L'Oca d'Oro

4.6
591 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.
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Specials

Every Day Happy Hour

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

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: December 2, 2018

Ends: December 3, 2117

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

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Fresh-Squeezed Mimosas for all the Mamas and the Papas! Strawberries & Cream Zeppole, Heirloom Caprese w/ L'Oca Mozzarella! Set Menu at Brunch. Regular menu + Mother's Day Tasting Menu at dinner! Live Jazz with the Lucky Strikes. Check website for full menu & details.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

What Insiders Are Saying

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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.
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MB
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this restaurant. The food is always delicious and the staff is always accommodating when you can't find a drink on the menu that appeals to you. This last time they made us a custom drink that was outstanding! Highly recommend it!!!

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SJ
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I have never experienced such knowledgeable wait staff.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded 6 days ago

Thanks so much Sandra, We appreciate you coming in and are grateful for the review. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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j
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Love the attention to the employees, the community (their vendors and suppliers), and the service.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded 6 days ago

Thanks so much, Jim. We appreciate you coming in and are grateful for the review. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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h
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good, but not outstanding food. I appreciated the low noise level, but the room wasn't full

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded 6 days ago

Thanks for coming in. I'm sorry that you were underwhelmed and would love to talk to you about your options next time to make sure we find you the dishes that will blow you away. Take care, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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TS
Austin
26 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Setting is beautiful and staff bend over backwards to make guests comfortable and happy. Happy hour drinks and snacks are fab—we especially appreciate the interesting and delicious non-alcoholic offerings for our designated drivers! The food is always innovative, fresh, and pretty to look at, and prepared with pristine local ingredients accurately to chef standards; sometimes the more elaborate dishes can be a bit adventurous and iffy if one’s there looking for just pure, delicious Italian simplicity in taste and showcasing of ingredients, which is what this restaurant does best, so check with your server on what’s best that day.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for this great information. I really appreciate that you took the time. It's always best to have feedback on dishes in the moment so we can confirm that everything's being prepared properly but, as a private note is useful as well. I will check on all of these things with chef and make sure they are being executed the way he expects. I'm glad you tried the tasting which will have changed next time you're in so we can talk then about your options. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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LB
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our party of six had a private room, which was very nice for conversation. The staff members were very helpful in ordering and provided excellent service. The food is supurb and flavorful. We will definitely return!

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded 6 days ago

Thanks so much. We appreciate you coming in and are grateful for the review. I'm glad you enjoyed. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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MW
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, some really imaginative combinations of flavors but everything we had was fantastic and the staff was great.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on April 9, 2019

Thanks Matt. Glad you enjoyed and we appreciate the review. Look forward to having you back in to see what's on the menu next time. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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MV
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is great. Owners truly care about their customers and it shows. One of the best restaurants in Austin!

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on April 9, 2019

Thanks Mark. That's very kind. Look forward to having you back in. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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RN
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I strongly suggesting making a meal of several small plates. We have eaten here several times and were surprised by the taste of all of our plates. They were well balanced - saying that doesn't really do them justice. Even the cocktail was new and very good. We like sitting outside if we want a quieter setting. I miss traditional Italian American dishes ( oso bucco, etc. ) But you can get fettuccine Alfredo anywhere.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on April 9, 2019

Russell, I'm glad you enjoyed and appreciate that you are willing to try what's on the menu instead of pining for the red and white checkered tablecloth joint. The menu will always be different so you never know when Fiore's version of an old favorite will show up. Look forward to having you back in. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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CC
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Imaginative food. Inspiring help.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on April 9, 2019

Thanks Clare, Glad you enjoyed. We appreciate the review and look forward to having you back in. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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KW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Smaller space, so reservations are recommended, but worth the wait.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on April 3, 2019

Thank you Kristen. I'm glad you enjoyed and appreciate that you took the time to review. Look forward to having you back in. Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great pasta tested.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on April 3, 2019

I'm glad you enjoyed and look forward to having you back in. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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CR
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dining experience! The staff explained each plate and wine with great level of detail and the food was amazing. If you can’t decide on which dessert to choose just get more than one (worth it).

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on April 3, 2019

Cristina, I'm so glad we treated you with such care and appreciate that you took the time to review. Look forward to having you back in. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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KP
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

What an excellent restaurant! The food was amazing - would highly recommend to check out while in Austin.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on April 3, 2019

Thank you Kaitlin. So glad you enjoyed and thank you for taking the time to review. Take care, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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CO
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great mix of new twists to classic Italian fare as well as charcuterie and cheese options to be paired with good Italian and French wines by the glass. The Gigli Verde pasta bowl was a wonderful mix of soft and crunchy textures along with a yummy mix of savory flavors. The Lasagna was equally well crafted with dozens (at least) of nearly paper thin layers of wide noodles stacked with ricotta and a hearty tomato and meet ragu, all topped with a fresh pine nut pesto. It was a treat to cut into the layers with a fork and then savor the texture and taste with teeth and tongue. The sides we ordered? Ah! That's another story. Let's leave it to say that they were all lovingly, skillfully prepared in-house - and it shows!

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on April 3, 2019

Calvin, I'm so glad you enjoyed and thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed review. Look forward to having you back in soon to see how the menu will have changed. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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LL
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible take on Italian pasta dishes! Their homemade pasta with locally produced flours is delicious! I could eat here every week! Loved the farm to table produce and meats! The limoncello (sp?) is to die for! Can't wait to come back!

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on April 3, 2019

And we hope that you will eat here every week! I'm glad you enjoyed and thanks for taking the time to review. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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RH
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Everything excellent EXCEPT, for the second time in a row, the main dishes were way too salty.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on April 3, 2019

Renea, I'm really sorry to hear that. Please let us know when something like that happens so we can check on the dish for you. We are always happy to re-make something that wasn't executed properly. Will definitely make a note to check the salt level with you next time. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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JH
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Inventive menu using seasonal ingredients. The menu is right-sized so you know there's care in preparation of each dish. Service is friendly, relaxed, and attentive - you can tell they like their management. Always happy to visit!

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on April 3, 2019

And always happy to see you. Thank you much. Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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NT
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

Reviews were deceptive. This is definitely NOT the best italian restaurant in Austin. It is among the worst!
Horrible wine list. Limited entrees. Seems like they are trying to be hip but way out of line. Worst dining experience of 2019! Avoid this place.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on March 27, 2019

Nelson, Please let me know more about your experience. Why did you hate the wine list so much? What did you have that you didn't like? I'm checking with my staff to find out why we didn't know how dissatisfied you were. Please respond to our info@ email (OT won't let me type the full email address) if you'd like to send me more specific information about your evening. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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MW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We did the tasting with wine pairing. The food and wine were excellent, but for $40 per person for the wine pairing, we felt the four half pours of wine was a little light.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on March 27, 2019

Morgan, Thanks for that feedback. We definitely want that to be interesting wine that isn't normally by the glass but it should also feel generous and not like you have to ration your portions. We've talked about this and want to make sure that folks who order the tasting and the pairing enjoy it as the kind of celebration that we intend. I look forward to meeting next time you're in. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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MS
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Had high expectations. Went for pasta sampling. Small portions. Not impressed. 20% gratuity was added to the bill. $65/person Plus 20%. No reason the whole table (3 people) had to participate in the pasta sampling. Was not served family style. Left hangry. Self indulgence at its finest.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on March 27, 2019

Mary, It sounds like we should have steered you away from the tasting menu and I'm sorry that we weren't able to send an alternative pasta to the items on that menu that you would have preferred. If you'd like to send me you email address, we can discuss this in a format that isn't limited to 500 characters. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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OT
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing pasta tasted so fresh and flavorful.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on March 22, 2019

Glad you enjoyed and look forward to having you back in. Thanks so much for the review. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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AM
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
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.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on March 22, 2019

I'm so glad you enjoyed and thank you for reviewing. We will see you again. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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RN
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
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.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on March 22, 2019

These are great notes for us to go over. Can I ask, did you wait for your drinks for 15 minutes while you were at the bar waiting for your table? It is not abnormal for some tables to wait on a Saturday night for their reservation but I'm looking in to how we lost track of you. Any info about where you sat or what you ordered would be appreciated. Thanks for coming in and for your feedback. I hope to hear from you. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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DW
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
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.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on March 22, 2019

Ruth, Thanks for letting me know about your experience. I'm embarrassed that we didn't know you were dissatisfied with your pastas while you were in the restaurant so that we could have remade them for you and tried to find out what happened. Please say hello next time you're in so we can make sure this doesn't happen again. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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MI
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
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.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on March 22, 2019

Michael, I'm sorry that you were disappointed but very much appreciate you coming in. There's always four appetizers, four different wines, two tap beers and a cocktail available at 1/2 off for Happy Hour. Sounds like we should have done a better job selling you on the options. Please say hi next time you try us out so we can make sure to point you in some good directions. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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SP
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing! I food is so good, everything is to die for! The location is great - easy to get to. The happy hour side can get a little noisy but it's not that bad. The waitstaff is the best, especially Rachelle! Go there - you won't regret it!

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on March 22, 2019

Thank you Sara for your enthusiasm and for taking the time to review. Can't wait to have you back in. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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j
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal with gracious service.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on March 22, 2019

Glad you enjoyed and look forward to having you back in. Thanks so much for the review. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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SP
San Francisco
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!

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on March 22, 2019

Suzanne, Thanks for the review. I'm glad you enjoyed and that's good advice. It does get loud in the dining room though now that we are able to move more tables out front, it's a little less so. We continue to do all we can to mitigate that. Hope to see you again soon, on the patio while it's so beautiful. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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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.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on March 13, 2019

Thank you for coming in and reviewing. I'm so happy that you appreciate the care that chef puts in to every dish and the work that our staff does to welcome every guest. Look forward to having you back in. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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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.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on March 13, 2019

Thanks so much. Glad you enjoyed and thrilled that you took the time to review. Look forward to having you back in. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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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.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on March 13, 2019

Christian, Thank you for the detail here. I'm really glad we were able to make every piece of your evening special. Look forward to having you back in. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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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!

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on March 13, 2019

Thank you again. So glad that we continue to impress. Look forward to having you back soon for whatever will be new on the menu. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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

Amazing food and wonderful service!

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on March 13, 2019

Glad you enjoyed and look forward to having you back in. We appreciate that you took the time to review. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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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!

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on March 13, 2019

Thank you Joseph. That's great to hear. Hope you'll be back soon and that we'll have lots of different things on the menu for you to try. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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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.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on March 13, 2019

You always say the nicest things. We'll keep it up as long as you keep coming back. Thanks so much for the support. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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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.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on March 6, 2019

I'm sorry to hear that you were underwhelmed by some of your dishes Lori and that we weren't available to hear your comments. We are always able to remake a dish or bring out something else that you'd prefer. Look forward to having that conversation with you next time you're in. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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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.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on March 6, 2019

Thanks so much for this input and I'm glad to hear you enjoyed. For quieter options, the bar side and certainly the patio once it warms up are nice spots. And there should always be someone here, if not me, then a few of the servers who are also very knowledgeable about the list, who are happy to guide you to new and interesting Italian varietals and regions. Look forward to seeing you again, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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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.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on March 6, 2019

Thanks so much Albert. I'm thrilled that you enjoy and took the time to review. Look forward to having you back in soon. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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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

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on March 6, 2019

Thanks so much for reviewing and spreading the word. That's still the best marketing for us. Look forward to having you back in. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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