Little Barrel and Brown

Little Barrel and Brown

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Phone: 5125821229x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a small room adjacent to the main dining room, that can accomodate up to 16-20 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Jennifer Walker x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Annie
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: There is parking available directly in front of the restaurant, as well as a lot directly behind the restaurant. There is also street parking available on Annie, and East of congress.
A word from Little Barrel and Brown
Little Barrel & Brown is an American grill set in a beautiful classic setting. We are serving up creative American cuisine, using fresh and local ingredients.
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Little Barrel and Brown reviews from OpenTable diners
42 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (23)neighborhood gem (21)romantic (12)special occasion (11)hot spot (11)great for brunch (10)good for groups (10)late-night find (6)notable wine list (6)vibrant bar scene (5)great for lunch (3)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Getting better and better
    RickVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Have been here 1/2 a dozen times and it just gets better. And the bar is improving, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good vibe but limited menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Really liked the drinks, food was creative (flatbread) and good, but the menu is too small and the options didn't thrill me. I love Boticellis and the owner is nice, I just wish there were more options. If the menu was larger/ broader I would go back all the time. As for now I will just keep going back to Boticellis! :)
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loud and just OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This is my third visit and I have yet to be impressed with Barrel & Brown. As much as I would like to recommend it, I simply can not. The restaurant was extremely loud, making it difficult to carry on a conversation with a person across the table without having to yell at them. The service was good, but the food was just OK. The food was cooked as ordered, but the presentation was less than what I would expect for the price. There are a lot of restaurants in downtown and near South Austin that provide a better menu offering and environment for the price than B&B.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food, service and ambiance were all great. The acoustics were horrible. The restaurant was only half full, but neither of us could hear a word the other was saying.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • menu is eccentric but fancy
    harelinefracture
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    the first thing I noticed was that the place was empty. but I do live and dine in soco, so I know that business traffic is fickle. it was a saturday night but still, you never can tell. I appreciated the fact that the place was not so loud like a nightclub, as I was in an important meeting. I was so glad we chose to go there. the service was great and the menu was sparse, a sure sign that anything you order will be good. the waitress was able to suggest the perfect cocktail for me. I was lusting after my companion's sides, so the waiter brought me a monkey bowl of celery root slaw (to die for!)! this is a place to take someone from out of town to impress them, that's what I did.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Nice place but the tables are to close to each other.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good service, small portions
    mimosaluvr
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We went there for brunch. Our service was fantastic. However, the food was mediocre and the portions small. My friend had the chicken and waffles, which was too expensive for the portion. This is something I could have made. I had the truffle potato and eggs. It was decent. Again the portion was small. I think they should have one more eggs on it. My other friend had the duck hash. This was pretty good, but again the portion was small. I left hungry. I did however, really enjoy the grapefruit mimosa.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Underwhelmed.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Way overpriced for what it is...nothing special. The fried chicken was good but came with a about two tablespoons of slaw and nothing else. Arugula salad was unremarkable.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Brunch
    mblair
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I Came here on Sunday for brunch with some friends, the chicken and waffles were amazing and so was the service! Will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    LuvATXfood
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Don't miss out on this new(er) place. Great food, service and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Brunch Experience
    Whit517
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    I read about this place a few times recently and finally decided to check it out. We were promptly greeted and sat. The waitress was sweet and quick to answer any questions. Decor is cute and trendy, lots of exposed light bulbs and details like the antique style vent covers were nice. Food was amazing. We had the red potato dish with blue cheese, tons of flavor and the guanciale - pork salami - added a nice crunch! Lots of poached eggs on the brunch menu. Also tried the steak with red wine sauce - more like a gravy. Had a side of bacon and I must say, it absolutely melted in my mouth. Overall both dishes were great, pricing on mimosas was fair and the overall visit was lovely. Can't wait to come back for happy hour or dinner soon!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and Service
    BillrVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The restaurant gets better and better. The service was friendly and knowledgeable .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed..
    Louson
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I was very excited to dine at Little Barrel & Brown but my experience was ruined when we waited more than 35 minutes for our food. Food was okay.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Delicious cheeseburger! Lovely staff. Overall solid not pretentious.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful restaurant!
    PMR1
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    This is a great restaurant on S. Congress!! Special fan of the seafood dishes-- others as well including the hamburger. Service is super--ask for waiter Sean!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Good Start
    RickVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    This restaurant clearly has love written all over it. The owners probably didn't want to improve the decor until they were confident that they could get a return on their investment. The chef is good and probably better than I know, but have been there only once. Go for the food and the drinks and the value. Give them encouragement and some cash-flow so they can improve the ambience. Meanwhile, a good hangout for food and drink that will please you.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 38 reviews are from the Little Barrel and Brown reviews archive.
  • Restaurant Week
    doogie
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Food was hit or miss--excellent scallop, pork shoulder, fish, vegetarian entree, but cold squash soup and tomato/strawberry/ricotta salad not quite working. Avoid the wine "pairing," which was a complete mismatched flop. Service was poorly timed and seemed a bit confused, even on an only moderately busy night. Nice space, hopeful some of the kinks will be worked out next time.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find!
    Austin
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Very happy with the food, service, and experience! Fried green tomatos were fantastic! Presentation of all food was spot on.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Austin Local Restaurant
    where2eat
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Great food! Great Service! Cool decor and atmosphere! Great for groups of 6-8 people.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bb
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Food was ehhh. Waited forever for service. Tables are really close so you hear hear the neighbors convo
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • First Visit
    MasVino
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    We had a very warm welcome when we arrived and our table was ready. We specifically came for ARW. Our server was very friendly; although new so unable to provide recommendations. We started with the Mussels app off the main menu and they were delicious! The Quail and Scallop starter for ARW were both great. The tomato and strawberry course was one of my least favorites. Although nice and light, it was mostly tomatoes and not all were ripe in my opinion. The Snapper was cooked well and tasted great. They were out of Pork, disappointing. The Hangar steak was undercooked and the dish was underwhelming. I sent back a barely touched plate but no concern from staff. Overall we had a good experience; minor improvements needed. Ambiance great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    BenLVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Food simply not good. Service so-so. Good looking space though.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable Mom's day but loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Food was creative and very, very good. Everyone enjoyed. Price Fix menu a bargain. Fun decor. We were the first table. As soon as one more table came in, our party could not hear each other from one end of the 7-top table to the other. The one complaint I have for this and so many restaurants in Austin is that they do nothing to mitigate the crowd noise. With all the hard surfaces, a restaurant quickly becomes a trying experience. I truly do not enjoy going out to dinner with anyone except my spouse or 1 additional diner because I can never hear the rest of the party. Such was the case at LB&B. But I do recommend the menu. If you have great hearing, or a small party, you will enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and a fantastic menu
    Kevin
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    An excellent dining experience-- the quality of the food was superb. My girlfriend and I often find that higher-end restaurants tend to over-salt their food, but we found that everything at LB&B was seasoned to perfection. The dishes were excellent-- a new take on old classics but never so unfamiliar as to be alienating. We had a great time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    new favorite restaurant, cannot wait to go back! everything was excellent - meal was not rushed. ambiance was perfect and everything we ate was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great brunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    I had the tofu scramble and it was delicious! I would definitely visit again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luvsavoryVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    The restaurant faced some electrical issues while we were there, but they persevered. The entree's were excellent. We had the Monkfish Special and the Red Snapper and enjoyed them very much. The "Small Bites" section of the menu really contains appetizer portions for and individual. The "Appetizer" section contains table sized servings. If I were the restaurant I might rebrand both. The desserts were awesome. Our waiter, Jacob, was excellent. Very pleasing personality and very helpful
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good
    HungryOne
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    This was my second time going to LB&B and my experience was just as good the second time as it was the first. The food was excellent and the service was top notch. The interior is lends itself as a good place to eat dinner with a date or event a small group of friends. The food and drink prices are reasonable. I've referred many people to the restaurant and will continue to do so.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little too salty..
    MTMATX
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    All 4 of the folks in my party commented how salty there food was. Even the salad. Otherwise nice atmosphere and location. Great service too.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The menu has lots of creative
    Eater
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    The menu has lots of creative twists to standards. Pickles includes turnips with fennugreek and is very good. I recommend the country pate with a bacon jam. Like I said, creative twists. The fried chicken is brined and then marinated in buttermilk with a nice crispy outside that is not heavy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AWESOME
    tigreyezVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Second visit - still very good! Service fast & efficient, really surprised by the larger sized apps making it easier to share them w a group. Cheese Fries, Beer battered Shrimp - more like bar food, but tasty! Would be good to see a few appetizer options that were not so heavy. Squash soup - 5 stars all the way! Order it! Surprised by a couple reviews about the Scallop dish: We thought it was so outstanding and delicious - we commended the chef personally! The lamb chops are also just perfectly prepared ...the kumquats a very nice compliment to them. Dessert is where Barrel is seriously lacking any menu ingenuity. Having tried them all - not one stands out as very good. Interior is stark,could use a warm up to make you feel more at home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alright experience...
    FunFoodie
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Friends from out of town came in for a visit, and I wanted to show them a cool Austin experience. The restaurant itself is very cute and has a great atmosphere. Our appetizers were great, especially the mussels and the deviled eggs. Our entrees were good, but not spectacular. I would go eat there again, but our waiter was not very attentive at all. He seemed preoccupied with his other smaller tables, even though we were ordering plenty and had a large tab. A few times I decided to give up on ordering extras, just because he never came around. Although he wasn't the greatest, we still tipped over 20% on our bill because we are also service industry folks. Oh well. You win some, you lose some.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New on SoCo
    Eatoutoften
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Had a little difficulty finding restaurant though I've lived in Bouldin for years; signage had yet to be added. I was a little surprised to find so many tables available on a Friday night. That said, service was great. I had the pork belly special served over barley with spinach and Brussel sprouts. Very good though could have been warmer. Otherwise, all was well.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative menu that's well executed
    austinrunner
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Good cocktail menu. Appetizers included beef jerky (amazing!), Gravlax deviled eggs (delicious), and fried oysters (decent). The arugula salad was beautiful & the aged brie was a really unique addition. Two had the hangar steak, and both agreed it was cooked well & tasted good, but the portion was a tad small. I had the scallops and was blown away when the orzo had chunks of bacon. Sooo delicious! The fourth in our group had the fried chicken. Thankfully it was a huge portion because she was able to share with all of us! The batter was nice and thick, not greasy at all. The highlight was definitely dessert - chocolate pudding pie was the best I've ever had. We were all scrapping the plate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting, eclectic new eatery
    BobSeekely
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Understanding that this is a new restaurant in an established location, I cut them some slack. We wanted to try this place after walking by on South Congress, saw that they were doing a booming business, looked nice and had several rave reviews on Yelp. The Kale Salad and Steamed Mussels were both very good. We docked them a star in our rating because we ordered the special, 'Roasted Pork Belly' that had been slow roasted for some 36 Hours. Arguably, we should have been forewarned by the characterization by our waiter of it as a 'wonderful bacon'. While it was presented beautifully, it was 90% fat---much to our surprise. Overall, an interesting, eclectic new restaurant---with potential. But, beware the exotic specials.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great but WAY TOO LOUD
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Really enjoyed the food, wine and decor. However, when I say too loud, I really mean it. We were screaming at each other. One of my party finally pulled out a decibel meter on the iphone and tracked the noise. It was 95 Db consistently and peaked at almost 110! For reference, google informs me that a jackhammer is 95 Db at 50 feet and permanent hearing loss kicks in at about 95. The brick walls were bare, the floor is cement, and the ceiling did not have acoustic tiles. The noise problem is probably easily fixable. When it is taken care of, I will gladly return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We enjoyed our dining experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    We enjoyed our dining experience. The ice cream served with the apple pie dessert was wonderful. We found the noise level to be too high.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brand new and popular
    Newbie
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We went on Valentine's Day and the place was packed. The hostess seemed a little flustered but seated us after we arrived a few minutes after our reservations. Wine was good, food was good, lively atmosphere made it a bit hard to carry on a conversation but we managed. We had a great time but be careful, the floors are very slick so wear shoes with some traction.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic all around
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We went on Valentine's night. It was great service, great food and a great vibe. I was worried it was gonna be pretentious, especially that night, but it far exceeded expectations. You will love this new spot.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Enjoyable & Amazing Oysters
    CupOfJoe
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My girlfriend and I attended Little Barrel and Brown for Valentine's day. The atmosphere was great, service and owner were great, and the food was very good. We had fried oysters as an appetizer and they were the best we had ever had. You have to try them. The decor is warm and inviting and sets the mood nicely. It was on the verge of loud on the inside, but it was also Valentines day and it was completely packed, the bar was full, and people were waiting near the entrance. The 2 top seating is pretty close together, like the Lake Austin Magnolia or the Drag Madam Ma'am's but it ended up being nice because we met a couple from Ohio that was delightful. We will definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.