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Olivia

#130 of 3,206 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
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South Austin
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2043 S. Lamar, Austin, TX (Oltorf)
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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
Good for:
Casual Elegant

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Visitor rating
  • 56
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Classy and cool

Great fun here - our server was remarkably skilled combining charm and grace. The food is interesting and satisfying. All in a coolly charming room.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
center64
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Sayville NY
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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97 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Austin, Texas
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

I was curious to try this place, it was very disappointed, I ordered the salmon and tested like something you can cook at home, my friends ordered the pork belly and was really bad, definitely I don't recommend this restaurant.

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San Ramon, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

It doesn't matter who you are, when you go or what you order, you will always experience not only five star customer service, but absolutely delicious, fresh, organic food. And, they will always treat you like you are their favorite customer.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Austin is such a foodie town, so when a local recommended Oliva we knew it just had to be great...boy were we wrong! The atmosphere was nice and we enjoyed our cozy booth, and that's where the compliments stop. We were sat in full view of the kitchen, which included a cook who kept pulling up his sagging boxers and... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

I had expected this restaurant to be the "same" standard place for brunch. I was mistaken...food was terrific. Everything....the Lox, the french toast (half order was plenty), the gouda grits, the shrimp grits...everything was terrific. Service (Lindy was the server) was great! We'll be back whenever we come to Austin

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Connecticut
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342 reviews 342 reviews
216 restaurant reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

On a cold rainy night we couldn't enjoy a dinner on the patio, but the inside was very nice with very friendly staff. The menu is limited but the kitchen & servers are very good about adapting for special diets, in our case gluten free. We had 2 nice salads and salmon & lamb mains.They also had excellent house-made sorbets.

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Sayville NY
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great fun here - our server was remarkably skilled combining charm and grace. The food is interesting and satisfying. All in a coolly charming room.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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119 reviews 119 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Wow! We stopped,by for Sunday brunch at Olivia and it was outstanding. Friendly and prompt,service. We started with blood orange mimosas made with good Champagne and followed with eggs Benedict and an omelette. The eggs Benedict were made with beef and were very tasty. Definitely call for reservations. Request a booth.

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Austin, Texas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Olivia was such a great choice for my brother's birthday dinner. We started with: Bowl of Frites - good fries but I'd skip this next time. Fries are fries.... Raviolo lobster - a delightful lobster crepe swimming in a bacon broth (which was great for dipping the yummy bread in afterwards) Scallop/lamb sausage - this was divine and my favorite... More 

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Austin, Texas
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Olivia looks cool, is busy but the food is not really any better than any other breakfast or brunch restaurant. I wanted to like my meal and it was fine but it lacked any pizazz. I had a spinach omelet. It arrived with 1 piece of toast and the omelet itself was pretty small. All for $12. No potatoes, no... More 

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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

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

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?