Gypsy Italian Bistro

★★★★☆
  • 1025 Barton Springs Rd

    Austin, TX 78704

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  • 512-499-0200

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We ate at Gypsy for the first time on Saturday night. Nice, low ambient music may have distracted us from the empty coldness and made it a little more cozy and inviting, but alas there was none. Bathroom doors open directly into the dining room with no partition or second door in front of them. You can see the toilet when someone goes in or out (yuck). We did not wait to be seated at 8pm on Sat. night, nice, but a half empty dining room in such a tiny restaurant is unusual at that hour...we soon realized why it was empty.

Server was friendly but didn't know the answers to basic menu questions, but did go find answers quickly. Restaurants with $20-$30 entrees should have thoroughly trained staff before they set foot on the floor. He'll be a good server with more training.

Caprese salad- oversalted but still pretty good (out of heirloom tomatoes so served with roma instead) Fried ravioli was decent & good deals at $10 or under. Bread was dried out & cold, but did not prepare us for unbelievably awful fish entrees. I would have easily forgiven & forgotten all of the little flaws for the sake of the overall experience but this fish was just so bad it made the random problems all the more noticeable. There's been no other time in the last 15 years that I have been served fish that I found to be totally inedible. Trout was greasy, flavorless and overcooked and just really terrible. Our other entree, the baked cod was really bland watery-buttery & cous-cous was watery cream of wheat texture ...sooo dull for a $20+ entree. Green beans were actually crisp & flavorful but unfortunately we had barely any on our plate.

I root for these types of small independent restaurants to succeed, but this one is in dire need of a total overhaul to last. I wish them luck, but I unfortunately, will not be back to Gypsy. I should have been tipped off by the half empty dining room and no wait at 8:00pm on Saturday night...

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★☆☆☆☆

We ate at Gypsy for the first time on Saturday night. Nice, low ambient music may have distracted us from the empty coldness and made it a little more cozy and inviting, but alas there was none. Bathroom doors open directly into the dining room with no partition or second door in front of them. You can see the toilet when someone goes in or out (yuck). We did not wait to be seated at 8pm on Sat. night, nice, but a half empty dining room in such a tiny restaurant is unusual at that hour...we soon realized why it was empty.

Server was friendly but didn't know the answers to basic menu questions, but did go find answers quickly. Restaurants with $20-$30 entrees should have thoroughly trained staff before they set foot on the floor. He'll be a good server with more training.

Caprese salad- oversalted but still pretty good (out of heirloom tomatoes so served with roma instead) Fried ravioli was decent & good deals at $10 or under. Bread was dried out & cold, but did not prepare us for unbelievably awful fish entrees. I would have easily forgiven & forgotten all of the little flaws for the sake of the overall experience but this fish was just so bad it made the random problems all the more noticeable. There's been no other time in the last 15 years that I have been served fish that I found to be totally inedible. Trout was greasy, flavorless and overcooked and just really terrible. Our other entree, the baked cod was really bland watery-buttery & cous-cous was watery cream of wheat texture ...sooo dull for a $20+ entree. Green beans were actually crisp & flavorful but unfortunately we had barely any on our plate.

I root for these types of small independent restaurants to succeed, but this one is in dire need of a total overhaul to last. I wish them luck, but I unfortunately, will not be back to Gypsy. I should have been tipped off by the half empty dining room and no wait at 8:00pm on Saturday night...

Pros: Caprese, friendly, if you drink alot of wine maybe you won't notice the bad food

Cons: gross fish entrees, ambience, service issues

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I was also excited about Gypsy, as I've passed it several times and it is convenient to my workplace. However, I was dismayed to have the following experience. The restaurant was FRIGID upon arrival and throughout our meal: it felt like the heater wasn't on and it was quite chilly outside. Their delivery truck, supposed to arrive on Friday, had not arrived (this was Tuesday), but the staff didn't just go down to Whole Foods to pick some key ingredients up on their way in to work. No, they just served everything with dried basil instead of fresh. And when we were ordering soup and our server said they only had about 3-4 cups of soup available (we were the first patrons during the lunch hour), we knew that the soup was leftover from the day prior or earlier. Another disappointment was the lunch menu: very limited. They serve sandwiches and pizza during lunch: no pasta, no salads, no appetizers. I understand a limited menu during the lunch hour, but for goodness sakes, this is Italian, and I expected pasta.
Now the entrees were fabulous, as folks have noted above. We had three types of pizza, and one breaded chicken sandwich, and it was delicious. BUT it took 25-30 minutes to receive the food, and it was a little cool by the time it arrived at our table. And we ordered a fruit and custard dessert that ended up being fruit with a warm champagne sauce: VERY different than what was expected. The description of custard was far from what we received, and no one at the table was pleased with the dessert.
Overall, we were dismayed with the experience. However, given the positive experiences of others, we may try this again in the future...for dinner. Never again for lunch. The service was fine: they have a new server, so give her a chance. But the attention to detail was poorly lacking, and if the restaurant keeps that up, they will wither in this location like so many other great restaurants who have gone before them. (RIP Castleberry's).

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★★☆☆☆

I was also excited about Gypsy, as I've passed it several times and it is convenient to my workplace. However, I was dismayed to have the following experience. The restaurant was FRIGID upon arrival and throughout our meal: it felt like the heater wasn't on and it was quite chilly outside. Their delivery truck, supposed to arrive on Friday, had not arrived (this was Tuesday), but the staff didn't just go down to Whole Foods to pick some key ingredients up on their way in to work. No, they just served everything with dried basil instead of fresh. And when we were ordering soup and our server said they only had about 3-4 cups of soup available (we were the first patrons during the lunch hour), we knew that the soup was leftover from the day prior or earlier. Another disappointment was the lunch menu: very limited. They serve sandwiches and pizza during lunch: no pasta, no salads, no appetizers. I understand a limited menu during the lunch hour, but for goodness sakes, this is Italian, and I expected pasta.
Now the entrees were fabulous, as folks have noted above. We had three types of pizza, and one breaded chicken sandwich, and it was delicious. BUT it took 25-30 minutes to receive the food, and it was a little cool by the time it arrived at our table. And we ordered a fruit and custard dessert that ended up being fruit with a warm champagne sauce: VERY different than what was expected. The description of custard was far from what we received, and no one at the table was pleased with the dessert.
Overall, we were dismayed with the experience. However, given the positive experiences of others, we may try this again in the future...for dinner. Never again for lunch. The service was fine: they have a new server, so give her a chance. But the attention to detail was poorly lacking, and if the restaurant keeps that up, they will wither in this location like so many other great restaurants who have gone before them. (RIP Castleberry's).

Pros: Location, entrees, sweet waitress, attractively furnished

Cons: overall lack of attention to many details that were detrimental to our experience

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I am from Houston and I went to Gypsy for New Years Eve. For a small restaurant they were still able to accomodate a group of ten with no sacrifice on service. Very friendly staff and Chef Shawn was fantastic and incredibly helpful. Very reasonably priced with adequate portions and some of the best duck I have ever had. I would recommend this restaurant if you are looking for a quaint romantic dinner or if you are looking for a place to eat out with a bunch of friends. Gypsy is probably one of Austin's best kept secrets.

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★★★★★

I am from Houston and I went to Gypsy for New Years Eve. For a small restaurant they were still able to accomodate a group of ten with no sacrifice on service. Very friendly staff and Chef Shawn was fantastic and incredibly helpful. Very reasonably priced with adequate portions and some of the best duck I have ever had. I would recommend this restaurant if you are looking for a quaint romantic dinner or if you are looking for a place to eat out with a bunch of friends. Gypsy is probably one of Austin's best kept secrets.

Pros: Ambience, service, food quality and originality

Cons: parking could be difficult on a crowded night

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I don't know where to start. My meal started out with the Bruschette which far surpassed my expectations. Having lived in Europe for years, I didn't expect this to be so authentic. The caprese salad was also... perfection! Fresh and delicious. I tried the Piccata al Limone and the tastes were wonderful togther. I was fortuneate to taste my friends Veal Scallopni which was so tender and tasty I thought I had gone to heaven. After this wonderful meal I had to try the desset. The tiramisu took me back to Italy. I couldn't believe to find this taste here in the US. The atmosphere was peaceful and unrushed. I loved everything about the Gypsy. This is a wonderful find.

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★★★★★

I don't know where to start. My meal started out with the Bruschette which far surpassed my expectations. Having lived in Europe for years, I didn't expect this to be so authentic. The caprese salad was also... perfection! Fresh and delicious. I tried the Piccata al Limone and the tastes were wonderful togther. I was fortuneate to taste my friends Veal Scallopni which was so tender and tasty I thought I had gone to heaven. After this wonderful meal I had to try the desset. The tiramisu took me back to Italy. I couldn't believe to find this taste here in the US. The atmosphere was peaceful and unrushed. I loved everything about the Gypsy. This is a wonderful find.

Pros: Unrushed, friendly staff, great choices (Tiramisu hmmmm)

Cons: Outside of building does not do this restaurant justice.

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Whatever kinks existed in the service previously, have been worked out. My boyfriend and I went on a Tuesday night. It was far from crowded but was very attractive place for dining. the stone wall, linen covered tables, and soft light were all perfect. The waiter was very attentive, almost too much so and the chef came out to ask how we enjoyed the meal. our glasses were never empty and we were well attended to.

We didn't order an appetizer, we ordered the gypsy salad; he had the pork chops which were absolutely delicious bursting with flavor and extremely moist. I had the pasta primavera with chicken. While it was tasty, it paled in comparison to the pork chops. he enjoyed the wine, i had their version of a mojito which was good but i let it sit for a few minutes first to let the flavors blend.

I almost missed the place because on the outside it didn't look like what i expected (i thought the outside would look a little nicer but inside is beautiful.

2
★★★★★

Whatever kinks existed in the service previously, have been worked out. My boyfriend and I went on a Tuesday night. It was far from crowded but was very attractive place for dining. the stone wall, linen covered tables, and soft light were all perfect. The waiter was very attentive, almost too much so and the chef came out to ask how we enjoyed the meal. our glasses were never empty and we were well attended to.

We didn't order an appetizer, we ordered the gypsy salad; he had the pork chops which were absolutely delicious bursting with flavor and extremely moist. I had the pasta primavera with chicken. While it was tasty, it paled in comparison to the pork chops. he enjoyed the wine, i had their version of a mojito which was good but i let it sit for a few minutes first to let the flavors blend.

I almost missed the place because on the outside it didn't look like what i expected (i thought the outside would look a little nicer but inside is beautiful.

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The food is well-prepared, there is no argument about that. But this place has been open for almost a year now, and they have yet to work out their service issues. Like a previous reviewer, it was a while before we received water. We had to tell the hostess that we still haven't been greeted by our server, and she had to find another waiter to assist us. The waiter's behavior was amiable, but the food took much too long to prepare. When we kindly asked where our food was, our waiter told us that they were slammed and that the large parties currently in the restaurant (who had yet to order and arrived 30 minutes after us) were tying up the staff...but I don't understand what that has to do with the kitchen. It is very disappointing because the food is fantastic, but it seems like they still haven't worked out their service issues from when they first opened.

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★★★☆☆

The food is well-prepared, there is no argument about that. But this place has been open for almost a year now, and they have yet to work out their service issues. Like a previous reviewer, it was a while before we received water. We had to tell the hostess that we still haven't been greeted by our server, and she had to find another waiter to assist us. The waiter's behavior was amiable, but the food took much too long to prepare. When we kindly asked where our food was, our waiter told us that they were slammed and that the large parties currently in the restaurant (who had yet to order and arrived 30 minutes after us) were tying up the staff...but I don't understand what that has to do with the kitchen. It is very disappointing because the food is fantastic, but it seems like they still haven't worked out their service issues from when they first opened.

Pros: Good food

Cons: Shoddy service, bad booths

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Since I'm all for more good Italian restaurants in Austin, I really wanted to like Gypsy. I had read a good review about it and so decided to try it out with a couple of friends. We were greeted warmly by the hostess, and seated promptly. Then we proceeded to wait a while before receiving some water. Next we waited another good stretch before our server took note of our presence and came over. Our server was friendly enough (he also made a great wine recommendation), but he was quite slow, and our water glasses remained empty for long periods of time. Oddly enough, he took our drink and salad/appetizer orders but not our entree orders. So when our salads came, we had to rearrange the menus that were still on the table to make room. I shared a jalapeno bread & balsamic vinaigrette salad with a friend, and the salad was delicious! Unfortunately the entrees were hit-or-miss. I got the veal saltimbocca, which was tasty and cooked just right. My 2 friends ordered the special of the night, a grilled fish and couscous plate; unfortunately, both the couscous and the fish were barely edible due to excessive amounts of salt. When we mentioned it to the waiter, he commented that it was the second time that night he'd heard it! So I have to give this place 2 starts for 1) oversalting the food and, 2) being told about it and still continuing to serve it as is to other people. Based on my veal entree and salad, I think this place has potential, but it needs to work out the service and cooking issues if it is to become a great Italian restaurant.

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★★☆☆☆

Since I'm all for more good Italian restaurants in Austin, I really wanted to like Gypsy. I had read a good review about it and so decided to try it out with a couple of friends. We were greeted warmly by the hostess, and seated promptly. Then we proceeded to wait a while before receiving some water. Next we waited another good stretch before our server took note of our presence and came over. Our server was friendly enough (he also made a great wine recommendation), but he was quite slow, and our water glasses remained empty for long periods of time. Oddly enough, he took our drink and salad/appetizer orders but not our entree orders. So when our salads came, we had to rearrange the menus that were still on the table to make room. I shared a jalapeno bread & balsamic vinaigrette salad with a friend, and the salad was delicious! Unfortunately the entrees were hit-or-miss. I got the veal saltimbocca, which was tasty and cooked just right. My 2 friends ordered the special of the night, a grilled fish and couscous plate; unfortunately, both the couscous and the fish were barely edible due to excessive amounts of salt. When we mentioned it to the waiter, he commented that it was the second time that night he'd heard it! So I have to give this place 2 starts for 1) oversalting the food and, 2) being told about it and still continuing to serve it as is to other people. Based on my veal entree and salad, I think this place has potential, but it needs to work out the service and cooking issues if it is to become a great Italian restaurant.

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i had tried this place once for an appetizer which was average...i wondered if the place would make it honestly...but i returned recently as an evening's surprise, and i just want to say it was fantastic!! i can't remember having a better filet in recent years...and i love to try new places...the filet was a little small sizewise, so the server brought my plate with additional appetizers added just to make up for it. the wine suggestions were perfect, and the service couldn't have been better...i rarely rave about a restaurant as i suppose i'm a little picky...but you should really try gypsy, the filet, the salmon...everything i had was superb...and there was parking available to boot...

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★★★★★

i had tried this place once for an appetizer which was average...i wondered if the place would make it honestly...but i returned recently as an evening's surprise, and i just want to say it was fantastic!! i can't remember having a better filet in recent years...and i love to try new places...the filet was a little small sizewise, so the server brought my plate with additional appetizers added just to make up for it. the wine suggestions were perfect, and the service couldn't have been better...i rarely rave about a restaurant as i suppose i'm a little picky...but you should really try gypsy, the filet, the salmon...everything i had was superb...and there was parking available to boot...

Pros: food, service, ambiance

Cons: possibly parking on a busy night

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Having travelled extensively throughout Europe, and eaten at some of the best, and some of the most quaint, I can sincerely say that Gypsy Italian Bistro was a welcome surprise. The ambiance was relaxed yet upscale. The waiters were friendlyyet very professional. I have returned to the Gypsy several times and have tried something different each visit, and every dish has been a delight, with great presentation and great taste. A truely fantastic dining experience!

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★★★★★

Having travelled extensively throughout Europe, and eaten at some of the best, and some of the most quaint, I can sincerely say that Gypsy Italian Bistro was a welcome surprise. The ambiance was relaxed yet upscale. The waiters were friendlyyet very professional. I have returned to the Gypsy several times and have tried something different each visit, and every dish has been a delight, with great presentation and great taste. A truely fantastic dining experience!

Pros: ambience, personal service

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