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Olivia

#211 of 2,944 Restaurants in Austin
#232 of 3,238 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: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 57
    Excellent
  • 19
    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
Fantastic Brunch

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
TravelingFool88005
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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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103 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Texas
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93 reviews 93 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

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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24 reviews 24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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172 reviews 172 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
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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37 reviews 37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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20 reviews 20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
17 helpful votes 17 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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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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?