Josephine House

4.8
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292 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.
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4.8based on recent ratings
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lyannk
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place to have brunch with a friend. The staff was super sweet and the decor is done just right.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and staff!!

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vipMelissa
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely place for an unhurried alfresco catch up chat. A little overpriced and low on variety for brunch, but the stellar service and gorgeous outdoor setting made up for that and the parking challenge.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun and great service from Finn!

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vipMimi
Austin
26 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Although the food is good at Josephine House, the portions are small (except for the hamburger), and the prices are high. Twenty four dollars for a cheese board which contained four bites of cheese was unbelievable. It was barely enough for a small portion for one person let alone for the table.

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CDedeker
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Josephine House is perfect in everywhere! The service, food, menu curation, ambiance all made for the best brunch. A sweet place that allows you to slow sip on coffee, nibble on a homemade pastry, and stay awhile.

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MagdaS
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food

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stegs
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best - JH has been in our top-five since they opened. One thing: be sure to sit outside. The interior is charming but way too loud.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!

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KatyS
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, lovely setting, a good place for a special event.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very nice place to enjoy lunch. Food was excellent, ambiance is amazing.

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Glencoe99
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This place is a gem. We ate outside, which is charming. The food was excellent, as always. The service was fine. They make their own bread, which is crazy good. I’ve never had a bad meal here, never even a so-so meal. Always great.

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SarahH
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing brunch and atmosphere! Will definitely be going back

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vipSellithard
Austin
80 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

While the servers were good, they completely understaffed the bar. We had to wait about 20 min after ordering drinks when we got there. Food appeared with proper timing and was very good. Steak frites is overpriced for quality of beef. While it was good, it was not a $40 steak by far (in the Austin area). But all other food was excellent. I liked our table outside, but it is a little uncomfortable sitting next to peeling paint on the wall.

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vipWillM
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful. Very happy that valet parking was available.

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DanaB
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The setting is very charming inside the small house and outside on the patio. The food was good but the menu was very limited and pricey, especially for lunch. I’ve been there for dinner and felt the prices were fair, even though it’s the same menu for lunch and dinner.

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JuliaH
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was excellent and we were seated immediately based on our reservation. The coffee/cappuccino are top notch. All the food was extremely fresh and came to the table at a perfect temperature. The flavor of all ingredients was good, but I would not consider this a 'value' restaurant in any form as it was a little pricy for what it is. I understand this is a niche restaurant and was overall very pleased.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and loved our outside booth. Great ambiance

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AutumnK
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for a Saturday brunch. We were celebrating our anniversary with a staycation and Austin food. The restaurant is the cutest. The weather was gorgeous and I wish we had asked to sit outside. We tried a couple of pastries, the pop tart and cherry cheese tart. Both were amazing!! We went for the waffle and the lemon ricotta pancakes next. AH-MAY-ZING! Best pancakes ever!! More than I could finish-thankful my hubs was with me and they didn’t go to waste. Their chocolate crunch hot tea was also a hit. And also amazing. Overall, it is a little on the pricey side, but our experience was so great. The waitress was very friendly and engaging and made great recommendations. Would definitely go back!!

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AmyL
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely find! Highly recommend. Very relaxed but also feels special. We went on Steak Frites night - great concept but wine options would make it better (option to upgrade?).

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!!!

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Marc
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

VERY NICE AND COZY PLACE. LOVED IT . MENU IS SMALL BUT VERY GOOD

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great!!

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Perfection1Day
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Went here for brunch for our last day in Austin. My boyfriend and I were late due to marathon traffic but my friends were on time and I appreciate them being seated even though our whole party is there. Very cute restaurant in a old house with a little bit of outdoor seating in the front and several outdoor tables in the back. Menu is small but enjoyable and the coffee was amazing and much needed. Whole affair was almost spoiled bc our waitress was pretty rude. She let rushing us and saying “well I have reservations at this table”. Um? We also had a reservation? Still would recommend this place and would likely go again.

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vipKarenD
New Mexico
12 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect personal ambiance made for great conversation...even outdoors under the heat lamps! Little extra touches in flavor translated to excellent dishes. Already planning to come back after this inaugural visit.

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Steveloveschicago
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Awesome atmosphere

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Pesecanina
Austin
47 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I reserved through Open Table and requested a quiet table due to my hearing impediment. I chose an outside table in the reservation. We were seated at 515, promptly, in an almost empty restaurant, Directly in front of the door hostess and servers use to come in and out, plus next to the machine to enter all orders. I sat assuming they knew some of the more isolated tables, lower down the patio were somehow noisier. Normally I would have complained, but I am disabled and was in a significant amount of pain and having trouble walking that evening and didn't have the energy. Our server was helpful but not attentive. From order to arrival our two entrees took 40 minutes; again, if there was an easy explanation we would not have an issue. The food was incredible. I think we will return but when I am feeling well enough to complain about these issues and being VERY specific in my seating request. BTW it says accessible, but it's "people-who-aren't-disabled-designed" accessible; you understand. We can manage a date night every 3 months and this wasn't what I was hoping for.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food5service4ambience2

Unwelcoming vibe in quaint digs with 5,000 dollar purse carriers who talk about whites people problems. Host doesn’t smile but rather is all business to get you in and out. Fortunately the food is fantastic. It has that going for it.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was in town celebrating my birthday and just left from a place with very poor service. I really loved the ambience, quaint set up. As soon as I walked in I was treated with exceptional service. The food was great as well. And the bartender made great drinks.

Thanks Josephine House for making my evening a one to remember.

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stegs
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always.

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AmyE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

just had drinks - prices are expensive! love the atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Josephine was definitely an upscale stop with good food. I had the Nights Over Hoboken cocktail and it was genuinely one of the best I've had in Austin - on par with some of our really nice cocktail bars. The roasted cauliflower was also good.

We had the rice bowl and the mushroom carbonara and I just wasn't a fan of either. The rice bowl had too many textures for me and the carbonara a strong black pepper flavor. I can say the food was objectively fresh and that others may enjoy the combinations; it just wasn't a good fit for my palette.

The food is actually not the reason I'm docking them a star though. They seemed to be understaffed. It took over an hour to get our food and our waitress forgot about us a couple of times because she had too many tables. It's expensive enough here that I feel it's fair to expect the best. We may be back on a different night, but honestly probably not.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved it. We are in from Illinois for the weekend and am so happy I made the reservation. The food was excellent and the place is darling. I own a restaurant; so for an industry person to recommend it holds merit. Go there-

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vipAshley
Austin
14 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Love this spot for lunch when it’s busy and full of energy. Have never had a service issue before. Was incredibly disappointed to have such terrible service in the evening. First time I could get my husband there and he definitely won’t go back. We advised server we were on a tight schedule to get to a show. She seemingly did nothing to expedite our meal. And didn’t leave time for coffee or dessert which we had hoped for. We were there for over an hour.

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Monina
Las Vegas
27 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Able to celebrate a friend's birthday with no one to hurry us. Everyone enjoyed their food and the ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always!

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PaigeW
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just the best!

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vipAugie
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The ambiance was better than the food. cute place.

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vipTeriE
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great service, food & beverages.
Does not disappoint.

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vipJojo
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our brunch at Josephine House! Probably our best meal in Austin so far!! And such a cute, quaint atmosphere!! Thanks for a great meal :)

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