L'Oca d'Oro

4.8
846 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
L’Oca d’Oro (The Golden Goose), Mueller's progressive neighborhood Italian restaurant prizes seasonal fare, community & sustainability. All of our dishes are prepared with locally grown produce and meats—a reflection of a farm-to-table philosophy that extends to our handmade pasta, cheese, salumi, bread, vinegars &liqueurs.

We are currently serving outdoors only & take reservations one month to the calendar day out. Think: summertime by Lake Garda, intimate sidewalk lighting, an abundance of vegetation. In addition to our a la carte menu we also offer Fiore's Choice: a dynamic seasonally driven menu with optional beverage pairings where we show you our favorite way to enjoy L'Oca d'Oro.

We care for our team members as family, and pay ONE FAIR WAGE in the belief that lovingly prepared food & thoughtful service are best nurtured by meeting the basic needs of our entire staff. L'Oca d'Oro includes a 20% hospitality charge on all checks to guarantee our entire staff a living wage, hea

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Experiences

  • Covered Patio Seating

    Multiple dates available

    We are now exclusively accepting reservations for outdoor seating next to scenic Mueller lake. To ensure you are protected in the event of inclement weather, we only book the area closest to the restaurant, located under our large covered awning. Though 100% protection from the elements is not possible we work hard to ensure your dining experience is a comfortable one! Please note, that on sunny days we may move reservations to our deck where colorful umbrellas do their work to provide shade. As we are in Texas where both the sun & rain are an equal force, we ask for your patience & understanding when dining at L'Oca d'Oro & look forward to having you join us.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 846 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food. Loved the fresh mozzarella and peach salad, also the squid appetizer (spicy)! My gin drink and my husband’s Old Fashioned was good but the vodka martini was not so much, Husband had the paprika fusilli and I had the chicken Milanese, with a lovely cold beet and yoghurt salad on the side. We took leftovers home. Dessert was Orabianco gelato from Blanco, TX - the chocolate was great but the basil took some getting used to. The fresh pixel led and caramel sauce really made the desserts. Sitting outside in the 95 degree heat was surprisingly pleasant, as there were fans in front and behind, plenty of shade, and little noise from other diners. We will definitely return..

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and wine was delicious!

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acomal
New England
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always! They have done a good job creating a nice outdoor dining experience.

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Katie
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ate and drank were amazing, and the staff were friendly, knowledgable and fun.

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vipShannon
Austin
18 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We've been several times since the restaurant reopened following the pandemic, and the food seems to get better every week. They make the cheese in house - ricotta and mozzarella we amazing - the produce and fish are exquisitely fresh, and the wine choices are on point. The entire staff is lovely. They also do a lot to look after their employees, which I appreciate very much. It is not cheap, but the value is very high. My step-dad said his friends from Italy would appreciate it very much, and I think that's an incredibly high compliment. I am going again next weekend, and I'm super excited about it.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great people

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vipFLWR
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was so good! Every time I visit L'Oca d'Oro they have new / great things on the menu. Last night we had this lovely cavatelli with marinara and roasted tomatoes and spaghetti with zucchini - I highly recommend both. Not to mention their negroni with the house vermouth. Amazing as always - thanks!

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StephanieG
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our meal at L'Oco d'Oro – the food was really delicious. The staff was great; our server answered our questions and made great recommendations. All of the seating is outside and they are enforcing masks inside (we sat close to the door, and I listened to a very polite interaction where they provided one to someone who wanted to go inside to use the restroom). The tip situation was the only oddity. We knew going in that there was a 20% gratuity added and totally support paying people a living wage, so I have no issue with that. It just seemed odd that they add 20% AND include a tip line, instead of say, raising the prices a little and including a lower automatic gratuity. Not a huge deal, but just a little odd. Overall, we really did enjoy our meal and would go back.

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KathyS
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

L'Oca d'Oro is always amazing. The food is as local as it gets, and the staff treat you like old friends. Every item on the menu is well thought out and curated perfectly for the best dining experience. Try something new - you won't regret it!

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OpenTable Diner
Jackson Hole
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After hearing amazing things about this spot, I finally had a night off with my guy to go check it out. It’s outdoor dining only right now, but it was very pleasant despite the heat. The tables are spaced well and nestled by planters and there are fans and umbrellas. We were very comfortable. We had a cocktail and then a yummy bottle of Verdicchio. Annie provided excellent service—informative, kind, attentive but not overbearing and smooth. We split all of our food and each course came out well timed and with fresh plates and silverware in place. Every dish was delivered with care with a quick description which I appreciate. Overall, it was a great experience!

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Food4thought
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, great food and value on a nice patio. The cavatelli pomodoro was exquisite, excellent flavors and love how the food isn’t heavy

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SusanM
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been fans of L'Oca d'Oro for years and this latest iteration is still such a treat! I recommend going after sundown if you're dining outside in the Texas heat, but the charming staff and heavenly food would take your mind off of any sort of discomfort.

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MeganS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

L'Oca always does a spectacular job with service and we both agreed that our Sunday night meal was the best we'd had in over a year. The team was very considerate of our 14-month old maniac who also really enjoyed the meal, both the butter noodles they made for him and all the samples from our plate. Looking forward to returning!

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ElizabethN
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here, even with the more limited menu than before, is outstanding. Also, we do appreciate the work they continue to use their restaurant to do to prepare food for Austin families who are in need. It is and has been a wonderful way to stay afloat financially. Really they are the best kind of business in Austin.

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TimF
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and wonderful service. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a great dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pancakes ever!

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JenniferS
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is fresh, local and house made everything. So delicious! Cocktails are unique and tasty. Wait staff is so friendly and knowledgeable and service is always spot on. You’ll love it!

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on June 23, 2021

Exactly why we do it, can't wait to have you in again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service, so happy to support such an ethical establishment!

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on June 23, 2021

Thank you for coming in!

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VCdB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Come for the extraordinary food and enjoy the beauty of a cozy neighborhood and the most wonderful hosts. This place is magical especially if you are lucky to be seated in the their coveted parklette with colorful umbrellas.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on June 23, 2021

Magical? We're honored. Can't wait to see you again soon!

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vipMike
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service was the highlight and it was clear everyone really worked together as a team.
Focaccia tasted a little burnt.
Beef carpaccio was good.
Cavatelli was a comically small portion.
Chicken Milanesa was a comically large portion. It also had mint on it, had that been listed on the menu, I wouldn’t have ordered it. The beets and cilantro yogurt were good though.
20% service charge included and shared with whole staff which I think is great.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on June 23, 2021

Thank you so much for your response, and so happy to hear you enjoyed our service team! You are probably right about some smokiness on the focaccia as it is actually warmed on our wood fired grill to order! We hope to see you again soon!

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RocB
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was fantastic. I like friendly. Food was creative and delicious. Area is trendy. Great for a special date.

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KevinF
Austin
31 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Overall a very good restaurant with very good dishes (though limited selection) as well as good wine, beer, and cocktails. Certainly will visit again.

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vipRobertS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was absolutely incredible experience. Everything was perfect and cannot wait to go back!

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KathyD
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and great service. Recommend to others

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Scott
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welcome back L'oca Team! We are so glad to have the neighborhood's best restaurant back in action!

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on June 2, 2021

We're so happy to have YOU!

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JosephM
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful - one of the best meals I’ve had in a long time.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on June 2, 2021

We're honored. Thank you for taking the time to review!

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MLee
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and drinks. Great atmosphere! Had a lovely celebratory dinner. Favorites were the Cavatelli, green beans, and brioche with cream and strawberries. Homemade amaro cocktails were also a highlight!

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on June 2, 2021

Green beans are my favorite too, looks like you ordered well! Thank you for choosing us for your celebration!

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SelenaP
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been meaning to come here for a while, and finally made it with my bestie for my birthday dinner. Lovely wine list, delicious food, attentive service, it was an absolute treat!

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on June 3, 2021

So happy to finally have you in! Hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinner for our anniversary. Complimentary champagne, great service. Food was delicious.

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vipJonathon
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks are always top notch and the service is friendly and welcoming.

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Twila
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and wonderful staff. It’s always a treat!

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JulesAF
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A lovely meal, every single time. Highly recommend. Great for casual weekday dinner with friends or a special night out.

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vipFLWR
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t say enough good things about this place. They source local, make the best Negroni in Austin, and really care about creating interesting and downright delicious food. My only small warning is that it’s not a super traditional Italian place, but all the more reason to give it a try!

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DeborahN
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Not really worth the cost. Just a simple Italian meal; nothing special.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on June 23, 2021

Sorry to hear that was your experience, we like to highlight seasonal ingredients prepared in a way that highlights and showcases them and would love to have you back again to give it another shot!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, service and experience! The locally sourced ingredients used throughout the menu are fantastic!

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on June 23, 2021

Texas has so much bounty to offer. Thank you for taking note!

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vipMarkA
Austin
12 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

L'Oco d'Oro took a thoughtful approach to the pandemic and only recently gently reopened; I had an exceptional dining experience on a beautiful May 2021 Saturday evening, beautiful and delicious food & drinks, fabulous staff & service, lovely outdoor seating design, highly recommended

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chris
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great to be back. The outdoor dining is marvelous and it's great to see the whole crew. Food and drink were perfect as usual.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on May 10, 2021

Thank you so much. It's great to be open again. Have a great week, Adam Orman, Co-Owner

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AmandaA
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

L'Oca d'Oro is back and as fantastic as ever! Their outdoor patio is adorable and provides a safe dining experience. The food was amazing. Put it at the top of your list!

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on May 10, 2021

Thanks for taking a moment to review. We are so happy to be open again and are grateful to you for supporting us. See you again soon, Adam Orman, Co-Owner

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vipAlisonS
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice job setting up outdoor dining. Food is consistently creative and delicious, wait staff friendly, knowledgeable and attentive without hovering. There are so many good options on the menu we over-order and take home left-overs....

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on May 10, 2021

Alison, Thanks for taking a moment to review. We are so happy to be open again and are grateful to you for supporting us. See you again soon, Adam Orman, Co-Owner

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FAQs

L'Oca d'Oro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (737) 212-1876.

L'Oca d'Oro is rated 4.8 stars by 846 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.