Olamaie

4.7
854 reviews
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Southern
At Olamaie, Southern food rooted in love and tradition is complemented by contemporary culinary techniques.

This respect for both past and present marks Olamaie as a place where fine Southern food is celebrated not only for its rich heritage, but for its inspiration to modern cuisine.

Specials

Cocktail Hour on the Porch

Come join us for our daily cocktail hour from 5 - 6:30 pm. We'll be helping you unwind with a $9 Peach Collins, Lemon Balm Julep, or Martini Bianco on our covered porch or in our air-conditioned parlor.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: July 11, 2019

Ends: July 12, 2118

Availability: Daily 5:00PM-6:30PM

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
9.3

Olamaie is one of the most impressive upscale Southern restaurants we've ever experienced.

Ratings 9.0-9.8:If the 8.5-9.0s are the restaurants you’ll frequent for more than just special occasions, the 9.0-9.8s are the all time great restaurants of their city. Restaurants that will be around 20 years from now, assuming the Earth is still around.
What 854 People Are Saying
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EH
Austin
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Order the Hoppin' John, it was amazing! Perfect portion of beans, crispy rice and southern hospitality.
Great wine list, fun cocktails, yummy appetizers and don't forget THE BISCUITS! We'll be back.

NA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly amazing! A complete food experience. Best biscuits I’ve ever tried in my life. All of their dishes were seasonal so you could really taste how fresh every element of the dish were. Can’t wait to go back!

OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Terrible wait staff. Food was dry and over salted. Would not recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We waited until the last minute to book a reservation, and the only seating available was outside. Thankfully, there is a quaint spot in the waiting lounge where 2-3 (max) can dine. We were able to score the corner spot and enjoy our meal in the cool! We started with the biscuits (of course)....melt in your mouth biscuits. Also the hush puppies....the hush puppies were unlike any we've ever had. Soooo delicious. Then the tomato basil pie. Just WOW! Definitely try the above 3. You will enjoy every scrumptious bite! While our meal was tasty (red snapper and chicken), we would definitely return just to sample and enjoy more of their small plates. Kasey was our extremely knowledgeable, friendly and attentive server. We most certainly recommend Olamaie's and we will definitely be back!

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have gone to the restaurant for more than three years now and we always have a great time and the food is fantastic. But this time when we visited the prices were abnormally high and honestly weren’t very worth it. So if you want to go to this restaurant be prepared to unload your cash.

MK
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another exceptional experience at Olamaie. Just a different level than most Austin restaurants.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in Washington State but were in Austin for the weekend. We did solicit advice from various people on where to have the one dinner while in town. We chose Olamaie because it was considered southern food and we like traditional southern dinners. It definitely met our expectations of gourmet southern. To start we got two appetizers, the hush puppies and the peas. Both were delicious and prepared as described. For dinner we chose the pork chop and the eggplant. We both dislike eggplant but it came recommended so we gave it a try. I don’t like eggplant at all but this was delicious. We were both quite full but wanted to finish every bite of our dinner. The service was just as excellent. He gave good suggestions, checked on us often and made sure we were happy. I made our reservation and requested to be outside. The hostess said we could still sit outside but highly recommended that we consider sitting inside and offered us a quiet lovely table. We were glad she did. It was hotter than we realized (103). The staff in this restaurant definitely cares if their customers are happy from the minute they arrive to the minute they leave. I would definitely dine at Olamaie again.

R
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I have been here twice before and was blown away. Unfortunately today we had a different experience. It was very warm to where we were sweating in our seats. I have loved the food in the past but we were pretty disappointed with the pork chop today. Biscuits still as good as ever though! Love you guys!

M
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had heard that Olamaie was good, but it far exceeded my expectations. The service was great and the food was fantastic. I have lived in Austin for over three years and it was easily one of the best meals I have had in the city.

SH
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was unique, creative, and incredibly delicious. The only reason I'd hesitate to return is the loud music and overall noise level. I was hoping for a quieter environment in which to enjoy such a wonderful meal. We would have stayed for dessert, but it was getting even louder as the place filled up.

l
Austin
12 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

We didn’t realize it was a pre fixed menu with no options. Service was way too fast. We would have come a different night.

B
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating my wife's birthday we decided to try Olamaie. We were not disappointed as we saw the white clapboard house with the green shuttered windows. At our reserved table we were pleased to see the birthday wish note. Our waitress, Lauren, did an excellent job of explaining the menu. The small plates were large enough to share or to use as a small entree. The large plates would satisfy a very hungry person or could be split between two or three people. (this explains the 16 oz steak) We decided on trying the white shrimp plate and the crab fritter plate as shared appetizers. We enjoyed both plates and would have them again. My wife and I split the brined pork chop and loved the plate which presented the interior or pink side of the split pork chop. Delicious. My daughters split the Hoppin John and said that it was filling and tasty. Since we were there on a Monday night after 6 we were able to park for free on the street in front of the restaurant. The patio looked inviting but that will have to wait until we return in the cooler fall weather.

AC
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The food was good but nothing out of this world, specially considering the price point. We tried the biscuits, beef tartar, shrimp, fish, and pork. The fish was AMAZING, the pork was good... the rest was just OK.

The drinks were mixed.. we tried a couple from the HH menu and we enjoyed those and then we tried a couple from the main menu and those weren't anything special.

The service was very good and they acknowledged our celebration.

OT
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was absolutely delicious but a little pricier than I wanted to spend. But the food was definitely worth it.

TW
Chicago
145 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal, sat outside, fans on patio. Shared hushpuppies and beef tartare and pork chop entree. appetizers were great. biscuit with honey butter flaky and tasty. service excellent. pork chop was okay. next time will try one of the other entrees.

RH
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food’s a little on the heavy side, the menu is extremely limited, the place is a little “down at the heels,” and the staff is aloof. I know all that sounds negative but here’s the strong points: (1) the limited menu is excellently prepared - delicious and satisfying; (2) the limited wine list is exquisite; (3) no one rushes you so you get to process slowly the pleasure of your meal - a rare thing these days. It’s definitely 4 out of 5 stars.

s
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Tuesday "Defining Women" pre-fix dinner was excellent.

MF
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding this restaurant could be anywhere in the world and fortunately for the people in Austin it’s in the middle of their town if you go to Austin stop here serious execution and commitment to culinary excellence !!

CR
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Beautiful place, but the tables are so close, and it's basically 1 big room..so there is no privacy at all. Food was good but I would rather just have BBQ at Terry Blacks and pay 1/5 the price.

JH
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Celebrated a quiet birthday. Food was outstanding (I had red snapper, wife had the pork chop; we shared a shrimp and rice small plate to start---- all outstanding). Really surprised at the high quality. Service was attentive and knew details on everything we asked. Dessert (vanilla Bundt cake with peach sorbet) was just OK after excellent main courses. We will definitely go back!

B
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dinner

OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Food was cold
Chicken was not cooked
Pork was cold and the sides were refrigerator cold.

Food is usually very good but this time the 5 entrees were not good.

B
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Mike is super friendly, hospitable and preparing fantastic dishes with his team. I'm excited to come back for more of the Summer series featuring women in southern cooking. Thank you for a great evening!

T
Austin
17 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, fantastic food! It was Extremely loud!

MS
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food! Interesting choices and creative presentation.

OT
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Kacey, was a blast! So knowledgeable about the menu and suggestions for wine. Every dish, especially the shrimp and pork chop, was superb! Bravo, chef!

B
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Beautiful homestyle restaurant and the service was good! The biscuits, hushpuppies, crab cake, and Chicken entre were all delicious!
My only complaint is that the tables are a little close together, so you're in everyone else's conversation.

EB
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Great food, excellent wait staff! I would highly recommend a visit to the great eatery.

C
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a fabulous experience all around, most prominently showcased by excellent customer care & service. Y'all fucken rock ~

S
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

I was disappointed that our waitress was so stuck-up. When you go to a restaurant of Olamaie's caliber, you expected to me treated with warmth and that was certainly not how it felt. All of the other staff members were lovely. The food was delicious but the menu was lacking in some basics such as a green salad which would have been a nice complement. The space is beautiful.

LS
Austin
53 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Super great. Too many flies buzzing around the windows, tho.

BD
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I’ve had in Austin. Small, perfected menu. Spot on cocktails. Great service without the feeling of someone standing over you the entire time. Legit southern hospitality.

EO
Austin
37 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have you had a meal that made you rethink how you rate restaurants? This was one of those occasions where it seemed better than other places that I would normally give 5 stars. The service was excellent without being pushy. They gave opinions when asked and guided us well through our meal. The crab cake small plate was exceptional with a good crunch without overcooking the crab. The sauce was a very good compliment with crisp, sweet corn kernels to cut through and keep things light. My chicken was very unique and perfectly cooked and presented. Great blend of salty, savory and a little sweet in the sauce. Great drinks as well. Overall, it made for a great birthday dinner.

JB
Austin
15 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can't begin to count the number of times we've dined at Olamaie, but we have never had anything but outstanding service and food. Chef Michael continues to amaze and delight us with his new additions to the menu. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who truly enjoys quality creative dishes.

CR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Food and the best biscuits I have ever had!

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply amazing. John was an exceptional waiter who listened to what we like and the delivered the menus best items. A bit expensive but definitely worth the price. Not a new date place until you have seen them naked due to the price tag.

JC
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We met up with two out of town friends for a casual weekday evening meal. The staff were attentive enough but I wouldn’t say they had much to offer in terms of real understanding of the wine and food options. The biscuits are indeed something to enjoy but the overall price of the meal left us with a sense we could have gotten a fuller experience. Worth one go but we will not be regulars.

j
Austin
30 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was lovely. The food was also very good. My favorites were the biscuits and the bbq cabbage appetizer. We also tried three entrees: the snapper, pork chop, and chicken. The pork chop was our least favorite, because the meat was a bit dry, and we didn't really like the farmers cheese and peaches that came with it. Just personal preference though! I loved the snapper, and I would still return to Olamaie and recommend it to anyone looking for a special night out at a place where the servers will take care of you and the food will be solid.

o
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

There are better restaurants in Austin for the price, but Olamaie is very good. Their biscuits are great!

JK
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoy our visit very much. We had their special cookbook chef menu, which we had to place a $100.00 non refundable deposit to hold a seat. I just wish we could of seen the menu with beverage offerings when we placed the deposit. The food was excellent but the beverage pairing was whiskey, and neither of us like whiskey.

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