III Forks - Austin

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III Forks is an award-winning steakhouse, located on Lavaca Street at Cesar Chavez, in downtown Austin. Considered the Crown Jewel of American Dining, III Forks serves USDA Prime steaks, fresh fish and cold-water lobster. The steakhouse, finished in mahogany and marble, is designed to accommodate private parties of up to 60 guests. With four private rooms, a piano bar, and over 500 different wines, III Forks is sure to provide the best food and service in town. Open Daily at 5:00 PM.
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Detroit
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very Nice....well worth it

Woukd come back again when in Austin

JS
Austin
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service4ambience3

It was just ok for me. Certainly not worth the price. The mushrooms were rubbery and the mashed potatoes were served cold. I wasn’t a fan of the bread either. I will be sticking with Fleming’s! Sorry but I won’t be back!!

Z
Austin
32 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

As usual -- great food and great service.

David, Edgar and the hostess were very good.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was great. Restaurant was under construction however so ambiance was off but both food and service were excellent.

BD
East Texas
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made a reservation and was seated promptly. Server was very nice and explained they menu and specials for the night. Cocktails and wine pairings were top notch! Was to be compensated for a bottle of still water (one glass was sent back after first pour, for having something foreign around the rim. This did not happen, but overall everything from food and the service was excellent.

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food

RS
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Not sure about the new open floor plan but the food and staff are still great.

P
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tried the dry aged steaks and they were amazing. Presentation was perfect.

III Forks - Austin
Responded on November 7, 2019

Thanks, those are our favorites as well!

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Cocktails were delicious. Appetizer, we had bone marrow was perfect. And the steaks were cooked to perfection.

III Forks - Austin
Responded on November 7, 2019

Thanks so much!

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OT
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mick provided great service and menu advice, as always.

III Forks - Austin
Responded on November 7, 2019

Thanks!

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KF
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Very noisy, unprofessional staff, terrible ambience it was like a mess hall. Steaks were fatty! Poor value.
Bathrooms are right where the food comes out!

III Forks - Austin
Responded on November 7, 2019

Kurt, Thank you for the feedback. We are working to resolve some of these issues with our remodel. I hope we have the opportunity to deliver a great experience to you in the future.

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AS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Table was in a poor location (near the reception area), my martini was expensive and mostly water, food was fine but nothing special given the very high price, and the waiter was courteous but in a fawning, not sincere way.

III Forks - Austin
Responded on November 7, 2019

Sorry for the table. We are making adjustments as we finish up our remodel.

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OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow. Felt special and appreciated.
Spent a chunk of money - but the experience was fantastic.
Go here if you appreciate experience and food.

III Forks - Austin
Responded on November 7, 2019

Thanks for the review!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Steak was ordered rare+ (between rare and medium rare) which an establishment like this can oblige. My steak came out almost past medium. Not worth the money IMO. If you’re paying that much for a steak, it needs to be perfectly cooked. Sending it back makes most diners, like myself, uncomfortable. There are better steaks at better prices elsewhere. Overall ambiance and service was decent though.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Steak was great as were the sides. The Caesar was way to salty and the calamari was overcooked

III Forks - Austin
Responded on November 7, 2019

Thanks for the feedback. We will review these items with our chef and kitchen team and make improvements!

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

It was fine.
The meal for 2 with wine and no dessert and tip came to $350. The steak was overcooked. The fish was super dry. Lots of little things that made the experience just kinda "meh". The server was a nice guy. My rating would probably change if the meal were $100 y'know.

III Forks - Austin
Responded on November 7, 2019

Thanks for the review and the candid opinion. We will review this as a team and see where we can increase value and make improvements. Much appreciated!

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance and excellent food. What more can you ask for? How about a nice bottle of wine, and finish off the evening with a smooth cognac?! III Forks is the place for all the above plus more. My wife and I had one of the best meals ever here. We highly recommend!

III Forks - Austin
Responded on November 7, 2019

Thanks!

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M
Austin
193 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent birthday dinner for my son. This is an upscale restaurant with outstanding service, valet parking and several separate rooms where families can enjoy great meals. Steaks were perfectly cooked, as were the sea bass, salmon and scallops, and my grand-daughter's shrimp. Excellent bottle of La Fou wine from the Terra Alta region of Spain. The creamed corn and lobster mac and cheese are amazing. We come here often for family occasions and are never disappointed with the food. Although not a complaint, the wine list, in my opinion, lacked several excellent wine types. I would have liked to have seen an Albarino (Martin Codax), a Pinot Grigio (Santa Margharita) and a Garnacha (Las Rocas) all Spanish or Italian wines and usually available at most upscale restaurants. I thought they were available here in the past. Don't mean to be picky, but with a Spanish wife, having lived in Spain and Italy, and visiting Spain every year I am partial to Spanish and Italian wines.

III Forks - Austin
Responded on November 7, 2019

Thanks! We have a full section of our wine list dedicated to Spanish Wines, I hope you come and try some soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great time! Excellent food! Lovely setting!

III Forks - Austin
Responded on November 7, 2019

Thanks for the review!

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Little Rock
12 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All we were with raved about their food!
Service great! Nice restaurant!

III Forks - Austin
Responded on November 7, 2019

Thanks!

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RY
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

As usual, the steak is best in town. I thought the mashed potatoes were a bit bland this time. Was not a big fan of the flash fried parmesan broccoli. Drinks were perfect.

Make no mistake, we go for the steak and this is our go-to place.

III Forks - Austin
Responded on November 7, 2019

Thanks so much!

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Z
Austin
33 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Too much noise in the dining area from the bar -- please finish the renovations quickly.

III Forks - Austin
Responded on October 27, 2019

Zoomie, Thanks for the review. Don't worry, we are expecting to wrap up in the next couple of weeks!

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l
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Steak was dry and small. If I had not been with a party, I would have sent it back.

III Forks - Austin
Responded on October 27, 2019

Our sincerest apologies. We are always more than happy to correct any meal that is not to your satisfaction. We do greatly appreciate the feedback and we will look to improve. Hosts of large parties may also choose to offer our full menu for any size group, in addition to our set menus. We have a number of large steaks that I think you may enjoy when you return. Thanks again!

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HB
Minneapolis
29 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Solid food but a bit “chainy.” Prime ribeye was under-salted. By-the-glass wines didn’t fit well. Solid overall.

III Forks - Austin
Responded on October 27, 2019

Hal, Thank you for the candid feedback and for taking the time to leave a review.

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EM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was the best service I have ever had at a restaurant. Water was never empty, waiter was extremely attentive, and manager comes by frequently as well. The steak here really is amazing and their crab is just as good. Only one thing was the chocolate cake was a letdown and tasted cheap, but bread pudding was great. Still 10/10 recommend this place.

III Forks - Austin
Responded on October 27, 2019

Thanks for a great review!

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OT
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great night! The food was amazing. One of the best steaks I’ve had all year. The service was top notch! Definitely coming back!

III Forks - Austin
Responded on October 27, 2019

Thank you so much!

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JB
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Took forever (over 2 hours), steak had great flavor but was the toughest filet I've ever had

III Forks - Austin
Responded on October 27, 2019

Jason, I'm sorry to hear that. Please accept our apologies. We hope we can make it up to you.

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FL
Austin
13 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service - excellent
Would have preferred to sit in a darker, cozier room instead of the back, blue, heavily lighted room

III Forks - Austin
Responded on October 7, 2019

Thanks!

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here on the recommendation of a friend when we were visiting Austin. Everything was amazing from start to finish. Our waiter David was one of the best waiters we have ever had and he made the evening memorable. The food was cooked perfectly and everything we ordered was excellent. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone and would definitely return next time we are in Austin.

III Forks - Austin
Responded on October 7, 2019

Thank you!

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CC
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing from beginning to end , as always . Does not disappoint .

III Forks - Austin
Responded on October 7, 2019

Thanks!

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J
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoying eating at III Forks during visits in Austin

III Forks - Austin
Responded on October 7, 2019

Thank you!

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Awful service. Awful food. Absolutely ridiculous

III Forks - Austin
Responded on September 23, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. I am saddened to hear about your experience and would like the opportunity to learn more. Please reply or send an additional private message with your contact information so that I can reach out to you. Hopefully I can understand what went wrong and make adjustments as needed. Thank you.

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G
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tried a few top end restaurants in Austin....this was by far the best

III Forks - Austin
Responded on October 7, 2019

Thanks, Gordon.

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DB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exelaint food ,great waiter
Would recommend to every one

III Forks - Austin
Responded on October 7, 2019

Thanks!

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ML
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and ambiance was amazing, and the service was impeccable.

III Forks - Austin
Responded on October 7, 2019

Thank you!

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SC
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

It was a very nice and memorable evening. The food was good and the service excellent. There could be more accent lighting (not brighter just up a little). Value was comparable to other similar restaurants.

III Forks - Austin
Responded on October 7, 2019

Thanks for the review and the comments.

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SK
Adelaide / SA
10 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic. First time dining here and we will be back. The 12 oz filet was perfect, the service was exceptional.

III Forks - Austin
Responded on October 7, 2019

Thanks!

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RH
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I have made it a tradition to eat at III Forks before a concert at ACL. Always a wonderful experience!

III Forks - Austin
Responded on October 7, 2019

Thanks, Rick!

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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Let me preface this by stating I have visited steakhouses all over the world. My standards are simple don't bs me regarding the quality of your steak and cook it to the requested temp (med rare). Our total bill was around $600 for 5 people which is in the normal range (on the cheaper side). I would normally order wagyu but with only three options, I went with an Angus NY bone in. The steak itself was decent quality, worth the $55 special. Apps came out, we ordered two orders of scallops(only 3 per order); 1/2 dozen oysters; lamb meatballs (3); and the french onion soup. The apps and sides were served family style. Steaks were all ordered to be medium rare. Two steaks came out medium well, the rest well done. The rarest part of my steak was next to the bone the rest was gray. Management was quick to resolve the issue by offering to cook another steak, we didn't want to wait the 45 minutes we had already waited for the steaks again, so the manager gave us dessert on the house, one of everything. The pecan cake was amazing. I would easily pay $20 a slice for the pecan cake. Some other things that disrupted my experience include: we had to wait on refills; a football game was on at the bar (located in a corner of the dining room) where the waiters were watching it, that was loud; there is no dress code for staff or guests (host staff were out of uniform); while visiting the restroom located next to the waiter station/ expedition area I heard the waiters talking about a guest being deported; and lastly when asking a specific question about the quality of the steak the waiter didn't have an answer. Overall the experience left me feeling like I had overpaid for the dinner. I have had better experiences at Texas Roadhouse and Outback. I compare it to an overpriced Outback. It has left a bad impression on steakhouses in Austin for me. I hope this review helps.

III Forks - Austin
Responded on October 7, 2019

We certainly appreciate the feedback. I'm sorry we were not able to make corrections the night you dined with us. We thank you for taking the time to leave a review, and we will work diligently to meet your expectations in the future.

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