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Olamaie, Austin, TX

Olamaie

4.7
4.7
2020 Reviews
$50 and over
Southern
At Olamaie, Southern food rooted in love and tradition is complemented by contemporary culinary techniques. Chef de Cuisine Amanda Turner breathes new life into the culinary legacy of the South by marrying her various inspirations drawn from the African diaspora in the south and beyond in collaboration with Executive Chef/Owner Michael Fojtasek.

Olamaie is the first name of five generations of women in Executive Chef Michael Fojtasek’s family. His mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great-great-grandmother and now his daughter all honor the name with their shared patience, acceptance of others, boundless love, and soulful allegiance to food.


James Beard Finalist: Best Chef Southwest/Texas 2018, 2019, & 2020 (Michael Fojtasek)
James Beard Semifinalist: Emerging Chef 2022 (Amanda Turner)
James Beard Semifinalist: Best New Restaurant 2015
Austin American Statesman #1 2015, 2017, 2019
Food & Wine Best New Chef 2015
2021 Best Place for Working Parents
Member of Good Work Austin

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 28 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Southern, American, Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (512) 474-2796
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Michael Fojtasek
  • Catering
    Olamaie offers exceptional catering for private events, special occasions, and intimate in-home dinners. Whether you are hosting family, friends or colleagues, our culinary team will curate a menu based on your specific needs.<br /><br />For information regarding catering please contact catering@maiebhospitality.com
  • Private party facilities
    Olamaie's modern amenities and traditional Southern charm provide the perfect place to host your next celebration. Our array of unique private dining options can accommodate seated dinners ranging from 6-60 guests or a cocktail reception for up to 120.For event inquiries please contact reservations@olamaieaustin.com
  • Neighborhood
    Central Austin
  • Cross street
    17th Street
  • Parking details
    Olamaie offers complimentary valet directly outside the restaurant on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Street parking is also availabe and free after 6 pm (and all day Sunday).
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 2,020 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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2,020 Reviews
  1. dofswamp

    Austin

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The non-alcoholic beer was not very good. The fish with rice dish, which I have had before, was not as flavorful as before. The piece of red snapper, however, was very well-cooked and delicious. Delicious dessert.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and service! Great for a date or group get together, would definitely recommend!

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  3. Mads

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best meals I have enjoyed over my 9 years in Austin. Everything was delicious.

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  4. Selena

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service was amazing!! Can't wait to go back

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  5. RandaB

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best meal I have had in Austin in a long time. I had a great of six. We tried every appetizer and loved everything. Such a gorgeous evening. One we will not forward in a while. Thank you, Preston and team!

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  6. BrendaC

    Atlanta Metro

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb restaurant. Sevice and food was great. Very creative cocktails and courses. A culinary delight.

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  7. RRM855

    Palm Springs

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exquisite service while never feeling pretentious. Lovely food albeit a short menu. We felt pampered.

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  8. FloregonMan

    Miami

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Outstanding food and service. One of the most delicious meals we've had. Also, very expensive, but we didn't have buyer's remorse. That's just what you pay for such a good meal.

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  9. MeshaS

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything about our experience was perfect. The staff was informative, knowledgeable, attentive and friendly. The food was amazing. We left beyond satisfied!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant was the best meal I had in Austin. The service is as good as what you’ll find at a three Michelin star restaurant. Will absolutely be back.

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  11. BethR

    Denver

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is such a charming, gorgeous, delightful spot to dine! Ambience probably matters to me more than the food. Luckily the food here is also divine. Loved the oysters “rockafella,” the smoked cabbage, the beef tartar and the buttermilk biscuits. All very unique and delicious. Truly wish we could have tried everything. The service is top notch, warm and helpful. One of our best dining experiences in Austin!

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  12. JoeR

    Portland

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the moment we walked in and were greeted by name I felt taken care of at this restaurant. The services was impeccable. It's a fine line between too much attention and not enough. The staff balanced this perfectly. The food was extraordinary. The crudo, biscuits, Salads, beef tartar, duck (YUM), and fish, were all perfection. Buttercream cake and complimentary dessert wine (our anniversary) ended a perfect meal and a perfect dining experience. I rarely have a dinner out at this level. Thank you!!!

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  13. mish

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    What a pleasurable experience. We had the butter beans and pork chop. OMG. Such flavors so well prepared. The service was superb. I would highly recommend going here while in Austin.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    When service is this good, it helps that food execution, presentation, and taste is sublime!!

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  15. LisaG

    Austin

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved our dinner. Biscuits were the best we have ever had. Lamb with peanut soup was exceptional and the strawberry beet sorbet was delicious. Oh and the oyster rockerfellas were stellar.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We sat outside on a beautiful spring evening so it was very quiet. We could hear that the inside was rather loud. All of our food was delicious and the service was great. Had a lovely evening.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience. Phenomenal food. Biscuits with butter were life changing. Service was amazing. Overall vibe was great.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience! You feel transported back in time to a perfect little southern porch and delicious food. I liked the vegetarian/vegan entrée option (gumbo) but would love to see more in the future. The starters were all delicious and the biscuits were to die for. Service was outstanding thanks to Molly and the rest of the team!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food the service the atmosphere could not be improved upon. It was a true pleasure start to finish.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent all around and our server, Helen, was top notch!

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  21. SherryR

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    A charming little restaurant from the outside looks like a residence converted to a restaurant. Unassuming from the street. The service isn’t as warm as I expected when you step Across the threshold of a house. The vibe was a bit stiff for what I anticipated to be a warm southern meal at a converted residence. It felt a bit disconnected. We split a 22 ounce pork chop that was outstanding. It was brined, sous vie’d and finished on the grill then served over an outstanding blacked eyed pea or some type of bean dish! The flavors here were incredible. An outstanding southern meal without the southern hospitality..

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  22. JustinL

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    By far one of the best dinners we have had in Austin. The food was incredible and everything we ordered was outstanding. Service was very friendly and knowledgeable. The location is very cute and perfect gor celebrating a special occasion.

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  23. leannei

    Cincinnati

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, inventive cuisine and just an overall wonderful evening for our family!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    overall great dinner - the appetizers were great - I will go back just for them! I had the gumbo as my entree - I didn’t love it and the grits were too salty for my taste. Biscuits were lovely!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Good times with friends and enjoyed the biscuits. Look forward to next visit

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  26. BerkeleyATX

    Austin

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Supperclub 12 thumbs up! Everyone had an extraordinary time. The service is exceptional and the food is other-worldly delicious.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Favorite restaurant by far! Their food is always incredible. I love that they have zero proof and low proof cocktails! Thank you for taking everyone into consideration!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    9 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was just awful, not even awful but disgusting!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding! Consistently the best dining experience in Austin.

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  30. John

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were both phenomenal! We went for my birthday dinner and they put a sweet birthday card on the table. We highly recommend the wagyu steak and pork chop!

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  31. LoriS

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice atmosphere and great service. However, the food was way overpriced and not great. Too few options which were parse and strange.

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  32. BCJoseph

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Everything was delicious. One of the best spots in Austin.

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  33. JamesJ

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everyone was very nice and the food was great. I found the "energetic" volume a little too loud.

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  34. JoshuaS

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The staff was super polite and knowledgeable about the menu. The food was great. A real treat

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service!! Food is not worth the hype or price. At least on what we ordered.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful, cozy, delicious. The staff are incredible and the kitchen is amazing.

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  37. Carolinabluefish

    Charlotte

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    A must for any trip to Austin. In fact, it’s worth coming to Austin only to have dinner at this place!

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  38. TrishaH

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our party of 4 had reservations for 5 and due to unfortunate road traffic, we were quite past our time for 5. I communicated with Robert and kept him updated on our arrival time. Robert assured me that we would be seated once we arrived. Robert was so kind and as soon as we walked in, he was pleasant and greeted us with warmth & a smile. Our server Kyle was exceptional, as was the entire team that worked together to bring us our courses. The food and beverage selection was amazing and each dish, drink exceeded our expectations. Dining out should be a delight to all the senses and Olamaie’s was truly a Delight in every way!!!

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  39. Cecil

    Austin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was excellent, as always. The leadership at this restaurant continues to maintain high standards for its servers, chefs, bartenders, etc. It feels as if you are being served by a large family of people who buy into the Olamaie culture and service model. Great experience.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We really hoped to like this place but were unfortunately disappointed. We ordered 5 starters and only liked the butter beans. None of us liked the entrees, the fish and pork were both overcooked and the vegan was too salty. In fact, all the dishes except the biscuit were too salty (beans were too salty but not unbearable) and nearly inedible, we politely told the waiter but he got very defensive about it.

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Olamaie using the Order Online button.

Olamaie is rated 4.7 stars by 2020 OpenTable diners.

Olamaie does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 28 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Olamaie

1610 San Antonio Street, Austin, TX 78701

Additional information

  • Cross street
    17th Street
  • Neighborhood
    Central Austin
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Southern, American, Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Olamaie offers complimentary valet directly outside the restaurant on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Street parking is also availabe and free after 6 pm (and all day Sunday).
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Michael Fojtasek
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (512) 474-2796
  • Catering
    Olamaie offers exceptional catering for private events, special occasions, and intimate in-home dinners. Whether you are hosting family, friends or colleagues, our culinary team will curate a menu based on your specific needs.<br /><br />For information regarding catering please contact catering@maiebhospitality.com
  • Private party facilities
    Olamaie's modern amenities and traditional Southern charm provide the perfect place to host your next celebration. Our array of unique private dining options can accommodate seated dinners ranging from 6-60 guests or a cocktail reception for up to 120.For event inquiries please contact reservations@olamaieaustin.com
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