L'Oca d'Oro

4.8
823 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 823 people are saying
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vipMike
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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.

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RocB
Austin
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

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vipKevinF
Austin
29 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
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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JonathonH
Austin
1 review
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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DeborahN
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

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

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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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LauraS
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so happy to be back after a year. The food was even better than I remember and we loved all of the patio seating they’ve set up. The burrata was to die for. Can’t wait to go back.

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

Laura, 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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Mike
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We felt nice and safe outside on the patio, and it was wonderful to be back with our friends at L'Oca enjoying their awesome food and drinks.

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

Mike, 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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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing waiter! She was really personable and I wish she gave us her name, so I could add it in this review. Also, the cavatelli, house Negroni, and black pepper gelato are not to be missed - truly incredible.

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

Our first review of the "new" year! This is great to hear. Thank you and look forward to having you back in.

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vipSteveK
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For those who like both excellence, creativity and everything made with passion, L'Oca d'Oro is THE place. We intentionally went back on the first night they opened and plan to be regulars forever more.

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

We will be here for you. Thank you, Steve. See you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was perfect. I love this restaurant with all my heart and belly. So happy they’re reopened with an added patio seating area. I had some food restrictions and they made me unbelievably delicious substitutions for those dishes. What a great step back into social life post vax and post new baby.

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

Congratulations on the vaccination and baby! So glad we were able accommodate your restrictions and look forward to seeing you again soon. Take care.

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vipHarryC
Austin
21 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant with exceptional food.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on March 18, 2020

Thank you Harry, I'm so glad you enjoyed. For the next 6 weeks, most of the menu is available for takeout. Please call with questions. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and food!

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on March 18, 2020

Thanks so much. For the next 6 weeks, most of the menu is available for takeout. Please call with questions. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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CedarM
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Even better than advertised and well worth every penny. The best tiramisu that my fiancée and I have ever had. The service was excellent and was great at giving us recommendations and making sure every item was satisfactory. I would love to come back again.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on March 18, 2020

Cedar, Thank you so much for coming in and reviewing. I'm thrilled that you enjoyed. For the next 6 weeks, most of the menu is available for takeout. Please call with questions. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still in my top 3 restaurants in Austin.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on March 8, 2020

Thanks so much. We're going to try and keep it that way. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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AnthonyL
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food flavors, excellent team service the Pasta’s and risotto are excellent. See where I’m going with this. Only wish I had found this restaurant sooner.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on March 18, 2020

Anthony, That is so great to hear. We love how our team works together. Thanks for coming in and for reviewing. For the next 6 weeks, most of the menu is available for takeout. Please call with questions. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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vipumamimami
Austin
16 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Wow. Rarely have we left a restaurant MAD.

Nice venue. Décor was pleasant. Service was a bit over-attentive, yet not engaging.
We chose the Pasta Tasting and to do so, the whole table had to participate. You assume that this rule is because if some members of your table don’t join in, they will be left out of the wonderfulness. By the end of the meal, it was evident that it the opposite. They have trapped ALL of you into the horrible, overpriced experience.
So, here we go: The food was edible, but gross. I am basing this off the fact that we were able to get our meal down, but nothing was good and a lot of it was disappointing. It was a 6-course Pasta Tasting. Every pasta dish was meager and weird. Flavors and composition was over-reaching, not great, but OK. In most of the pasta dishes, the pasta consistency was dense and gummy, as if you ate a clump of noodles that had stuck together. Every course was only a few bites. The meal took 2.5 hours. So you do the math. This was a lot of time drinking water, which was always promptly refilled, and staring at an empty table.
Dessert was a carrot cake for two which must’ve been built by the chef’s 3 year old: small cake, flat-tipped pastry bag of icing, candied pecans jabbed on top. Oh! It’s your birthday, let us jam and light a candle into your cake AFTER you have started eating it! (The only real failure in the service.)
We sat next to a window to the kitchen and could see that other entrees were appealing and abundant. We were sat there to torture us, I’m sure. The ride home was filled with hungry and angry silence, coated in a buttery sauce of disappointment. Thus, if the a la carte dishes on the menu were as yummy as they looked, we will never know. We will not go back.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on March 8, 2020

The worst part of this is that we didn't do anything despite the attentive service you mention. We are always happy to remake dishes that weren't executed properly or replace them if something wasn't to your liking for any reason. We appreciate that you tried the tasting menu which usually gets great responses. I'm going to talk to last night's manager tonight and will discuss your table and be in touch with you directly. Until then, my apologies for your evening. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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JohnK
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very good food and service, will definitely return.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on March 18, 2020

John, Thank you so much for coming in and reviewing. I'm thrilled that you enjoyed. For the next 6 weeks, most of the menu is available for takeout. Please call with questions. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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LizS
Grand Rapids
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

I did not regret dining at L'Oca d'Oro but the hype is bigger than it delivers. The main dining room is like being in someone's cordoned off spare room that uses a weird kind of homemade curtain. The chairs are not particularly comfortable--like outdoor furniture inside and the table is small. It felt cramped. From the photos online, it looks like you should choose to sit outside or at the bar. We had the pasta tasting menu, which was interesting. I felt like the first two courses were fine, but the ending 2-3 left me cold. I did not like the long sweet pasta before the final course (carrot cake), which was ample for 2 people and tasty. But it was not what I came for. The final pasta course left me asking: Was it supposed to get me ready for dessert or to fill me up after the 2 TINY pieces of pasta with meat in them that was supposed to be the "main"?--I'd not be complaining if there had been 4 pieces of veal tortellini, but when they say "tasting menu" they really mean ALL you are getting for $10 a course is a taste. Pretty pricey. I'd get rid of the sweetish log after the veal and put in a classic cheese pasta as a cheese course, which makes sense before the carrot cake.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on March 8, 2020

Liz, We appreciate you coming in to try the tasting menu. I'm sorry that we didn't know you weren't thrilled by the last few dishes. We are always happy to remake dishes that weren't executed properly or replace them if something wasn't to your liking for any reason. We hope you'll be back to try the regular menu sitting next to the kitchen on the bar side. Sounds like you may enjoy that menu and experience better, particularly Happy Hour where several small plates and drinks are 50% off.

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LoriL
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is really incredible. It’s just like eating in Italy. My only disappointment was that they were out of their house made limoncello!

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Jill
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice anniversary meal with L'Oca d'Oro. Came highly recommended by a friend and we were not disappointed. Every dish is made with love, and absolutely delicious. The complimentary champagne toast to celebrate 11 years was such a sweet surprise. Thank you for a delicious meal and excellent hospitality. We will return.

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RobinH
Savannah
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is our 3rd time to L'Oca d'Oro. We have enjoyed each of meals, but this one surprised us. My husband and I have been trying to move to a plant-forward diet, minimizing eggs, fish, dairy, and other animal based foods in our day-to-day diet. This was our "weekend splurge." Although, we hadn't planned to avoid "meat" this meal, we found wonderful vegan and vegetarian options on the menus. The carrots were divine and the beet, cashew "pate" was terrific. The only downside was the noise. Both of us are hard of hearing, but the staff even accommodated that. We were at a 2-top and they turned the table sideways so that we could site side-by-side and actually have a conversation and easily share food.

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fnc21
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and restaurant! The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. We’ll definitely come back.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on February 27, 2020

Thanks so much for coming and for the kind review. We'll look forward to having you back in. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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MuellerResident
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, every dish was perfect. The service is also excellent. The portions are small, but in most restaurants they are huge, so it just an adjustment to be served a more appropriate sized portion. One of our favorites!

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on February 27, 2020

Thank you so much for coming in. We especially love serving our neighbors. Look forward to having you back in. We can also make sure you have a good idea which dishes are more or less filling next time you come in so your expectations will be met. Take care, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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SandraB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinner and conversation with one of the owners, Adam, at the end of the meal. Hearing his passion for his restaurant was inspiring! We will be back soon.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on February 27, 2020

Sandra, Thanks so much. It was also lovely talking to you. Look forward to having you back in. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Quality service with delightful dishes. Appreciated the living wage paid to all employees - it affected our restaurant dining selection for the evening.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on February 24, 2020

And thank you for coming in and reviewing. We appreciate it and look forward to having you back in. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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vipAndrewL
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food in an intimate setting. I loved the freshly prepared pasta and innovative dishes. Excellent service. It's especially fund to share dishes here. A great night out.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on February 24, 2020

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

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vipNoelleO
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite! Excellent happy hour, excellent food and just the best service

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on February 24, 2020

Noelle, That's great to hear. Glad you enjoy and thank you for taking the time to review. See you again soon, Adam Orman, GM/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 823 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.