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Reviewed December 16, 2018 via mobile

Great food; great atmosphere. Creative menue with woderful mix of flavors. Healthy (mostly) and delicious. Friendly and helpful wait staff. Nice decor. Clean. Will definitely come again!

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed November 8, 2018

The best thing about Guild is that they somehow combine seemingly random ingredients to create these wonderful culinary experiences. The worst thing about Guild is that each item on the menu feels like a bit of gamble . My advice? Roll the dice! Spending $14...on a porridge seems a bit much, and it was the item I was least excited about but wow, what a surprise! It's a must try, just do it. The Mac&Cheese is better than advertised but the biggest surprise was the dessert, Chess Pie. If you're familiar with NYC's famous Milk Bar restaurant than you know of their (in)famous Crack Pie. I'd pick Guilds over Milk Bar's every day of the week... and twice on Sunday... ok three times on Sunday. I'd recommend pairing it with a nice tawny port.More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed October 8, 2018

We treated an out of town guest to dinner at Guild and will definitely be going back. The cocktail menu was fun, and they stock Botanist gin, which is uncommon in most bars. Fast forward to dessert, but staying on the cocktail theme, I highly...recommend "Bourbon is dessert" in addition to the food offerings. Between us we tried several appetizers then the striped bass and halibut entrees. All delicious. My only knock is on the patio mosquitoes; the outdoor space is lovely, but some kind of bug solution is needed. We moved inside for dessert, and found the indoor ambience to be very pretty. Overall, a really nice evening and meal there.More

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed September 13, 2018 via mobile

Went to Guild to check them out after reading good things about them. Started with Snapper from the Raw Bar followed by Striped Bass with peaches, Bok Choy, Grouper, and Chess Pie. Each was exquisitely prepared and demonstrated superb competence in the kitchen staff. The...quality and freshness of ingredients were superb. The Snapper was beautiful and light. The Striper, Bok Choy, and Grouper were loaded with umsmi and rich earthy flavors. Everything was absolutely perfectly cooked. The Chess zpie was a great finish. Portions are small and prices are arguably on the high side for portion size, but quality and creativity are very high. The space is comfortable and visually appealing though perhaps a rad noisy.. Service is friendly and attentive. We felt the food was comparable to any restaurant where we have dined, including French Laundry and Alinea. Seriously superb food. While lower prices on the higher price items and dessertwe had would be nice, I felt the quality of ingredients and execution made the prices reasonable. Wines are generally priced from 3 to 4 times retail which is on the high side. Overall this was one of the most consistently spectacular meals I have had. Highly recommended with the qualification that portions are modest and prices are on the high side. But this is not expensive compared to some of the acclaimed restaurants that I relate it to.More

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed August 7, 2018

While visiting Austin, five of us decided to have dinner at The Guild. Weeks later and miles away, we were still talking about how good this dining experience was. The Guild is out of the downtown area in a quieter neighborhood. It is a modern...setting with outdoor seating if the weather is suitable. We did secure a reservation and it was busy on a Saturday night. The Guild specializes in small plates which are meant to be shared. We did six dishes including the English peas, cauliflower, tagliattelle, mac and cheese, crab sabayon, and brioche. All were memorable dishes. The entrees may have only been exceeded by the desserts. We also share three of those (chess pie, pavlova, plombieres) and we were amazed by the presentations and combination of flavors. With a bottle of wine and six oysters as appetizers, it was about $40 per person. Staff are attentive and knowledgeable about the dishes. We would love to return the Guild if we get back to Austin.More

Date of visit: July 2018
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Reviewed July 25, 2018

Dined here with a group of 10. Menu was chosen ahead of time and before I had a chance to ask about changes the server asked about any dietary restrictions, which did apply to several in the group. He then checked with the chef and...terrific substitutions were made without any prompting from the group. Well-prepared dishes for sharing were presented with good timing between them. Well-made cocktails and a decent choice of wine available. Plenty of room between our group and other tables so, although the room was busy, noise was not an issue. Missed a beat on the after-dinner coffee and drinks, but that was minor. According to one member of our group the prices were recently lowered across the menu. Would come again to try other items on the menu. Some of our group raved about the Pavlova for dessert. I particularly enjoyed the striped bass with peaches and the chess pie.More

Date of visit: July 2018
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Reviewed July 10, 2018

Overall, a very solid and enjoyable dining experience. Certainly a viable option to some of the downtown seafood houses. First of all, the room itself is very well done. Feels open, airy, and modern. The tables are close, but not so close as to make...you feel crushed. Also, several banquettes for larger groups are available. There is also the patio option, weather permitting. The food has several highlights worth mentioning. However, before I go there, I would like to make an important service related comment. Our server mentioned that we may want to share many of the dishes. It was more a suggestion that giving direction. Yet the dishes are not presented in a traditional way; they come out of the kitchen to the table when ready. We had oysters, a starter, (what we thought) were 2 main courses and a side dish. They did not arrive in this order. The oysters arrived relatively quickly, soon to be followed by the starter. Traditionally, one would expect the oysters to begin and then the starter once they were cleared. Then, while the starter was still on the table, the side dish arrived. Admittedly, I ate it and did not send it back (as it was excellent - see below). Each of the main fish courses came out one after the other, not together. It is good that we were both fine with each fish, as it could have been awkward for one to eat then the other. I am completely fine with this process of service. Emmer & Rye has perfected it. I just wish we had been told up front that this was the process. A little information goes a long way. As for the food, well, there are certainly no complaints at all. Some very inspired dishes. The pea salad over ricotta was fresh, crisp, and plentiful. A very nice palate cleanser if enjoyed after the oysters. The aligot was more like a skillet queso than a mashed potato dish - and it is excellent! The ratio of cheese to herbs is a perfect combination. I was sort of tempted to have a second one for dessert. The striped bass with seasonal Texas peaches was perfectly cooked. The kimchi is a sauce rather than a vegetable, but it worked brilliantly. Finally, the halibut was also exceptional. There is a hidden gem of a sauce at the bottom of the rounded plate - a toasted spice vinaigrette. Did not notice it until we were half way through the fish. I know better for next time. Overall, a well conceived and executed plate. We did not have anything to end with. Maybe next time, or when we have a larger group. Our table neighbors had the banana pudding and seemed to be enjoying it. Guild is a great addition to the North Lamar dining scene. It seems to be hitting its culinary stride early on. Just take note of the sequence of service and it is well worth a visit.More

Date of visit: July 2018
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Reviewed June 13, 2018

Celebrated at Guild last night with a party of 5. I love the interior of the restaurant! Not overdone, just right. One thing that was mentioned, the bar is not right at the door-- this was a plus. The restaurant was not crowded, so noise...was not a factor. The tables are not stacked close together as they are at North in the Domain, so that is a plus. When you walk in you are greeted by the oysters on the raw bar! Pretty cool, I think. There is a great variety of seating options: Banquette, tables with seating along the wall, booths ... I like that. It is visually enjoyable with the open kitchen and bar along one wall. We started with 2 dozen oysters. Each came with three mini squirt bottles: minionette, horseradish sauce and hot sauce. Unfortunately, I did not like the last two. I am a big Clark's fan and love their oysters. These did fall short of Clark's. Some where so tiny it was hard to pick them up off the shell. They just did not taste as fresh. We followed the oysters with 10 dishes, each of us picking 2. The dishes are for sharing. We had the English Pea Salad, Striped Bass, Pig's Head, Mac n Cheese, gnocchi, King crab and a couple others. The English Pea Salad is worth a trip there! Bright with fresh peas and pea tendrils with a light dressing that let the Peas shine through. Loved it. The Mac-n-cheese comes with an egg to be broken and stirred up with the cheese. Rich and yummy. I also loved the gnocchi-- creamy sauce with zucchini. The waiter had recommended the stripped bass, but I found it lacking. It was served with grilled leeks with some fried mushroom on the top that was not chewable. We did order dessert, but it was not memorable. Take that with a grain of salt because I do not have a sweet tooth! The waitstaff was attentive, but not overly so. I enjoyed the meal, but it did not knock my socks off. With so many amazing restaurants in town, you gotta really amaze me to get me to add you to my tried and true list of dining establishments.More

Date of visit: June 2018
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Reviewed April 16, 2018

Solid seafood and steak too. Excellent team service. Easy parking Clams are super, halibut too. But the deserts are weak. Have an espresso.

Date of visit: April 2018
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  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4.5
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