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Zax Restaurant & Bar
Zax Restaurant & Bar

Zax Restaurant & Bar Details

  • 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 Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "I have never been disappointed with a meal at Zax. The food and service is always great."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Ate here for Saturday morning brunch. Great eggs Benedict, loved the cheese and olive platter and especially the Bloody Mary Bar."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Made reservations for four for Mother's Day and everyone had a great meal with no problems. "
    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. "
    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."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Great food. Great service. Great ambience. A favorite for me "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Zax is my go-to place for a meal before a play, ballet or music event!"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "The food was delicious! I had eggs Florentine, and the spinach and eggs were PERFECTLY cooked and fresh. I was very pleased. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Waiter followed my request - no salt on butter on veggies. They were perfect!"
    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."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "A great place to eat before going to a concert or other event at the Long Center. It is only a 5-minute walk. Tables are well-spaced, noise level is moderate, and there is a small patio. Blues Burger was very tasty and reasonably-priced. Pork Tenderloin dish was excellent too."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This is a great place for dinner or lunch before a Long Center performance. Staff are very efficient and polite. Food is very good. Décor is very "comfortable" for any occasion or dress."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "This is a good place to eat if you're going to Long's Performing Arts Center or Palmer Center. You can park and walk to Zax's. It's in a charming old Austin building and has outdoor seating. The menu has great variety and the beer selection is wonderful. The Sesame Crusted Tuna was really good and my husband loved his Veal Scallopini with Artichokes Hearts. The Ginger Creme Brulee is a superb dessert, enough for two if you're watching calories. I asked for my Tuna to be done medium rare instead of rare and it came out perfectly. The service is very good. We've eaten here twice and will definitely go back when we're in the neighborhood. Be sure and make a reservation if you are going to a popular event at the Centers."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Zax is an excellent choice for dinner before a program at the Long Center. The food is consistently very good and so is the service. You park at the Long Center garage and it is only a short walk to Zax. Since you parked early, you have a parking spot that allows you to exit early from the garage."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The staff went WAY above to accommodate our group with a bunch of past-the-cutoff additions. (sigh) Our food was cheat-worthy outstanding. The bartender hand made the strawberry margarita my friend ordered before our very eyes. Service was weak in the beginning but then got great as our night went on. HAD WE KNOWN, it was a show night (Theater, Symphony, I don't know), we'd have adjusted to either a very early dinner or a later one. The restaurant was so loud at one point that I couldn't hear my friend straight across from me. As soon as all the show goers left, the atmosphere was quite nice. It would be REALLY nice if Open Table could show timeslots that are "special" (less points, maybe?) so that it's clear that there are better times."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "ZAX was crowded with pre-symphony patrons and very noisy. The service was fine and the food was good."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We had not eaten at Zax in a few months and I was once again reminded why I like this restaurant. Our server was very knowledgeable about the wines and had an obvious experience with the wines he recommended. They were easily able to accommodate a dietary restriction and the waiter was able to describe how the dish would be different from what the description included. Overall, a very nice dining experience."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Dinner was very good, but nothing wowed us about the experience. The food was very good, especially the sesame crusted tuna. I would recommend this place to friends."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Good food. Great value. Best atmosphere and service. Close to downtown, Zach Scott and Long Center A consistent choice for me!"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Zax is a great place to eat, especially before going to the opera or another event at the Long Center. The food is delicious and the service fast and gracious!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We tried Zax as a pre-opera dinner. Having never gone here before, we relied on reviews & the recommendation of the Long Center. I ordered the pork tenderloin with the spicy thai peanut sauce. The pork was cooked perfectly & the sauce was a great accompaniment. It also came with rum sweet potatoes, which were also tasty. However, the broccoli and cauliflower that were also on my plate were obviously frozen and had little taste or seasoning to make it seem like they tried. My husband had one of the specials, which was a ribeye steak with a bluecheese peppercorn sauce. His steak was cooked correctly and he enjoyed the flavors. He did not care much for the potatoes or asparagus that were also on his plate. The service was outstanding."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Went to Zax with my husband for my birthday and his birthday (we have the same birhtday). We asked for a table in a quiet area and they made a point to put us in a place where they could leave the table next to us empty --- very nice!! We split salad with jerk salmon --- delicious!! Also split sesame crusted tuna -- asked that it be cooked rare -- perfect! The service was excellent and we got a free desserts for our birthdays. A great way to celebrate! It may be more crowded and louder on some nights, but the Thursday night we were there it was just enough people there for it to feel vibrant, yet not too loud or crowded. Looking forward to going back and trying their brunch."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "We eat here before every opera at the Long Center. We loved our waitress, she was great!!"
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "We enjoyed the food, well prepared. It was a Saturday night and very noisy as we were seated next to the back door and heard everyone coming in and goin out, very noisy. While the food was excellent, it was hard to talk due to noise level in the place we were seated, plus our waitress never came back to our table after our meal was served. We got no service while eating. We had to go look for her to get her final check as we were late to an event at the Long Center. So I recommend your food and would eat there again, but would want a quieter table and better table service. Also, we drove from Temple for this event at to eat at your place."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "I have been eating at Zax since it opened. I know the owners personally but this does not skew my perspective. The menu and food has always been consistently good and, in my opinion, well worth the price. The service is pretty good but not over the top. (I actually prefer not having a service person constantly asking me if everything is "okay".) The menu has always had some standards and Jeff has been good about updating the fare with some inventive dishes with creative combinations to try. The beer and wine selection has something for everyone. You can tell that some serious thought has been put into these offerings. Then there is the dessert; let me just say, you should save some room."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "We always enjoy dining at ZAX before attending Austin Symphony Orchestra performances. The food is good and the service is prompt and friendly."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Having been a satisfied customer for years I am likely not to return. Missed orders[beverage-salad AND entree] and then an improperly cooked entree. Lukewarm water for the tea. A dreadful experience for our group. Very sad. Eventually a "manager appeared to try to make it better but was just full of excuses and then the errors continued which was even worse. Easily the second saddest dining experience I've had in Austin having lived and dined out here since 1980."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Very pleased with food quality ! Wait staff did great job. Atmosphere was really nice , as is the decor."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "We visited Zax before the fireworks on Auditorium shores on New Years eve. Although I had been attracted to the restaurant previously as it has a dog friendly patio within walking distance of the Lady Bird Lake trail for brunch, we hadn't managed to get there. Zax was a wonderful surprise. Excellent food, attentive service; broad food, wine & drinks choices to suit all tastes & appetites. The atmosphere was lively & fun with a great live trio playing. We were glad we had made a reservation as we were seated immediately, as there were many waiting in line. We all agreed that we would be back again. My daughters boyfriend is a Cioppino fan & was very impressed with the San Francisco based fish soup . He rated it a close second to Clarke's ."
    Dined on 12/31/2013