Austin >Food & Dining > Botticelli's
1321 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX | Directions 7870430.250355 -97.749197
Neighborhoods: South River City, Greater South River City
With the windy staircase (to nowhere?) at the front door, the cozy little booths, and the charming textured ceiling tiles, walking into this SoCo eatery feels like you're momentarily ducking into Florence. There's also a gorgeous courtyard out back, and the food is straightforward Italian: Good for dates who like to play it safe culinary-wise.
Carmelo's Prices, Applebee's Atmosphere – My boyfriend and I just got back from our anniversary dinner at Botticelli's. The food and service were pretty good. The atmosphere, however, was horrible. We were seated in between the spiral staircase by the front door and a table of 8 really loud middle aged women. You know, if you want to clap and snort and yell, maybe you should go to a UT football game - or TGI Friday's.
The place is just incongruous. Reservations, white linen table clothes, $20 pasta, and candles, but then loud patrons in t shirts and a band out back. They either need to lower their prices and make it more casual dining or raise their prices so people know not to be loud and obnoxious during dinner. I really wanted to like this place since I think Austin is pretty low on good Italian food, and the food was pretty good, but it's like mixing Shady Grove with Asti. Not a good combo.
Horrid service – We had dinner for 6 and could not hear a thing. The waiter forgot the appetizer, then brought the salad first and then the appetizers, and then brought the wrong one. Food was not bad but you have to put up with a lot. We would for sure not go back. Way too many places in Austin that have good food and appreciate service
Loved it. – We dined there on 7/3, not realizing it was the first Thursday. It was jam packed, and thank goodness we made a reservation. The people without reservations were told the wait was close to two hours. The wait staff were very nice adn polite.
One of the owners was serving (Matt), and he was very nice to talk to. The scallop appetizer knocked my socks off. It was delicious! The wine was wonderful, and reasonably priced, so ordering a bottle of wine was not too much. We sat inside, but I hear sitting outside is even more awesome, especially when a band is playing.
I will eat here again and again.
AMAZING! – The Botticelli brothers have simply created a masterpiece! If you have not had the opportunity to experience the gracious duo you have been missing out. They are not only talented at making each person feel special, but the food is outstanding! The Botticelli bread, the scallops, the sea bass, the beef, the wine selection....all fabulous! I almost forgot to mention the atmosphere is also great. Sit inside for a romantic dinner or outside for a fun party atmosphere with live music. 2 doors down from the Continental Club on S. Congress (which is where I planned to go next, but was having too good of a time to leave) My party and I had such a great time! Thanks and we will be back!
Great Place All Around: Great Menu Choices and Great Atmosphere Options – Was in Austin on business and had dinner here. Great place. Sat out in the Beer Garden with perfect weather. The owner came by and chatted with us for awhile. We were in a big group and sampled all of the appetizers. All agreed that there wasn't a single one we didn't like with the mussels and Botticelli bread being the stand out favorites. Drinks were flowing, dinner was timely, and live music was more than enjoyable without being too loud. Crowd confirmed that the music, food and atmosphere was enoyable as there was aline of people waiting to enjoy an outside table.
It was voted by our group as the best dinner of the week and we sampled numerous Austin favorites. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone visiting or residing in Austin.
Best food in Austin – Everything I had was AMAZING. The Bottecelli Bread can not be missed as an appetizer. I had the ribs as my main course which were marvelous. I went on a Thursday night and sat on the back patio, which was so fun and relaxing. There was a live band and people even brought their dogs. If you feel like unwinding a little at the end of a hard week, this is the place to go!
Great space! Delicious Food and excellent entertainment! – Stopped by here to catch some great music on the patio decided to try a meal as well. The waitress had a great recommendations for wine to pair with the meal my boyfriend and I picked out. We were both not super hungry so we split an appetizer and the salmon dish. Again the waitress was helpful and split the dish in the kitchen presenting it beautifully on two plates instead of just handing us an extra plate and a knife.
The salmon was perfectly cooked, wonderfully flaky. The asparagus side was delightfully crisp and delicious. We were so happy with the meal we were fighting over final forkfuls. We definitely plan to return to Boticelli's not only to catch the great artists they have playing there but the excellent food!
great patio – did not eat other than apps but remember them being fine but the patio blew me away, a real hidden gem. never had a clue. we met friends for happy hour. cant say too much else
Chicago-style Italian fare like hoagie sandwiches and veal chops are served at this casual neighborhood bistro on Austin's hippest street. – In Short
Tucked into the heart of South Congress Avenue, the restaurant's picture windows provide the perfect vantage point to watch the parade of passers-by. Guests opt to sit in the colorfully small and active dining room or the more subdued outdoor patio garden. Lunch offerings include salads and sandwiches, including the Chicago hoagies served on big, whole wheat bunds flown in twice a week from the Windy City. Dinner favories include striped bass, fresh gnocchi made daily and the decadent veal.
Really like this place! – We have only been a few times, but each time we visit Botticelli's, we talk about how much we enjoyed it for days after. Can't say I have been very adventurous with the menu but the capellini with sausage dish is delicious and what I always order. The gnocchi appetizer is yummy! The focaccia is hit-or-miss...sometimes it's cold and hard and other times it's warm and delicious. Guess it just depends on the night! The service has been great with each of our visits. We definitely recommend this place to our friends!
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