Austin >Food & Dining > Tree House Italian Grill
2201 College Ave, Austin, TX | Directions 7870430.241396 -97.752209
Monday To Thursday From 11:00 AM To 02:00 PM Monday To Thursday From 05:00 PM To 09:30 PM Friday From 11:00 AM To 02:00 PM Friday From 05:00 PM To 10:30 PM Saturday From 05:00 PM To 10:30 PM Sunday From 05:00 PM To 09:30 PM
Neighborhoods: South River City, Greater South River City
Our FAV Little Romantic Spot! – This is Austin at it's perfection! We happened upon this little gem about 8yrs ago while being lost downtown just over the Congress bridge! But are we ever so thankful we did because this became "our spot"!
It is the perfect spot for a romantic evening for two with the dim lighting and light jazz or blues or italian music being played through-out or even Live! OR an excellent spot to bring your friends and family as there are patio seatings, a small garden, and the music is sometimes played Live outside there! We have brought many of our friends, family and out of towners to our Tree House, especially on the weekends when they have live music!
We always have a wonderful time, and they know us by name and are very friendly! The wine is supurb and there is always an excellent selection! You cannot leave without tasting the calamari, the 3 or is it 4 cheese Lasanga, and the quail is excellent!
This is always our pick for a trip to eat downtown or my birthday, Anniversary, or any good excuse!
The only problem we have ever experienced was a waiter who was a bit uninterested in waiting on us, but we have only been there a few times where he was on duty.
Overall, the entire staff is very friendly, and the Manager has always checked in on us and been very kind! :) If I had to pick a Favorite Italian place in Austin, For Food, ambiance, and service THIS is it no question!
Best italian in austin – My cousin and I went to dinner there on wensday the 4th
I ordered the veal parmasian, It was one of the best i have had sense i was in little italy
the marainra was a little to sweet for my taste but i love garlic and more garlic
The portion was massive compared to other resturants, and the spagatti was awsome
this is a place that my wife and i will be dineing at alot in the future
I also had the plesure to meet the owner (fred) and he was a very nice person (he personaly came to the table to see how we were doing)
Could Italian in Austin be more exquisite? – If the perfect romantic, fine dining experience with good food is what you're looking for.. .search no further. This has been one of my favorite locally owned restaurants since their doors opened. The huge oak patio dining area was a nice addition. Everytime I visit, there is something new and updated.. .yet, the menu has remained with the same quality & consistency. Service is outstanding. A little slower on weekends or when a band is playing.. .so just bring a good date or friends and enjoy the atmosphere. Don't tell too many of your friends about this place - I'd like it to remain one of the best kept secrets in Austin!
Everything Panned out to be just OK – My girlfriend and I greatly enjoy Austin Italian food and have been to many amazing and poor restaurants around town. This is what I can say about Tree House, take it or leave it, I am just trying to explain my visit. We were greeted promptly and decided to sit outside which was a good idea because they had a great small band playing the only downside were the flies which really was not their fault. The staff was amazing the busboy was quite funny and was more or less like a second waiter. It was really nice it seemed as if the entire staff helped each table to ensure drinks were full and bread was on the table. Now comes the reason for only three stars and to tell you the truth the rating should be two. The food was really not very good, again, I am just saying how I felt. I ordered fried calamari which was alright but was a bit cold and for the main course I had veal marsala which was very bad. My girlfriend had chicken Parmesan which not better than any Carino's or Olive Garden dish. The side spaghetti and sauce was just like out of the 2 dollar bottle at HEB. Overall you will be better off going to a chain Italian restaurant. The atmosphere and staff were excellent better than almost any place I have ever been but the food was just not very good and thats all I can say. Oh I would consider going back but would definitely get another dish maybe it would be better.
Best Marsala On The Planet!!! – I swear the negative reviewers smoke rock. I've seen negative reviews on CitySearch about the best places and best people in town. This should not be considered remarkable, because I believe people want to see others fail.
In any event, the table bread is okay at the TreeHouse. The veal marsala has, by far, the best flavour of any marsala I have had anywhere, and I order marsala whenvever it is available at any restaurant in the country. The New York marsala was not as good as this, the the marsala in Little Italy in Boston was not as good as this. Also, the marinara on the pasta was FABULOUS. In contrast to other psychotic reviewers, the service was really good, and the stone walls of the restaurant were really pretty and romantic.
manager need better attitude – I liked the over all look of the place and setting. The food was good nothing to special. I thought maybe they would offer something a little more specials. So yeah no specials. And the manger seemed very aloof or like he was some Italian mobster sent here to hide out. I did not feel welcomed what so ever from this guy.
Worst Experience! – I have had Tree House ranked in my top 5 italian spots in Austin for sometime now. The food is delicious, and consistant with taste each time. However, since Tree House made my top 5, I have been raving about it to my Mother. I was finally able to take her on Friday for lunch! I was so excited to show her the atmosphere, and just relax - and in turn, all we received were complete frustrations, and utter disbelief. I'm a restaurant manager and sometimes feel that I'm overly critical on service and overall experience, however this was possibly the worst ever! There were maybe 2 tables in the restaurant when we arrived at the door, without a host, NO smiles gleaming toward us, NO one saying hello, good afternoon, welcome to tree house, screw off, or ANYTHING besides.... "how many?" I smiled of course with an eyebrow shrug as if I was confused, but I was SHOCKED, and said with a small giggle, 2 please. The gentleman attempting to seat us, forcefully "grabbed" two menus, still without any eye contact, turned quickly around, and walked so fast to the table, I heard my Mom behind me say, "is it a race?" Slamming the menus down, walking away, of course, luck would have it, he was also our server. Drinks?? Is how he asked us. I was about to walk out by this point, but was so baffled I wanted to stick around for this show. He brought the drinks to us, and never returned, UNTIL, i flagged him down for more bread that the bus boy brought us, as well as filling our drinks, and a another server bringing us our meal. When he returned with our bread that I had to flag for, he set it down, I heard him say something, I looked up, HE WAS ON HIS CELL PHONE TALKING - while serving our table. I have never! I was Furious beyond belief. My Mothers jaw dropped. Needless to say this was the worst service ever on record with me. I don't think I will go back, but I will order TO-GO the next time I have a craving. Matthew is the servers name.
Great !!!!!!! – I had a great time here! I was told about this restaurant , it was better than i thought.
Great food, service, oh the patio. We will be back!!!!!
The best italian restaurant in town – I just recommend this place to everybody who wants to exprience a great food and service. Tree house is my first choice when it comes to italian food. I love it .
this tree house should be chopped down. – This was the worst dining experience ever. Our server disappeared for 30 minutes at a time, and our drinks were never refilled. We were told they were out of hot tea - and then watched as the table next to us got hot tea. A server saw our bread basket was empty, refilled our cup of olive oil - and then gave the basket of bread he was carrying to a different table, leaving us with a full cup of oil and NO bread to dip it in. I asked another server (yes, a third one) to bring us some bread. He did - 15 minutes later. And to top it all off, the food tasted like something from a Banquet frozen dinner. There was no way in hell this was worth the $30+ bill we ended up getting. This was our first time here, and it will also be the last. Avoid like the plague!
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