Geraldine’s

4.5
1282 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

    Multiple dates available

    After months of recipe testing, Geraldine's presents: Birds, Bubbles, and Blues! Every Thursday evening beginning at 5:30pm, join us for our special spicy fried chicken, half off bottles and glasses of Moet + Chandon, and live music starting at 8:30pm.

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 1282 people are saying
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We were there for the Jazz Brunch. The music was great. It was relaxing and we enjoyed ourselves. But, if your friend group is used to brunching with inexpensive mimosas - this is not for you.

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vipchingram
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a great time - had the waiter order for us and the food was incredible. Highly suggest!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Ambiance was great .. live music to die for .. food seems like an afterthought for management..small portion sizes .. high prices , ordered salmon Benedict .. turned out to be a thin slice of salmon .. layered on huge piece of bread .. cocktails and fruit juices were .. worth visiting for maybe cocktails but nothing great aside of that ..,

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MaryT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The menu doesnt say tapas but these are tiny dishes to be shared. Biscuits and beet salad were great. Everything else was mediocre. Striped bass was non existent...just cucumbers and watermelon. Would not eat here again.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fried chicken night was delish. Smoked carrots are a must have and Keith was awesome!

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PaulaG
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Limited overpriced menu but tasty. Music was good, venue best part of the evening,very romantic

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went last Sunday for brunch. Overall it was a pleasant experience. The food is quite nice, and the waitress is very friendly and helpful. It often has jazz live show on Sunday morning, which plays nice background music when friends gather together…

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
12 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

We made a reservation several weeks in advance, and specified Outdoor Seating. When we arrived, they took us to an indoor table. When we asked, the host said we could "sit outside but we need the table in an hour." What tha? That was not planned well by the restaurant.

Our server was knowledgeable and welcoming. She made a great drink recommendation and knew the dishes well. But we wanted to order a hamburger, which was on signs in the lobby and people said great things about. But it's not available in the restaurant, only on the pool deck, which is literally 40 feet away. Annoying.

Food came at a good place and was flavorful. A vegetarian main dish would be appreciated.

Then one dish didn't come. The waiter was handling many tables, so we didn't have anyone check on us for about 30 minutes, which then made it too late for that dish. Waiter apologized and took it off the bill. No biggie but one more small annoyance to not get everything and not have anyone stop by to check and fix a small mistake, quickly.

At the end of the meal, we went out to watch the sunset. It would have been really nice to be out there for the meal. It's legit why we came there.

Price was fair for the ambiance, waiter, and food. Not mad at it but too many annoyances to want to go back. And it's on Rainy Street, so street level is slamming bass from the bars and silly scooters dodging thru cars.

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Jason
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Seems like menu has been trimmed down since last time. I would have liked more options for dinner entrees. Overall was great night out for our anniversary celebration.

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juliev
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch!

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Jackie
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing spot for special occasions. Brought my 10 girls here for a bachelorette brunch and it was a good (calm) start to our Saturday on Rainey St. Highly recommend! Brent was a fantastic server!

JD
JD22
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The ambience and service were really the bright spots of the dinner the food, presented pleasantly, was rather pedestrian in taste. Not inspiring in the least.

The service was fantastic, and the view from the pool was stellar.

Would probably return for drinks at the bar, but would not eat there again.

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MillaD
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply put - one of the best restaurants in town. My partner and I came to Geraldine's on a Thursday evening and had one of our greatest dining experiences ever. Everything from the food, to the live music, to the service and drinks were outstanding. My partner and I both come from a background in hospitality and culinary arts, so we tend to be a bit picky about our food and wait service. That being said, Geraldine's exceeded any and all expectations we had walking in. I recommend this place 100%. Must try the maple butter biscuits (best I have ever had). Truly a gem of a restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We requested a seating away from the entrance and high traffic and it was accommodated. Our server Tai (spelling ? ) was excellent. She was very attentive and engaging. We came to try out the Bird, Bubbles and Blues Thursday experience. The chicken was spicy good and most especially the half off Moët bubbly. However we could not experience the Blues since it starts at 8:30 and there is no spot by the bar to enjoy it after dinner. It would have been better if the band starts at 8 instead.

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RCMB
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Best. I enjoyed the Food and the Music. I will return !

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting our daughter in Austin, brunch was amazing, highlight recommend the sticky buns.

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vipBrianB
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were running early for our brunch reservation, so called to change the time and they were very accommodating. The service was attentive and meal was tasty and plentiful. We thoroughly enjoyed the music and wished that we could have stayed longer but were told that they needed our table, so left shortly after receiving our check. We will try them for dinner next time and if asked to give up our table, will see if we can move to the bar.

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vipDGO1
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Menu consists of small plates to share. Everything we ordered was delicious. The hotel parking garage was full, and consequently the valet was closed except for hotel guests. This may have been due to the hotel opening to 100% occupancy and most guests driving to Austin for Memorial Day weekend instead of flying. Minor inconvenience because the restaurant experience was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience1

We entered and got seated without issue upon arrival with no wait time. We each ordered a cocktail and they arrived within 5 minutes of ordering. We placed an order for the biscuit and the Brussel Sprouts to start while we were deciding on what other items we wanted to try. Within minutes of getting our drinks we had gnats swarming around our table requiring swatting away. One landed in my cocktail and my fiancé fished it out for me. I then proceeded to cover my drink with my napkin to avoid further likelihood that it would land in my drink. The Brussel sprouts were delivered to the table after 10 minutes from ordering by another waiter. Our waiter delivered the biscuits after 15minutes making this the 2nd time he came to our table after we placed our drink order at which point it was brought to his attention about the gnats swarming and he said ‘Oh how unfortunate let us know if the gnat goes in your drink again and we can make you a new one” at this time the entire dining experience was ruined for us especially with the constant swatting of the gnats flying around. We had intentions of ordering several more items but at that time we decided it would be better to leave and take our business elsewhere. It is also unfortunate because it is a demerit with the health department and now a complaint has been filed with the health department. Hope they are able to resolve their issues and provide a better dining experience for others.

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vipNeboR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was delicious and nicely presented and the drinks were amazing. However, it was really really cold in the restaurant which made us leave right after we finished the food. It might be an Austin thing, we definitely didn’t enjoy it.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing time! Went for Sunday brunch after graduation. Great jazz band and service. The espresso martini is to die for and then we made our own meal. Biscuits with friend chicken and a poached egg.

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LeeC
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The music was exceptional. That was the best part of the visit. We stayed the night and MH3 was definitely the best part of the stay. The champagne for our 35th anniversary was a very nice surprise! Much appreciated!

All-in-all, this was a very nice stay!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great table, front and center of live music!

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SusanO
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Menu was a bit confusing at first, but our server did a great job of explaining the concept, which is shared plates, family-style. It was lovely.

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MichaelM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service by Alaina, great drinks from the bar. The food was excellent, the Brussel sprouts, the ribs, and beets were awesome.
Live music after dinner.

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william
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Geraldines location in the Hotel Van Zandt is fantastic.
This particular visit was very disappointing however due to short staff colliding with graduation weekend and nascar overtaking Austin. They had not prepared.
Reservations were set, however there was still a wait to get in. We were led to our table that had syrup & sticky covering most of it, flies and gnats buzzing the table, jazz trio had played & left by the time we were seated (they were billed as playing during the brunch but listed no times) It took over an hour to get our meals, although there was food on the floor under each table within eyeshot.
When food arrived it was good.
Our waitress was doing the work of 3 people & it was not fair to her.

Hope this was an isolated experience and that Geraldines can clean up these issues to become the restaurant that it portrays itself to be.

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Shannon
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

We had made plans to go to Geraldine’s for a special brunch for my daughter. The food, drinks and ambiance were top notch, but the service was below expectations. It was moderately busy for a Saturday afternoon brunch at 1pm. It took well over 43 minutes before we had our food, with no explanation on the waitress only checking on us one time during that period. We had to inquire with the maitre’d where our food was before it was located in the kitchen and brought out. The food was not so warm that it was fresh, but we were too hungry to wait for them to correct. There was no explanation or apologies from the waitress at all. Otherwise, it was a wonderful experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience5

First time at Geraldines today. I thought the place was beautiful and the live jazz was great. I ordered the Eggs Benedict and the Ricotta Toast. The Eggs Benedicts were delicious. However, I felt like the Ricotta Toast needed a different type of cheese or more sweetness. The service was a little bit slow too.

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HillaryL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, live music was wonderful. Loved this place.

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vipDisneyfoodlover
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The host was more concerned with her own priorities than greeting, seating, or thanking customers. The food was good, but everything needed a little more salt/seasoning. The biscuits were ok, but the honey butter was really good. Our server never filled our water and was very slow to clear plates between courses. They even left the extra place settings on the table after we sat down (2 people at a 4 person table).

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Thursday Fried Chicken event was awesome.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

It did not meet my expectations!

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Meggie
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was AMAZING! My fiancé asked for whiskey recommendations and he said the two drinks he had were the best he had ever had. 10/10 recommend for a nice date night or special occasion just due to the price! The live music was amazing and they did a great job with my dietary restrictions!

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AubreyG
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A marvelous restaurant overall with excellent food and drink, we felt especially taken care of for our anniversary! It was lovely to be back out in society again and enjoying fine food, ambiance, sunset and live music. The waitstaff was very courteous and helped us celebrate our special day in style!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was so good! Best greens and coffee I’ve had. It was only loud do to the Sunday music speakers being turned up high. Other then that it was very relaxing. Prices were reasonable and really great honest service. I didn’t feel rushed.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food2service5ambience5

Service and drinks were amazing! I didn’t catch our servers name but she was really awesome
The $18 burger we ordered was not really great, but the drinks and service made up for that

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vipJulieJ
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! The food was exciting and they were really able to cater to our food intolerances! We will be back!

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vipSusieH
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

We came for our anniversary brunch - the ambiance was amazing - decor and the jazz branch was on point. The cocktails were great and that’s as far as we got. Pretty sure our server never put in our order and after waiting over an hour we had to leave without ever eating because we had other plans. We were really disappointed as we were really looking forward to trying the food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience3

Our party of five received 4 entrees and waited 36 minutes to receive the 5th. After multiple inquiries, there was never an apology and the staff seemed to not care at all. About anything. Would not recommend. What was convenient because of the hotel became very inconvenient.

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Geraldine’s is rated 4.5 stars by 1282 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.