Le Politique

4.4
659 reviews
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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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New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Yummy and fun!

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San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down my favourite place to go in Austin. Decor is so beautiful and the food is delicious. Pastries are a must!

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CL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this spot. The space and service are fantastic, and their brunch is my favorite in Austin.

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MJ
Austin
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Table for 2 not ready until 15 minutes after required reservation time. Finally asked a woman for more water since our waitress wasn’t around for awhile. For some reason she informed us she was the manager after bringing more water. Spent $80 on drinks plus the buffet price, so we weren’t “small time” guests. 😉 I might return, but I might not.

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

Really enjoyed the food at Le Politique, they put on an amazing buffet for Bastille Day. The attention to detail & staff were outstanding.

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RW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

2 people in my party ordered the green salad. which, they related, were grossly under-dressed and tasteless. My rib-eye was wafer thin; while it may have truly been a rib-eye. it certainly did not appear to be a rib-dye and was not marbled like the rib-eye I buy from my supermarket or get at a steakhouse. A very disappointing meal.

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Austin
9 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was excellent, especially the bread. Next time I would prefer to sit to the right of the entrance on the casual space.
Decor was modern and fun.

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K
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My new favorite restaurant in Austin! Highly recommend!!

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TF
El Paso
22 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food and great wine selection. The only issues we encountered was that our main dishes came out right after the appetizer we had ordered. So we felt rushed, and our table was small so we were needless to say very crowded. But will definitely return, we’ll just specify to the waiter to space the dishes.

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JC
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just WOW! My husband and I went to Le Politique for the first time this past weekend to celebrate our 10 year anniversary and we truly had THE best experience! The staff could not have been more kind, attentive and just overall great. Olivia and Sasha were our waitresses and they were both absolutely wonderful. The food was spectacular - we shared several plates including the fresh baked bread, French onion soup, croquettes, and the steak and frites. Each bite of each dish was so delicious, we couldn't get enough! To top if off, we ordered the creme brulee and neither of us could even speak because we were enjoying our dessert so much!lol, also, they sent us home with a couple pastries from the patisserie since it was our anniversary (so sweet!). We loved it so much we actually went back the next day to check out the patisserie and grab a drink from the bar. Again, we were blown away by how friendly the staff were and how great the food/drinks were. I definitely recommend Le Politique for anyone wanting amazing food, great staff, and a charming ambience. We can't wait to go back!

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MB
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was very tasty and creative, and the service was extremely professional.

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AB
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I walked into the patisserie side instead of the restaurant side and was pleasantly surprised with all the pastries! The hostesses were very nice upon check in, and one of them was absolutely amazing with my kids! bringing paper and crayons and later on, a toy for my little one cuz she was being a little terror. The lady that brought out plates was also very, very nice; she explained every dish in detail. My omelette was velvety and smooth, nothing I’ve had before, the burger was very tasty too! Definitely will come back.

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OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service surpassed by the food. Outstanding all around experience.

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LG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We always love this spot- the trout and roasted chicken are our favorites- super escargot too.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

I love so many things about Le Politique. I love the name, the bakery next door and especially the ambiance in the bar / cafe area. The dining area is very bland and has no character to it. The booths are deep and impersonal. The tables are far apart. I want so much more out of this restaurant. For it to transport me to Paris or at least to Balthazar in NYC. Next time, I'll reserve a table in the cafe/bar area. Oh, and another positive - your croissants are spot on! I absolutely love them.

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d
Dallas
21 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great for brunch! Stopped by on our way out of Austin. Food was wonderful

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JF
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The waitress brought the appetizer out with the meal. She filled the water glasses once and never came back to fill them again. The person that brought the food out didn’t explain how the dish was prepared, which would’ve been easy b/c we all has the same thing. Servers have done this in the past, and it enhanced the experience, helping us appreciate the dish. We didn’t see the server again until she asked if we wanted desert. She didn’t bother to check our water glasses even then.

Our server was a female with braids. The guy that brought the food out was a tall, thin blonde guy. Both were well below par for La Politique.

The host that seated us was a bit snooty, which was also unusual.

Finally, the food wasn’t quite as good as it has been in the past. The last time we were there, it was fuve stars all the way- service, food, etc. so, a little disappointing this time.

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d
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Best Dover Sole I've EVER had! So delicious.
Excellent service!

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OT
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Le Politique is beautiful. Unfortunately, the food let it down.

We started with the escargots. It was rather disappointing: garlic was underdone and had a slight bitter taste, not the usual garlic taste, but like garlic when the cloves has started to sprout.
Also, for some reason, all the salt ended up on the bottom, so the escargots were on the bland side and when I sopped up the butter with a piece of bread, it was way salty.

We ordered the bread platter, baked in house: French country loaf and a flavored bread of some sort (don't remember; it wasn't remarkable). I am a fairly accomplished amateur baker, having baked baguettes at home for over 10 years (by hand, not machine). I know and appreciate good bread. I was so looking forward to amazing bread.

Unfortunately, the bread was stale. The crumb was slightly crispy from the toasting that appeared to be an attempt to mask the staleness of the bread. The breads came with butter and a "tomato confit". The confit was reminiscent of ketchup. It may have been "house made", but why bother if the end product is not much different from something that comes out of a bottle?

We then shared a mushroom bourguignon and a boullabaisse. The boullabaisse was the bright spot: flavorful, seasoned strongly enough to eat with bread.

The mushroom bourguignon was mundane in taste. It was served on top of couscous, whose texture and blandness didn't really go well with the dish.

We mentioned the above to the wait person. The manager came over and we had a civil exchange about the meal. She comp'ed the escargots and sent out a place of macarons. The macarons had excellent texture: slightly crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside. Unfortunately, they were too sweet for us, but I guess that's a matter of personal preference, like the rest of our opinions on this place!

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C
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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MA
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
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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OT
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
3 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
5 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
4 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
68 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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