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Tony's Vineyard - 17 Reviews - 2828 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX - Direct Selling Businesses Reviews - Phone (512) 476-5600

Tony's Vineyard

2828 Rio Grande St
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 476-5600
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I had not been to Tony's in several months but when it came time to take my staff out to lunch I suggested Tony's. We were there only ones there at lunch which made me a little ne...


The salads were mediocre. The main course, chicken marsala had no flavor one so ever. It was edible but tasted as if no sauce at all was in the recipe. The chicken cabarina (sp?) ...

A Local Favorite! 4/7/2008

Wow! I'm surprised that some reviews claim Tony's has bad food or service. I've eaten there many, many times, and I've always had a delicious, filling meal and prompt, attentive service (although, yes, there is one waiter who can be a bit harried). Pros: good food, good wine, good value, good service, good location, good hours Cons: not as authentic as it could be more

Still a winner 12/12/2007

I had not been to Tony's in several months but when it came time to take my staff out to lunch I suggested Tony's. We were there only ones there at lunch which made me a little nervous but when we went in they had our table ready and the attentive server was great. We had over 10 different entrees and all came out at the same time and cooked to perfection. The bread was wonderful and kept coming, everyone left full and very happy. This place is a gem! Pros: Great food & great music. Nice outside eating area as well. Cons: Can't think of a thing. more

Best italian in Austin 12/11/2007

I've lived in Austin for many years and am from Chicago and had almost given up on Italian food here until I stumbled into Tony's Vineyard. This is great pizza and the Marinara sauce is by far the best I've had anywhere add to this the fresh homemade bread that is served with seasoned extra virgin olive and well I am now a regular. Pros: The food more

Worst Service and Rude Manager 5/9/2007

This was by far the worst service and meal I have had since residing in Austin. Where should I start? First it takes 10 minutes to get just our waters, I asked for a straw and my friend ordered a coke. he forgets completely and finally checked up on us after 15 minutes where we had to ask him for the same thing again. He kept leaving before we even finished talking, having to wait again and again for him to come to our table. Our waters were empty, no one came to refill them, the drinks we ordered were watery because he decided to bring out our salads and drinks, but took orders from another table while flies flew around our salad and our drinks got watered down. And here's what topped it off. I looked at my watch and realized it had been over an our since we put our orders in and still our food didnt come out. When he passed out our bread plates, half of them had yellow crust/residue on it and we had to get new plates. I finally had enough and complained to the manager explaining we had waited over an hour for our food, instead of being apologetic he rudely snaps at me and says our food is on the counter and walked away. We finally get our food, yes the food we waited over an hour for, to find that one order was completely wrong and all of the food was cold. The sauce was watery the shrimp tasted like it was spoiled, it was absolutely repulsive. Everything was dirty, i tried to sprinkle salt on my pasta since it was so bland only to find that the salt was completely stuck inside the bottle. Cons: service, food, ambience, more

Bland food 4/29/2007

The salads were mediocre. The main course, chicken marsala had no flavor one so ever. It was edible but tasted as if no sauce at all was in the recipe. The chicken cabarina (sp?) was equally bland. It all was edible but completely lacked any flavor in anything except the salads. Even the bread had no taste. Pros: service Cons: bland food more

Nothing Italian in Tony's Vineyard 4/19/2007

Finding true Italian food in Austin is a challenge. Indeed Texas is not a typical Italian immigrant destination, and therefore the local Italian food is often modeled upon hand me down obscure recipes designed to appeal to the mainstream American palate. Tony's is a prime example of this phenomenon: it is a stereotypical ""Italian"" venue that has nothing in it from Italy. Start with the numerous misspellings in the menu, and continue on to the Antipasto appetizer plate that features... low grade supermarket cold cuts. The bread is freshly made in the oven... but there is no salt in the recipe. The tomato sauce is to an Italian meal what the piers are to the Lamar bridge... well the sauce here is a naive combination of cheap tomato paste and water. Positively and absolutely no flavor, even the stale Di Giorno parmigiano surrogate could not make up for that. The wait staff on the other hand was kind and attentive, but the kitchen slow to deliver even though there were only three tables going. We thought of drowning our sorrow in a glass of wine but only half glasses were delivered for the price of full ones... Pros: outside patio Cons: terrible food more

Wonderful food and impeccable service 2/26/2007

My friends and I had been to this restaurant twice before, and we returned to Tony's for the Four-Star quality service and the tasty food. The escargo was dreamy in a seasoned butter sauce. The calamari was cooked with a light, fluffy batter. I loved that the Fettucine Alfredo with shrimp that I ordered had noodles that were cooked al dente. Al Dente! I was in heaven. I tried my friend's spaghetti and meatballs and the sauce was thick and flavorful. My other friend ordered the special of the evening, the Tortellini. Although he wasn't crazy over it, he let the waiter know; and the waiter was pleasantly attentive and courteous. It added to the gracious dining experience. more

Finally, great italian in Austin! 2/11/2007

I was more than pleasantly surprised with this charming little Italian restaurant! Our waitress was very friendly and knowledgeable of the menu, the food was excellent and the bill was extremely reasonable. The appetizer (calamari and fresh tomato and mozzarella) came quickly and was delish. The cream sauce on my pasta was amazing. The pizzas were great- the ""tony's favorite"" pizza was awesome, very cheesy and spicy, and the pizza vegitali had tons of fresh veggies. Tony himself recommended a wonderful Chianti for our meal. Friday and Saturday nights are busy, so coming a little earlier or later (or on a week night) makes the service a bit faster. The menu has tons of options so I will definitely be back many, many times! Pros: Can mix/match/remove/add almost any ingredient more

Why isn't there any good cheap Italian food in this town! 1/20/2007

We went here on a whim and it stunk. We are in search for an inexpensive Italian restaurant that is actually good in the heart of Austin. The fruita de mar (spelling?) was one of the worst versions ever...full of squid and not much else - not a clam in sight even though that was listed on the menu. The bread was overcooked hard bricks and the Italian dressing was Kraft for sure. You would assume that if you order the Italian dressing at an Italian restaurant that it would be from scratch...not here! I still don't understand why it received a 9.1 overall rating...not in my book. more

Awesome on an Off night 10/10/2006

The bruschetta was awesome, the service was fast and personal, and the place was practically empty. Quiet enough to have a good conversation but not sterile or uninviting. Great Place on a Tuesday around 9 pm. Pros: Great Food, fast service Cons: a little pricey more

You can bring your own bottle of wine (non-Italian) for a small corking fee! 8/24/2006

Great little neighborhood restaurant. The food is traditional and tasty. The ambiance is wonderful. The wine selection is slightly overpriced and limited. However, for a small corking fee, you may bring your own bottle of wine as long as your wine is not stocked by the restaurant. They only sell Italian wines so a California, French, or Spanish wine will work. The wait staff will discourage, but be firm. They want to pad your bill. Wait-staff is so-so at best. Be prepared for a long wait after you place your food order. If you dine during dinner hours, the portion size is large enough to split an entree. Since all entree come with unlimited bread and a salad, you can simply add a second salad for $2 or $3. Split entee, bring your wine and leave full happy for under $20! Avoid desserts at all costs. They are not homemade and they taste like any generic restaurant selection. Go to Gelattos on Guadulupe and 34th, within walking distance, to finish your meal. Pros: Italian sauces. Cons: Service and parking. more

Neighborhood Cafe 6/1/2006

After 3 years in Austin and countless Italian restaurants, I can without a doubt say that this is the best food, especially for the money, in Austin. The food is fresh and always prepared perfectly. I highly recommend going for lunch, for a couple dollars more than a burger combo you can have a stellar Penne Bolongnese or wonderful cut of veal. The owner is on-site regularly and is very friendly. Waitstaff is generally very good, I've been there numerous times and only had one poor waiter. To my suprise the owner himself helped cover my table to keep the experience positive. The crowd is generally professional but Tony's is far from pretentious. I feel just as welcome in a T-shirt as I do dressed for a night on the town. For a nice, relatively quiet, and amazingly flavorful meal you absolutely cannot do better than Tony's Vineyard. Pros: Price, Taste, Atmosphere Cons: Small Parking Lot more

Wonderful Lunch Experience 12/17/2005

My wife and I have been to Tony's several times for lunch. The wait staff is friendly, the food is always fresh, and the prices are great. Don't just go for the murder mystery entertainment and elegant dinners, be sure to stop by often for their extensive lunch menu. We went to Tony's today and left in a great mood because of the excellent service. Pros: Good service, Amazing food, Reasonably priced Cons: Irresistible desserts more

Entertainment with a Wonderful Meal 10/25/2005

There aren't many places in town to go where you can have a delicious 5 course meal and be entertained while you are enjoying your meal. Tony's offers something different to Austin with its musical murder mystery theater. My husband and I had a ball and will return with friends. Pros: Entertaining, Food, Ambiance more

Great Italian! 10/24/2005

Great neighborhood restaurant with some mouthwatering pasta dishes. The salads were fresh and the homebaked pasta delicious. Be sure to try this one. Pros: Food, Location, Staff more

New Local Favorite 10/20/2005

I loved the tortellini I had for dinner the other night! It was delicious. Be sure to try the calamari as an appetizer too! Pros: Food, Patio, Location more

You have to go to the dinner theater! 10/20/2005

What a fun evening! We had a great meal and were very entertained. This is a fun and different way to spice up the typical meal out. The food was delicious and we had a great time. Pros: Food, Service, Entertainment more
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  • Authentic Italian restaurant offers a musical mystery theater on the first Sunday of every month.

  • 11/15/2005 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Sun 5pm-11pm; Mon 11am-1:30pm; Mon 5pm-10pm; Tue 11am-1:30pm; Tue 5pm-10pm; Wed 11am-1:30pm; Wed 5pm-10pm; Thu 11am-1:30pm; Thu 5pm-10pm; Fri 11am-1:30pm; Fri 5pm-10pm; Sat 5pm-11pm
  • Payments:

    American Express, Master Card, Visa, Discover
  • Neighborhoods:

    West University, Central Austin