Josephine House

4.7
48 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
The sister restaurant to Austin fine dining institution Jeffrey’s, offering breakfast, 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. Serving an eclectic daily menu featuring the best locally sourced products.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Farm-to-table
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Mon–Fri 8:00 am–10:30 am
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(512) 477-5584
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Waterston Ave and West Lynn
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Parking details
Street parking. Jeffrey's complimentary valet is available after 4:30pm.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 48 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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C
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Nice small place. Very good food and service. The pork chops were outstanding

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M
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was regular.

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BA
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! I brought my parents and grandmother here and everyone loved the food and the service. My grandmother even asked to tell the manager that their restrooms were an "A+"

Think of this as a quiet, romantic meal with incredible food. Highly recommended

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OT
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was great. Ambiance was really nice. Food was tasty. Bit it was probably 30% too expensive.

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JP
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely little gem of a place in my hood. I'll be back!

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HE
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Sunday brunch menu was fairly limited. However, the food and service were excellent.

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CS
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food and service, charming setting. Only downsides were the noise level and the fact that every time the door immediately behind me opened, which was often as it was regularly used by service staff, I was exposed to a blast of cold air.

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I love the ambiance at Josephine House but the food was not that good. My husband had the main course salad which came without the dressing and server forgot the soup. Not really a problem but our food was not very tasty. My frites tasted old and my corn beef sandwich was just ok. Same with my husbands entree. For an $80 lunch for two, unacceptable.

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J
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. Loved the small quaint inside eating area. Also had an after dinner drink at the bar. An easy Uber ride from the capitol area.

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RG
Austin
15 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good, as was the service. Very nice outdoor seating.

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ME
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a great time! The food was amazing. Service was perfect. Can't wait to go again!

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D
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a girls weekend brunch and it was perfect! Quaint, cute and the best menu. We sat indoors and it’s a little noisy but we would go back in a heartbeat.

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

We sat outside on the heated patio in a cozy booth with our family and had an incredible night. The food was excellent, especially the burger and steak frites! The cocktails (especially the Pale Blue Eyes) were perfectly balanced and delicious. Our server, Maria, was a UT senior studying bio/chemistry and was delightful and so accommodating. The bar area inside and general decor inside and out are aesthetically exquisite and so warm The outdoor patio, strung with happy overhead lights, was a perfect place for a cozy meal. We loved our entire evening and will return next time we are in Austin!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

It took an hour for our food to come out and we ordered a simple sandwich and some sort of pasta. They also got the order wrong and sat us 10 minutes after our reservation

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TD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Portion size on pancakes was out of control, it was overwhelming to eat. Nutella bun was yummy. Service was okay, when we asked for a second round of coffee she never came back. Ambience is great, very cozy and I have to say my first experience was much better.

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A
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

They don’t do breakfast after 10:30 and don’t take reservations until 11am—but we got there a few minutes before 10:30 and they accommodated us for breakfast which I so appreciate.
Chicken and waffles was taken off the menu though which was a miss—and the ricotta pancakes were great but I believe used to have poppyseeds which was better the way it was before.

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JB
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Josephine House is one of those little sacred jewels which makes a city more special than it would be otherwise. And it goes well beyond that the cuisine is incredibly delicious, the ambiance divine and the service friendly and attentive. This is one of those priceless neighborhood icons which define what is unique about living there in the first place. Brunching at the Josephine House becomes more than enjoying a fine restaurant because it creates memorable experiences worth tucking away and recounting happily in years to come.

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AW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, charming ambiance!

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the great restaurants in Austin! Food and team are the best!!

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was on another level. Extraordinarily delicious. The service was fast and the wait staff so kind! The little house was just as charming as it looks online. I’ll definitely be back!

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SP
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is such a lovely spot to meet friends for a get together or to bring people from out of town to visit and experience our wonderful ATX dining options.

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

Josephine house is my fave restaurant in town. A bit surprised that the steak meat was tough/gristled.

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K
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sister took me here for my birthday. It was soooo wonderful !!!!! Can’t wait to go back!

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M
Las Vegas
21 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Got a bit hot in courtyard, outdoor seating, which was the only option for us.

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C
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 5

The hostess could not be worst. We had a reservation for a table for 4 adults and 2 babies (1-year old) and we ended up arriving 30min before. We checked in and were told we would have to wait, which we were ok with, even though there were plenty of tables available. After 10-15min the open tables were still open, and despite asking to be accommodated in one of the 4 seats tables (which had more than enough space for 2 high chairs) we were told people make reservations for brunch here with months in advance, so we would have to wait for “our table” to get available. Well, the time for our reservation arrived, I checked again, and I was told I had to wait for my table. I asked if they could not accommodate us in the 4 seats’ table again, as it is hot and the babies had been waiting for were long, and was once again denied. By now, this 4 seats table (alongside a couple others) had been open for 35min. We waited longer and after 20min past our reservation’s time we were still waiting for “our table”. “Our table” finally became available, and as I thought it would finally be ok, the table was under the sun (with poorly positioned umbrellas)! (The 4 seat table was in a complete shade and still available!) Remember, we have 2 tinny babies!!!! Why care for people?

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BT
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was all wonderful. We got the heirloom tomatoes to start (in season, so even better than normal!), the rice bowl, the snapper, and the pork chop. All were phenomenal. Highly recommend. A little bit up there in price, so great for a date, dinner with parents from out of town, anniversary, birthday, etc. Or if you are in the mood for a really nice meal. The patio has a wonderful ambiance.

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B
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

The food and service was very good! However there was a table of 6 women in the small dining room having a fine time and screaming at each other in their enthusiasm. There is no noise mitigation in that room- all hard surfaces! There were 2 of us at a small table in the same room and we could barely hear each other over the other noise.. I won't be coming back unless the weather is nice enough to sit outside.

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GK
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I love Jeffrey’s and wanted to try it’s partner and neighbor. It was Monday Steak Frites night. The service was slow and unattentative. The food and menu was delicious, but we were seated by outdoor grill - I recommend avoiding this table.

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J
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great spot for fine dining in a small, quaint atmosphere. Amazing steak preparation when we dined on the Monday "Steak Frites" night.

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RU
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is so good. I'm vegan and they have a delicious and unique bowl that I crave.

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TA
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner at Josephine's was delicious and the cocktails were outstanding!

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VB
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Josephine House is hands down one of my favorite restaurants in Austin. Their staff is every bit as good as their food. And their food is fantastic.

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s
Austin
42 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Josephine House is owned by the Jeffery's people, and is supposed to be a more casual, less expensive version of Jeffery's. It's definitely more casual and super cute - with a great patio for outdoor dining - but it's tiny inside and tables are close together. Waiters have a hard time moving around they're so close. And the prices are HIGH for a 'bistro' style setting. There are no wines on the wine list less than 50 bucks, and we had a salad for 24 dollars that was quite unremarkable. I would not recommend this place for dinner. After hours drinks, sure. Pastries for breakfast, sure. Stop by for dessert, ok. But I've been to dinner three times now, each time a little less impressed. Sorry, the high prices here don't match the scene.

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DS
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyable brunch, try the huevos rancheros...and don't forget a pastry!

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AZ
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday for our son! Excellent overall

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l
San Antonio
13 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food was delicious and the service was great. We sat inside by the window, two of us ordered the shopped salad and our other guest had the snapper. I tasted both and both were great. I loved the depth of the broth that was served under the snapper.

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l
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food & atmosphere. Great waitstaff. Try their happy hour!

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OT
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Josephine House is the cutest restaurant with fresh and quality food. I absolutely love having lunch or brunch here! The service is incredible and the ambiance is top notch. Highly suggest the earl grey cookie!

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CA
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Father son dinner. Loved it. Burger was extraordinary

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m
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Located in an adorable blue house with outdoor shaded seating and marble tables
Bakery items are a must - fresh and delicious!

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