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2043 S. Lamar, Austin, TX (South Austin)
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Ranked #87 of 3,119 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $15 - $25
Sun - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: South Austin
Cross street: Oltorf
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English first
San Antonio, Texas
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35 reviews 35 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

We stopped in for drinks and food. We had the Charcuterie that is a mixture of rillette, pork sausage, hog’s head cheese, liver pate, guanciale, mustard, flatbread. The fries were over cooked.

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Austin, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I'm a lover of great food and Olivia definitely tops the list on superb food! Each time I eat there, I hate to see the meal end and eat slowly, savoring each bite. They use local producers of meat and grow most of their vegetables so that everything is fresh. A great place for any occasion.

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Mountain View, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We had dinner here last night. (Actually, it was last week, and I finally had time to finish this review.) Unfortunately, our earlier event ran long, so we were the last party in, at almost 10pm. We called ahead, and we were welcomed as friends. Our waiter, Paul, was obviously in love with his job, and wonderfully described the food.... More

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Austin, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I almost don't want to write a review for this restaurant for one reason alone, I don't want everyone finding out just how amazing this place is! The chef is a god in our eyes. (His fried chicken does something unnatural to you, it is so good!) The menu here is one of the most exciting aspects of the restaurant.... More

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Kent, Ohio
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Four of us dined at Olivia's the first week in May. We were seated promptly and made to feel right at home. The staff was friendly and attentive and the food was superb and not unreasonably priced. The menu was diverse and creative and the preparation well executed. Frankly, I would have expected a full house even on a Thursday,... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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92 reviews 92 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

As you walk in to Olivia’s say hi to the chickens who laid the eggs for your omelette and take a whiff of the herbs in the garden out back. Good service, comfortable atmosphere, and a brunch menu that screams “come and get it”. The mimosa trio, a bottle of champagne with a trio of freshly squeezed juices, is the... More

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Houston, Texas
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The sign "We make good food" really got my attention and the restaurant lives up to the words. They even had fresh squeezed orange juice.

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Austin, Texas
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84 reviews 84 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Excellent, Excellent, Excellent Appetizers & Simple Salads, just what we girls wanted on a casual Sunday evening ... it is expensive, however, it's wonderful. Initially, upon entering the restaurant's premises in the back near its parking lot, I was greeted by a not-so-friendly front desk person, who told me that the restaurant opened at 5pm for drinks only at the... More

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

Perhaps we just hit them on a bad night, but I can't understand their excellent reputation. The tomato bisque tasted like it was poured from a can, the steak frites ordered medium came medium rare with cold fries for $38, waitress did not tell us about the specials and appeared indifferent to our dissatisfaction, average bottle of wine is around... More

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Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

Thanks a Lox was delicious, although a bit more red onion would have been appreciated. The malaise sauce that came with the Benneduck was so good we seriously considered drinking the leftovers. The space is bright and airy. They definitely know what they're doing here. Don't hesitate to book.

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