The Salty Sow
Incredible.Every single thing we ordered was incredible. There was not one thing that I did not THOROUGHLY enjoy. Probably one of the best meals I have had in Austin in a very long time. Had heard good things about Salty Sow, but was completely blown away.
Kudos to the chef and staff on a such a well executed menu!
Will definitely be back!6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMHappy dinerI have eaten at the Salty Sow on several occasions and have greatly enjoyed the experience each time. The food, from appetizer to dessert, once again was extremely enjoyable. The salty sow provides a selection of food items that are unique and quite pleasing to the palate. favorites are the Salty Sow Charcuterie & Cheese Board, Crispy Brussel Sprout Leaves, and the Butterscotch Boudino.6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMA wonderful dining experienceA wonderful dining experience & just as good if not better than our first trip to Salty Sow. The best Brussels sprouts I've ever eaten! My red fish was perfectly prepared! We'll be returning soon.6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing Food and SpecialsThis is my 2nd time dining at Salty Sow and it certainly didn't disappoint. The food is amazing and the Happy Hour specials from 4:30-6:30pm rock!6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMYum.Had a friend visiting from NYC and we headed to Salty Sow for an early dinner. Fantastic service and to-die-for food. Generous portions for a great value. Only down side--probably weighed a few extra pounds after dinner. HIghly recommend this place for a fabulous dinner + a fun atmosphere. A great place for a special occasion, yet casual enough for any night of the week. Yummy stuff we ate...duck fat fries, beets, flash fried brussel sprouts (might be better than Uchiko's), truffle whipped deviled eggs, shrimp & grits, beef shoulder...Yum.6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMWell constructed dishesAlthough not necessarily a "small plate" restaurant as they have larger entrees, my husband and I shared several appetizers, veggie dishes (the brussel sprout ceasar salad was good), & one entree. It was a bit loud inside with music playing and some boisterous fellow diners. Our server was very attentive but not over the top- even specifically coming over to rush our drink orders before happy hour last call. We were excited to try the day's special fish dish, but by 7pm they had already sold out. The charcuterie board was one of the better ones we have had in Austin- heavy on homemade meats (sausage, pate) and lighter on cheese. Duck fries probably overrated. Overall an enjoyable meal. Compares to Barley Swine (though slightly behind).6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMShare everythingWe ordered 4 hors d'œuvres, 3 entrees, 3 sides, and 2 desserts and split them among 4 people. It was more than enough but extremely delicious. The bone marrow is a must, as is the charcuterie board. Always look at the chef's specials for the day b/c that is where we found everyone's favorite entree, some white fish served with leeks and marinated olives. The brussels sprout leaves are the BEST!5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMMy favorite Austin restaurant...Tremendous as always. Love the atmosphere, and the food is transcendent. I usually have the petite filet, but tried the special merlu, and it was delicious. Delicate, aromatic, perfectly cooked. The chicken liver mousse is so delicious that you just want to bathe in it. And the butterscotch boudini is unique and ever-so-yummy. Love to go with my daughter...5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstandingI went for happy hour and everything was amazing. Very good food and even better charm.5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMA great Austin spotThis place is in my top five for Austin. A fantastic place. We've by dieing to go here and finally made it. Took my wife as a surprise and she was so excited when we arrived. We wanted to sample everything on the menu, but had to restrain. We did sample several of the items on the menu and shared them. We started with two of their specialty cocktails which were fantastic and the cheese/meat board - fantastic. We shared the beet salad and the boudin fritter, both awesome! Then shared the bone in petite filet with glass of red wine and ended with bananas foster. Excellent meal and evening. We will definitely be back.5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat date nightAn imprompt date night gave us the chance to check out the salty sow. Great dinner and drinks. We sat outside and had such a nice time we stayed long enough to order dessert later.5/26/2013 12:00:00 AMVery good with one caveatA mostly lovely meal our second time at the Salty Sow. We both ordered the mixed grill, and there was one notable problem: one bit was cold, and when sent back 1st time came back the exact same temperature, 2nd time absolutely ruined. Server was terrific. The manager (who she called; we didn't ask) began the conversation by saying, "So. What happened?" & suggested the steak was cold because it was medium rare. His entire vibe was a condescension that suggested we weren't used to eating in so nice a restaurant. He did comp us one of the meals, which seemed generous (we hadn't asked) & offered dessert (didn't want) but his manner was pretty awful, as though to apologize was to admit weakness, which he refused to do.The hot food was delicious.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful Eastside GemAwesome ambiance & great service. We basically had our waiter to ourselves who created a gluten free menu for us & told us that if had requested it before they would have had 1 waiting for us. The food was AMAZING. We started w/bone marrow, Brussels sprouts & truffle deviled eggs which were all fantastic. For our meals we had the crispy chicken thighs & the petite bone in filets- both which left us wanting more (although the portions were more than enough and we even took some home). The chicken was probably the best chicken I've had. For dessert we shared the dark chocolate truffle cake which was to die for. Very reasonably priced for the quality of food and services. I would definitely recommend and am already planning my next trip back.5/23/2013 12:00:00 AMFirst time at Salty SowEnjoyed the food and service; very comfortable seating too. Great place, we will return...!5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMScrumtrulescent Sow, fo sho!What are you doing? Your reading this when you could be grabbing friends and heading down to the Salty Sow for their happy hour and enchanting your taste buds with a prismatic spray of flavours and speciality drinks! In the immortal words of Weird Al Yankovic, "Just eat it!" and drink it too while your at it.5/15/2013 12:00:00 AMInventive food in a casual settingWe had a creative dinner from start to finish in the open air. The service was friendly and attentive. Although we enjoyed the duck fat fries, we weren't sure what the hype was about. The beet salad beets were somewhat undercooked and could have used a touch of acid. If you're not a "fat" lover, steer clear of the pork belly. The beef shoulder melts in your mouth. The bananas foster beignets are worth every calorie and them some. It was a special dinner and we would definitely return.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMFood was great, service wasFood was great, service was pretty haphazard. Our food was slow and it took the server a long time to take orders. The brussell sprout ceasar was great, as was the charcuterie plate.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent restaurant -- doesn'tExcellent restaurant -- doesn't look like much and we were very surprised. The food was delicious and very well prepared -- the presentation was lovely. Wait service was very attentive. As soon as we walked into the restaurant employees were gracious and friendly. The desserts are to die for! Can't wait to go back.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMMy friends and I enjoyed HappyMy friends and I enjoyed Happy Hour prices and small plates for dinner before the show at Bass Concert Hall. Yummy!5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat job across the boardI've been to the Salty Sow several times and the experience has been consistently great. As always, the food was delicious; the staff was friendly, prompt and solicitous. Our waiter gave great recommendations. My companion and I were there on a Friday night and the place was packed. We couldn't have gotten a table without our reservations. Seating was immediate. The energy there was high, which was fun, but it also made for lots of noise. We had to lean in to hear each other. For quality and quantity, as well as overall dining experience, prices were quite reasonable.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMCreative, Fun Dining at Salty SowThe Salty Sow is unlike any other dining I've encountered in Austin, or elsewhere. The restauarant's tagline says it all...Swine, Wine, and Beer. There you have it! The food was delicious, especially the Brussel Sprout Leaves side dish. Although the pork belly was yummy, I didn't find the collard greens added anything to the delicious-ness of the dish. Together with the brussel sprouts, though, the pork belly was a home-run! Several large high-level tables make for a great setting for groups to dine. The beer selection was fabulous, and the wines were unique, and of very good value. The service was certainly acceptable, but not exceptional. Altogether, The Salty Sow was a great place to spend the evening with friends.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat new restaurant!One of the best new restaurants in Austin that is also comfortable for everyone.5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMPorktasticGem of a restaurant on the east side with a huge following. Inside or out, great service and delicious yet unique choices in across the board. Among other things, love the pork belly tacos, the roasted Brussels sprouts, deviled eggs, drafts and pours, all served with a smile from a great crew.5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMVery popular, judging by theVery popular, judging by the amount of customers. There is the fancy looking part in the front, facing Manor, and there is a more casual "parlor" atmosphere in the back with a bar. The back also has outdoor seating if you prefer that. Girlfriend and I arrived early so they sat us in the back til our seats were clear in the front. The whole place was packed, and there was a lot of seating. I've learned to expect a long wait on food if the menu is generally more expensive but it came out surprisingly quick and was delicious. I've waited longer for much less food at family restaurants like Roadhouse and Chili's.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMLoved it!The food was fantastic. I will definitely go back whe. I'm in Austin again.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazeballs!!!!!I came to the salty sow for a birthday dinner with my family. We had an amazing server and the food was outstanding! Everything from the cocktails to dessert, and everything in between, was absolutely divine! I can't wait to go back soon!!!!! :)5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMMy wife and I visite SaltyMy wife and I visite Salty Sow for the first time. It was a bit cold outside with outdoor area enclosed for the evening. So we dined in the front room. It was active yet cozy, energetic without being too loud. The menu has so many great options that we said more than once that we did not have to try them all on this one visit. Everything that we ordered was great! Cocktails, wine, appetizers and entrees. Our server Alicia was just as good - attentive but not too much, very knowledgeable about the menu and wines and she gave us some great recommendations. We can't wait to get back.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of the best in AustinSalty Sow has rapidly become my favorite restaurant in Austin, and probably one of my favorites in the country. The food is outstanding. Their vegetables are comparable if not better that Otto (NYC), fish is close to Bernardin (NYC), and meat is just outstanding. Good atmosphere. Great brews.
In the otherwise vastly over-hyped food "scene" of Austin, Salty Sow is an exception that is at par with Michelin star rated restaurants of the east coast.5/1/2013 12:00:00 AMEntrees were outstanding,Entrees were outstanding, as were the apps. The beef/steak options were particularly good and my wife loved the vegetable medley plate.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food here is excellent.The food here is excellent. We were there during happy hour, and the $4 truffle duck fat fries and pork belly tacos were amazing.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMFood was amazing. We hadFood was amazing. We had a group of four and just ordered several plates for the table. The petite bone in filet was perfect! My only complaint is that parking is terrible.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMCan't Miss Dining ExperienceThis was truly a great experience. Kara, who served us, was phenomenal. Her recommendations were outstanding from soup to nuts. She even surprised us with complimentary Champaign for a special occasion. I highly recommend getting her for your service. An experience to remember!4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat placeFood was great, and a nice variety of options. We had : big appetizer platter, bone marrow, collard greens, and pig shoulder.
Waitress was actually helpful with wine choices and let us sample first.
Great experience.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMSave room for dessert.Bananas foster were the best part of the meal. You would be mistaken if you do not try them.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was great and soThe food was great and so was the service. We look forward to a return visit.4/22/2013 12:00:00 AMTotally awesome. Crazy tasty.Totally awesome. Crazy tasty. Really beautifully presented flavors - especially the marrow.4/22/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat dinner at the SaltyGreat dinner at the Salty Sow. We arrived with reservations on a Friday afternoon during happy hour. We had to wait a few minutes for our table but it wasn't long at all. The happy hour had some great specials. The wine,food and atmosphere were great.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMLoved everything about thisLoved everything about this place. Would have given a Five overall but they kind of forgot about us while we were waiting for our table. Our server was great. It's very laid back so don't expect over attentive servers. It's about the company and food, not getting in and out quickly.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMContinues to be one of myContinues to be one of my favorite palces in Austin4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMUnique, great food. Our waiterUnique, great food. Our waiter was terrific. He was engaging and very friendly; however, he took quite a bit of time to bring the check, but that could have been due his many tables and talkative personality. The only bad thing was that we were seated outside and every few minutes my wife's legs were sprayed by some water hose/pipe that was connected to the side of the building.4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMCool Restaurant with Fabulous FoodWe visited the Salty Sow during Restaurant Week. We will go again, and again. The service was as great as the food. The waiter was so helpful for us newbies at the restaurant. I had their fish special and was completely wowed. My husband had a mixed meat dish with marrow and he loved it also. The wine list was more than adequate and we got to meet the groovy owner. The ambiance was as groovy as Austin is. We enjoyed a fun Swine Wine with our meal. Really great experience.4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMPork and moreThis place was recommended by 3 people whom I have asked. All said to put it on my must visit list. I did, I went and was amply rewarded. The Oyster Fritters were luscious with a heat that slowly built and then filled my mouth with delight. The tarter-like sauce (I think ketchup was added) rounded out the flavor. Next we had the charcuterie plate. It was okay but did not wow me. My mail course was the candied pork belly - the most wonderful thing I have ever eaten. It sent me and my entire family into another dimension. The braised Brussels Sprout leaves was a nice surprise. We disliked the very bland cauliflower dish, which the waiter promptly removed and replaced with the Yukon Gold mashed potatoes that were outstanding. Beignet dessert!4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMFirst time visit was wonderfulLoved it. Best meal we have had in our first year of Austin living. Next time we will sit in the outdoor patio and bring our dogs!4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMVery rustic and unique, plusVery rustic and unique, plus delicious food! Plenty of quirky perks about the restaurant.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMEverything from the saladEverything from the salad to the bonemarrow was amazing! Daniel was very friendly and knew the menu very well!4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMMy wife and I went to SaltyMy wife and I went to Salty Sow for our 5th anniversary. The food was pretty spectacular. My wife had the halibut special and I had the beef shoulder. Both entrees were terrific. The star of the mean, however, was probably the deviled eggs.
Our server wasn't the best, but wasn't bad either.
We'll be back (and definitely get the deviled eggs again).4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMSalty Sow = Pork???This was our first trip to the Salty Sow. Having made reservations, we were seated promptly. Service was great throughout the whole dining experience. The restaurant is composed of two houses and the yard between (covered). Overall, the noise level was high enough to make conversation difficult, and to have to repeat orders to the waiter. It is obviously a popular restaurant, and all seating was full.
All of the appetizers, food, and drinks we tried were pretty good. The menu selection was very southern and somewhat limited. The deviled eggs and fried green tomatoes were nice, as was the pork belly. Unfortunately the menu didn't provide as many pork based selections as the restaurant name suggests. But the food we ordered was OK4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMLoved the feel of the place,Loved the feel of the place, energetic but not too busy. EXCELLENT food, poor service.4/11/2013 12:00:00 AMDon't miss Happy Hour at the SaltyOur first visit could not have been any more enjoyable, best food on the NE side we have had since living in Austin.4/10/2013 12:00:00 AMMust of had a new server asMust of had a new server as she seemed confused. However the manager was very attentive; without us mentioning any problems she stopped by to apologize and comped half of our food tab.
Food was outstanding but for the wild rice which was undercooked. Also, dont miss the happy hour!4/9/2013 12:00:00 AM