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Juniper

4.6
419 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
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Consistently listed in the top 10 best restaurants in the city by the Austin American-Statesman, Juniper combines locally-sourced, hyper-seasonal Texas ingredients and old-world technique, creating comforting-yet-innovative dishes that connect Northern Italy to Central Texas. Rounding out the offerings are a world-class beverage program and a special menu of cicchetti--or traditional bar snacks--to be enjoyed on Juniper's cozy East Side patio.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Contemporary American, Contemporary Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Tue–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(512) 220-9421
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Nicholas A. Yanes
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Pedernales
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Parking details
COMPLIMENTARY VALET. For self parking, our parking entrance is located off Cesar Chavez, just west of the restaurant. It is a shared parking lot with Corner Vet, Switched On, and a few others.
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Juniper is a fancy-ish Italian spot in East Austin that's good for dinner with the parents or a grown-up brunch.

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What 419 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.7
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4.2
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined a day ago

Amazing food, decor, ambience, and service. Highly recommend Juniper.

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3.0Dined 2 days ago

Don't book on Juniper's outdoor patio. Open Table told me the only available tables Friday at 5:45pm were outside, so that's what I booked, assuming they would have adequate shade and mister fans to keep things cool. First problem was that the restaurant was empty when we arrived, not full when we left, and we were the only people crazy enough to be eating on their patio. Our server seemed very puzzled that we had to book an outside table and even the chef/owner said "I see you are braving our patio". Here's why. It is a dreary, spartan space with the western sun beating in, no shades drawn to counter the sun, no mister fans to cool things down, thank goodness for us there was a breeze and the sun didn't make it to our table until just about time for us to leave--but every other patio table was in direct sun. My recommendation is, first of all, if Open Table tells you there are only patio tables left, CALL the restaurant and make sure that is really the case. Otherwise, check when the sun sets and only book out there after dark. All that said, the food and service were excellent, and I'm sure we will return.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We had a lovely experience celebrating our 25th anniversary at Juniper! I had mentioned it ahead of time in the comments section of our online reservation and as soon as we sat down we were treated to 2 complimentary glasses of Prosecco and a menu with "Happy 25th Anniversary" printed at the top. Those are the little things that make a big difference in how people feel. The food was amazing, especially the beet salad and the gnocchi. Service was attentive and excellent. My one little complaint was that the restaurant was very warm when we arrived- I know AC is expensive in Austin, but your customers need to be comfortable! AC was adjusted when we asked, though. Thanks for a lovely evening- will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

It was a great experience, we got good recommendations on wine and vegetarian pastas.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Beautiful spot, lousy service and food arrived cold - $18 and change for a couple of eggs, sausage and toast. All & all a great disappointment.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Second time sitting at the chef's counter and just as enjoyable as the first. The food is excellent, the staff is top notch and the dining experience is great.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Wonderful experience. Service was impeccable. Food was great as advertised. Can’t wait to go back.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Everything we tried was delicious! The service was amazing. It will def be on my list of must visit again places.

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2.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Great customer service but the food was not good. Would not go back.

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3.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Easily would have been 5 star, except for the fact that my open table request for indoor seating 4 days before our reservation was completely ignored

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2018

We have been to Juniper twice before in the past and on each occasion, we thought it was excellent. This time we were terribly disappointed. The food was quite good, but it definitely was not worth $127 for dinner for 2 on this special occasion, which turned out not to be very special at all. We do not plan to return in the future.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We sampled several starters that were all tasty and interesting. Especially the greens with zabaglione. The papardelle pasta was great too and the prochetta was beautifully prepared and enough for two. The service was attentive but relaxed. All in all an enjoyable evening.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

It was great really enjoyed Hopi g to go back this week

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Juniper has a wonderful ambiance, not too crowded, not too sparse, and great indoor decor. Food is delicious (black fettuccine, beef cheeks, tuna and prosciutto appetizer) and presented impressively. Our waitress was top rate: likable, helpful, great personality. The only food advice I would offer is to make desserts as impressive as the other courses; the pound cake just didn't thrill me. But everything else did.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Service was great. Bar tenders are fun and engaging. The decor is beautiful, romantic but relaxed. There is a great patio area. The food is amazing. They also have a valet for parking. It's the total package. Excellent on everything.

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4.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Good food. Decent service. Great music and ambiance.

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4.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Food was excellent. So fresh and interesting. Will come back for sure.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Juniper is my favorite Italian restaurant in Austin, and I am Italian, raised by a family of cooks, so yeah, trust me:). The porchetta was fantastic, the Aperol spritzer is a must, especially if you’ve never had an aperitivo and need to be introduced to this wonderful Italian tradition. Loved it all and go back.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Wonderful!

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Lovely setting and great food! Service was exceptional. Highly recommended

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

The pappardelle pasta itself was very good though the sauce seemed as though it came out of a can and did not have much creativity. Otherwise everything was perfect!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Ate Easter Brunch at Juniper. First time to go there, food was delicious, the service was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Juniper is one of my all time favorite restaurants in Austin. Their menu is delicious and fresh. Homemade pastas are classic but they add new twists. Service is usually impeccable and sitting at the bar/counter is always fun to watch the kitchen work. Highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter brunch

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

We had a great meal at Juniper! We got a number of dishes to share and they were all delicious. There were many options for vegetarians and pescatarians which was great for us! We would highly recommend checking it out.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Friends moving away to cali

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Amazing service and amazing food!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Second time dining at Juniper and just as delicious as we remembered! Amazing food and our waiter recommended just the right amount of items to make sure we did not leave hungry and experience a lot of different dishes.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Love the food & service here it's just always way too bright. Doesn't lend itself to a date night as much.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

I went for my one year anniversary dinner. We were greeted with champagne and a menue that congratulated us at the top. We sat at the counter and probably had the best intimate dinner we've ever had. We had the puffy potatoes, coppa, la luz, gnocchi, a few glasses of wine and dessert. Everything was perfect, almost too good to be true. Will probably spend every special occasion here! Thank you so much for a magical evening.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

The food at Juniper is both innovative and exquisitely delicious, a great and hard to find combo these days. Do not miss the whipped potato puffs with horseradish cream!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Our first time with friends from out of town, celebrating two birthdays. To start with our menu's were custom printed with our names and a happy birthday wish. Our appetizer's at $9.00 each were wonderful. We could have easily shared two among the four of us. The meals were delicious but clearly a little pricey for the portions served. The desert was out of this world!!! My wife and I live in the area and I think for a light meal we could walk there and enjoy just a couple of appetizers and the desert.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

fantastic food, maybe the best in austin. can't wait to go back.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

We so enjoyed our dinner of the chefs menu last Friday night. We disagreed on which course was the best. Loved meeting the chef/owner. Our waiter was awesome (I’m terrible with names and forgot his). Everyone was so friendly. The food so pretty and delicious. The loop around of desserts to reflect the starters was unexpected and endearing. We’ll tell everyone we know. We’ll be back again.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

This unexpected treasure is tucked into a corner on Caesar Chavez, but the vibe is so chill and casual that you feel a world away.
Everyone involved in our dining experience could not have been more kind or knowledgeable about food & wine. As a high maintenance diner, plant based foods only, the chef created beautiful and creative dishes that delighted all of us.
Even though the restaurant was busy, our evening at Juniper lasted over 2.5 hours. During that time, conversation was easy and we did not feel rushed at any time.
I cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough!

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Informative, attentive waiter; diverse wine/spirits selection; unique, creative menu with fabulous food beautifully presented!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

This place is exceptional, plain and simple. It justifies the heavy tab with such expertly crafted fare that it’s the only restaurant I don’t bat an eye at dropping $19 for a negroni (because it’s that good). Also the lighting is a little bright and stark for my taste, I assume it’s to allow the older patrons to maintain some dignity as they read the menu, but I usually prefer the lower lights to help me ignore the room full of people around me. That said, you need to eat here!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Everything about that meal was simply magical. Not to miss!

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Staff super attentive and organized (all aware it was anniversary.. nice touch). Building is contemporary space in a cool hood. Food was good. Drinks and apps all arrived timely. Impressed.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Every single dish was fantastic, from starters to salads, entrees, and sides, plus desert as well. Service was friendly, smooth, and professional. We had a great meal and a nice time.

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