L'Oca d'Oro

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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

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Austin
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dine out frequently and we have high expectations for our dining experiences. We've had many great experiences over the years and many more that were middling or not memorial. This particular Saturday night at L'Oca d'Oro was one of the best dining experiences we've had.

We were greeted immediately and we were sat at the best bar spot immediately even though we arrived 15 minutes early.

Our appetizer (Foccacia) and our drinks (3) arrived promptly and were perfectly prepared.

Our pasta dishes (2) were the most amazing we've had since Italy in 2011.

The Tiramasu was nothing like we had ever experienced before.

We have stayed away for too long, but now that we've rediscovered L'Oca d'Oro, we'll be back way more often.

w
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very Fun place. Great if you are wanting to enjoy a high energy evening. The staff is wonderful. Very attentive and accommodating.

s
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely sublime!!! I’m afraid I will have to revisit before I leave in the next two days!!! That good!!

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you Shelly. I hope you made it back in! Safe travels and we'll see you next time you come through town. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food I've had in awhile.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded 2 days ago

Succinct. I like it! - Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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SS
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! The food was fantastic, the staff was very friendly/available, and the patio was perfect.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded 2 days ago

Smith, These are all the things that we try and do well. I'm glad it worked for you and hope to see you again soon. I think we probably have a few more great patio weeks ahead of us. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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DD
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had the 6-course tasting menu, and it did not disappoint. There was detail in the presentation, and every course was flavorful and balanced, pairing well with the recommended wines. The price was also very reasonable for the amount of food.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded 2 days ago

David, Thank you for coming in and trying the tasting menu and taking the time to review. The fall menu is alot of fun. Look forward to having you back in to see how it changes going in to the winter. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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JM
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Try the Pecan Nocino. It is otherworldly!

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded 2 days ago

I'm so glad you enjoyed. The Nocino is just one of the many concoctions that our bar team is constantly working on. You've got to come in and try all the colors of Amaro some time. Thanks for coming in and taking the time to review. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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BS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Mallory was great with her advice and the food met her high praise. Delicious and fun

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on October 31, 2019

Bill, That's great to hear. Our servers and bartenders are one of the most important parts of dining at L'Oca d'Oro. Look forward to having you back in to try some other items on the menu. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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WC
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice people. Good food!

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on October 31, 2019

Thanks Walter. We will continue to try and be nice and serve good food. See you next time, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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RV
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and a great deal for happy hour on a cute patio

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on October 31, 2019

Rachel, Glad you enjoyed HH during the good weather. The patio is the best place to be this time of year. Look forward to having you back in. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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AJ
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and even more amazing food! This was our first time visiting L'Oca d'Oro, and I would highly recommend it to anyone. I hope to visit many more times. A delicious and memorable meal.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on October 31, 2019

Amy, That's great to hear. I'm glad you enjoyed and I appreciate the review. I also hope you get to visit many more times. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Decided to give L’Oca d’Oro a try for the 1st time for our 25th Wedding Anniversary. We will definitely come back. They are truly a hidden gem in Austin. The food was excellent in every way. Small batch ingredients, locally sourced ingredients that were quality and as ‘healthy’ as you could get eating out. The presentation and the flavors were spot on. The service was impeccable! What a treat to have service like this in Austin. Rachelle was our server...extremely helpful, friendly and attentive to just the appropriate degree. The cocktails are quality as well. If you’ve been hesitating to visit, don’t wait any longer. Bring your wallet :) but it is worth it! Bravo L’Oca d’Oro!!

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on October 31, 2019

Thank you so much for celebrating with us and for the kind words. I'm glad we could make it special for you and I look forward to meeting next time you're in. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience4

I thought it was overpriced for the entree size. The quality was food. The appetizers were reasonable. I ordered a happy hour drink and was charged full price. When I asked, they stated it was not on the happy hour menu.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on October 31, 2019

I'm sorry if there was a misunderstanding about availability for Happy Hour. We try to print that info clearly on the menus and have servers tell folks what the deal is but I will bring this up with staff to ensure they are having this conversation with their Happy Hour guests. I'd like to know what you had for an entree. Some dishes are definitely lighter than others and I hope we're pointing people towards dinners that will be satisfying. Thank you for this feedback, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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CS
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Yes this restaurant serves a tasting and pairing fare. Although once I was not a fan of this, ten years ago in San Francisco I had a paired five course meal so delicious it changed my palate. Never thought I would see this duplicated in Texas. I was wrong. Extremely GOOD food!!! Thanks you.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on October 31, 2019

That's great to hear. We're very proud of the pasta tasting menu so I love to hear that folks appreciate what goes into it and what a unique offering it is. I hope to see you back soon to see how it will change heading in to the winter. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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RR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and wonderful service. The bartender, Eva, was the best!

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on October 31, 2019

Rudy, Thank you for coming in and for the positive review. We appreciate it and look forward to having you back in. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drink are top notch! However, I wish they would put a salad on the menu.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on October 31, 2019

I'm so glad that you enjoyed what you had and that you took a moment to review. As to the salad question, that really depends on what kinds of lettuces we're able to get locally. We do have the mushroom salad with red butter lettuce right now to highlight the radishes and avocado that are in season. And that will change pretty regularly. Please check the website where we update the menu whenever it changes. Look forward to having you back, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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VK
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful food! portions perfect! service quick. willing to accommodate special needs since all was made fresh!

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on October 31, 2019

Vivian, That's great to hear. I'm glad you enjoyed and that we were able to take care of you. Look forward to having you back in. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tried the pasta tasting menu. It was very good but seemed over priced.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on October 24, 2019

Thank you and I'm glad you enjoyed. We do try to keep our prices reasonable given the quality of the sustainable ingredients we source and the labor that goes into making all the pasta, bread, cheeses, etc. That being said, we also have a great Happy Hour every day til 6:30 with several small plates and drinks available for 50% off. Look forward to having you back in, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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RC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I snuck into this restaurant at 8pm on a Saturday night only because there was a University of Texas football game (against Oklahoma) at the same time. I was in Austin for the first time, on business alone, and chose to sit at the bar where I could see into the kitchen, watch the food both being prepared and as it was carried out to tables, and chat with the bartenders. The entire evening was wonderful. I picked three appetizers so I could taste as many different dishes as possible and all of them were great. I strongly recommend the meatballs. I ordered wines by the glass, leaving the choice to the bartender, and each recommendation worked perfectly with the dish paired with it. I had an ongoing conversation with the bartender on the story of the restaurant; wine and food; international travel; the state of affairs in our country; music, art, and literature. By the end of my evening there, this conversation had drawn in the owner. L'Oca d'Oro will be on my list the next time I'm in Austin (in two weeks) and I will recommend it to everyone I know.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on October 24, 2019

Ron, It was great talking to you and hearing about your work. I'm glad you found yourself at our bar and look forward to seeing you again in a few weeks. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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SV
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service was spotty. Food was very good. No dessert comped for the birthday boy which seemed odd, as we told them about the 60th bday occasion. Patio was great.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on October 31, 2019

I'm sorry that there were lapses in service but am glad you enjoyed dinner. If you'd like to email me, to let me know specifically what happened so I can go over it with your server, I'd appreciate the add'l feedback. As to birthdays, typically we will include a candle but not comp the whole dessert for every guest who is here celebrating. I'm sorry if we did something to mislead you. Look forward to hearing more and thank you for coming in, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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DS
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely wonderful, especially the house-made mozzarella and focaccia. Highly recommend!

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on October 24, 2019

So glad you enjoyed, Darinne. The mozzrella and focaccia are two of our regular items, though how we serve the cheese will change depending on availability of other ingredients, so I'm very glad you liked them both. Look forward to having you back in to work your way down the rest of the menu before it changes again. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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R
Austin
32 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect. Just perfect.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on October 24, 2019

Thank you. I'm so glad and I hope we are perfect again next time you're in. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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Austin
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eva serves us at the bar and she was phenomenal. It was my first time and loved everything about it. Get the meat and cheese board!!!

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on October 31, 2019

I'm so glad you enjoyed and thank you for taking the time to review. Look forward to having you back in for a second time to see how things have changed. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

It was impossible to have dinner conversation within our dinner party due to the acoustics. Dry unpleasant. We will not return unless we visit when the restaurant is half full. Perhaps lunchtime.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on October 24, 2019

We are still trying to address the acoustics but, when the restaurant is full, the dining room still gets very loud. The bar side and certainly the patio are much quieter and, even the dining room is when it's nice outside, because we move a number of tables to the sidewalk. And, of course, Sunday-Thursday, we generally only use 1/2 the dining room. I hope you'll give us another try and please mention your preference for a quiet spot on your reservation. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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D
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful selection of Italian wines paired with delightfully fresh pasta dishes. Amazing staff as well.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on October 24, 2019

Thank you for coming in and taking the time to review. I'm so glad you enjoyed and we will see you again soon. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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MK
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Servers were great! The side room was a little less of an ambience not quite as warm as the rest of the place. We did the pasta pairing, some were awesome some were just okay. Dessert had a bit too much going on. But this review was kinda critical only because there were so many things we liked. I would come back, but maybe not for entertaining my boss.

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

Matthew, I'm glad you enjoyed. Next time, it sounds like we'll have to get you to the bar to try some items off the regular menu. It's a very different vibe. Thanks for trying and thank you for taking time to review. Have a great weekend, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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J
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my birthday on Sunday evening and it was amazing!! The whole staff was attentive and welcoming. The food was incredible , my favorite was the Rigatoni. Thank-you!!

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

Thank you Jennifer, I'm so glad you celebrated with us and enjoyed. Look forward to having you back in to try some other pastas. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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LG
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

L'Oca d'Oro was the perfect place to have a celebratory dinner after getting married. The staff was attentive, the food delicious, and the ambiance was intimate.

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

Thank you Lee and Congratulations! I'm so glad you enjoyed and we look forward to having you back in for a less auspicious occasion, like Tuesday! Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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DB
Atlanta
39 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very creative menu. I had the short run served over roasted butternut squash. I also had the dogs and mozzarella which was amazing.

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

Thanks Dedrick. I'm glad you enjoyed and hope you'll be back to see how the menu changes as we get closer to the holidays. Have a great weekend, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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M
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I was initially confused by the wait staff floating from table to table, but the concept seems to speed up the process. The food was properly prepared and well explained by the servers. Noise-level is relatively high though I’m growing use to that in Austin as more restaurants need to turn their table over relatively quickly to stay in business. Will definitely return again!

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

Thanks so much, Mike. I'm glad you enjoyed and that you are understanding. We have and continue to try to mitigate the sound. It is often quieter on the bar side and, certainly, the patio and in the fall and spring when we can move more tables to the sidewalk. The food, though, is always just as good. Atleast that's the plan. Look forward to seeing you again, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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K
Houston
26 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, L’Oca D’Oro amazes in every way possible. The moment we enter, we are recognized by the owners and staff by name. The food and drinks are superb, the staff attentive and the kitchen an amazing work of choreographed teamwork. I love this place, it is absolutely one of the finest restaurants I have dined in anywhere in the world. Thank you, Adam and team!

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

Kenny, Always great to have you in and thank you for taking the time to review. Look forward to seeing you next time, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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T
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Too loud to converse. Limited selection but quite tasty. Lots of virtue signals in the ambience.

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

I'm glad you enjoyed your dinner and thank you for the feedback. It is quieter on the bar side and when we are able to move more tables to the patio. As to our messaging, it's important for us to highlight how we pay so folks know that a service charge is included for the entire staff and that no one is paid $2.13/hr. That we source over 75% of our ingredients from sustainable Austin farms, informs the value of dinner at L'Oca. Please respond here or at adam@locadoroaustin if you'd like.

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h
Miami
40 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Tasty food but tiny portions. .$24 fish entree would have been a small appetizer. Salad small. Wine pour stingy. Tapas at full entree prices. Total ripoff. Crowded but does anyone come back? Service good until filled up. Then just Ok.

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

I'm sorry that you were disappointed and that we didn't recognize that while you were here. The fish is likely the lightest dish on the menu so we should have made sure that you were ordering other items that would potentially be more filling. I'd like to hear more about when you dined so I can determine why we weren't able to do more to satisfy you and your guests. You may reply here or adam@locadoroaustin to provide more feedback.

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LC
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Birthday dinner

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

Thanks for coming in to celebrate with us. Look forward to having you back. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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FA
Austin
28 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious pasta sampler. Great wine selection.

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

Thanks so much Foodie. Glad you enjoyed. The pasta and wine selections will likely be different next time we see you and we hope that you'll enjoy just as much. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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CM
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

While this was a nice experience. (They put our larger group in a separate room) the portions are very small for the price point. The drinks from the bar came slowly! The wine by the bottle was pretty quick, but the simple mixed drinks took too long. It seemed a bit pretentious! I probably won’t come back, but likely a great place for people who are good with trying new things and don’t have a big appetite.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on September 28, 2019

Christina, I'm sorry your evening wasn't totally satisfying. It sounds like we didn't do our best job of creating your order so that you would have the right amount of food for the whole group. And thank you for the note on the bar, I will look into why there was a slow down on Wed. night. Perhaps you'd like to try L'Oca again for Happy hour (every day til 6:30) where we have a number of small plates and drinks available at 50% off! See you then, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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OT
Austin
28 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful! I will be back! Authentic Italian.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on September 28, 2019

Thanks so much. I'm glad you enjoyed and we appreciate the review. Look forward to having you back in. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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DS
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

L’Oca d’Oro did it again. We chose to come in for a date night celebration of getting engaged and they pulled out the stops and made us (as usual) feel so incredibly welcomed and loved through the food and the conversations with the staff. Adam, Fiore, and the entire team has become like family for me and my now fiancée. It is without a doubt, our favorite restaurant in Texas and one that we make active attempts to brings friends to and be regulars.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on September 28, 2019

David, You're very sweet. It is a pleasure having you in to celebrate your happy occasions with us. Thank you and Congratulations!

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JT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience2

The food was much too salty. It was also incredibly noisy. I will not be back.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on September 20, 2019

Judy, I'm very sorry that was your experience. We're always able to remake dishes that aren't executed well or just aren't to your liking for any reason. I hope that you will give L'Oca another try and perhaps sit in the bar area where the acoustics are much better. We have worked to mitigate the noise in the dining room but when it's full, it can get very loud. We'll continue to work on it based on your and other's feedback. Thank you, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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MR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

the food was bland and tasteless. another attempt to bring fancy food to austin, forgetting food is meant to be eaten and tasted. a place with an oven that is located across from a kid’s place - that has NO PIZZA. absurd waste of potential

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on September 28, 2019

Rosie, I'm sorry you were so disappointed and that we didn't know while you were in the restaurant or didn't do anything to remedy the situation. Please email me at adam@locadoraustin. if you'd like to provide any more specifics about your evening. There is a pizza place on the other side of the Thinkery so we are definitely doing something different and we can be fancy or we can do spaghetti & meatballs for kids. We try to excel at both. Hope to hear back from you, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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