Vespaio

4.7
34 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Vespaio Restaurant is one of the original South Congress eateries and remains one of Austin's favorite Italian go-to's among locals and visitors. This casual dinner venue is a popular choice for date nights or evenings out with friends, seating every day at 5pm. The interior of Vespaio Restaurant is decorated with ceiling tiles, ceiling plans, vintage pendant lighting, classic table seating, a plethora of wine racks and vibrant accent walls.In addition to a full bar menu, Vespaio Restaurant offers a lengthy selection of mouth-watering and flavorful authentic Italian dishes. Menu items include carpaccio, mixed seafood stew, lasagna, mussels, calamari, spaghetti carbonara, chocolate hazelnut cake, panna cotta and green pasta with shrimp. Everything on the menu is sourced locally and prepared in-house, including the pasta, bread and pastries.
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BC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Hot, LOUD,mediocre food - it is okay for what you get.

LD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

I had a hard ramekin hit my back and spill raspberry jam all over my white outfit and which instantly bruised me. They just comped my meal but I feel like they should have comped the entire table (of 3) since it was such an inconvenience.

B
Austin
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian - specifically the lasagna! Great service too!

p
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent but over priced. The room was moderately noisy but became extremely noisy from a private party that was taking place in a small wine tasting room that is located just off the main dining room. We also wondered about using unopened wine bottles as decoration instead of storing them properly for aging.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

ML
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the quintessential Austin dining spots that never disappoints. Excellent always!

d
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorites in Austin. I had the spaghetti unit as my meal which was delicious and just enough pasta for me. My husband had the prosciutto wrapped prawns which had a wonderful oak smoked flavor. Can’t wait to visit Austin and Vespaio again!

BB
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food, device, value excellent. Only problem was the table was wobbly. Not a big deal.

OT
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, huge portions. even better than I remember from years ago!

MS
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Brilliant menu. Wonderful food. Try the burrata and anything that lists brown butter as a sauce. Biggest prawns I’ve had to date at an Italian restaurant in Austin.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Affordable nice dinner out!

AC
Austin
18 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful meal and our waitress was superb. I had risotto with corn and Osso bucco. My date had the halibut fillet with basil aioli. Both were creative, well executed and delicious. Only complaint was the noise level. This could be a wonderfully romantic restaurant if you could hear each other talk. But, we’ll be back.

J
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! This restaurant feels like eating in someone’s home . Nice wine selection. Delicious pasta. Jane

B
Austin
20 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were excellent...loved the Tagliatelle con Funghi!! Server was friendly and quick even though the restaurant was packed. So glad y'all are back!!

HH
Central Texas
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our service at Vespaio was outstanding. We enjoyed celebrating a birthday there! The entrees were delicious and the best pizza ever! We will return!

CW
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ben and the rest of the Vespaio staff were wonderful.

JO
Austin
13 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

Busy spot, well priced and above average Italian food. Great ambience.

C
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We Loved Blake. He was so kind to us. Please give him our best. The Sanderson’s

JB
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 1

I had mussels and they were the worst I have ever had I asked the waiter to organize a search party in order to find a piece of garlic in the sauce. By the way I have never had mussel in a red sauce. My dear wife had ressoto mush . Worst meal we have ever had in Austin
Joel Brand
512-261-4909

NF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vaspaio is delightful, a mix of perfectly executed classics and tasty new fair. The desserts are to die for and the wine list is wonderful.

TI
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was great, handled situations appropriately and calmly. The food was amazing from appetizer through desert. We will be going back.

MM
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good date atmosphere and good food. The circular room made for some interesting acoustics - we could occasionally hear the table on the other side of the room clear as day but all in all it was a good experience.

TZ
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistent service and good quality!

OT
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

TK
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My FAVORITE restaurant ANYWHERE on this earth❤️ It’s all of the details, from homemade mozzarella , fresh herbs, recipes and dishes that are like NO WHERE else. I have sat next to the likes of Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) and Gary Clark Jr while dining here bc it’s THAT good. Great place for romantic evening.. NEW OWNER BUT he UNDERSTANDS that NOT changing it, especially that AMAZING menu, is what brings everyone back😍

CB
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time there and we decided to try it for our anniversary dinner. Everything was GREAT! The food was fantastic, the bar drinks were great, the atmosphere was great and the service was amazing! Couldn’t have been happier.

OT
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit since the new management took over. Douglas, our waiter was excellent. However the mixed seafood grill entree was a huge disappointment. Nothing like the platter of seafood at the old place. The plate was really unappetizing to look at. Nothing exceptional about any of the selections, especially the crab cake, and my partner ordered the octopus with ricotta stuffed ravioli in a lemon sauce. The octopus was perfectly prepared but didn’t jive with the other components. My niece ordered the pork chop and loved it. Beyond the food, the decor hasn’t aged well. Check out the competition please, the restaurant business is fiercely competitive. This is exactly the same restaurant that was cool over 29 years ago. We won’t go back. We had the highest hopes. They were dashed. The Statesman food critic won’t have a choice but to pan this place, which was an iconic Austin establishment back in the day. I’m really sad writing this.

OT
Austin
13 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Vespaio is always excellent! My date and I enjoyed our dinner and the complimentary stuffed mozzarella we received! The noise level is high but the food, ambience and service are exceptional.

G
Houston
145 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Long standing Austin Italian
Varied menu
Excellent bar
Very well prepared food
Always with specials as well as regular menu
One of my favorites
Now takes some reservations

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing on every level! We went here to celebrate our anniversary and will definitely be retiring again soon!

OT
Austin
14 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Doug did a great job of taking care of us. The food was awesome as always!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vaspaio is always a go-to for date night. Classic, can’t be beat Italian cuisine and impeccable service!

CG
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, great food, great ambiance and great staff

AT
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Italian spot, hands-down, I've ever been to (and I just got back from Italy). The lasagna is life-changing and plenty to split. I also recommend the burrata - they make it fresh daily. Service is always impeccable and the ambiance is romantic.