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TONY & LUIGI'S IN GEORGETOWN, TEXAS,
REALE'S ITALIAN CAFE' OR BASHAW'S STEAKHOUSE & SEAFOOD IN AUSTIN, TEXAS
Bashaw's is a 5 star dining experience, mostly because Bubba Bashaw makes it so. Bashaw's is EXACTLY what it's meant to be! One man's passion, obviously a dream many years in the making, recently debuted in a little strip mall in NW Austin. Our first visit to Bashaw's was FANTASTIC! Bubba Bashaw is onsite, very visible, and chats with every guest. When was the last time you experienced that in Austin?! Thanks for an awesome evening, Mr. Bashaw!
The craft cocktail menu is new and refreshing, quite unlike the menus in the most chic Austin establishments these days. The Raspberry Lemon Drop and PB&J Martini were great! It was difficult to choose from the appetizer menu, but we settled on the beef carpaccio, exquisite tenderloin served with a tangy arugula salad on the side. A wedge salad followed ... the house made blue cheese dressing was sublime, the drizzle of balsamic vinegar was the perfect accent.
For entrees, we enjoyed the ribeye and sea bass. The steak was broiled to perfection, the garlic crust option was a fresh take on steaks and worked very well! The sea bass was fantastic, but may have been upstaged by the creamy mushroom rice served on the side. A top restaurant excels throughout the menu, even the side dishes. As good as the mushroom rice was, it was equally matched by the au gratin mashed potatoes. Smooth, creamy, cheesy! Need I say more?
The wine list at Bashaw's, while not exhaustive, is well thought through, offering very reasonably priced selections of many varietals from all over the world. We selected a white wine from Israel (how many wine lists in Austin offer Israeli wines?), it was fantastic! We passed on dessert this time around, but plan to get back to Bashaw's very soon, and we'll save room for the final course on our next visit.
Service was great, attentive but not intrusive. Thank you Jenna! Ken Kruse provided live music, a Sinatra song list, that created wonderful ambiance. Thanks Ken! Bashaw's was packed with patrons from the moment we got there, until the moment we left. Reservations are definitely recommended to get a table, so make yours today. Don't miss this new kid on the block!
A wonderful restaurant. We enjoyed being entertained with a fantastic Frank Sinatra tribute while dining. Great food, drinks, and generous sides and dessert. We will be back!
Will definitely be back! Friendly neighborhood steakhouse - kids loved it too. Great food, very attentive wait staff, wonderful Frank Sinatra singer. 5 stars... can't wait to visit again. It was getting crowded tonight. I definitely suggest making reservations.
Reviewed August 30th, 2017
We visited Reale's Pizza and Cafe on a Wednesday night for dinner and to bring my dad to a place that sang the old big band songs. "Frankly Singing" performs every Wednesday from 6:30-9:30 pm and if you are not looking, he sounds exactly like Frank Sinatra. The place was packed at 6:30 but the service was still very good. The food was awesome - old time Italian food like I used to enjoy back in the Northeast.
We had a family special where you get to pick 3 entrees from a list of options. It is good for 2-3 people (I think you might have fed four) and each person gets and individual salad plus breadsticks. The breadsticks were way too good and I definitely ate too many! We had the Tortellini, Eggplant Parmagiana and Baked Ziti. It was served on a large platter to eat family style.
None of us left hungry! Bob the owner stopped by our table and had a nice chat with my dad about the big bands. This is a very nice place for some authentic Italian food - something in fairly short supply in Austin. This was my first time here for dinner and I am excited to go back! And Frankly Singing added the perfect backdrop to the meal.
jesda, Bangkok, Thailand
Reviewed July 13, 2017 via mobile
My last night in Austin we went to this place for dinner. Even on a Wednesday night there were lots of people. Food was good and so the wine. Ordered large pizza and it turned out so huge, four of us could not finish it. The appetizer plate was also good. Live music was good too(it was Sinatra night).
This was the best Italian I have had! Everything was so fresh the marinara was delicious. Pizza was perfect and the Sal's calzone was amazing. The minestrone was so good felt like a warm hug. Service was spectacular. We showed up on a Wednesday night they had a live singer just the perfect touch to a much enjoyed meal!
Food is great, and entertainment is amazing. Wednesday night's they have a man who sounds just like Frank Sinatra.
I usually eat BBQ on my trips to Austin. Decided to change it up, went to Reale's. Best Chicken cacciatore I ever had. The atmosphere was great. Singer doing Sinatra and Andy Williams made it a pleasurable evening. Very reasonably priced.
Reviewed August 24, 2016
This neighborhood Italian Cafe was recommended by a friend. We gave it a try on a Wednesday. The premises are cozy, the food is alright and we enjoyed a romantic evening with Kenneth Kruse' singing (only on Wednesdays). It is astonishing how similar his voice is to Sinatra's and of course, that is his repertoire. We went back on a different day of the week. It appears there is live music nightly but for me, the combination of food, ambiance and "I've got you under my skin" when out on a date compliments the right mood.
Reviewed October 7, 2016
I have been visiting Reales for over 15 years and so lucky it is 5 minutes from my house. It is by far one of the best Italian restaurants in Austin. Their pizzas are thin crust and delicious. I absolutely LOVE their marinara sauce. The mussels marinara are a meal by themselves with their delicious bread served piping hot. By far my favorite is Seafood Diavola, with just a tad spiciness added to the marinara. The shrimp are BIG! Not those little cocktail shrimp served elsewhere. I didn't realize they delivered but it is so close, I just drive there. The Wednesday or Thursdays with Frank Sinatra singer is an added bonus. This is a true local gem, family run and exceptional. Worth the drive if you don't live up here.
Reviewed April 1, 2016
Heard their ad on the radio and decided to try it. The Saltimbocca was excellent and my wife had the Chicken Picatta which she enjoyed as well. The service was excellent and the owner, Bob, came by, sat and chatted with us about 15-20 minutes. They had a gentleman who was singing the Sinatra tunes with a recorded backup which lent itself nicely to the atmosphere.
By the way, the desserts are out of this world. We took three to go.
Bob's grandson Gino escorted us out the door and he had a little chat with us as well. All in all this is the best restaurant I've eaten at in years. As I told Bob, "We've been here many times - starting tonight."
I have Celiac's and it's hard to find somewhere with REALLY good GF options but I found it!
I LOVE eating here with my boyfriend. Their GF pizza is honestly heaven and so are their pastas. GF pastas are hard to get right and this place just hits the nail on the head! I come here at least once every 2 weeks. Sometimes they even have a live singer! I don't know if they change the live entertainment but every time I've been there, this guy who's literally a Frank Sinatra Jr. is always singing and we love it.
Come here, bring your family here, come here for date night.
This is honestly my favorite place.
Reviewed June 28, 2016
The meal and the service were excellent as usual. I had the spaghetti and meatballs and it was delicious. The singer was belting out Frank Sinatra songs so I asked him if he would sing "Strangers in the Night" as were celebrating our 49th Anniversary. I thought Sinatra himself was singing. They brought us a free cannoli in honor of our anniversary. Needless to say, it was out of this world. If you are ever within 50 miles of Reale's do yourself a favor and enjoy a great Italian meal here. You won't regret it
Reale's has been my go to Italian restaurant for simply prepared delicious Italian food since I arrived in Austin in 2000. My favorites include linguine and clam sauce (white of course), Eggplant Parm, Penne pasta and sausages and their linguine and seafood. I could go on and mention their thin crust pizzas but you get the idea. Service is always good whether you are formally dining or sitting at the bar. If you go during their busy hours for lunch or dinner expect a wait. Lastly Frank Sinatra night is always a hit too!
Reviewed June 19, 2016
When you walk into Reale's, you are transported from a strip center in Austin to a small, family-run authentic east coast Italian cafe! We are new to the neighborhood, and have been there three times in six weeks; it's that good. We have brought friends here and they all wanted to come back...soon! From the pleasant smell that wafts out the door as you are walking up, to the very friendly greeting upon arrival, to the super friendly servers, this place immediately makes you want to eat there...and come back again.
This is a relatively small place, so there is usually a wait, but the bar area can usually accommodate you while you wait. It is hard to pick a favorite dish here. For starters, I would try the fried calamari and the caprese. The calamari has a delicate batter and it crispy and delicious. The caprese is perfectly seasoned, with a nice helping for 4 people (or for 2 if you are ravenous). A bit after the appetizers arrive, the garlic bread arrives...and you will not want to share this unbelievable basket of heaven. But be forewarned: they are highly addictive...and filling!
Pizza is a house specialty. The margarita pizza was great, but my fave is the 'Roasted Pie", with roasted peppers and onions, plus garlic and olive oil. Adding meatballs to any pizza is a great way to go. I am writing this review at 8 AM, and the thought of that pizza is making my mouth water! The pasta is consistently good. My favorites are the frutta di mare (seafood over linguini) and the eggplant (and also the chicken) parmigiana.
HINT #1: Try and go on a Wednesday night. They have an amazing lounge singer that can transport you back to the "Rat Pack" days!
HINT #2: Save room for the cannoli's!!!
Hint #3: There is plenty of parking and the restaurant is wheelchair accessible.
Reviewed September 10, 2015
Reale's is a great restaurant to have in our neighborhood. We eat at Reale's on a regular basis and take friends so we can share the ambiance, the fresh authentic cuisine and to listen to the Frank Sinatra sing-alike that is there on Wednesday nights. He just changed from being there every Thursday, I think. He's really good!
The wine menu is great, the pizza is delicious, the lasagna and antipasto are absolutely not to be missed. Every dish we have tried is so delicious. Check out this place soon!
“Great food and fun entertainment”
Reviewed February 26, 2015 via mobile
The Thursday night Frank Sinatra impersonator is wonderful! We've been going here for the past four years, love their food and the service is usually good.
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“Hidden Gem, but it is a MUST!!!!”
Reviewed February 24, 2015
Found this place by accident and am So Glad we did. It does not look like much outside and is not in a great location, but if you can, GO GO GO. the food was AMAZING, and the staff was great. The three of us did not have reservations and still got sat. There was live music and the place was not that full when we showed up, but holy packed when we left, but we're never hurried, and even offered desert, which we ate...;-) this place is a Must Go....!!!!!
“Always good food, service and atmosphere”
Reviewed October 17, 2014 via mobile
Took my mom here for Thursday nights "Frank Sinatra" Tribute. The singer was wonderful and sounded like Frank. My mom had the Chicken Marsala and I had the special Osso Bucco.
“Fun night out”
Reviewed September 4, 2014
Food was great and entertainment made the meal a date night out. I will definitely come back to this restaurant
.“Go to Italian place in gtown”
Reviewed July 5, 2014
Very good. We went on Thursday night when they had a guy singing Frank Sinatra. He was really good. The place was packed! Had to wait a little while on a table.
“Great Restaurant at Reasonable prices”
Reviewed May 31, 2014
The live entertainment is fantastic...if you closed your eyes you would think for sure Frank Sinatra was performing!
“A very pleasant evening!”
Reviewed March 19, 2014
When we had trouble finding a place to park, we were surprised, but finally found a good spot near the front door where someone had just left. When we walked in, we were asked if we had reservations, and we said no, which caused a bit of a flurry. We noticed music was playing in the dining room, but thought it was a Muzak sort of thing. In a few minutes, the head waiter came back and told us he did have a table, but it was up front by the entertainment. It was fine as the entertainment was a crooner, who was doing mostly Frank Sinatra music.The dining room was full, and it was obvious that this guy had a substantial following. We soon found out it was well deserved. Our waiter got us some wine, and asked if we had been there before. When we told him it was our first time, he gave us a tour of the menu which was quite helpful. We had salads, my wife had fish, and I had veal rollatini. .Both turned out to be very good, but the best part of the evening turned out to be our location and the entertainment. Please don't misunderstand, the food was very good, but the entertainer was one of those guys who really was an entertainer. He asked the filled room if anyone had any requests and several folks who obviously had heard him many times before, did. He handled them all well, and with excellent humor. He knew a good bit about Sinatra, and filled in between songs with interesting material about Frank and his career. He engaged us, as we were close and asked us if we had any requests. I asked for New York, New York, and he did a very good rendition. We will definitely go back. Very good food, good service, reasonable prices, and good entertainment, what more could you ask?
“No place like Tony & Luigi's on a Thursday night!”
Reviewed March 4, 2014
I love this place! I wish I lived in the adjoining neighborhood so I could walk down for dinner with my friends. The atmosphere is friendly and comfortable.
Thursday night is my absolute favorite. They have a guy who sounds just like Sinatra. He doesn't sing a little, talk a little and take breaks. No! He just sings song after song all evening! He's amazing
“Busy night and I can see why.”
Reviewed January 27, 2014
We went on a Thursday night, it was busy, but the food and serves was outstanding. Thursday night they have a Sinatra singer from 6 to 9, he was wonderful, it made the meal. The wine list had local Texas wine, so we got a bottle to go with the meal.
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“best eggplant parmesan”
Reviewed March 23, 2013
We like the Thursday night crowd with Sinatra in the background and love the menu. We've been pleased every time with the service and quality of the food.
Visited March 2013
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“Awesome menu and amazing flavors”
Reviewed November 19, 2012
Wow. now this is homemade food worth going out for. Their menu is varied and interesting. Everything is home made. They have great pizzas too and on Thursday nights they have a singer who does a surprisingly good job of channeling frank sinatra.
Visited November 2012
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“Great find in Georgetown, TX”
Reviewed September 30, 2012
Very good food (our group had the chicken parm, veal, parm and a pizza) with reasonably sized salads with entrees that are literally overflowing over your plate. The kicker of this restaurant is the gentleman singing Frank Sinatra tunes in the background. Priceless and worth a trip in of itself. Call ahead for the night's when he's performing.
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Uncertain start; Great finish”
Reviewed February 16, 2012
Went at 4:30 PM on a Thursday to beat the rush and the place was empty, no reservations made. Asked if we had reservations, we answered no, and were told they would try to find a place for us. Seated promptly, the waiter told us they were expecting one hundred patrons between 5:30 and 7:00 and it was going to be hectic.
Hint: get there early or make reservations.
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