Odd Duck

4.6
848 reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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Odd Duck brings the spirit of Austin to its eclectic and unique plates, with a focus on local ingredients and sustainable practices. Starters like the curry-spiced carrots with beer nuts and pickled onions and the beef cracklin' tater tots with creamy Béarnaise sauce are inventive glimpses at the meal ahead. Popular entrée items include the crispy pork belly with pecan jerk glaze, the hearty green tomato and maza fritter with goat chorizo verde, and the wagyu ribeye with oyster mushrooms. Odd Duck also has an extensive craft beer and cocktail list so you can select the ideal complement to your meal. Try the cold shoulder with Scotch, espresso and toasted almond liquor for a delightful pick-me-up.

Odd Duck's made-from-scratch and high-quality standards are as refreshing as its food is delicious. Stop by for the serene ambience and excellent cuisine.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Mon-Fri 1130 am - 230 pm
Brunch: Sunday 1030 am - 230 pm
Dinner: Sunday through Thursday 5 - 10 pm
Friday and Saturday 5 - 11 pm

Bar: Mon-Fri 1130 am - close
Sat: 5 pm - close
Sun: 1030 am - close
Happy Hour Mon - Fri 3-6 pm
Sunday 230 - close
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Phone number
(512) 433-6521
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Bryce Gilmore
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Cross street
Gibson
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Parking details
Odd Duck has complimentary valet parking.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.4

Odd Duck is an excellent Southern restaurant serving sophisticated food without any stuffiness.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
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J
Dallas
16 reviews
5.0Dined on April 20, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Odd Duck is always consistently excellent. Service is always prompt with knowledgable staff, and great Happy Hour specials

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Atlanta
28 reviews
4.0Dined on April 3, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

What started out as a food truck has risen through the ranks, changed hands and become an establishment structurally as a brick and mortar building with a solid foundation in culinary technique and execution. Most excitingly at Odd Duck are the ingredients and their arrangements. Both in preparation and presentation plates are as fun to look at as well eat. What at first appears to be a random assortment of fixings taste as meticulously prepared as the palate senses. Mostly an upscale casual feel with a busy center kitchen the space is built for entertainment. The menu is constructed with mostly small plates that are meant to be shared and discussed. You should be ordering the duck with an assortment of veggies that complement and support one of their more hearty dishes. Not to be overshadowed the cocktails are expertly prepared as deconstructed favorites. Most enjoyable in that arena was the margarita which substitutes traditional salt rim with salt foam. How do you even get salt to emulsify into a foam?! Overall and extremely satisfying experience with the perfect amount of novelty to excite any true traveler in need of something new and refreshing, thanks!

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Houston
2 reviews
4.0Dined on March 19, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Odd Duck is terrific and has been since the food truck days. The food is interesting without being pretentious. We had 4 in our party and tried most of the menu items that day. There was not a single bad dish. Only reason it doesn't get 5 stars is that it wasn't a revelatory, life-changing meal. Just great. Which is far better than most places can do.

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K
Austin
9 reviews
4.0Dined on March 14, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

For our anniversary we decided to have dinner at Odd Duck. We've been there twice before and have always been pleased with the creative and delicious food and drinks. There was a more limited selection of vegetarian items, but otherwise the food was great! It tends to be really busy and fairly noisy, but the food makes it worth it. I do wish the staff communicated with each other better, as we ended up with them trying to serve us a dish we never ordered!

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Austin
21 reviews
5.0Dined on March 6, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you want something different and yummy for brunch, this is a great option. Loved everything we ordered.

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Minneapolis
15 reviews
5.0Dined on February 28, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great seasonal food that is acquired from the local farmers market each Saturday. Bread and pastries backed on site. Service is awesome, food selection and portion size are great.

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KA
Caribbean
3 reviews
5.0Dined on February 27, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We received a gift card to the restaurant and finally got around to going. We allowed the waiter to order for us and was extremely impressed with the food and service. Sitting at the bar was the best, we got good service and had a wonderful time. We will come back!

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FJ
New York Area
4 reviews
5.0Dined on February 27, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We reserved a table for 4 on open table on a Saturday night at 9:30PM. They called me on Friday to confirm the reservation, and we were able to add one more person to our reservation with no issues. One of our party arrived around 9:10, but was seated immediately without the reminder of the party. The remainder of us arrived at 9:30 and were seated at the table immediately. The menu is meant for tapas style sharing, so we ordered around 15 total dishes between the 5 of us. Reasonable prices, delicious food. Highly recommend the sweet potato dish, the pig face sandwich (reminded us of pate), fried pickles, duck breast, and the wagyu beef dish.

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Chicago
1 review
5.0Dined on February 26, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Two of us in our group were vegetarians and one in the group had food allergies. The chef was very accommodating to our dietary needs and we enjoyed a delicious meal of unique and fresh foods. We ordered two small plates each and had plenty to eat! Would definitely recommend!

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Austin
1 review
5.0Dined on February 25, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wife and I love this place. Delicious and creative food In a great atmosphere!

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KP
Austin
4 reviews
3.0Dined on February 24, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Drinks were great- food was okay. A few things were awesome but everything else was average. Was a little bummed given how much it had been talked up to me.

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RG
Austin
4 reviews
5.0Dined on February 24, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I just got back from a belated valentines dinner and we were not disappointed. Odd Duck has a casual, homey vibe that becomes even more real when sitting at the bar to observe and chat up the kitchen staff. The cocktails were great and the small plate setup is a big plus for people like us who want to taste everything (grilled broccoli and the sweet potatoes were the surprise of the night...and the Parker house Rolls are a must!). Stay long and order lots. Highly recommended.

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R
Seattle
3 reviews
5.0Dined on February 24, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and happy hour deals on wine until 6:20

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k
Austin
4 reviews
5.0Dined on February 23, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The small plates were fun to share and if you like pork, this is the place for you.
Our server was exceptional as well. You should try happy hour when selected items on the
menu are 1/2 off and bottle of wine are 1/2 off too!

I plan to go back for sure soon!
KS

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V
San Antonio
12 reviews
5.0Dined on February 21, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for brunch with my family to Odd Duck. Entire meal was fabulous and delicious! Tried almost everything in the menu and food was great! I'll definitely return and recommend.

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R
Austin
13 reviews
5.0Dined on February 21, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best brunches in Austin. Tried things I've never had and loved everything. We also had the best server who made the experience even better.

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Seattle
6 reviews
5.0Dined on February 19, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We travel all over to eat. Here in Austin to visit my daughter and thought we'd bring my husband here for dinner. My daughter and I have eaten here a couple of times when I've come to visit. My husband hasn't stopped talking about it and wants to go back. We have a rule when visiting new cities to not eat twice at the same one till the list is complete. Going to be braking the rule. The pulled pork rolls were amazing. Jeffs favorite was the duck confit and Annies was the crispy pork belly. My favorite was the orange cream filled donut. The others had the brown butter pear desert. Just as good.

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Austin
2 reviews
5.0Dined on February 18, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Odd Duck serves up small but spectacular plates of unique and delicious dishes. Don't want to build it up too much, but I always love it when I get a chance to eat here.

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New England
2 reviews
5.0Dined on February 18, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A wonderful place for a night out; menu is comprised of delicious combinations of old and new flavors combined in original ways. Reservations are recommended as this place was still hopping at 9pm when we left on a weeknight. Waitstaff is young, passionate, and very friendly; the bartender even gave us a free dessert-- very much appreciated! If you get to sit near the kitchen, watch carefully-- it's an amazing sight.

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Austin
2 reviews
5.0Dined on February 17, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Got there 10 minutes late because of traffic but they were great abou seating us. Wait staff answered questions about unfamiliar things on the menu quite helpfully and it was all wonderful. Be adventurous at this restaurant. It won't fail you.

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Austin
1 review
4.0Dined on February 17, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food with uncommon food mixtures. Make reservations because even Wednesday night is packed. Valet was super young and had some trouble with our exotic car, he did manage to hit every button inside attempting to put hardtop up.

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Austin
2 reviews
5.0Dined on February 16, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the variety of options and all good well executed.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
4.0Dined on February 15, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

First time we came for a drink, but the bar was reserevfed for dinner seating only, so we left. Gave it another try with a reservation for dinner, food was very good, service great. Would come back and recommend it

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Austin
49 reviews
5.0Dined on February 15, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Try the soup of the day. We have never been disappointed!

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Austin
3 reviews
5.0Dined on February 14, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere, very Austin-y

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Austin
4 reviews
5.0Dined on February 14, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Odd Duck totally made our Valentines Day experience. Everything was fantastic from start to finish. Thank you, Odd Duck!

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UG
San Antonio
3 reviews
5.0Dined on February 14, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food. Classy but rustic. Drinks were also pretty good. Sourdough bread was great and plentiful.

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BR
Austin
4 reviews
5.0Dined on February 14, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can't go wrong with anything on their menu, and trust me we tried most of it!

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Austin
1 review
5.0Dined on February 14, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were pleasantly surprised at how wonderful each dish was. Odd Duck should pride themselves with using fresh ingredients because the flavor was unbelievable. Don't even think twice about going to another restaurant. This should be your first stop.

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BR
Austin
7 reviews
5.0Dined on February 14, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Besides the absolutely great service and food the environment lends itself to have an unforgettable time.

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Orange County
3 reviews
5.0Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eating at Odd Duck was one of my top 5 dining experiences. The plates are inventive, well-balanced and deee-licious!

My husband and I came here on a Saturday night and we were seated at the bar, which we like because you can see all the activity in the kitchen. The restaurant is a nicely designed space and the ambience is relaxed. All the staff were genuinely friendly and helpful.

We were feeling adventurous and asked our server to make selections and surprise after sharing some things we generally do and don't like. I definitely recommend going this route at Odd Duck! We had so much fun and loved trying dishes we probably wouldn't have chosen on our own.

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Austin
2 reviews
5.0Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing, unique, delicious food! The service was excellent and efficient! Will definitely be going back

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MG
Austin
1 review
4.0Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Our server was very attentive. Food was excellent as usual.

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Austin
3 reviews
5.0Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This review is long due, but we loved our experience so much I had to take out time to write this review. Thanks Cory for making our evening.

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JV
San Antonio
2 reviews
5.0Dined on February 12, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We shared the pig face roll and the lamb meatloaf, both were outstanding. The cultured butter is brought us back.

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Austin
3 reviews
4.0Dined on February 10, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

portions are small but food is delicious! Don't come here starving but do come with an adventurous desire to try new combos.

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G
San Francisco
26 reviews
5.0Dined on February 8, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening with wonderful service and suggestions from our waitress! Everything we were served was out of sight! Great kitchen and bar to watch!

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Austin
1 review
5.0Dined on February 8, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Odd Duck is my favorite place in town bar none. I've tried to find other places to surpass it (just for the heck of it), some are up there, but none have one my heart over, or my loyalty.
The cocktail menu is constantly changing as is the taste menu. The drinks are always surprising and perfectly balanced.
The service is always impeccable. A combination of casual dinning and quality/pride for that's on the menu that week. You never feel rushed, staff always remembers you. And, from conversations with staff they love working there!

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S
Orange County
2 reviews
4.0Dined on February 7, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

After living in Austin for over two years, we finally made a reservation for Sunday Brunch when a friend was in town! After hearing a lot of positive comments about the Odd Duck, we were a little weary that it would not meet our expectations. We shouldn't have worried. From the friendly valets to the great flavors of all the different foods we tasted, it was a great time. Our waitress made great recommendations, and the plates were perfect for sharing. French press coffee (a favorite) started us off on the right track. We all ordered different dishes, and the recommendation of our waitress that one and a half to two each would be enough, turned out to be spot on. Lots of different flavors to taste on the different patterned plates we used that were all different (liked that a lot!). We liked the fact that the food was made from local producers - that is a definite plus for us! We sat by the window and it was packed, but the noise level was never too high for the four of us to have a normal conversation. Will definitely be back, and would highly recommend it to anyone who likes great tasting food and a fun environment. Two thumbs up!

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D
Austin
14 reviews
5.0Dined on February 6, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Wonderful food. Love the sharing of small plates concept.

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