Juniper

4.7
756 reviews
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Italian
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.

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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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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and pretty spot. Portions were a normal size - not too big or small. Also, you can request to sit at the bar to watch the kitchen staff in action - quite enjoyable.

OT
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. It was oddly hot when we arrived, but the stellar service staff quickly worked to fix it, granted the giant glass window facing the west doesn’t help their strife. They were more than helpful and even offered cold towels to assist. The food was all stellar and with a staff willing to go above and beyond, I will absolutely be coming back and bringing lots of friends and family. Excellent spot.

c
Austin
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I booked a reservation for my wife's birthday because several people recommended Juniper. Let me tell you, they were amazing from the time we pulled up. The valet greeter us promptly & held the front for open for us, the hostess greeted us promptly & wished my wife a happy birthday. When they sat us down, they had customized menus with my wife's name on them. We were greeted with commentary prosecco for her birthday, and we ordered additional drinks which were smooth & very tasty. Our appetizer was Fluke, which was delicious & light enough to not fill us up before the entree. I had the pan seared fish with grilled okra & my wife had the NY strip with green beans & both dishes were incredible. For dessert they kept in mind my wife has diet restrictions & brought her out a custom dessert which she loved, and I had the zappoles which were amazing. They gave my wife a wonderful parting gift with her custom menu signed by everyone. Thank you very much for making her birthday extremely special, she's still talking about it.

TB
Austin
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service were great. Restaurant was hot. Nothing was said by staff but they were also very hot. Load and hit make for an uncomfortable situation. Staff was great keeping us with lots of cold water but the room temp was a problem .

NM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience overall. Elevated food, ambiance and experience.

OT
Austin
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and amazing service, every time!

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

Food was salty and nothing special. Service was bad and the server didn’t seem to know the menu or maybe he just didn’t like the food himself and didn’t know what to recommend. Portion sizes were small and overpriced.

l
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing first experience! Everything we ordered was delicious and perfectly cooked. The Cacio e Pepe was well worth the hype (add shaved truffles)! Also tried the crudo, meatballs, and roast chicken which were all phenomenal. To finish we ordered the donuts for desert and they were out of this world! The service and ambiance on top of the food made the experience a 10/10. Definitely will be going back soon!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everyone made the entire evening feel special, going above and beyond to make our experience personal!

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I made a reservation with a friend before I left for Germany. Not only was the food incredible but the staff there went above and beyond for me. They printed a special menu for me wishing me good luck and at the end of the night the whole staff signed it and gave me a special going away present filled with various delicious snacks. I highly recommend this place!!!

DT
Jacksonville
11 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Our reservation was at 6:45, our table was directly in the sun, thicker shades are necessary.

Bar service was a little slow, over all service was very good

Food was delicious as usual

TB
Austin
20 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Found a new restaurant that is Austin Awesome—Juniper! This farm-to-table Italian inspired menu is fairly simple in its limited offerings for each course while giving its own twist to some of the classics. A new pasta for me was the Paccheri with prosciutto, fontina, and chive. The addition of Italian summer black truffle was well worth the price. Service was simply superb. Everyone seems to pitch in making sure delivery of each course is perfectly timed, and drinks are refreshed as needed. Honestly don’t know why I didn’t find this gem sooner!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food. Very good drinks. Very good service. They took special care by bringing cool towels as it was a little hot in the restaurant.

MR
Austin
17 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at juniper, the food was awesome and our waitress was really nice. I’ll definitely recommend this place.

MG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the perfect birthday date spot for my husband. We love sitting at the bar at most restaurants so naturally I selected the counter option on our reservation and it was such a fun experience. My husband works in hospitality so seeing the back of the house while we enjoyed our meal made the experience that much better. Our server was incredibly attentive and passionately spoke about our food and drink choices. Oh and the food!!! Everything we ordered was delicious and the food is all accessible to any food preferences. Also, if you order anything you must get the Paccheri!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very nice. A beautiful Italian restaurant with food that taste even better than it looks, and it already looks pretty good so that’s saying something. Great atmosphere and amazing staff. Can’t wait to come back again.

JC
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just celebrated our 2 year anniversary at juniper, the food, staff, and atmosphere where amazing, made us feel like we where their only customers. They went above and beyond what I was expecting, I couldn’t have picked a better place, thank you.

H
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food interesting and great, service outstanding, but beverage service subpar. Couldn’t get the timing right.

a
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I had high expectations of Juniper. It was good, but not super great. Server was quite anxious and not at the top of her game. My cocktail was nice - grapefruit. Crude was fresh and delicious. Meatballs were uninteresting. I was excited about the short rib pasta but it was just meh. Steak was well cooked. Good, but not awesome. Best thing was the zeppole (not sure how to spell that) but they were DELICIOUS!

E
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a delicious meal and great drinks!

RF
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food with a changing menu based on what’s fresh and available at their local farms. Very much an old-country Italian flare with a mixture of healthy ingredients and fresh herbs and spices to add flavor instead of drowning everything in heavy sauces. We loved it. The atmosphere is great- trendy but not pretentious and the noise level was fine despite being full on a Saturday evening. Complimentary valet right in front is a nice touch too. Will definitely be back!

R
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our 14 yr anniversary and had the best service ever. The staff was incredible, food was amazing and overall they made our anniversary very special. Our waitress Sophie was so sweet and knowledgeable of the menu. We will definitely go back next time we are in town.

KS
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best experience for my birthday dinner. The service was excellent and so was the food. They even give you a birthday gift with little bags of pasta and popcorn and a signed menu. They truly go above and beyond here.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love that the food is Farm to Table and support local farmers. You can taste the quality without a doubt

F
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

They were so thoughtful, it was our 3rd anniversary dinner and they made everything very special and gave us a lovely gift to take home

C
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cool East Side spot. Good looking, good food and really good service. AND valet! Overall great date night spot.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing dinner! The staff was wonderful and went so far out of their way to accommodate my girlfriend's allergies to the point of devising a new menu to make sure she was safe and happy. The food was beautiful with each course building on the last, but all with their unique perspective. I've never had a better dinner.

JJ
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. They even gave us a gift for our anniversary

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service starting with valet parking...

CR
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience, food was exceptional- we enjoyed 5 courses and one was as good as the other. Some menu items are on the small side but the quality, flavor and presentation more than make up for it. Wait staff was attentive and didn’t feel rushed. Dinner was paired with some great wine for a truly enjoyable dinner.

NN
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

We have loved your restaurant in the many different evenings we have dined at Juniper. We had a very unfortunate experience this time. My husband had a fairly violent reaction to his pasta dish and we needed to quickly leave the restaurant.
It was especially unfortunate since we were hosting a couple.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant - hip and trendy with great food. A little pricey when you order from all sections as recommended by service staff.

LG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Would like Juniper a lot more if they had more gluten free options. They have a vegan pasta, but no GF pasta or risotto alternative. Otherwise our food & service were great!

OT
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food at Juniper was outstanding. Only one problem they had done some extensive paint that day and the smell was overwhelming. I believe the restaurant should have been closed or bare minimum heavily discounted.

KV
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants for the food , service & atmosphere! Some of the family is vegan & we appreciate that the chefs accommodate. Most recently we enjoyed the crudo, little lettuces, pan roasted grouper, and panna cotta. Superb!

BP
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly outstanding food and wonderful service. The pasta dish was one of the best I’ve ever had, and I’ve eaten at some of the best restaurants in the country. They had a great list of Italian wines. I chose a 2007 Barolo. It was served at the perfect temperature and well worth the price.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

This used to be one of our favorite restaurants and we were excited to bring our friends. This will probably be our last time and we will not recommend anymore. The table was ready when we arrived. Bar service was very slow and we received our drinks after the appetizers. We were warned that the bar was backed up and ordered our drinks well before. The appetizers were good but our pasta dishes lacked the flavor that we used to love.

WL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for my birthday, and it was an amazing experience from beginning to end!

AS
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Food was great, service was slow .
Not impressed with the restaurant location.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Juniper’s team went above and beyond to make our anniversary dinner special. Everything was spectacular- food, drinks, service and attention to detail. We feel so fortunate to have come here to celebrate!

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