very personable, and we’ve already recommended friends to go see him. Thanks again to Alex for making my wife’s birthday even more special.

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

We live in Driftwood and Trattorina Lisina is our "go to" for Italian! Good food, very pretty setting, good wait staff.

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3.0Dined on April 10, 2018

We decided to return as on a visit about 5 years ago it was fantastic with a fine dining flair and exquisitely and imaginatively prepared. Instead what we experienced was a tired menu with mediocre food that clearly was aimed at tourists as underscored by the 3 tour buses out front. The restaurant is in a beautiful well manicured setting but the soupy risotto and the clay thick sauce on the angel hair pasta was disappointing. There was also no hint that food presentation was a priority. The fare simply does not live up to the setting. The bright spot was a fully stocked bar with a bar tender that knew his craft. Excellent drinks.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Excellent food and wine pairing suggestions with a beautiful dining (and outdoor) atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Always love dining at Lisina. We receive a warm, friendly welcome and great service every time. During an earlier visit, I had mentioned to Clint (the beverage manager and guru) how no bars or restaurants carry diet tonic for cocktails. Low and behold, on this last visit Clint had stocked it in the bar! That made my evening - incredibly thoughtful. Not to mention making sure the Lisina bar is top notch. I can't wait to return for another well-crafted cocktail with diet tonic!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

I always forget how good the food and ambiance is here! We had the daily specials and were impressed! The carbonara was amazing too!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great service!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Very prompt service on arrival. Attentive waiter. Timing of courses was a little quick but close enough. Temperature and presentation of food, perfect. Fabulous taste. Loved it.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Great service, food & overall experience!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

The lasagna is wonderful - so light but very filling. The homemade pasta and bread are fabulous. Never tired of eating here.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

This was our second visit and the experience is what I expected (the best), my wife and I know what it takes to make the best, my Brother and I have a pizza food truck and we always strive to make best no cutting corners and we have achieved awards along the way, so keep up the great work Y’all do that’s why Y’all are successful.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Excellent, as always!

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

I put in a reservation for 3:15pm. My fiancee and I arrived at 3:00pm to get there early so we could show we were on time. I checked in and they said "It would only be a minute we've had some people who have not left yet but once they do we can sit you." Cool no problem, it's Easter I totally understand our 3rd person arrives not a few minutes after. Almost an hour later...(around 45-50 minutes or so) and after seeing parties of 4 leave for a table well after I arrived (we reserved a party of four because that was all we could reserve) we were finally seated.

Again, it's Easter, I understand. We take a little bit of time to order because it was our first time so I was not sure what to get. Our server, who I shall keep nameless, decided that we needed to be rushed by checking on us every couple of minutes, until we ordered. We finally ordered our food after about 20-30 minutes or so (I apologize for taking so long, but we had ordered an appetizer as well). About 80-90 minutes later our food arrives. Our 3rd person ordered Duck, which was good according to her, my fiancee ordered pasta carbonara which was good. I ordered the Filet Marsala...medium. For my meal, the filet was mostly char tasting, and was cooked Well done for most of it. Only in small portion of the center was it actually medium.

So a meal that was a meeting with a wedding planner (that was supposed to only take at max 2 hours) ended up taking 3 1/2 hours. Not to mention, our server was busy talking to two older women who sat next to us constantly when we were trying to figure out where our food was after we had ordered entrees. I get the atmosphere and I get the setting, and I understand it's Easter. But honestly, I could've cooked a better Filet at home, and we could have met the wedding planner somewhere else.

Safe to say I'm not having my reception here for my wedding.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Our server was the greatest and answered all of our questions. The food and setting is great.
A great place to have a drink outside over looking the vineyard.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Took family for Easter lunch. Outstanding meal as usual. We come here often for family special events and holidays. The food is authentic and delicious. Great wine list, mostly Italian. Our server, Miles, was fantastic. He was very professional, attentive and had even been to my wife's hometown in Spain. We had a great chat with him about the places he visited. A wonderful meal and experience. Highly recommend this restaurant for any and all occasions.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Best Italian food and ambiance in the Austin/Dripping Springs area. Trattoria Lisina is a beautiful restaurant that looks like an Italian Villa with a winery next door. The food and service were outstanding! I would highly recommend this restaurant if you don't mind a drive.

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Have been here many times before and love this restaurant normally. Service was slow to non existent at times and food came out at different times. My moms steak came out 15 minutes later than everyone else’s and was nearly raw despite wanting medium well. A pizza was burned as well so they comped that but didn’t say anything about the steak. Disappointing but hoping this was a one off.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We have dined here a few times and always enjoy it. This past occasion was wonderful. The food incredible as always and our waiter waiter was a delight. Looking forward to our return.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We live close and it is our go-to place when visitors arrive. 5 star in every category except noise level. Screaming for 1 1/2 hours is not enjoyable- even with two bottles of wine.
Keep up the good work.

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Your grounds are beautiful. The food was presented well. The Calamari appetizer was a bit overcooked and had too much batter. Pizza good, service good. very friendly and attentive waiter.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Great experience overall!!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

It was Good Friday afternoon, so the restaurant was very busy. On less busy days the noise level is low. Service is always top notch and today our waitperson was outstanding! She offered excellent wine and pasta recommendations. (I regret that I have forgotten her name). We had steamed mussels, lasagna, fishermans pasta, tiramisu and coffee. Trattoria Lisina is one of our favorite restaurants. The location is a little out of the way from North Austin, but always worth the drive. Situated on the grounds of the Mandola Vineyards, it is such a beautiful location.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

We love coming to Trattoria Lisina for family dinners and special events. The food is always wonderful, the surroundings are beautiful, and the staff is friendly and helpful.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

The food was absolutely fantastic. The asparagus salad was very tasty and the eggplant side was enough for a full meal. The eggplant was to die for. I love that it was baked not fried. The tiramisu and gelato was a fabulous finish. My friend loved her spinach ravioli and fritters as well. Worth the drive!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

One of the best spots on Central Texas /Hill Country. Food is always delicious - inventive and fresh - and they always make you feel special. Beautiful facility and grounds plus excellent wine listing. This is our go-to spot for special occasions as well as just a couple's evening out. Thanks to all the staff - y'all are the best.

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2.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Nowhere near the quality of food as previous visits. Two entrees were not properly cooked (one was tough and over cooked and the other was undercooked). The calamari was rubbery and tasteless. The tomatoes in the caprese salad were light colored (not ripened) beefsteak tomatoes, also subpar. We’ve eaten here 9-10 times in the past, even have had some of the same appetizers. We always raved about the quality of the meals previously. So we were disappointed that the quality had slipped so much.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great food and gorgeous grounds . Fantastic staff. A favorite.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We were celebrating my birthday and drive over an hour from our home to enjoy Trattoria Lisina. It’s one of our favorite restaurants with beautiful grounds.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Eleven of us were on a garden club tour and stopped here after visiting the Texas Olive Oil Company. We attempted to make a reservation for eleven on Open Table but it didn't allow us to do that. Upon arriving at the restaurant we asked the hostess if we could have one large table for our group. No prob;em, it was set up in no time. I loved the big bright open table where we could view the beautiful outdoor gardens. Our waiter was wonderful! He did a superb job in taking care of our large group! A variety of food was ordered. I only heard of one regret, the pizza. My order of pasta, peas, mushrooms and proscuito (sp?) was delicious. The bread served was delicious! And a second helping was offered by our waiter without our requesting it. It was a Tuesday and many were enjoying the evening there. I would definitely recommend going here. My only regret was, I wish we had arrived earlier to enjoy the grounds and the winery next door.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

A hidden gem that evidently has been around for 10 years.
worth the trip
great for family meals and celebrations

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2.0Dined on March 18, 2018

A overall B-. Four of us had brunch which is the same menu as dinner (no complaints with that). Food was fair (say C+), service was great (say A), and atmosphere was good (say B/ B+). Main takeway was the food was not that good. We ordered ten or so items and out of those items the meatballs were an A+ and all other items were C- to B at best. Service was great.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

My husband and I dine here often! We love it! Ask for Miles he’s the beer expert and makes our experience wonderful!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Our third time at this restaurant. Always a good meal and the ambiance is great. Good country location outside of Austin. We had bachelorette parties on either side of us so it was a little louder and rowdier than normal. Usually a good place to have conversation and a good date place.

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Had reservations but showed up way too early in hopes of getting a table. Tho some were available there were not enough waiters—on a Sunday? They could not “get it right” as to what people ordered. My pasta dish came with very little pasta while my friend’s plate had way too much. Someone in the kitchen was not paying attention! Had to wait too long for bread. They knew we were coming and “ hungry”. So at least have bread ready on hand! Friendly waiter but he spent too much time chatting with other table so we had to flag another for balsamic vinegar. Would have gone elsewhere but not much is available in that part of town. Lovely setting tho and not sure We’ll return!😕

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