Zax Restaurant & Bar
Zax Restaurant & Bar

Zax Restaurant & Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.zaxaustin.com/
  • Phone: (512) 481-0100
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Jeffrey Lynd
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Riverside Dr.
  • Public Transit: Conveniently located on the Cap Metro 5 line.
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Zax Restaurant & Bar
Casual American Bistro setting. Featuring 20 beers on tap, elegant wine list and a full bar.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Zax Restaurant & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
61 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (27)great for lunch (25)fit for foodies (25)great for brunch (22)good for groups (21)special occasion (14)great for outdoor dining (9)romantic (8)vibrant bar scene (6)notable wine list (5)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (4)hot spot (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Good for pre-Long Center dining
    lonestar
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Zax menu is interesting and well prepared for the most part, but prix-fixe dinner is no bargain. We went before a show at the Long Center, got there early, ordered, enjoyed our appetizer then waited a long time. More recently arrived customers were served but our server offered no apology or explanation. I ordered the prix-fixe with the duck entree and got the tuna but we didn't have time to mess with correcting the order. Ginger creme brulee was delicious.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful restaurant!
    PMR1
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Zak's is a great restaurant--we often enjoy dinner there, also often stop in for appetizers and drinks at the bar or out on the patio. The patio is dog-friendly. The food is exceptional--all dishes! I especially enjoy the manicotti but also many other dishes. Service is always very friendly and responsive. Reservations are recommended--sometimes they are very busy especially when there are things going on at the Long Center.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 2nd visit not good as first visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Service, atmosphere as good as first visit. Food was great first visit; on second visit ribeye steak was not cooked as requested and was served at room temperature ... redfish entree was good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but bad setvice
    CrzyCrtny
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The waitress was having an off day. One table had to wait 10 min for a greet. We had to wait a long time for our food then the salad and dinner came at the same time. Dessert had to be rushed so we could leave to make a show. I'll go back cause this was not normal but I was surprised Zax had picked up bad service.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Experience
    richp
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Went to Zax's before a play and during ACL and a UT home game. Was not crowded, thankfully. Good food and very good service as the restaurant was not bustling and the waitress appeared to enjoy making her customers experience a pleasant meal. Food is good, as in past visits...a little on the pricey side for the ambience. Overall, a pleasant and nice experience.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • If you want good food this is where
    DrAl
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great place for a great meal and great drinks before a show at the Long Center
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great brunch
    April
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I enjoyed concocting my own Bloody Mary for the first time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Zax is solid, but not outstanding
    Sunshination
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Zax is a great place for a pint, and is trying to be upscale with food, but the food is just ok. The service is great - very responsive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as Usual
    LynJ
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Zax is a great place to go before a concert or show at the Long Center. It is convenient with a wide variety of delicious food. The service is fast and courteous.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Solidly good
    CathcamVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I can't remember how many times I've been to Zax, it is always good food. Depending on when you visit it can be half empty, don't let that put you off, the food is always good and the service on par with the best. I can be totatly overbooked when there are big performances and shows on at the Long Center, if you arrive 30-mins after the start thats often a great time to be seated. Check show times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Remarkable Food & Great Setting
    CC22
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Zax has a great location on Barton Springs. We came in, got our reservation, and the wait staff was so friendly and kind! They helped with our orders, game recommendations, and we really enjoyed their hard work. The food is amazing (try the bruschetta), the beer/wine list was great, and the overall feel was very cozy/romantic/intimate. Thanks for a great night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but noise was terrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Food was delicious, service was terrific, but it was so noisy we couldn't talk.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It's good, but expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We were pretty surprised that ordering rounds of apps and a couple of drinks cost as much as it did ($300), for what it is. But everything is good. Not great, but good. The restaurant was empty when we arrived at 6 pm on a Saturday, and there was plenty of parking. It was filling up as we left, but the place is spacious, good for groups.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Really good food. All the specials were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place for a good meal
    LoveToEat
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Had a great meal and the staff was excellent. The food was very good, quick service. Have been back a couple of times and it is always very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was great, service was lacking
    deanne
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was really good. They didn't short food you except for the Scallop dish which only had 3 scallops on the plate. The service was lacking. It was slow and she got our order wrong and forgot to bring dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 45 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 184 reviews are from the Zax Restaurant & Bar reviews archive.
  • Wonderful Brunch
    PattyVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I have eaten at this location before, but never for brunch! Great food, great service and wonderful location. The eggs benedict was great but you MUST HAVE the banana nut bread french toast! WOW!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OK but not great
    urbanchowboy49
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We were there on a Friday night around 8 pm. Were seated in an alcove far from kitchen, bar, restrooms, etc - in a large joint of 150+(?) inside seats, < 10 guests in the place, 4 out on the patio. We were isolated, a view of the parking lot. Then all dinner guests left, another trio arrived and was seated by us. They smartly asked to move before service to a "normal spot" and were reseated. It's a nice BAR with food. It now has no overflow parking on its side of this busy street due to construction next door and only parks a dozen(?) vehicles - you do the math seats/parks. Food was OK not special. Price ok, Waiter fine, Kitchen So Slow, Hostess not trained. Grade C to C- experience. This place needs Restaurant Impossible 2BA winner!
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  • Enjoyable dinner!
    HungryInAustin
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Great food, great service! My wife had the lamb and loved it, and I had the seared sesame tuna with wasabi mashed potatoes and vegetables du jour. Biggest surprise was how fantastic the vegetables tasted - cooked just right! Wine bottle prices are reasonable too. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad it rained!
    StevenCVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Family visit to Austin - stayed in South Congress area. It was a stormy night and we looked for a restuarant close by.... Zax was close and a GREAT find! Food was very good - I had Italian Sausage pasta - best ever. Others had pizza - all thought it excellent. Drinks menu interesting and varied. Try the beer flights or a table favorite, the French Kiss. Good evening - thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice!
    OldSaltCityAceVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    A very enjoyable meal. I will be sure to return the next time I’m in the area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will return again!
    valann
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This is a great place in downtown. The service was great, décor was tasteful and upscale casual. The food and service was great. I had the Greek salad with Jerk Salmon. Fantastic. My partner had the Crab Louie which was great. Another couple had the pizza and they said it was delicious. We were not in a hurry and they graciously let us spend time visiting with friends from out of state. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food great but too noisy!
    operacremes2
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We loved the food and the closeness to Long Center. However, the restaurant was so loud we could barely hear anyone else at our table. Still, we would return for the food and especially as a dining location when we're going to the Long Center. Fast service so we easily had dinner in an hour and on our way to our event. Parking lot is very small so arrive early and not at peak times.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Ambience, Except Noisy
    FoodNerd
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Like every other place in town, Zax get's LOUD. It's a pretty, sunny restaurant with wood floors. I was impressed that they called the day before to confirm our resv. Parking can be a challenge. They have a nice fixed price Long Center menu for $35 (3 or 4 courses). We went at 5 PM before Hillary Clinton at 7. We were not allowed to order entrees in center column of menu until 6, which was a bit of a nasty surprise. Lasagna was OK - nice portion & nice sized accompanying salad. Lasagna could have been herbier & more seasoned - Brick Oven's is better.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    AustinRob
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    I had such high expectations for this place. Surprisingly disappointed. Pizza was soggy and undercooked. Salad was medicore. Veggie burgers were dry. Like I said, I was expecting so much more. Great service and a cool vibe - maybe we just ordered all the wrong things.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I have never been disappointed with a meal at Zax. The food and service is always great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Break in Austin
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We loved the menu and the unusual drink specials. My wife had the fish special the waiter recommended and I tried the veggie burger. Both excellent choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not so great
    bunnyVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Fried food was greasy and the fish was very fishy. The pizza was the best thing served but we were looking for a more gourmet experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of Favorites!
    LuvZax
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Zax is one of favorite restaurants in Austin. I frequent Zax for lunch and enjoy introducing friends to the restaurant. Love the location, love the ambience and love the food menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Saturday Morning Brunch
    Snap
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Ate here for Saturday morning brunch. Great eggs Benedict, loved the cheese and olive platter and especially the Bloody Mary Bar.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Mother's Day Brunch
    SteveS
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Made reservations for four for Mother's Day and everyone had a great meal with no problems.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Long Center Choice
    MaryinNWHills
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This is hands down the best choice if you are going to the Long Center. The food is good and the service understands the theater crowd demands. This is our go-to restaurant before or after performances.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Upscale Casual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We always enjoy Zax because the service and food are always excellent and it has a the feel of a nice restaurant without any stuffiness. It's a great place for lunch or brunch and I appreciate the extensive beer list.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a special treat...
    AustinbeVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Great food. Great service. Great ambience. A favorite for me
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Zax is great
    LynJ
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Zax has a variety of great food. It is a perfect place for dinner before going to the opera or a show at the Long Center.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Before the Play
    sq46
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Zax is my go-to place for a meal before a play, ballet or music event!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    kim0304
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The food was delicious! I had eggs Florentine, and the spinach and eggs were PERFECTLY cooked and fresh. I was very pleased.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find!
    JohnnyDVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Zax is a new favorite in Austin for us. We celebrated our twin sons' 21st Birthday there this weekend and we could not have asked for a better experience. The service was perfect and the food was fantastic. We highly recommend this gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waiter followed my request
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Waiter followed my request - no salt on butter on veggies. They were perfect!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ZAX
    George
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We were seated at a table for two. We had a reservation. We waited a long time before we received any service and when we did the server acted like she was doing us a favor. The food was good and the service improved while dining.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.