Rich in European and Southern influences, the menu changes daily to reflect the season and goods of local farmers & ranchers.
For parties of 10 or more, a $100 charge will be incurred if the reservation does not cancel within 24 hours or does not show up on the day of the reservation. The $100 charge will go towards a gift card that can be used at a later date.
Global, International, Continental
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm;
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm;
Brunch: Saturday: 10:00am - 2:30pm;
Sunday: 10:00 am - 4:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
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Olivia Ratings and Reviews
Although our food was absolutely delicio ...
Although our food was absolutely delicious, we felt extremely rushed. We were there to celebrate a special occasion and that was why we chose Olivia. As soon as we were finishing up our food someone, who was not our server, came to our table to ask if we needed anything. She was polite but obviously trying to move us out to get the table available for another party. For me, this ruined my experience. I had just announced to my husband that we were going to have a baby. I wanted to have time to talk and enjoy the moment but instead we were whisked out the door. That is a precious moment we can never get back.
Clearly this restaurant is building a fo ...
Clearly this restaurant is building a foodie reputation, this was our second visit and there is measurable growth in professionalism and style. South Austin is a potpourri of cultures, cuisines and tastes, Olivia's sits on a higher level than most and does so very well.
I loved dining at Olivia this past week. ...
I loved dining at Olivia this past week. It was my first time there! I am from Wisconsin in Austin for a conference downtown, but Olivia was recommended to me. I was NOT disappointed!!! It was one of the best meals I had during my stay, if not the best for flavor, variety, and overall excellent service! We loved the risotto, scallops, steak frites, and the Olivia salad had a surprise burst of flavor with the pecans! Can't describe how wonderful it was!!! If I lived in Austin, I would make Olivia one of my all time go-to restaurants....and I eat out a lot!!
It's been a while since we've eaten at O ...
It's been a while since we've eaten at Olivia, and the quality wasn't there this past Sunday. The prosciutto was as tickly cut as bacon and not edible (eggs Florentine) and our meals were served lukewarm at best. Not the high quality experience I remember from such an award winning restaurant. I hope it was a fluke...
It would have been nice if the hostess h ...
It would have been nice if the hostess had told me when I called to confirm my reservation that Olivia's air conditioner was not working. When we asked for the A/C to be adjusted, the staff told us that the repair people had been out three times and couldn't diagnose the problem. I can. Get a new A/C. In addition, our food was barely warm when we received it. Our waiter replaced it immediately - good service there -- but the replacement food was only slightly warmer and the biscuit under the eggs was not fresh. We did receive a credit on the bill, which we appreciated. Still, Olivia's appears to be past its prime and shouldn't have been open in 100 degree weather with no functioning A/C.
Olivia never fails to disappoint! We ord ...
Olivia never fails to disappoint! We ordered the 6-course tasting menu and everything was wonderful, as usual. For this meal, we got an oyster amuse-bouche (bonus!), followed by the 1) tomato farro salad, 2) a choice of delicious miyake risotto (me) & some amazing vichyssoise (him), 3) seared scallops with creamed corn & arugula, 4) potato gnocchi w/roasted chicken, blistered heirloom tomato & spicy sauce, 5) fresh purple-hulled peas with quail, and 6) pound cake with fresh peaches and bourbon ice cream. The service was accommodating and attentive, the drinks were refreshing & perfectly chilled, and affordable because of happy hour. Worth every single penny.
The food was excellent - the service exc ...
The food was excellent - the service exceptional. Staff is friendly and engaging. Ambiance perfect for any night of the week. Dress up for a special occasion or sit at the bar for happy hour. Either way - the whole experience is guaranteed to leave you satisfied.
My husbands eggs Florentine were decent ...
My husbands eggs Florentine were decent tasting and beautiful, though bogged down with chewy prosciutto. My broiled grapefruit was good. The pork belly sandwiches were awful. Th e pork belly itself was fine. The English muffins were soft despite toasting marks. The sandwiches were heavy and looked unappetizing. Everything was undersalted to the point where the meal was generally flavorless. I didn't eat most of it. The french toast was fine. Hot and humid inside the restaurant. I overheard someone who appeared to be a manager telling a table of acquaintances the AC was broken. The service was literally the only satisfying aspect of the entire meal.
Great New Twist on Traditional Brunch Dishes
We were seven for a Sunday brunch, six of whom were recovering from a bachelor party the night before and needed a Bloody Mary before they could focus on the menu. On the clever menu, however, were a number of tradition dishes, but with a new twist and savory flair. For example, Olivia's version of Eggs Benedict used braised beef tips instead of Canadian bacon, and they served their own version of SOS and a Willie Nelson Chicken Fried Steak, etc.
Anyway, they were packed after about 11 am, so either go at their opening at 10 am or get a reservation. Fun time, good food, great service, a little pricey.
Our Farm to Table Dining Experience
This was my first dining experience at a Farm to Table restaurant. WOW, what a difference we could taste in the food. I had a pork chop that was a very close tie to Perry's in downtown Austin. Both our dishes were incredible. The bread was so fresh is seemed like it had just been baked. The Olive Oil for dipping was definitely a step up from our normal dinners. We love to cook, we are pretty good at it and we usually buy higher end cuts of meat and fish. So, we are not chefs but enjoy a great meal. Olivia's was just an outstanding meal, ambiance and dining experience. It was also my first time using Open Table to book a reservation. That was so easy and very beneficial. Would do both again for sure!
I'd been to Olivia for brunch, and thoroughly enjoyed it. But this special dinner was a bit of a bust. Not only did the chef over-rely on potatoes, but they were so salty that I could not eat them - why? My fish was cooked beautifully, but it was served solely with those salty potatoes. My daughter's steak, bland, came with french fries, bland. Simply not impressive, especially at the price.
Solid Place to dine
Olivia has always been a favorite of mine. The service is great, the ambiance is wonderful, the food is fantastic. If there is an issue, the servers are so gracious and help out without making you feel regretful if you have an issue with the food. This is a great place to take people that are from out of town, great Austin vibe. Make reservations though!!
Food okay, very pricey
Olivia was recommended by some foodie friends. We were, however, disappointed. The staff was very friendly and the atmosphere was fine, but the food quality did not match the exorbitant price. We would not recommend this place to others.
Want to love
Farm to table concept found in architecturally-pleasing renovation/new build home on Lamar Boulevard just north of Oltorf. The menu was engaging and the wine choices were interesting and covered the essentials. And the wait staff was superb.
But my ultimate experience lacked the exhilaration of my expectation. Some examples. The cheese plate lacked a fourth cheese for a party of four. And the carb option dominated the plate. But the selections were delightful. The honey presentation was a table favorite.
The fries were plentiful to the point the full party could never find the bottom of the bowl. But it lacked somethink (seasoning?) if I need to nickpik. Our largest complaint was that the same fries repeated on the steak option two of our diners selected. There should be a distinction between the appetizer and the side. This menu result exemplified strategic failure.
All four of us expressed pleasure without conviction with their dinner choices (two steak, one salmons, and one duck confit gnocchi). My gnocchi was seasoned with duck confit for a filling dish. I love duck and gnocchi. The presentation was southern and filling. But the heaviness was not balanced with a corresponding flavor profile. It was what it was. Not bad, but not inspiring (for this price point). I felt it could have been a brunch option complete with warming flames underneath. And I so wanted to love it.
I feel my opinions and those of my clients were shared by locals since we were mostly alone at this restaurant on a busy and gorgeous Thursday evening. Never a good sign.
The owners and management clearly want to deliver a sophisticated urban local food concept. They have all the ingredients. But the plate refuses to cooperate at least to this reviewer's one night escapade down Lamar with out of state clients. But I also want to be wrong so please try for yourself and make your own judgements.
We've been to Olivia a few times over the years, although this was our first time coming for dinner (we are HUGE fans of Olivia's brunch and have brought many out of town visitors for it). Well, like their famous brunch, dinner was just as delicious. I got a duck main dish, and it was delish. My husband ordered the steak frites and liked them. You must get their pommes frites. Not the healthiest option, but they are so crispy and delish. Plus, they make their own ketchup rather than serving that funky bottled stuff. Yum!
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