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About Little Barrel and Brown
Little Barrel & Brown is an American grill set in a beautiful classic setting. We are serving up creative American cuisine, using fresh and local ingredients.
Austin, TX 78704
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
There is parking available directly in front of the restaurant, as well as a lot directly behind the restaurant. There is also street parking available on Annie, and East of congress.
Private Party Facilities:
We have a small room adjacent to the main dining room, that can accomodate up to 16-20 people.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wine
Little Barrel and Brown Ratings and Reviews
The food was great. Service excellent. However, the place is so loud that you feel like you have to yell across the table or at your server to be heard. They should really invest in some noise reducing tiles or something. It would make the atmosphere much more pleasant.
The staff helped me in this reservation/ this surprise for a friend of mines' birthday. They picked out a great table for them and let me have access to it early to set flowers on and even accommodated me pre-ordering a cheese plate and a couple glasses of prosecco for them. After my friends couldn't stop gushing about how amazing the dinner experience was, the staff was attentive and helped to make them feel special and they are still talking about how great the fried chicken was :)
We went in with excitement and eagerness to try this place out, but we were disappointed right when we walked in. Instead of walking out, we decided to give the place a chance since we had read good things. The decor looked as if it were about to go out of business and was in a bit of an identity crisis. Is it a creative fine dining establishment or a neighborhood bar or a fast-food joint? It appeared as though someone stole the art that was hanging on the walls and left the sad empty hooks bare and unappealing. To have our hostess also be our waitress was a little strange especially from behind a old and beat up music stand placed awkwardly in the room. Nothing matched or seemed to be thought out, and no charm. Our table's legs were very uneven which made it hard to eat at without our food and drinks rocking back and forth. The menu looked promising, but after looking around at what other people's food looked like, we decided to order two glasses of wine and a cheese plate. Again, disappointed. Small boring portions and over priced for what you got. Our waitress acted as though she had better things to do and the rest of the staff seemed a bit aloof. The vibe was flat just like the room temp tap water we were served. The best part of the night was leaving and grabbing a delecious taco from next door. We are long time Austinites and understand and value the good, local, creative and "weird" that our city loves and embraces. Sadly, this place misses the mark. So many other good choices in Austin... Especially for the money!
Not an awesome experience. We waited 45 minutes for a burger and chicken & waffles; when the burger finally came it was raw. Not rare. Raw. Took another 15 minutes to get back the same burger that had been stuck under the broiler. The waffles were dry. The waitress refilled our water glasses once -- as we were paying the check. The fried chicken was really good. And there's a parking lot. But I don't think I'll go back.
The menu had no gluten free options which was an issue for 2 of my party. the orders cam out one at a time and took way too long. The restaurant was not busy.
Menu was not that interesting from a foodie perspective. I had the Florentine Benedict is was ok but not close to outstanding. Wedge salads were small and inconsistent on proportion.
Parking is of course always an issue. Not worth the drive to SoCo like Vespio, South Congress Café or Enoteca is
We were at Little Barrel and Brown on Saturday mid morning with a group of 6. We had a reservation. We were seated in the back corner by the kitchen, which was fine, but it was hot. The service was atrocious. I have been in the service industry for 10 years and several people in our group have been as well. Our server was SLOW, and not because he was busy. He forgot to put in our order for 45 mins, came back to our table after he had realized what he had done and re-took our order and blamed it on the kitchen. We only saw him one time after that. We had to ask the expo for more water/cocktails/salt & pepper, etc.. No one ever apologized to us for what had happened or even checked on us to make sure we were okay. I will not be recommending this restaurant to anyone.
The staff was very helpful & attentive but our meals were not special. Except the hard boiled eggs. My vegetarian entree was a bowl of red potatoes, saunteed onion & 1/2 red bell pepper which should have been skinned. Emmer & rye are power grains -you'd think they would at least have more imagination!
Maybe we just came on an off night, but we were not impressed or even satisfied with our meal. It took an hour to get our food -- one of which was the completely wrong order but my wife didn't want to send it back because she knew it would take another hour to fix it. Our waitress was very nice but overloaded with tables, so we were sympathetic to that but she didn't seem to care the order was wrong or the wait was so long. The food was okay, I wouldn't recommend a friend to eat there and I would not dine again by choice.
We made our reservation less than an hour before we arrived on a Wednesday night and it appeared they kept the kitchen open just for us. There were only a couple other diners, and 7 or 8 people at the bar, but our hostess and server (who must have been ready to call it a night) were very gracious and attentive. Our server knew a lot about the menu and wine list and was able to answer all of our questions on the spot; he even provided his candid opinion on some of the items we were trying to decide between. The menu had a variety of options for different pallets, and the ingredients were all of good quality, and paired very well with each other. Our meal was delicious, and the service was excellent! I would definitely eat here again.
We enjoyed our visit to Little Barrel and Brown. It is right on South Congress, walking distance to all the fun SoCo stuff. Our waiter was attentive. The menu was good. My fish was a little overcooked, but it was overall a very nice fish special. We thought it was a good value overall. Full bar is a plus, too.
We had a party of 8; the food was really good - the service was really slow and we had to keep asking for drinks. Speaking of drinks, nice cocktail menu and selection but again slow service and a bit pricey on the cocktail pricing.
The likes: deviled eggs - fried chicken - steak and truffle fries
Visited on a Saturday night with friends in from California. The shishito peppers were fabulous - as well as the mussels. Oysters good, not great. We all had the free range buttermilk fried chicken. I usually steer clear of things fried, but Little Barrel's take on this classic was light and delicious - not oily at all. I'd highly recommend this!
We were visiting from out of town for the weekend, so I did a fair amount of research to find a dinner spot. Getting a reservation was a little tough, so we decided on Little Barrell. My first clue should have been the availability of a 7:00pm table on a Saturday. But the reviews looked good so we were happy. Then we arrived....
Not much of a friendly vibe. Our waitress said she only worked one day a month, and while she was pleasant, she could no offer any meaningful commentary on the menu items. We order. Food arrives. Two of us got the chicken with potatoe salad. The two sides looked nothing alike and did not taste all that good. When I asked why the stark difference in appearance, was told she would get the manager or chef to look at it. Instead, the nice waitress comes back to tell us the plates were left in the window too long. But no chef, no manager. Since when did a long stay in the window make the potato salad morph into new side dish? PLus if they didn't even look at teh food, how did they come to that conclusion? But we were offered a complementary dessert.
Food was bland. Only one of our party actually finished their entree. We ordered our lemon tart for dessert, and out came a key lime pie!
oh well, just another average experience. Next time I will just wait and take the 9:00pm reservation next door!
This is a cute little restaurant; great for drinks with friends or a romantic dinner. The service is great with a very friendly staff. Parking can be tough in this area so that would be my only detraction. Pro Tip: LB&B offers half-price bottles of wine on Sundays and Mondays. Happy hour is great too!
Service and Food was very good. Prices were as expected. Noise level was extremely high. Not sure what the deal was but people were having to yell to be heard. I don't know if we just got sat next to really loud people or if the acoustics in the restaurant need to be addressed. The noise was definitely a drawback to the ambiance.
Went there for a special occasion (birthday) with a group of 7 girls. Food was delicious. There wasn't anything that our group didn't enjoy eating. Service was great. Waitress brought us birthday shots on the house! She was so incredibly awesome and attentive to our table!
The food was excellent, especially because they modified some ingredients to accommodate our vegetarian. The bartender did not hesitate to try our personal recipe for a favorite cocktail. We'd go back, but we wouldn't take our car; parking, as always in the area, was a hassle.
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