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“Sets a high bar”
Review of Lenoir

Lenoir
Ranked #180 of 3,727 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: International
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Great new restaurant. Lots of buzz from foodies. Locally sourced, creative food.
Pennsylvania
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338 reviews
274 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
“Sets a high bar”
Reviewed July 20, 2014

If you know the Austin food scene (and stay away from restaurants around the convention center) you will know that standards are high.Judged against great restaurants anywhere,Lenoir is outstanding.Small (32 covers) with seats at tables,shared tables and at the bar.First good leading indicator is that the location is on South1st street ,amongst establishments that emphasize food rather than theater.It gets even better when you notice that no one is dressed up and the ambiance is warm and informal.By the time you have interacted with the clearly passionate and well informed staff you are pretty sure this is going to be special.The menu is short, 3or 4 appetizers,fish dishes,Maine and desserts.The fixed price menu ($38 in July '14) allows for 3 selections(any combinations) and additional courses are $10.The food is sophisticated without being fussy gimmicky or pretentious, the focus is on the best seasonal local ingredients,( menu changes every 2 months) and on combinations of flavors (often with an Asian element) that may be unusual but work perfectly.Portion size is just right as is the rhythm of the meal.Wine selection is good and staff knowledgable and enthusiastic about It.Certainly one of the best meals we have had recently.

  • Visited July 2014
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Texas
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167 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Top notch food”
Reviewed July 17, 2014

This place deserves all the accolades it receives. Perfect amount of food. Creative presentation without it being over the top ridiculous. Goat, frog legs, octopus, squid, curry, all in one night. Almond cake for dessert is amazing. Only one dish fell flat which was the chèvre based dessert. Go to this restaurant soon. Small, cozy and very friendly.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank grenny1968
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oakland, ca
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Unnecessarily small portions”
Reviewed July 7, 2014 via mobile

On a SUNDAY evening we had the 4 course table d'oeuvre meal. Every dish was excellent and left us craving for more. And that was the problem. The portions were way too small. There was no more--unless we ordered three meals for two people.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank lolasstephen
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Baton Rouge, LA
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258 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“A "Foodie's" Paradise”
Reviewed June 17, 2014

Tucked into one of Austin's South side restaurant streets, Lenoir is a place that your devoted foodie would consider worth the effort. This tiny restaurant (a converted small wooden house) is an intrigue for sure. It takes a bit of a different approached to the prefix concept of menu selection. For the want of calling it anything else prefix will have to do. Not really a fixed menu but they help you narrow the choices. First let me say the food is outstanding! Well prepared small portions (not small plates) are presented in an haut-cuisine manner. The menu is divided into four sections with four selections in each section. I can't remember the nomenclature but basically it is starters, seafood entrees, meat entrees, and desserts (get it?). The price is $38 per diner for any three menu items from any section (or all from one section) or one each from three sections (cool!). There is a $10 up charge for a forth item. We were three and shared two desserts. The wine list (heavy French, go figure) has adequate selections at reasonable prices. All in all, an excellent Austin-style dining experience! Salute!

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank MGKelly
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Houston, Texas
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Love this place!”
Reviewed June 4, 2014 via mobile

I realize it is a tasting menu, but some dishes are bigger than others. This a great wait staff...ask them questions, they will tell you what each dish is like and help you decide. The food is fabulous, the folks who work there are really helpful....and good wine. If you go early, before 5:45.., you will get more personal service prior to the crowd. But overall, I will visit this place every time I am in Austin. I just love it.

Visited June 2014
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Thank mcbap
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