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Olivia

#218 of 3,006 Restaurants in Austin
#241 of 3,308 Places to Eat in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
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South Austin
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2043 S. Lamar, Austin, TX (Oltorf)
512-804-2700
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5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Reservations

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  • 59
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Olivia's Brunch

Food was great and the portions were huge so, go when your hungry or share a plate. The prices were a little high, but worth it. The menu did not have a huge selection - but a family of four was able to try different plates.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Dallas, Texas
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Dallas, Texas
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Food was great and the portions were huge so, go when your hungry or share a plate. The prices were a little high, but worth it. The menu did not have a huge selection - but a family of four was able to try different plates.

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Austin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

the Steak Frites was short on steak and big on frites, but tasty. The scallop special over pistachio pesto grits was wonderful, and the simple Romaine lettuce salad with a fabulous dressing that I believe they make was really good!

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St. Louis, MO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

My daughters took me to Olivia's for a belated Mothers Day. None of had been there before so we were all delighted. Paul, our server, was friendly, helpful and prompt. Great start! We decided to share so we could try everything. We all loved the kick from the jalapeño hollandaise in the soft shell crab eggs Benedict. The eggs Florentine... More 

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Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

We were told upon arrival that we couldn't eat there unless we had a reservation, despite tons of tables being open, because the restaurant was running out of food.... So we walked outside, got on OpenTable, made a reservation for that exact time and walked back inside, announcing we now had a reservation. The hostess didn't seem to appreciate this... More 

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Melbourne, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

We had a sizable party - eight people - for brunch at noon on Sunday. Knowing it was going to be busy, we made a reservation. We arrived at 11:45 and were told that the party at our table was leaving the table and that they'd have it turned by noon. At noon, we checked again and were told that... More 

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Austin, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Olivia bills themselves as an an upscale fusion restaurant. They take themselves much too seriously and need to get the basics right first. We had marinated olives and frites to start. The olives were lovely but there was only one red olive (the best one), 3 green olives (second best) and lots of little brown ones (OK, but not compared... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 via mobile

I've been a regular at Olivia for years. I keep coming back because of the ever changing menus and the consistent high quality of the food. In 4 years I think I've had 2 meals that were over cooked or otherwise not up to standards. And of course they have one of the best brunches in the city. When people... More 

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

I went here for brunch this past Sunday while I was visiting from out of town. If I lived in Austin, I would be a regular. All of the food looked and tasted amazing, especially the pancakes. The original mimosas were yummy. I didn't care for the berry. It was more like a blush wine.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

This restaurant was recommended by a friend and it didn't disappoint. Many great things on the menu and found it hard to choose from so many choices.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Olivia is a great go-to restaurant. They are happy to have children around and encourage them to try new things. Don't miss out on brunch. Chef can do some great things with grits!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2043 S. Lamar, Austin, TX
    (Oltorf)
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin>  > South Austin
  • Neighborhood: South Austin
  • Phone Number: 512-804-2700

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 25

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?