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Carillon Restaurant
Carillon Restaurant

Carillon Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.thecarillonrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (512) 404-3655
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am to 10am
    Saturday and Sunday: 7:00am to 11:00 am
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am to 1:30pm
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm; reservations are available thru Open Table for dinner only.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • Executive Chef: Josh K. Watkins
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: The Carillon has 7 Private dining rooms available for groups ranging from 4 people to 80. These are available to the public for breakfast as well as dinner.
  • Private Party Contact: Lauri Taylor (512) 404-3689
  • Special Events & Promotions: We look forward to having your family join us for our
    Spring Sunday Brunch, April 20!
    Seatings are available from 10:30am-2:00pm
    $65++ adults, $19.95++ kids 6-12, 5 and under are free

    Treat Mom to a sumptious buffet on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 11 Seatings available from 10:30am-2:00 pm
    $65++ adults, $19.95++ kids 6-12, 5 and under are free
    Moms will receive a beautiful rose when they arrive for brunch.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: MLK and University Avenue
  • Public Transit: Located south of UT campus.
    Taxi stand located outside restaurant.

    Shuttle bus available for hotel guests.
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Discounted valet available as well as free self parking with validation available in the restaurant.
A word from Carillon Restaurant
The Carillon is a New American Grill featuring familiar food with a refined twist. Rated 4 stars by the Austin American-Statesman and repeatedly included on Austin food critics’ best lists, The Carillon provides a sophisticated and relaxing dining experience for all occasions. Our award-winning culinary team, led by Executive Chef Josh Watkins, masterfully creates dishes with local, fresh, and seasonal produce and organic, grass-fed or free-range proteins. The Carillon offers a bountiful lunch buffet (Monday - Friday) and a renowned dining experience Tuesday – Saturday evenings. Whether it’s an ‘a la Carte’ dinner or a prix fixe/chef tasting menu accompanied by masterfully paired wines off our award winning wine list, The Carillon is the capital’s best kept secret.

Located on the southwest corner of the UT campus at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, The Carillon delivers an impressive and memorable experience. We look forward to seeing you soon.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Husband and I had one of the best meals we have had in the past 10 years. Service was wonderful, excellent wine list and sommelier, 4 course dinner allowed us try a variety of choices. The attention to detail on every level is very impressive. We highly recommend this restaurant and are looking forward to returning soon."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We loved the whole experience. We went for my partner's birthday. The Host asked if the evening was a special occasion and upon learning about the birthday, poured a glass of complimentary champagne for us We selected the 4-course and relied on the waiter for suggestions. He asked questions about our preferences and allergies. We had 8 courses to choose, and with his help, they were all fantastic! Ahi crudo, Grilled quail, mero, carrot risoto, scallops, a cheese plate with 3 excellent cheeses and 2 desserts a pineapple something with basil sorbet, and a goat cheese croquette! YUMMY!! The entire evening was wonderful, food was great, staff was very attentive but not intrusive. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "From the greeting, to the last bite the experience all in all was great! Love the open kitchen!! Plating was nice, and food tasted amazing! Hamachi was my favorite!! The server was a little pushy when we didn't order two entrees, I understand upsaling but we were there for a lite dinner! He was still friendly thou!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Not to be snarky about Texas, but we were astonished by the quality and presentation of the food here, the friendly, attentive service, the understated elegance of the room, the civilized ambiance, and the soothing peace and quiet of the entire experience. If you are heading to Austin and love excellent, imaginative food, go to Carillon."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I was there for SXSW and after a long day, it was great to have a very nice meal paired with great wine."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We love going to Carillon for a special event, birthdays, anniversaries. Always enjoyable, food wonderful and staff special."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "I typically think of restaurants inside hotels as being predictable and uninteresting. This one is just the opposite. Amazing food done and served in a creative and interesting fashion. We were going to an event and didn't have a lot of time. The restaurant is set up with multi course options sound accommodated our needs very well. I can't wait to go back when I have more time so I can enjoy the multi course options. Certainly one of the best restaurants in Austin."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Quiet, cozy, low light, well dressed serve staff, well trained serve staff, delicious food, well timed food service, wonderful wine selection… I could not have been happier! The chef is creative employing flavor combinations that make your tastebuds dance. Have already recommended to several friends."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Even if it is a bit hidden within University of Texas, Carillon's food is excellent and the space is gorgeous with its high ceilings and rounded archways. The service that night seemed a bit clumsy, even with only few people in the restaurant. We found it a bit strange that the staff would sit a single diner at a table directly next to our table even though there was no one else in that section. A visit to Carillon requires some planning if you do not have a vehicle, due to Austin's notable lack of public transportation."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Our waiter, Eric, was amazing at helping us with the food selections! He was very knowledgeable and gave us the best advice for the wonderful pairing of foods! It was a beautiful evening for the best food and the best service we have had in a long time!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "The entire experience at The Carillon was exceptional. From the time we were greeted and seated by maître d John to our final sip of coffee, we were treated to excellent service by the entire staff and our server Carolyn. Chef Watkins’ menu concept and execution of the dishes by the kitchen was delicious. The Carillon and the staff are great. We'll be back."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Every dish our table ordered was delicious! We all had the four course tasting and chose a variety of dishes so that we could try a lot of things on the menu and none of the dishes disappointed. The service was fantastic. They all worked as a team to cater to us and make sure we had a memorable dining experience. The chef even sent out a complementary amuse bouche which was a perfect start to the dinner. It was a delicious cucumber avocado soup that was a perfect setup for the food that was to come. Highly recommended"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Furnishings were like the food: unusual, functional, understated. Wine list was daunting until the author of said same offered his assistance. Great wine with very creatively constructed, meticulously prepared and served food selections. Pace of service was just a tad slower than expected but this may have been by design to support an unhurried special event."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Our son made a reservation for us as we are new to Austin. We were celebrating our anniversary and he made it extra special with this reservation! The food was wonderful! We would recommend to anyone looking for great food and enjoyable dining experience!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Incredible service, superb food and top notch cocktails. We all got the prefix choose 4 dishes for $50 and shared. I don't think any of us had a bad bite of food all night. The staff (from the maître de to the waiter to the food runners) was just amazing. Very knowledgable and attentive without being annoying. Professionals. We will definitely be back for a special occasion in the future. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I love this place! We opted for the four course meal and were not disappointed! It was the perfect amount of food even though the waiter said the courses are small. The pork belly was unbelievable and the New York strip was amazing! Dessert was on an entirely different level than the already excellent entree. I ordered the chocolate ganache which was covered with a layer of peppermint and chocolate rocks. I will definitely return to his hidden gem of a restaurant. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "No doubt one of, if not the best dining experiences I have ever had. I would have to think long and hard to recall something that wasn't absolutely perfect. I did the four course meal, starting with grilled romaine which was fabulous. Followed that with the Steak Tartar, then moved on to the Meso which was an excellent Sea Bass dish and then tried the Lamb chops. For desert, I had a goat cheese croquet with Sorbet -- I'm not much of a desert person, but this was really mild and not too sweet which was very enjoyable to me. The waiters were great, so very considerate and knowledgeable and the atmosphere was delightful, very nice for a special evening with whomever you are there with. I can not recommend The Carillon enough. Please go! "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "We went there for our daughter's graduation and the food was not up to what we expected for the price. The steak our son ordered was woefully undercooked."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "This was our first time at Carillon and it was outstanding. The service we received from Oscar and the maitre d was excellent. The maitre d came and talked to us after the meal and when he found out that my husband's birthday was in a few weeks he poured us each a glass of champagne. The interior is so tastefully done, with a real sense of history. The food was really top notch from the Thai Hamachi to the lamb, then an excellent cheese course and chocolate ganache dessert. It was a very lovely, grown-up meal."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our evening at Carillon. The 4-course menu was perfect!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We were very excited to try Chef Josh Watkins' food for the first time and it did not disappoint. The flavors and textures were thoughtfully exquisite without being fussy. We will definitely be back to celebrate special occasions."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "A huge thumbs up to the lovely Carillon Restaurant in the AT&T Center, the nicest place to eat anywhere near the UT campus! This is not your typical hotel restaurant, but a beautiful and serene oasis on the UT campus w/ a sophisticated menu. Each of our courses was creative and delicious and truly one of the best meals I've had in Austin...and I've been eating here all my life! The staff was attentive, knowledgeable, accommodating and friendly. It is a calm place that is great for groups or those wishing to have an elegant meal and actually hear each other talking. It would a wonderful spot to celebrate a special occasion! "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "This is one of our favorite special event restaurants. The food is always top notch, the atmosphere is quiet and elegant."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I highly recommend this restaurant. The large arches and open kitchen set the stage for a lively dining experience. We began with the hamachi that was unbelievable. Then i moved to the grilled romaine salad and rack of lamb. Others at the table had Mero, prawns or NY Strip ( I tried a taste of the strip and it was fabulous). Several chefs cook the products well, what distinguishes this place is the sauces. They added some much flavor, but not over powering, that we were still talking about it the next day. We paired this with a great Syrah from Shafer called Relentless that perfect. I give high praises for the chef, wait staff and experience. My only complaint is they didn't have espresso, but I'm still coming back!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Great food, well prepared and innovative. Great atmosphere. Perfect atmosphere for conversation. Attentive -- but not too attentive -- service. Overall a wonderful experience. A gem inside the UT hotel!"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "My husband and I had a fabulous dining experience while celebrating our 30th anniversary. The food, service and ambiance were all excellent. This was our first time at this restaurant and we will go back. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "It is a very nice place, with delicious food. I had some friends visiting from another country, and everybody was very pleased and impressed. My only complain is that the 5-course and 7-course dinners were not available. It was a big disappointment. I work in UT and went during the day to ask -in person- about these menus and I was offered the option of these 5 and 7 courses. Unfortunately, it was a slow night and the restaurant decided on the spot to have only the 4 course menu. The quality of the food was great, and at the end was a very pleasant experience. We have to come back to try the other options. We ended up paying 560 for 6 adults, including some nice California wine and cocktails. We felt that it was a great deal!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "After due diligence hunting for a great place to dine while stopping in Austin for one day of business, we choose Carillon (Named after the bells in the UT bell tower) at the UT conference center. Everything on the menu sounded great so we went with the 7 course chef tasting. I really appreciated the regional influences throughout the meal. Our table had a kitchen view; the team worked quietly and efficiently ( no television theatrics here) to present our meal with enough time to savor each presentation and enjoy conversation, but not so long between courses to loose our appetite. The whole staff was knowledgeable and personable. The service was superb. This is one UT destination this Aggie will visit again."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "We dined there the first week of their new tasting menu. The new menu was a great surprise. Lots of fun. The pricing was a bit expensive, but we expected this, and it was worth while."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "This was probably the best dining experience we've ever encountered. We did the four course dining and it was perfect. Very romantic setting. The staff was amazing and the food was even better."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The quality of ingredients and skilled applied to them at Carillon is impressive. This is a great choice for a relaxing fine dining evening. We chose the 7 course option, it took about 3 hours. We enjoyed every bit of it. Fantastic fine dining experience."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Food overall fantastic. As New York City foodies (food snobs I suppose) we were impressed. Mero to die as was the porkchop, mussels, bacon and eggs and hamachi. Even the spinach salad was lovely - not overly dressed, great combo of the toasted pecans and maple. Only downside was the dessert. While stunning appearancewise, both failed on taste. Sponge cake bland and overwhelmed by the sorbet. What they called panna cotta was so not -- and very bad with the blue cheese. Overall though, no complaints as the rest of the meal was amazing."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "An outstanding dining experience. My wife, a friend and I ate here before a concert in the area. My wife had the miso marinated mero and loved it. My friend had the N.Y. strip steal and asked for it medium rare; he thought it was a little too rare and said he would probably ask for it medium if he had it to do over. I had the pork chop with cherry polenta; the pork chop was very good as well. We shared a bottle of Ben Marco Malbec which was good enough that both my wife and my friend commented on how much they liked it. For dessert, we had the panna cotta, crème brulee, and the chocolate and banana terrine. And, once again, were excellent. In addition the service was superb; attentive but not obtrusive. Excellent knowledge of the menu."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This is my absolute favorite Austin restaurant! I love it even more that most people haven't heard of it. It is a true gem! We have been on three special occasions and plan to continue to do so."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Their mero is a great fish dish and very unique. Even the spinach salad was memorable. The option to select 3 dishes for $50 is great value. Loved the crab salad, the smoked pork chop. Service is great from the host (John, I think) all the way through. Very gracious. Corn fritters for dessert yesssss please. Wine selection superb and well priced."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Whenever we take in an exhibit at the Blanton, it is an "excuse" to dine at Carillon. Although the high open area is not the coziest, the staff is amiable and the room becomes welcoming. The food shows an art too, without being excessively avant garde. They know that a good steak should be cooked to perfection(seared with a delicious rub) . The accompaniments on my plate, humble broccoli and fingerling potatoes, were so tasty. The escabeche also was the best pickled vegetables ever. I did not ask the others at my table if they enjoyed their meals as I could tell from the silence that all were immersed in their own foodie heaven. Dessert of corn fritters on lime curd, like donut holes, and salted butter ice cream was outstanding."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "The food at this restaurant is absolutely stellar. From the Amuse Bouche all the way through to the dessert corn fritters our taste buds were treated to the most decadent flavors. The lamb was probably the best entree I have ever consumed in my life. My partner and I now have a newfound love for food after this night. The waitstaff were very friendly and prompt, and the sommelier was very knowledgeable and helped us pick out the perfect wine to pair with our food. I would eat here every day if allowed."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "The food was excellent, the first courses are very nice and presented so nicely followed by the main courses. The Caesar salad was superb. The scallops and sea bass were also very tasty"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "This was truly one of the best meals I've ever eaten, and my husband felt the same way about his selections. All of the food was prepared perfectly, and the plates had a delicate balance of flavor that you rarely run across. The meats and fish were outstandingly fresh and tender. The cocktails were made to order - fabulous. The service was excellent as well. If I could make suggestions about The Carillon, it would be that the wine/bar list is unnecessarily huge and overwhelming (and we are wine people), and the service is a bit formal and stiff. I understand the service being what it is - if it wasn't that way, snotty people might complain. But I think it's Austin and people want a little humor with their meals."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "This is one of our favorite restaurants in Austin that absolutely always delivers an incredible dining experience. The service is extraordinary, John remembers us and our favorite table. Patrick always has a special wine to recommend and if you are lucky enough to have Oscar as your waiter you will have amazing service Josh's team delivers creative dishes that will have you coming back for more. Highly recommend"
    Dined on 3/8/2014