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Barley Swine

2024 South Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX (Zilker Park)
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Ranked #38 of 3,120 restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Zilker Park
Cross street: Between Mary and Oltorf on Lamar
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83 reviews from our community

92% Recommend
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English first
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

As a vegetarian I often get the short end of the stick in a nice restaurant. Until tonight I would have ranked Uchiko at the top of the top as a vegetarian given their variety of vegan sushi but now that I have had the Barley Swine vegetarian experience I have to say I have a new number 1! My... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I went with a group and we shared a selection of creatively presented and delicious dishes from the seasonal small plates menu. The Egg topped French fries are surprisingly yummy. The pork was out of this world! And of course, they have an outstanding beer menu.

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Austin, Texas
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Barley Swine exceeded our expectations. Each course of the tasting menu was unique and flavorful. If you love food and want to experience interesting flavors, this is the place to eat. The entire tasting menu turns over every 30 days. We will definitely be back.

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Austin, Texas
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51 reviews 51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We walked in not knowing the format of this restaurant, but it was immediately explained to us, including price. So if we didn't want to go for this culinary adventure, we had full disclosure! So glad we said yes! Every new dish that came out was a beautiful surprise, and the flavors exploded in our mouths. Lovely composition, fabulously delicious... More

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Dallas, TX
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014 via mobile

We had such a great meal here. 12 courses of amazing food & fantastic service. Even the palate cleanser is to die for. Ask to sit at the counter so you can watch the magic happen. They will accommodate any type of diet restrictions or allergies gladly.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

The food is very good. Thirteen courses is a bit much if you are one who feels compelled to clean your plate. Pace yourself. Sit at the bar and watch the preparation and the orchestration. Amazing.

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Austin, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

3 hours, 14 courses (with tiny, tiny portions), not one mention of prices (until I got the bill, which, without booze, was almost $100 a person!) - not even close to the over-the-top critical acclaim that this place has received. Whomever's behind "The Swine" is laughing all the way to the bank, I can see the initial meeting: "Let's pay... More

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Austin, Texas
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74 reviews 74 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

My husband and I went to Barley Swine for Valentine's Day. We both got the wine pairing with dinner. The 13 (or so - didn't really count) small plates were all tasty. Of course, we liked some more than others. The wine pairings worked well with their respective dishes. We had a great time, and the food was good. I... More

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Montgomery, Texas
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288 reviews 288 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
161 helpful votes 161 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

This was an excellent dining experience. 13 small courses with incredible variation, super taste and very attractive presentations. You can go to their website and get a very good feel for the various dishes they serve. They frequently change their menu. About 40 seats and 15 knowledgable employees leads to super service. They did not blink with two members of... More

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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

More than just a restaurant. It's an experience. Quite small with community seating so there is a nice relaxed atmosphere in the place. We sat at the bar facing the open kitchen where we could see the chefs preparing the dishes. There is no menu as such. You just get thirteen small plates of food prepared from what ever is... More

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