About Trattoria Lisina
Driftwood, TX 78619
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.
Hours of Operation:
Friday and Saturday 11am-10pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Our parking is adjacent to the restaurant with convenient and ample space.
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.
Private Party Contact:
Jett Minor: (512) 221-0773
Banquet, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Trattoria Lisina Ratings and Reviews
Trattoria Lisina was excellent as usual. My only disappointment was that they don't have the area next to the windows open during the week, leaving your seating options for the middle of a big room only. This detracts from the overall experience, makes the noise level much louder and you don't get to enjoy one of the best features of the restaurant,...the view!
Have been there many times before. I had made a reservation but had to wait an additional 30 minutes, even with a reservation. And since there really isn't a large bar or a place to hang out/sit, we stood the majority of the time. And you didn't want to get too far from the hostess stand because there really wasn't a way to contact you when it was your time to be seated. I think they may need to address that issue. I hope it doesn't happen often.
I liked the atmosphere, both indoor and outside. The staff was friendly and took time to carefully explain the menu options. The outdoor area looked like a nice place to relax and enjoy a glass of wine. The food was well prepared. The veal and lamb chops were both very good.
This was my first visit with a date on a Sat. Afternoon. The overall environment was very Tuscan like and beautiful. Our first table offered was by a door to the enclosed patio was not what was reserved, a table near a window however we requested and were provided a better table than originally offered. Our water was very knowledgeable and gave the proper amount of quality service. We ordered the Brussel sprouts & calamari to start both were very good specially the white dipping sauce for the calamari. Then came the focaccia bread & olive oil & spice....It was very difficult to avoid eating the entire basket as we both agreed the bread was AWESOME! My date ordered the homemade Pachino Pasta & I had the linguini with seafood these were both excellent. The pasta's were cooked perfectly & the sauces were delicious & clearly made from all fresh ingredients. My only complaint is that I want grated cheese left at my table not just sprinkled atop my dish and then taken away. I did not request we have grated cheese left at the table but will do so next time. For desert we had the fantastic cinnamon donut holes and these were served warm with honey & cream on the side. Portion was plenty for two. We also had drinks that were very well mixed but quite expensive. Overall as a full blood Italian from New York my first impression is this might be the best Italian restaurant I've ever been to.
The fire in the fireplace was nice, but they let it burn out. When I retire from the city of Austin, I will apply to be the fireplace guy. I will keep a good fire burning all through the night, not just when somebody decides to walk by and give the dying fire a few pokes. I like the fireplace the most, even took a picture of it. The vases and candles on top are awesome!
Used Open Table for lock-in a reservation for my birthday dinner on Valentines Day. Arrived at the requested time and was promptly seated. Very pleasant Waiter, Mario was very accommodating and made the evening enjoyable. As the first time to this restaurant, took some of Mario's recommendations and all were great. Even asked for a side or of risotto and glad we did. That needs to be a regular on the menu.
We completely enjoyed it! Not knowing what to expect, we went in with open minds and came away with a place we'll likely return to for other anniversary/Valentine's type dinners. We did make the wonderful mistake of trying to make it through four courses. We suggest sharing two of the courses instead of just one, or skip one course entirely. It was so delicious, but we were definitely waddling on the way out. Not their fault, they even warned us, but we couldn't stop.
This is our go-to restaurant for many of our special occasions. This visit was Valentine's Day and as usual the food was fantastic. My wife and I shared a jumbo shrimp appetizer. I had the lobster ravioli and my wife had the risotto giorno. Both dishes were well prepared and delicious. Tiramisu for dessert. However, the best part of the occasion was the absolutely wonderful service provided by Alex. A very knowledgeable, professional server who reminds me of the professional servers we experienced while living in Spain and Italy several years ago. If you get Alex as your server you will truly enjoy a great experience.
We had a fantastic time for our Valentine Dinner. Beautiful grounds, beautiful building, attentive service, and drop dead tasting authentic Italian cuisine. You'll love the wine, I did. It is well worth the drive. The portions were enough for two, and so we ordered one portion for each course and we split it. The prices of everything was great on the wallet. But, I haven't found a restaurant that Adrian Mendiola has/had that I haven't enjoyed. Adrian, if I were to suggest anything more...I'd love some booths. It just makes it cozier.
Went for special occasion and drove an hour to get there. We had reservations and I asked the hostess to seat us away from families and children. She seated us with families that had noisy children, one table away on either side. Wait staff was fairly attentive. I had a mushroom and goat cheese pizza and my wife had the lasagne. The pizza was really pretty good, but the lasagne was mediocre. My wife had a wonderful pinot noir and I had warmish coffee. My chief complaint was that we came for a romantic atmosphere and got squalling brats and parents in khaki shorts.
This was my first time visiting but definitely will not be my last. Ambiance was great. I love that this restaurant is kid friendly and has a playscape for the kids. Casual enought for family lunch/dinner but romantic enough for a date. Staff was so kind and professionals they really know how to make you feel at home. Our waiter was really informative and knowledgeable about the menu. Food was AMAIZING! Meetballs are a must. We had the 14oz ribeye steak that was cooked to perfection. Desert (salted chocolate caramel cake) was delicious definitely enough for two. Overall one of my new favorite places. Cant wait to visit again!
Our appetizer was cold and uncooked. The restaurant brought us another but not very apologetic. The entrees were hot and cooked but lacked balance. The seafood pasta was all sauce and very little seafood. This restaurant can be hit or miss, it sadly was a miss again this time.
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