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

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About Odd Duck

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.

1201 South Lamar Boulevard
Austin, TX 78704
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American

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

Cross Street:
Gibson

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(512) 433-6521

Website:
http://www.oddduckaustin.com/

Parking Details:
Odd Duck has complimentary valet parking.

Executive Chef:
Bryce Gilmore

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

Odd Duck Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (2075)
Hot Spot (1293)
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Neighborhood Gem (984)
Great for Outdoor Dining (771)
Good for Groups (676)
Vibrant Bar Scene (609)
Great for Lunch (479)
Great for Brunch (476)
Romantic (429)
Notable Wine List (348)
Late-night Find (175)
Scenic View (94)
Kid-friendly (63)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
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Cozy (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 23, 2015

It's always delicious!

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 (Austin)·Dined on December 23, 2015

We had a great evening at Odd Duck -- especially recommend
the quail. Server suggested an excellent rioja

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 23, 2015

Service was excellent. The food was delicious. Portions are too small for the prices. I'm not looking for typical Tex-mex size platter, but I spent a lot and left hungry. Basically we shared a group of appetizer-teasers.

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 (Austin)·Dined on December 21, 2015

This is my favorite Austin restaurant. Great and imaginative small plates, good wine list, funky cool atmosphere, attentive servers, farm to table with ever-changing menu of small plates. Austin has lacked for neighborhood restaurants that serve world class imaginative food, but this fits the bill. Avoid the big meat dish at the bottom of the menu and try everything else.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 18, 2015

I love the Odd Duck. The first time I ate there about a year ago, I literally cried the food was so amazing. It can be fun to go in just for a few smaller plates or to go with a group and share an incredible feast of duck. Truly gourmet and an adventure for your pallet. And then there's the fabulous service. I literally look forward to my interactions with the waitstaff. They are awesome people who really seem to love what they are doing and the food they are serving. They really make it a fun experience. My favorite is the guy with the handlebar mustache. Sorry I forgot his name, but he always makes me laugh. I wish for everyone person to have an experience of food and drink at the odd duck at least once!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 17, 2015

The food was out-freakin-standing and the bartenders were extremely knowledgeable and talented. I thought Uchi was the best restaurant in Austin, but now Odd Duck is challenging that spot. We saw Pete Wentz while we were there too, which was cool. Apparently a lot of celebs eat there!

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 (Austin)·Dined on December 17, 2015

Great dinner experience, first time, menu was an adventure of tastes and surprises. Blue crab salad top notch, pig face awesome , deconstructed tamale special, smoked oyster pizza phenomenal.
Americana Tapas, with farm to face bent. Specialty cocktails as good as anywhere and the oak barrel aged specialties were beyond compare.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 15, 2015

Odd Duck was great! We had a waiter whom was attentive, friendly, and provided excellent recommendations. The food was amazing and unique. As if that weren't enough, we were sent home with bread for free because the kitchen made extra. All of this was very affordable, less than $30 per person. I will definitely be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 14, 2015

Odd Duck has killed it both times I've been there. I took a small group of colleagues from our Houston and DC offices, all of them discriminating foodies, and we all loved it. We ordered every plate on the menu, and a few rounds of cocktails. Food was fantastic - I love the clarity of flavor - and the service was excellent. Several beers were bought for the kitchen.....

You bet I'll be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 14, 2015

Really enjoyed the uniqueness of Odd Duck! An explosion of flavors. A great place for someone who loves trying unique foods. Very happy with all of our dishes. The sunchoke in the gordita was wonderful. The soup had so many wonderful flavors. We all enjoyed the seasonal pickle selection. A bit heavy on the salad dressing but would just ask for it on the side next time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 12, 2015

Great service. Unique and well thought out menu. Various drink options. Fantastic food. And complimentary valet.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 12, 2015

Everyone that works there he was very kind and helpful. Our server David was wonderful and very informative. He explained the menu and offered to help anyway he could .

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 8, 2015

To begin, this was my third visit. After a very disappointing lunch in July --- everything was wrong, I hesitated to return but --- I had a gift certificate to use. You have redeemed yourselves. Excellent on all counts. Great for dinner; not so much for lunch. Flavors are indescribably unique, innovative. Back to loving Odd Duck.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 6, 2015

Very creative dishes that are so good and great service. Definitely will go there again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 5, 2015

The Parker House Roll is like a pretzel kolache filled with the best parts of the pig. I had no regrets getting extra rolls. The other dishes we tried were great as well. If they offer the apple pie as a special, GET IT. Layers of cheese, apple, and dough sounds a bit weird, but it just works; the apple filling isn't too sweet which I ended up enjoying.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 4, 2015

The food at odd duck is AMAZING; they never disappoint. Favorite thing on my most recent trip was the oyster pizza - I highly recommend. Only complaint is that service is slow and has been each time I have been here.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 3, 2015

I was given a gift card to Odd Duck, so my husband and I gave it a try. We were very happy we did. The food, locally sourced, was such a wonderful blend of flavors in each dish. The descriptions of the menu items were interesting (Parker house roll with pig face!). Jeff, our waiter, took time to explain each item and answer any questions.

We made reservations for 6. At that time, the restaurant was about half full. When we left around 7:30, it was packed!

Very good! We definitely recommend Odd Duck and we plan to return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on November 29, 2015

My Family and my favorite spot in Austin. Love this place, love the food, love the staff, love the cooks.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 28, 2015

We did not want to leave... The entire team was lovely with us and seem passionate about what they do. We ended up leaving with a loaf of bread as a present. :)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 25, 2015

My own pick for best restaurant in Austin After having dined there twice I can confidently say that I'll be back as long as that food still comes out of those kitchens. Trying to save you time. If you haven't gone, go and try it, it's unique within the city. After that you'll have made up your mind on going back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 25, 2015

Arrived on time for lunch reservations and was quickly escorted to the bar. The hostess was visibly less than thrilled that my friend and I didn't want to sit at the bar. Was then led past many open tables and taken to an outside table in the back during the rain and high humidity. I'm used to being given the option of the bar and/or sitting outside. Our first appetizer was marginal, but edible. The second app we sent back. I'm sure they thought they were being creative, but it was an overpriced hodge-podge of just plain silly ingredients and not tasty at all. The sandwiches were brought out and they were fair (wouldn't go back to eat them again though). Before our sandwiches were delivered to the table, we were told we needed to look at the desserts and pick one if we thought we wanted one. We declined. Our keys were delivered by valet parking a few minutes later. Our server was nice enough. I can't imagine this restaurant will survive, but stranger things have happened. We won't go back and wouldn't recommend it. Completely disappointing, starting with the hostess. Too bad. My friend and I had both been looking forward to trying it.

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 (Austin)·Dined on November 22, 2015

Very much like a high end tapas bar. Creative dishes, very tasty and fresh directly from local farms. Small portions ideal for sharing a variety of dishes and tasting the unique and creative food. Great place for drinks and fun, not to be missed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 21, 2015

Easily the best dining experience I've had to date. Perfect place for a date or a special occasion seeing as the bill can be pricey. But worth every penny.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 20, 2015

after a couple beers and appetizers while watching the new James Bond movie, we easily walked over to the odd duck for a fantastic dinner. What a great finish to a fun night.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 20, 2015

They knowledge the servers had about all the items on the menu.

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 (Austin)·Dined on November 20, 2015

My boyfriend and I recently dined at Odd Duck for the first time. We were celebrating our One Year Anniversary and our waitress must have over heard us talking about it. She gave us a free appetizer and free glasses of champagne with a Congratulations! The rest of the night was perfect. The food, while some dishes are certainly different, were incredible. The service, the atmosphere, everything was absolutely perfect. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 19, 2015

They do everything well at Odd Duck. The food is fresh and super tasty and the service is superb. My dessert club met there, and we were blown away by the sweet treats that we ordered. My favorite was the Sour Cream Ice Cream and the Apple Donut. It was light and airy. My second fave was the Lemon Passet. It was so smooth. The crumb topping and the touch of raspberry rounded out the dish perfectly. Their butter pecan ice cream is definitely something to write home about. What a fun night!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on November 19, 2015

The waitress we had was very knowledgable when it came to recommending which wine would suite my tastes and what would compliment the meal well. Everything else including the food and service was gray as always.

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 (Austin)·Dined on November 17, 2015

Odd Duck was recommended by a friend. We liked the atmosphere and the service was good, but the food was too complicated and salty.

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 (Austin)·Dined on November 16, 2015

I'm new to Austin and this is one of my new favorite spots! The food was amazing - super unique and I love that the service style makes it easy to taste a lot of different things. Everything we ordered tasted even better than it sounded - "scrambled egg" was amazing, the mint pappardelle was probably the best thing I ever had... and don't forget to order the secret apple pie which was so worth every bit.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 15, 2015

As always, a great evening at Odd Duck. Food is unique and beyond delicious. We had a less experienced waiter, and I realized how much a great waiter adds to the dining experience. Overall, dining here is like a party for your mouth!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 15, 2015

Really good brunch at a reasonable price. I went with a group of 6, and we ordered just about everything on the menu and all of it was good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 15, 2015

The hostesses went out of their way to ensure that my mother had a seat with a back to it. The wait staff was knowledgable and friendly. The prices were spot on for such delicious, farm-to-table dining. My mother loved her pancake battered quail, and I ordered a vegetarian omelette based off of the seafood omelette on the menu. The chef went above and beyond creating an appealing, veggie topped omelette just for me. Hand-made, fresh pastries and champagne made our Sunday brunch perfect. I would highly recommend and can't wait to go back to the ambiance and fabulous setting.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 14, 2015

Simply outstanding, dish after dish. Odd Duck is one of our favorite restaurants in Austin, and we took a friend visiting from out of town there for dinner. The only thing I can criticize is the outdoor heating situation. The staff turned on 1-2 heaters in the patio area, and we were sitting right under one. It was torching our backs, which made the latter part of our meal quite uncomfortable. Perhaps the restaurant can rethink its heating placement to the other side of the patio, where there are no tables? Otherwise, we had a wonderful dinner!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 14, 2015

Second time there. The food is amazing. Loved the pork belly and the apple fritter with sour cream ice cream.

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 (Austin)·Dined on November 11, 2015

Odd Duck is the best restaurant in Austin. They have great food, exceptional service, complete wine list and imaginative drinks. No matter when you go you will always be surprised and delighted by the menu. Enjoy!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 10, 2015

I love eating at this restaurant. I come here several times a year and the menu was never the same. Everything is always worthwhile, make sure you order the bread.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 10, 2015

Odd Duck is often listed among Austin's best restaurants and it deserves this status. The prices are quite reasonable considering the quality of the food, but be forewarned: portions are small. The ambience is only so-so since most of the seating is around a large bar. If you enjoy watching your food being prepared, however, you may count this as a plus rather than minus. The wine list is more extensive than at most places in town and the selection appears to me to be good. Altogether a very good value for the money.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2015

A majority of our party of 8 declared it the best meal they ever had. And these were folks who have eaten lots of good food in their many decades of life. Very special small dishes, each one complex beyond my description and beyond the description on the menu. All the following were amazing dishes: grilled carrots, pig cheek buns, jerked pork belly, smoked oyster flat breads, fried pickled zucchinis etc, taco, sweet potato with green chile and fried skins (yes, possibly the best)....

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 10, 2015

This was my 2nd visit to The Odd Duck. 1st visit I rated every dish A or A+. Must be a different cook in the kitchen now because the food was off. Crispy quail was way salty. Flavor of the quail couldn't break through the taste of salty breaded crust.

Crab salad was long on kohlrabi (2 ways) and decidedly short on crab.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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