L'Oca d'Oro

4.6
525 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
L’Oca d’Oro ("The Golden Goose"), Mueller's progressive neighborhood Italian restaurant uses only carefully sourced and seasonal ingredients with an emphasis on the health of the environment and our guests. Everything is made in-house such as pasta created from freshly milled grains, bread, cheese, salumi, vinegars, and liqueurs. Don't know why this matters? Let us tell you over dinner.

The bar tables and bar top are always reserved for walk-ins. Please call for add'l availability.

Specials

Every Day Happy Hour

Selected appetizers, beer and wine on tap and punch of the day all 50% off -

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: December 2, 2018

Ends: December 3, 2117

Availability: Daily 5:00PM-6:30PM

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

The Cure vs Metallica! L'Oca d'Oro's Valentine's Mash-Up Vol. III - 4 courses & 6 dishes inspired by the 80s artists of love, hate, melancholy and rage. Valentine's Menu available Wed - Sat along with regular menu. V-Day menu only on 2/14. Call or email for reservations.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.1

L'Oca d'Oro serves modern, light-ish Italian food in a laid-back environment.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 525 People Are Saying
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Austin
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always amazing!

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JA
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Happy to support a restaurant that backed paid sick leave in Austin, and treats all employees fairly with #onefairwage. But even if that's not your gig, eating incredible, locally sourced food, at a fair price in an unpretentious environment is what Austin should be all about. Love this place.

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Austin
22 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was really wonderful! Small plates were perfect, swordfish was wonderful, great wine selection, good staff!

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Austin
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious but found that some of the dishes did not have sufficient meat on the plate. The portions of the pasta dishes were generous, but for example the short rib plate my son ordered had three tiny pieces of short rib which was not worth the price

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OT
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, unique take on Italian. Very accommodating and friendly with my 3-year-old and infant, even had a lot of kids books. Welcoming atmosphere.

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JH
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

L'Oca D'Oro continues to be our go-to for special occasions or when we want to be transported back to Italy. The pasta is always handmade and cooked al dente. Their menu is seasonal so in the winter you see items such as Beet Risotto and other root vege dishes. Prices are reasonable for the handmade quality and innovative menu. Servers and staff obviously are thrilled at working where they each earn a living wage and it shows with the attentive but relaxed service. This is in the Mueller neighborhood and but deserves to be a destination from any part of the Austin metro area.

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g
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration

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BR
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the HH choices — great bean dip and mozzarella. Love the cab franc. Less impressed with pasta dish — rigatoni I think. Not as flavorful as others I have had. Still good but not magical. Sitting outside on a warm winter night was, however. Thanks!

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l
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing pasta, wine, and service!

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BH
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Italian food made with seasonal ingredients. Menu changes frequently and is always delicious!

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LM
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. It's like our home away from home. The food is so scrumptious and lovingly prepared, and Fiore, Adam and staff always make us feel so welcome. I bring people here for business drinks/dinner as well. Always appropriate.

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TG
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great. We try and go as often as possible. One of my favorites in the city.

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MG
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

The restaurant does indeed use local ingredients, and they’re quite proud of it. The carrots were delicious. They also make almost everything in house and try to use up any waste, which means adding byproducts into dishes that don’t benefit from the flavor. The menu is limited and allergens are not labeled. The dishes alternate between pedestrian and trying-too-hard with no happy middle. There is better avant- garde Italian in Austin.

The noise levels were unbearable, partly due to the shape of the ceiling, and partly due to the server screaming in my ear about the restaurant concept. Service was spotty and generally inattentive.

They also pride themselves on being a fair wage restaurant, which is a major plus, but they do so by adding a mandatory 20% to each check and highlighting it in green, instead of incorporating the difference into the price of the dishes. There is also an additional gratuity line available for those who would like to tip above and beyond the 20%, when the concept of tipping is part of the wage problem to begin with, allowing service industry minimum wage to remain artificially low. They prominently display a card at the host stand explaining their virtuousness. This emphasis on fair wages, though essential to dismantling unfair labor and wage standards rampant in the service industry, is implemented so poorly at L’Oca d’Oro that it might actually prove counter productive. Stop virtue-signaling, raise your menu prices, remove the concept of tipping entirely, and be part of the solution.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time dining here. Everything was fabulous! Drink and dinner suggestions were spot on. Very attentive and professional staff.

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Austin
8 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

We ate dinner on a Saturday night. At first we were seated right next to a curtain that separated the dining room for a private party. People on the other side of the curtain were literally shouting to one another. We asked to move and were accommodated. It was still loud but not impossible.

The waitstaff was helpful and made suggestions. We ordered 2 appetizers and 2 pastas. All of them were tasty but the pastas were nothing special. The Shrimp Bolognese may have had shrimp chopped up in it but it was not overly apparent. The penne was undercooked (very toothsome). For our appetizers, we wanted to sop up the sauce so wanted bread. The only option was to order the grilled focaccia, which was $7. While it was very tasty, only getting two 2.5x2.5 inch cubes seemed expensive and chintzy. We did not get more bread for the pasta sauces.

The restaurant does have a very interesting wine list with many wines at $40 or less.

We both walked out feeling it was a nice dinner but not enough to want to rush back.

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TR
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Best pasta I’ve ever tried. It’s not your typical Italian restaurant with noodles slathered in marinara, they’re homemade noodles with savory sauces and interesting ingredients. The cocktails were tasty and flavorful. The waitress was friendly and accommodating. I can’t wait to go back!

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AU
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place! I love the food and all the shareable meals, plus the drinks are tasty.

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KK
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Engaging staff w/o being intrusive ... seated at kitchen window ..fun! Food flavorful and healthy. Prompt service of order and additional requests. A pleasant, new (to us) restaurant discovery :)

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P
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a filling good time on our 6th wedding anniversary. Everyone was hospitable & service was impeccable. We always are looking for an experience that feeds us both satiably, emotionally & intellectually. The pasta tasting was all these things and more. Being in the business I am always critically looking at all that goes on in a restaurant and feel that y’all do an excellent job with lots of amore in the front & back of the house it felt like a seamless operation that we would love to experience again. Bellissimo! Bite your teeth into the a— of life!

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P
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service, with top notch cocktails at happy hour and wonderful desserts.

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KG
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was edgy and extremely well made. The cocktail and wine list were outstanding - including homemade Amari - WOW!!!

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D
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Food was so-so. The Tagliatelle was ok, bland pasta with a forgettable sauce. For antipasti we had the toasted focaccia—really good with a wood fire taste. But the roasted carrots tasted like roasted carrots slathered with peanut butter — odd, but nothing special. We had two other pastas that were moderately good (I lived in Italy for a year so I do judge).

Service was friendly but very slow and amateurish — it took 10 minutes To see the waitstaff, drinks came out 10 minutes after the antipasti and separately (my wife and daughter got theirs, and my drink was five minutes after). Plates were plonked down in the middle of the table rather than to each of us and I had to ask twice for a knife.

Concrete floor, walls and ceiling make for a loud dining experience.

Not worth the $120 bill, which includes the non-optional 20% “fair” tip. I think, as the customer, I would have a bit more authority to judge what is fair and not fair!

Bad value — I’ve had better food, better service and better ambiance for less elsewhere.

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SI
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Our dinner was excellent. We split several of the veggie dishes and 3 of the main courses between 4 of us and that was plenty. I do think they should extend the happy hour to the whole place, it's a little silly that you have to sit on the left side to get happy hour.

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing experience. Excellent service consisted of a very knowledgeable and funny waitress who was clearly very passionate about her job, several bussers who were very polite and a general manager who was very friendly. Food was very unique and delicious.

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SW
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very creative dishes. Excellent house made pasta. Suggest ordering family style. Attentive and happy staff.

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TM
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 1

We were both disappointed. The food was just bland and nothing really stood out. The service was great and all the staff members were very friendly. The restaurant was packed on a Friday night. The place was so loud, it was difficult for my wife and me to talk to each other. I get wanting a lively atmosphere but this place is way over the top. The meatballs repeated on me the rest of the evening. The mushrooms were of high quality but the preparation was bland. The pork Milanese was overly salty and otherwise uninteresting. Perhaps worst of all, the pasta dish we got (with spicy tomato sauce) was seriously undercooked. Not, al dente, but still firm.

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New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and service

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SW
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Pasta tasing menu was delightful. Expensive but a unique and delicious experience that was worth the money.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the experience at L'Oca d'Oro was amazing. I say "experience" and not "food" because it really is an awesome experience. We are regulars since discovering them. The atmosphere, service, and meal... all first rate! The way they source their ingredients, the thoughtful and delicious recipes, the ability to see the staff lovingly prepare each course, and especially the way everyone in the house interacts with guests... It's all delicious.

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MC
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I think I might be obsessed with this place. It's only the second time I've been, but the food is always amazing, creative, and never what I expect. All of the food is locally sourced and everything from the cheese to the focaccia and pasta is made in-house.

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D
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was all very good but the service was a bit lacking. One person at our table ordered a drink to be made with Tito's and instead of just telling us that the restaurant didn't carry it, our server felt it necessary to preach to us that it wasn't carried because it was a big consumer of water and a high polluter of that water and that we could make more sustainable choices.

I am fine for the restaurant making a decision not to carry a certain product for one reason or another, and I am pleased that L'Oca D'Ora chooses not to carry Tito's and/or makes thoughtful decisions about all of its products and sources, but our server really didn't need to make us feel bad about it or be condescending in her response. It was the first interaction of the evening and loomed over the rest of the dinner.

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DS
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

L’Oca d’Oro is without a doubt our favorite restaurant in Texas. After finding it on a random date night, we’ve now returned every month. This past Friday was our anniversary and we finally did the Pasta Tasting menu and were absolutely stunned by the flavor profiles and creativity of the dishes. We truly love the staff, the ambiance, and getting to introduce friends and family to a restaurant we call home.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic!

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l
Austin
19 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative, unusual menu, with wonderful fresh ingredients. Even focaccia bread was the best I have ever had.
Pork entree was delicious. Home made non-alcoholic beverage was refreshing.
Environment was beautiful outside.
Service by many, very attentive.
Will surely be back.

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k
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Really really has fallen off. Had the tasting menu, and was supremely disappointed.

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g
San Francisco
72 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I appreciate the dedication to pay a living wage. Five of us shared a series of dishes, I especially enjoyed the turnips. My main were pillow soft gnocchi with pears and tallegio, delicious. Portions are fairly small so plan accordingly.

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BD
Austin
64 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The mozzarella with kale pesto (starter course) was the best item we tried.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great selection of food, very friendly staff. I like that they have custom sodas.

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San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The food was delicious, but overpriced for quality and portions. With more affordable options in Austin for the same quality or better, we will likely go elsewhere in the future.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Food was ok. Beautiful space e good crowd.

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