Olivia

★★★★☆
2009 "Top Ten Best New Restaurants in America" by Bon Appetit - Now Accepting Reservations for Valentine's Day
  • 2043 S Lamar Blvd

    Austin, TX 78704

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  • 512-804-2700

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Mon-Thu 5:30pm-10pm Fri, Sat 5:30pm-11pm Sun 10:30-2:30pm, 5:30pm-9pm

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A south Austin staple whose food is as fabulous as its interior design. Have a casual meal at the bar or choose to dine in the main dining room with front row views into the open kitchen. The menu changes daily and the specials are to die

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★★★★★

A south Austin staple whose food is as fabulous as its interior design. Have a casual meal at the bar or choose to dine in the main dining room with front row views into the open kitchen. The menu changes daily and the specials are to die

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I completely support Farm Delivery and restaurants that support local produce. So I was thrilled to try Olivias at hotel St. Cecilias for my husbands birthday dinner with a pre-dinner cocktail and wine pairings for a five course meal.

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★★★★★

I completely support Farm Delivery and restaurants that support local produce. So I was thrilled to try Olivias at hotel St. Cecilias for my husbands birthday dinner with a pre-dinner cocktail and wine pairings for a five course meal.

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I love good food and i don't mind pay for it so i heard they are doing 6course meal on monday and it's foie gras 6 course for 150.00 per person. They said every course have foie gras even dessert. All the course is finished and i saw and

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★★★★★

I love good food and i don't mind pay for it so i heard they are doing 6course meal on monday and it's foie gras 6 course for 150.00 per person. They said every course have foie gras even dessert. All the course is finished and i saw and

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I was hoping to try Olivia at some point-any local restaurant who serves organic and local produce is worth trying at least once. I'd heard they were a little bit pricey and was excited I was able to purchase a Groupon for $15 for $30 of

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★★★★★

I was hoping to try Olivia at some point-any local restaurant who serves organic and local produce is worth trying at least once. I'd heard they were a little bit pricey and was excited I was able to purchase a Groupon for $15 for $30 of

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Food is alright, but the service was disappointing. I ordered a burger medium well and it came out rare. The waiter tried to convince me that because it was local beef it was going to look red even cooked medium well, and refused to fix the problem.

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★★☆☆☆

Food is alright, but the service was disappointing. I ordered a burger medium well and it came out rare. The waiter tried to convince me that because it was local beef it was going to look red even cooked medium well, and refused to fix the problem.

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We visited Austin last summer & moved here in November. During our summer visit we ate at Olivia, with mixed reviews. Some friends hadn't tried it so we decided to give it one more shot, one year later.

While they do meat well, everything else was either "okay", bland or just plain tasteless. We had (2 orders) potato gnocchi that were heavy, dry & had, literally, no flavor. We had a beet salad that looked like they just plopped some lettuce on the plate & put slices of beets (looks & tasted like STRAIGHT from the can!?) on top. NO presentation & no unique flavors. And we LOVE beets! :(

Their menu "changes daily" -- hence they get no experience with anything?? It showed in their dishes.
We're foodies & eat out a LOT -- with all that Austin has to offer, Olivia needs to step it up or get out of the way.

Bottom line - we won't go back (either of the 5 of us).

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★★☆☆☆

We visited Austin last summer & moved here in November. During our summer visit we ate at Olivia, with mixed reviews. Some friends hadn't tried it so we decided to give it one more shot, one year later.

While they do meat well, everything else was either "okay", bland or just plain tasteless. We had (2 orders) potato gnocchi that were heavy, dry & had, literally, no flavor. We had a beet salad that looked like they just plopped some lettuce on the plate & put slices of beets (looks & tasted like STRAIGHT from the can!?) on top. NO presentation & no unique flavors. And we LOVE beets! :(

Their menu "changes daily" -- hence they get no experience with anything?? It showed in their dishes.
We're foodies & eat out a LOT -- with all that Austin has to offer, Olivia needs to step it up or get out of the way.

Bottom line - we won't go back (either of the 5 of us).

Pros: Beautiful atmosphere - they do meat well

Cons: parking;everything but meat & one dessert was disappointing

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Food was very good. A good place for true foodies. Had heard staff was rude, but did not experience this. Will definitely return soon.

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★★★★★

Food was very good. A good place for true foodies. Had heard staff was rude, but did not experience this. Will definitely return soon.

Pros: Excellent food

Cons: Pricey for Austin

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The chef does not trust you to salt your own food -- no salt or pepper shakers on the table. Rest assured they DO salt it for you. 24 hours later I am still feeling the effects of the huge sodium hit and I couldn't even eat the skirt steak. The potato frites were cooked in peanut oil and nice and crisp. You can get the same WITHOUT the excess salt at Mighty Fine Burgers for substantially less $$$. Use a lot of buzzwords about "local sourcing" etc. etc. and salt the living crap out of everything and you can fool most of the people most of the time. Glad we had a $100 gift certificate instead of using our own funds.

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★☆☆☆☆

The chef does not trust you to salt your own food -- no salt or pepper shakers on the table. Rest assured they DO salt it for you. 24 hours later I am still feeling the effects of the huge sodium hit and I couldn't even eat the skirt steak. The potato frites were cooked in peanut oil and nice and crisp. You can get the same WITHOUT the excess salt at Mighty Fine Burgers for substantially less $$$. Use a lot of buzzwords about "local sourcing" etc. etc. and salt the living crap out of everything and you can fool most of the people most of the time. Glad we had a $100 gift certificate instead of using our own funds.

Pros: You don't need to salt your food

Cons: Comes to the table grossly over-salted

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My husband and I have been here several times and love it. It is one of our favorite date spots. We are very interested in sustainable farming and love to find restaurants that are too. We have yet to come and have a bad meal or a bad waiter! They have some interesting items on their menu, like lamb's tongue, but do not get discouraged....its actually delicious!! I highly recommend trying this place. Plus, their fried chicken on their brunch menu is fabulous!!

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★★★★★

My husband and I have been here several times and love it. It is one of our favorite date spots. We are very interested in sustainable farming and love to find restaurants that are too. We have yet to come and have a bad meal or a bad waiter! They have some interesting items on their menu, like lamb's tongue, but do not get discouraged....its actually delicious!! I highly recommend trying this place. Plus, their fried chicken on their brunch menu is fabulous!!

Pros: Use local & organic ingredients

Cons: Can get a little loud if you are seated near the kitchen

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Trying to be too Metro. The Menu is made up of items that just don't go together. Scallops and Fried Eggs? The Pate Plate seemed old. The Waiter was great but the delivery of the food was way too slow for the number of people in the restaurant. No bar. WAY OVER PRICED!

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★★☆☆☆

Trying to be too Metro. The Menu is made up of items that just don't go together. Scallops and Fried Eggs? The Pate Plate seemed old. The Waiter was great but the delivery of the food was way too slow for the number of people in the restaurant. No bar. WAY OVER PRICED!

Pros: Waiter was great

Cons: Menu too disjointed

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Service was great - food was amazing! A place to take people visiting South Austin.

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★★★★☆

Service was great - food was amazing! A place to take people visiting South Austin.

Pros: Tried lamb's tongue for the first time and it was delicious!

Cons: Very little parking - don't park at the taxidermy place

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and the great rock fence on the deck at the entrance - very creative.

The servers are pleasant, very solicitous. The building is what I call Schlotzsky's Style (check out Schlotzsky's main restaurant on So. Lamar closer to downtown), and it certainly spruces up a shabby neighborhood.

But the prices! I have a hard time paying $15 for a glass of wine. And $5 for what amounted to McDonald's French fries that came with ketchup and a bland mayo-type sauce.

To meet a friend for a drink (one glass of wine each, which thankfully were topped off gratis by the sweet bartender, who was maybe feeling a little guilty?) the order of McDonald fries and some kind of fried quail wings in a syrupy sauce for $42, before our 20% tip - well, that's a lot for 5:15 on a Tuesday afternoon.

I guess the owner/chef/whatever must have a big following. All I can say is "I've been there, done that." Try Crissi's Market/Wine Bar nearby on So. Congress Ave. - it is infinitely better!

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★★☆☆☆

and the great rock fence on the deck at the entrance - very creative.

The servers are pleasant, very solicitous. The building is what I call Schlotzsky's Style (check out Schlotzsky's main restaurant on So. Lamar closer to downtown), and it certainly spruces up a shabby neighborhood.

But the prices! I have a hard time paying $15 for a glass of wine. And $5 for what amounted to McDonald's French fries that came with ketchup and a bland mayo-type sauce.

To meet a friend for a drink (one glass of wine each, which thankfully were topped off gratis by the sweet bartender, who was maybe feeling a little guilty?) the order of McDonald fries and some kind of fried quail wings in a syrupy sauce for $42, before our 20% tip - well, that's a lot for 5:15 on a Tuesday afternoon.

I guess the owner/chef/whatever must have a big following. All I can say is "I've been there, done that." Try Crissi's Market/Wine Bar nearby on So. Congress Ave. - it is infinitely better!

Pros: nice building that spruces up a shabby 'hood

Cons: VERY expensive for what you get, appetizers are mediocre, at best, the night we were there.

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Olivia's is a stylish new restaurant that features local ingredients and a menu that is updated daily. However alluring this may sound, it was not worth the price. Our service was slow and at best perfunctory. Our server's personality was not inviting and we frequently got the impression of being inconvenienced. My spouse and I have many years of restaurant experience and our disgruntled server made it painful to leave 15%.
We ate the escargot w/ mushrooms, raw oysters, mussels, beet salad and ribeye. The wine was the best part. The list, while pricey, did offer a good variety of French wines and we enjoyed a nice bottle @ 41$. The escargot was rubbery and very garlicky, the mussels were over salted as well as a side of greens that accompanied the ribeye. The sauce on the rib eye was overbearing and actually masked the flavor of the steak. The beet salad was like eating a can of pickled beets with a dalop of goat cheese on top.
After spending 200$ on dinner and trying numerous items on the menu, we were very unhappy with the experience at Olivia's and will not return for a second round.

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★★☆☆☆

Olivia's is a stylish new restaurant that features local ingredients and a menu that is updated daily. However alluring this may sound, it was not worth the price. Our service was slow and at best perfunctory. Our server's personality was not inviting and we frequently got the impression of being inconvenienced. My spouse and I have many years of restaurant experience and our disgruntled server made it painful to leave 15%.
We ate the escargot w/ mushrooms, raw oysters, mussels, beet salad and ribeye. The wine was the best part. The list, while pricey, did offer a good variety of French wines and we enjoyed a nice bottle @ 41$. The escargot was rubbery and very garlicky, the mussels were over salted as well as a side of greens that accompanied the ribeye. The sauce on the rib eye was overbearing and actually masked the flavor of the steak. The beet salad was like eating a can of pickled beets with a dalop of goat cheese on top.
After spending 200$ on dinner and trying numerous items on the menu, we were very unhappy with the experience at Olivia's and will not return for a second round.

Pros: Ambience, Location

Cons: Poorly seasoned food, below average service for the price

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My fiance and I visited Olivia for the first time last night and had a great experience. The menu is diverse and interesting, and apparently changes nightly - which ensures you are getting high quality, seasonal product. The freshness of the food was evident in every dish we ordered, and all components of each plate were nicely paired and cooked to perfection. The oysters diablo were great, the homemade pasta with escargot I had was incredible, and my fiance's risotto and scallops were delicious. The highlight of the meal was the lamb's tongue - which was amazingly flavorful and melted in your mouth. I found the portion sizes to be perfect and actually did not find it too expensive for the high quality and innovative fare - we had a bottle of wine, two appetizers, and two entrees for around $100. Can't wait to go back.

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★★★★★

My fiance and I visited Olivia for the first time last night and had a great experience. The menu is diverse and interesting, and apparently changes nightly - which ensures you are getting high quality, seasonal product. The freshness of the food was evident in every dish we ordered, and all components of each plate were nicely paired and cooked to perfection. The oysters diablo were great, the homemade pasta with escargot I had was incredible, and my fiance's risotto and scallops were delicious. The highlight of the meal was the lamb's tongue - which was amazingly flavorful and melted in your mouth. I found the portion sizes to be perfect and actually did not find it too expensive for the high quality and innovative fare - we had a bottle of wine, two appetizers, and two entrees for around $100. Can't wait to go back.

Pros: Fresh, well cooked cuisine; warm atmosphere

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Great experience and food. Watch out for that bill , prices are equivelent to Eddie Vs or Trulucks. Upscale dining on South Lamar. Gorgeous restaurant, beautiful design of space, much like Uchi. I would go there again. Parking is easy.

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★★★★☆

Great experience and food. Watch out for that bill , prices are equivelent to Eddie Vs or Trulucks. Upscale dining on South Lamar. Gorgeous restaurant, beautiful design of space, much like Uchi. I would go there again. Parking is easy.

Pros: beautiful surroundings, cozy

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Two of us went Sunday night around 7 pm. We were seated in a booth right away. The decor and ambiance were nice, if just a tad bit loud. Our waiter was very friendly, albeit in a more TGIF-hangout way than in a professional upscale scene way. He was knowledgeable enough about the menu and wine list, however. We were brought the check WITH our dessert though, which was a considerable faux-pas and made us feel we were being rushed.
The Food: The price-point was on a par w/ other highest-end establishments in Austin - and this may be partly due to the local sourcing of all the ingredients - but the quality, ultimately, didn't justify it. The menu changes daily. Our almaco tartar was excellent; my pork shank was a bit on the salty side, and my partner's bass with head-on prawns was good, but nothing to write home about. The presentation of the entrees was lacking - mine was simply a bone-in hunk of meat swimming in a pool of gravy with chunks of vegetables half-heartedly strewn about, and a mound of white mashed potatoes. The portions were ample, however. The coda, the sticky toffee cake - highly recommended by the server - was neither creative nor decadent enough, although the accompanying creme fraiche ice cream was nice.
Olivia has some stiff competition next door, and in Austin in general. Let's hope they can stay around long enough for the improvements.

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★★★★☆

Two of us went Sunday night around 7 pm. We were seated in a booth right away. The decor and ambiance were nice, if just a tad bit loud. Our waiter was very friendly, albeit in a more TGIF-hangout way than in a professional upscale scene way. He was knowledgeable enough about the menu and wine list, however. We were brought the check WITH our dessert though, which was a considerable faux-pas and made us feel we were being rushed.
The Food: The price-point was on a par w/ other highest-end establishments in Austin - and this may be partly due to the local sourcing of all the ingredients - but the quality, ultimately, didn't justify it. The menu changes daily. Our almaco tartar was excellent; my pork shank was a bit on the salty side, and my partner's bass with head-on prawns was good, but nothing to write home about. The presentation of the entrees was lacking - mine was simply a bone-in hunk of meat swimming in a pool of gravy with chunks of vegetables half-heartedly strewn about, and a mound of white mashed potatoes. The portions were ample, however. The coda, the sticky toffee cake - highly recommended by the server - was neither creative nor decadent enough, although the accompanying creme fraiche ice cream was nice.
Olivia has some stiff competition next door, and in Austin in general. Let's hope they can stay around long enough for the improvements.

Pros: Prompt seating, ambiance

Cons: Food lacking creativity, wow-factor

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Olivia offers a great mix of delicious modern cuisine. The interior is great, as well as the service. Our waitress was very friendly and attentive. The food was great, but the menu has several dishes that I've seen elsewhere. My entree, snapper over white beans, tomatoes, and greens was perfect, but I've had that exact dish at several other places. My girlfriend's risotto was delicious, but nothing new.The wine list is extensive.

I will give them extra points for using locally sourced food for their menu. However, when we arrived at 9 on a Thursday, they were already out of several entrees. There was only a 5 minute wait, which was a pleasant surprise. The prices are a bit high, especially for more common dishes, but this may reflect the local sourcing of the food.

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★★★★☆

Olivia offers a great mix of delicious modern cuisine. The interior is great, as well as the service. Our waitress was very friendly and attentive. The food was great, but the menu has several dishes that I've seen elsewhere. My entree, snapper over white beans, tomatoes, and greens was perfect, but I've had that exact dish at several other places. My girlfriend's risotto was delicious, but nothing new.The wine list is extensive.

I will give them extra points for using locally sourced food for their menu. However, when we arrived at 9 on a Thursday, they were already out of several entrees. There was only a 5 minute wait, which was a pleasant surprise. The prices are a bit high, especially for more common dishes, but this may reflect the local sourcing of the food.

Pros: Great modern food, service, interior. Extensive wine list, locally sourced foods.

Cons: Pricey, many dishes are fairly common and available elsewhere

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Despite what I read about the service of Olivia's, I had a great experience here. We got there around 9 on a Friday night. We only had to wait 10 - 15 mins for our table and we had a seat at the bar to wait. Our waitress was friendly and answered all our questions. We had an appetizer (oysters were great), a salad and 2 entrees and everything was served just the way I asked for (split the salad, steak med rare). It's a great addition to the city.

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★★★★☆

Despite what I read about the service of Olivia's, I had a great experience here. We got there around 9 on a Friday night. We only had to wait 10 - 15 mins for our table and we had a seat at the bar to wait. Our waitress was friendly and answered all our questions. We had an appetizer (oysters were great), a salad and 2 entrees and everything was served just the way I asked for (split the salad, steak med rare). It's a great addition to the city.

Pros: timely service, great ambience

Cons: small parking lot

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Owner-chef James Holmes, who did stints in France and at Picholine and Craft in NYC, has crafted a fine blend of sophisticated French and Italian cuisines with down-home Texas products. Our vote for best menu item is the appetizer of…

 

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