Austin >Food & Dining > Cannoli Joe's
4715 Hwy 290 W, Austin, TX | Directions 7874530.232579 -97.811334
Their pizza is made with only with the freshest ingredients; you'll taste the difference. Their rustic presentation is playful, and pleasing to the eyes.
I rate this place the best buffet in Austin. I loved pretty much every single thing they had. So many great flavors! Why had I never tried this place before? Because of all of these horribly misleading reviews. I thought the place would be a real dump. It's actually very nice inside, certainly as nice as Buca's. I went 20 minutes before closing expecting less than their best food. The desserts here are awesome, seem very authentic. The meatballs are perfect, not too spicy, and plenty lean (i.e. perfect). I barely had enough room in my stomach to try a little of everything that looked appealing. The service was average to above average. The people were all friendly. There were not many people there and I'd say it's a little easy to get lost in the place, frankly. I left thinking to myself that I had not experienced nearly as decadent of a buffet in Austin ever, and outside of Austin, not since I had been to either buffet at the Rio in Las Vegas. Several kinds of lasagna were all awesome including the vegetable. All of it was warm except for one thing, the spaghetti with tomato sauce. The coffee ice cream seemed gourmet Italian (not your average coffee ice cream). The chocolate cheesecake was grand. Salads were plentiful to choose from; especially loved the mushroom salad. I cannot believe anybody who really loves Italian food couldn't find a number of things they really enjoyed here. I must say, my hat is off and I will be returning! What a great value too, $8.99 for lunch or dinner! Look out Austin!
FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS EAT @ CANNOLI JOE'S. – I just got home from eating at this place with some friends for the first time. A waste of money. I'm so dissatisfied. My son and I ate a little of everything on the buffet and didn't like any of it. It costs too much. I really regret eating here and spending money on food that was gross. Pay no attention to the good reviews. They must be employees of this restaurant trying to keep their jobs.
Dissapointing.. – I'm an American of Italian ancestory. I Went for my first time this evening at 5pm. I wanted to get there when it just opened. The building was very attractive in a good location. The inside smelled very appetizing and the decor was great...very Italian.
I thought I had found a keeper I sampled everything that was available and there was a great amount of food. My party and myself all came to the same conclusion. None of the dishes tasted Italian. The flavors were all wrong and some tasted nasty! They looked Italian, however the flavors were all wrong. Only the garlic bread was done right. I think the cooks are not really cooks at all. Perhaps they are the dishwashers doing double duty. I was told that one of the owners was to Italy to be trained, If that is true why isn't he teaching the help how to cook? I'm sorry I can't say more on a positive note. well I gave it a try, nothing wrong with giving things a chance. Unfortunately, I will not go back again. (Once fooled shame on you, Twice fooled shame on me.)
Far from fine Italian food!!! – It was 6 of us that went there to eat last night. Friday night at 8 pm. The place was like a ghost town!! The food was not impressive at all!! More like cheap italian frozen dinner!!! Nothing fine food about this place!!!!!! Disappointed!!
Great food at a great place. – It looked beautiful from the outside and the inside.
When we first arrived we were taken for a tour and explained what was what and I thought that was very nice. No restaurant has ever explained to me what was where on their buffet. But I guess no restaurant I have ever been to has had such a large only Italian buffet.
I read some of the reviews for this restaurant after I came back and don't agree with the negative ones. I might not be Italian but I have traveled A LOT and tried Italian food at many places. I felt Cannoli Joe's could give strong competition to any other good Italian restaurant.
I can understand how some people might think its pricey as I paid $15.99 for the weekend night buffet. I thought that price was fine for the amount of variety they offered. I would think this the price I would pay at any other good Italian restaurant.
Each dish was cooked with a lot of thought and was served just at the right temperature. And there was a large variety even for my vegetarian sister. From 6 different types of salads, to 6 different types of pizza, to 10 diff types of pasta from baked stuff to grilled stuff. And not to forget the ice-creams and the desserts. Everything was just right. I might not have liked a few things but that is because I just don't like zucchini for instance and not because it tasted bad.
The only bad experience I had at this place was that I thought the hostess was slightly rude to my friend but I'll just give her the benefit of doubt thinking that she might have been busy.
However the guy who waited on us was friendly, nice and very respectful.
Overall I had a great time and completely enjoyed the food and I would go back there anytime and would recommend this place to all my friends.
Plenty of great food for a picky vegetarian – If you are a vegetarian or just someone that loves vegetables and healthy eating, I love that I have LOTS of choices. Absolutely try the Alfredo pizza with spinach.
As someone that is "high maintenance" (husband's words, not mine), it is great to be able to get a spoonful of this and mix it with a big serving of that.
The place reminds me of a cruise or a really great Vegas casino. Definitely check it out. Jeanne
Cannoli Joe's is the BEST – There food is very very good. The have a great all you can eat buffet and a excellent dessert buffet.
If you r in the mood for italian food i reccomend Cannoli Joes cuz they r great!!! 8D
If you don't love this place you're crazy – We have eaten Italian food all over the world and I can tell you that Cannoli Joe's is Real and Authentic. I wish they would build one out North but until then we will drive to South Austin because the price and quality are unmatched in Austin.
If your wanting real Gourmet Italian food ...it's not here – All we can say is wow ......we paid about $14 a person for what we thought was going to be a good all you can eat buffett and ended up eating maybe 1/8 of the food we got on our first and only plate before deciding that it wasn't very good at all. Most of the food was very bland and the food that did have flavor tasted like it had been sitting out for a few hours ....cold and rubber like. Complained to the manager and he still made us pay for half of the meal even though we didn't eat it . Needless to say we will never go back ....and do not recommend this place to anyone that wants a good dinner or lunch. I'd rather drive north to Buca di Beppo and know that I am going to enjoy the food than try to swallow the "Gourmet "sludge from this place again . Our first clue should have been the lack of cars in the parking lot at 6:30-7 pm
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