Nightcap

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204 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Nightcap was originally conceived as a place for sweet sustenance and sparkling cocktails. Over the past three and a half years however, we have evolved into so much more. Our space is now known as a late night, date night spot for guests and friends alike. The cozy atmosphere is welcoming, romantic and is also a great place to dine solo. It’s a space to make new friends, enjoy some incredibly tasteful food and cocktails that aim to please. Nightcap carries an old school Austin vibe that is hard to be classified as a bar or restaurant. We like to consider ourselves as a nightly dinner party at your friends house. The idea is to come over, have a great time and let us clean up afterwards. On special occasions, glitter is our favorite color that is often paired with bubbles. We hope you join us for any occasion and truly enjoy your evening.

Specials

Sunday Evening $7 Cocktails

Enjoy $7 house cocktails from 5:00pm until 12:00am!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: September 15, 2019

Ends: September 16, 2118

Availability: Sun 5:00PM-11:30PM

Happy Hour All Night on Tuesdays

Enjoy Half-Off All Appetizers, $7 Signature Cocktails, $6 Glasses of House Red, House White and Bubbles, $5 Beers

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: November 25, 2018

Ends: November 26, 2117

Availability: Tue-Fri 5:00PM-7:00PM

What 204 People Are Saying
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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, personable service and the food is stellar every time! Probably the best burger in all of Austin is found here!

F
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great friendly service!

D
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed my holiday dinner ever so much. The owner and server created a great experience for Turkey Day! I will definitely be going there for happy hour next week! Hope they're planning something for Christmas dinner too.

D
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

I did not get a chance to try the food so I can't give a rating for that. The ambiance was nice but other than that, I was very disappointed. This rating is for Thanksgiving only - I hope that their operations run more smoothly for regular dining.

First, we arrived a few minutes early for a 6:30 reservation. It took nearly ten minutes after we arrived for our hostess to finally attend to us. Except we weren't taken to our table - instead, we were led to a lounge area to have drinks. We waited for *half an hour* to be seated, despite having a reservation. I'm sorry, waiting half an hour to be seated at a table when we've made a reservation? Unacceptable.

On top of that, we were greatly misled by Nightcap about what we should expect to eat. The whole reason we had chosen Nightcap is because it looked like a cozy and yummy option for dinner on Thanksgiving that would have non-Thanksgiving food available (I just don't like Thanksgiving food). They advertised on OpenTable that they would have their regular menu in addition to a Thanksgiving menu. They had called me a few weeks prior to ask whether we would prefer the regular menu or the Thanksgiving menu so that they could get a headcount, and they had texted me less than a week before letting me know their Thanksgiving menu had been posted on their site.

When we were finally seated, the only menu available was - surprise - the Thanksgiving menu. When we asked if a regular menu was available, we were told that there must have been "some miscommunication" - clearly, the miscommunication must have been among the Nightcap staff for communicating to OpenTable and to me personally that they would have a regular menu available. Furthermore, as far as I could tell, there was only one waitperson/host, one bartender, and one chef (who was also helping serve food) for all of Thanksgiving night, which contributed to our long wait time. Obviously, Nightcap was wholly unprepared for the evening.

We left and ate elsewhere.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Imagine dining out in Austin in 2000. That would be this place. Dated decor and menu. Food was mediocre and overpriced. Would have been passable for Austin twenty years ago. There are way too many choices in dining now for this place to be a consideration. I’m surprised they are successful enough to stay in business. I predict it won’t be long.

K
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a reservation at Nightcap for Thanksgiving dinner. We were seated promptly, and our hostess and server was terrific. We both ordered from the Thanksgiving menu, and were both delighted with our choices. Would absolutely return for regular happy hour or late night snacking, as their cocktail menu looks great!

JA
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places to eat and relax. You must try Nightcap!

SP
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience at Nightcap! Great food, great people. Especially enjoyed the Chicken!

H
New England
19 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service! Only 5 choices for entrees but they were fantastic. Pork chop was amazing. Highly recommend.

TH
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I picked this gem to meet someone for a drink and spot of food. Everything from the ambience to the food was fantastic. The bartendress/server was great! I am looking forward to going back.

MW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Well worth a visit. Limited menu but food is excellent, as are drink options. Will definitely go back the next time we are in Austin!

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. The service is great! Everyone is so friendly and welcoming. I love the ambiance of the restaurant. Will be coming back for sure!

MW
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place. Great drinks and food.

A
Austin
25 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very cute and fun place for drinks and the food was incredible!

NS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was inventive, flavorful and frankly delicious. Well done!

G
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nightcap went above and beyond to make my mom’s birthday special. They even had balloons set up at our table when we arrived! Super impressed with the food and service and I’ll definitely be coming back whenever I’m in Austin.

J
Austin
21 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a quiet night due to the UT vs. LSU game going on at the same time. However, Joy did an amazing job making sure we were provided excellent service. It was our first time visiting the restaurant and thought the setting was beautiful. We will be back.

JR
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

My wife and I recently came in during restaurant week. Though the restaurant wasn't active in the week's program, they still treated us like they were. We appreciated the amazing service. The Brussel Sprouts were particularly good. And we enjoyed the cocktails before our dinner on the East side. We will be back!

SM
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

My husband and I went to Nightcap on a Tuesday night for a little date night. I started with the BBC (delicious! but not a happy hr special) and he tried 2 different wines. He said the cab on the happy hr menu was terrible but the full-price cab was pretty good. We also started with the pretzel and the Brussels sprouts. The Brussels were pretty good but the pretzel was nothing special. For our meal I had the steak and tomatoes which was good but a little undercooked to my liking. My husband had the burger which he said was good but, again, nothing special.
Our server was great! She was personable and attentive without hovering over us.
We will probably not go again for dinner but maybe for drinks sometime.

LG
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had the whole fish (Branzino). Although it was beautifully prepared and cooked perfectly, the over use of lemon made the sauce too sour. If they had lightened up on the lemon and highlighted the flavor with some more savory herbs it would have been so much better.

Service was professional and helpful. Atmosphere was peaceful and tasteful. They made excellent use of a beautiful old west Austin house.

EH
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pricey but excellent

TC
Austin
19 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The attention to detail is felt on the tongue. If you like to fine dine, you have to give Nightcap a try. A small menu done to perfection.

WA
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Service and food were great

JC
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

We went for desserts as they used to be amazing here, it’s been a couple years and things have definitely changed. My husband also ordered a soda and it was never brought out. What we did receive was way over priced. Unfortunate.

D
Austin
12 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The ambiance is great and the service is even better! The menu is limited and the food taste good but it's nothing outbid this world. The fact that the service was so great and the location is cozy I wouldn't mind coming back.

OT
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Service was perfect- Alyssa was our waitress and she was an absolute doll.

R
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greeted us at the door. Drinks and food came out fast. Pretzel was awesome!!

TB
Austin
20 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great craft cocktails. Bartender extremely knowledgeable and personable. The Branzino fish was the best we’ve ever had.

DN
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

This was our second visit to the venue and it is very quaint. Highly suggest for late night cocktails vs dinner.

SG
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual!! We've been coming here often, atleast once a week for their happy hour and service, food, and drinks are always outstanding!

OT
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the minute we walked through the door our experience was special! They had set up a table and balloons for my boyfriend’s birthday. A really nice touch! From there the service was incredible. We never waited for anything and didn’t feel overwhelmed. The food came and was tastier than we could’ve imagined. My boyfriend got the grilled fish and called it the best meal he’s had in Austin. I had the chicken which was also excellent and perfectly cooked. The next time you’re in need of a great dining experience in Austin go to Nightcap!

CP
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful date night, starting with their house Manhattan but, it was good with the brussel sprouts and accompaniments. Our server, Joy, was very attentive.

N
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience5

We had very poor dinner service (long wait times, entrees served sporadically, significant time gaps without a check-in from server), so I would not recommend Nightcap for dinner. However, the ambiance is excellent and their wine list / bar service was great. I think it would still be a great experience for drinks.

OT
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for their Happy Hour and it was very delicious. Lots of bites that will fill you up. Their drinks are amazing and they have the perfect outdoor setup. Will be back for more great happy hours!

C
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible. My first time to Austin and the first restaurant I visited and it blew my mind. The staff were also all very friendly and Joy was particularly helpful about spots to see in the city. The whole experience was amazing. And I really can’t say enough about the dishes. Appetizer all the way through to dessert; delectable! And they have wifi for out of towners like me :)

OT
Austin
106 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience2

The overall experience was very disappointing. The service was polite, professional, but not very fast and both servers seemed disinterested in tending to us. They were responsive when we had requests, just didnt seem friendly or happy about it.
We asked to be seated in a booth, which they accommodated with the caveat that we needed to be finished by a certain time, consequently we were worried about time, but the servers didnt seem to remember that. Also, the menu is very limited.
The upside was the food. I had the roasted chicken, which is a last choice protein for me, but due to the few choices I picked it. It was delicious! My partner had the hamburger and also said it was yummy. The good food made the trip worth it.

DV
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nightcap is a great place for drinks and dinner with friends or just that someone special.

JS
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love Nightcap! Food is amazing and staff is even better!

OT
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Just a fun dinner with my bestie. It’s always amazing food but the delivery time after order is placed is a bit long. Service was great from a customer service perspective, great wait staff! It’s just one of those places you Ofer everything when ordering your initial drink so it comes out in less than a noticeable amount of time. The food is out of this world consistently!!! Delicious!

CA
Singapore
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience3

The atmosphere is great. The service was good although we were rushed out since they booked our table to close to the time that we had booked. The cocktails were really good as were the appetizers. I should have stopped there. We ordered dinner. The main course comes with no sides. My friend had to send her dish back since it smelled and tasted bad. My friend chicken was ALL coating and once I could get tot eh chicken it was slimy and just not tasty. It was expensive and I had to go home and eat. Stick with the drinks and appetizers and go eat somewhere else !

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