Jeffrey's Restaurant

4.8
610 reviews
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Jeffrey's Restaurant & Bar has been an Austin neighborhood fine dining institution since 1975. In 2012 the restaurant closed for a major renovation and has reopened under the leadership of Austin's premiere restaurant group, McGuire Moorman Hospitality. The restaurant, nestled in a quiet neighborhood just west of downtown features a lively bar, three distinct dining rooms and menus featuring dry-aged prime steaks, updated classic fine dining and locally sourced produce. Private dining is available, free valet is standard & local car service is offered.

Josephine House offers lunch, brunch, happy hour, dinner & Monday night steak frites. The Clarksville cottage features a small marble bar for coffee or cocktails, intimate tables in the dining room, shady nooks on our patio and a grassy front lawn for lounging. Chef Alex Manley and her team prepare an eclectic daily menu featuring the best locally sourced products.
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Dallas
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places. Food and service were unreal

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CB
Orlando
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every way. A must when in Austin.

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Austin
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing. Steak was cooked to perfection. Enjoyed our anniversary meal.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious. We’ll definitely be back!!

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m
Miami
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I was told that if you wanted the best dining experience in Austin, Jeffery's was THE place to go. It was VERY expensive and i can say that i was disappointed in the staff, the quality of the food and the ambiance. the service wasn't anything better then you would get at a halfway decent steak house. the food quality was good, but by no means great. steak quality was only a 6 out of 10 and the whipped mashed potatoes are completely devoid of flavor. my wife commented that her fillet minion tasted freezer burnt (that was the best way she could describe it). lastly, the place is wide open, dimly lit (causing people to break out their phones to read the menu) and super noisy. for my wife and i to eat there with a bottle of wine the bill was over 400 dollars. i've had MUCH better steaks at Flemings, Truluck's, Eddie V's and the Captial Grill - for half the price. in the end, i'm glad i experienced it, to say that i've been, but i won't ever go back.

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JJ
Austin
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Hi,

Two of our party asked for a glass of red wine when our steaks came out & they were brought out later after the steak arrived.
I asked for the Perry's sauce which came out later after my steak.
My friend asked for creamy horseradish for her steak, which was brought out way later than they steak.

Overall everything was great, but we just wanted the wine & sauces to be there when our steak arrived to the table. The ambience, food & our waiter was awesome.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was so incredible that it was almost overwhelming. We had one of the best experiences of our life. And the oysters were amazing!!! Can’t wait to go back!

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HK
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for a nice evening out. Had the short ribs, duck, and Brussels sprouts- all amazing! Servers were very knowledgeable and attentive. Also saw a cozy fireplace and armchairs that others were enjoying drinks in. Highly recommend!

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

Always an amazing and lively dinner - a must go for out of town guests, celebrations, a nice date or just head to the exquisite bar for a totally cool vibe.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service, as always, is unmatched in Austin. We felt pampered by staff from the moment we sat down.

I was a bit disappointed with the food this time around, however - the hamachi crudo had a massive smattering on horseradish that almost rendered it inedible (and I LOVE horseradish). The entrees (turbot and filet mignon) were very good, but I would not say excellent (the lobster atop the turbot was a bit overcooked), and considering the price point, well... we will be back, but probably for bar happy hour.

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NR
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance. Seating arrangement for cheese cart and table prep drinks could be better but overall executed well given the constraints. Rolls were amazing with crispy exterior and moist inside. Steak sides were great complements to flavor. Brussel sprouts leave you wanting more. Dessert was two complimentary souffles. Felt we missed being offered dessert and ending drinks before receiving the check but overall we had a great time.

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DM
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food great service great atmosphere
Every time we've been here it's been the same you know you can expect the quality

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DR
Austin
37 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous dinner. Excellent Service. Could not have asked for more. Also the best French Burgundy wine list in Austin by a mile!

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JP
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful, as usual! Our waiter, Eric, did a wonderful job, as did the rest of the waitstaff!
Cheers!

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EW
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Overall a good restaurant. The staff was well trained and attentive. The food was very good, but not great. Overpriced for a mid-upscale restaurant.

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DN
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My husband and I enjoyed a wonderful time at this upscale restaurant. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable. The menu was amazing as is the Creative Chef. Will come here again when we visit Austin again!

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S
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyable meal at Jeffrey’s. Service was excellent. We shared a 26oz Wagyu Ribeye. The meat was prepared superbly, and tasted fine, although we were slightly disappointed that the fat marbling was not what we expected.

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A
Austin
12 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and service always good. Wish the tables weren’t so close together as we had a loud group next to us and people jostling into us to fit into bench.
The baked Alaska for desert was wonderful. Wish they’d bring back the lobster and caviar appetizer. Homemade grapefruit soda was the best mocktail I’ve had anywhere.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and cuisine

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e
Austin
23 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect evening - food and service excellent. Most enjoyed by all of us. Made and extra special beginning to our family Christmas!

A minor suggestions - turn the lighting up just one more click.

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Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I am not from Austin and this restaurant was recommended to me to celebrate my birthday. I was told this place was to impress. I think the thing that impressed the most was the cost. In my opinion the menu is way overpriced not to mention the wine list which actually put me off to the point that I did not want to order any.
The service is excellent and professional, the ambiance nice and formal the food is good but 52 dollars for a Risotto is insane. And I am from Milan so I know a thing or two about risottos.
The tortellini with white truffles was a good try but 2 things were wrong. A) you grate the truffle in front of the customer as part of the experience and to get even more flavor and then you don’t need overpower the 3 tortellini with many other flavors or else your truffle is lost.
In general not a bad experience and the service was truly very professional but I would not go back or even be able to suggest it

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EL
Austin
15 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Dined here last night for my husband's birthday. Although my Foie Gras was excellent my husband's steak was average - we cook much better steaks at home. Our side dishes were just average and the complementary popovers were burned. The service was pretentious as well as inefficient and they threw away our leftovers after we specifically asked to take them home. The gal at the hostess desk was downright rude to us. She told us we could not start by having a drink at the bar but she would serve us a drink in the hallway if we didn't want to go to our table right away. That did not make feel welcome. With so many excellent dining choices in Austin I doubt I would pick Jeffrey's again.

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C
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire experience was fantastic. I skipped going here for the longest time despite the encouragement of a particular friend, but have now been a few times since relenting this past April. Highly recommended!

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MM
Austin
17 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service food and wine list!

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DC
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service, wine list extensive but need more options for those who want to pay less than $150 for a bottle of wine.

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PH
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Very little special about this restaurant. We were sat in between 2 other couples in a very loud and tight section where we were forced to listen to their conversations even though we had no interest in doing so. Our server was far below average and took way too much time between visits. Water service was annoying and intrusive as well. The food was good but to be honest, not much to write home about. I had the Caesar as did my wife and then I had the short rib. She had the shellfish risotto. The food was fine, just bland and uninspired. The souffle was a good ending to the meal but I've never seen a restaurant not allow you to order it ahead of time as I had no idea it was an option until the end and then 20 minutes of waiting and listening to the noise ensued.

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k
Austin
13 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Jeffery's did not disappoint as usual. Food & service were both excellent, and we had not seen the expansion, so that was lovely. I did find the music selection a little loud and hipster for such a classy joint. That was the only thing that took away from an outstanding evening. The extravagant prices are the only thing that keep us from coming here every weekend!

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TG
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always awesome experience, but pricey says Captain Obvious

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LS
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

first time there. Austin, our server, was attentive. kind of a one and done for us as the price vs. alternatives in austin.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I came to Jeffrey’s for our 2 year anniversary and we had such a great experience. Amazing food (the filet was incredible) and perfect ambiance. Definitely recommend for special occasions!

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TS
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

I’ve been here many times. Our service was poor this time. We waited 30 minutes for someone to come by just for an appetizer order.

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KS
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Incredibly rude staff when you first come in the door, but servers were pleasant enough.
Food was excellent.

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Portland
25 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was a very, very good meal. My birthday weekend brought me to two locations -- Jeffrey's and Trulucks. I can only say that I was far more blown away by the careful, assured, and confident service offered by Jeffrey's versus the bombastic, theatrical, yet regrettably imprecise service offered by Trulucks.

The food at Jeffrey's was magnificent and all manners of the dinner went off without a hitch. I don't like to write a review without referencing at least one criticism -- but there wasn't one here. It's always the small things that catch my eye -- on one occasion I asked an employee who was not a server about the contents of a dish, and he described it excellently. Similarly, our waiter never hovered, but was always around when we were in need of a new cocktail. The attention to detail, and the focus on real, on-the-ground hospitality, was magnificent. Indeed, my meal rivaled many at restaurants in NYC, Spain, and elsewhere. I'm not sure there is a rival here in Austin to Jeffrey's. I do hope to return.

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DB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Traditional white tablecloth restaurant, semi formal. Outstanding steaks from local ranches. Top shelf service. Noise level a bit high for my taste but not objectionable. Go here for a special occasion.

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

Amazing food and excellent service in a lively and elegant setting. It’s exactly what fine dining should be. The chairs in the main dining room could be swapped for something a little more comfortable. But when you have to think that hard to find a complaint...

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A
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Some of the best food I’ve eaten in Austin. I definitely recommend grabbing a reservation, even for happy hour.

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful dinner with mouth watering food and exceptional service from James!

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K
Austin
29 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful! A sophisticated, cozy atmosphere with excellent staff. We had the seafood risotto which was wonderful. This was my first time to Jeffries and it definitely won’t be our last.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

When I’m in Austin, I love to eat at Jeffery’s - have for decades. But this time, despite the excellent food and service, it left a bit of bad taste in my mouth. I asked the sommelier for a bottle under $100 and when the bill came, he had sold us a $170 bottle. Then when we saw our card statements they had overcharged us $40.

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TS
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The meal was outstanding as was the wait stuff. It is pricey, but definitely worth it for a special occasion!

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