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Permanently Closed - NO VA Kitchen & Bar

4.4
115 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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This restaurant is permanently closed. NO VA is a Spanish phrase meaning "It doesn't go." The modern two story building that now houses NO VA Kitchen & Bar is a striking contrast to the historic buildings on Rainey Street. The menu offers home-spun twists on sophisticated classics.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Monnday-Thursday: 6:00pm-11:00pm, Friday-Saturday: 5:00pm-2:00am
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Phone number
(512) 382-5651
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Driskill St.
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Parking details
There is ample street parking for our guests.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.4  based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.3
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
5.0  Dined on April 22, 2017

I have been to No Va many times and it has never disappointed. This has to be one of the most underrated and undiscovered gems in the downtown area. I don't know why -- maybe it's because it's in the thick of the Rainey Street bar scene, where one does not usually think of getting a meal. Maybe it is because people think its a hotel (the neon NO VA sign suggests "No Vacancies). Maybe it's because it's a small-plate place doesn't have a pretentious menu that identifies items on the menu by listing random exotic-sounding ingredients (think Swift's Attic, Odd Duck, Laundrette, Lenoir, Emmer & Rye, Wink, etc) and instead just names the item (e.g. "Crispy Brussels" ,"Curried Cauliflower", "Seasonal Ceviche"-- all of which are absolutely delicious, by the way). Maybe it's because it's not too expensive. I do really like all those other small-late restaurants I named, but No Va is my favorite. The other places always have a plate or two that is disappointing, but I have loved everything I ever got at No Va. Okay, they used to have a redfish dish that was just okay, but they took it off the menu. And whenever we take friends there, they have always loved it and wondered why it is so easy to get a reservation there even on a weekend night. Really, you need to eat here. I hesitate to say this because it's my favorite and I like that I don't ever have trouble getting a table, but I love this place too much and I want it to stay in business.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on April 8, 2017

I was looking forward to trying out No Va as it was recommended to me as a great place to try. The ambiance was nice. However, there were some issues that left a bad taste in my mouth...
1) We had 3 different waitresses in the course of 10 minutes, all repeating the same specials, clearly not aware we had already been notified of those;
2) the food came out at different times, my boyfriend was completely done with his before my appetizer even came out.
3) I had a cold soggy single fry at the bottom of my ceviche, it was disgusting. The waitress apologized but didn't offer to take it off the bill.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on April 1, 2017

Only downside here is they bring the meals out at different times. Weird.

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manor (Austin)
5.0  Dined on March 31, 2017

Great atmosphere, great food!! The live music was an amazing addition.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Austin)
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2017

Good hanger steak!

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Shwanny (Austin)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2017

Awesome brussel sprouts, cauliflower, and cocktails!

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Daleyjessup (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2017

We stopped in for a quick bite to eat and drinks with another couple. The food was excellent. Service was ok. The wait staff was great but very busy. We sat outside. The patio was secluded and peaceful. A nice retreat from the crazy activity on the rest of Rainey Street. Would definitely return.

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katem13 (Austin)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2017

Made reservations because we were unsure of how busy it would be for an early dinner. Was empty when we got there. Thought it was a little odd that they took us upstairs. I would recommend on a nice night asking to sit outside on patio or at least downstairs, so you felt more of the ambiance. Wish I had requested that. Food was good. We ended up ordering several of the small plates and sharing. The Brussels sprouts were by far my favorite. My husband got the calamari and it was excellent too. He also got the mac and cheese and it was very good. The vegetable salad I ordered was okay. Good, fresh ingredients, but too much salad dressing made it a little soggy. The curried cauliflower was good too. Good flavor, but i wasn't expecting the cauliflower to be fried. I didn't care for the texture it had with the batter.

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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2017

My wife and I were celebrating our 49th wedding anniversary and Lorenzo and Kristien were fantastic hosts. Food was great and the wine Kristien suggested made the experience complete.

No VA ... Thanks!!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Austin)
5.0  Dined on January 7, 2017

Best burger I've ever had. Service is fantastic and drinks are tasty.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on December 17, 2016

I thought the food was not that great for the price. I also think that my wine had gone bad.

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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
3.0  Dined on December 11, 2016

What can I say, the brunch was delicious but the service was horrible. There were only four tables with diners the rest of the restaurant was empty, yet my waitress was more concerned about getting me out of the restaurant than to keep me trying out more dishes. The chilaquiles were amazing as was the Austin hash, as were the biscuits. Too bad the waitress kept trying to take my plates away as I was still eating. I asked for a refill on my coffee and it felt like asking her was a chore for her, I am torn I'd like to give No Va another chance, but I don't appreciate being rushed especially when I'm not hanging out, but actually dinning.

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Diningmom (Austin)
5.0  Dined on November 27, 2016

We celebrated our daughter's 19th birthday at NO VA's Sunday Brunch. Service was great, the live music was a pleasing surprise and the fried chicken biscuit is a MUST! My daughter is vegan and she found pleasing items for her dietary needs.

Great brunch patio seating!

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Jumjum (Western NC)
5.0  Dined on November 22, 2016

A delightful surprise. Delicious, creative. They know and obviously love fresh food prepared with pride. Located in a lovely little street with pretty homes and other independent restaurants and bars. Locals recommend it and we agree!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Columbus)
3.0  Dined on November 4, 2016

Food is pretty average, location is great, plenty of better restaurants in Austin to eat. Nothing special about this one.

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vipJRL4 (Austin)
5.0  Dined on September 29, 2016

food was delicious...I loved my meal there...will definitely return.

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vipNicoleQ89 (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on September 24, 2016

Enjoyed drinks at the bar and then had dinner upstairs. There was a large party dining near us and it was incredibly loud. We couldn't hear each other due to the noise level. Small plates were delicious. Ravioli was bland, but the pork chop and steak frites were both flavorful.

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vipTXJBD (Austin)
4.0  Dined on September 7, 2016

Food was excellent, especially the starters and desserts. Albondigas and Brussels sprouts are must-gets, as was the PB&J sweet at the end.

Among the entrees, the quail and raviolo were received best. I enjoyed the fish I had, but it wasn't anything special. My only complaint was that every entree came in a dish, rather than a plate. It kind of ruined the plating and presentation and made it more difficult to eat than it needed to be.

Craft cocktails were good, as was the wine we selected with our server's help. She was excellent throughout the night.

Thanks No Va!

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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
5.0  Dined on August 23, 2016

Incredible wait staff and excellent food. Highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on August 7, 2016

Great Burger,Chilaquiles and Pancakes
Mimosas... What else can I say... Great for Brunch!!!

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deep (New England)
3.0  Dined on July 30, 2016

Margaritas were great and love the macaroni and cheese! Quaint place

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vipdeliciousness (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on July 16, 2016

Everything was great! My friend and I had delicious drinks--and shared the brussels sprouts, mac & cheese, and meatballs. All 3 apps were amazing.

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ChrisH (Austin)
5.0  Dined on July 13, 2016

The atmosphere and food complimented each other nicely. I would highly recommend this place to anyone looking to get great food at a reasonable price. Our server, Guy, was very accommodating and friendly and took the time to answer questions we had about the menu. I would highly suggest you visit this place for a date night.

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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
5.0  Dined on July 9, 2016

It was me and my girlfriend first time. We had heard the food was great. Food was amazing! We had a server that was in training. She was struggling a bit. Our drinks took awhile to get up to us but her trainer was great. I understand that training is difficult. We ordered grilled peaches that we didn't like. We ate 2 of 4. The manager came back to ask us about them. We told her that they had a little steak flavor. She was wonderful! She thanked us for the feed back, compt them off and let us order another dessert on them. I was impressed with their manager. It's nice to see the communication between the server and the manager Overall we had a good experience. We will definitely be back!

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vipAgingBull (Austin)
5.0  Dined on July 8, 2016

We love No VA. This is a "go-to" restaurant and we love their inventive food, great cocktails and fun atmosphere.

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Anthonym (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on July 1, 2016

The menu has become far to small, choices very limited, only 1 fish entree, Not sure what the new chef is going for. Miss Brad very much.

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Marshfoot (Austin)
5.0  Dined on June 25, 2016

Great Austin experience. Was our anniversary, made it special. Will definitely go again.

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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
4.0  Dined on June 7, 2016

My fiance and I found this restaurant while exploring our new home city and thoroughly enjoyed it. The gnocchi tossed in salsa verde with pork belly made us swoon and the cocktail list was exceptional! We will definitely be returning to this great spot!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on May 25, 2016

We were visiting Austin and this restaurant was close to our hotel.
It started out wonderfully, it's a lovely space. Our waiter was great to start with -- then kind of disappeared for long intervals. Our reservation was on the late side - and perhaps he was ready for his shift to end. I would give NoVa a higher rating but the service was lacking!

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vipBarryK (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on April 17, 2016

Title says it all, but OpenTable is forcing me to write at least 50 characters, so here it is...

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