Geraldine’s

4.6
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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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New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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!

SR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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.

J
Wilmington
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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!

M
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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.

SR
New England
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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!

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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!

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.

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 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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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TN
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 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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

Service was horrible. Food was good.

Geraldine’s
Responded 3 days ago

Hi MacarenaM, thank you for your feedback. Cheers

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

Great place! Will go back!

Geraldine’s
Responded 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, good service, outstanding music and ambience! A lovely treat to celebrate my mother’s birthday. Thanks Geraldine’s for an unforgettable brunch!

Geraldine’s
Responded on August 31, 2019

Hi Anonymous, thank you for the wonderful review. Happy to hear y'all had a great time for your mother's birthday at brunch. Hope that you join us again. Cheers

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BK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super friendly waitress who was a gem to our group of 7 energetic women from California. So accommodating to find us a table inside as we aren't used to TX heat! The food was delectable, highly recommend the breakfast enchiladas paired with the churros! Good drinks, fun atmosphere as well. Thanks Geraldine's! We'll be back.

Geraldine’s
Responded on August 31, 2019

Hi BreaunaK, thanks for the feedback! Cheers

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SK
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience was amazing. Great, friendly service from the whole team from hostess to server and everyone else. Manager came by to make sure everything was great. Had two great mixed drinks (You Don’t Know Jack) and a glass of Pinot Noir. Ordered the Ceviche Tostada (hit of the night), shrimp hushpuppies (very good), Raman egg (almost sweet and really rich), short rib (second biggest hit) and crispy pork ribs (also incredible). Highly recommend all of it. Will definitely be back next time in Austin.

Geraldine’s
Responded on August 31, 2019

Hi SeanK, Wow, thank you so much for the amazing comments. We appreciate all of the feedback. ya'll had a great experience. See you next time you're in town. Cheers

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MC
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the short ribs on thai papaya salad. DELISH!!

Geraldine’s
Responded on August 31, 2019

Hi MaryC, glad you enjoyed the shortribs!! Hope to have you back. Cheers

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J
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wit my mother in-law

Geraldine’s
Responded 3 days ago

Hi Jana, glad you had a great time dining with us. Cheers

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JW
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance. City views. Small but diverse menu. Outstanding service. Awesome cocktail menu.

Geraldine’s
Responded on August 31, 2019

Hi JacquiW, thank you for the wonderful review. We appreciate the awesome feedback. Happy to hear you enjoyed everything. Cheers

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NC
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect for our client dinner for eight people. An unexpected surprise was walking out onto the terrace (Geraldine’s is on the 4th floor of the Kimpton) to see the bats take flight at sunset. The band was most enjoyable as the music didn’t drown out our table conversation. The perfect complement to a delicious meal.

Geraldine’s
Responded on August 31, 2019

Hi NCTraveler, thank you so much for the amazing review. Happy to hear you enjoyed everything including the view of the bats from the deck. We hope to have you again, Cheers

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OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service, and ambiance were exceptional. We got pretty much all of the menu’s small plates to share -
Faves were the riblets, cauliflower, smoked carrots- actually too many to list. Would love to go back next time I’m in town.

Geraldine’s
Responded on August 30, 2019

Hi Anonymous, thank you for the amazing review!! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your experience. See you next time you are in town. Cheers

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OT
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Had to wait about 15 extra minutes to be seated, was cycled through 3 waiters, and service was very slow as far as getting drinks and refills... Great food but disappointed with the experience, it made the group feel a little upset having to wait so much.

Geraldine’s
Responded on August 30, 2019

Hi PaigeG. Thank you for taking the time to write us a review about your experience. I am sorry to hear about the service you mentioned. We pride ourselves on our service and this is not standard practice. Again, thank you for taking the time and giving us your honest feedback. Cheers

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PG
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

I set reservations almost a week in advance for 7 of us. My friends were in from out of town and I have been wanting to go here for brunch for a long time. We arrived right at 12:45 when our reservations were. We were seated and our waitress took our beverage orders after 10 minutes. The hostess filled up out waters. We waited 20 minutes for our waitress to bring out our drinks and she still did not offer to take our food orders. After 10 more minutes she took our food orders. It took 45 minutes to get our food and we were not checked on nor were our waters filled. We were at brunch for almost 2 hours and 15 minutes. The food was fantastic! The place is beautiful. I understand some people may go there to sit and have brunch all day but we were not those people. (Only 2 of the 7 ordered alcoholic beverages and the rest of us drank water or juice) My friends were leaving that day and we didn’t plan to spend that long at your restaurant. I had to get up to find the waitress to ask for our checks and for 2 boxes. Displeased with the service, especially because the facility was not overcrowded nor was there a line out the door or anyone waiting to be seated. I would not recommend coming here unless you want to spend all day eating and drinking brunch and talking with your party.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Great food but disappointing service.

Geraldine’s
Responded on August 31, 2019

Hi Anonymous, thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We do appreciate the feedback. Thank you again, Cheers

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m
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Love this place looks like they’ve changed their menu maybe since the last time I was here and service was a little slow this tome around but overall it’s great

Geraldine’s
Responded on August 28, 2019

Hi michaelh. Thanks for joining us again. Glad ya'll had a great time. Appreciate you taking the time for the review. See you next time. Cheers

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place to be for a date

Geraldine’s
Responded on August 28, 2019

Hey Anonymous, happy to hear you chose your date spot with us!! We hope that you join us again. Cheers

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HM
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service! Came with co-workers for dinner and was able to find something that appealed to everyone in our party. This is always one of my favorite restaurants when I visit Austin and it never disappoints!

Geraldine’s
Responded on August 28, 2019

Hi HeatherM, thanks so much for the amazing review. Happy to hear you joining us again whenever you're in town. We hope to see you next time. Cheers

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MD
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The place is definitely hopping. I am not a big "small plate to share" person, so not my favorite. Food was good, but not outstanding in my opinion. Great drinks though.

Geraldine’s
Responded on August 28, 2019

Hi MichaelD, thank you for writing us a review about your experience. We totally understand not being a shared plate person. Glad that you enjoyed our cocktail menu though! Cheers

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome Lunch .
Love the fish tacos.

Geraldine’s
Responded on August 28, 2019

Hey Anonymous, thanks for the awesome review. Glad you enjoyed lunch with us. Cheers

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EM
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great, service was very slow. They were busy!! I’d suggest coordinating with the convention center to anticipate staffing levels

Geraldine’s
Responded on August 28, 2019

Hi ErinM. Thanks so much for joining us. Yes, we definitely did get hit with everyone from the conventions that week. Ya'll were so nice though! We hope that you join us again next time you're in town. Cheers

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Open airy environment. Friendly service oriented server. Chicken and wedge salad was outstanding with ranch and soft buttery blue cheese and candied bacon. Yum!!

Geraldine’s
Responded on August 28, 2019

Hi Anonymous, thanks for the wonderful review. Glad you enjoyed lunch with us. Cheers

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