Arlo Grey

4.4
57 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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Arlo Grey is the debut lakeside restaurant by Top Chef 10 winner Kristen Kish. Kish’s culinary style melds precise training and technique rooted in French and Italian traditions with a nostalgia for dishes from her upbringing, her world travels and her exploration of the bountiful ingredients of Central Texas.

Beverage Director and staple of the Austin cocktail scene, Brian Floyd heads up the beverage program with a belief in classic cocktails, simply made.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
We are currently open for dinner daily, 5pm-10pm
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(512) 478-2991
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Kristen Kish
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Congress and Cesar Chavez
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Parking details
$10 with validation
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
57 reviews
4.4 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
63%
Very Good
20%
Good
8%
Fair
6%
Poor
2%
4.4
food
4.2
service
4.5
ambience
3.9
value
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76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TT
Austin
55 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Place is beautiful, staff is great, food was good - minor tweaks and it would be great too. One thing they do need to work on, is how loud it is inside. So loud that it was tough to hear the 4 of us speak, as well as hearing the waitress. Would still check out the place again. If its still too loud, maybe go during off times.

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AR
Austin
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great but the menu really didn't reflect the dishes well. The tasting menu described by wait staff was not clear so we didn't do it. The place is beautiful with a view of the river. There was one party there with a "screamer" that made it a little annoying. Chef came out but skipped our table which was unfortunate as we go out a lot and probably would have made us want to go back sooner. Overall pretty good. Not my favorite in Austin though.

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S
Austin
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

checked in and told table wasn't ready even though could see lots of empty tables. were seated in a nice spot by the windows but they have drapery sitting right up against the table so view was blocked. lots of servers running around but had trouble for anytime we needed anything. food portions were very small for price - some items good but burgers seemed like pre-made frozen patties - consistency of meat was odd. overall not worth the expensive prices

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I
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was exceptional and loved the ambiance and location right on Lady Bird Lake. If you get a seat by the window, you can watch the bats emerge from under the Congress Street bridge at dusk. We also enjoyed the floating booth seating concept. This restaurant had room between the tables so that diners were not packed in like sardines. The food was very creative, fresh, locally sourced and delicious. Our server told us the chef's inspiration behind each dish which added to our dining experience. Our favorites were the shrimp and grits and the crispy chicken. The lunchbox cake was a perfect mix of sweet and salty. The only negative was that the portions were a bit small even for a tasting menu. We will definitely return to try other items on the menu!

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K
Austin
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

My husband wanted to try out Arlo Grey. We did not have a good experience starting off...we were asked by the busser if we wanted carbonated or flat water. I wanted tap water so I answered flat and my husband got carbonated. It was deceiving because the busser brought us a bottle of San Pelligrino and a bottle of Panna. I told our server what had happened and she did not charge us for the panna but the San Pelligrino was $6. Next we had the the acorn squash and a Manhattan-like drink (I can’t remember the exact name). The squash was $10 and was only about a quarter of a squash. I had hoped for a whole squash, or at least half. The server seemed to have forgotten about the drink order and did not bring lemons I had requested. My husband got the wagyu beef dish for his main course and I got the fish (Sea Bass) which was a bit on the salty side. We ended dinner with the Chocolate lunch box cake.

In summary, Pros: food and drinks were good. Cons: small portions and expensive, service was not on point. We spent $130 and was recommended that we should’ve gotten two dishes each as they are sharing plates. All in all ok experience but not sure it was worth the hype and money.

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S
Austin
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was delicious. Because we were a group of 5 we got to taste a number or dishes. All were tasty and everyone enjoyed every dish. We will definitely go back

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JD
Houston
61 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

From the time we walked up to the hostess stand until we left, the entire experience was HORRIBLE! 1. Reservation for 4 - 3 of us were there , but they did not want to seat us as “the chef prefers complete parties or it can mess up the ordering” or some such BS!! After getting “approval” they seated the 3 of us and we ordered drinks! BTW our 4th arrived just after we were seated 2. It took FOREVER to our drinks. I had to ask 3 Times for iced tea! 3. Every dish was the favorite of the wait staff - ALL of them were bland! What the heck sauce is on the burger? Can you make a burger patty even thinner and cook it more well done? 4. Drinks continue to come very slowly!! 5. Smallest steak I have ever seen 6. Complimentary dessert - ROCK hard meringue/brown banana ice cream? Not tasty. 7. $360 dollars later - Need to get something to eat on the way home.

NEVER going here again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience all around! Our faves were the Sweet Corn & Baby Carrot and Burrata. The Crispy Rice and Malfaldini were also excellent. We were amazed at the depth of flavor in each of the dishes. Service was professional and friendly. Grateful to have Chef Kish in Austin! Can’t wait to return!

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London
5 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Service was a bit slow. Drinks came out half full and the manager explained why to me like I've never had a craft cocktail before. I thought he was a bit rude, and I've never been served a half full drink craft cocktail or not. Starters were underwhelming, but mains all were good. Small menu, narrow wine list, small portions

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C
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with fantastic staff. Very good overall experience. Food was very well executed, however 2 of the 6 dishes were just slight misses. The Burrata with cucumber broth was fantastic, as was the corn and carrot dish. Love the elevated midwest theme on the menu and the custom Line hotel ice cubes. Also, I very much appreciated the use of local products on the menu, especially the Barton Springs Mill.

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Austin
17 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a memorable experience! The service was outstanding and the decor beautiful. As for the food, one of our best meals in Austin in a long time!

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E
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was a great meal. Got lucky getting a table after our movie. The menu is very good, lots of wonderful choices from light fare to heartier dishes. Everything was very tasty and perfect wine choices to go with the meal.

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EB
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous time at Arlo Grey. Everything from the food to the service was outstanding. We were even able to meet the chef and get a tour of the kitchen after our meal. Thank you for the lovely evening.

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T
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great! I love all the renovations and new restaurant! Check out the cool bathroom too!

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SM
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable, friendly, non-snooty service and beautiful food! Can’t wait to return.

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s
St. Louis
10 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I had an amazing dinner at Arlo Grey. The portions are just the right size, so that you can order dessert without feeling too full. Our waiter (Ray) was very attentive without being annoying. We shared two appetizers, roasted carrots and sweet corn with goat cheese, and an heirloom tomato salad that was perfectly dressed and loaded with flavor. Our entrees were herbed pasta, and buffalo short ribs. The short ribs were braised to perfection and loaded with flavor. My wife enjoyed her pasta as well. I would not hesitate to return to Arlo Grey.

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Austin
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

The ambiance was very well worth it, food was good but nothing extraordinary

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Austin
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was absolutely delicious! Service was mediocre, it wasn’t very busy but the manager kept being the one to ask us if we wanted more drinks or anything because the server was MIA.

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P
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every item we ordered was perfect! The corn and carrots, the crispy rice, crispy chicken, and the 5 oz. steak were all carefully executed. The corn and carrots and crispy rice were the clear favorites, though the other two were also great. The best item of all was the lime sorbet for dessert - it had a foamy light meringue with lime sorbet in the middle. The service was impeccable and the renovation of the dining area gives a nice, light airy feel. The couches with cushions and different seating arrangements make the dining cozy but with a spacious overall feel. we will definitely be back!

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Springfield
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was fantastic. Quality of the food was amazing. We got to meet chef Kristen and she was very gracious and friendly. We wanted to eat here because we were fans of top chef and the food did not disappoint. Definitely get the tartare and the malfaldini pasta. The desserts are not to be missed especially banana pavlova.

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Houston
5 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was fantastic, the service was not so much. My husband and I were in Austin to celebrate my birthday and chose Arlo Grey for dinner at 8:30. We were seated promptly for our reservation, noticing a lively ambience and eclectic range of diners, busy but not too crowded. However, we waited about 10 mins before anyone came by and the “water boy” was kind enough to try to take our drink order. Our waitress then came over to greet us, and take our drink order, again. We each had a craft cocktail, and they were good. The waitress then explained how the menu “worked”- best shared family style, but they were small so we would need about 5 for the two of us, and all had to be ordered at once. We went on our own judgement and ordered 3, a tomato salad, shrimp and grits, and buffalo short rib. The dishes were excellent. And 3 were more than enough for 2 people. Each dish was fresh, well prepared, and very flavorful. Kudos to the chef!

Being this is a new restaurant, I would definitely say to try it out. I am sure there are a few adjustments that will be worked out. I have never experienced the type of condescending attitude of the waitress we had and we both agreed that we felt the same vibe. We are not novice diners, and enjoy trying new and unique places. To the chef- keep up the amazing job!

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AK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful from start to finish! We were celebrating a bachelorette party and they started us with complimentary champagne. The food was delicious, the service impeccable.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was outstanding. Unlike other reviews, I didn’t have a problem with the value proposition. However, a month in the service is still a little shaky - there were several lengthy waits throughout the meal. Would still recommend to anyone - the food is that good!

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Austin
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fantastic evening! Beautiful restaurant, perfectly created menu. The Burrata and Texas Tomato Salad are things I will crave. Fresh and tasteful. The Malfaldina is delicious and a wonderful addition to the menu. Save room for the entrees-Crispy Chicken is top notch. Welcome to Austin Chef Kristen Kish!

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Austin
37 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to the restaurant. The ambiance is very inviting. Much more so than previous uses of this space. The staff is incredibly friendly and helpful. We had reservations for 4, and the hostess would not seat us until our 4th companion arrived, despite the availability of numerous tables.
I was told it was a policy of the restaurant so that coursing can be timed. I don't see how this is a problem if you wait for the 4th to show up to order, but it sounded like a made up excuse.
One of my guests had difficulty sitting at the bar, so it was uncomfortable while we waited. The crispy rice and the baby carrots and sweet corn were amazing. The main courses were good, but very small portions, particularly the shrimp and grits.

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Austin
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food, great drinks, very cool place overlooking the lake and Congress Ave Bridge. Highly recommend!

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B
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice restaurant. Thought the food was pricey for the amount on our plate. Service was incredible!

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GF
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Arlo Grey is new to the food scene in Austin. It currently has no outside signage, so finding it is a task in itself. It is located in the Line Hotel. The restaurant is visually very appealing with a waterfront location on Lady Bird Lake. I was super keen on a great dining experience. The food is attractively presented and well executed. It is high level dining that comes with extremely small portions and a huge price tag. If the portions were larger, the prices wouldn't sting as much. The burrata appetizer was beautifully prepared at a whopping $19 and extra bread for it will cost you a dollar. The shrimp and grits were lovely as an entree at $24. It was well executed and delicious but tiny with only three shrimp. The service was prompt but when I asked the waiter the name of my Pinot Noir "by the glass", he responded "Alzheimer's or something like that." Hmm....

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was delicious and fresh. Our service with Irvianne was top notch and really made us feel welcome. The restaurant is beautiful and cozy yet fresh. We’ll definitely be back

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J
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

I have a pet peeve when fine dining restaurants refuse to seat an incomplete party. This was particularly frustrating at Arlo Grey at 6pm on a Monday with the restaurant empty! I get it if you're Chili's and your all about turning tables. Why have someone, who will order an expensive bottle of wine with 3 of the 4 guests present,cooling their heels in the front of the restaurant? Bizarre! Many/most of the upscale restaurants get this and that is where i will be.

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KC
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful date! It was lovely and the food was memorable and delicious! We will be back.

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LC
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we walked in the atmosphere was great. Everyone who works there from the General Mangers, bartenders, and waiters was so nice. They make sure you feel at home. The food was great, we had the roasted squash, chose to share the Ribeye, and had the Banana dessert. I got an autograph menu from Chief Kish. That made my night. We cannot wait to go back and try other things on the menu. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Kristin was Amazing! Spoke to our 7 year old Alea in the kitchen (she asked to meet her) and gifted Alea her new cookbook. She was lovely and gave us all a night to remember.

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Austin
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The first course of burrata and the carrots with sweet corn we're fantastic. Our pasta along with the steak we're lackluster. Both dishes needed salt, and both were very awkward to eat.

The burrata was light and filling and perfectly seasoned. Usually cheese isn't refreshing but this was sublime paired with the cucumber broth.

The carrots with sweet corn was like street corn meets Greece, with the feta and the smokeyness of the corn. The amount of herbs on this knocked it out of the park for me.

The steak was cooked perfect it just needed seasoning, the green beans wrapped in filo dough with the steak seemed like they weren't blanched, and part of the filo dough was burnt.

The pasta was just unfortunate, it's a huge sheet of herbed pasta that was just difficult to eat and share. The sauce, I'm assuming was finished with mascarpone, was broken and needed salt. Also the pistachios needed toasting.

I know it's their first month open so I'll definitely be back, hopefully next time the food will be more consistent.

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CW
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

I was given a recommendation by a friend who loved the chef on top chef, so I thought I would check it out. The atmosphere was nice, the service was friendly but unattentive (waitress was working multiple sections). Drinks were solid, food was well presented and prepared but flavors were a bit lacking. Burrata and the key lime dessert we're the best parts of the meal. Left a little disappointed.

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Z
Houston
28 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great. Good ambiance but quiet enough to talk business. Food was great.

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C
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You must try this new restaurant! Right in the heart of downtown Austin overlooking town lake! I was so impressed by the food quality, variety and uniqueness not only with the food available but their drink menu was bananas. Our service was excellent and we even got some special VIP treatment from chef herself when we mentioned we were top
Chef fans. It was an experience I will never forget and I eat out all the time!!

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j
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been a fan of Kristen Kish since episode 1 of season 10 of Top Chef, so I couldn't wait to go to her restaurant. We ordered the crispy rice to share, which was very tasty and creative as I expected it to be. My husband ordered the red snapper and I got the malfadini, his was good, mine was amazing. He even thought there was meat in it, because it was so hearty. The best part was dessert. We couldn't decide between 2, so we got the peanut butter whole grain cake and salted milk ice cream to go. I knew I had to try the banana custard ice cream. The server informed us that it was slightly different than what the menu said. Best surprise ever was that Kristen brought it out herself and described the dish. I honestly have no idea what she said, as I was a bit starstruck. The server said she was anxiously waiting feedback and was excited that it was ordered as we were the first table/people to try it and let me tell you it did not disappoint. The ice cream was a dark gray in color due to the amount of fresh bananas in it. It sat on top of a meringue that was more like a light/airy/toasted marshmallow. I also had a very cute drink that I forgot the name of, but I did take a picture of it.

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Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Bartender was not friendly at all and never even looked at us when taking our drink order. Unfortunately, did not get a chance to taste the food because server never came to the table to acknowledge us or to take our order. Waited 17 minutes for someone to come over and since they never did we decided not to wait any longer and left. Huge Top Chef fan and was so excited to have a renowned chef down the street from our home. There are a ton of great restaurants near us so we will continue to enjoy and patronize their establishments.

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Austin
15 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Did a double date at Arlo Grey this week. Party of four on a Tuesday night. My girlfriend and I arrived a little early and were told we couldn't be seated until the other couple arrived. No biggie. We grabbed a couple seats at the bar and that's when I realized we were in for a long evening.

It was 7:15 on a Tuesday, the bar was *maybe* half full, but the staff were running around like chickens. It took ~5 min before our orders were taken and it was clear off the bat that the Bartender hates his job. He wasn't friendly or accommodating despite simple orders (a mezcal and a scotch, rocks) and seemed annoyed when I asked a question about one of the scotches on the wall. I wasn't looking for details on the barrel or tasting notes, simply the name.

Our friends arrived just after 7:20 but we didn't see a waiter or get *any* attention until after 7:40. And by "no attention" I mean no "hello, someone will be with you siib", no eye contact, no utensils or water dropped. Nothing.

When our waitress finally arrived, she told us "chef recommends you order everything at once". Fearful we wouldn't see her again for a half hour, we scrapped together drink and food orders on the fly.

While things were coursed well there were still long gaps between them and we still spent 2+ hours at the restaurant. On a Tuesday...

Despite being a 4-top, the burrata and tartare (while tasty) were brought to us with 2 pieces of toast each and we were told it would cost $1 for another serving. We were also asked "sparkling or still" at the start of the meal and didn't find out until the end that even the still water was a) bottled and b) $6 a bottle.

For what we paid, I expect friendlier, more attentive service.

Austin has a crazy-hot food scene right now and PLENTY of restaurants with comparable caliber food, lower prices, and much better service.

I think Kristin Kish's Top Chef fame will bring people in, but if the service doesn't improve, sadly, I don't think Arlo Grey will last.

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