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About Goodall's Kitchen
Located inside Hotel Ella, Goodall’s Kitchen 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.
Austin, TX 78705
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 7am - 11am (Breakfast)
Monday - Friday: 11am - 2pm (Lunch)
Saturday and Sunday: 7am - 2:30pm (Brunch)
Saturday and Sunday: 3-5pm (Afternoon Tea)
Sunday - Thursday: 5pm - 10pm (Dinner)
Friday and Saturday: 5pm - 11pm (Dinner)
Martin Luther King
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Complimentary valet parking available at the front of Hotel Ella.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Goodall's Kitchen Ratings and Reviews
On entering it did not seem to be a special occasion restaurant. It used to be a white table cloth and very warm place. .. now plane and almost dinner like. However we found the service to be excellent and the food surprisingly good. The crab appetizer was a come back by itself. We had linguini and shrimp, salmon and roasted chicken. We loved every dish and will be back.
Came to Austin for New Year’s Eve. Picked this place at Hotel Ella for the reviews and because we could transition from the restaurant to the bar. The service was excellent, Will was our waiter and he was Brilliant and very professional. Food was a preset menu with three choices for each course. The food was EXCELLENT. timing in food delivery was great and never felt rushed. The biggest disappointed was at 11 when the waiter told us the bar closed at 11. There were 14 of us in the restaurant who had had the same idea to transition to the bar (which they had led us to believe would be open from the web site.) At least four (two couples) of the 14th had booked a room at the hotel so they could just stay and celebrate New Year’s Eve there. At 11pm, we all had to scramble for a plan b. It was a real shame. Everything up to that point had been excellent. With 14 disgruntled patrons, the bar could have stayed open for another 1.5 hours.
The food was great. We, however, were placed in wine area. It was a bit awkward because you could see the people in the kitchen area. In addition it reminded me (as a black woman) of our history - being placed in the back away from people and to go to the restroom you had to go around to the pool to the back. Not a good overall ambiance eventhough it was probably totally unintended. But the waiter was great eventhough the food took awhile to come out.
We enjoyed a lovely brunch on Sunday. There were 4 of us and we ordered 3 different items plus bloody marys. The hash was delicious and so was the crab cake benedict and the veggie frittata. Everything was seasoned well and came to the table hot with a nice presentation of small iron skillets on plates. We all agreed that we would come here again.
It was a good thing the food was out of this world and made up for everything else, because waiting an extra 30 minutes after our reservation and having to stand the entire time while other diners walked through the same foyer and right past those waiting to get to their buffet wasn't pleasant, it was awkward and uncomfortable.
This is specifically for the Thanksgving buffet. Food was good, but not stellar. Not that many options and most were barely warm. For the price, the value really wasn't there. Our server was totally checked out and any request required 2-3 reminders. We thoroughly enjoyed the Christmas buffet in 2016, but this one didn't impress.
Food was simply prepared and let the ingredients shine. The octopus app was very well done, texture was perfect and flavor spot on. Tomato red pepper soup was intensely flavored with red pepper and tomato as the main players. The spinach salad was again simple but perfectly put together; the King salmon dish with the corn relish was excellent and medium rare just as I ordered it. Finally the deconstructed pineapple upside down cake was delicious and the sour cream ice cream my favorite part of the dessert. Hotel Ella is an architectural gem and Godalls a great hidden surprise. Our first time there with many more in the future.
Pleasant atmosphere and the dishes were beautiful to look at. Sadly, the chicken salad I ordered was heavily salted, but the other dishes at the table, the beet salad and hummus appetizer, were good enough to make up for the chicken/salt salad. We sat outside on the front porch on a warm early fall day when traffic was at a minimum. Mature trees and well maintained grounds. The service was excellent.
We had a short time to kill while waiting for friends so we only ordered an app and a few side dishes. The hummus was outstanding with a slight kick but not spicy. The mac and cheese and whipped potatoes were great comfort dishes that hit the spot. Our server was very knowledgeable and helpful about menu options.
Very nice dining experience ... lovely dining room and grounds.
Our server was very good ....
My only constructive criticism would be to have more items on the menu. More variety would be better...
The food that was offered was tasty and very well plated.... I just wanted more items to chose from.
The historic house turned hotel provides a wonderful atmosphere. The small grounds are pretty. Enjoyed the beautiful art decor in the dining room. The food was good. The only downfall to this chef-inspired restaurant was the waiter kept interrupting to make presentations. Everything from the appetizers to the bottled water to the main course required an explanation. I understand the food came from a well run and artisan kitchen but we really wanted to talk. Maybe we didn't appreciate it enough?!
The three of us had a fantastic lunch there on Memorial Day. The food was creative, delicious and prepared with the freshest ingredients! They adjusted some ingredients in my dishes to accommodate my food allergies without skipping a beat- and we all loved the results! Gracious staff, great low noise atmosphere filled with art- this is now on top of our Austin favorites!
We stopped by Goodall's for breakfast on a non-brunch day. It was nice to see options on the menu other than the typical sausage and eggs. Everything was delicious and the staff was very attentive. Its an inviting atmosphere that would be nice for a date or a family meal.
Went her for brunch with my son because we could make a reservation at the last minute. Very nice restaurant but the service was really slow. The server was good they just weren't getting things out of the kitchen fast enough. Only has one server on duty. Restaurant only about half full. Fool was pretty good, probably wouldn't go back though. Nowhere to park valet was
backed into the street with some kind of event.
Had our first dinner there this week. Very nice dining room, not too big which made for a nice ambiance, and when we were there they had a couple of large parties and just a couple other tables full. Not too busy for 8pm on a Friday night. Service was pretty good.
Food isn't cheap, but it's also not expensive - I'd say a nicely priced venue for the food you get. We ordered a couple apps - the broccoli beignets and the octopus. Beignets were 'good' but the octopus was really good. My wife and daughter loved it.
The kids had their own menu and food portions were good - standard kids fare so they had a burger and pasta. My wife had the brick chicken and I had the fish and chips. We both really liked our meals.
Had a dessert also, the brownie sundae. Very popular. Not overly huge for $12 but it was enough for 4 people who wanted just a taste and not to gorge ourselves.
Overall I'd recommend it and we'd go back again someday for sure.
My husband and I met at Goodalls on the spare-of-the-moment to eat a bit before a theater performance. It was so lovely to sit on their casual patio and enjoy delicious food. The wine by the glass selections were great and the food was very good. I wish they had a bit larger entre selection and we would return for a full dinner. The flow when you walk in the front door is a little awkward and it is hard to appreciate where to dine. We glanced into the dining room which appeared a bit casual, so we opted for outdoors, which was great. The staff was very friendly, professional and fun.
We had a pleasant experience for our Sunday Brunch - service and food was wonderful. Menu is small with slight twist on a few "standards" and reasonably priced. Restaurant is part of the hotel and is smaller, but welcoming. The hotel is on the historical registry. You'll also have to valet park (which is tips only, no fee). They also have several other events (Tuesday fried chicken, Thursday's Burger & Beer nights) that we look forward to trying. Goodalls Kitchen is a Recommend!!
Came to Goodall's for both Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners as it is close to home and had good reviews. Food was very good but the service went from fair on Thanksgiving to poor on Christmas. Christmas was not as busy as Thanksgiving but service was slower and very inattentive. had to get my own silverware after the cleared plates from an early course. Bought a bottle of wine but staff never offered to refill glasses. Had coffee at end of meal with no refill offered. Not the service expected on a $300 tab. Restaurant needs to get better management on site to oversee service.
We brought family members (with 3 children) to Goodall's for late lunch on Christmas day. We arrived 25 minutes early for our reservation, and our table was already waiting! Staff were attentive and generally seemed to care about making us happy. My continuing impression of Goodall's is that if you like somewhat different types of food and are adventurous, this is the place for you. Some members of our party (particularly the children, of course) were not happy with the buffet selection (they tend not to like prime rim), others were very happy (particularly with the stuffing and pork shoulder). Some of us were not aware that the meal reservations would be buffet-only, indicating that open menu items were their favorites but were not available (e.g., fish and chips, some traditional sandwiches). The dessert station is definitely the favorite for most people - eclectic, tasty, well-designed. The unique cocktails were also a hit with our party. The building is historic, comfortable, and comfy. The valet service is definitely appreciated with the limited parking in the neighborhood.
We've been to Goodall's for Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve dinner and loved it both times. So quant and the food is delicious. You feel as you are in a friend's home that is also an excellent chef. Wish I could of gone for the Christmas day buffet as well. We will be going soon for the buttermilk fried chicken with all the fixings. Service was wonderful too.
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