Caroline Restaurant

4.5
564 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Step into Caroline - your neighborhood restaurant, coffeehouse and bakery in the heart of downtown Austin. Caroline is a great choice for a quick bite, cocktail, or a sit-down meal. Whatever the occasion, Caroline is the ultimate dining destination and meeting place for those who live, work and play in downtown Austin.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 564 people are saying
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GregS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great place…salmon dish amazing.superb old fashioned

Caroline Restaurant
Responded a day ago

Greg - Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us! Glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with us at Caroline! We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again soon! Kevin Pollack General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came here for my 21st birthday and it was a great experience. I enjoyed my time here

Caroline Restaurant
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for choosing to celebrate your 21st with us! Great to hear you enjoyed your time with us at Caroline and we look forward to welcoming you back to Caroline again soon! Kevin Pollack General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was pleasantly surprised that they had a vegetarian pasta option on the menu. Our server was so friendly and helpful. Absolutely loved the evening.

Caroline Restaurant
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for choosing to dine with us at Caroline! Glad to hear you enjoyed our Wild Mushroom Bolognese as a vegetarian option and your server was able to take great care of you! We look forward to welcoming you back to Caroline again soon! Kevin Pollack General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, amazing food, and fantastic and friendly service! We had a great evening here on their street-side patio. The pasta was some of the best my partner has had, and the steak which I ordered based on recommendations of others, has no trouble living up to its reputation!

Thanks for a lovely evening!

Caroline Restaurant
Responded on August 26, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with us! Great to hear that you enjoyed your time on our Congress Ave patio! Our Wild Mushroom Bolognese has been a signature item of Caroline from the beginning, glad you enjoyed it! Stop in and see us again next time you're in the downtown area! Kevin Pollack General Manager

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Jess
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Small menu, but what we ate was good. Sat outside and it was very warm. Our waitress was attentive and kind. The music wasn’t too loud but the music from the Upstairs at Caroline’s was very loud. We ate at 9pm.

Caroline Restaurant
Responded on August 23, 2021

Jess - Thank you for dining with us on Saturday and taking the time to share your feedback, we appreciate your support. Glad to hear you were able to enjoy some time on our Congress Ave patio. I've also shared your review with our culinary team as we continue to improve our operations. Thank you again! Kevin Pollack General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Went to celebrate a friend’s birthday and came at a night that wasn’t too busy to enjoy dinner and cocktails. Fun environment, good food and drinks, but the staff was pretty slow and sloppy. They didn’t pick up empty plates and finish drinks out of the way until we asked. Besides that I enjoyed the restaurant for the most part.

Caroline Restaurant
Responded on September 2, 2021

Thank you for choosing to have a birthday celebration with us at Caroline! We appreciate your support! I wanted to reach out and apologize for falling short with service expectations and assure you this is by no means what we stand for at Caroline. I've also shared your review with our service team to ensure we learn from this missed opportunity. Thank you again and we hope to have the opportunity to serve you again soon. Kevin Pollack General Manager

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vipdavidthygod
Austin
25 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Waitress seemed uninterested and unhelpful. My daughter liked the burger but 18 dollars for a burger is ridiculous. The schnitzel was weird and chewy, like a got an odd piece of chicken. The enchiladas were also a little basic and I thought it was strange that there were no sides.

Caroline Restaurant
Responded on August 20, 2021

davidthygod - Thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback from your dining experience with us yesterday. It's with valuable feedback from our guests that we continue to improve our operation. I wanted to reach out and personally apologize that we dropped the ball with food and service during your time at Caroline. I've shared your feedback with our culinary and service teams to ensure we learn from your experience. Thank you again. Kevin Pollack General Manager

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fun experience!! Loved this restaurant and the food was amazing.

Caroline Restaurant
Responded on August 16, 2021

Thank you for stopping in to dine with us for dinner on Sunday! We appreciate your kind words and hope to have the opportunity to serve you again soon! Kevin Pollack General Manager

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for happy hour or quick meal.

Caroline Restaurant
Responded on August 13, 2021

Thank you for your support in choosing to dine with us at Caroline! Glad to hear you enjoyed our Happy Hour offerings! We hope to have the opportunity to serve you again soon! Kevin Pollack General Manager

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vipDisneyfoodlover
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sleek atmosphere, music was a bit loud for conversation, but an overall wonderful experience. The bread that came with the burrata was stand out, spicy deviled eggs were great even it not all that spicy, and the blood orange Margarita was excellent.

Caroline Restaurant
Responded on August 13, 2021

Disneyfoodlover - We appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback with us! Great to hear you enjoyed your time with us and we were able to create a memorable dining experience for you! We look forward to welcoming you back to Caroline again soon! Kevin Pollack General Manager

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CasonL
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This restaurant was great! No complaints other than- maybe don’t sit outside because the homeless people will ask aggressively for your leftovers. No fault of the restaurant- just a tip!

Caroline Restaurant
Responded on August 13, 2021

Cason - Thank you so much for the 5 star rating! Great to hear you were able to enjoy your time with us at Caroline. We are currently working on a solution to the growing number of homeless in the area. We appreciate your support and hope to see you again soon Kevin Pollack General Manager

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Emily
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

They seated my party in the far back of the restaurant where it was quiet and dark, and my table was the only one with benches for seats instead of chairs with backs. It was strange how all the other tables had more comfortable seating and better ambiance. The drinks were ok. It’s better to get a house margarita than one of their specialty drinks. The food was all right, nothing special. Overall, I wouldn’t come back.

Caroline Restaurant
Responded on August 9, 2021

Emily - Thank you for taking the time to review your visit with us on Saturday. I wanted to reach out and apologize for delivering a less than exceptional experience for your party. I've shared your feedback with both our culinary and service teams to ensure we learn from this missed opportunity. Thank you again. Kevin Pollack General Manager

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BradL
Omaha
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We sat and ate outside before a concert. The service was great and the food was so good we would come back next time we are in town.

Caroline Restaurant
Responded on August 8, 2021

Brad - Thank you so much for the 5 star review and taking the time to review your visit with us! Great to hear you enjoyed your dining experience with us at Caroline! Did you know we offer 15% off your bill when you show your tickets to Paramount or Stateside Theatres? We hope to have the opportunity to serve you again soon! Kevin Pollack General Manager

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vipSherriS
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good — speciality cocktails were very good. Service was great. Noise level was high but not unbearable.

Caroline Restaurant
Responded on August 4, 2021

Sherri - Thank you for stopping in to dine with us on Tuesday. We appreciate you taking the time to provide us with feedback. Glad to hear we exceeded expectations with service and we're able to create a great dining experience for you. Any additional feedback regarding food quality or menu selections would be greatly appreciated as we strive to make every guest experience 5 star worthy. Thank you again! Kevin Pollack General Manager

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ZFan
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really liked Caroline. Great food. We had the Salmon and and the Halibut - both fantastic. Service was great. And great comfortable atmosphere. Highly recommend.

Caroline Restaurant
Responded on August 5, 2021

ZFan - Thank you for taking the time to review your visit with us! Glad to hear your enjoyed our Salt & Pepper Salmon and Hot & Crunchy Halibut! We look forward to welcoming you back to Caroline again soon! Kevin Pollack General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food in a "heading to 6th Street" atmosphere. We made a reservation and had no trouble being seated. Great service, knowledgeable staff. We'll return next time we're in town!

Caroline Restaurant
Responded on August 3, 2021

Great to hear your enjoyed your time with us at Caroline! We appreciate your support stopping in to dine with us and look forward to the opportunity to serve you again next time you're in town! Kevin Pollack General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy food. Great happy hour. Good service. Would come back.

Caroline Restaurant
Responded on July 31, 2021

Thank you for choosing to dine with us at Caroline on Friday! We appreciate your support with a 5 star rating! Great to hear we were able to create a memorable dining experience for you with both food quality and service! Stop in and see us again next time you're in the downtown area! Kevin Pollack General Manager

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Shannon
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and a perfect environment to eat dinner with friends! Once done with dinner we went upstairs for some drinks and relaxed vibes.

Caroline Restaurant
Responded on July 30, 2021

Hi Shannon - Great to hear you enjoyed your time with us at Caroline! We appreciate you taking the time to review your visit. We look forward to welcoming you back to Caroline and Upstairs at Caroline again soon! Kevin Pollack General Manager

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foodluvr
Austin
13 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good meal, pleasant service, but nothing exceptional. Solid place for lunch downtown.

Caroline Restaurant
Responded on July 28, 2021

foodluvr - Thank you for taking the time to review your dining experience with us. We appreciate your support and look forward to welcoming you back to Caroline again soon. Kevin Pollack General Manager

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vipIlene
Dallas
18 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The service was absolutely awful. The food was fair. Very disappointed at this restaurant. Came him from being from out of town worked all day and looked forward to a lovely evening. Very disappointed. !!

Caroline Restaurant
Responded on July 25, 2021

Ilene - Thank you for reviewing you visit with us. I'd like to first apologize for falling gravely short of expectations during your time at Caroline. Please understand this is not what we stand for at Caroline. I was hoping to gather some additional feedback from your visit to share with our culinary team and service teams as a learning opportunity as it appears we fell far short in both areas. Thank you again and I look forward to your response. Kevin Pollack General Manager

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Southern
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Atmosphere was great! Service was great. Food was okay.

Caroline Restaurant
Responded on July 17, 2021

Southern - Thank you for taking the time to review your visit with us. I wanted to reach out and personally apologize for dropping the ball with food quality during your meal. Please understand this is by no means what we stand for at Caroline. Any additional feedback at to menu items ordered would be greatly appreciated to share with our culinary team as we utilize our guests' feedback to improve our operation moving forward. Thank you again. Kevin Pollack General Manager

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vipMattS
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attractive wait staff. Very attentive and helpful

Caroline Restaurant
Responded on July 17, 2021

Matt - Thank you for the five star rating! Great to hear you enjoyed your dining experience at Caroline! We look forward to welcoming you back to Caroline again soon! Kevin Pollack General Manager

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Tpabay79
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks. The service was amazing and fast. And the price isn’t bad either. Definitely a great spot to check out while in Austin.

Caroline Restaurant
Responded on July 21, 2021

Tpabay79 - Thank you for taking the time to review your visit with us on 7/15, we appreciate your feedback. Great to hear you enjoyed your time with us and we were able to create a safe and memorable dining experience for you! We look forward to welcoming you back to Caroline again soon! Kevin Pollack General Manager

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Angelika
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our lunch was good and our server was very attentive. Good job!

Caroline Restaurant
Responded on July 17, 2021

Hi Angelika - Thank you for stopping in to dine with us on Thursday, we appreciate your support and hope to have the opportunity to serve you again soon! Kevin Pollack General Manager

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kenm
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The seat smelled horrible. If I was not as hungry as I was we would have left but we were starving. The food was not that great but we did want to check out upstairs. We will be visiting to give them another chance. Plus we want to see the rooftop.

Caroline Restaurant
Responded on July 7, 2021

kenm - Thank you for taking the time to review your visit with us, we appreciate your feedback. I wanted to reach out and personally apologize for falling gravely short of expectations on Monday. Please understand this is by no means acceptable or what we stand for as a food and beverage establishment. Any additional details from your visit would be greatly appreciated as we utilize our guests' feedback as a tool to improve our operations moving forward. Kevin Pollack General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was wonderful and the servers were very attentive! Even the gentleman who was training on his first day was very attentive and got everything perfect! We will definitely be back

Caroline Restaurant
Responded on July 6, 2021

Thank you for the 5 star rating! Glad to hear that our bar team was able to create an exceptional dining experience for you! We appreciate your support and look forward to welcoming you back to Caroline again soon! Kevin Pollack General Manager

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very nice experience & delish burger. Sav Blanc wine was my favorite.

Caroline Restaurant
Responded on July 1, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit with us! We appreciate your support and look forward to welcoming you back to Caroline again soon! Kevin Pollack General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, fun ambience, and great service. Autumn was our phenomenal waitress. Will definitely return!

Caroline Restaurant
Responded on June 30, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit with us last night! We appreciate your feedback and recognizing Autumn for her great service! Stop in and see us again next time you're in the downtown area! Kevin Pollack General Manager

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SheilaK
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing to report at this time. Thank you for allowing input.

Caroline Restaurant
Responded on June 29, 2021

Sheila - Thank you for taking the time to review your dining experience with us. Great to hear we were able to create a memorable dining experience for you with both food and service! We look forward to welcoming you back to Caroline again soon! Kevin Pollack General Manager

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ViVi
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

The service takes long. The cocktails are okay- but burgers were dry and not well seasoned.

Caroline Restaurant
Responded on June 29, 2021

ViVi - Thank you for reviewing your visit with us, we appreciate you taking the time to provide us with feedback. I wanted to reach out and apologize for falling short of expectations with both food quality and service. I've also shared your review with our culinary and service teams to ensure we learn from this missed opportunity. Thank you again and we hope to have the opportunity to serve you again in the future. Kevin Pollack General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was fantastic

Caroline Restaurant
Responded on June 23, 2021

Great to hear you enjoyed your time with us at Caroline! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Kevin Pollack General Manager

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Drinks and apps were amazing, but we weren’t very impressed with our entrees (chicken enchiladas or wild mushroom Bolognese).

Caroline Restaurant
Responded on June 17, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with us. While I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your drinks and apps, I wanted to reach out and apologize that we missed the mark with your entrée selections. I've also shared your review with our culinary team to ensure we learn from your feedback and improve our operations moving forward. Thank you again and I hope we'll have the opportunity to serve you again in the future! Kevin Pollack General Manager

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LauraJ
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food wasn’t great, especially for the price. The smoked chicken sandwich was dry, fries were warm (not hot) and kinda limp. For me it was like eating at Jason’s Deli, only pricier. Definitely didn’t live up to the hype.

Caroline Restaurant
Responded on June 4, 2021

Laura - Thank you for taking the time to review your visit with us. I'd like to personally apologize for falling short of expectations with both food quality and service. Please understand this is by no means acceptable or what we stand for as a food and beverage establishment. I've also shared your feedback with our culinary and service teams to ensure we learn from this missed opportunity. Thank you again. Kevin Pollack General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La comida estuvo deliciosa.

Caroline Restaurant
Responded on June 2, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to review your dining experience with us! We look forward to welcoming you back to Caroline again soon! Have a great week! Kevin Pollack General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The ambiance was amazing and we thoroughly enjoyed our time there. The vibe alone left us expecting amazing food but unfortunately that fell short. The deviled eggs could use some help and the corn dip was also very bland. Because of the apps we decided not to give the entrees a go and headed over to The Roaring Fork at our hotel. Much better decision!

Caroline Restaurant
Responded on May 30, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to review your dining experience with us. I wanted to reach out and personally apologize for falling short of expectations during your time at Caroline. I've shared your feedback with our culinary team to ensure we learn from this missed opportunity and hope to have the opportunity to serve you again soon. Kevin Pollack General Manager

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Hannah
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was so so lovely. The food was amazing. However I wish there were more salad dressings to choose from. The drinks were awesome, so tasty. The baked wings were fabulous! And the fries were so spot on.

Caroline Restaurant
Responded on June 2, 2021

Thank you for stopping in to dine with us on 5/27. We appreciate you taking the time to review your experience with us and provide some feedback. I've also passed your review on to our culinary team, glad to hear that you enjoyed our Baked Chicken Wings! We'll see you next time! Kevin Pollack General Manager

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vipTrish
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Inexperienced waiter. They forgot to put the sauce on the schnitzel. Bathrooms not on the main floor. Extremely limited menu.

Caroline Restaurant
Responded on May 23, 2021

Hi Trish - Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with us on Friday night. I wanted to reach out and personally apologize for falling short of expectations with both food and service. Please understand this is by no means what we stand for as a food and beverage operation. I've shared your feedback with our culinary and service teams to ensure we learn from your experience and continue to improve. Thank you again. Kevin Pollack General Manager

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LouisC
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service! Aaron was one of the best servers I’ve ever had.

Caroline Restaurant
Responded on May 20, 2021

Louis - Thank you for stopping in to dine with us on Wednesday and recognizing Aaron for his amazing service! I've also shared your review with our service team to ensure we recognize Aaron for his efforts! We hope to see you again soon! Kevin Pollack General Manager

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DeborahC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Caroline was fine. But with all the other amazing food in Austin, this was not a favorite. Just a normal restaurant in a hotel lobby. Nothing that wowed us. We were there on Monday morning. Perhaps the weekend brunch brings the wow factor.

Caroline Restaurant
Responded on May 18, 2021

Deborah - Thank you for stopping in to dine with us on Monday. I wanted to reach out and personally apologize for falling short of expectations during your time with us yesterday. I've also shared your review with our culinary and service teams to ensure we utilize your feedback as a learning opportunity moving forward. Thank you again. Kevin Pollack General Manager

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vipMelissaG
Austin
12 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is great! Service is amazing! Everything on the menu is good but I highly recommend the Wagyu burger.

Caroline Restaurant
Responded on May 12, 2021

Melissa - We appreciate your rave review and choosing to dine with us over the weekend! Great to hear you enjoyed our Brush Creek Wagyu Burger and we were able to create a memorable dining experience for you! Stop in and see us again soon! Kevin Pollack General Manager

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FAQs

Caroline Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (512) 982-6766.

Caroline Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 564 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.