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Barley Swine

#21 of 2,944 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Zilker Park
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2024 South Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX (Between Mary and Oltorf on Lamar)
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5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 84
    Excellent
  • 31
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Amazing pairings

This place is fantastic! They give the option for an extra charge to serve each course with a drink. Unlike most tasting menus, Barley Swine will pair other drinks like local beers and cocktails, other than just the standard wine, which is also great. Maybe one of the best meals of my life!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
annieaguilar
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Woodinville, Washington
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Woodinville, Washington
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

This place is fantastic! They give the option for an extra charge to serve each course with a drink. Unlike most tasting menus, Barley Swine will pair other drinks like local beers and cocktails, other than just the standard wine, which is also great. Maybe one of the best meals of my life!

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134 reviews 134 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

We loved it. Both of our birthdays are in early May so we go out for a big dinner each year at that time. Last year at this time I was reviewing our meal at Eleven Madison Park -- a many hundreds of dollar extravaganza of excess and pretension. Against my better judgement I booked yet another preset mystery meal.... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

I had dinner at Barley Swine the other week, and have to say that it was a wonderful experience. The restaurant is very small, so it's going to feel pretty intimate: my date and I wound up sharing a large table with another couple. This wasn't a big deal, but if it is something that bothers you I believe that... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

My husband and I went for dinner and had the 13 courses. The flavors were some of the most unique combinations we've had and every bite was divine. The atmosphere was very nice and intimate. It's a small place and you definitely need reservations any night of the week. Despite the wonderful experience, I still don't like the idea of... More 

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58 reviews 58 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Wife was not impressed with my selection pre dinner. She kept fighting the foodie in me. After she arrived she was delightfully surprised. Vibe was great and atmosphere was inviting. We did the 13 course meal with wine/beer pairing. All was Zen and good with the world on the way they bounced back and forth on the menu. If I... More 

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Austin, Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

The first time I ever went to Barley Swine (at the request of my omnivore husband), I admit I was underwhelmed. I saw "seared pig face" on the menu, and as I am a vegetarian, it was kind of over for me at that point. But that was a few years ago, and boy are things different now! We've probably... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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51 reviews 51 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We really loved this tasting menu and atmosphere of this restaurant. Each course seemed better than the last. It is definitely some adventurous flavors and food combinations. Even the least adventurous in our group tried every dish and was pleasantly surprised. I cannot begin to name a favorite dish. We did the wine/beer pairings with our meal and I am... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

This restaurant needs to rethink its culinary strategy. OK -- we get the small bites concept.If you spend 5 nights in Austin dining out you can visit 5 eateries with the same/similar concept and get a good sense of how various restauranteurs approach this fun way to eat. But it has to be more than fun. A 12 course Prix-fix... More 

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Marbella, Spain
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33 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Having had tasting menus all over the world and in some of the best, the French Laundry amongst them, this was AWESOME! the menu was creative, the service outstanding and the ambience completely amazing - it was akin to a group of us having the most amazing meal prepared in front of us at home - cannot wait to visit... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

If you are in the Austin area do not miss Barley Swine restaurant. Yes it is a expensive fixed price menu but you will not be disappointed. Every dish presented, and there were 12, was terrific. I would urge you to go with the wine pairing. We did not but wish we had. The staff were excellent and attentive with... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2024 South Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX
    (Between Mary and Oltorf on Lamar)
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin>  > Zilker Park
  • Neighborhood: Zilker Park

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
Open Hours
Monday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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