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Tony Mandola's

#163 of 7,109 Restaurants in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neartown/ Montrose
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1212 Waugh Dr, Houston, TX 77019-3906 (Femdale Street)
+1 713-528-3474
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Houston, Texas
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you go for happy hour, I suggest sitting at the bar. The staff is friendly and they don't skimp on the wine pours. Their oysters are great and have a small hh food menu as well. My girlfriends and I like to meet here before we get our nails done around the corner.

Thank annc3bros
Lafayette, Louisiana
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111 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Business lunch with four associates. Fried oyster and salsa appetizer was perfect. Grilled snapper as good as any I've had anywhere on gulf coast. Service impeccable. Will return, and will try supper too. Loved it.

Thank TheDotdog
Houston, Texas
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44 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been here several times and never tried their Seafood gumbo. It was delicious! The service was good as usual! Hats off to Tony and his wife Phyllis for having consistently good food! Totally enjoyable!

Thank Deborah M
Houston, Texas
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107 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

We visited to celebrate a friends wedding. The food was amazing. The ceviche and calamari were very fresh and flavorful. The staff was very accommodating with our large party. Will definitely return.

Houston, Texas
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86 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

I recently attended a private dinner event here and I found the private room to be extremely spacious and comfortable. For once there was plenty of space in between each person. I did not feel cramped at all and was able to fully enjoy my meal without being bumped into all evening long. From what I can tell, there was... More 

Thank mjbbg572
Naranjo, Costa Rica
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33 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

Another great dining experience from Tony Mandola's. We made a reservation for an early dinner so we could mix the Happy Hour menu/drink prices with the full dinner menu. Even at 5:30 PM it was pretty busy due to being a Saturday night...but our table was ready and service was prompt. The one negative for the evening was that they... More 

Thank Don B
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14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

A group from the Bellaire High School class of '65 have lunched here a few times. I think it's a bit expensive but the food and the service, especially the service, is wonderful. Pricey: $20 for 6 fried oysters w/ fries and coleslaw. The boudin appetizer is some of the best I've ever eaten ($9). Tony Mandola has always been... More 

Thank Dennis H
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110 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

Stumbled onto a Houston legacy .... and WOW what a treat! Fresh and delicious, especially the crab cakes (appetizer is plenty for main course!). And really good czar salad dressing! Next time we might just eat at the bar and order appetizers! LOVE the table sign that gives a # to text if you'd like to speak with the manager!... More 

Thank Jenny H
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

We ate at Tony Mandolas during our recent visit to Houston, and liked it. The menu features southern foods presented in a delicious sophisticated way. I enjoyed the homemade crawfish ravioli. For desert we tried the bread pudding. Both were good. Our waiter was great and managed our large group in a friendly and efficient way. I would like to... More 

Thank CatFaz
Beaumont, Texas
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66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

We like the menu. Very thoughtful, and not very extensive. But if you want quality with whatever you want, it's this. This family of restaurateurs never misses. We like the place. The oysters were pretty small, so we didn't like that, but my spouses shrimp were done very ell, and my grilled chicken breast was. First time there, and we... More 

Thank mike m

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$16 - US$40
Cajun & Creole, American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1212 Waugh Dr, Houston, TX 77019-3906
    (Femdale Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston>  > Neartown/ Montrose
  • Neighbourhood: Neartown/ Montrose
  • Phone Number: +1 713-528-3474
In 1982, we opened Tony Mandolaʼs Blue Oyster Bar on the Gulf Freeway, which we owned and operated for 22 years. A second Tony Mandolaʼs Blue Oyster Bar debuted on Shepherd in 1984, which he closed four years later in order to open our famous West Gray Tony Mandolaʼs flagship location. Our lifelong dream of owning a freestanding restaurant has now become a reality with the opening of our new, permanent Tony Mandola's location at 1212 Waugh Drive. We take great pride in serving what we think is some of the best food on the Gulf Coast. Everything is homemade fresh in our kitchen daily and many of our dishes are our Mamas' recipes. God Bless our Mamas and God Bless you for your patronage.“Dedicated to the preservation of the art of Mamas' Cooking.” Sincerely,Tony & Phyllis Mandola

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