Geraldine’s

4.5
470 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Live Music
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Breakfast : Sunday – Saturday 7am -9am
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 9am – 1:30pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11am – 1:30pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5pm-10pm Friday - Saturday 5pm –10:30pm
Bar: Sunday -Thursday 5pm – 11:30pm Friday - Saturday 5pm – 12:30am
Happy Hour Monday - Friday 5pm - 6:30pm
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Phone number
(512) 542-5300
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Stephen Bonin
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Red River
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Parking details
Valet is complimentary for dinner guests Sun - Thur

Regular rates apply all other days & meal periods
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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.
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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
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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
What 470 People Are Saying
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3.0Dined 3 days ago

We went for Sunday brunch. Mimosas are a very standard brunch drink, but for some reason, our server had a difficult time explaining how we could order a pitcher of mimosas. Basically, they don’t do pitchers - you buy the bottle and get a carafe of orange juice and make your own mimosas. They were out of two different less expensive bottles of champagne so our server brought us a more expensive bottle and asked if we’d like to pay the higher price. I understand we got a better bottle, however, most upstanding restaurants would say “we’re so sorry we were out of both less expensive bottles. Let me give this one to you at a lower cost.” But that’s neither here nor there. The food was good - I ordered the short rib quesadilla which looked like a tapas appetizer when it was served. Thank goodness I also ordered the salt roasted beets, which were good but were neither “salty” or “roasted”. The benefit of the restaurant is that it has a nice atmosphere and had good jazz musicians.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Food was great and we had a wonderful time. Been now 3 times.

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2.0Dined 3 days ago

As soon as we sat down the server had us order without letting us even look at the menu. My sister is dairy free and he was not accommodating with helping her find a good choice in the menu. The server even tried to take our plates while we were still eating and gave us the check right after our food came out. We were trying to have a relaxed brunch but the whole experience felt like the server was rushing us through our meal. Overall terrible experience and rude service.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

This was our first time at Geraldine’s. The food was very good— we had 7 plates for 8 people. While the quality of the food was great, the price seemed a little high for some of the items (eg. $16 for a plate that consisted of 3 large carrots cut into pieces and topped with a mole sauce). Service was on par with other similar restaurants.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

My wife and I were staying at the Hotel Van Zandt for an event at UT Austin and had supper at Geraldine’s. The menu was instantly inviting with its combo of tapas-style small plates and its cocktail mix. Being from south Texas I instantly gravitated towards the tequila cocktails and meshed them with the ceviche and shrimp hush puppies. The gnocchi and oxtail along with the grilled octopus paired with The Falls was the best of the night. So flavorful, so complex. It’s some of the best food I’ve ever had in Austin. We finished with the almond tart with fresh berries and a glass of Remy. This was such a great meal that it prompted my wife to ask what my top three all-time meals were. This is one of them. Enjoy!

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Perfect for my birthday dinner. They were very accommodating to our large group.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

We had a delicious dinner at Geraldine’s. The dining room was beautiful, the seating was comfortable, and the food was really tasty. Dessert was a low note—there was nothing wrong with it, but compared to our appetizers (crispy pork ribs, octopus), sides (cauliflower and carrots) and main (filet) my gluten free chocolate cake was a little blah. Still, cheers to Geraldine’s for offering a gluten free dessert option and for an awesome meal overall!

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Beautiful setting. Amazing brunch. Outstanding service.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Nicole was great and let us enjoy our one year anniversary and only came around when necessary!

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3.0Dined on July 4, 2018

My daughter and I went for a quick 4th of July lunch. Sadly, we waited over 45 minutes for a tossed salad with grilled chicken. When it finally came, it was good but definitely not worth the wait. We will not return!

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3.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Waited a long time for our meals to arrive. The Short Rib Quesadilla was ridiculously small. Not worth the money. He band was good though and the decor is nice

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Brunch was great after we asked the hostess to seat us outside. The first table they offered us was right up on the stage. The jazz band was great, but I don’t want to sit 3 feet from the drummer. Wait staff was attentive but not overbearing. Food was delicious.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Met a friend here to listen to some live jazz. Was seated promptly and service was excellent. The music was not too loud, I had requested a table away from the main stage so I could catch up with my friend. I am not a brunch food person, so didn't find anything to my liking - but not the restaurant's fault. Cocktails were great. Only complaint is the bathroom, only one stall was not sickeningly filthy.

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1.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Horrible service - our food was cold and sent back twice before it was finally an acceptable temperature. Waitress was asked multiple times to bring cream for coffee, and multiple times to bring butter & jam for pastry/bread plate. Management only gave excuses that a breaker had gone out.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Great experience all around!

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Excellent food, service and ambiance for a special occasion dinner! We were celebrating our anniversary and they even brought us a glass of champagne on the house! Tryst the waiter suggestions for what and how much to order !
Everything was superb!

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Food tastes great, but extremely small portions for the $$ you pay. When leaning you are ready for the food trucks and a second dinner.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Amazing brunch spot! The food and setting was beyond lovely. I just wish they woulda told us or it was on the website that the live jazz music ended at 1pm. We booked the brunch to enjoy the jazz and had reservations at 1pm, so didn't get to enjoy it much unfortunately. Overall though, the menu offering are great, food was delicious and the design is on point.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Great service and food. Nice band at brunch. Enjoyed it again.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

We made a reservation for our group of 9. We were seated promptly and loved the ambience. Our waitress was wonderful, I wish I remember her name-would give her ten stars. We had a picky large group and she got us all taken care of and it was actually very fast. The burger was AMAZING. Would definitely go back/recommend!

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Went with a few friends while in Austin. Food was fantastic and the service and ambiance was great. I will definitely be going back when in Austin.

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Geraldine's was a great find for my sister's bachelorette party. They were very accommodating with my sister's food allergies and very nice with such a large party!

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4.0Dined on May 31, 2018

We walked in for a 730pm reservation. There was no hostess present. We made eye contact with all five servers/personnel that walked by us in the five minutes we were standing there. None of them made an effort to greet us or make us feel welcome. We were about to walk out when someone approached the host stand and asked if we had a reservation. They never said welcome to Geraldines. They just asked if we had a reservation. Which seemed odd since maybe five tables were occupied in the restaurant. We were escorted to a table next to a brick wall while passing up two table by the windows. Before we sat down we asked the person if we could sit at the table with the view. He said yes and walked away leaving the menus on the table. Had our server not been as good as she was we'd have left. Food was good but they need to work on their process for greeting new patrons.

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4.0Dined on May 28, 2018

We had breakfast for a group of 8. Our server was very nice but in general, the service was very slow. We had reservations at 10:15am and the restaurant was only 1/3rd full.. no reason for service to be so slow. Our experience with this Van Zandt hotel location, in general, is the lack of customer service overall, so the group wasn't surprised that was our experience with the restaurant as well. There's just not a sense of urgency or service you would expect from a luxurious hotel. The food was good and the breakfast menu was a good variety.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

We went to Geraldine's on a whim and ended up ordering the bone in ribeye, octopus, and cauliflower between 3 of us. It was INCREDIBLE! Can you say bernaise sauce?! I was on sensory overload with that and the cauliflower infused with citrus and pistachios. OMG...I drool thinking of it. It was a truly a 28oz steak and the 3 of us refused to leave any behind, it was just that good. Our server was also phenomenal, he knew exactly how to guide us through the menu and was on top of getting our plates and drinks out. One last thing...dessert! We had their apple dessert, it literally looks like the real thing, but tastes like apple heaven. Do it! you won't regret a crumb.

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3.0Dined on May 27, 2018

I had such high hopes! The shared portion sizes were fine, but most of them lacked flavor. We had the gnocchi, octopus, carrots and dumplings. We landed on a chocolate dessert which was really good. Service was good, not exceptional; loud pool and bar scene outside. We had made reservations for our anniversary and despite noting that on the reservation, we were sat in a loud and highly trafficked area. BUT, don't let this review dissuade you from the Hotel Van Zandt because it is wonderful!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Great evening
Busy place with great live music
Lots of menu options and good cocktails
Thanks!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

The food was amazing with a geat lively atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

We LOVE Geraldine's & the staff are EXCELLENT & SUPER FRIENDLY. We usually make reservation for 4 & there's always more friends show up. We've been known to get 9 people around a table of four. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!

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3.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Usually really enjoy Geraldine’s. However, they continue to change the menus and can no longer get our favorites

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

What an amazing brunch!! My Cuban Benedict was so so so good, our cocktails by Caitlyn were divine, and the donut the size of my head was so good we forgot to take pictures of it. Get thee to brunch immediately, you won’t be disappointed.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

It was a fun evening: had a spritz on the rooftop bar and watched the sunset over the bats bridge, had dinner inside. Food was good—vibrant, interesting flavors. The octopus and the gnocchi were our favorites, while the blackened fish was the one flat note. Our server was not super confident in wine recs or really all the dishes, but was friendly and attentive. We (two) had 4 dishes and a half bottle of rosé and the bill was about $150 including tip, kind of an extravagance but worth the price.

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3.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Beautiful restaurant and beautiful view. We came her for Brunch during graduation week so it was a celebratory special occasion for us. The live music was nice. There were hits and misses with the food. Seemed like small portions and overpriced. Nothing was that spectacular. They didn't really have any brunch drink specials. We had the basic Mimosa and Bloody Mary they were fine. The service was very average. Not good or bad. $20 valet was a bummer too. Definitely nothing special for the price orhr than the atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

We had an amazing brunch at Geraldine's! The food was so good!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Everything was amazing. Our first time dining at Geraldine’s and I want to say the service and food was spectacular. Will definitely be coming back!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

This was our second time at Geraldine's, and it did not disappoint. From the amazing service our server provided to the wonderful wine selection and tasty food, we had a lovely evening. We will definitely go back again.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Great cocktails, great food.

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2.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Was not impressed with the food at all and the service was pretty slow for it being empty the night we went -

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

The food is amazing. The smoked carrot, Ramen egg, quail, short rib were all amazing!
Tried two different French wines and neither were good. Definitely not worth the price.
Service was great.
Ambience was terrific.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Excellent waiter who perfectly suggested things to our table that were on-point!

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