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Blackbird and Henry
Blackbird and Henry

Blackbird and Henry Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.blackbirdandhenry.com
  • Phone: (512) 394-5264
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, British
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 31st St.
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Blackbird and Henry
Throughout his 35 years as a chef and restaurateur, Chef Schmidt has visualized opening a comfortable, neighborhood restaurant designed for guests to gather and relax while enjoying a collection of his favorite and award-winning dishes and imbibing on carefully selected spirits, wines and ales.
<br>"Blackbird and Henry is a place to hang out and unwind after work, gather with friends for curry and pint night, and enjoy quality food," says Chef Schmidt. "My Austin regulars from Café 909 will find a few of their favorites on the menu along with new twists and surprises that I hope will delight a wide variety of guests."Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "great meal! my only complaint was how the special was described, and what i actually received. After our server told us about the compressed watermelon salad, i knew i had to get it. In reality, i received a salad of tuna plus (4) pieces of watermelon. I am sure this was a lot more than what we expected to pay for a salad (as my parents were treating). I am not a huge tuna fan, but forced myself to eat it so i didnt waste any food. I would suggest saying that tuna was apart of the salad, and not in fact just a watermelon salad."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Took my husband and son and we all loved the restaurant! It will definitely become part of our restaurant circuit!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "I like this place. I've been a few times. The Lobster and sweet corn orzo is incredible. The Lamb meatballs are great. For dessert, the frozen pistachio parfait is not to be missed. The ambiance of the place is nice, but laid back and not too noisy. Now, my one criticism is this - stay away from the pork loin. I could have gotten a better dish at Luby's (no offense to Luby's). The salad was straight from a bag and the pork loin had the consistency and flavor of shoe leather, and there was no sauce of any kind to help choke it down."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "A+ for cocktails (inventive ingredients, great balance, and presented well). B- for food (fresh ingredients, cooked well, but seriously lacking in flavor and presentation). C for service (we sat at the bar and the bartender was incredibly rude and snotty .. she seemed to hate us from the moment we sat down). I would give this place a second chance, most likely for happy hour since the cocktails were so good."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Close to central Austin neighborhoods and the university, this restaurant is low-key and seemingly out of the way, but with serious food and fabulous service. A great bar, and two dining areas, plus tables along the sidewalk, make this a wonderful place to dine and linger."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We went on Saturday night for an early dinner, first time diners, and were impressed with the layout and the vibe of the restaurant. Ample parking in the garage under the restaurant. We went for cocktails first, the list of specialty cocktails was weak, but the options were extensive so if you know what you like you should be all set. We then ordered a bottle of wine; prices were very reasonable and the list was extensive. Loved the long list of great Rosés for the summer. Food was great, everything we got was really delicious. Seafood fideo was flavorful but baby octopus were chewy. Pork belly was killer! Beef tartar was delish, flavorful and loved that the quail egg came on top in the shell. Would definitely go back again and will soon!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Been trying to come here for awhile, and well I finally did! Putting in a reservation was easy I even had to make a change an hour before and still was easy. Our waitress was awesome (I already forgot her name but she stuck out because she has yellow hair!) she knew her menu very well, kind, and good smile. Food was perfect, good portions, and flavors. As a chef it's hard to impress and make recommendations but since my visit I've told everyone I know! I'll be coming back. Thanks again for the perfect night out!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "This was our first visit, during Eat Out for Good week. The dishes are somewhat small for sharing but you definitely get to try more things that way. The one that still stands out in my mind is the Curried Prawn Kedgeree: a variety of flavors and textures paired perfectly. I look forward to returning for "Curry and a Pint" night."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "First time here ... Have read all the recent reviews in Austin's magazines and the newspaper, so I expected a lot. For the most part, B&H delivered! We tried the rabbit/duck pate appetizer special ... wonderful!! We followed with the seafood fideo ... the seafood was great, but the pasta was a bit dry and cold, the sauce was average; we ate the seafood and left the pasta. We shared the leg of lamb as a main course ... the BEST lamb I have ever had. Perfectly cooked and the mint/garlic mix on top was delicious! The vegetable side dish was cold and not very flavorful. We also shared the pistachio parfait for dessert ... Divine!! Overall, a good experience, some misses but mostly hits where it counted. I'll give it another try!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We had the fish and chips appetizer with red fish which was amazing. I have always loved fish and chips and this was probably the best I have ever had. The batter was perfect. We then had the lamb which was exceptional. The wine list has a good selection and we had a really terrific Syrah for a reasonable price. The food isn't cheap but is well worth the price. We will be back!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Wonderful and novel taste for brunch favorites. Great service and atmosphere. Will definitely go back"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "The food was very good, but it took close to an hour to get our meal. The portions were also very small and the appetizers were not share-able portions. Our waiter was knowledgeable and friends, the food was interesting and very tasty. Overall, we enjoyed our time and may try it for brunch. Not likely to go back for another dinner."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "It was a mixed experience. Although we had a reservation, we were seated in the bar area which was very loud. Our server seemed inexperienced. When the restaurant called us to ask about food allergies and whether it was a special occasion (I'd never experience this before), I told them it was my birthday, the caller said "We'll let the server know this." Apparently he didn't have a clue and had to go ask if I got a free dessert. I loved my lamb, but my husband was disappointed with his rabbit. Atmosphere was nothing but LOUD. In short, I might go back again but my husband wouldn't."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Blackbird and Henry. We enjoyed the food and our waitress was outstanding. The menu is eclectic and may not be for everyone, but we found several items to enjoy. The type of food is hard to categorize, so we will return and try more of the very interesting options. Parking was an issue. I found the last place in the garage, but my guest had to park in the neighborhood. This may not be the norm as the garage is large."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "The menu is eclectic w/ fun variety that did not disappoint these first-time diners"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Four of us first timers went to Blackbird & Henry on a weekday evening. We all had different meals and everyone was very satisfied with their selections. not a particularly big menu but something for everyone. All well prepared and presented and reasonably priced. The chef came to say hello during the meal which is always a good touch. And, there is parking! We shall return!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We read the Austin 360 article and couldn't wait to try it. However, I was disappointed from the start. They had no special coffee drinks at the bar (Irish Coffee, etc..), the restaurant was cold and it was obvious we did not need a reservation. However, we went to the bar because we were 15 minutes early for our reservation and not seated. The food was different and good, but not enough to bring us again from South Austin. We shared a meal. It would not have been worth the price for 2 meals. The fish was mediocre, salad and corn dishes were good, but not great! The corn dish was overpowered by the Tarragon. Waiter very non-attentive. When he did come by, it was on his way to do something else."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Three couples for dinner - every thing from drinks and appetizers to dessert and coffee was spot on. Highly recommend for date night, late night, foodies!! Will not be my last time dining here....."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The house on tap in and tonic was pleasant. The more I drank the drink the more I enjoyed it. We thoroughly enjoyed the food and highly recommend it. Parking was easy. The only negative was the manner the waiter presented himself. Rather than communicating directly with my wife and I, he chose to only recognize me in the dining experience, without ingaging her."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Following the review in Austin 360 thought we'd try it out. Was disappointed to find that the main dishes described in the review were not available. So tried the rotisserie chicken which had been raved about in the review. It was very undistinguished; just ordinary rotisserie chicken. Pork belly appetizer was very good as was the featured pistachio dessert. So beginning and end were good but main was very mediocre. Don't plan to return."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I decided to have brunch on Sunday and was happy to see 1/2 priced oysters advertised on the website! The atmosphere was pleasant, light, and bright. At billing time our oysters were not 1/2 priced. I checked the website on my phone, thinking I had made a mistake. I asked the waiter about it, he said he wondered why so many people were wanting that special because it was for dinner time, not lunch. So, I showed him the website which showed lunch times above the special. He went to talk to the owner, no luck. The owner never came to talk to me, no explanation. I'm disappointed because I liked my experience and the food up until that point. I don't think it's right to pass on costs to customers when you've created the mistake on your website."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "This place has many positive aspects, but the food is just ok. Creative dishes, but was unimpressed with the flavor of many of the dishes I ate. The cocktails were outstanding and the desserts were quite good. Especially the Pistachio parfait. I feel like this place is just a bit shy of being an outstanding destination restaurant. A great way to sum this up is that I would certainly go again with a group, if I wasn't choosing the restaurant. I would not go again if I was deciding unless I heard that some changes were made."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Don't you find ut annoying when you visit a restaurant based on the menu featured online, only to discover it's different when you arrive in person... the two desserts we wanted were no longer available and that's why we chose this place. Dinner was ok, a little pricey for the portion size. Nothing on the cocktail menu was appealing at all. Not sure we'd bother returning."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "After our first visit, we were looking for a good time to return and try additional dishes. We started with oysters on the half shell. Good choices, (either Gulf or colder water, at a premium). We chose the latter. Sauces are the differentiator for a restaurant, and theirs were spot on. Lovely mignonette, a pot of freshly grated horseradish and a spicy sweet one. The salads -- smoked trout and grilled romaine. Both met or exceeded expectations. The steamed mussels had bits of chorizo sprinkled through, and were excellent. The chocolate ganache tart was delicious, served with salted caramel ice cream. Last but not least, the Texan in Paris drink was a beautifully presented, extremely tasty cocktail."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "This was our second time to visit Blackbird & Henry. Second time around was just as great as the first. Notable craft cocktail list. Super fish and veggie options. Definitely recommend."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We had a great lunch here and cannot wait to come back. We had lunch on a Saturday and there were plenty of tables available but I can't imagine it will be that way for long, this place is too good. Our server was delightful, she had great wine suggestions and answered all our questions in perfect detail. The grilled romaine salad was so yummy, I was sorry we had decided to share it, I wanted it all to myself. The burger was also yummy and the fries were perfection. We are looking forward to going back and trying more of the many delicious menu options. This would be an excellent place to take visiting friends, family, anyone who enjoys good food and a nice atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Appetizers, salads, and dessert very good. Entrees needed improvement."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We weren't expecting to have a wonderful meal and just went because it was close...we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of food, the service was great, and this is definitely a new favorite of ours in the neighborhood."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Great food, great ambience. The space is lovely! We went for brunch, and It was absolutely delicious. Service was impeccable. Price point was a bit high for portion size. ($5 for 3 pcs bacon?) The hash was amazing as well, but for $15 both of my fellow diners left hungry. We still plan on coming back to try lunch/dinner. Hope you guys do great! We need more places like this in Austin."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We have been to Blackbird and Henry several times since opening."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "risotto was delicious! salmon w/fresh tomatoes was cooked perfectly."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "took the whole family to blackbird and henry for a father's day meal. shared an outstanding selection of raw oysters, then dove into lamb, steak, mussels and a special roast pig entree. all were outstanding and disappeared quickly. only hiccup was the lack of an ipa on draft or in a can. apparently there had been a busy saturday night. we'll be back!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Our second visit was for brunch on Father's Day and it was a delightful experience. I tried the duck hash. My husband and another friend had the Pain Perdue. Our vegetarian friends had the slow-cooked oats and fresh fruit. The food was superb and the wait staff pleasant and very atentative. We can't wait to go back. This new place is definitely a keeper!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The food at Blackbird and Henry is inventive and well prepared. Portions may seem small to some diners, but they are in keeping with what you expect from a fine dining establishment. Service, especially from the bar, can be painfully slow, though friendly. Great, well lit decor."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Many positives -- Popular burger could actually be contender for best in town with a better bun...."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Cute place, good food and service. In the lower level there is a very large screen tv which is completely out of place and completely distracting. The waitress said they usually show old movies and tried one, but seriously the tables are so close to the tv that it's as if the characters are at your table. Honestly, I do not understand why all the restaurants in Austin insist on having so many tv's in the restaurant. This is not a sports bar, it's a nice restaurant with both food prices to prove it. I know, World Cup, but seriously people microwave your dinner and eat at home if you have to watch tv during dinner and shame on all these restaurants who can't let customers have a nice night out."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Happy to find this chef's restaurant again! A different ambiance than Cafe 909, less intimate, but still great food. My husband loved the chicken and my pasta dish and grilled romaine were delicious. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Wonderful addition to the Austin restaurant scene. Interiors are a mix of modern, relaxed Euro feel. The food was perfectly prepared, the TX lamb almost melted in the mouth and the roasted mix of veggies were perfectly cooked. Cast iron redfish was done simply with fresh okra and with just enough spice in the roux.Great wine selection and the "bobby burns" cocktail on tap - fabulous!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We had a wonderful experience. The staff were charming and attentive (but not intrusive). Food was excellent -- oyster pan roast and the day's ceviche were outstanding. Entrees were cavatini and the redfish -- both excellent. For dessert, the chocolate ganache tart was a great finish. A really fun touch was the big screen behind our heads -- a black and white film was playing with the volume off. We paid it no attention until near the end of dinner. It seemed familiar somehow, and after a few moments, we realized they were playing Dr. Strangelove!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Service was slow...we had to ask for someone to help us.....Food was very bland.....overall not a very good experience."
    Dined on 6/8/2014