Ah Sing Den

4.3
124 reviews
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$30 and under
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Asian
Named after Ah Sing, the owner of one of East London’s most famous opium dens where Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle and other creative people derived inspiration. We hope by bringing you the most delicious tipples and morsels your imagination will flourish as well!
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4.6
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EL
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We tried to like this place but unfortunately it was a fail. The food is mediocre, a scallop dish with only two scallops was $20 and not even good, and the menu lacks creativity and depth. Save you $150 for a better restaurant.

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LG
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was OUTSTANDING!!! Will go again when I’m back in Austin. Loved it.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and drinks. Ambiance is super cool with awesome music choice.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Staff! Awesome food options! Unique environment!

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EM
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 5

I have been wanting to try this place for months. We decided to go to their happy hour. The waitress was not attentive or knowledgeable of the menu at all. We talked to the waitress about wanting to do the half priced drinks and ultimately decided to do the "dealers choice" which the bartenders makes you a drink. The waitress did not know or decide to tell us that it was excluded from happy hour pricing so we paid $18/drink instead of $6. We then said we wanted to try a lot of different items and order multiple rounds of food. We placed our first order for appetizers. An hour goes by and we finally flag down our waitress and she had not even put our order in. Due to this, we did not have time to order more rounds of food or drinks and we were still late to our next stop. Ultimately, the place was really great and the food was good but it was very frustrating with how bad our service is.

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EW
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic! Our service was amazing!! Food and cocktails were incredible! Great value for the experience.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

Food is delicious. Great decor. However, servers and management were not accommodating. They were inattentive, and some were flat out rude. Will not be back.

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RD
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

My husband and I tried the restaurant after seeing it on a local food bloggers Instagram and checking out the menu thinking it would be a great anniversary dinner.

I loved the vibe of the place, the plants, decor, chairs, intimacy, were all amazing and as we were seated we were so excited. We each ordered a speciality cocktail. They were out of the Japanese whiskey my husband wanted and he went with the rec of the server for another drink. Neither of us liked ours, no big deal, chalk it up to personal preference. We started with the goat cheese rangoons and ceviche. We were disappointed in both, the rangoons had a drop of goat cheese in them and were just fried nothingness for the majority of the Rangoon. The sauce that accompanied them was amazing. The ceviche was 90% pineapple, we were literally digging around trying to find the scallops.

At this point we contemplated leaving and having dinner elsewhere but decided maybe we ordered wrong and let’s try some other stuff. We put in an order for a bottle of sake, the cowboys and the mussels. The waitress came back 10 minutes later and asked if we needed another drink, we told her we were waiting on the sake which she’d clearly forgotten. No big deal she brought it right out . The cowboys arrived next and the pork belly wasn’t warm, maybe that’s how it’s supposed to be but it wasn’t good. 15 minutes later she asked if we wanted anything else, she’d forgotten our mussel curry. Never once did she ask about how everything was. Finally we got the curry and it was the only good dish. There were multiple mussels which hadn’t opened in the cooking process which I would have thought would have been removed prior to serving but I figured she’d asked for it rushed since she forgot it and maybe they didn’t take to time to do that. The broth was excellent and I was happy we had 1 thing that we liked.

Overall, I felt like we wasted a lot of money and it ruined our night.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cool vibe and great shareable plates to suit your appetite. Nice happy hour drink deal doesn’t hurt. Servers were friendly and laid back. I prefer a touch of neglect rather than helicoptering.

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MG
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

It's a cool spot with good tasty food. Drinks are a little pricey

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k
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Service was terrible. Food took entirely too long and is mediocre and overpriced.

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KC
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

My new favorite spot - I just wished that it was noticed on my RSVP notes on OpenTable that it was Kelsey’s birthday. I was hoping for dessert or a birthday mention at the table.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Restaurant has a decent concept and could be successful under competent management. For now, expect extremely slow service, priciness, and a menu where half of the dishes are not available. Decent atmosphere and good location.

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HL
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved everything about Ah Sing Den! The atmosphere was incredible, the food and drinks were awesome, and the service was great. I highly recommend this for a late night cocktail, date night or girl's night out. Cannot wait to go back!

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A
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 4

Host was the worst and ignored the order that diners arrived regardless of the fact that I had a reservation. When a dish came without the noted ingredients (note eggplant tempura should probably have eggplant in it), we were asked three times if we wanted it removed from our bill and then it was still there when the check came.

Our waitress was really sweet, but I could see how poorly management was running this restaurant. I would go back for the drinks, but not worth staying for food.

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V
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great drinks and food tastes good but tricky to eat chips and ceviche without making a mess...needed extra utensils.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time

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K
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambiance, great service, cool drink menu. We were planning on dinner but it was more of a tapas place. Next time I’ll know just to come for cocktails.

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VG
Austin
26 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was comprised of small plates, which were a little pricey considering the portion size. Good thing the food was tasty, otherwise we would have left in total dismay due to the noise level being unbearable! We sat in a booth facing the front window and couldn’t carry on a conversation without almost yelling while repeating ourselves several times. We were ready to get up and leave when the food arrived. We ate our small plates quickly and left with throbbing heads craving some peace & quiet. The ambiance is quite cute & funky, just unfortunate the noise level takes it off our list for future dining.

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s
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was pretty tasty, but also pricy for the serving sizes. We tried the goat cheese rangoon, thai curry mussels, and the fish and chips with beer cheese. The food was all around DELICIOUS!

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A
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Been wanting to try Ah Sing Den and it didn’t disappoint! The atmosphere is exactly as they describe on their website. The food and drinks were great. Wonderful way to kick off new year’s eve.

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NR
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Authentic south East Asian cuisine.

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MM
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place remains my favorite place for a casual brunch that feels fancy

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here on a double date last Saturday - highly recommend. There was so much attention to detail from the ambiance to the fresh cocktails and the menu. We loved it and we’ll be back!

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RD
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

great space! good decor, service, and very unique.

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N
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Under staffed, no manager visible helping server that was clearly super weeded. Waited 20 minutes for drinks, even though the bar was empty. Out of multiple things we tried to order food wise, but the server would only let us know they were out of things after we ordered them. One of the worst restaurant experiences I've ever had.

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BL
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the most beautiful restaurants in Austin! They have a fantastic menu and their drinks are unique and tasty. The service is great and friendly! Very romantic and fancy without being pretentious. LOVE LOVE LOVE!

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JR
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow this place is great. Love their dumplings and Thai chicken wings. Cozy and cute.

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L
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

I have been to Ah Sing Den many times and have always enjoyed my drinks and experience. I took my family visiting from out of town here before a show on Sat night for a couple pre-show drinks. I made a reservation for 6 at 7:30. When we arrived, we were seated promptly but at 3 tables side by side instead of a round table, so no one on either end could hear the other end as it was so insanely loud. Looking at the cocktail menu, it seemed like there were more whiskey/bourbon cocktails than normal and there was really only one cocktail that sounded good to me (definitely not their fault). However when I ordered that drink, I was told the pear puree for the drink hadn't been made yet. That was kind of annoying since this was prime time, 7:30 on Sat. I decided to ask for a recommendation for another drink. I don't think our server had any idea what anything tasted like or what she was doing. Her recommendations/information about the cocktails and wine were way off and everything was "good" when someone asked about it. The cocktail I ordered was not what I wanted, so I gave it to my husband and opted for a glass of wine. I ordered the sparkling rose and when our server finally came around with the drink, it was the still rose. Apparently she mixed them up between tables. It was fine, but unremarkable. For my second drink, I asked for a glass of the Cotes De Gascogne and what I received honestly tasted like Bota Box Pinot Grigio. Not good. She never came to check on us or ask how we liked our drinks, we had to wave and flag her down every time we wanted another drink, and it took her 20-30 min in between when she came by to grab empty glasses off the table w/o asking if anyone would like anything else. My stepdad inquired about a few gins which they did not have, so he ordered a couple beers and both times they just brought out the can on a napkin, not even a glass to drink it in. What? How tacky. I'm sure this was an off night, but this makes me reconsider coming back.

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NP
Mississippi
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! The cocktails are great and the atmosphere is really unique.

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MD
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I have no idea what happened, but we should have been able to tell this would be a subpar spot since it was the only place with reservation availability downtown during Halloween weekend. The shishito peppers and chicken wings came out quick and hot, and then it was like our waitress completely forgot about us. Most of what we ordered was seafood, and it came out late and room temp. We ended up spending 2 hours there overall. Another server finally took over, but she wasn't much help either. We finally gave up.

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Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The decor was truly perfect and the pictures do not do it justice. I loved the use of plants, lights, and varied high quality glasses and dishes.

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AZ
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This place has great ambience and interesting drinks. Great for HH for a small plate and an inspired cocktail.

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RO
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, attentive and informative! Good vibe and great food

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AV
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GREAT quality and quantity of food-- so many vegetarian options!!!!! The food is clearly well planned and thought out. I loved the way it was all displayed, tastes very authentic, right amount of spices, full of flavor; I left fully satisfied and more! Nothing seems thrown together, everything seems carefully designed-- seating, lighting, glassware, food, the way the food is served, the backyard patio and fountain, etc.

Highly recommend. Try everything on their new menu!!!

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent cocktail menu and small plates. The ambiance and atmosphere are unique and cool.

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N
Dallas
36 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This place is adorable first of all! They decorated this place so well. The drinks were great. We ordered almost all of the menu since it's sharable plates and everything was delicious. Just a super unique and cool place to either get dinner or just drinks.

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N
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Disappointed in the quality of the food

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A
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic and the cocktails can’t be matched. I love the casual atmosphere.

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u
Austin
12 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

I have been to Ah Sing Den before, but it was only for drinks and dessert. I came on a first date here for a burlesque brunch. While the entertainment was great (I was really hoping for more than just two appearances during the two hours, though), the food was lacking. Our service was fairly slow, even though we were one of two tables the first 30 or so minutes we were there. I had the french toast, which was so burnt that not even the all spice chantilly could save it. Overall a bit disappointed with the food and service, but the drinks and ambiance made up for it.

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