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1610 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-3522
+1 512-441-6100
11:00 - 22:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 10:00 - 15:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Vespaio is one those places that when you finally go and experience for yourself, completes you. Everything here is perfect in every way, and I want to marry their mussels just so I can be in the family. Go here right now!!

Thank Jonathon S
Spicewood, Texas
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259 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Three of us had lunch on September 3. Our book dealer was visiting from LA and requested Italian for lunch. He had the Aragosta and said that it was very good. I started with the soup of the day, a wonderful mushroom. My date for the day and I spit the manicotti. It is highly recommended and better than all... More 

Thank Jerry G
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429 reviews
265 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

Walked down South Congress until we were hot and thirsty and ducked into Vespaio for Happy Hour (4-6). I had a Hopadillo IPA. But my wife lived her Bluebonnet Margarita which was terrific. The fresh mozzarella and avocado was exceptional as well.

Thank L D
Paris, France
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108 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

Visited here with friends in August on recommendation of colleague. We had the lasagne and cacao e pepe and it was amazing. Pasta was fresh, restaurant has nice wine selection from 30 to 150 per bottle. Highly recommend to try.

Thank Dansksteve
Houston, Texas
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132 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

I can not say enough about the wonderful food, the attentive and friendly staff, the magnificent menu nor the family like feel you receive just from walking in.....so I won't. I'll just leave it with, EAT HERE!!!! You will quickly find it to be one of your all time favorites, and you'll be anticipating the next meal you will get... More 

Thank jacksprat21
Brownsburg, Indiana
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41 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

We just happened to stumble across this restaurant while walking on S. Congress Ave and took a peek inside their menu. The place looked inviting enough so we decided to give it a try. Wow! We were certainly not disappointed. Most of us ordered the Lasagna and it was very good. The atmosphere was very quiet so all of us... More 

Thank Paul W
Austin, Texas
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

NOTE: Vespaio is only open for dinner, but its companion, connected, lunch-time restaurant is Enoteca. Many of the same menu items are served, and they share a kitchen! We have been here numerous times for Happy Hour in the bar side, and once for dinner. The HH here is tops in Austin, IMO. HH specialties include (for me) the Caesar... More 

Thank Judy C
San Antonio, Texas
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108 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

We stopped on the sidewalk to review the menu and happened to strike a conversation with the owner. He told us about how all meals are prepared by hand, and even the meats are filleted in the kitchen and pastas are prepared on site everyday. He mentioned that the lasagne would be the best we ever had, so we challenged... More 

Thank D D
San Antonio, Texas
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

Here's a 27 ZAGAT restaurant that inspires. Excellent flavor profiles, perfectly cooked dishes, excellent service. Great wine list. You will know the difference between a "cook" preparing your dishes and a "CHEF". Pizza as an appetizer a MUST. Definitely going back weekend after next when we will be in Austin again. Impressed!!!!!!!!!

Thank John B. N
Austin, Texas
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

Perhaps my expectations where high. The antipastas were flavorful, and recommended and the tiramisu was wonderfully delicate, however, my bistecca was cooked poorly, one end of it was medium well done and the inside was just short of bloody, and it was tough to chew. At $30 a plate, you're paying for the ambiance, not the quality of their meats.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 40
Italian, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
10:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1610 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-3522
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin
  • Phone Number: +1 512-441-6100

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?