Goodall's Kitchen

4.2
234 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Located inside Hotel Ella, Goodall’s is a local American bistro with casual indoor/ outdoor dining. Goodall's offers a classic American dining experience that combines Hotel Ella's historic charm with a modern Austin sensibility.
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AL
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

My husband and I were disappointed. We went for brunch on a Sunday, expecting the brunch menu that was online (or something similar). When we got there, we saw a buffet off to the side, and the host also showed us the buffet when he went to seat us. So I was already confused, there was nothing online mentioned about a buffet. So when our server came, we asked if it was just the buffet or did they have a menu, which the server confirmed just buffet. We stayed because we were already there and didnt feel like waiting elsewhere. The buffet options were mostly lunch foods, none of the breakfast brunch type foods we were wanting. We both grabbed a plate of a few items , but none of it was really what we wanted, so we ended up just picking at the one plate of food and that was it. I was able to order a latte (which wasnt on the drink menu). When we received the check, it was around $80! $40 per adult, which for us was $40 for 1 barely picked over plate a piece. I just had a hard time paying that, so I asked if they could do anything. I explained it wasnt what we wanted, there was nothing online about there being a buffet (which we tend to avoid , they just cant compare to a well executed plate/menu), and that we barely ate a plate a piece. Luckily the host took care of us and didnt charge us for the buffet, just told us to take care of our server. I had the server charge me for the latte so I could pay/leave a tip with card, saved our cash to tip the vallet team. Most of their reviews are great, and their menus online looked good, the place is beautiful too; maybe on a typical day we would have had a good experience; but they explained that they decided to do a buffet for Fathers Day as a special occasion. That they may start doing buffets on Sundays occassionaly. I dont like leaving bad reviews, it's probably generally very good, but my husband I just dont do buffets. To me the whole point of a buffet is to eat a lot for less $, knowing food quality will be lacking.

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H
Austin
46 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is always friendly and attentive. Our food was both beautiful and delicious. Fresh ingredients and flavorful

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AW
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Flies everywhere. Would not go back. need more variety in menu.

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PW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 2

Although the quality of the food was very good, the menu was very limited and did not even include a steak entree. There was no bread served with the meal. In terms of decor, I felt that the walls were overloaded with cheap artwork rather than real oil paintings or watercolors.

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RA
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

Overpriced Mother’s Day brunch with terrible service. $85 per adult for a small food selection that was left out for hours. Waiter didn’t even take drink orders. Lovely space with incredible potential but terrible execution.

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CT
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

When I booked Goodall's kitchen for Mother's Day brunch, there was no mention of a special menu on Open Table. I looked at the menu and brunch offerings looked nice. When we arrived we were pleasantly surprised to find a nice buffet... until the bill arrived. $72 a person? Seriously? The buffet was nice, but really? That didn't include drinks other than coffee and soft drinks. I would have been okay with $50, but $72?! I felt had on Mother's Day and it left me in a sour mood unlikely to return.

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BB
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

UT and other artwork on the walls - lovely. Service was good but when I pointed out a napkin and stray raspberry under an empty table, the staff failed to take action. The next patron had smashed raspberry on her shoes. Food tasty but small portions. Blueberry dessert was delicious.

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CO
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was both very accommodating and attentive.

We brought our dog and they were kind enough to pull tables together on the porch, a “hotel Ella” branded bandana for our dog, a water bowl, and a treat.

Great service, good food, and a great way to spend a few hours with family for a leisurely breakfast.

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KP
Austin
13 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Went for brunch, not very lively. Ordered the migas, which they should not be called. For $14, it was a pathetic little bowl of mostly beans topped with an egg and some other items. I was disappointed in both the dullness of the ambiance and the "migas."

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F
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

We had Easter Brunch here. For well over $200 (2 adults, 2 kids, buffet only), the buffet offerings were mediocre at best, and greasy and tasteless at worst. The menu looked good, but the food just wasn't prepared well. The setting is lovely, and service was fine, but we will not be back - there are many great brunch places in Austin, and this was the worst brunch we've had in over a decade here.

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AM
Austin
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great experience! It was my first time there, staff was welcoming and very helpful in making sure I was comfortable. Waiter was friendly and attentive. Food was very satisfying. A great spot for a laidback lunch for personal or business visits. I will see y'all again Hotel Ella!

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AP
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best food I have eaten in years. From the starters, to the entrees and then desserts, everything was outstanding with unexpected flavors!

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KS
Austin
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We were staying at the hotel and so it was a nice and easy way to eat and they are very accommodating. Thank you!

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g
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious cocktails, appetizers, and meal! Service was excellent.

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PM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This was the worst experience I’ve ever had in a restaurant. We were shown to our table and told that a server would be right over. Then we sat for almost 15 minutes without a single acknowledgement of our presence - not even a glass of water. I am not an overly demanding restaurant patron and can understand a short wait for a server if the restaurant were busy; however in this case there was only ONE OTHER OCCUPIED TABLE. We decided it would be better to leave rather than spend an evening in an establishment that demonstrated so little concern for its customers. We didn’t even see anyone on the way out to notify that we were leaving. I would have given this so-called restaurant a rating of 0 if that option were available.

Goodall's Kitchen
Responded on April 3, 2019

Good afternoon diner! I wanted to take a minute to thank you for your feedback regarding Goodall's. Though this is certainly not what I like to read, honest feedback is essential in improving the operation of our restaurant. I would love to hear more from you and if you could reach out to me directly, I would love to arrange to make time to provide you with a true Goodall's experience. Thank you again, Matt Horsley Director of Food and Beverage Hotel Ella | Goodall's Kitchen

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

Great for breakfast! Easy to park, delicious food, hot coffee. Not to mention a beautiful venue. I particularly like it for business meetings over breakfast.

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OT
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for a late brunch at around 2:00 on Sunday not too many people it seemed like a transition time as the tea service starts about 2:30, but our waiter was great made sure we were taken care of. We had the shakshuka and migas very tasty and surprisingly filling ended the brunch with a delicious lemon tart I increasingly mentioned it was my birthday and they comped us our dessert. It was such a nice gesture. Valet is free for people eating at the restaurant. Excellent experience and food was very good.

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GH
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

So disappointed in our experience here. We arrived for a 6:00 reservation and the dining room was practically empty. After our order was taken it took almost 50 minutes for our food to be delivered, two of the dished appetizers, one of them an entree. Not once did the service person ever come over and explain the delay. When the food arrived, my tart was lovely to look at but not good. The flavors and textures seemed like a mishmash. Based on this experience, we will not be back. So sad, because this is a lovely hotel and dining room.

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C
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

I was disappointed in my experience here. I started with an order of shishito peppers and they were not cooked. I had to send them back. For my entree, I ordered the Kale and Spinach salad. It was missing any kale! After dinner we wanted to go to the bar for an after dinner drink (it was about 7:30 p.m.) and the bar was closed. Don't think any of us will be returning.

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LT
Austin
14 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Small portions and oddly awkward/ detached service made for a family dinner that was less than rousing. Beautiful space renovated lovingly and respectfully. Especially love the photos by Matt Lankes and jewels and items belonging to the Goodall Wooten broods.

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OT
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food but small portions for a steep price. For example, three jumbo scallops for $34 is pretty ridiculous. Great art along the walls and attentive service otherwise!

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

The setting and ambiance of Goodall's Kitchen in the Hotel Ella can't be beat, and we had some delicious food for dinner! However, the service was terrible. Our waiter was kind and did a good job when we finally got his attention, but had to search him out each time we needed something. We also made a reservation for a 5-course Valentine's Day dinner. Then upon looking at their website saw it listed as 5-course, 3-course, and 4-course. Ended up receiving a 3-course with an amuse bouche. Very frustrating!

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RL
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had Valentine’s Day dinner at Goodall’s Kitchen. It was a fixed menu, which normally I do not care for, yet we were not disappointed! Everything from the ambiance, the service to the meal were delightful! The first course of oysters and a crab bisque were incredible. They were both light and fresh and delicious. Chef came to our table (and others) to serve the crab bisque and then stopped and spoke to us after dinner. We were able to compliment him on everything. We had pork tenderloin as our main dish and it was superb. Our desserts were a strawberry cake and apple torte. Our meal portions were enough but not too large where we were able to enjoy each course without feeling overly full. We are very glad we chose to have dinner at Goodall’s Kitchen. It will be a restaurant we will frequent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for Valentines Day dinner. Whole experience from walking in to dessert was excellent.

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f
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service, and ambience was great. The drinks were amazing

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PC
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our very favorite places for brunch with both family and old friends.
Food is interesting and good and different with lovely presentation. We love the
ambience. Lovely historic building. Very friendly staff. Valet parking. Food appeals
to young and old. Customer diversity.

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OT
Austin
18 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I would not recommend this place. Food was OK, service was good. Ambiance is plain, very quiet -- very similar to a bed-n-breakfast atmosphere. Not my cup of tea.

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

We had a wonderful experience at Goodall’s. The staff is exceptionally friendly and prompt with the service.
I highly recommend and will be going back soon!

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OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and love the ambiance and beautiful art!

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TA
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was fantastic for a New Years Eve dinner date and the service was phenomenal! The desserts were truly the best part of the meal (even though the entrees and main course were incredibly fantastic as well). What a cozy, small restaurant. It felt incredibly spacious and had a great ambiance - I will definitely be coming back!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Amazing service

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K
Austin
31 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! This was our first time to dine at Goodall’s Kitchen at Hotel Ella and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The atmosphere of the historic property is charming and cozy with touches of modern flair. We live in Austin and have added Goodall’s Kitchen to our list a favorite local restaurants. It also looks like a beautiful property for weddings but, I’m already happily married!

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MM
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Once a larger group of all adults were seated, we were ignored to the point we had to go to the hotel front desk to get someone to come and refill our water. I booked brunch to celebrate my UT son's 20th birthday, told the restaurant when I made reservations...they never acknowleged a birthday or special occasion. I really detest wait staff righting off a table containing 1 adult, 1 college student, 1 16 year old and a 9 year old girl as not worthy of good service and respect. I take my children to nice restaurants all over the US, they behave, they enjoy trying new things to eat and to be dismissed because it's not a table full of adults ordering expensive drinks is disgraceful but earns you a very small tip. The food was mediocore and not at all what I expected...don't waste your time and money

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CC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We have broadway season tickets and enjoy many of the higher end restaurants around the university before each show. We were surprised and a bit worried when we got there and it was fairly empty on a Friday evening but it was one of our favorites. We liked it more than many of the very trendy, hard to get into spots.

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MD
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good but overpriced. Soup small bowl 10.00. Limited menu. Menu on line differs from restaurant menu. Also historical facts printed about restaurant/house are inaccurate

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everytime everything is outstanding!!!

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t
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service not very good waiters brought wrong food to table or servers. Got charged for orange juice didn't order.no one brought check had to wait and ask for it.

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JA
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quaint spot for lunch. Nice atmosphere for business or pleasure. Nice menu (small but I think that's a good sign). Valet parking, which is really helpful in this area.

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AF
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

We made a 6 pm reservation on a Saturday night for 6 people. We were seated as the only folks in the restaurant at the time. It became quite busy after the "game" about 7:30pm, and the service became got even worse. We should've been out the door by then, but it was well after 8:30 before we left because we couldn't get the check. Food was mediocre for the prices, and all of us were left hungry. Our vegetarian's meal of several vegetable sides ended up the most expensive, yet she went away the hungriest. I regularly eat out at higher end restaurants in Austin, but we won't return here without notice of a significant change.

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T
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Limited menu choices, but the meals we selected were very good.

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