About Carillon Restaurant

The Carillon is a New American restaurant featuring familiar food with a refined twist. The Carillon provides a sophisticated, intimate and relaxing fine dining experience for all occasions. Our culinary team masterfully creates dishes with local, fresh, and seasonal produce and organic, grass-fed or free-range proteins. The Carillon offers ‘a la Carte’ menus, which can be skillfully paired with award-winning wines.

Located at the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin, The Carillon delivers an impressive and memorable experience. Complimentary self-parking in the Conference Center Garage. Bring your ticket to be validated. We look forward to seeing you soon.

1900 University Ave
Austin, TX 78705
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
MLK and University Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(512) 404-3655

Website:
http://www.thecarillonrestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Complimentary self-parking in the Conference Center Garage available for dinner hours. Bring your ticket for validation.
Discounted valet available.

Public Transit:
Located south of UT campus.
Taxi stand located outside restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Dan Bressler

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

The Carillon has 7 private dining rooms available for groups ranging from 4 to 80 guests.

Carillon Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.6

Noise

Quiet

93% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Creative Cuisine (9)
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Quiet Conversation (8)
Good for a Date (7)
Business Meals (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Romantic (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Seasonal (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Authentic (2)
Cozy (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Fun (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Always a favorite of mine here in Austin. Predictably civilized. They are gracious, the chairs are comfortable for an extended evening, the noise level allows conversation, the food is excellent, and the wine cellars are extensive. There are many foodie places that regularly get my business but I keep coming back to the Carillon when the wooden benches and overamplified rooms wear me down. Cheek and jowl is SOP on the menu's of some of the hotter spots and the Carillon is the best antidote in town.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 4, 2017

It's a nice place. Old-school values. I went because 100% recommend it. After eating there I realize that the 100% is because it's not offense rather than because it's great. I probably won't go back because I think the place is generally uninspired. They're very nice.

Tags: Disabled Access
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The food was excellent as was the service. But being there on a Saturday night, we were surprised at how few people were there. And the overall atmosphere was "sterile" and outdated. Felt like eating in an unpopular hotel restaurant. It is a shame because the food was really good.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

We had our 9:45 reservation and seated upon arrival. Server was great and he seems very knowledgeable and fun. As far as the service, it was great. My concern was main courses, they were extremely salty. Did not want to make a big deal since we wanted to get out there quickly.

Presentation of both main courses were sloppy. No elivation and both dishes were plats.

I would recommend that cook and chef make sure that food correctly season. This is basis and if you don’t know how to season food you cannot expect proper presentations. Not sure it happened because we were the last table of the restaurant to leave.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Service just a little slow but they were busy. Food outstanding.

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·Dined on October 19, 2017

I rarely give an unqualified "thumbs up", but this restaurant gets it.

They were offering a three-course menu for $35, which was amazing as each of the entree choices were near that price individually.

Roughly 100% of the time, a restaurant will decline to modify a prix fixe offering. I didn't want to overload my sugar intake, so asked if they could substitute a cheese plate for my dessert. "Of course!" was the smiling reply.

Every bite was a treat. The wine choices were substantial and well selected. The service stopped just short of intrusive, but was always cheery and sincere.

It is located in a UT building (hotel), and there aren't easy to spot signs to lead you to it. I recommend the valet parking, as it'll make it much easier and relaxed than walking from a nearby parking garage.

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Foods were great, and all guests of mine were very happy about the service. It was a perfect place for business dinner.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Austin)·Dined on September 30, 2017

As usual, the Carillon was a lovely Saturday evening date occasion. Food was spot on, the 3 for 35.00 menu was a great value and had many offerings, and the expanded menu was a great treat for husband. Chris was an attentive and friendly waiter; present but not too present. Unlike so many other restaurants, you can actually have a conversation at Carillon while enjoying tremendous food and an expansive wine list. Kudos all the way around.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Austin)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We had a wonderful anniversary dinner. Service was attentive but not overbearing. The food was delicious. We also had a nice wine flight.

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·Dined on September 7, 2017

This place had the best food I've ever had and the service was excellent. The portions were nice and everything was cooked perfectly

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Fun, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We celebrated our 10 year anniversary here, and it was great. They took care of us every step of the way and made it special. Will be back for sure

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Austin)·Dined on August 26, 2017

The food was delicious, it was quiet and we didn't have to yell to be heard across the table, and our waiter was fantastic. Top notch all the way around.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 23, 2017

I took my sister there for her birthday. From the front desk on, everyone wished her a happy birthday, as I had noted that on the reservation request. NIce touch. We started with a half bottle of champagne and delayed ordering our meal. We perused the wine list with the sommelier, and after a pleasant exchange ordered a bottle of red wine. She came back with a just-opened bottle of something else and two glasses, saying the wine we wanted had been accidently left on the menu after the last bottle had been drunk, and wanted to give us a consolation round (my words, not hers) while we decided on another bottle. Very nice of her. We opted for a Napa cab, which was in stock, and not unpleasant. We placed our dinner order, and while waiting received a complimentary cheese plate. Nice touch again. The spring salads were delicious; fresh, tasty, and inventive. We both ordered the rib eye steak, which were cooked perfectly, except the sous-vide style and cut-up presentation didn't enhance the beef, in our minds. I would not get that again. The two desserts were nice, but neither of us had that much room left by then. The service was great; not too obtrusive, but knowledgeable and someone was on hand when needed. The current $35 three course menu is a bargain, and the wine list is interesting and in a range of prices. My sister was happy, and I'll be taking my husband there before too long.

Tags: Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Austin)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We had a lovely evening at Carillon. Everyone liked their food. The desserts were divine. The atmosphere and the service were excellent.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 28, 2017

I have eaten here many times. The food is always well sourced and expertly prepared. I have never been disappointed in the food or service.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Seasonal
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 (Austin)·Dined on July 21, 2017

A super evening enjoyed by all six of us. Outstanding food, and impeccable service. A visit is most definitely recommended.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Great restraurant for the price. Service, and atmosphere were top notch and noise was such that conversation was easy.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Good for Groups
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 (Austin)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Carillon exceeded my expectations on every front, but specifically the food. I did the 3-course tasting menu for $35 and was expecting a well-prepared meal. I ended up being blown away by the composition of each plate and savored every bite. What a deal that $35 was! I am a vegetarian and frequently feel like main courses for vegetarians are afterthoughts (e.g. a compilation of side items from the rest of the menu), but my entree of Parisian gnocchi with fennel, squash, and oyster mushrooms was phenomenal and packed with flavor. The ambiance was also great and offers an open view of the kitchen while still feeling incredibly spacious. I recommend this restaurant to everyone.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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 (Austin)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Nice and quiet. Expensive but I knew that before I booked. First time for dinner. I prefer the restaurant for their lunch brunch.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Outstanding food and service. One of our best dining experiences in Austin; and that says a lot!

We will definitely be back.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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 (Austin)·Dined on June 3, 2017

We did the 5-course tasting menu and the chef was willing to switch out the octopus for the lamb ribs. All of the food was wonderful! The sommelier helped us choose a wine that complemented the food well and was reasonably priced.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour
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 (Austin)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Fabulous cuisine and customer service! Hats off to the entire culinary team. The Carillon is one of our favorite restaurants in town!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Paleo Friendly, Happy Hour, Romantic, Business Meals, Afternoon Coffee, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Healthy, Casual, Authentic, Disabled Access, Notable Wine List, Afternoon Tea, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Organic, Special Occasion
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 (Dallas)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Very much enjoy eating here when we come to UT Austin. Good food, good service, relaxed atmosphere, but you can dress up and celebrate with your student or sit back and chill as well.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Excellent service. Our waiter Cole was attentive without being overbearing. The food was fantastic. I will be back again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Houston)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Good, but nothing too exciting ! In building with other restaurants. Most people have to valet.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 27, 2017

We met another couple for dinner and , as usual, it was wonderful. The food is always outstanding and very conducive to visiting with friends. The service is attentive but not rushed. It is especially nice to dine here when staying at the hotel.

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 (Austin)·Dined on April 6, 2017

Carillon is one of my favorite places in Austin to eat. The service is always excellent and the food is delicious and beautiful! I do not understand why it isn't packed every night!
The Sea bass was excellent!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Austin)·Dined on April 5, 2017

The food would have been so much more amazing if they had held back on the salt. The beet chips in the beet salad which was otherwise fabulous were way too salty. Same applies to the octopus appetizer. Way too much salt. There are those of us who don't need so much salt and prefer to taste the food instead of having it so briny. Loved everything else however.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Austin)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Ladies night out. Dinner before seeing the musical Carol King.

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 (Austin)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Came here dinner ahead of an event at The Blanton. Long breaks between courses. Didn't get to entrees until 2 hours after we arrived and had to skip the pre-fixe dessert. Ordered strip steak medium rare. Came out well done, and it was so salty that I could feel/taste the grains of salt in my mouth. My wife's steak was overcooked, but not salty. I usually don't go out of my way to leave a negative review because I chalk it up to a restaurant having a bad night. But our meal did not meet expectations.

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 (Austin)·Dined on March 7, 2017

Our servers seem to disappear after each item was served -- there wasn't much follow up.
Twice I had to ask that our water glasses be refilled. The food was good, nicely prepared
and presented. There doesn't seem to be any space where a conversation can be held
easily -- the noise level is pretty high, and the quieter part of the restaurant seemed closed.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Unfortunately, the place seemed lost during our last visit . We have visited a number of times before and always left impressed with the food, and service was always very good. I do not know if they changed chef, but the place lost its charm during this visit. Service was attentive but full of mistakes and impositions, not up to the restaurant that it used to be. Food was not properly executed, except for a perfectly cooked and presented Chilean sea bass. The rest of the meal had no reason to be in the table in the way it was executed. The abuse of the sous vide technique was obvious in the New York steak, which looked gray and improperly seared - looked like a bad tuna steak. We left with a sad feeling of losing a great place, but hoping that it was only a bad night. It is tough to succeed in the restaurant buisiness in a city such as Austin; we are quite spoiled with all the great & talented chefs running kitchens here. I sincerely hope that The Carillon can see through this glitch.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 25, 2017

My husband asked for a lettuce salad but nothing. Our friend ordered the most popular salad and the dressing was pure vinegar, she couldn't eat it. Three of us ordered the short ribs for $33. It was tasteless and served in a small bowl not even placed on a plate. Non of us finished our plates . We had to ask for bread and was given bread slices, not even rolls. We will never return.

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 (Austin)·Dined on February 21, 2017

Good experience service was first class food just right

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Innovative cuisine! The food was imaginative and delicious. The chicken fried quail was juicy and well-seasoned. The short ribs were amazingly fork tender and delicious. Our waitress was knowledgeable and attentive. Our dinner from cocktails to dessert was a delightful experience.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Austin)·Dined on February 16, 2017

The food was very good. I normally each here for lunch but did dinner last week as i needed to meet up with a friend. Had the lamb which was excellent!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 7, 2017

Chef Dan and his team did a fantastic job. We had the Chilean sea bass and braised short ribs. Food quality and presentation were superiir. Our server Blake was efficient and friendly. First time diners but will not be the last.

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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on February 1, 2017

We love Carillon! We don't understand why it isn't packed every night. the service was excellent. We had the 5 course with wine pairings. Best place in Austin!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Delightful experience. Our first time at The Carillon and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Staff was most helpful, food and beverage quality was excellent.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Cozy
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on January 27, 2017

We had a great server - very helpful and personable!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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