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Olivia Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.olivia-austin.com
  • Phone: (512) 804-2700
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday: Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 2:30pm;
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International, Continental
  • Executive Chef: James Holmes
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Oltorf
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Olivia
Rich in European and Southern influences, the menu changes daily to reflect the season and goods of local farmers & ranchers.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Diner Reviews
  • "The food was amazing. The service was spot on. But even with a reservation we had to wait 45 minutes. Blah. No fun."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The ambience of the restaurant was extremely cute. The service however was lacking. Our waitress seemed disinterested in her job. We had to keep trying to hunt her down to get items we ordered. One of the girls asked her for the same juice twice and she still never got it. Also, we had to wait for over 45 minutes to get our food. Two people from our party did not their food for another 10 mins. No apologies were offered for the wait. The food however was well prepared and delicious. I would not return because Austin has such a great food scene that it isn't really necessary to put up with bad service to get a good meal."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The food was amazing - local, Austin vibe (my vegetable quiche was made exclusively from veggies from their garden out back) - with an elevated take on traditional dishes. My entree was served on a wood plank with a beautiful smear of goat cheese and a side salad with blueberry vinaigrette. Our daughter had the foie gras and loved it... my husband the pork belly, and our son in law a short rib burger (with a garlic aioli, and then house made ketchup and fries). Each entree was wonderful and the presentation was very appealing (so foodies will appreciate), but there's also a rustic quality and quantity, so hearty eaters will leave satisfied and full! Our waiter was awesome, too! We went for brunch but we'll be going back for dinner soon!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Olivia's missed the mark in my opinion. The food was OK but for the price I had much higher expectations. I hate to say it but the server had a hard time talking about the food and explaining it. The execution was average and they may need to get a new gm or chef or something. If this restaurant doesn't change something soon I doubt it will be around much longer. I was amazed it was empty on a Fri night but now i know why. Too bad---- its been on my list for awhile. I am crossing it off and going elsewhere"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "This place is honestly a new favorite of mine. The hosts were very helpful in accommodating my request to add one extra diner. While the table wasn't ready at the time of my reservation (it was only 15 minutes we waited and it was no big deal) the host staff offered on their own behalf a round of mimosas on them to make up for us having to wait. It was extremely thoughtful and we appreciated it immensely as most times it's the people who complain that are comped items. The food was consistent, delicious and arrived in a timely manner. The service is spot on. The staff seem completely genuine. My one critique would be there seems to be quite a few flys in the front of the restaurant to which people were constantly swatting."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We stopped in on a whim. Tuesday evening, quiet in the dining room. Fabulous server, terrific wine selection and a killer menu. Pear & Champagne soup w/ pigs head - SUBLIME. Also - best creme brulee in town - no kidding."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "The server made the evening! His descriptions of the food and wine added just the right amount of information. And he was quite accurate. The food was great."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We love Sunday brunch at Olivia's! The food is excellent and the service friendly and prompt. Great for Easter Brunch and super kid friendly. Love the herbs growing outside....everything is very fresh."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "My favorite restaurant in Austin. The food is really creative, beautiful and absolutely delicious! Waitstaff is knowledgeable and service is great. I've been 4 times and always love it!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We took our son to Olivia's for his 23rd birthday (his choice) and I noticed all the girls in the restaurant, which explained the noise level at Brunch. Service was good. Food was good. Good experience, would be interested in the dinner menu."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The party of four was thrilled and thoroughly enjoyed the evening. I especially liked the "train-like booths" .... nicely private. We will be back."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The experience from start to finish was awesome. I was dining alone and well taken care of which doesn't always happen. The food was great and the service top notch. Great farm to table food. This is a place everyone must visit."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Definitely for the serious foodie! Not the place for comfort food. Presentation, Flavor, and Adventure Pairing is what it is all about. Truly on the cutting edge of gastronomy."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Sadly we won't be back although the room was gorgeous and they had a cute little garden on display. Booked online for a special occasion and asked that something special be done for my wife's birthday. The message must not have gotten thru to the server. The lamb shank was dry, scallops too salty and when we asked for a beer similar to Blanche de Brussels a blueberry lager was offered. Flies buzzing in the window next to us and the chairs had seen better days. The walk across the street to Lick ice cream was just what we needed afterwards. Olivia has a lot going for it but she needs a little attention to details before we would go back. Adding "Notable wine list" to submit form."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • " We went to Olivia's for Father's Day Brunch and it was amazing! The food and the service were excellent! Will definitely come back!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Hard to choose because the whole menu is great. Took my dad there for Father's Day and he loved it. Waitress was nice and the food was delicious. No complaints, I will be back."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Visited Olivia for the first time Saturday night. The staff was very attentive and very accommodating. A gamet wine was not my liking, and was replaced at no cost by a very nice pinot noir. With respect to the food: My wife had the house salad and wagyu beef with frites. The frite were outstanding, however the beef was fatty, even for wagyu beef. Parts were inedible. I had the cheese plate and the duck. The cheese plate was fun and unique. The duck was expertly cooked, but was accompanied by small bits of cauliflower and maybe 3 brussel spouts. A more balanced presentation would have been nice. The desserts were a bit strange for our tastes. Overall, it was nice to try a modern french menu, but not at the price (about $200, including tip)."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "On two occasions, I have had a wonderful foodie meal and a great time at Olivia's -- and with 18 month old twins eating with me. The staff is so attentive to children that they made the adult experience equally satisfying. It helps that the "carrot" for the meal is a visit with the chickens in the back of the restaurant. The chef is excellent but I can't say enough about the friendly and accommodating wait staff."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Perfect for a special occasion brunch. Much more diverse menu than I expected - lots of options and selections for all tastes. Exceptional service by very attentive and professional waitstaff. A+ for atmosphere and vibe"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Great food and service! The rib eye, pork shank and rabbit were delicious "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "This place never disappoints! Amazing food as always. Very knowledgeable staff."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Too much fries... I wasn't told that... They should have let me know that both the appetizer and the main course that I ordered come with fries."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Great food and service. The servers were very attentive. The food came out quick. The food was delicious, hot and beautifully prepared. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We live in the neighborhood and often come to Olivia for a special occasion or when we want a nice dinner with special friends. Never disappoints. We appreciate the quality of the food and attention to detail in prep and presentation. Very nice room, hospitable and professional staff. Keep up the good work!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Olivia did not disappoint. We had an early reservation and sat outside in the cool evening breeze. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable, attentive, but not smothering. The brussels sprouts with hogs head was interesting. The scallops' presentation was 5 star, and they were delicious and perfectly prepared. Our server paired our wines all the way through dessert. All in all, a very enjoyable occasion to help Meals on Wheels feed those who don't have a chance to dine like this. We will be back!"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Great place and service. Not so great food. Overall, the food was way too spiced. I normally do not drink water with food but I drank 2 full glass of water because the food was salty. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "The brussel speouts were fantastic! We had the scallops served with shavings of house cured salami, which was wonderful. The creme beulee was classic and perfect. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "I liked this restaurant for the farm to table aspect. The food was delicious. I had to really interject myself to be waited on at the bar. They were doing the "we are so busy so we are ignoring you routine" but once we sat down, the service was great. I think if bartenders are busy, they should simple look at you, say hello and say I will be with you in just a minute. Hostess Staff was very friendly.:) The veggie quiche was amazing! "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Great menu for brunch with some fantastic choices (hard to make choices). Everyone enjoyed their meals though the house made lox was the star dish along with the soft shell crab benedict. Cool venue. Crowded, but never felt rushed. Service was good and thoughtful."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Went during Austin Restaurant Week and the food was excellent, the service was great, and the ambiance was perfect! Would definitely return and recommend it to anyone."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "This was my second visit to Olivia for brunch. Their menu is impeccable - it was difficult to decide what to get because everything sounds so darn good. I got the Willie Nelson plate - it's chicken fried steak, gravy, eggs, and it's supposed to come with herbed mashed potatoes, but I subbed their smoked gouda grits. Excellently spiced gravy and meat, and those grits are to die for. My wife got the brisket hash, and loved it. There were a few misses here and there that I'll chalk up to visiting on a packed Mothers Day. We were seated about 30 minutes after our reservation time. The hostess said she would replace a dirty menu, but never came back. The eggs on my dish were a bit overcooked. Still would go again."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I can't type my entire story bc it won't allow enough room for it. Long story super short: I took my mom for Mother's Day bc I wanted to treat her. Our waiter took forever to bring our drinks (over 5 minutes), messed up our order, took just the eggs back to the kitchen, while waiting for the food to be cooked the way we had asked the first time, the rest of our food got cold. My coffee also sat un-filled the entire duration of our meal. It was only after flagging down the waiter it was refilled before we left. In sumation: food cooked wrong and poor service makes me never want to return and tell everyone else what happened on the ONE DAY everyone should be on point. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Shrimp and grits was great. My daughter enjoyed the chicken coop outside. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We went there for a Mother's Day brunch. The restaurant is surprisingly bright and beautiful inside and the wait staff was superb. The food was delicious and served hot and in a reasonable time despite the rush. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I love this Farm-to-Table menu. My only regret is that these wonderful creations don't stay around for long. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "It was great. Had my sister, brother in law and another married couple in from Houston. This hit the spot and then some. Server informed us that the food was taking a little longer than usual, hooked us up with free grits, sticky buns and champagne. Shortrib burger and fried chicken were so damn good. But the deviled eggs were the highlight, which may not sound right, but trust me. They are never the exact same twice, but these were spicy and delicate and amazing. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Went with my wife on a Friday night. The restaurant was not too busy, service was friendly and attentive, and the food had some impressive highs (Smoked Trout Croquette - flavorful and balanced, beautifully presented) as well as some lows (Octopus & Romaine Salad - needed more flavor and was difficult to eat). The ambiance was comfortable, but the music could have been a bit louder to create a better energy in the room. All in all we enjoyed our experience and would definately go back."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Perhaps my expectations were too high, but both my husband and I were disappointed in the food at brunch. The menu looked amazing, and the waitstaff were both prompt and courteous - however the food just didn't stand out in our opinion. I had shrimp with Gouda cheese grits while he has the macdaddy (pork belly with egg on an English muffin). I found the grits too salty for my taste, and on his the pork belly was dry (which I didn't know was even possible). Next time we'll likely try a different spot."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "We have been disappointed so many times but this was an excellent surprise. If you go out and spend over $100 on dinner you should expect the king of meal and service that Olivia provides. It was the best meal we've had at a restaurant in quite some time. And many others in recent experience were not. Go to this restaurant, you won't be sorry."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Their brunch is better than about 95% of restaurants in Texas. If you are planning for brunch then this is your spot. I did not care much for the mimosas so I would have preferred regular cocktails."
    Dined on 5/3/2014