L'Oca d'Oro

4.6
568 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

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 568 People Are Saying
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Austin
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing pasta tasted so fresh and flavorful.

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AM
Austin
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This place exceeded expectations. We tried the Brussel sprouts, Salumi plate, borlotti bean dip and abruzzi rye papprdelle. Each dish was better than the last. The menu changes so you may not be able to get those exact things but I have a feeling whatever you choose will not disappoint. Ambience is much nicer than what you’d expect in Mueller. Friendly staff. Highly recommend.

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Austin
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was good but very overpriced. The waiter and food runners were ok but service from the other staff (hostess, bar) was terrible. We were seated 20 minutes past our reservation time and waited about 15 minutes for a drink from the bar. Our waiter left - maybe his shift ended - without notice and someone else brought our check after we we’re finished and ready to go for a while.

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R
Austin
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is our second time to visit and we brought a family member to celebrate her birthday! As always, service was outstanding. The apps were delicious! The three very different pasta dishes we tried were all very bland, which is not what we expected!! The cannoli's were tasty as well. I might only want to return for happy order in order to take advantage of the apps and drinks going forward.

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MI
San Antonio
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

Food was pretty bland. The happy hour was pretty lame, advertised as 50% off appetizers and wine, but you only have one red, one white, and one bubbling wine, and only like 3 of the less desirable appetizers to choose from. The pasta dish (not on happy hour) was pretty decent. However, the service was great and the menu does change so I may go back and try again.

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j
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal with gracious service.

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SP
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I definitely recommend this restaurant. The only thing to be aware of is the noise level in the main dining area. If you want to have a relaxed conversation during the prime dinner hour, then you may want to ask to be seated outside or remain in the bar area near the entry.
But great food, service, ambience!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a beautiful experience here. The staff and owners are truly dedicated to hospitality in a warm and sincere way. This is a special place that really cares for the dining experience, the quality of food, AND the well-being of their staff.

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MK
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, fantastic service, nice location... Hard to say anything bad about this gem of a restaurant.

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CR
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was Jenna. She provided excellent Assistance in guidance with the menu. She was very knowledgeable of the menu and was excited to celebrate the occasion with us which was my dad’s 60th birthday. Everyone will stop by the table assisted us with anything we needed. Our table wasn’t quite ready by the time we arrived for the reservation we made. However the manager checked On us immediately and got us some drinks while we waited. The food was incredible and delicious and also cooked perfectly. We will definitely be back.

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K
Houston
25 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again and as always, we had a great experience...Open Table readers have to be tired of me raving about L’Oca...so delicious we inevitably order too many dishes and eat everything!
Thank you, guys!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and wonderful service!

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JD
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfection Incarnate. One of the best meals I have had in a long time. Can’t wait to come back!

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s
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday for my wife. Food spot on as always. Great wine and they brought this sick dessert out with a candle for the birthday girl. Nice visit with Adam as always since he is always on the floor checking on things.

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LB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We felt the choice of the main entrees was limited and three out of our four entrees were just okay.
The appetizers were wonderful.

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TF
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A very enjoyable meal. Creative and interesting food.
Two areas that we felt could be improved on. Noise level is almost thunderous and the wine list is intimidating for those not familiar with Italian wines. Who have liked the sommelier to have stopped by to help in the selection. He is very knowledgeable and a visit earlier would have been nice. Will definitely revisit.

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A
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It would be hyperbolic to say that L’Oca d’Oro is the best resultant in Austin IF it weren’t actually Austin’s best, but it is, straight-up, sans competition the best. We have never had a less than perfect dish, the atmosphere is relaxed, the staff is attentive and friendly, the decor is simple and beautifully and the wine selection is always an education in and of itself. Unbeatable.

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s
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great service!! I tell everyone about this place, it's the best

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AS
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious food. One downside that they have more dishes on the separate tasting menu that they won’t prepare for non-tasting menu guests.

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JA
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was Best pasta ever! I loved atmosphere, service, and food quality. Everything was mostly perfect. One thing is that if you give customers parking information, it would be perfect (thru online or text) I didn’t know free parking space, so I parked the car at paid parking garage.

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b
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The mushrooms in the polenta and mushrooms dish were burned to the point that they had turned to charcoal
Really wonder if they look at some of this stuff before they send it
out to the customers

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LO
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. Staff were all super friendly.
We will be back.

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NK
Austin
25 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

A private party going on and made the dining experience very noisy. Service was excellent. Choices limited for me since I don’t eat red meat or cream sauces. I had the mushrooms in pisachio purée.

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MM
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, the server informed about the menu and the wine list, and the price point was comparatively low for the quality. On balance, we thought the pasta dishes were the strongest.

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TM
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, and the most knowledgeable waitress we have perhaps ever encountered. She was well versed with the details of the menu as well as wine pairings.

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just a date night for one of our favorite family restaurants. Themis place can do everything because the food is alway impeccable and memorable with great service to match any occasion.

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g
Dallas
20 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was good, overall. Strangely enough, the best thing we ate was off-menu! I had the snapper which was fine, not great (probably wouldn’t order it again). We had meatballs and the straciatelli on toast (real yummy). But we were blown away by the simple buttered pappardelle. My daughter needed a simple pasta for her race the next day; the server was very reticent to give us this. Lemme tell you-the homemade noodles were served perfectly al dente with the creamiest, most delicious butter sauce-I will be dreaming about that dish for a long time!

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Austin
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved it!! Great food and service.

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AP
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great service! One of the best dinners out in a long time.

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c
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious! We were sat in the bar area so we could enjoy their happy hour specials. A larger party came in about 10-15 minutes after we arrived and the manager politely asked if we would mind moving down a table to make room for the larger party. We absolutely did not mind, but they were polite enough to provide us with an extra app of their broccoli zeppole- so delicious. We also started with the Straciatella Crostini...pecan butter, charred kale, and red onion jam. It was so good, we ordered it again for desert! Their pasta was great and you could really taste the creativity of their plates. The wait staff was great. I love how they automatically include gratuity on their bills so they can pay the waiters a living wage. I love this concept- it reminds me of Europe and maybe more places will start to adapt to this. I’ll definitely be back!

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Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Birthday dinner. We enjoyed our dinner very much. The food was creative and delicious. Service was attendent but not intrusive. Overall, a very nice experience

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MP
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place NEVER dissapoints. The food is creative, but still delicious. We did the special Valentines Day menu and every dish was sensational. The ambience is magical. It's a tad pricey. We ended up dropping $250 for the two of us..... for the Valentines Menu (WITHOUT the wine pairings) and 2 drinks per person. BUT, that being said, it's worth it for a special night out. Everything (bread, salami, cheese, liqeurs) are made in house!!!

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s
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was on point as well as wait staff. I am not sure you can stump them with a food or beverage question.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious fresh food, a new hyper-local and conscious take on Italian traditions!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and presentation with the food. It does get noisy so it’s hard to have conversations but the food was really good

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SM
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first experience was so good while dining with my parents that I took a special gal there three weeks later for a date. The service is impeccable, the food is exceptional, and the overall sense of employee ownership in the dining experience is second to none. Love the team there and being in the hotel business must say I admire everything that they are doing.

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LG
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great. We made it for happy hour which was nice since they had great specials for drinks and appetizers. All the entree's we had were delicious.

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G
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We participated in Chef's tasting menu for my father's birthday. He's a stickler for Italian food being Italian himself, and he (along with the rest of us) was blown away by every bite. The offerings were all the perfect blend of homemade freshness and comfort, unexpected (but delightful) complimenting and contrasting flavors, and great presentation. Service was also excellent with a friendly, attentive staff. GM Adam was working right alongside his team sans pomp and all friendly courtesy. 10/10, highly recommend.

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OT
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff is incredibly friendly at L'Oca d'Oro and were very accommodating when I arrived earlier than my reservation time. The place is very cute and has a bunch of types of seating options. The happy hour menu and prices cannot be beat, and every dish we tried was delicious!

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AC
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I love everything about L'Oca d'Oro -- the adventurous but grounded menu, the intriguing flavors and presentations, the emphasis on local ingredients (green-pecan nocino!), the vibes, the engaged and upbeat staff, the social consciousness, the delightful owners' enthusiasm and overall vision -- except for the noise level. I do wish something could be done with acoustical treatments to bring it down a bit. I invited foodie friends from Dallas whom I hadn't seen a long while to meet there while they were in Austin, and -- while they loved the food, as I knew they would -- conversation was difficult on a busy Saturday night. The loudness level isn't as cacophonous as you'll find in many trendy Austin spots, thank goodness, but it was still hard to converse.

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