Rules & Regs

4.2
63 Reviews
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
Chic Latin inspired escape with vast collection of tequila, mezcal, rum & cigars with rooftop bar & terrace.
Enjoy our weekend Brunch, taking in the best views of Austin downtown skyline while savoring regional Mexican and Latin creations by Chef Andre Natera. Exclusive cocktails creations by Beverage Director and Global Fairmont Tastemaker, Andrew Grenz.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 63 people are saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
3.9
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4.0
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4.5
ambience
3.7
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50% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good, great vibes. Get the ribs and the kambucha

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Gretchen
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food3service2ambience3

Overpriced. Made you make a reservation and were very strict about the reservation yet there were lots of empty tables. Patio overlooks concrete buildings and pool area which isn’t very picturesque. Food was not worth the price. Service was subpar.

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happymeal
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rules andRegs is an awesome lounge type bar! We love the ambiance and patio view of the Austin skyline.
We always receive the best, most attentive service. It is becoming a regular evening out for us on Fridays!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Food took an hour to get to us. Super slow service. Had to get up multiple times to ask for things because our waiting person did not come and check on us. We asked for coffee and it arrived cold

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vipArthurM
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I Proposed and Took Engagement Photos here. I’m an advocate for this place. The managers and staff were more than helpful and accommodating.

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HodaM
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food was terrible, literally stale chips from a bag. The drinks were watered down.. It was pretty empty m, but I can see why now. Also people can smoke cigarettes anywhere so you just smelt that!

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vipMarty
Austin
32 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for Pride and it was awesome. It was Drag Queen bingo and it was so much fun!!!
The atmosphere was fantastic and everyone had a great time.
Beautiful space and the food and drinks were great too!!! 10/10

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Service was awful. The host was not friendly and it took forebe

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

the waiter took about 10 minutes to even greet us and the drinks were overpriced

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great vibe

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ChantelM
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Little on the pricey side, but it’s a hotel bar, so we expected that. The guac was delicious. Cocktails were not worth the cost, but the beer was tasty. ,

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vipJacob
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Eh drinks, tacky atmosphere. Didn’t try the food, was uncomfortable.

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Patricia
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cool spot. Great views and servers were amazing. Would definitely come again!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

This place is not much more than a poolside bar. Offering “tapas” is misleading as the selection is limited and the items are not great in either presentation or flavor.

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vipJosh
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience2

We sat outside on the overlook but we didn’t understand that it was also the smoking section. Our table was dirty and never once did anyone come to try to clean it. The food was pretty good though and the view was great. Very expensive for a place with a lack of luxurious service.

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vipAndrewG
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Service was awful. We had to get up and ask for what we needed multiple times. They were out of cream for coffee and anything but watermelon for the fruit plate. Food was good but the experience was awful. We took guests there on purpose since we had a great experience in the past but we were embarrassed this time. Won’t go back.

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vipAtxNikkiNicole
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The Manager was awesome - our first round of drinks were horrible )

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BrittanyC
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Good views our server was very helpful

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kareng
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The rooftop space is beautiful. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable and fast. Had the gem salad with mahi mahi and the mahi mahi tacos. The salad was delicious and very generously portioned. Tacos were very good but the fish+green goddess from the salad was even better. Overall a great afternoon.

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JeanetteM
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot. Fantastic view. Great food. Amazing service. Just truly a special place.

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PreetiA
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The food was really expensive but quality did not match. Very bland, tasteless food not worth the steep prices. We went to celebrate mother's day and ended up spending $400 and left very dissatisfied

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

I booked this being an out of towner, assuming The Fairmont would be the best option for a Mother’s Day Brunch. The name of this place is confusing. It’s a Mexican menu. The table they sat us in was a cocktail table and they wouldn’t move us. Food was pretty good but we weren’t comfortable with the low tables.

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Brook
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Pros
Great View, pretty restaurant decor, nice staff, food decent, comfortable patio style seating outdoors, free mimosa for Mothers Day, and also received a free pair of earrings from Kendra Scott

Cons
Slow to greet and slow service overall, outdoor table is a coffee table so harder to eat a meal, very windy on the corner...chips, hair or anything loose will blow away. Prices are high for what you get. I had a mimosa and it wasn't very good (but it was free for Moms!) 5 ppl was about $150 with 1 appetizer & 2 drinks. Meals are small but I was full. My husband was not happy.

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KatieS
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great wait staff and ambiance but a little too windy that day! Maybe have ponytail holders available for future rooftop diners?

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vipArthurM
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I just proposed here on 5/8. Tory and team were very helpful and accommodating. View is amazing as well. A night to remember. Would definitely recommend this place.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

cinco de drinko

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was way above par for a hotel bar/restaurant. Views were spectacular.

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Sirena
New England
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Overpriced
They charged us for extra chips.
Not worth the hype although has a beautiful view

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KurtC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Dull, dated feel. Very average food. Nice wait staff but not so nice host.

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SABRINAN
Austin
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience5

Definitely paying for the atmosphere. The drinks and food took way too long to be delivered. Then BYO Bloody Mary was so over priced. All you get is a slice of lime and one olive. The food was tasty and came out hot. We had to ask for chips several times before getting them. Overall, don't recommend and I won't be returning to the Fairmont.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Had to give a negative review but this was really disappointing. We made a reservation for what I thought was outdoor dining for brunch and got there only to be told that there’s nothing out outdoors available. So it was late and we decided just sit inside. It really wasn’t even all that busy but the service is pretty awful. Just getting a refill on chips took 20 minutes or so. Waiter was very friendly and apologetic but I think they’re obviously super short staffed or something.

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vipJimG
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Eat outside and enjoy the amazing city views. Brunch is great. Cocktails rock.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Not good service and food

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vipjpotaco
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Reserved a table for outside and there were no tables outside (just lounge chairs and a coffee table). Decided to just eat inside as we were too late to move our party to another restaurant. Food was really average, but not disgusting. Asked for a cappuccino and one was regular and one had some kind of sweetener in it. The waitress said "that’s the way it tastes here" when obviously we had two and knew it wasn’t accurate. She did make amends and brought us a new one. Ordered multiple items that came with chips and were given 2 small cereal bowls full of chips. They did bring one more bowl but we had 4 items that were to come with chips.

I'd like to say they were busy, but they were not. We arrived at our scheduled time and they still had not opened their doors. We made the reservation the day before, and I see why it was so easy to get a reservation. To get out we had to use the elevator which states only 4 in at a time. EVERY SINGLE elevator had 4 plus in it so it took us about 10 minutes to leave. I really hate to leave a negative review, but I just hope I can help folks from making the same mistake and wasting their time. Maybe the restaurant can learn and do better, but I just didn't get the sense that anyone cared.

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viprafata
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

This is a bar. It is not a tapas place.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun and pretty view

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food1service2ambience5

Cocktails were disappointing, appetizers weren’t very good and expensive. Salsa didn’t taste like anything.

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markyatx
Austin
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Service was really slow, but the ambience was amazing

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OpenTable Diner
Montana
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Service was terrible. Waited 25 min for one drink. And appetizers came out not all at once.

FAQs

Rules & Regs is rated 4.2 stars by 63 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.