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Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant - Austin

4.3
55 reviews
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$30 and under
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Comfort Food
Perfect For:
  • Good for Groups
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Neighborhood Gem

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About

Fado is an excellent choice for pub favorites and fresh, from-scratch seasonal specials that will reset your expectations of food in an Irish pub. We're currently featuring new seasonal craft beers and housemade cocktails along with a new Snack menu designed for groups looking to share
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Comfort Food, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Irish
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Hours of operation
Monday - Friday: 11:15am - 2am

Saturday/Sunday: Open early (see sports schedule) - 2.15am
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Phone number
(512) 457-0172
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Kristina Vukela
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Private party facilities
No Reservation Fee - No Deposit Necessary - Traditional Irish Food - Extensive draught and bottle beer, wine and spirits list. Pricing available upon request.
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Private party contact
Sarah Brown: (512) 457-0172
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Catering
Give us a call and place your lunch order in advance. We can get your lunch started while you make your way over from the office OR we can package it up for you for takeout.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
4th St and Lavaca
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Entertainment
Please visit our website for details of live music, live European sports, Pub Quiz and other special events.
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Special events & promotions
Fadó is a wonderful place to celebrate with a group. We offer a wide variety of high quality food and drink options from light appetizers to full dinners. We’ll customize a menu based on your needs. Our goal is to help create a memorable event and to make evaluation and booking process easy.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.3
service
4.3
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Love Fado. Sucks that it is closing after St. Patrick's Day. Really disappointed to find that out. Very very sad. My Austin is slowly disappearing.

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2017

Best Irish Pub we have been to in Texas!! Not only is the decor straight from the old country, the food, service, and hospitality are as well. We always dine here when attending events near downtown, but also go for date nights. Weekends will often feature live music, which just enhances the experience. A must for anyone wanting to be Irish! Salante!!

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5.0Dined on October 31, 2017

This is a great location for watching sports with your friends. Lots of excitement and tons of tvs. The thing i love most about it is the fact that it’s a sports bar yet cozy. Those two things are difficult to find at the same time. We love it here!

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5.0Dined on September 28, 2017

We had to cancel our trip to Ireland at the last minute, and while NOT in Ireland, Fado served as an awesome substitute for amazing food and Guinness!

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5.0Dined on September 15, 2017

Great food and very friendly wait staff. Highly recommend this Pub for a night out with friends

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2017

All around good no complaints

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2017

Excellent place to reboot and enjoy some drinks with ac meal. Guinness girls showed up and gave away free drinks which always makes the night better and the meal.

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2.0Dined on April 22, 2017

This restaurant is definitely a pub and should not be on OpenTable as taking reservations as no one working there has any knowledge of a host/hostess stand much less a reservation or reserved table. If there was a wait we could have had an issue because we had a show time after our 'reserved' dinner time. And service was blasé enough to make it tight even though we sat immediately. Thankfully the food was very good and drinks were fun.

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3.0Dined on February 26, 2017

Cleaned our own tables, made reservations a week in advance and they were not prepared. I don't honestly know why they use open table. Our waitress had to be asked 3 times for most things. All in all I should rate it worse but the person we went there for loves it and the Guinness (not cheap) was good!

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2017

Delicious food with a laid-back atmosphere. Server was personable.

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2017

Great dinner date place! Filling meals at an affordable price.

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4.0Dined on January 7, 2017

Lots of fun, but 'cozy'; not the place for claustrophobes.

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1.0Dined on November 19, 2016

Worst experience possible. This place called me 3 hrs to my reservation (8 people, celebration, came from over an hour away) to tell me they forgot that they were having a stewfest and they might be able to seat us outside. Not the best scenario; but That was fine, considering at this point-it's Saturday in Austin and having a party of this size we would not be able to get reservations anywhere else.

At 729 we called to let them know our cab took the wrong street and we would be 10-15 minutes late. The girl on the phone said no problem, and thanks for the heads up.

At 741 we show up, only to be told they can't give us a table.

My husband has done 5 tours overseas in the US army. This was his first celebration home for his birthday. We had family and friends plan this for weeks.

This place sucks. If you have any family or friends in any service, don't go here. If there was a problem they could of told us when we called to say we were running late.
There were no apologies, suggestions.

Thanks Fado for being the worst restaurant experience on OpenTable possible.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2016

Loved the atmosphere and service was great! The traditional Irish decorations and menu made for a wonderful evening!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2016

Excellent as always!!

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2016

The service was incredible per usual.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2016

I have the corned beef & cabbage big plate chased down with a couple of Irish coffees whenever I visit. The wife loved the fish & chips with Guinness.

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4.0Dined on January 29, 2016

This pub was like a traditional Irish pub, but a bit quieter. The food was good, but nothing special. Drinks were alright. This place isn't bad, but we might have came on a quiet day.

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2016

The service, atmosphere and dining experience was delightful. It was our anniversary and the staff made us feel welcome and comped our dessert

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2.0Dined on December 29, 2015

I've NEVER been to a more ANNOYING restaurant in my life. The entire evening there was a REDICULOUS trivia game going on. Geeks everywhere who apparently regularly play. A guy with a microphone screaming out questions and answers from a stage right next to the table! Couldn't have polite dinner conversation! Why leave that table there for someone to sit at or why not warn us??!?!?!? INSANE environment. Food fine. Drink menu fine. Atmosphere HORRIBLE!

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5.0Dined on November 26, 2015

I decided to eat here based on the menu that I read online. I've always loved Irish fare and this pub has that along with some American favorites with an Irish touch. I had the corned beef and cabbage big plate myself and it was simply outstanding. The Irish coffee was great and the dessert, hot fudge brownie with Guinness ice cream, was out of this world.

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5.0Dined on November 7, 2015

Stopped here after the Austin Celtic Festival. The food was good but not amazing. They had many Irish options, and we were impressed with the range. Traditional breakfast was really good.

Servers were VERY friendly and attentive.

Some of it generically resembles pubs I've visited in England and Ireland. But the whole place was cozy, friendly, and pleasant.

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5.0Dined on October 24, 2015

The food was great! The portions were quite large and the batter on the fish was the best I've had.

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2015

We are not from austin so picked fado restaurant from the Web site. LOVED it. Thought the decor was awesome and our food was great. We were there early evening for dinner so we would love to go back and experience the live music.

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3.0Dined on June 25, 2015

We had made a reservation for a group of seven via Open Table. Confirmed via email. I even called and spoke to the manager to confirm they had gluten free options and that we would be in the following evening. When we arrived, we were met by no one and wandered around until I was able to get the attention of one of the bartenders. She informed me that the tables had the names of the reservation holders on them - we just needed to find our table. We walked around a couple of times and did not find our name anywhere. After flagging down the bartender again, she got us some assistance - only to be told they didn't have our reservation. Hmmm. They created a space for us by pulling together two small round tables. Ah well. We were determined to enjoy ourselves, and due to the great company, we did! It was a while before we were acknowledged by the waiter and it seemed he struggled the whole time with being prompt and responsive. It became a joke anytime we went to request something, because someone would raise their hand to make a request and he would quickly walk off. That said, the food was good, the drinks were enjoyable - best of all we didn't let any of it keep us from having a great time. It seems like a nice place, and I'll definitely give it another try.

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3.0Dined on May 29, 2015

My wife and I like Irish Pubs and have visited this one twice. First experience was good. This second time was not so good. Although the place was almost empty, the staff got the food order wrong and it WAY too long to get our meal.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2015

We were looking for a great place to try a variety of whisk(e)y, local and others. This was the place. The food was great Irish Pub fare and the service was wonderful. Would recommend!

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2015

Went to Fado for a birthday dinner with a group of friends. Everyone had a great time, loved the food, and went away full! My friends were late and the manager sat down and chatted with me for a few minutes, even bought me a birthday shot! Our waitress was awesome, checked up on us just enough & was just very fun & sweet. Great place for any occasion or night out!

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2015

We were there prior to catching a show at Bass Hall. The Happy Hour specials were extremely reasonable and the portions were generous. The service was excellent. We had no need to be anxious about getting out the door on time to make the show.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2015

From the beer to the food to the adorable outdoor patio, Fado's was everything we hoped it would be. The wait staff was very attentive, even if we were the only ones sitting outside. And everything was relatively affordable and delicious.

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4.0Dined on February 12, 2015

Friends from far away came to visit and wanted to eat at a pub. Fadi's immediately came to mind and we were not disappointed. The owner spent a good deal of time chatting with us and that was nice. The food was decent too.

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4.0Dined on August 23, 2014

Saturday pre-ACL dinner with the wife. Very nice location, great for a pre-show dinner or appetizers. Cold draft Harps, excellent Burger Sliders and the Wedges with Moxties was delicious. Nice take on the Queso. Star of the show were the cheese Puffs - delectable little fluffy and buttery puffs filled with a nice blend of creamy goodness.
My wife left her glasses on the tabler, and our server chased us down on the street a half block from the pub to hand deliver them. Outstanding!

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2014

Authentic, made in Ireland, décor. There is nothing on the menu that isn't great, but the Lamb is the best of all!! Extensive beer and Irish Whiskey list, choices I didn't know existed. Great for gathering with friends, watching sports, St. Patrick's celebrations are second to none!!

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2014

Great pub fare and outstanding service! Not to mention an awesom live trivia event hosted by an equally awesome host!

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2014

We went here for dinner on a Monday night. The food was good. The wings were tasty...and the corned beef sandwich and reuben that we had were both very filling. The ambience was nice and quiet. Our server was very polite, personable, and helpful. The restaurant/bar was also very clean overall. Recommended.

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3.0Dined on December 28, 2013

If you don't have time for a flight to Dublin, this is fine and we will have to return and sample more of the menu in the relaxed setting

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4.0Dined on December 3, 2013

Service friendly, good food, traditional Irish pub

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3.0Dined on November 14, 2013

Food was good. Drinks were good. Waiter was excellent. Unfortunately, the music was too loud for my blood and my group had a difficult time having a meaningful conversation over dinner. I had just come from a Formula 1 race where the cars are very loud, but the music was too much for me. It was our 2nd year in a row to visit Fado's. Next time, we'll be a bit more aware of the music level before we dine in again.

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2013

As someone who came to Austin from the North of Ireland at the end of the summer, I've been dying to try an Irish pub since I got here. Fadó is an excellent restaurant and it was great to take my new friends out for a meal and give them an authentic taste of what home is for me. I will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on November 1, 2013

The best fish and chops and Shepards pie. You simply must get the brownie with Guiness ice cream for dessert

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