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
Avoid period – My husband and I thought this was a totally mediocre meal. We had salads, appetizers, two entrees and one dessert and we both agreed that it wasn't worth the money or the calories. For a similar price range, I would go to Romeo's instead.
Depends on what you like – This food is hard to rate specifically, because it very much depends on what you're looking for in Italian food. If you like food that has a lot of flavors (some very strong, some not necessarily complimentary of others), and your idea of a good marinara sauce doesn't include basil, a pure tomato taste, etc. then you will probably like this restaurant. My mother is Italian, so I am admittedly hard to please when it comes to good Italian food. That said, here's what I thought...the calamari was breaded in something very dark, spiced heavily and had a very "fishy" taste. Neither my husband (who's not Italian) nor I liked it. My main dish was canneloni, and I couldn't even finish one piece of it--the marinara sauce was flavored too heavily and I thought it was horrible, and there was so much strong cheese on the top that it was overpowering. The flavors were so strong and contrasting that I couldn't stomach much of it. The bread that they give you was hardish and not of very good quality...and my husband had meatballs that were probably simply baked in the oven. In the end, neither of us will return...but I'm sure that plenty of people will because the tastes do appeal to some.
Great service, really nice patio – I went here for lunch and sat out on the patio. It's really nice and secluded. The service was prompt and attentive and the food was excellent. I will definitely return!
Great Food, Great Server... We will return! – Caution... salad costs extra! The food was FANTASTIC! My husband got the veal parmesan and it was HUGE and AWESOME! I got the cannelloni and it was very good as well. The bread was hot and fresh and the tiramisu was very very good. Our server was Fantastic, when asked which of two dishes was better he went into full detail of how each dish would taste. He KNEW what he was talking about and he made it very easy to understand. The inside of the restaurant is very romantic and after dusk I'm sure the outside would be just as wonderful. They do have fans outside so if it's hot they help a lot. WONDERFUL PLACE. we will return!
Friendly, romantic, moderately priced, nice atmosphere! – It's not haute cuisine, but a delightful way to spend your evening nonetheless. Parking is a breeze (most spots are covered, too) and the live oak patio is lovely if the weather cooperates. Inside, the decor is quiet, intimate and romantic. Our server was prompt, friendly, and careful (with good knowledge of his wine list as well.)
I ADORED the bread with olive oil-- it was very high quality, extra virgin oil, with a perfect mix of garlic, pepper and herbs to spice things up. I normally don't eat bread before a meal, but I couldn't stop this time because of the dipping sauce. We had to get refills! The garden salad was a treat-- instead of typical bagged iceberg and a mealy tomato slice, I had fresh romaine and oakleaf lettuce with carrots, tomatoes, baby corn, sundried tomato bits, olives, garbanzo beans, and a yummy vinaigrette. The calamari were fresh, fresh, fresh and not a bit chewy or tough.
I had cheese tortellini with marinara-- tender pasta and creamy cheese, with a nice chunky fresh marinara. My boyfriend had the chicken piccata-- nice garlicky-lemony sauce with plenty of capers, but the chicken was a tad dry. I'd suggest doubling the side of vegetables (looked like portobello mushrooms, with bell peppers and beans, but I wasn't paying close attention to his plate) instead of the side of spaghetti with marinara.
I enjoyed a nice glass of valpolicella on the side, which as promised was smooth, rich, and a bit fruity.
Overall I enjoyed the evening very much-- a nice intimate dining experience for not too much dough ($40).
Traipse back in time with old-fashioned Italian comfort food. – In Short
Walking into Treehouse Italian Grill is something like stepping into an old Italian neighborhood. Second-floor balconies and faux storefronts contribute to the Hollywood backlot effect. Quiet and never too busy, the restaurant seems to cater mostly to families and older couples. A large outdoor patio gives the grill its name, as the deck encircles an enormous live oak. Antipastos are small meals in themselves and hearty daily specials like veal cannelloni keep the regulars coming.
Mama mia – You can go down S. Congress and miss this lovely restaurant with great, romantic atmosphere and delicious, authentic Italian food and wine. There is outside dining but for a quiet conversation or a romantic setting, indoors is ideal. There is a specialty each day but no matter what you select, you can't go wrong. The staff and service are good. And it is inexpensive. What a value
Not Much of a Birthday! – This USED to be a favorite restaurant of mine. That was until I went with family and friends to celebrate my birthday. I ordered crab stuffed canneloni as my entree. The crab was spoiled - it only took one bite to confirm that it was bad. It took nearly 30 minutes for the waiter to return to our table so that we could complain about the food, much less request anything else. When the waiter did arrive, he didn't even take the plate away. Only at our request did the manager come out. He offered a very late apology but didn't even offer to send out anything else in place of the spoiled canneloni.
That was 2 years ago, my family & I haven't been back - nothing can persuade me to return.
Fun Place--Great Ambience!! – I LOVE this restaurant!! What a great way to relax and enjoy Austin. Check out the gorgeous courtyard with the Live Oak Trees over 100 years old. Just beautiful. The crab claws are yummy! The wine selection is great. Not too expensive and never crowded. We have a 4 year old and always feel comfortable there. Not stuffy at all.
Inedible – Generally I am not a picky person, but both the snapper special and the lasagna that my husband and I ordered at Treehouse were absolutely disgusting. Prior to this, I had not sent a meal back IN MY ENTIRE LIFE, but I did here. The server was nice, and she partially comped one of the entrees wtihout my asking, but it truly was -- I am not exagerrating -- the worst meal I have ever tried to eat.
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