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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.

1716 S. Congress
Austin, TX 78704
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Annie

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(512) 582-1229

Parking Details:
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.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wine

Little Barrel and Brown Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.1

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (225)
Neighborhood Gem (180)
Great for Brunch (111)
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Good for Groups (110)
Special Occasion (104)
Romantic (101)
Hot Spot (75)
Vibrant Bar Scene (66)
Great for Lunch (45)
Notable Wine List (34)
Late-night Find (23)
Kid-friendly (13)
Scenic View (10)
Casual (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
People Watching (2)
Cozy (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Business Meals (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Authentic (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Good for a Date (1)
Seasonal (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Austin)·Dined on September 8, 2016

Love the location and food. Great service a really outstanding managers. Dave did an excellent job and we will be back. Try the fried chicken.

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 (Austin)·Dined on September 4, 2016

Service and ambience were great! Great location...food not so much. This was the brunch menu. We all ordered something different and none of us were blown away. Don't try the chicken and waffles if you're expecting something superb.

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 (Austin)·Dined on September 3, 2016

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.

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 (Austin)·Dined on August 5, 2016

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 :)

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on July 30, 2016

Pretty good brunch in a fun location! Excellent and fast service

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 (Austin)·Dined on July 29, 2016

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!

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 (Houston)·Dined on July 24, 2016

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.

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 (Austin)·Dined on July 23, 2016

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

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 (Austin)·Dined on July 23, 2016

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.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on July 18, 2016

Our second visit. Wife loves the Fried chicken. I am partial to the Pork chop. Nice wine list. Roasted peppers appetizer hits the spot. Todd is an exceptional server.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Austin)·Dined on July 15, 2016

They did not honor my reservations and closed early.

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 (Austin)·Dined on July 15, 2016

Better experience on our second visit to this restaurant

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 15, 2016

Excellent food and service. Owners are very nice and make sure their guests are taken care of. Our waiter was the best

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 9, 2016

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!

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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on July 7, 2016

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.

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 (Austin)·Dined on July 3, 2016

Fun brunch! Tofu scramble was good and my husband had chicken/waffles and enjoyed it. Great/fast service and my husband enjoyed the chocolate cheesecake but thought it was little overpriced. Def will go back!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 1, 2016

We had great service and a wonderful meal. The vegetarian special was a coconut curry dish that was delicious! We went back for Brunch a few days later and really enjoyed the food and bloody marys. We'll be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 22, 2016

Everything about the meal was very good. The food and the service were very good. And they have parking which is not always easy to find on S. Congress.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 15, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on June 3, 2016

Have the pork chop dish. Fantastic!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 29, 2016

The staff was awesome with accommodating our group of 5. The food was amazing. They have a burrito that is out of this world! It's on the brunch menu. I'd highly recommend it!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot
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 (Austin)·Dined on May 17, 2016

The buttermilk fried chicken was fantastic.

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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on May 14, 2016

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 14, 2016

Food quality not up to snuff. WIlted greens in salad, very greasy, not-crispy fries... Generally what I would expect in a B restaurant, not in an A restaurant.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on May 7, 2016

Food was great! Pork chop for my dad and husband and fish for the gals. The salmon was more than enough to split. We all loved our dishes.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on May 7, 2016

Went for brunch. Never had heard of the place. Good atmosphere, good priced mimosas, reasonable brunch price for South Congress, and good food. Definitely a place to repeat visit.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Austin)·Dined on May 5, 2016

Nice menu, decent execution, but lackluster service.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on May 1, 2016

You could tell they were understaffed but everyone was working very hard

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Austin)·Dined on April 30, 2016

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 27, 2016

Good food selection. Get the chicken and waffles or the duck hash.

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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on March 26, 2016

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Austin)·Dined on February 28, 2016

Be sure to make a reservation for brunch unless you don't mind a wait of nearly an hour.

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 (Austin)·Dined on February 28, 2016

The manager was very accommodating

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 27, 2016

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!

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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on February 27, 2016

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Austin)·Dined on February 19, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 13, 2016

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Austin)·Dined on February 13, 2016

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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on February 6, 2016

Wonderfully warm atmosphere and staff
Nice selection of comfort food and small plates
Fried chicken best in Austin ( including Lucy's) and the Iysters Rockefeller better than Antoines in N. O.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 5, 2016

Mussels were phenomenal. Practically a meal itself for 1. Short rib was a nice hearty dish as well.

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