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Cipollina - 19 Reviews - 1213 W Lynn St, Austin, TX - Local Favorite Reviews - Phone (512) 893-6385


1213 W Lynn St (at 12th St)
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 893-6385
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Cipollina - Austin, TX
Cipollina - Austin, TX
Cipollina - Austin, TX
Cipollina - Austin, TX
Cipollina - Austin, TX
Cipollina - Austin, TX
Cipollina - Austin, TX
Cipollina - Austin, TX
Cipollina - Austin, TX
Cipollina - Austin, TX
Cipollina - Austin, TX
Cipollina - Austin, TX
Cipollina - Austin, TX
Cipollina - Austin, TX
Cipollina - Austin, TX
Cipollina - Austin, TX
Cipollina - Austin, TX
Cipollina - Austin, TX
Cipollina - Austin, TX



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Cipollinas is my husband and I's new favorite restaurant! We've passed by this eatery dozens of time without really knowing what it offered. We feel in love with this place on our...


So after my second visit to Cipollina I was again not satisfied. The first time, the food was better (I had a pizza) but the service was terrible. This time it was just the opposi...

My new favorite Restaurant! 8/23/2011

Cipollinas is my husband and I's new favorite restaurant! We've passed by this eatery dozens of time without really knowing what it offered. We feel in love with this place on our first visit. It's the perfect space for a date night. It's upscale yet relaxing, and the food was yummy! We started off by trying the Red Leaf salad with pistachios, fennel and goat cheese, as well as an order of the mussels and cheese plate which were all divine. For our entrees we split the Risotto and Wild Boar cutlets which again were excellent. And to finish off we choose the creme brulee, again mouth watering delicious! We couldn?t have been more pleased with this eatery. Since our initial visit, I would say that we dine at Cipollinas at least once a week. It's affordable, delicious and the perfect setting to unwind after a long week of work. more

Good and unique food - very casual 11/8/2010

The food is really good and unique and a place to go if you like very casual dining. But this is not the place for a romantic date. The tables are crowded together. more

Hidden Gem 1/18/2010

Excellent pizza's and a good selection of wine. They make a really good cappucino too. Great little place to pop into. Not the friendliest service at times, but the food is worth it. more

DON'T GO! 4/24/2009

Italy is known for his familial atmosphere, like Olive Garden commercials (though that's not real Italy, but you get the idea). However, this little bistro would prefer that you not stop by. They don't leave the kitchen area except to bring you your food, and they still expect a tip. You have to get up to get your own tea, but if they give you more ice, you have to pay for another drink. Oh, and do not bring a group of friends and your laptop. The free wifi is more for superficial looks than for actual use. The general manager made several comments, staff agreeing, because we lingered there to work, though we had ordered drinks, several appetizers BEFORE they were half-price, and a meal. It was disappointing to say the least. They want your money, but they don't want you. Pros: free wifi, half price appetizers, good pizza Cons: get upset if you stay more than an hour and use the wifi more

Awesome Austin Bistro 7/17/2008

i love this place. My friend recomended it and I can't wait to go back. The food is amazing and gourmet - but not expensive. The Tuna sandwich made me fall in love with Olives. Normally I hate olives. The pizza is also very good - nice crunchy crust. The fried cauliflower is what shocked me - I had never had it but my mom raves about it from her childhood. She said this was just like the kind she used to get as a kid - only better! Could use better sodas/drinks but I didn't try the wine. A good lunch place or late afternoon snack. The homemade ketchup is amazing. Pros: different food, nice atmosphere, cute downtown place to eat Cons: service could be better, tables aren't exactly the cleanest more

Fantastic Italian food and a great atmosphere. Great find! 7/14/2008

Went to Cipollina's for the first time a week ago. It was recommended by a friend as a great Italian place with good food, good prices and a nice atmosphere. Done, done and DONE! The food was fantastic. Not your typical Italian, which isn't a bad thing. I had a pizza and devoured it. So good. It took a little while for the food to come, but it was worth it. Plus it gave us time to talk with our friends. All fresh ingredients and nice and hot. The inside is nice and dark & moody. It was still light out when we were there, but I can imagine it could be romantic at night. The prices were very reasonable too. You would think it would've been more expensive for as nice as it was in there. I will definitely be back! more

Good Local Pizza 11/4/2007

Coming from the Pizza capital of the US (New Haven, CT) I was surprised to find pretty good pizza in Austin. This is very thin crusted pizza and a little undersized but pretty good. If you go between 3:30-5:00 all pizzas are half price. Pros: Price, variety of pizza Cons: Pizzas are small more

Averagely Inconsistent 7/9/2007

So after my second visit to Cipollina I was again not satisfied. The first time, the food was better (I had a pizza) but the service was terrible. This time it was just the opposite. I had the braised lamb sandwich and was let down for the nine dollar tag. The lamb had not been braised properly-it was a little tough which means that it wasn't braised long enough and dry which means that it wasn't cooked with enough braising liquid. Not to mention it was under-seasoned. I also had the fried calamari appetizer which had an extremely lite yet over-salted batter. The batter was so lite it went soggy very quick and ruined the dish. My friend had the pizza salad wrap and was happy with it-it was just a Caesar salad wrapped in a pizza dough. I will not go back unless someone else is paying for it. The Executive Chef needs to pull the reigns on his crew a little harder. Pros: Fast Service Cons: Limited Parking, Mediocre Food, Hit-or-Miss kind of place more

Cute Italian Cafe 7/7/2007

It's best to go at night. The ambience is great. Recommended date spot. If you're a salad lover like I am, try their salads- they are awesome. I've seen many people order their pizza- definitely try some of that. more

It's Actually Really Good (despite some of the reviews below) 2/23/2007

Granted, some of these reviews are dated and I've only been going to Cipollina for the past six months or so, but the place is seriously good. Yes, it's slightly over-priced, but still completely reasonable in comparison to the vast majority of restaurants (think pricing along the lines of Mangia without the slacker attitude and service). And the pizzas are killer-- totally worth opting for fresh mozzarella. I've never had a problem with the service, and the atmosphere (alluded to in the review immediately preceding this one) is no more atypical for West Lynn than Quix, Cafe Medici, or Fresh Plus; it's a quirky and relatively insulated neighborhood but most of its denizens don't bite. Anyway, go there, maybe share a Greek salad and a pizza, read a New York Times; you'll blend right in. Pros: fresh ingredients, subdued atmosphere Cons: parking, limited wine selection more

Clarksville Residence Only Please 1/31/2007

There is a real void in this resturant. Go in, check it out. The impression our group got was that it was missing some warm, inviting feel. For the neighbor/customers it may be fine. But not worth the trip. Pros: Good idea Cons: Poor execution/Spooky atmosphere more

Maybe not on Sunday... 7/30/2006

After hearing good things about Cippolina, I took the family there for Sunday brunch. When we walked in, I was struck by the messiness first. Dirty tables, chairs randomly strewn about...the deli case was totally disorganized and the offerings were not attractively displayed. Although there were several employees behind the counter no one greeted us nor told us how to be seated, where to order, etc. I ordered a bottle of proseco, thinking $16.00 to be a very reasonable price. (the glass is $9.50, which is ridiculous for most proseco) When the bottle was brought forth, I saw that it was a half-bottle. This was not alluded to on the wine list. Enoteca sells their proseco for $20, and it is a full bottle, and drier than the one offered at Cippolina. The person behind the counter told me, ""We have some champagne glasses around here somewhere. Do you want me to look for them?"" She never did look for them, and forgot about me as soon as I went to my table. I ended up going behind the counter myself and grabbing two white wine glasses. She thanked me for ""not being picky"". We ordered a pizza (large) that was shrunken inside the pan, not reaching the edges of the pan. The dough was to blame, I think. The crust, although pleasingly thin, was too dry. The outer edges were full of large air holes and overall the pie had a cracker-like texture. It was $15.00 and we did not feel we were getting value for our dollar. Next time, we will go to Enoteca where everyone is friendly, the place is always clean, and we leave full and happy. Pros: there was one smiling employee behind the food counter. she was very pleasant. Cons: dirty, unwelcoming, over-priced more

Wonderful Food and Service! 7/28/2006

Far and away my favorite place to eat in town. Not for those who want portions of food that make you feel full and disgusting. At Cippolina you get the perfect amount for a great price. The service and atmosphere are top notch as well. Chef Parker White is amazing! Pros: Quality of Food, Service, Atmosphere Cons: Parking more

Fresh and delicious 4/10/2006

Nearly everything is made in-house from the pizza dough to the ketchup. The bread is always fresh and the food delicious. They even butcher their own meat! One of my favorite meals is the 1/2 proscuitto sandwich, 1/2 a ceasar salad, and some fries with pesto aioli and the homemade ketchup. The pistascio cookies are always a favorite. The wine comes in bottles, by the glass, or in a carafe. Always check for daily specials as you never know what chef Parker White will have come up with. No matter what, it's always good. Pros: excellent food, good wines, fresh ingredients Cons: not enough parking more

Best neighborhood take-out on the planet. 8/12/2005

Okay, I'll admit it: I'm probably a little prejudiced. Cipollina is right smack dab in my old neighborhood - Clarksville, which I adore - and for years, I started my day there with a cup of coffee and a banana chocolate chip muffin. However, even when I moved away, I found myself going out of the way to pick up one of Cipollina's most excellent chicken caesar salads, or their chocolate bread puddings, or their famous parmesan potato balls. Cipollina has a little bit of everything Mediterranean for those who need to throw together a fabulous dinner party on short notice, including some great wine. But it's also a good place to cool your heels in the summer - just sit at one of the cosy inside tables, surf the 'net (Cipollina offers free Wifi service) and sip a glass of herbal tea while Ella Fitzgerald croons over the sound system, and you'll see what I mean. PROS: Great food; great music; great atmosphere. CONS: Needs more parking! more

Bad Bad Bad 4/21/2005

We got on their website and attempted to phone in a TOGO order. The website was so out of date that everything we tried to order wasn't on their menu anymore. We walked down and ordered food to go which took about 30 minutes when they weren't all that busy. It cost $30 for a glass of wine, a large prosciutto pizza, and two bread puddings. The pizza was extremely small, two of us weren't full when we finished it and the crust was thin and burned. The bread pudding was the most ridiculous thing ever, it was about two tablespoons worth of toasted bread that seemed like it was quickly dipped in cream and then covered with caramel that tasted like it was from a Hershey's squeeze bottle. I will never go to this restaurant again unless I simply want to have a glass of wine and sit outside. Pros: pretty interior, outdoor seating Cons: bad food, slow service, overpriced more

Patron 7/10/2003

I live in the neighborhood and often eat diner here. The food is always a little disappointing considering its the same group that owns Jeffrey's. I love the atmosphere so i keep trying different things. The menu is a little overpriced. A 4 to 6 oz piece of re-heated salmon w/ out sides is $8.95. I decided to try breakfast and had a Bacon, egg, and chz biscuit that was absolutely terrible. The eggs were at least a day old. I feel like I gave it a fair shot but after this last experience, I am done w/ Cipollina! Pros: atmosphere, service Cons: food, prices more

Top pizza in Austin 10/20/2002

This is far and away my favorite pizza in Austin. The sopresatta pizza is my favorite. The setting is nice and the staff is friendly. Pros: Good food, Nice setting Cons: Limited parking more

Worth all the calories 8/14/2002

Love that riccotta cheesecake! And I don't even like cheesecake! more
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  • Over the past 13 years, Cipollina has gone through many incarnations, from an Italian-style deli, to a counter service bistro, to its latest version--a comfortable, neighborhood, full-service casual dining restaurant. It is our goal to provide you with friendly service and a locally sourced menu composed of the freshest ingredients--from our eggs and chickens produced by VItal Farms to the seasonal produce brought to us by Farm to Table, as well as free trade, locally roasted coffee by Third Coast Coffee. With the guidance of our wine consultant, Greg Randle, we have expanded our wine list to include even more unique selections.


  • In Short - Cipollina is a charming, Mediterranean inspired eatery that caters the neighborhood appropriately. The cafe tables and chairs and the bright interior create an inviting space for dining...

  • 6/21/2006 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Monday -Thursday 11am-10pm Friday - Saturday 11am-10:30pm Sunday 11am-3pm & 5pm-9pm
  • Payments:

    Master Card, American Express, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    Old West Austin