Lenoir Restaurant is a community-first restaurant that focuses on the culinary culture of Texas. This restaurant was opened in January of 2012 by a husband and wife duo of Jessica Maher and Todd Duplechan. The menu is stocked entirely of ingredients that are grown or made locally. Dining is done in a communally at Lenoir in that all of the tables are large benches. Guests are likely going to sit next to someone they don't know, which encourages people to make new friends and meet their neighbors.
Lenoir's menu changes seasonally depending on what is growing in Texas at the time. Guests are the restaurant are presented with a three-course prix-fixe menu when they sit. Each course has roughly ten options for guests to choose from, thus allowing them to mix and match a meal that will suit them best. Menu items include kazu-roasted parsnips, rice-crusted whitefish and berbere-smoked chicken
A gift card from a foodie brought us to Lenoir, but our experience there will take us back again. The staff were delightful, the room was charming, and then the food was amazing. I came home wanting to recreate a couple of the delicious combinations. It was a very satisfying experience overall.
Lenoir has been so consistently great through the years. This visit was to celebrate my wife's birthday, and the service was top-notch and the food refined and thoughtful. My wife has an unusual allergy to fenugreek, and they've always been very accommodating and educated about the menu.
This was perfect for an intimate girls' night. We loved the food, the service, and ambiance.
My favorite In the neighbourhood
The staff were phenomenal and patient, the food was mind blowing. I discovered my new favorite wine and got to blow out a birthday candle surrounded by chocolate 🍫. We had just left Uchi and showed up to our reservation hours late becise I was determined to visit. We had too much to drink and cut ourselves off, but the staff were really kind with us and tolerated our happy celebration as we were the last table of the night on a Tuesday. The fried quail was my favorite and the dessert with cheese I refused to share.
Delicious, inventive food! Only weak spot in our meal was dessert, which was a bit uninspired (especially when compared with the excellence of everything else). We had a raw tuna appetizer which was delectable - very fresh, just the right amount of spiciness, and the "Texas bean salad" which was fantastic & artfully served. We also had the rice crusted fish - again, excellent, delicious, inventive and just about perfect. Nice accompaniments & a little bit of spice made it quite enjoyable and different (in a good way). For dessert we had strawberry pie which was really a mixed berry tart served in what felt like a pre-fab pastry shell - nothing special in terms of fruit and the pastry was tough. We also had the carrot cake which really should have been called a peanut cake - NOT what a carrot cake fan would be looking for. We were sorry we didn't have the cheese course instead, since given the terrific savory food items we enjoyed, we're sure it would have been great. Both desserts came with small, tasty gelato scoops. The wine list is large enough and more or less reasonably priced (comparable to other restaurants of this caliber). The ambiance is lovely, with a ring of tables for 2 or 4 surrounding a "community table" that seats maybe 10 or 12. Rustic, with backless stools at the community table which have a handy "shelf" great for stowing your handbag or scarf. The outdoor garden is a terrific place to wait, and the service is VERY warm, friendly, experienced and attentive. Overall, this place could be a total 5 star restaurant if they'd improve the desserts to match the rest of the experience, in my humble opinion.
Awesome food. Tasting menu, and portions were small but it was top notch. Will save this restaurant for future special occasions
The food was fantastic as was the service, I liked their approach and the atmosphere of the restaurant.
Everything was amazing. Small dishes, but after 3 you feel like it's enough. The only thing was that we felt it was way over priced
Eclectic menu and cozy group seating. Not a good choice for intimate atmosphere but the food was excellent and artfully prepared.
Did not enjoy the communal table.
Very good service and tasty food. Out of the way place. Don't let external appearance fool you. Cozy interior. Our best meal in austin.
The setting is very cozy and warm and the food was outstanding. Great for foodies. Great for fine dining, without being stuffy. First class menu choices.
As always, we were happy with our Lenoir dining experience. Great service, creative and tasty dishes (as a table of 4 we had one of each dish) and cozy atmosphere.
Very foodie oriented. Small portions. Untypical flavors. Prefix menu $45 three courses.