Permanently Closed - Le Politique

4.4
846 Reviews
$31 to $50
French

About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Le Politique is a French brasserie, patisserie and coffee shop in downtown Austin. Located in Austin’s Green Water Redevelopment, Le Politique serves brunch, dinner and Friday lunch in a relaxed yet bustling 9,000-square-foot restaurant that features a spacious indoor dining room, large bar and 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 oysters. An adjoining patisserie and coffee shop features a selection of house-made pastries and perfectly pulled espresso to-go.

Support Permanently Closed - Le Politique during COVID-19

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vipHungryrabbit
London
466 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

I popped in for Sunday brunch... it was quiet but I ordered the steak frites and it was absolutely delicious... a fantastic piece of ribeye and lovely chips!

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Dude
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious. The noise level in the restaurant was loud. Service was very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the staff extremely attentive and knowledgeable. It was our first visit and we’ll definitely return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Really delicious food!

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Xavier
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

-kitchen not able to accommodate a “non meat” version of their croque monsieur sandwich. I had to remove the meat myself and lost 90-% of the melted cheese in the process.
-I added an egg to my sandwich which was under cooked
-the salad that came with was over dressed and lacking flavor, that’s too bad since it was a very big portion. But I wasn’t able to enjoy that at all.
-service was stuffy, not super friendly

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is absolutely outstanding!!!

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diningoutisfun
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Improve your food.
The sauces and creams taste out of a Knorr or Magi chemically premade mix.

Our table ordered two salads and both were blah, nothing special.

Train your hosts to be more professional in demeanor and attention.

JG
vipJuliaG
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good was delicious! Service was excellent. A great place to taste French cuisine in downtown Austin.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Antonio
14 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We reserved a table on Open Table
at 11pm only to get there and be told the kitchen was closed and that they didn’t have notification of our reservation.

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Rosebud
Houston
26 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and service

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

The food was delicious. However, my dining companion was served the wrong thing and we had a water glass that had not been properly cleaned. The service was subpar. I went here about six months ago and had a much better experience.

JM
JMAustin
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food and service were terrific. The dining room (not the bar area) has zero ambiance. Too many cool places to eat in Austin to bother with a restaurant (even one with great food) that looks and feels so boring.

JC
JustineC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

This visit was not as good as previous visits, though still quite good. The drinks and entrees were all tasty. The bummer was the desserts - we tried several and all were not good. Service was efficient but not particularly friendly. Ambiance is nice.

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PhilipR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant and great food. We will be back for sure

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vipAGS1965
Austin
21 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We understand that it was not your fault but with all the scaffolding around the building, it was hard to find the restaurant and entrance, once we were inside it was a bit closed in with all the drapes pulled. I know the normal view of the 2nd street is beautiful. We will be back. I suggest you do some marking on the white walls to show your guest where to enter.

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MarcoL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great portion sizes, the duck and the half chicken are probably the best dishes. Strongly recommend getting the oysters and the steak tartar as appetizers.

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StanS
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food was not very good for the price and service was just adequate. Nice atmosphere and the staff were personable.

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ZacharyH
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Portions were rather small for everything except the Royal with cheese. First burger I almost couldnt finish. Great service! Enda was attentive but not overbearing and had a great demeanor. Didn't have to wait for water refills either!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lunch at Le Pol is always a treat. We both had the trout, which was perfectly cooked. The salads here are a cut above—most restaurants treat them as an afterthought and think nothing of sending out wilted greens to the table. Le Pol’s salads are always crisp and fresh and clearly someone in the kitchen spends time selecting the greens so you don’t end up with a piece of brown leaf on your fork as happens elsewhere. So, my butter lettuce salad, a simple thing one would think, was transcendent and speaks to a chef in full command of his line cooks and the quality of their food shows it.

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KikeC
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Not worth the money .... at least for brunch, considering their pastries are good, Food is mediocre, bland , provable caters for a crow that had never experience the real thing

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SaxonS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great food and drinks. Good portion sizes on everything but the duck. Service a bit slow. Great overall experience though.

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Perfection1Day
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing! Boyfriend and I shared several appt. our waitress Jessica was so nice and very quick. Pretty loud but we went during prime time on valentine’s weekend. Table next to us was super friendly and have great recommendations. Would definitely come back here again!

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SusanH
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Don't let the temporary construction fencing around the building dissuade you from dining at Le Politique! The bar was hopping and the ambiance in the dining room, and the food were lovely.

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GaryR
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, ambiance, was perfect. Food was outstanding.

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UtkarshS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy in my tummy :333. The chicken was so ^_^ I like very much hehe

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BrookeF
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent service, lovely vibes/decor, would definitely go again! The Smoked Trout app and Masala Chai Creme Brulee blew us away. Wish we got our servers name, she was lovely.

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FrancineP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I came for dinner to celebrate Valentine's day and we loved it. We are seniors at UT so we rarely go out to eat at nice, fancy restaurants but here we didn't feel terribly out of place! We felt comfortable and the food was verrrrrry delicious. Would definitely go again. I actually plan on it! I would love to come back for brunch and for their pastries!!!

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OllieLou
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic flavors. They don’t have a large menu, but everything we had was very well prepared.

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danielad
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wonderful service! We were sitting close to the entrance which had a little more noise but we didn’t mind it!

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vipLaura
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Le Politique is the only French restaurant we have in downtown Austin and I'm so glad it's here. I had the duck and it was perfectly prepared and delicious. My husband loved his steak and our guest loved his fish. Service was good and we were able to have a pleasant conversation without a lot of noise.

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jakroviak
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We came for Sunday brunch for my birthday- the food was fantastic but service was a little lacking. Would have liked a better overview of the food options on the menu and better description of the bread board option than bread on a plate.

KW
KinleyW
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience5

food was not as good as advertised, not worth the price. service was very slow, we had a reservation and still had to wait 10 minutes.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

The food is great! But I give the whole experience a 3 because 1) I had put a note saying it was my brother’s 40th birthday and at no time was this acknowledged and 2) the service wasn’t very good (long waits to order drinks, then food; brought out soups with no spoons; had to keep reminding them to bring another beer, another glass of wine...).

KW
vipKenW
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner. Excellent Dover sole. Good service. So nice to have a bit of France in downtown.

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vipVesnaS
Austin
55 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It is a nice place but tables are too close. Even if you try not to listen you can still hear your neighbor...which suck. Food was good, restaurant is nice and my server was not so knowledgeable about drinks and was arrogant. Maybe he had a bad day... I will return because I liked food but I will request a table where I can talk to my companion.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. The escargot was garlicky and buttery. The trout amandine was superb . I will definitely be back! 5=stars.

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Cberg
Austin
14 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for our biweekly luncheon. Everyone we dealt with from busboy to chef were delightful. The food was excellent, from appetizer to dessert. Nice wine list. Very French Bistro vibe. And there is a patisserie to take some goodies home from.

SG
SabrinaG
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food at Le Politique was fantastic! I will definitely be returning. My partner and I went for our anniversary dinner and had the gnocci and filet au poivre as entrees, mousse for dessert, and the bread platter for an appetizer. My only complaint was the service from our waitress. Once we were seated, it took her probably 10 minutes to visit our table despite also serving the tables on either side of ours. She walked by at least 10 times tending to them before even greeting us. The service from everyone else (host/hostess, food runners, even another server) was stellar.

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ElizabethN
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food, and ambiance, as usual. Try the crème brûlée for dessert!

MC
MatthewC
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Bad value. Stop in for a drink at its cafe.