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Olivia

2043 S. Lamar, Austin, TX (South Austin)
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Ranked #104 of 3,116 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $15 - $25
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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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74% Recommend
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English first
Austin, Texas
Senior Reviewer
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
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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
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
67 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
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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
Top Contributor
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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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london
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44 reviews 44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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Austin, Texas
Top Contributor
141 reviews 141 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

So have you ever sat around with friends and discussed what you would eat if it were your last meal? Well, my New Year's resolution is to find as many "last meal" type of places as possible in 2014 and I started with Olivia. Perfect choice and absolutely one of the best meals I've ever eaten! Fresh from the farm... More

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

We tried the tasting menu compared with the wines and had an excellent experience. We sat outside and the service we received was GREAT. Even although we were only one of two tables outside and very shortly in our meal the only table. But at not a single point did we needed to look for our server. She did an... More

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Austin, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I went to Olivia for the first time a couple weeks ago and received excellent service. The food was amazing, everything was artfully prepared and delicious. I expressed to the bartender that I am eating gluten-free and the chef prepared a special plate for me! It's a little expensive, but worth every penny for the quality of ingredients, service, and... More

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