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CRAVE - Austin
CRAVE - Austin

CRAVE - Austin Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://cravetexas.com/
  • Phone: (512) 469-0000
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday 10am-10pm
    Monday- Wednesday 11am-10pm
    Thursday- Saturday 11am-11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Sushi
  • Executive Chef: Frank Johnson
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 34th
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from CRAVE - Austin
CRAVE Restaurant was built out of a passion to create a dining experience unlike any other. A dining experience where quality, locally sourced food, chic atmosphere, and diverse choices offer guests the opportunity to create their own unforgettable dining experience. The energy of the restaurant is all encompassing–the buzz of guests and staff, the warm and open design, the modern sushi bar, the fresh spin on American cuisine with seasonality, and the sense of discovery around every corner. A CRAVE guest will leave knowing they experienced just the right mix of sophistication, entertainment and service in what can only be defined as The CRAVE Experience.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Many choices, gluten free, kids meals, etc. Food was great but expensive for what you get. We both felt they need to have some sort of vegetable with the entrees. It is the meat and starch. Nice place but on the expensive side."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Excellent spot for having a first date or couples looking for good food, a vibrant bar, lots of options on the draft menu, and an excellent staff."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Very cool place. Cool environment. Good food. Had a very wide variety of food and everything was tasteful"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "our office has made about 4 times to Crave for lunch and every time it takes for every to take our order and then to be served. We were at the restraunt 40 minutes and still had not received any food. We had made our food choices quickly, we only have 1 hour for lunch, and took for ever for the waiter to take the order. The food is good but there are several times we have thought about going there and decide not because of the slow service."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Think PF Changs with lower quality service and food but more expensive. There are plenty of other great places in Austin so I wouldn't waste your time here. I asked for a small substitution from the menu and was told that the menu is served as is. The cooked salmon dinner I ordered was completely raw in the middle. I told the server and there was no effort to correct it."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "We (2 couples) had a fine time last Friday. We just stopped by for a quick dinner before a show and Crave delivered."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We have eaten there a few times and the service is always outstanding. We have small children and are part of the early crowd but they have a great mix of menu items, all kinds of patrons, and we are always pleased with the experience!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I wanted to really like this place, but it was pretty hard to order sushi rolls that cost $17. I hear they have a promo Monday - Wednesday that is 1/2 price sushi. Perhaps try that."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Crave's patio is dog friendly and we appreciate the care and attention that our servers gave our puppy. She promptly got a bowl of water and treats as soon as we have settled in our booth. We love that Crave set-up a water dispenser /bowl on the curb even for non-dining pets. Great patio for brunch and late night meals specially during the summer."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "CRAVE has great food and an expansive menu. Service was attentive and helpful. It would be great for a large group party with a group of people with eclectic food tastes."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Great food and fantastic service! Couldn't ask for a better dining experience."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Interesting décor. All five in our party were very pleased with the food, which included the lamb hamburger, the chicken stir-fry, sushi, flat iron steak, and a soup and flatbread combo. They have miniature desserts, which were perfect for our party (salty caramel mousse -- yum!) and they brought my sister a complimentary s'more brownie for her birthday. The service was a little slow -- I thought it was great not to be rushed, but my mother was impatient. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Lots of choices. Very happy with the atmosphere and service. Food was tasty and served in a timely manner."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This is my second visit to Crave. The first time I went with 2 friends for happy hour. This time I was with 2 different friends for lunch. Both times were outstanding. The food was great, the service was wonderful and the ambiance is very nice. All 4 friends agreed and we're planning future trips there. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone-- it covers all bases no matter what your occasion! I look forward to fall when the weather is pleasant-- their patio is grand!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "My daughter and I went for lunch. They were serving brunch only. There was a variety of options available. Food was good. Setting was nice. We both loved the lights in the restaurant."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "This was our second trip and we are glad we took it. Staff is very friendly and seem to enjoy being there. Food is outstanding. Wines are very reasonably priced. We will make this one of our go to spots."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This restaurant will probably be closed in a year. The food was similar to TGI Fridays and the classic cocktails probably appeal to the 21 - 25 year old people."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "In a town with so many great local restaurants, a chain, especially a higher end chain, really has to stand out. Crave did not. We all ordered something different and the only thing that got a strong recommendation was the Mac and Cheese. My shrimp and grits (seasonal) were well cooked, swimming in so much sauce I could barely taste the shrimp or the grits. Sauce should enhance, not overwhelm. My husband had the meatball and said it was fair. My friend left most of her chicken and waffles on her plate. My wine was no more than 3 ounces. Then tried the white sangria which was way too sweet. Plus TVs in the bar? Not exactly conducive to a nice night out with drunks cheering the baseball game. Waitress was best part of evening."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The food was good here for lunch and it was fun to talk with the chef. We had the baked crab artichoke appetizer which was delicious. Then we tried the creole burger and the turkey burger. They were both excellently prepared and presented. We also had a specialty cocktail and a beer. Everything was foodie quality but over priced. Lunch ended up being over $50 for the two of us."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We enjoyed our meals and our overall first-time experience at Crave. Other reviews I've seen online had included mention of questionable feelings regarding the eclectic, theme-less menu, and a kind of amateur quality on the part of the waitstaff. These did not bother me -- if anything I found both had a kind of charm. "User-friendly postmodern", with an emphasis on the "friendly," might be one way to characterize things there."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The sushi was just so-so and overpriced. Our waiter for the evening shared, perhaps after his third "mistake" that he'd recently returned from a few weeks off and was on 3 medications. We asked for the Holy Guacamole roll and he brought out guacamole and chips. Understandable, but when the check arrived, we were charged for both. The tab had to be redone twice and still was not right. The manager interrupted our conversation and went on an on talking about a Crave membership, which we'd already stated we weren't interested in. When the pen didn't work, I took this as a sign to not fill out the card for them. All in all, a disappointing experience."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Great food, excellent service,and good atmosphere!!! Great for a romantic night out or enjoying dinner with the family."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We went for girls night out and sat at the Chef's table. It was very fun and the food from the menu was good. So, I returned with my family for Father's Day brunch. The brunch was subpar for the price. The prime rib was pretty good and my kids liked the Mac and cheese. I was disappointed that I had chosen Crave for such a special day."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The restaurant and patio are great, but I felt like I was more in a casino buffet than a restaurant for brunch. The decor is really nice, but many of the facets were out of place, like a full bar at the entrance, next to a omelette bar, next to a buffet line, with a glass wine room. It was like saying, "here's four awesome things that we'll just jumble together". Then, it was nothing more than a bland buffet, there were no risks taken, nothing out of the ordinarily exquisite in taste. It just was. The decor suggested a sophisticated environment, but the kids running around the dining room took away from that. The bright lighting, mood, and lack of menu suggested Luby's rather than exclusive downtown dining. I really wanted more."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Had a wonderful meal at CRAVE. Good food combined with good service. I recommend it. We will go back."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The menu was all over the place. The food was however well executed. Flavor profiles could be worked on. Again, the menue went from sushi to flat iron steak so I think if they focused on a more cohesive menu it would be better. Dessert was great."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The food was excellent, we had a new waiter so service was a little sketchy but she tried hard. The steak was amazing and the wine list was excellent, but the overall feel seems like a large sports bar not a high end restaurant. I would however come back with a large group of friends."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Location is great, outdoor area makes a great place to people watch. Food is presented amazingly, and for the most part the place is good. We waited 10 minutes prior to getting served though. Soft shell crab was a little fishy tasting, but entrees and desserts were incredible. The S'mores brownie is one of my top five desserts I ever tasted - incredible!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The front patio is wonderful, large but also private at the same time. Inside is beautifully decorated and very charming. The food was really great and the staff were so friendly, truly and Austin Gem!!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Downtown for an early evening dinner before theater. Enjoyed Happy Hour before dinner...great flat bread! Dinner was ok....my ahi tuna was cooked too much and dry. The redfish was excellent and we liked the sides. Probably will try again at some point."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "The food was very good and our waitress was actually fantastic (great personality, attentive). The outside of the place is somewhat "Scottsdale like" with lots of outdoor seating. Where I struggled with is that they seem a bit lost from a positioning standpoint. By that I mean they are very functional (good, service) but to survive, it would seem they need to claim more of a niche or expertise at something. The menu had a little bit of everything from sushi to steak but not sure what they do really well. I suspect what they do well is serve groups and business lunches because they are right next to convention center. All in all, pleasant which is good. As a marketer, I was thinking they should "own" somethign for their own survival. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Food and service was terrific. A bit on the loud side, but won't deter my patronage."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Crave was good, but not great. Austin has so many great, unique local restaurants, that it's tough for a chain to come in and work. The menu is interesting, but the recommended flat iron steak was not very good. Sushi was average. The server had lots of positive recommendations, but we felt all of the food was decent, but not great."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We loved it. We went there for lunch and the variety and quality of food are amazing!!! We will go back again :)"
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "First time to Austin and we found this gem near major hotels. Great buffet and mimosas. Friendly staff"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "While everyone's meal was great, the most impressive part of the dining experience was that one of our friends is Gluten Intolerant and there is a HUGE Gluten Free Menu. She was so excited to be able to eat Gluten Free Pasta (made with Rice). When the meal arrived (it included Shrimp) my friend had to return the dish to the chef to make sure that it was in fact Gluten Free because it tasted so good. It turns out it was. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Crave has great food and ambience. The service is struggling a little bit, but our waiter was really great when he came to the table. we had the yellowtail jalapeño sashimi to start which was magnificent! I had ahi Tuna from their Gluten free menu which was delicious and my husband had the seafood crusted steak which came out at the wrong temperature, but they immediately took it back and redid it for him. They also comped us a glass of wine and offered free dessert. Once it came out right it was fabulous. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Poke appetizer was great! The filet mignon was fan-freaking-tastic and the mashed potatoes were amazing. I really didn't think either could be elevated to such a high level. I mean it was steak and taters, but this was truly a great meal. Almost forgot the happy ending; the creme brûlée was super! "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "The food was amazing! We saw it on the website and thought we had to try it. Our servers were very friendly and paid very close attention to our needs. Price was very fair for the taste and quality of the food. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "A friend & I tried CRAVE for restaurant week & were very glad we did! The food was excellent, the service attentive & perfect outdoor dining area (other than occasional sirens from the nearby fire station!). There were very few customers which we hoped was due to it being a Monday, as this restaurant definitely deserves a chance. We had selections from both the sushi & the American menus, and neither disappointed. Portions were huge so easily could be shared. Please give CRAVE a try - you will be glad you did!"
    Dined on 5/19/2014