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Olivia
Olivia

Olivia Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.olivia-austin.com
  • Email: eat@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 WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Diner Reviews
  • "Perfectly ok restaurant. As usual for Texas the A/C is set to 70F just for you to feel uncomfortable. But the ambiance was actually pleasant, and the service was good. The food was kind of a mix feeling, I mostly blame the seasoning. The beef was extra salty to the point where my wife could not eat it. Same thing but less extreme for the fried tong, and I'm big tong fan, but this one was too salty. Apart from that the food was good, not excellent but good. The produce are top notch quality, that is true. Now comes the bill, we paid around 100$ (before tip) for 2 starters and 2 entrees, no drinks, no desert. In this range of restaurant Olivia does not make my top 10"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Had been wanting to go here for a while now. We made a brunch reservation and were seated immediately when we arrived, even though they were packed. Service was top notch--as former restaurant owners, we always notice the presence of management, and Olivia was a well-oiled machine, at least the morning we were there. Food: Foie and grits were delicious, although the fois gras portion was predictably small. Husband loved his pork belly dish-- We are planning on returning next time we are in town."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "One of Austin's best restaurants for brunch! Great food, service and one of my favorites!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "My party of four arrived 20 minutes early at Olivia, one of our favorite restaurants in Austin. Our relatives had flown in from Seattle. We were seated right away but had still not been served anything but olives and the wine we ordered after an hour and twenty minutes. The kitchen was clearly out of kilter as we witnessed two tables which were seated well after ours receive and finish their main courses. When our main courses arrived (after great apology from our waiter), my wife's fish was mushy and very unappealing. The kitchen was happy to substitute an alternate dish which the waiter stated would take five minutes but arrived twenty minutes later. Bill should have been automatically adjusted, but required our specific request."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Loved the food and ambiance. No waiting with a reservation"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Fantastic restaurant! First time here...will definitely be back!!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Olivia's and we found the experience quite enjoyable. The menu featured different and tasty variations of brunch offerings. They called and emailed us to confirm our reservation. Nice atmosphere, food, service and pleasant experience."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Loved the food. Choices are very creative and done superbly. One of the best foods I have had... Great place..."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Seriously. You must. Found my way to this amazing find for a date-night with my wife and could not be happier. Grabbed a table outside, took Paul's recommendation for a bottle for wine, and dove in to a dining experience unlike I've had in Austin in quite some time. The Kettlecorn Brussel Sprouts are enough to create an Olivia-addiction, but the joy did not stop there. Wife went light with the risotto, the contents of which must have been pulled from the garden not 15 feet away. And while the pork was absolutely fabulous, the brie grits that accompanied it were unbelievable. Don't let the taxidermist next door fool you (this is South Lamar) or the two Ferraris and a Bentley scare you (it's a reasonable place). You must eat here."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The Food was excellent as always, the service was good. I am sure we were there during a peek time and the waitstaff was busy, so the level of attentiveness was noticeably less, but still good service over all."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Olivia was wonderful. We went for Sunday brunch and really loved the fact that the menu had a bigger selection than most Austin brunch restaurants. While it doesn't serve liquor, they had standard brunch drinks. The portions were adequate and I felt full without being stuffed afterwards. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to others. Great atmosphere as well."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "This is the best brunch in Austin ! Well thought out menu, good beverages, and great patio. The garden area and chicken coop are a fun browse after the meal. Wonderful neighborhood asset !"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "The food tastes amazing . But for the price the portions were too small"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Saturday brunch to celebrate my bday! We had reservations for 11; no problem finding parking; no waiting; excellent service; excellent food. Awesome experience! This was my 3rd time at Olivia I think, and I still have nothing to complain about :)"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Haven't been to a Olivia in a couple of years, but it was as wonderful as I remember! Always a good go to for a fancy brunch!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "We have been here when Olivia first opened and It was better then. Now it's menu is boring and for the price not worth our $400 experience."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Excellent food, high price, great ambiance. Perfect for a special occasion"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "I'm embarrassed to say I've only been for brunch, but every time I'm in ATX on a Sunday this is where I go. It's incredible. Bloody beer is spicy and clears the head. Mimosa trio is impressive if that's your thing. Food out of this world."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Excellent waitstaff-- food is good not great. An attractive restaurant."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "A gem, with great service, fresh ingredients, creative dishes. Only negative was the fish."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Great food & service. Paul took us through the menu and allowed us to meander our way through it. All of the apps were awesome (Panzanella was the best of the three we tried), and the antelope tenderloin was heavenly (perhaps we're partial to antelope...). The toughest part of the night was deciding what to get. Next time we'll just do the 10 course tasting so the chef can decide for us."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Great place- service was great and table was ready immediately with reservation."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "I not only love Olivia for the food but the experience is always perfect too"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "We love to have brunch at Olivia's. If you make reservations then you don't have to worry about the long wait times."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "We're big fans of Olivia's dinner tasting menus. This was the first time we'd been for brunch. The food didn't disappoint. My Benneduck - eggs Benedict w/ duck confit, fennel, and scallions - was delicious. My dining partners loved their Macdaddy, south Austin omelette, and short rib cheeseburger. Olivia's creative mimosas with blood orange and mixed berry juice were tasty and beautiful. There were some minor service issues. We arrived on time for our 10AM reservation and had to wait at the bar ~15 minutes, as they were still in the process of opening. There was a little confusion with our order; they brought us pancakes we didn't order and my pineapple was raw, not grilled. Still, overall a very pleasant brunch with friendly service."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Loved the ambiance, the food was spectacular - we had the Benneduck and the Macrib. Both amazing. Service was impeccable. Thank you for a great experience!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "maybe this place was once good, but not now. the service was terrible and the food was only so so. for the price, this was a bust."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "The food was very well prepared with excellent, fresh ingredients. Service was excellent...just right in terms of information about the menu, good timing, and being non-intrusive. And very nice setting and ambiance. However, the price/quality ratio was just too high given portion size and ingredients...With a 15-20 percent price cut this would be a top notch choice."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "beautiful building and gardens - service was pleasant enough but ill prepared - kitchen was excruciatingly slow. food just ok - cod too fishy, steak tough, fries greasy - brussell sprouts good, beet salad good , risotto good choice -disappointed."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dinner with a very reasonably priced wine and found the food and service to be outstanding. We will definitely return to Olivia!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "9 of us went here for my mother's birthday brunch. None of us had been before, though we've all driven past it thousands of times. A buddy of mine told me that he took his lady there and it was incredible. Not only did it meet our expectations, it BLEW THEM OUT OF THE WATER. Excellent job guys! Everyone loved their food, the look and feel of the place, the staff was friendly--all of the above was perfect. And to top it off, they have a garden and a chicken coop in the backyard where (from what I understand) a good deal of their product comes from. Go, spend your money here, now."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "I made reservations and was seated almost 45 minutes after the reservation time. I thought the portions were extremely small for the price (especially for a brunch). Drinks were tasty!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Our experience at Olivia on a Sunday morning was awful. The place was very noisy and completely overrun with toddlers and inattentive parents. We had to wait OVER AN HOUR after being seated for our food. The food was tasteless, the presentation unimaginative, and the prices exorbitant. Our server, tho very nice, was incredibly overworked and as such, inattentive. The host apologized for the extreme delay but did nothing to make amends. It is hard to eat healthy with their brunch menu so I asked that the spinach omelet be done with egg whites and no cheese. It was about the size of a Post-It note with a measly hard piece of over toasted bread. NEVER AGAIN!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "The brunch at Olivia is fantastic...the only bad part is having to choose what to order! Each of the three members of our party had a different brunch entree and each of us proclaimed ours to be the best...it's true...they all WERE the best. Will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "This was our first time dining at Olivia, everyone greeted us as if we were regulars. Food was delicious, and special request were not an issue. Nice relaxing atmosphere."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Once again our visit to Olivia exceeded any expectations that we could have. Stephen should be in the Hall of Fame of professional waiters. He provides us with a thorough education regarding the food and the artistic preparation that the chefs provide. From the building to the friendly staff to the wonderful and adventurous dining, Olivia is the top of the top for dining."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Great brunch. The shrimp and grits and the duck confit hash were hits."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Our wine, appetizers and lamb were fabulous-the duck was okay but not great. Service was fabulous."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We had reservations for brunch for five, and were seated in a high-walled booth immediately across from the kitchen, which was our only view. It was too crowded and noisy to carry on a conversation, so we just sat there and watched the kitchen staff. Not my idea of a lovely brunch. Took quite awhile to get our coffee. Food was good, but overall we didn't have the good experience I was expecting."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "food was great, friendly wait staff. would definitely recommend."
    Dined on 2/15/2014