Trattoria Lisina

4.8
4126 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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
Dan Baxter
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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
Chase Lairson: (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.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 4126 People Are Saying
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KN
New Mexico
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was very knowledgeable in both the food and wine choices. Fab food.

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m
San Antonio
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Well worth the drive. Every bite of everything was outstanding. A bit loud but understandable.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant. Waitstaff was great, food was good we had the lasagna. Would like to try other dishes.

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Kansas City
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fabulous! Outstanding service and food. Sat near the fireplace. Brought a friend from out of state to experience for the first time. Wonderful in every way!

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B
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We brought friends here for their first visit and they loved it. Gavin was our waiter and he did a wonderful job.

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VS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. Anytime we are in town we try to eat here. Wonderful sea Bass special this last visit. I hope they add it to the regular menu. Three of us ordered it and would order it next time.

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b
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. I love this place and I am not a big fan of Italian food. Everything I have had here is just fantastic.

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fantastic experience.

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MM
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an absolutely fantastic time and the food was to die for. They were so happy to tweak items for a vegetarian. I will be back for every special occasion. Thank you, Missey

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S
Austin
20 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took out of town family to Trattoria Lisina for lunch last Saturday. They were able to seat 7 of us quickly at a lovely table by the window. Our waiter was attentive, but not overly so. The food was fantastic and our out of town guests who frequently visit Napa said it was much like restaurants you would find there but more reasonably priced here. They raved about their food, and especially the yummy bread.

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M
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious! We love to have family dinners and enjoy great wine at Lisina whenever we can!

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A
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent service from Logan. He was very polite and was able to answer any questions I had about the menu.

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S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time visiting while on vacation in Texas- amazing!!!

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J
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always go for the osso bucobut will attempt other entrees in the future. GOOD friend like cheese pizza the best. Quite a variety of options.

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Las Vegas
22 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Do not let the name fool you that this place can serve an amazing steak! We have been here many times but this is the first time we deiced to try the BISTECCA ALLA FIORENTINA. As the menu states 16oz Texas Hereford ribeye, wood fire grilled with Grana Padana garlic mashed potatoes & asparagus. It was cooked to perfection and absolutely delicious. Perfect combination with the mashed potatoes that are perfectly seasoned with garlic! We had a great table in the corner with a view of the vineyard and watched the sunset during our meal. perfectly grilled over a wood fire and you could taste the difference. Our servers name was Pai and she was an absolute delight! Checked on us frequently to see if we needed anything and should be server of the year! Next time we come back we will ask for her!

(hope i got the spelling of the name correct or even close, please forgive me if I messed it up)

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KF
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience for the afternoon with out of state guests. A must for those looking for a healthy new taste with great service, varied menu and a perfect setting for a great time. Highly recommended and we will return.

KentF

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N
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite as always!

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G
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Normally, this is a lovely place for an enjoyable retreat but this evening we waited over an hour to get our entrees. No offer of complimentary wine or anything to offset the long delay. We sat at 5:45 and left at 8:15. Kids were running around tables and up and down isles. It was not a dinner to remember.

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RL
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I have been there for dinner, to celebrate an anniversary, a birthday, a holiday, and nothing at all. The country roads and the vineyards provide an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. The old Italian ambience is well done. The food is a little pricey, for pasta dishes but we've throughly enjoy their fish, steak, pork, and lamb dishes. Loved their garlic mashed potatoes and the asparagus appetizer. Wine and desserts are great. It may become our go to eatery when we want to treat ourselves.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Thanks for another GREAT evening and meal and can’t wait to come back.

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BS
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Waiter was not very attentive and when he was he spoke so low you had a hard time hearing because of the noise in the restaurant. His name was Anthony

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CC
San Antonio
10 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a surprise luncheon for my husband for his birthday. We had 20 guests and everything was very well handled. I had pre-ordered 2 different wines for the table along with appetizers so that guests could help themselves prior to our arrival because knowing our guests, that is important. Our waiter handled everything smoothly and as we needed more wine, he brought out more bottles without a hitch. The kitchen was very capable of handling 20 orders at once and our food came out in a timely manner. We were not rushed and it was a lovely party. I had purchased a cake from elsewhere and they brought it out with the candles lit so that we could sing Happy Birthday. They then cut it so that it could be served. When it was bill time, he discreetly handed me the bill and took care of everything. All in all, a good time was had by all.
Thank you

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k
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful overall experience! Great service and love the atmosphere. Nice selection of entrees. Thanks!

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TX
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always take out of town guests to Tratorria Lisina. It's a beautiful drive, the grounds are gorgeous, and the food and service never disappoint! A true Hill Country gem!

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RS
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is outstanding! Food, wine, beautiful decor and the people are wonderful. Will go back whenever possible. Would recommend it to anyone.

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MM
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was exceptional. Our server and the wine sommelier were both well trained and helpful. And, even though the restaurant was busy, the food came out in a timely manner. Our best visit to date.

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LF
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful place to celebrate. We had a delicious meal, served in style by "Russ", who helped us choose a memorable dinner, with his recommendations. We felt special, and we were treated special, with a table-side candle and selection of desserts. It was out 43rd Wedding Anniversary, and Russ and our hostess went out of their way to make it a true celebration.

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RR
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just plain wonderful. Food, service, ambiance a bit of heaven

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RM
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always great food and excellent service. I dine here whenever I'm in the area.

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NS
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

I requested a wine that I had had before there but wasn't on the the menu. The manager came to the table and confirmed he had some in the back.

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MO
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply delicious food with great daily specials. Service is consistently impeccable. We are thrilled to see Andrea each time we visit.

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OT
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alex (waiter) and Clint (Sommelier) made this one of the BEST experiences at TL! Can’t wait to go back!

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ED
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent although the ‘specials’ portions were rather small for the price paid. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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P
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food in Texas, we love taking friends there and having them be impressed by our knowledge of such a fabulous place!!

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CW
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had driven by many times while out on rides on the bike, so when my mother wanted to celebrate our birthdays we chose Trattoria Lisina! All three of us were extremely happy with our experience from the drive in, to the ambiance, service, food, grounds...we’ll definitely not wait 11 years to come back! We live close by, within 20 minutes, however no matter if y’all live farther away it’s worth the drive! The Trattoria is Hays County’s little oasis straight from Tuscany!

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LP
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always!!! Every time we have someone come to town we bring them here, and they all love it as much as we do.

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Y
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Usually, this restaurant is exceptionally good. This time, the risotto was over-salted, the meat was fatty, the coffee wasn’t hot, and the wrong flavor of gelato was served. Then, thinking we’d sit by the garden fountain after dinner, we found a movie blaring on an outdoor screen by the garden. Very disappointing overall, and it was a birthday dinner.

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NJ
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy our visits here! Dining is an experience, not just a meal. Consistent quality in food and service.

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E
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Want a great place for Italian food...this is the place

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AM
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for the first time on a recommendation from a friend to celebrate my husband's birthday. We were not disappointed. The food was delicious. I had the Salmon plate and it was the best I've had since our visit to Alaska. Service was friendly but not intrusive, the food was delivered in a reasonable period of time, and the waiter checked back with us several times during the meal to make sure we had everything we needed. It was a bit pricey, but not more than you'd expect for a restaurant of this quality. Our bill, including drinks and dessert, came to about a hundred dollars.

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