Second Bar + Kitchen Domain Northside

4.4
230 Reviews
$30 and under
American

About

The downtown Austin favorite is now open in the newly developed Domain NORTHSIDE, inside the Archer Hotel. Second Bar + Kitchen combines seasonal ingredients with local artisan products to create a true farm-to-table experience. Renowned Executive Chef David Bull offers small plates for sharing, locally-recognized salads, delicious pizzas, entrees and desserts to enjoy. Second Bar + Kitchen Domain NORTHSIDE is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night, as well as a menu to be enjoyed on the upstairs terrace.

From the bar, Second Bar + Kitchen Domain NORTHSIDE offers a wide selection of finely crafted cocktails by Director of Bars + Beverage Jason Stevens, an approachable wine program from Wine Director Paula Rester and a selection of eclectic beers.
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4.4based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.4
service
4.2
ambience
3.8
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KatieS
Austin
5 reviews
Reviewed on September 24, 2018
Overall5foodserviceambience

We alway love Second Bar and Kitchen! First of all, fantastic service! The staff is very well spoken, polite, enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the menu. We always get top notch recommendations. The manager is awesome and very professional. The food is always amazing and creative. We love that we can have a casual meal here as well as a nice romantic dinner. We had dinner the other night with friends and had a nice charcuterie board and a few other great appetizers. All our entrees were excellent. I think the pistachio crusted scallops were the best i've ever had and perfectly cooked. Definitely a treasure at the domain.

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vipRedhead
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Service was poor, side of eggs came out after all entrees were finished. Items were forgotten.. service was kind but horribly slow. Food was unimpressive and very small portions. Our 11 yr old ordered the waffle entree and it was one waffle the size of her palm. She could have eaten 3 :) great ambiance but not worth another visit when there are so many amazing establishments just a stones throw away.

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Jodie
Austin
29 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent server. We will be back!

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vipBrianN
Austin
57 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Slow service, kitchen was off tempo and waiter could have been more assertive in correcting. DO NOT SIT BY THE WINDOWS. Late afternoon sun shines directly into your face, so best you sit toward the interior of the restaurant. Had to move table twice.

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JEM1
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Having eaten at Congress and Second Kitchen downtown with good experiences, I was disappointed with my visit to the Domain location. Most of the food was excellent or at least very good with the exception of an appetizer that was too spicy to eat. (I can tolerate heat at the jalepeno level, but this was much hotter.)
Service was more of an issue. We had early evening reservations and were seated (in a less than half full restaurant) where the setting sun was blazing in my eyes. When I mentioned it to my waiter he agreed it was very bad, in fact so bad that they allow their bar tenders to wear sunglasses. Nothing was done to make my uncomfortable situation better.
Also, we ordered 2 wines from the wine list and neither were available. Worse, our waiter did not know and went off to get each and had to come back and tell us they didn't have it. I wasn't making up wines. I was selecting from the list they provided, so I did not appreciate having to play a guessing game. I must state that the manager stepped in at that point and bought our wine which I think was very appropriate. Still, it leaves a bad impression when the wine list is inaccurate and the wait staff is uninformed.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Went for brunch, and didn’t realize it was inside of the hotel. They didn’t take our orders for 30 minutes, and we had to ask for cutlery on two occasions.

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CarolynB
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience1

This restaurant is in an open air lobby of a hotel. It felt very much like an airport restaurant. And it was literally empty while we at our dinner at 630pm on a Sunday. An employee got out a mop and mopped the floor entire floor including directly around us while we ate. It felt like I was eating at a McDonalds. The food was ok. But the atmosphere was very off-putting and the mopping around our feet while we ate made us feel very unwelcome. I would not recommend this location.

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vipracie03
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, quality, service located in the Archer Hotel in the Domain. Ask for Nathanial. He’s the best!

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vipMonicaH
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great server, great brunch options and fun all around!

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RachaelE
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service was outstanding! The food was remarkable! An overall wonderful evening!

MA
MichaelA
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Food was fine. Service was very slow even being 1/2 full. Like 10-15 minutes to refill a water glass.

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vip2lipps
Austin
14 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Second Bar has reconfigured their dining room. It is now open and airy with better views from every table. The food is innovative and delicious. We always order from snacks and small plates and share. Waitstaff is very attentive and brings out courses out in a timely manner. There is an interesting cocktail menu and good wines by the glass. Great place to chill out and relax.

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viptamarah
Dallas
41 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Second Bar and Kitchen. Not a fan of the gin and jam cocktail- basically straight gin. Paloma was good! We had truffle fries, charcuterie board, ceviche & kale salad. All were amazing! Will definitely go back.

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PED42
Austin
36 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was excellent. Service was fair and kept this from being five star overall.

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vipGtownLocal
Austin
22 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to share plates in a nice, airy atmosphere. And the cocktails were pretty good, too.

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RobertG
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant brunch. Good food. Quiet and comfortable ambiance. Would eat there again and recommend to friends.

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vipMRuiz
Austin
20 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We went for brunch, the menu was limited and everything included eggs, so if you don't like eggs you have no options.
The service was really good. The food was ok but it was a bit expensive for what we got in return. I don't think we will come back

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FitFoodie
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Father’s Day

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CedarParkDaD
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall3food5service4ambience4

We got seated next to a limestone pillar that ended up leaving marks all over my date's suit jacket. The service was alright and the portions were on the smaller side. The food did taste great and their drinks menu has plenty of fun options.

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fbell50
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Stingy portion sizes, a bit too salty, dinners served in bowls - prefer plates for straight up fish. Ambiance nice, quiet but not busy. Waiter brought a complimentary dessert after we mentioned both of our fish were too salty.

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vipLBATX
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Slow night but good experience. Small plates & cocktails. Server friendly & knowledgeable.

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SteveF
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food tasted great and the service was great, but what you got for the money was not worth it. Just left feeling like we all got ripped off. Won’t be back. You can similar quality for a lot less.

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AndrewM
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience4

very flavorless foid redfish and avocado dip were extremely bland

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vipDawn
Las Vegas
24 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Early Father’s Day dinner before going to concert. Pretty hot because of the large windows. Sweated while waiting for food. The food received a mixed review from our table. The pommes frites appetizer was really good but the tortilla soup was likened to a bowl of enchilada sauce. My entree pizza was really good with sausage and pepperoni. However the others at my table were over halfway through with their entrees before my pizza arrived. The waiter did apologize and brought me complimentary dessert bites. The salmon was very good but my husband was pretty disappointed in the short ribs, very average. The carmelized onions were not very flavorful. He says “ I would not order again”. The key lime dessert was very different and very good. Took quite a while to get check. We would not consider this a restaurant that I would go back to. More negatives than positives .

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vipNeenah
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A bit loud and is an open area of the hotel so not as intimate. More of a fun vibe than relax dining. But had the Best redfish I ever had!! Great flavor.

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Diana
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I came here for our anniversary and really enjoyed it! We got 2 appetizers, a cocktail each, and an entree each and left under $100. Great date spot that's still reasonably priced. We'll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall it was a solid night out. The only complaint would be that my fathers pasta dish was under cooked and pretty dang chewy.

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vipLBATX
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great lunch, beautiful room, unobtrusive staff - right amounts of elegance & down to earth comfort.

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CamilleC
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall2food2service5ambience4

I was not impressed at all with the food. Beer selection was shabby where we have so much craft beer available. Our server was very informative. Beautiful place but won’t return.

Camille

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Babs
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

i like the food here. It is good and consistent plus parking is free which is an added plus!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
28 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Excellent scallops entree, great salads, decent wine list, fun atmosphere. It's very noisy due to high ceilings and hard floors. Cocktails are weak and disappointing. Service is pretty good usually. Sitting outside is really nice. Also fun for happy hour or lunch and special occasions (but not intimate). Kids are welcome and you see babies, toddlers and older kids as well.

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DavidC
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We chose this spot for its menu and it did not disappoint at all. All we ate were the small plates and appetizers to get the full flavor of the chef, and drowned them in the hand crafted drinks. The huge view of the Domain's restaurant/bar district provided much entertainment.

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Pfoodie
Austin
25 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious and our waiter was attentive without being over bearing. The cocktails were great too.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice family meal!

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Bradenkk
Austin
14 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating here. Great food and drink options. Will definitely return!

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RoundRockResident
Austin
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The bartenders were very pleasant to speak with, and made a very good cocktail.

The food was quite good, I was not disappointed.

I'm actually impressed with the simplicity of the menu. The minimalism is a refreshing touch.

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RobertI
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal. Great service. Wonderful food.

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vipRebeccaH
Austin
24 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for brunch and was not disappointed. The scone was a great start, followed by the breakfast crossinant and French toast.

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debbiet
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Easter Sunday brunch set menu. Should have checked into menu options. Very strange collection of tiny plates as sides, appetizers and desserts with a lamb chop and tiny buttermilk waffles with no butter as main. Confusing menu. More like a tapas bar idea than a holiday brunch. Huge mini pastry selection which was wasted because there were just too many side dishes being delivered. Four of the 7 tiny sides, which could be refilled, were unusual salads. While tasty my husband doesn’t eat beets, kale, fennel, or grapefruit salads. Deviled eggs were salmon based, and not good. I wish I had called about menu but assumed for Easter there might be ham or omelets. $100 tab made it even more disappointing plus the &8 to park at the Archer. Now I will never get him to go back for the delicious burger and fries!

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AlexandraB
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall4food3service5ambience2

I guess I'm more of a traditionalist when it comes to Easter Brunch. Like the ratings I gave, I thought the service was exceptionally good and timely. Absolutely no issue there. I was expecting a little more Easter-related decor. And though the food was good and fairly adventurous, it just simply wasn't my thing. Which is why I wouldn't recommend or go back. It was fun to do once, I'd maybe go back for a regular meal. I'm also pregnant so my taste buds are not the same at all right now which might have tainted my enjoyment just a little. So take my review with a grain of salt. For Easter brunch next year, I'm hoping to go somewhere with a more traditional buffet spread.

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Second Bar + Kitchen Domain Northside is rated 4.4 stars by 230 OpenTable diners.