L'Oca d'Oro

4.6
663 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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Happy Hour Every Day

Select Small Plates, Wines by the Glass, Beer on Tap and Punch of the Day all 50% off. At Bar, Patio & Sidewalk if space is available.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: June 2, 2019

Ends: June 3, 2118

Availability: Sun 4:00PM-6:30PM
Mon-Fri 5:00PM-6:30PM
Sat 4:00PM-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 663 People Are Saying
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OT
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal I’ve had in an Austin restaurant in many years. I had the pasta tasting menu. Every dish was interesting and tasty without being over the top. Service was knowledgeable and genial but unobtrusive. Everyone there, including the servers seemed to be having a great time.

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

For the price the food was sub par, my sons $18 spaghetti tasted like canned food and the sausage was not fully cooked . Disappointed.

S
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a really wonderful dinner here! The food was amazing and our server, Jenna, was just awesome! We loved the decor and ambiance and will definitely be returning!

BP
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 4

The short ribs are a joke. One bite for $24. What a rip off

FB
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

For a $200 dinner, the food is just not up to par with other options in town. Not good value.

OT
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My sister was in town and I wanted to show her Austin dining. Wonderful meal. We had the meat and cheese board, milanesa, the swordfish and the carbonara. The most memorable dish was the swordfish. Well balanced, light and flavorful. The carbonara was not traditional as the pink peppercorn was overpowering making it oddly spicy. Wish we had room for dessert. Service was a tad too attentive as we were wanting to catch up. All in all, great experience for this special occasion.

MD
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

A favorite restaurant in Austin seemed a little off this evening. Summer staff?

L
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As visitors to Austin, this was a lovely change in pace. Amazing flavors and exceptional staff! We loved the food and the recommendations given to us did not lead us astray. The house-made mozz (hot sauce? who knew, but heck yes!) + foccacia are a must! The staff were humble, gracious, and knowledgeable. We had a great time!

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

Thank you, Liberty! I'm so glad you found us on your visit. I hope that you're nearby and will be able to come through town again. Take care and thanks for review. Best , Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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MR
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The tasting menu is a fun experience and I highly recommend trying it at the bar. It's fun to watch the prep and the activity. I would not do the tasting menu again. Most of the food was fine but there was barely enough of the confit on my plate to even get a taste. I knew that we would get small plates but the meat on that plate wouldn't have filled half of a teaspoon. One of the pasta courses was way too al dente to enjoy. The dessert was terrible. The fried cannoli shell was burnt and fishy tasting. It was overcooked and in old oil. Very disappointing and there was so many mini chocolate chips in the gelato there wasn't much point in calling it gelato. So fun experience, food was not great.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about the meal and experience. Will be back.

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

Thank you much. And we will look forward to having you back. Take care, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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MB
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of our favorite Italian restaurants in town. They always have innovative, tasty dishes and make the best cocktails. We have never had a dish we didn't like. Love this place; highly recommend it!

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

I'm so glad you've enjoyed. We will make sure that all the dishes and cocktails that keep changing continue to be up to your standards! Thanks for the review and look forward to having you back. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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JH
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fiancee and I love going here! We love the seasonal menus along with special menus for events. All the staff we encounter are friendly and makes us feel appreciated every time we go. The quality of the food has been top notch every time and I will keep coming back here for a long time.

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

And we love having you in for all the special occasions, Jonathon. Thanks for being so kind and have a great weekend. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding!!!

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

So glad you enjoyed. We'll see you again soon. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great visit with fiancée and future mother in law!

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

Thanks so much for coming. Glad you enjoyed and look forward to having you back in with your wife and mother-in-law. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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T
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The dish I ordered was too fishy. They said shrimp and ricotta but the ricotta was non existent and was extremely fishy. Prices are expensive

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on July 26, 2019

I'm sorry that you didn't enjoy. We are always willing and able to remake a dish or bring out something new if what you ordered doesn't meet expectations for any reason. For instance on that dish, the menu says ricotta whey-leek puree so I can imagine that you were surprised if you were expecting fresh ricotta. Perhaps you'll try us again at Happy Hour every day til 6:30 when we offer a number of snacks and drinks at 50% off. And always let us know your thoughts. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The wait staff was wonderful and accommodating, as was the chef for changing up the pasta.
There was one disappointing thing: The fabulous texas peach with the mozzarella that was written on the menu as an ingredient was really disappointing. It consisted of 3 MICRO-slices of peach, so thin you couldn't even taste it. I mean, if you are going to buy one peach from a farmer to last all week, why bother bragging about using Texas peaches if the diner can hardly see it much less taste it? Truly, put more peach on the dish or don't talk about it.
Everyone was lovely and nice and proud of the food, as they should be, but this one thing doesn't make sense. Otherwise, thank you for a lovely evening.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on July 23, 2019

Thank you for coming and taking the time to review. The peach portion is definitely an oversight on our part. I'm sorry for missing it and not being able to address it in the moment. We would have been more than happy to correct. Some things are portioned differently than guests' expectations and we won't always change those servings but your description is not what that dish should look like. Glad you enjoyed otherwise and look forward to having you back in. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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CM
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience at L’Oca d’Oro! Service was great, the pasta was excellent, and overall a very pleasant dining experience! We had an appetizer and split the Carbonara and Cassarece - both were delicious! You can tell the pasta is made fresh in house. We will be back to try the tasting menu, which had seasonal dishes that looked amazing!

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on July 23, 2019

Thanks so much Chris. Glad you enjoyed and thanks for reviewing. Look forward to having you in for the tasting menu which will likely be very different than what you saw last week. Take care, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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RT
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

the small plates is exactly what we were looking for. The wine selection was eclectic and great. The wait staff was engaging and informative. I truly enjoyed the experience, ambiance, wine and food.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on July 23, 2019

Thank you Robert. That's great to hear and we appreciate you telling folks on OT. Look forward to having you back in. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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LW
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely birthday celebration. Planning/execution of the event was efficient and flawless.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on July 17, 2019

Thanks Leah. I'm so glad you enjoyed and hope we'll see you again before the next birthday. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A hidden gem in Mueller. Wonderful homemade pasta & wood fired ciabatta. Creative menu & very interesting wine list. Service spot on. Noise level in main room very loud, but high top in front of open kitchen was perfect. Worth the drive out.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on July 17, 2019

Thanks so much for taking the time to review. I'm glad you enjoyed and look forward to having you back in. Feel free to request the bar in your reservation and we'll do our best to save you a spot. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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AF
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 2

Overpriced, noisy, menu is too limited, not a good value for the quality of the food and ambiance.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on July 17, 2019

Alfred, I'm sorry that you were disappointed and that we were unable to address your concerns while you were here. We do have to keep the menu small and try to keep prices reasonable given that we make everything in house and source locally and sustainably. That being said, we are always happy to replace or remake a dish that is not to your liking or has not been executed properly. Please reply here with your email address if you'd like to tell me more specifically about your experience.

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j
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food, but same hit or miss service you get in Austin, tx. Luckily all the servers work as a team there so if your server isn’t coming by there were other servers checking and taking further orders as needed

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on July 17, 2019

Jeremy, I'm glad that our service model ended up working for you. I appreciate you coming and taking the time to review. Look forward to having you back in. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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RN
Austin
14 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WE are always pleasantly surprise but the taste of the food. This is not a red and white checkered Italian restaurant. Once we made a meal of just the appetizers. We want to return to try the pasta course. The customer service and the quality of the food is excellent. The wait staff is attentive without being overbearing or fake ( fills your water glass every 2 min ). When staff members who are not the waiter drop off a drink or a dish and you ask them for something - they don't say "This is not my table", they stop take your order and quietly pass it off to the waiter.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on July 12, 2019

Thank you Russell. This is all the things I want to hear. I appreciate you taking the time to review. Look forward to having you back in. Have a great weekend, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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JB
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stopped by towards the end of happy hour and had a seat at the bar. We had appetizers of beet dip, carrots, and meatballs. The dishes packed a lot of flavor and were worth it. The pasta we had for our entrees were excellent. I had the tagliatelle with pepper ragu and was very happy. The heat in the dish was just right. Do not miss the sweet corn panna cotta. The blueberries and corn just scream summertime.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on July 12, 2019

Thank you Joel. I'm so glad you enjoyed and took the time to review. The bar is my faovrite place for people to experience the restaurant. Look forward to having you back in, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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VT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great spot offering farm to table Italian food. Their fresh mozzarella was outstanding, as well as our server Andy.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on July 12, 2019

Thank you much. Glad you enjoyed and we appreciate the review. Look forward to having you back in, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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h
Austin
19 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Cannot wait to go back! Anna was a wonderful server and really knew the menu inside and out. Made for a great meal.

Only thing that was kind of meh...was we were seated we could see the kitchen... which was fine, but the area looked forgotten about. Everything else looked well put together and cared for.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on July 12, 2019

That's great to hear. I'm sorry about your seating arrangement. We have made a point of making sure those tables are placed as far from the back as possible and that the curtain stays drawn. Please feel free to tell us in your next OT reservation that you'd prefer a seat near the front of the dining room. Look forward to having you back in. Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love the food and service!

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on July 7, 2019

Glad to hear it. Thanks for supporting. Thanks for reviewing. We will try to keep it that way. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Italian restaurant in every way! Best Italian restaurant in Austin by far!

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on July 7, 2019

Thanks for coming in. We're thrilled you enjoyed and took the time to review. Look forward to having you back in. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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HH
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Nice place and people. Food was awful and overpriced for what it was.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on June 29, 2019

I'm sorry that was your experience and hope that you will write back to me with more specifics about your evening (where you ate, what you didn't like, etc.) so I can determine why we didn't know that you were so dissatisfied. I look forward to hearing back. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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JR
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all the way around! Impeccable service, every bite of food was extraordinary!

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on June 29, 2019

Thank you Julie. I'm glad you enjoyed and thank you for taking the time to review. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, interesting food, that is lovingly crafted.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on June 29, 2019

I'm so glad you enjoyed and thank you for reviewing. Look forward to seeing you again. Best, Adam Orman

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EG
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, creative, local food with a staff that gets a living wage and paid sick leave.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on June 29, 2019

Thanks Eric. I'm glad you enjoyed and also appreciate how we run the business. Look forward to having you back in soon. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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RR
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food. From the thoughtful appetizers to the inestimable pastas, the food is absolutely delicious. We also shared a branding placed atop a thick crispy “hash brown” with a perfectly formed neuter blanc sauce. I can’t rave enough

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on June 29, 2019

Thanks Rina. I'm so glad you enjoyed and we appreciate the review. Look forward to having you in again soon to try some of the new items on the menu. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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DM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went for Father’s Day dinner. It was a first for all of us. The food was refined and beautifully presented. The tastes were unexpected, but delicious. Our waiter was informative and personable. We will definitely go back!

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on June 29, 2019

Dana, I'm so glad you enjoyed and thank you for the review. Look forward to when you come back. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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l
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would have rated it higher but Adam, Eva, and Fiore we’re off partying somewhere.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on June 15, 2019

I apologize whole heartedly and look forward to you breaking Open Table's star system with a higher rating next time! Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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AB
Austin
26 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The pasta tasting menu featured a superb fried zucchini flower, four small pasta courses, and a large cannoli, gelato, wgipped cream sundae. Expensive but great quality and a very talented kitchen. Will definitely go back.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on June 15, 2019

Thanks so much for taking the time to review. I'm glad you enjoyed and were able to experience the tasting which, of course, will be different next time you're in. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and dining experience!!

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on June 10, 2019

Thanks for coming in. We're glad you enjoyed and hope to see you again soon. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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T
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great menu, food and service. Several menu items were spectacular, and server was very knowledgeable. The space is dominated by an open kitchen and bar, which is nicely transparent but noisy. The utilitarian metal chairs feel a little incongruous when you're spending $100 per person for dinner (including a cocktail and glass of wine). When the bill came we were expecting the 20% service charge for staff – which we totally support – but surprised by the big line for "tip". We added another 5%. I don't think the server was happy, and we ended up feeling cheap. This isn't how it should work.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on June 8, 2019

I'm glad you enjoyed and appreciate this review but I am sorry there were things that you were put off by. To address your tip concern, we are working with our ordering system to be able to customize the receipt but the format has, unfortunately, been out of our control. I can assure you though (and anyone reading this) that our servers do not expect add'l tips. They are appreciated but not the norm and are also shared with the whole staff. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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SS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely restaurant with amazing food. We had a lovely evening.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on June 8, 2019

Thanks Suzanne. Glad you enjoyed and hope to have you back again soon. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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FE
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The beet cashew dip was incredible. It’s one of the most interesting dishes I’ve tasted in past months. We also enjoyed the tagliatelle, and several other vegetarian options. The ambiance is inviting, lovely, and thoughtfully designed.

Every time I dine here, I experience some delightful, unexpected combination of flavors. We enjoy this restaurant whenever we can make it to the area, not only for their creative and delicious food, but also because they pay their staff a fair wage. We appreciate a restaurant that will uphold these values. They care about not only the quality of their food but also the quality of life for their staff.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on June 8, 2019

Thank you Denver. I'm glad you enjoyed the beets and appreciate that you took the time to review. It is such a simple and wild dish. Hope to have you back in soon, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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