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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 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Diner Reviews
  • "the carillon's menu is sophisticated and ambitious but not fussy or pretentious. each dish is well executed and well presented with layers of flavor unfolding with every bite. it is always a pleasure to dine here and i've never been disappointed. given the high caliber of the staff, that will only happen if the concept of the restaurant changes."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We've been coming to Austin for five years given our daughter attending college, and this has to be one of the best dining experiences we've had in this "foodie" city! We've already made several recommendations, and we'll be back. Ask for Table 46 (I think), in the middle of the restaurant, in view of the kitchen. Perfect spot!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Order the Pork Belly. I've been to the Carillon probably 3-4 times in the past year and have always had a great experience. Staff is amazing, and all food it top notch. Order the Pork Belly. It's always surprising to me that when I mention the Carillon to friends in town how many are still yet to try it. I need better friends. The place looks and feels very formal, but the entire crew working there all have wonderful personalities and combine culture with elegance. Last time, I was with a group of three and we ordered everything on the menu (all the items), and did a wine pairing. It made me feel like Columbus discovering America, or at least similar to Native Americans finding Buffalo. I enjoyed the feeling. Order the Pork Belly."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We visited the Carillon after seeing an exhibit at The Blanton Museum. There is a scarcity of good restaurants in the immediate area. I had heard good things but I was very impressed. The service was formal and professional. The menu was short but the selections were outstanding. Even the taste profiles of the cheese plate were amazing. One of the finest meals I've had."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I took my 2 graduate research assistants here for a thank you and a farewell. All 3 of us will remember the evening as a perfect blend of refinement, comfort, exquisite food beautifully presented, and superior wine we had never imagined existed. We decided on the 4 course dinner, with a recommendation by the wait-person to not choose desert as one of the 4, but to order one dessert for all of us to share at the end of the meal if we were still able to eat anything. So 2 of us had 1 starter and 3 mains; the other had 4 mains. Brilliant!!! The sommelier understood that we wanted a wine we would remember, not one that would just blend well with the food. Perfection there, too. And we did share a desert, with advice from a dessert expert."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "French wine by the glass, ahi tuna, prawns from Spain, fig and cheese plate and a spicy pineapple dessert from the Caribbean merged into a a fine dining experience. The half-priced, smaller portions are quite sufficient if you choose the fixed price offerings at the Carillon Room. If you're very hungry order the full entree. As always, this restaurant's service is warm, welcoming and educated as one would expect at the University of Austin. You have to go off the well-worn downtown paths in order to find the Carillon. That's a good thing. Avoid the traffic and the parking space shortage. The Carillon is elegantly tucked away at the AT&T Conference Center."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Last Saturday four of us went to the Carillon. Although we ordered different items, all were excellent. The two bread selections were luscious. I ordered the four-course dinner and chose one from each course (salads, main, cheese, dessert). All were beautiful and delicious. Our wine, from their wine "book," was fine, as were the additional individual wines. Specifically, they offer large and small portions so you do not have to share. Their cheese plate was creative, with perfectly matching tastes. The wait staff was exceptional, including the sommelier. The ambience was perfect for an adult evening experience, and we did not have to wait for a table. Our meal was not inexpensive, but it was memorable and an excellent value."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The host was congenial, the atmosphere one of casual elegance. The open kitchen area allowed us to watch as food was plated; that was a nice touch. I had the tasting offering with wine pairing and it was excellent. Oscar was our waiter and his recommendations were wonderful. My husband had the New York Strip, which was fabulous. The service was consistent, non-intrusive, and relaxed. This was an amazing dining experience for us."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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