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Garbo's

4.7
182 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
Top Tags:
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
Our menu features American New England Classics with local and worldly influences, an Approachable Wine and Beer List, all in a comfortable and pleasant casual atmosphere.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Tuesday- Thursday: 11:00am - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
Sunday Brunch:11am - 3:00pm
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Phone number
(512) 350-9814
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Heidi Garbo
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Catering
Our Food Trucks are available for catering events. Contact james@garboslobsteratx.com for any inquiries.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Merrilltown Drive
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Parking details
Free Lot
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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 182 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.3
ambience
4.3
value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Fresh Ipswich clams were on the menu and outstanding in fried clams. Heidi and her sister, Hannah provided warm, friendly service on a busy Mother’s Day. Our 1st time and we look forward to dining there again soon.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

the service was excellent, the food very good. I loved that the server explained the type of oysters I had and their origin. Very good food. I look forward to returning and having the fish and chips my friends had.....the plate looked delicious. We had fun!

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Always a hit! The chef and family offer up high-end seafood in an accessible way.

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2.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Very disappointed with the lobster roll. Not high quality lobster meat used on roll and serving was very small. Waitress was friendly and accommodating and suggested brussel sprouts which was very good.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

my wife and I visited the Garbo's food truck before we were married, and absolutely fell in love with it. And with each other as a matter of fact. We had yet to visit since, not mainly due to our busy lives and not for lack of trying. Finally at our 5 year wedding anniversary we made the time and budgeted for what would be a romantic and special night out. Garbo's did not disappoint. The staff made the evening feel exceptional even without the knowledge of our anniversary. But once we broke the news to our waitress, she was genuinely excited that we chose Garbos's for our special date. She offered us complimentary champagne (which we obviously accepted). The food was great. Having grown up on Cape Cod, I can safely say that this is some of the best atlantic seafood in all of Texas.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Food was great - service was great - lobster was cooked perfectly... I'm very allergic to wheat and they are very accommodating about preparing a lot of items gluten free.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Amazing restaurant! The food and service was amazing.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

I’d been wanting to eat at Garbo’s for over a year—it was worth the wait! Service was great, the restaurant was bright and cheerful, and then the food..... oh my, oh my, the lobster was divine! Can’t wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great spot! Great Lobster rolls and clam chowder!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

loved the food! will recommend to everyone
loved the food! will recommend to everyone

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1.0Dined on April 1, 2018

1) don’t sit non reservations that show up at the same time as reservations 1st and make the reservation wait 15 minutes.
2) staff was not enthusiastic — progressively getting worse each time we have gone.
3) paying $45 for the lobster tail special and having to sit there forking it out of the shell is a joke. It should have been removed from the shell and then placed back in for presentation.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We picked this place on a whim, and almost didn't go because how far away we live. Honestly — one of the best meals I've had in Texas, and we'll definitely be returning. Everything, from the appetizer to the main course, was impeccably seasoned, perfectly portioned, and well-serviced. The spacing felt a little cozy, but we didn't even notice because the food was so good and the staff took such care of us.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Excellent food that's only surpassed by the fabulous service! I highly recommend a visit - make sure you have dessert!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Just as good as the web site says. Fresh, wonderful lobster rolls, good draft beer, fries are awesome, same for the champagne vinaigrette dressing and the salad it came on!
Friendly, prompt service --will be back!

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Lobster roll and shrimp roll were great. The bread was flat grilled and really good. Crispy brussel sprouts were delicious. Side salad was plentiful, properly dressed, but a little plain. Delicious key lime pie. Service was very good, attentive but not intrusive. Comfortable atmosphere, casual and not stuffy.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

This little gem is so perfectly quaint! We enjoyed sharing plates and enjoying the atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Scallops were divine! Fish and chips totally fresh, huge portion and beer batter is great.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

saw Garbo's on Food Network feature--had to give it a try--it was awesome--and we drove in from Dripping Springs. Food was spectacular...service terrific!!

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

The first time we went it was delicious,must have a different cook.
Salad very plain spring mix with tomatoes,no onions or eggs plain.
I'm from N,H lobster was not delicious or thing I can compliment was the clam chowder not as good as mine.
Not worth my trip of miles to go again.
Sorry I wish it been better!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Great food at a good price. Would highly recommend. The clam chowder is awesome!

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The crab cake appetizer and clam chowder were great. The lobster roll was very small and just ok. I thought the lobster roll was too pricy for what we got.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Great lobster rolls and bisque. Went for Valentine day lunch. Excellent lunch with dessert.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The waitress was very helpful and on top of tables, despite it being a holiday. The food and drinks were great and we'll definitely add this to our date night list of restaurants.

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Very nice people and the food was great !

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

This was my second time at Garbo's. It was a family dinner with teens to grandparents. The food is fantastic. We spent a lot of money ( because we ordered a lot). This was a great opportunity for our young waitress to make a big tip. She was very sweet but not attentive. Drink glasses were empty, we requested our food come out in a certain order - it didn't. Some of us had to sit and wait until the others had finished their 1st order before we received ours. We tipped 20% but she could have earned much more.

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2018

We had panko fried shrimp, a Maine lobster roll, and a moon pie. The shrimp was hot and crispy, and there were 5 or 6 large shrimp in the basket. The lobster roll was tasty on a toasted bun. The fries were hot and tasty, not at all soggy. The moon pie was a little different than we expected but really a nice dessert for our lunch. I thought the shrimp basket was the better value.

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4.0Dined on January 18, 2018

Food was good, both in taste and quantity. Menu a little limited but you go here for what they have: New England style seafood. Service was very nice. Informal pleasant atmosphere. I enjoyed the meal and would definitely go back and try other things on the menu.

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5.0Dined on January 7, 2018

Garbo’s is one of our favorite seafood restaurants in Austin. The staff is always super friendly and the lobster rolls are definitely the best in town!

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4.0Dined on January 6, 2018

I loved the crab cakes and the lobster bisque. It’s in a strip mall , so pretty casual setting.

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5.0Dined on January 5, 2018

Garbo's is now a favorite. Service and food were tremendous! Lobster rolls are awesome! And that sauce on the special shrimp and mussels dish! We had to order more sauce we loved it so much. Everyone at garbos is outstanding!

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5.0Dined on January 5, 2018

The food was amazing! I was auth two friends. We shared the taste of Maine wth an added Connecticut roll first. It was so divine we each ordered another of our favorite roll. Simply divine! Definitely recommend to everyone.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Great place for a nice lunch or dinner reminiscent of a New England Dockside Cafe.
It never disappoints!

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

We adore this place. It’s our go-to for a holiday, celebration, or just when we want the best food in town!

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5.0Dined on December 19, 2017

I toke 2 friends who had never been to the restaurant. All three of us ordered dishes we would order again. The service was very pleasant and efficient.

Although we didn't need to make a reservation, I'm always pleased at the restaurants that accept them.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

We started eating at the truck and was glad to find the restaurant. It is one our favorite places. Highly recommend as the food has been consistently excellent

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4.0Dined on December 12, 2017

So glad you were close to where I was staying for work. I had heard about Garbo's and decided to make the quick drive. The service was quick and friendly. The clam chowder was good but the Connecticut lobster roll was the star. I love that the roll was light and airy and melted away when bitten into so that you could savor the lobster. It was incredible! The key lime pie made in house was also a winner. So worth the hunt!

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

The food was outstanding! We’ll be back! The service was excellent and we just found out they have a pet friendly patio. We’ll bring our dog next time!

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2017

Awesome food, awesome service. Our little neighborhood secret.

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5.0Dined on November 21, 2017

Quick service, extremely kid friendly and the food was divine

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5.0Dined on November 10, 2017

Garbo’s was excellent! Lobster Bisque was superb. Great portion too, I️ ordered the cup, looked more like a bowl. My husband and I shared the Maine Lobster Roll, Crab Roll and Shrimp Roll. Yummy! So much food:) The service was great. We went in for lunch and were celebrating our anniversary. We will be back:-)

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