Barley Swine
Barley Swine
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Barley Swine

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.barleyswine.com/
  • Phone: 5123948150x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Tuesday-Thursday: 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Wine Bar, Contemporary Southern, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Bryce Gilmore
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We allow for guests to rent out the entire space for private events.
  • Private Party Contact: Billy 5123948150x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Mary and Oltorf on Lamar
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Barley Swine
Find the best ingredients, and don’t mess them up! Our philosophy since we opened our doors back in December 2010. Our commitment to responsibly sourcing our products shines through the daily offerings from our local farmers and constantly evolving chef’s pre-fixed daily menu.
Welcome to our home, come on in, sit down and enjoy the food our talented kitchen creates for you. Would you like a beer or wine pairing to go with your chef’s menu? We have crafted the best pairing for each so sit back and relax, we got you covered. Would you like to pick a unique bottle of beer or wine for your party? Perfect, we have that too.
Headed by Chef Bryce Gilmore, our chefs are committed to the relationships they have with our farmer friends and sharing their bounty on every plate carefully put together for our guests to enjoy.
We now take mostly reservations but walk ins are always more than welcome.
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Barley Swine reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Phenomenal!
    SAgal
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    This was my second time at Barley Swine and I am so thrilled that everything was as great (or better!) than the first time. We enjoyed 14 delicious, beautiful and creative courses topped off with wonderful wine and beer pairings. Every course was a delight!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rarely Encountered
    GonealohaVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    If you are even thinking about going here, do not heasitate. This is a unique experience and is not to be missed. You will not find this experience many other places. I would fly back to Austin just to eat at Barley Swine, and probably will.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seasonal and cutting edge
    CarlaDenver
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We had their late spring menu which our server said was deemed one of the best they've ever created. I am a Chef, and every time I eat at this gem I learn something new. The food is both tasty and beautiful. Absolutely worth the $.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    Kelstar
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    On my list of best ever! No complaints. It's a smaller place and it's difficult to get in, but with a little advance planning it's perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as before
    goddess63
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I first ate at here several months ago and was so blown away by both the service and food I couldn't wait to return the next time we were in Austin. This time they've changed the format to a fixed price menu so not only was I forced to eat what they wanted me to, I didn't have a choice over how much I ate or what I was going to spend. There were a couple dishes that I didn't care for and wouldn't have ordered them had they still had the ala carte menu. I still think the food is some of the most innovative dishes out there, but I don't see us returning as long as they keep the fixed price "you're forced to eat 14 courses and pay for it" menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of Austin's top 3 restaurants
    VMMATX
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    I can't believe it's taken me this long to finally dine at Barley Swine. It truly is an amazing experience. All the dishes were beautifully presented and absolutely delectable. It's going to be one of my go-to restaurants for celebrations and to impress out of town foodie friends.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service!
    TheTrio
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Due to it's space limitation, we had to make reservations two weeks in advance. The wait was worth it, as we all thoroughly enjoyed the food, it's presentation, and the service. We started off the night with appetizer like plates that only teased us and made us hungrier. The second half though quenched that hunger with heavy hitters like the grilled lamb and braised rabbit (our two favorites of the 13 course meal) and then finished the night off with two dessert plates. The only drawback to this evening was that afterwards my stomach ached (while having other Un welcomed side affects) and my friends were uncomfortable gassy. Neither one of us could tell what we ate that did us in, but we we don't regret going.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    luv4Austin
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Really great restaurant. We had the wine/beer pairing with our 13 course set menu and it is the way to go! The food was unbelievable and our waiter was so friendly, the entire experience was outstanding! Can't wait to try their sister restaurant Odd Duck:)
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    unique dining exprience - excellent food and very good service. Expensive but worth it!
    Special Features:
    Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Makes Austin Proud!
    Randall
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    I have had the opportunity to have tasting menu at many fine restaurants over the years and this one rates as one of the best! Sat at the "captain's station" and watched the plates come out all night long. 13 courses on the night we dined at at $70 per person was a bargain for the quality, creativity, and taste of the dishes served. A bonus is that if you are wine lover, they will let you bring your own for a $20 corkage fee. For people like me that have a collection at home, this is a real plus. Every person who works there is energized and knowledgeable and wants you to have the best experience possible. I will definately go back next time I am in Austin!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal
    joeCVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    70 dollars for a fixed 13 courses.,great value for the quality of the foid. My son had multiple food allergies but the ched was able to accomadate him on short notice..bravo!! His favorite was the lamb as well as the crispy rabbit...mine was the uni, pasta and fish course...well worth the trip. I told the chef he reminded me of Daniel Humm and Daniel Patterson creativity and attention to detail.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great team...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    We were visiting Austin for a relaxing week. We had great food every night leading up to our Barley Swine experience. It did more than live up to our expectations. We got seated at the bar overlooking the kitchen. In my parallel universe I am a chef, so we enjoy watching professional do their thing in the kitchen. It was amazing to watch everyone do their part. This was a true team cranking out dish after creative dish. Everyone supported each other, no yelling, no screaming, just smooth precision. Our bartender Tori was a terrific companion through our meal. Helping with pairings, describing the food and have an easy going personality, even when a bottle of wine exploded on her. This place is a must try for people who enjoy food.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Retaurant in Austin
    AustinDiner
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    The food here has been amazing since it opened a few years ago. We were surprised to learn of the evolution to being a reservations only place and now a reservations and pre-fixe 13-course menu at $70pp. But Barley Swine has earned this level of distinction. The food is incredibly well thought-out and each dish is like a party in your mouth. What more could you want?
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't Go Wrong
    masatx
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    This was my first time to Barley Swine, and I'd already heard great things. They no longer offered the a la carte menu, but the prix fixe 13-course meal is unbelievable. I'm a native Austinite and I love experiencing new places in my home town. It took me a while to get to it, but I have to say that Barley Swine is, without a doubt, one of my new favorites. FYI: Price wise, it's not cheap, but it is well worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Relaxed friendly foodie heaven
    SpiralJP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Be prepared for 2+ hours of 13 tasting size plates of some of the most artful and deep/layered flavors and textures of cuisine. My business associate and I were in town for a conference and wanted a dining experience away. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly to the point of your almost exchanging phone numbers at meals end. When I'm in Austin next, I'll be back and also go to their sister restaurant - Odd Duck just down the street.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Accommodating atmosphere
    Foodie
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I advised them that I could not eat gluten or soy. They seemed totally unphased by this and came up with a very interesting and delicious stream of foods. The wine pairings were fantastic, but way too much wine for me. I had thought I was getting some modified version of the wine pairings (only half of them) based on our discussion beforehand, but I got all of them. Luckily my date was able to help me out with them. I would recommend this as a fun and very different dining experience. I love that they source their foods from local growers!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An excellent Austin find
    DanTVIP
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Chef Bryce puts forth an innovative and delicious tasting menu in a warm and inviting atmosphere. All of the dishes were interesting and delicious, service was warm and caring, and the overall value was amazing at $70 for an 8-course tasting menu. I would definitely return on my next visit to Austin.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    I loved this place. It was such a nice surprise for my Dad to be taken here. We enjoyed and savored every bit of their multi-course dinner and dessert. I enjoyed the management staff coming to talk with us and ensure we were happy with our food. One of the chefs is from Oregon, just like me!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still rockin
    atxdinerVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Changeover from the a la carte to the prix fixe was brilliant. No thinking involved except for what to drink. You sit down and an amazing food parade happens over the course of the next 90 minutes or so. All the courses ranged from good to outstanding. I love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining experience!
    cheeesefries
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    I fear change. When I heard Barley Swine was changing their menu format, I was nervous-ish. However, all fears are gone after a lovely dining experience earlier this week! Each course was exciting, beautifully arranged, and completely delicious. Every bite made us change our opinion about which course was the best. There weren't any long waits between courses despite new menu additions and we both left stuffed and incredibly happy. I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent good and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    The only reason I didn't give five stars was the lamb dish. I had two pieces that I had to spit out after chewing for quite some time. All gristle. Otherwise it was a five star experience. And personal preference -- I hate the high bar stool type seating. For a three hour meal they become extremely uncomfortable, especially if your feet can't rest on the rungs and end up dangling. Chair backs are also somewhat uncomfortable. Having said that, I would go back for any special occasion. The food and service were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Not Impressed
    NotTheOrphans
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    If I am going to pay $70/person and make reservations 1.5 weeks out, I expect a TABLE - instead we were seated at the BAR! This ruined my whole experience. Be wary of this place - the food was not even that good (used to be way better) and don't be fooled into the $40/person wine/beer pairings - its not worth it. I think that 13 courses is way too much for the average diner to handle and they come out in such rapid succession that you hardly even have time to process what you just ate. I will not be returning to Barley Swine - try Odd Duck instead (Barley Swine used to be so much cooler and better).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, service, but expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    This is a great restaurant. The 12 (or more) course meal is amazing. The beer/wine pairing is a great addition to the experience. I highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food, amazing service.
    Foodie7
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Fantastic food, amazing service. The menu is every changing and the chef is very creative in his combinations, paying immaculate attention to both taste and texture. They make it a point to use locally grown foods from Austin area farmers markets. A true gem! Plan to dine with a party of 2 (or more) as most plates are sharable, as are the tables. Small place, recommend getting reservations early (30 days in advance). The service is amazing and very Austin. While the food is at the foodie/snob caliber, their staff are very down to earth but know their menus well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A party in your mouth!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Amazing and a unique dining experience. Left me completely speechless. The food and sauces are so delishous that you need a rubber spatula and straw to grab every last bite. Can't wait to go back. Highly recommend doing the wine/beer pairing with your dinner. Make everything taste so much better. Service is friendly, passionate and super knowledgable
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meet People
    outandaboutVIP
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    We enjoyed sharing a table and meeting new people.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Blow-out Night at Barley!
    BobAustin
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Celebrated my birthday at Barley Swine on the 15th - having been there several times before, we were not disappointed! Food, Service and the overall experience were exceptional! Special thanks to Billie for making the night so enjoyable and we can't wait to be back for another phenomenal meal. Seeing the menu change as frequently as it does adds to the enjoyment of returning to Barley as your treated with great new ideas and combinations on every plate. As well, the shift to the fixed menu was a great move. Instead of trying to figure out what to pick on the menu (in times past), now you sit back and let the staff bring you each incredible taste as the meal builds to completion! There is no better meal in Austin!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Simply Amazing.
    ArizonaTimVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Visiting Austin for SXSW with another couple who are hard to please foodies and wine lovers. Our choice of Barley Swine was the hit of the week. Amazing presentations, textures and tastes. Go soon before you can't get a reservation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must-Do for gourmet-tongues
    Tereza
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    Anyone who loves Uchi or similar culinary experiences with an very nice and interesting combination of high-quality-local food and ambience HAS to try out Barley Swine. My boyfriend and I absolutely loved it AND you WILL get stuffed! :)
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent All Around
    EmilyH
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Great food, perfectly prepared. Fantastic service. Very unique meal, perfect for foodies and adventurous eaters.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular fixed menu
    SFOtoATX
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    My favorite meal, hands down. Coming from San Francisco and having travelled the world, I've eaten at several michelin star restaurants. What makes Barley Swine different to fine dining experiences I've enjoyed is their unique integration of healthy farm to market Texas/southern foods. The thirteen course fixed menu blew my mind...each food was perfectly paired with complex explosion of sophisticated flavors. My favorites from the March 5, 2014 menu: Red snapper, strawberry, black truffle; Grilled Lamb, yogurt, greenbelt onion, almond; Ham, pinto beans, chard; Hoe cakes, fermented peas, hot sauce.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Savory with awesomeness on the side
    WillieG
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    I've never had such savory and delicious food. The employees are great and every one of them were great to us. I can't say I've had better food anywhere else. Definitely a must for foodies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stunner
    Callielally
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Spectacular on every level. My husband and I truly enjoy a local gem. This exceeds expectations. Creative, sexy, sinfully tasty. Like eating art. Service excellent. A thing of wonder to see the kitchen operate like a finely oiled machine. Thank you to Gilmore's team for an incredible experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top choice
    Tonyb
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    I booked Barley Swine from Australia before coming to SXSW. A few days before arriving I discovered it was a 13 course degustation menu and would cost more than I thought it would so wondered if it was the right choice. But it was. I've eaten in top restaurants and this is as god as any. The dishes were inventive, different, subtle and full of flavour. Each one stone alone and a few were knock-outs. 1 taster, 10 courses, and 2 deserts combined with a pre dinner sparkling wine and a glass of cabernet sauvignon made for a memorable meal. The women servers were friendly, knowledgeable and professional and made for a really enjoyable night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely the best dining
    WeathermanChris
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    Absolutely the best dining experience I've had in Austin. Looking forward to round two. Thanks to everyone there for making Thursday evening special.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good Not Great
    YogaBooty
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    Ambience could have been more subtle with dimmed lights and quieter conversation. Also, the service was great, but we were not informed of the wine pairing option. I would have gladly purchased if I had been made aware. Overall, I enjoyed the restaurant and my evening because of the company I brought not the food served.
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Foodies
    Foodie
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    Always great combinations of flavors. Food is shared in single dish so you must be comfortable with style of serving.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • never disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    every experience there is amazing. Thee food, the drinks, the people....always an excellent experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Now we're living....
    VisitorFromOz
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    Thirteen courses, matched beverages, bold flavours, great service. My colleague and I celebrated at Barley Swine after a big week, and had a dining experience that was the perfect end to our visit to Austin. Put your faith in the hands of the staff, and you'll be rewarded with an education for your palate and a night to remember.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable Valentine's Day
    Eric
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Barley Swine chefs made "the best meal" my girlfriend has ever had. We both enjoyed the creative flavor combinations, striking presentation, and stress-free prix fixe menu. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.