Goodall's Kitchen

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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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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

This Thanksgiving, break the tradition of a dish pile-up and bring the whole family to a feast at Goodall’s at Hotel Ella. Enjoy a sumptuous traditional buffet with all the trimmings. Parties of 7 or more, please call for reservations.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

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JC
Dallas
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Among the most inept wait staff I've experienced in my life. Clearly no one in charge who knew anything about running a restaurant. Had a reservation and seated immediately. 10 minutes before I had to ask for a waiter. I was told our waiter did not show up, so the Hostess/manager took drink orders. Another 15 minutes to get drinks, and the Hostess took our orders. 30 minutes later I noticed the table next to us had been seated, given their order, received their salads and were eating their entrees. I asked about our salads and the Hostess said that she didn't know how to put in an order and it got all messed up. She then brought two salads, but did not have the other two starters - explaining that one "had been delivered to another table by mistake". We finally got our entrees, and two were cooked wrong - one rare instead of medium, the other well done instead of rare.

To be fair, our hostess/manager-waitress did remove the cost of an entree from our bill. I have also heard that this is 'par for the course in Austin' - either way, very disappointed.

j
Austin
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience2

service was horrendously slow and despite manager's assurances that they were working on it, it never improved. there was a wedding in the hotel and they were terrible understaffed. never going back.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Not a good first impression. Valet attendant seemed inexperienced. No hello and didn’t open car doors. Same upon departure. Waitstaff was pleasant but slow. Food was great! Maybe just an off night service wise- short-handed possibly.

HF
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We had a reservation for two at 6:15 on a Saturday evening. We also had tickets to an event that started at 8pm a few blocks away. When we arrived, it was a little confusing figuring out where to pull in, park, etc. We ended up just valeting, which was complimentary. We saw the sign for the restaurant and proceeded in, which turned out to be sort of a side entrance. It was a little awkward trying to figure out where to go and then had to walk through the dining room to check in. We were seated right away by a friendly host. Then, we waited for a VERY long time for anyone to help us. I finally did one of those “look around for the waiter impatiently” looks and happened to make eye contact with someone who was peeking out from behind the kitchen area. A server then came over and things started to pick up. We ordered drinks and the crab fritter appetizer. The drinks came out in a reasonable amount of time, the app shortly thereafter, and we ordered our main courses. The Old Fashioned was very good with the classic single large ice cube. The corn fritters were visibly over done, but tasted okay. With more time, we might have decided to send them back. Our mains again were prompt and this time the food was very well prepared. The pork tenderloin was perfectly cooked and flavorful. The kale that came with the salmon was also a highlight. Unfortunately, we did not have time to stay for dessert (which looked delicious) since we had gotten off to such a slow start.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

They only serve brunch at noon every day and the menu was mostly breakfast. That’s why it was totally empty at prime lunch time.

LK
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The portions of food were reasonable (not ridiculously huge, just enough), and the food was delicious. My husband enjoined the pork loin, and I had the tagliatelli with saffron and squid ink, gulf shrimp and crab. The ambience of he dining room, with it's historic feel, is very comforting. The service was excellent, and the prices are reasonable.

RG
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience3

The buffet was over priced and underwhelming no choices for gluten or dairy free, most pans empty.

AN
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience5

I was underwhelmed with my experience here. We paid $40 for brunch. One imagines omelet stations, waffles, pancakes, fresh pastries, several meat options, right? They ran out of pancakes by 12:30 pm. They had no pastries. The fruit was hard. The desserts were just taken out of the fridge. It took an extremely long time to get mimosas. The staff was really nice and definitely made it right with the mimosas, but not much you could do with the buffet. I wish they gave people the option with ordering off the menu ... if I had another option it surely would not be the buffet.

SL
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience2

That was, by far, the biggest waste of $40. The food was horrible and the choices were limited.

DB
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gem in the heart of Austin! Tthe moment we were seated by a super-friendly wait staff we knew we were in for a treat! The magnificent dining room was replete with the class from days gone by. The food was superb--pork loin for me, scallops for my wife. Wonderfully flavorful and the perfect portions for us. Wait staff were fun and provided great service. We couldn't recommend this place more. We have already recommended it to numerous friends.

OT
Caribbean
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Celebrated niece’s 17th b-day! Great food and service!

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

always great food. service was super slow to start.

F
Austin
35 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

I would give Goodall's five stars, except for the ambiance. Goodall's is in Hotel Ella, which was the Mansion on Judge's Hill before a major renovation. The old dining room was elegant: plush carpeting, heavy drapes, tasteful paintings on the walls, starched white tablecloths and napkins, plush Victorian chairs, and an elegant fireplace with a beautiful mantel. All of that is missing from Goodall's, which was a disappointment. But the food is excellent, and the wine list seems to match the cuisine. We went to Goodall's for an Austin Restaurant Week outing, but the Restaurant Week offerings weren't to our taste, so we ordered from the regular menu, and we're glad that we did. Appetizers, salads, and desserts were excellent across the board. A couple of glasses of Prosecco and a bottle of McPherson's Sangiovese (from the Texas High Plains) rounded out a great meal. And the service matched the food and wine. Our attentive (but not hovering) waiter passed two acid tests of proper service: (1) He properly presented our wine, and topped us off at just the right moments. (2) He waited until both of us were through with each course before removing our tableware. The bill was reasonable, given the quality of the food, wine, and service. I've often paid more in Austin for a less-than-satisfactory dining experience. Goodall's is high on my list of Austin restaurants.

c
Austin
51 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit. Not much parking but the valet service is very good. Wait staff was friendly and the food was delicious. Not a place to go if you are in a hurry but very enjoyable if you want to relax and enjoy the atmosphere. We will be back again.

SB
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This place has quite the history and wonderful character. I would recommend it if you’re looking for a nice dinner out.

M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our dinner was great! We enjoyed the pork belly appetizer a lot. I had the fish and he had strip steak. The fish dish was the winner. Service was great and drinks were delicious. The room is a little hot but I understand it is an older building and it is summer in Texas. Brunch the next morning was unimpressive so I would save the money and calories on the brunch but the Bloody Mary was pretty tasty!

OT
Savannah
32 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Brunch around 11:30am on Saturday July 5th we had the entire restaurant to ourselves as it was empty. Food and service was still good though.

AC
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Quiet place with good food and atmosphere.

JB
Austin
13 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience3

Really loud. My eggs in my Benedict were way over cooked and the bread was very tough.

AL
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

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.

H
Austin
48 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

AW
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience1

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

OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

cute spot but overpriced

PW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall2food4service5ambience2

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.

RA
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience5

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.

CT
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

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.

BB
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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.

CO
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

KP
Austin
13 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

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."

F
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience4

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.

AM
Austin
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

t
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

KS
Austin
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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

g
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

PM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

RP
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

GH
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience5

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.

C
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience4

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.

LT
Austin
14 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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.