Le Politique

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French
Le Politique is a French brasserie, patisserie and coffee shop in downtown Austin. Located in Austin’s Green Water Redevelopment, Le Politique serves lunch, brunch and dinner in a relaxed yet bustling 9,000-square-foot restaurant that features a spacious indoor dining room, large bar & lounge, and patio facing San Antonio St.

A traditional brasserie, Le Politique offers a menu of classic French fare, including trout amandine, escargot, steak frites, and an extensive raw bar of oysters, shrimp and lobster. An adjoining patisserie and coffee shop features a selection of house-made pastries and perfectly pulled espresso to-go.
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C
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday Brunch -- great food and service. Will definitely go back.

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MA
Austin
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch at Le Politique is wonderful. The food is delicious. The service is attentive and warm. And make sure you get croissant, cinnamon roll, or macaron before you leave.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Steak frites was old school and perfectly prepared. Quail was excellent. Service was a bit slow but very friendly and comped us drinks when they took a long time to bring out the first round.

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AS
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was delicious, server was polite but overall there was something missing. Drinks took an inordinate amount of time to get to the table. It seems like they forgot the sides, and since we had reservations it was weird that they were asking us about where we wanted to sit. Would have expected to already have a table reserved when we walked in. Overall we loved the food but service was weird.

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P
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

From the $5 bread to foil gras to best quail I’ve had it was dining at a high level.

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AK
Oklahoma City
8 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere, great location. The steak frites was delicious!!

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e
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met friends for Sunday Brunch. Easy location in downtown Austin, public parking across street. Can sit inside or on patio. Inside was pleasant, noise level medium so easy to have normal conversation. Menu was French and delicious: buttered radishes, omelettes, steak frite, onion soup and escargot. Service excellent. Recommended to our local family.

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HD
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

What a lovely downtown space! The decor is top notch and so is the service. The food was very good -- I wish we had been hungrier and tried more things. We will definitely be back!

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San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Katie the food Tun we was amazing!!!

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TF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved the patio & overall ambiance! It’s hard to get excited about chicken breasts but it was very good - crispy skin, well-seasoned. So happy we tried a new place. It’ll be a go-to for sure.

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LH
Austin
21 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Weekend Dover Sole was excellent
We will return for that dinner

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Austin
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Went here to celebrate my daughters graduation. The environment is really cute and the food was not bad. This place however does not make my top 10. Nothing to write home about and an overall average experience. The Motown music playing in the restaurant seemed out of place for this setting.

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BD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

The restaurant was empty. The food was expensive and not good quality. For example, our salad did not come dressed and the macarons were not good. I would not recommend.

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B
Houston
65 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great for lunch! Too bad we were there for dinner. REALLY LOUD! And the food was not as “relevant” as it was for lunch, although I don’t know if I can say that. The Dover sole was actually very tasty, but it was not as special a Dover sole as my trout amandine had been at lunch last month, so I say, go for lunch (less noise), and order trout.

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b
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Delicious food. Very friendly staff. Wonderful experience. The Ratatouille was beyond fantastic. The desserts, ohhhhhh my!

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KD
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My experience during brunch will go down as one of the finest culinary experiences of my entire life. From start to finish, the staff at this restaurant made us feel so welcome. I had mentioned that it was my little sisters graduation celebration prior, and they left us a gift and a hand written card at the table. The operations manager, head chef, and other managers all came to our table multiple times to make sure that we were being properly taken care of. The food, obviously, it was outstanding, and they were able to cater to all of our dietary preferences. Thank you so much for such a perfect brunch. We cannot wait to come again and again and again.

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M
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

Unfortunately, Le Politique missed the mark. Other than dessert, the food was subpar. The servers were unenthusiastic and generally inattentive. I picked Le Politique because I was intrigued by the menu, but I wouldn't go back.

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KD
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with amazing service! We went back for lunch the next day.

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R
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

El restaurante muy bien ambientado, decorado y con una excelente ubicación pero la comida no estuvo a la altura de lo que esperábamos de el, de comida francesa sólo tiene los nombres de los platillos, nada que ver con una verdadera cocina francesa.
El servicio muy bueno, pero no volveríamos por la mala calidad de la cocina.

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Austin
20 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Le Politique is a casual French-themed restaurant in the Northshore building in downtown Austin. It is associated with an excellent bakery. The food is quite good. I had a salmon on a bed on braised cabbage. There was a mildly tart cream sauce with a flavor (tarragon, maybe?) which completed the salmon flavor well. My wife had a roast quail on a bed of pureed squash. She thought her meal was excellent. I would recommend this restaurant and I plan to return.

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E
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, wonderful service. A perfect place to enjoy French cuisine in downtown Austin!

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m
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'd skip the escargot but the oysters, steak fish, and desert were excellent

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MN
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Mother’s Day brunch was $50 each with extra charges for coffee and a mimosas. While their regular service is likely better, the required buffet was relatively tasteless and the food was cold.

Had I known, I would have chosen elsewhere. Pretty space, though.

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JS
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Bakery items and cocktails were good. Brunch buffet was relatively low on options and overpriced. Service was sporadic and inattentive. Interior is fine but a little tired. Just too much money for what was received.

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TL
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It was a great place to celebrate Mother's Day. The buffet was awesome.

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EC
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

My husband and I rarely get away from our little ones, and rarely spend so much on dinner. And we are more frustrated today than Saturday. Our moules and frites were so amazing, our server very kind, but my husbands quail dish was raw. Raw. The sausage inside raw. He didn’t bite into it but what if he had??!! The server said the cook offered to re-cook it. Sick. We couldn’t eat anything after that. My mushroom bourginon was not good, but at least it wasn’t raw. The also very kind manager, I think? gave us cookies to go. We will never come back. I don’t know whose responsibility it is to check each dish that its now raw but I hope no one got sick.

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TB
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there and Excellent service (Miescha), Excellent food, Salmon and Trout were not overcooked (huge mistake most restaurants make - I guess they don't know how to cook seafood). French Onion soup was Perfect - Escargot Perfect -

We will definitely go back and recommend to friends!!

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CE
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We found the food and the service to be good. The Prix Fixe menu seemed to represent a pretty good value.

Salmon Rillette ... tasty. Sorry to hear it will apparently leave the menu.
Cheese plate ... excellent and served at a perfect temp.
Steak/Frites ... good flavor and sizable portion! comes with sauce on the side.
Salmon main entree ... also great, with leeks
Dessert ... loved the ice cream, and also the bit of Sauterne wine

No salt/pepper on the tables but available upon request.

Bar seating area quite loud at prime time.

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OT
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was nice for my husband to have a little more vegetarian to choose from. My steak was perfectly cooked. Other than other diners talking too loud we had a lovely time.

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J
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here after the St. Edwards University graduation, 2:00pm reservation, we were a party of nine. The service was GREAT and the food superb. Loved the vibe and ambiance of the entire restaurant. We'll be back!

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NB
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Keeps happening - service is really slow - waited about 20 minutes for a glass of wine. While most of the food was good, the potatoes in the bouillabaisse were not fully cooked. Couldn't say anything since she never came back during the meal

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ST
Houston
29 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The food was fine but expensive. My daughters steak (steak and frits) was very fatty and average. My roasted chicken was nice, but again, very expensive. The sides are expensive, but ok. The appetizer I got on a small piece of bread was $10 and good. I think the ambience is nice. Our waiter was very good and helped my daughter with her celiac disease and gluten free options.

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SS
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Service and good food with both moderate and more expensive meals. Moderately noisy.

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Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

The quality of the food wasn’t great. The Benedicts we ordered were over cooked, the orange juice wasn’t real orange juice and the bread wasn’t fresh

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Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Le Politique is a hidden gem in downtown Austin. The atmosphere was very conducive to get everyone talking and sharing, but that was only a third of the experience. The restaurant doesn’t rush the experience, so from appetizer to entree there’s ample time to let your palate enjoy the authentic French cuisine, which leads to the second third: Food. From the cheese board, to the Fillet, to the Creme Brûlée’s, we loved every aspect of our dinner, from simple menu layout, to the timing in between, and the last part of the experience is the way the servers explained the dish you were about to consume. The chef and kitchen took their time getting the food to be the best you can ask for, so the servers make sure they tell you a story about the dish. They tell you how’s it’s made, what’s it’s made out of, and most importantly how to eat it. I would HIGHLY recommend Le Politique.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

My family was in town visiting and we wanted a great brunch spot and Le Politique did not disappoint! Great food, friendly service and unique, cool environment.

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ZV
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Except for the very oddly dressed hostess who had a bit of an attitude, we enjoyed this restaurant. Food and ambiance was quite nice.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The mushroom bourguignon was slightly bland and the quail was slightly too salty. However the drinks were great and so was dessert. The server was very friendly and the place was nice.

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BN
Dallas
29 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful bistro in great location on Second Street. We had lunch which was great. Definitely coming back for dinner.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Manager was extremely rude and the male host- Chrissy- was grouchy, crass and treated customers horribly.

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