Geraldine’s

4.7
1130 Reviews
$31 to $50
Farm-to-table
Offering a bat's-eye-view of Lady Bird Lake and the downtown skyline, Geraldine's is named after the famed guinea fowl that once roamed Rainey Street. Respect for Austin's history and culture seeps into every part of the restaurant, from the local ingredients featured in our Chef's contemporary menu to the nightly concert lineup—because there is no Austin without live music. Take shelter from the Texas sun at our adjacent rooftop lounge, complete with private cabanas and outdoor seating.
[NOTE: Our rooftop lounge, private cabanas, and outdoor seating will be closed through 3/1/21]

Experiences

  • Birds, Bubbles & Blues

    Jan 7 - May 27, 2021

    After months of recipe testing, Geraldine's presents: Birds, Bubbles, and Blues! Every Thursday evening, join us for spicy fried chicken, champagne bottle and glass specials, and live blues music.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1130 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
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4.7
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4.3
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AliyahM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience5

I wish I wasn’t moved to a different area just to find out that no one ended up coming to the table I was originally at. extremely disappointed because it ruined my night and I it was suppose to be a night of celebration. Luckily our sever was amazing but he charged me incorrectly. So other than that, Everything’s was good.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Went for brunch with the girls. Enjoyed my meal, server was fine, atmosphere was nice. I didn’t realize it was in the hotel van zandt which I guess is going through some remodeling, as the outside is very much under construction. I wish the singer in the band got a golden ticket to not wear a mask on stage, masks are not suitable for quality music making conditions.

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Andrea
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Brunch was not great, and the portions are on the smaller side for the price.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great live music

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

loved the atmosphere but thought service could have been better.

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AmyR
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience4

Went for brunch loved the cia seed pudding, biscuits were great texture but not warm enough to melt the butter. Short rib quesadilla was delicious as well! Overall would recommend for a nice jazz brunch with live music. Our server Liz was amazing! Will be back to try out dinner!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my husband’s 40th birthday surprise dinner on 1/8/21! We had a party of 8 and had the best time ever!! :) Everything was wonderful (service, food, drinks)! We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Came in on a Sunday for brunch with the girls. Overall great experience. This was a very beautiful restaurant and we had live music playing. I had the Benedict and I was very happy with my choice. Overall great brunch date with the girls!

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AimeeS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Experience was fantastic! Food, drinks and service were all excellent! It made our anniversary dinner the perfect experience. Highly recommended!!

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SIERRAB
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had such a lovely experience at Geraldines, the staff went out of their way to make sure my experience was good! They were impressively knowledgeable of the menu! And the food was DEVINE! I can’t wait to come back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

No atmosphere at all. Dull and boring

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vipSydneyGuy
Dallas
47 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Hotel Van Zandt and Geraldine’s are a perfect fit! Menu uncomplicated - flavors and presentation fantastic. Share plates made the meal friendly and easy... plenty of food for both of us.

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MairaA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing - Gary I think. He went above & beyond, & to me service is 70% of the experience. Great drinks & good food. Good vibes overall.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

It was very nice

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ShavalaM
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent, and we loved the Jazz music! Highly recommend!

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vipatxfoodie
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome dinner with live music!

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AnnaS
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a great time at Geraldine’s! Amazing food and Keith was an exceptional waiter. We look forward to going back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Breath-taking ambiance and one of the best meals I’ve had in Austin. Live music was a great touch as well. (Order the steak! You can cut it with a spoon!). I also ordered the Youre So Pretty and it’s one of my new favorite drinks (basically a floral martini)

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CEno
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

It was good, but not amazing like I expected. It took too long for a server to greet our table and take drinks- about 10 mins, and the service of drinks remained slow throughout the meal, but food came out with good timing. The server was pleasant and knowledgeable. I really liked the salty-sweet flavors in the burrata dish although I did not expect it to be sweet. I really went to try the roast chicken because I’m on the hunt for blow-your-mind restaurant chicken dishes and from the menu description this one reminded me of an amazing roast chicken I’ve had elsewhere. While this chicken was cooked to perfection with thin crispy skin sliced perfectly it was so bland even with the chimichurri. It was served with grilled lemon so I wish they would get rid of the chimichurri and serve it with a lemon jus, but that’s just my preference. I would go back at some point, but probably not any time soon because there are so many other places to try in Austin, but it was still a nice meal at a nice restaurant and the ambiance and private elevator to the restaurant made it feel fancy.

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ElaineC
Yukon
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oh! We really enjoyed our first visit!
Great service/helpful server! We loved our food had short ribs & quail! Yum!
The veggies are extraordinary too! Brussel sprouts-best ever! Drinks were excellent..made our Christmas!!
Thank you!

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vipToddH
Austin
14 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A very nice place to have Christmas dinner. The food and service was excellent. Our server was knowledge and very helpful on making our dinning experience enjoyable.

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vipLpar
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic atmosphere, great menu, and fabulous food. We celebrated a special evening and it was so beautiful and enjoyable.
Highly recommend this restaurant.

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KirkJ
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good Food and Service and very nice entertainment!

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PaulD
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chicken on the Upscale

It has been a long time coming to experience Geraldine’s after hearing about great things. It all started earlier in the day when we entered the Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt and noticed a poster board advertising Fried Chicken Thursday’s. This got our immediate attention and made reservations online.

We returned to the Van Zandt in the evening navigating around a construction crew outside to find out the elevator to the restaurant is activated at 5:30 PM sharp. Waited shortly in the lobby until able to go up to enter a darkly lit awe-inspiring place. We were the first guests and quickly seated to a nice table. I saw a stage, kitchen and bar. The intimate romantic atmosphere was perfect to celebrate our anniversary. The service was top notch.

As for our meal we ordered the Fried Chicken (4 pieces), Buttermilk Biscuits, Sweet Potatoes, and Brussels Sprouts. My drink was a Southern Sipper which was a bourbon drink with maple-pecan syrup with a cinnamon twist, and enjoyed it very much. Our special evening was treated like a five course where each item was brought to us separately starting with the biscuits and ended with the chicken. All the items were superb and plentiful. The fried chicken was the highlight. It was mildly spicy and not greasy. I was able able to eat it with a knife and fork without it being a mess. The flavor was perfect and truly was among to best in Austin.

I want to thank Geraldine’s for the surprise Chocolate Tart desert for our anniversary. We appreciate it!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it, everything was delicious and excellent service

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AlyssaP
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Want a perfect brunch spot, look no further!! Excellent!

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SallyAhn
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The interior is a bit worn. The website said that live music started at 8PM, but in fact it started at 9:30PM. Overall, a bit disappointed.

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LindsayY
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING! Will definitely go again! Excellent food and experience overall!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and trendy place

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Newy
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WE loved it and Eddy was a fabulous server......so joyful, seemed to love his job, and the food was excellent. I am visiting from out of state, but my son lives here and we will be back! Thank you!

Susan Neuenschwander
Fargo, ND

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place

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SimplySuggested
Austin
30 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed our brunch. Staff was extremely helpful and warm. Sadly music started once we finished our food. Hoping to go back there for dinner and listen to music.

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StephanieM
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience4

The brunch burger was our favorite dish we ordered. The short rib quesadilla was a let down. And the French toast was just ok.
The wait staff could’ve been slightly more attentice.

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vipbradb
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great brunch, warm and attentive service, the burger was stellar.

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JakeD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Way over priced for fairly simple meals and drinks. Cool atmosphere though

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great breakfast with live jazz band playing.

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nescensanecati
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place, live music, the bar is amazing. Recommended!!!

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SaraS
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was so friendly and helped to make our Thanksgiving meal a fun night despite the circumstances. Unfortunately the outside patio and the view were obstructed due to construction and live music is not happening but the ambience and food were delightful perfection. I am so happy that I chose this restaurant for our special night.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was lovely. The bartenders whipped me up a delicious mocktail and the food and vibe were all in sync! Great place :)

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LindsayS
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Exceptional food. I got the short rib, my husband got the flat iron steak and both were so yummy. Great atmosphere with live music on Saturday night. Would definitely recommend.

FAQs

Geraldine’s is rated 4.7 stars by 1130 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.