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About Geraldine’s

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.

605 Davis St
Austin, TX 78701
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast : Sunday – Saturday 7am -9am

Brunch: Sunday 9am – 1:30pm

Lunch: Monday - Saturday 11am – 1:30pm

Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5pm-10pm Friday - Saturday 5pm –10:30pm

Bar: Sunday -Thursday 5pm – 11:30pm Friday - Saturday 5pm – 12:30am

Cross Street:
Red River

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(512) 542-5300

Website:
http://www.geraldinesaustin.com/

Entertainment:
Geraldine’s will have nightly music 7 days a week. From singer/songwriters to Blues and Americana music, our stage will host some of the finest Texas talent available. Our brunch will also include live Jazz and soul music every Sunday. Please visit our website or follow us on Facebook for the weekly lineup.

Parking Details:
Valet is complimentary for dinner guests Sun - Thur

Regular rates apply all other days & meal periods

Executive Chef:
Stephen Bonin

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Your event will feature specialty menus created by Chef Stephen Bonin showcasing contemporary Texas fare. And you know we've got an in-house concert venue, right? Just imagine how awesome that local band you discovered will sound when piped through our state-of-the-art audio system on your big day. We can also partner up with Hotel Van Zandt, which has even more unique Austin event spaces available, each with catering from Geraldine's. For more info or to book your private event, email booking@geraldinesaustin.com

Geraldine’s Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (20)
Live Music (20)
Special Occasion (20)
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Scenic View (17)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Romantic (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Fun (9)
Happy Hour (9)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Tapas (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Healthy (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Business Meals (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Authentic (6)
Cozy (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
People Watching (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Casual (5)
Seasonal (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Waterfront (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 5 days ago

We were there for the jazz brunch, but the music started much later than we expected, so we completely missed out. The service was good. There were no decorations, music, food/drink specials to make it feel like the holidays - bah humbug! The food was ok, but nothing I'd make a special trip back for. The prices for brunch were ok, but adding the valet parking + tip on top made it rather spendy.

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

I booked the table in advance, and unfortunately, they didn't had it ready until 30 minutes after. This was a birthday dinner, so that's why I made it specific under my reservation.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Breakfast was served cold and took way too long. Even the coffee was cold. Service was terrible. We will never eat here again. We are guests of the hotel and regret dining here for brunch. It was awful.

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 (Austin)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great restaurant that always has tasty options. Third time to visit and have enjoyed each visit.

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

I’ve been there a few times and the bar service is great but my server was just AWFUL! I’ve had him as a server there before and each time he just gets worse. When I asked about a certain drink, he walked away as I was asking about it. He took my menus away a few times and brought them back while my friend and I were catching up.. we felt rushed even though I made reservations. I asked if it was ok another person was joining us and he said “it might be awkward but ok”. Food was great but service was bad.

Tags: Happy Hour
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·Dined on November 27, 2017

This place is over-priced for the portion. It is family style and small plate however each plate doesn't measure up to it's potential considering the price tag. I would probably not recommend this place for it's food but more it's ambiance and cocktails.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

We were pleasantly surprised that a hotel had a restaurant that could be a community place. The food was well prepared and the Music Brunch we attended was great. It did not feel like a place for hotel guests, it was a place for people, residents or not. We'll be back.

Tags: Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Went to the restaurant on Thanksgiving afternoon with some friends and had a great time with their small plates and excellent cocktails. Great service, great food and great ambiance. Will be back!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great for Sunday brunch! Live jazz playing whiling looking out at the cityscape is very relaxing. Our waiter was attentive and friendly. The food was very good as well. The décor is elegant and adds to the overall atmosphere.

Tags: Live Music, Scenic View, Great for Brunch
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Very pricey and small portions. Interesting menu set in a trendy spot

Tags: Scenic View, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Ate brunch today at Geraldines and we were really impressed. The ambiance was great. Our waitress was very attentive and the food was terrific. There was a 4 piece band playing in the background that was very good. It was a great first experience and we'll definitely be back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

I am a big fan of the place, so I highly recommend it to anyone. The whole van zandt hotel is beautiful, the staff is really welcoming and polite, the food is great, the aesthetics and atmosphere are very pleasant. One of the top choices in Austin.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 23, 2017

So bad... Service was awful and food overcooked. I don't know if this was just a meltdown weekend for the staff, or if they are this inept every weekend, but they desperately need a change.
I will say this though, the Front of the House Manager did step up after we expressed our frustration. He became our waiter, gave us desert, and cut the bill in half. We would have preferred paying full price and having a wonderful evening, but within the midst of a very bad evening he did try to make things right.

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Incredibly designed, great food and live music. Have been to Sunday Brunch a few times with live jazz music which is always great. Can be a tad loud at times so if in the mood for talking sit in back. I highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We had an amazing meal at Geraldines. You MUST order the smoke carrots - one of the top 3 dishes I have ever had at a restaurant. Gary was our server and did an excellent job. Can't say enough great things about this place.

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 (Austin)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Went for a music event. Totally overpriced wine at $15 a glass. I had requested the 'House Chardonnay' not realizing that the price was outrageous. No wonder Geraldine's make the most money on their drinks. Overcharges customers for a small glass of wine.

Tags: Live Music
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Not a good experience. I’m not sure that We actually had a server, and maybe that was the problem. We waited a long time to have our order taken. The first course was just bread a butter for 7 dollars, which was comped because of the delays. The food came out a two different times, and my husband finished his way before I even started mine. It went on like this with very little going right, except the food tasting good. They were kind enough to comp bread and dessert, but we can’t really say it helped us feel better about having to ask over and over for help, but goodness knows, it is a pleasant place to see.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 17, 2017

We had the beet salad, scallops, and fried chicken, each course better than the first. Nicely done.

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 (Houston)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Attended the Sunday Brunch with our daughter & her boyfriend in from College during ACL Second Weekend. All was great but getting food & drink took longer than it should have - food/drink service was slow but tasted amazing. Atmosphere was really great!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The restaurant was very nice. But unfortunately the food came out lukewarm and the service was not great. I ordered a French 75 and I am not sure what I got in replacement. The Sunday brunch music was way to loud, could not carry a conversation. I might try it again at a slower time, but not Sunday brunch again.

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 (Austin)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The blueberry muffin and biscuit at Sunday brunch was sooo good! It's hard to make a tender biscuit and they have done it! My companion also had a omelet, which he enjoyed. My oatmeal was fine but not special-not enough extras bits (fruit, nuts) to make it worth $6. And the sad bowl of fruit I was served was definitely not worth $6. That said, who cares? The wait staff and the ambience were both authentic and wonderful, as was the live music. Overall a positive experience!

Tags: Authentic, Scenic View
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

The waiter found out it was one of our birthdays after the bill was already paid and brought us a complimentary glass of champagne and dessert. Would definitely recommend to friends and we'll be back to try some of their other dishes.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

My friends and I stayed at the Kimpton, during our time in Austin. After reading the reviews, we decided Geraldine's was both convenient (only a couple floors down from our room) and worth the try. Be mindful, the restaurant is VERY dimly lit. If a group of 25-year-olds have trouble reading the menu, there must be minimal lighting. Regardless, we started the experience off with some cocktails, which were really tasty! For the entrees, our waiter suggested we share several plates between us. I believe we ordered the scallops, roasted quail, goat tartare, farm fried chicken and the glazed cauliflower. Overall, the meal was fine - really no complaints. However, I will mention, our waiter charged my card twice. This was done without my knowledge, so my bank statement showed two different amounts! I called their management to clarify, and was told the waiter voided one of the two charges when the mistake happened. This was OK, I just wish he would have told me!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Romantic, Happy Hour
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 5, 2017

I have a dairy allergy and after telling my waitress, she went above and beyond and took it upon herself and the chef to make a dairy free menu for me! Food was amazing!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Awesome food. Amazing carrots tasted meat-like. Heard great free music. Ray Prim and Mexican Chocolate.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Great ambiance and food. Drinks were masterfully crafted. Sad I didn’t get to eat more! Hope to be back soon.

Tags: Seasonal, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Awesome atmosphere and very very good food. It was the perfect spot for our 5th year anniversary. Thank you

Tags: Organic, Authentic, Fun, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Paleo Friendly, Live Music, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Romantic
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The food was so-so, but definitely not worth the ticket. I would only recommend this spot for happy hour. Typical Austin resto that has great ambiance paired with average food at a price that doesn't match. The server never explained our dishes to us, and when asked she seemed annoyed.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Nice small plate format. Fried duck egg was exceptional.

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Great cocktails but significantly overpriced food and tiny plates.

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Excellent food in a great atmosphere.

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 (Austin)·Dined on September 22, 2017

One of the better restaurants in Austin. Nice portions, great drinks, exceptional service. The food is delicious and creative.

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·Dined on September 22, 2017

The food was inventive and tasty. The Scallops and the roasted beet selections were excellent. Wait staff was friendly, attentive and extremely knowledgeable and helpful about gluten free options. Weren't able to stay for the live music but would have liked to. The one negative, it was difficult to read the menu.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Tapas, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date
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 (Austin)·Dined on September 20, 2017

The food was good. The restaurant was not very busy, but they only had one waitress, and she was working all tables. There were 2 managers sitting around twiddling their thumbs. I asked if they could help her out (as I've worked front of the house before so I understand her plight), they seemed to not care. It was also a birthday for all 3 of the other guests that we were dining with, and I told the hostess upon arrival, as well as put it in my Open Table. Nothing! Too bad that lack of front of the house management messed up the experience.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Saturday brunch was to be the last meal before leaving Austin. We were coming off a week of exception dining while in town and had read good things about Geraldine's. The service was good. We are quickly seated and at 9:30 am there were only a handful of people in the restaurant. First issue was flat soda. A Diet Coke was served flat .. no worries, we asked for a replacements... it never came asked again and were brought a second flat soda. On the third try we were given a caned soda and glass of ice. Problem solved. When the meals were served the chicken and waffles were cold and tough. ..Sent them back. Second order was fine. Egg chorizo and potato frittata... one was requested without potato and was clearly made to order and was quite tasty. One other was inedible, greasy, hard and crumbly. It had clearly been sitting under a heat lamp for quite some time. The same for the side biscuit. Hard, stale tasting... definitely not made that day. Overall a sub par dining experience.

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 (Austin)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Food was overpriced and unremarkable, considering the prices and small portion sizes.
I was not able to valet my car and was not warned of this in advance.

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 (Austin)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Great go /to spot for great food and entertainment. Planned to just have dinner but stayed hours afterwards on the patio talking and having drinks with friends. Great sunset, easy walk to entertainment on Rainey St.

Tags: Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Tapas, Fun, Business Meals, Spicy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on September 5, 2017

We absolutely loved Geraldine's. The food was phenomenal, the service was professional and friendly, and the ambience and decor are awesome. We are foodies that love trendy places that are not cookie-cutter and Geraldine's is exactly that. It is going on my favorites list!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Food was fantastic, service even better. Great cocktails as well. Real fun ambiance. Only downside was real small portions, but food quality & excellent service made up for it.

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 (Austin)·Dined on September 4, 2017

This was our second dining experience at Geraldine's. The concept is small plates which allows diners to try a variety of dishes in one meal. Every dish we ordered on both occasions was fantastic -- interesting combinations with perfectly balanced flavors. The service was exceptional on both occasions as well. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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