Geraldine’s

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$31 to $50
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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.
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OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary sunday jazz brunch

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful place! Great vibe with amazing music. Great food

VW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every plate and drink we tried was fantastic. Beautiful setting and great service. Outside of a few rambunctious bachelorette celebrations intruding on our date night, would highly recommend for romantic nights out.

AM
Austin
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great round table for a party of 6. That gets bonus points from me. Quality dishes. Lovely ambiance with views of pool or downtown. We had a great time.

BD
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot. Nice outdoor poolside area with a large fireplace. Food was delish. Shared plates. we had the shrimp hushpuppies, cauliflower and shortribs. All were excellent.

AW
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Food was bland (almost every single person at our table left more than half the food on their plate). Although it was a fairly slow night we all received our meals at different times. Our party of 8 attended to celebrate the conclusion of a large work event. We had individuals from Canada, Denver, Southern California and Nebraska and ALL were disappointed. Would NOT recommend! So very disappointed and NOT worth the price.

AM
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch in Austin! Food was excellent and live jazz really set the mood for a fun brunch in Austin!!

TS
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

The food was AMAZING and made up for the subpar service offered by our waiter—he was terrible. Two thumbs up for the Crispy Short Ribs, the Jerk Marinated Pork Chop and the Grilled Texas Quail! All three were perfectly prepared, full of flavor and had distinctive tastes.

J
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gearaldines is always a great experience. The service was attentive but not overbearing, the food was amazing, and the ambiance was spectacular.

j
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing, best meal we had in Austin! Great space and the live music rocks!

N
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Poor service put a dapper on our brunch experience.

Hamburger was good - but at 20.00 not THAT good.

Quinoa salad was satisfying and fresh

Sticky Carmel bun to share was yummy

SF
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Geraldine's was great! We attended for a brunch with some girlfriends. The atmosphere was great, service was very nice, and the food was wonderful. A little pricey, but there was no skimping on anything which was nice. It got a little loud with the Jazz band that came in, but we were still able to talk freely without having to yell, and the musicians were very good. We had the crab toast, brunch salad, some pastry items, bacon, coffee, roasted potatoes, and more and all was good. We would definitely recommend coming back here!

Geraldine’s
Responded on October 1, 2019

Hi SamanthaF, thanks so much for the wonderful review. Happy to hear ya'll had fun brunching with us. Looking forward to having you next time. Cheers

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JH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

I was celebrating my birthday and had a blast! We had a terrible server at first and had to complain to manager. Manager quickly rectified the situation by giving us Pete who was awesome. The live band was incredible and wish they could’ve played longer.

Geraldine’s
Responded on October 1, 2019

Hi JeannetteH, glad Pete was able to save the night!! Thanks for joining us for you bday celebration. Hope to see you again. Cheers

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R
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Limited menu choices for a restaurant and no choices for bar food. Music was great service was very good in spite of a slow kitchen with no serving flow for entrees. Great atmosphere.

Geraldine’s
Responded on October 1, 2019

Hi Russ, thank you for the comments about your experience. In case you come back and looking for bar food, we do offer burgers and chicken sandwiches that are not on the dinner menu. Thank you again, Cheers

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OT
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a wonderful experience. Creative and accessible food in a lovely space that is elegant but not stuffy. Love the fourth floor location with spacious bar and access to the pool and pool bar to enjoy on a comfortable evening. Service is knowledgable and engaged without being too intrusive. I just loved the menu. Very balanced plates meant for sharing that allow a couple to get a variety of tastes. Loved the popover—crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside with that addictive bacon butter. The short ribs were smoky and rich, paired well with the fresh slaw; the quail was quite nice in a curry that was more of a tom yum broth... very subtle which might be too light if you wanted something more rich; and the butternut squash was a well thought out complement of flavors. And don’t pass on the inventive cocktails—a fairly long list that will surely appeal to any mood. Just a really great experience!

Geraldine’s
Responded on October 1, 2019

Hi Anonymous. Wow! Thank you so much for the lovely review. We really appreciate the comments. We are changing up our cocktail list this coming week. Have some fun fall flavors coming through. Thank you again and we hope to see you soon, Cheers

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LB
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Geraldine's food is terrific - and they have a great selection and variety offered on the menu. The jazz brunch was terrific - a very nice background and not too loud so as to interfere with table conversation.

Geraldine’s
Responded on September 28, 2019

Hi LaurenB, thank you so much for the lovely review. Glad you enjoyed brunching with us and enjoyed the live music. Hope you join us again soon. Cheers

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K
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super service & food

Geraldine’s
Responded on September 28, 2019

Hey Kyle, thanks for writing us a review. Glad you enjoyed everything. Cheers

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CB
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was fabulous. We had a business dinner for six and it was a perfect setting. Food, service, and atmosphere were all great. Drink menu is superb. Highly recommend, especially for business dinners or gatherings and special occasions.

Geraldine’s
Responded on September 28, 2019

Hi CaseyB, thank you so much for the fabulous review. Glad ya'll had a good time for your business dinner. Hope that you join us again next time. Cheers

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to brunch for my birthday and when they brought us to the table they gave me a birthday card and had the staff sign it. It was a really nice touch!

Geraldine’s
Responded on September 28, 2019

Hi Anonymous, thanks so much for the lovely review. Happy to hear we added that special extra for your birthday. Hope to see you next time you're in Austin. Cheers

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SR
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Walked in and loved the ambiance. We were seated and server basically threw the menus at us. He then came back and said “oh, it’s sharable type plates” and then walked away again. The cocktails were not great, although quail and filet minon dishes were incredible. Place has potential, but bad service is not acceptable.

Geraldine’s
Responded on September 28, 2019

Hi StarR. Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. I am sorry to hear the service was offered like that. Thank you for letting us know. Although glad to hear you enjoyed the dishes. We hope you give us another try in the future. Cheers

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J
Wilmington
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great spot for brunch! Big open room seating which makes it a little loud but fun. Great place for a group night out, social hours, etc. Great live music for brunch!

Geraldine’s
Responded on September 28, 2019

Hi toothdocJenny, thanks so much for the lovely review. Appreciate the feedback and happy to hear you enjoyed brunching with us. Hope to see you again soon. Cheers

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M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicately prepared and very well plated. Exotic flavors well balanced. Portions were kind of small, but we were made known of this in advance by our waitress. Cocktails could improve.

Geraldine’s
Responded on September 28, 2019

Hi Marco, thanks for writing us a review on your experience. Thank you for trying us out while in Austin. Cheers

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SR
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant beautiful, our server, Amber , was excellent..so knowledgeable, professional and very helpful with the menu.
She steered us in wonderful directions about what to order and it did not disappoint!
Truly one of the best meals I have had in a long time!

Geraldine’s
Responded on September 28, 2019

Hi SusanR, thank you so much for the lovely review. Glad to here Amber took care of ya'll and offered a great experience. We hope to see you again soon. Cheers

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The venue, good, artisan cocktails did not disappoint. All was as expected with the exception of the extraordinary table service provided by Keith. Pleasant. Assured. Knowledgeable. Passionate about our experience. He was the difference between a wonderful dining experience and an evening with memories to last a lifetime!

Geraldine’s
Responded on September 28, 2019

Hi Anonymous, thank you so much for the warm compliments. We are happy to hear Keith really treated you to an experience. Again, thank you and we hope you join us again. Cheers

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SH
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The menu is quite limited but we like small plates and there were several. Our waiter was outstanding.

Geraldine’s
Responded on September 28, 2019

Hey SusanH, thanks so much for the review. Appreciate the kind words! Glad you enjoyed everything. Cheers

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M
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was the Holy Trinity of food, service, and ambiance!

Geraldine’s
Responded on September 17, 2019

Hey Mountaineer4, thanks so much for the awesome review. Glad to hear you enjoyed everything. Cheers

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JV
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent brunch drinks and menu. We appreciated the attentive service

Geraldine’s
Responded on September 17, 2019

Hi JulienneV, happy to hear you had an excellent time brunching with us. Glad you had a good time. Cheers

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g
Houston
94 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

We went for Sunday Brunch and sat at the bar. There was a terrific jazz combo singing and playing music. The vibe there is wonderful and it's a very open bright space. Our bartenders ( 2 gentlemen) were great and friendly. We had a couple mimosas and then ordered our food. After about 25 minutes our food had not come and our bartender said he would go check on it and we said, it's ok we aren't in a hurry but he went anyway. When our food came we had another mimosa. We were disappointed in the food. The pork benedict was very salty AND the small salad it came with was even more salty??? They should never salt greens on a plate. The crab avocado toast was pretty good. Maybe it could have used a little more avocado on the spread but there was plenty of crab.. We looked on google to check out other reviews and no one had mentioned the saltiness of the food. So maybe it was just a one time thing. When we got our bill, the bartender comped us 2 mimosas because the lateness of our food. We didn't ask for that so that was very nice of him. I don't live in Austin and if and when I return I would give it another try.

Geraldine’s
Responded on September 17, 2019

HEy Golferdude1, thank you for taking the time to write us a review on your brunch experience. I have relayed your comments to the chef. We appreciate this type criticism and will fix it right away. Glad to hear you had a good time otherwise. Again, thank you for your review and hope you do give us another try. Cheers

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KJ
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love Geraldine's. We went for Sunday brunch and a band was playing soft music and they were fantastic. I had the chicken sandwich and it was the best. Other girls got pancakes, benedicts, and hash and they all said the food was delicious. We were a group of 7 who were in town for a bachelorette party. Sunday morning we woke up feeling/looking rough and realized we weren't going to be able to make our reservation on time. Geraldine's allowed us to move the time back by 30 minutes, no questions asked. The staff was polite and professional and the ambiance was perfect. I recommend parking in valet - $10.

Geraldine’s
Responded on September 17, 2019

Hi KJCC, WOW! Thank you so much for all of the amazing comments. Glad that you and you bachelorette party enjoyed everything. Happy to hear we were able move back your reservation. Again, thank you and glad you enjoyed yourselves here. Cheers

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SM
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The restaurant was unpleasantly noisy. Live music for brunch is a nice idea but not when it hurts your ears and makes conversation impossible. Plus, as an added bonus, I got sick from my food. Stay away from the Cuban Benedict. Total waste of your time and money.

KS
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, unique food, and delicious cocktails!

Geraldine’s
Responded on September 17, 2019

Hi KimberlyS, thanks so much for the lovely review. Glad to hear you enjoyed everything. Hope to have you join us again soon, Cheers

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the ambience! They have a great kids menu. I got the pork belly and collar greens melt, it was overly salty. Husband got the carnitas, for the price, he expected portion to be a little bigger. However, overall it was a good experience and will definitely come back.

Geraldine’s
Responded on September 17, 2019

Hi ThemyN, thanks so much for taking the time to write us a review about your lunch experience. Glad to hear ya'll had a good time. See you again soon, Cheers

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OT
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Was very disappointed with the service -- everyone's meals came out at wildly different times and there was no apology from the staff for this discrepancy.

Geraldine’s
Responded on September 17, 2019

Hi Anonymous, I am sorry to hear about your negative experience while dining with us. Not sure if you dined with us during breakfast or dinner, but our dinner menu is designed as a shared plates menu and intended to be coursed out for the table. We do accommodate single dishes per person on request. Thank you again for your feedback. Cheers

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MM
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

Service was horrible. Food was good.

Geraldine’s
Responded on September 17, 2019

Hi MacarenaM, thank you for your feedback. Cheers

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OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great place! Will go back!

Geraldine’s
Responded on September 17, 2019

Hi Anonymous, thanks for the great feedback. See you again. Cheers

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JF
Kansas City
34 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

We were so excited to eat here. The reviews were promising. We arrived early (thinking we could get in sooner) and were told there were no open tables. However there were 7-8 tables open and many walk ups without reservations being seated before us - first strike. While we waited, we went to the indoor bar and waited 10 min without as little as a "hello what can I get for you". So we headed to the outdoor pool bar and were told we could not order drinks there - same bar as the indoor area - 2nd and 3rd strike. We went back to the inside bar and finally caught someones attention. We went to the host stand sitting area. The host asked us on three different times in 45 minutes, after we had checked in, what our last name was - 4th strike. After an hour of waiting we were finally seated. We got to the table received coffee, which spilled over because the table was sticky and unbalanced. My husband got on all fours and moved the table leg pin down to balance it out. He should not have had to do this - 5th strike. He ordered a coffee and bailey's. The coffee arrived and no bailey's - 6th strike. We order...my eggs are raw...I asked for poached medium and the hubs potatoes were not cooked and very cold - we were told they would be diced and flash fried. They were whole baby potatoes and boiled with a little seasoning on them. They correct the eggs which are perfect this 2nd time. His potatoes are hot, but not fried or diced - 7th strike. We finish up. Wait for our check. A manager comes by and asks how everything is. We explain our problems and they take care of our bill. Not what we expected or asked for but it did help us feel better. She explained the kitchen was understaffed and was really sorry. We loved the ambiance - great interior space and great trio playing. I'd give them another chance because they tried to make things right. The waitress was attentive and very nice. Overall a bad experience but not the end of the world.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was good, drinks were okay, service was great. I thought it was going to be closer to Mattie’s than to Upstairs at Caroline’s. I prefer Eberlys for the same cost

JS
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Went for breakfast. 2 tiny pieces bacon burned, eggs burned not medium forgot toast. Very expensive, excessively expensive for nothing.

Geraldine’s
Responded on September 17, 2019

Hi JasonS, I am sorry to hear about your negative experience for breakfast at Geraldines. Appreciate your feedback and will relay to the Chef. Thank you again, Cheers

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my 32nd bday and came in for brunch. Dashes was our server and was amazing. He took care of us greatly! Everyone absolutely loved everything they ordered. That chicken sandwich, guuuurrrrl! Was everything!!! Soooo good! Thank you for the amazing service & hospitality for my bday! Oh & the place itself is absolutely picture perfect! 👌🏼 💕💖🌈💋

Geraldine’s
Responded on August 31, 2019

Hi Anonymous, Wow, thank you for the amazing review. Happy to hear Dashe took care of ya'll during brunch. We are glad that you had an awesome experience for your bday. Looking forward to having you back. Cheers

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LS
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food, great ambiance, and lovely live jazz ❤️

Geraldine’s
Responded on August 31, 2019

Hi LaurynS, thank you for writing us a review. Appreciate the lovely feedback. Cheeers

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