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Texas French Bread

4.4
159 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary French / American
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An inviting bakery and bistro in the heart of Austin, Texas, Texas French Bread has provided homemade bread, pastries and dinners to guests and neighbors for over 30 years. The farm to table bistro provides such menu items as turkey sandwiches, chicken salad, cheeseburgers, shrimp soup, pork Milanese, roasted chicken and more. Texas French Bread supplies all ingredients locally and offers new creations each day.

Early risers can stop by Texas French Bread for breakfast to indulge in sweet and savory flavors. Enjoy banana pancakes, breakfast tostadas, meat omelets and French toast to start the day in a filling way. Add a side of bacon, fruit and homemade pastries to complete the experience.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary French / American, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Monday: 7 am – 9:30 pm
Tuesday: 7 am – 9:30 pm
Wednesday: 7 am – 9:30 pm
Thursday: 7 am – 9:30 pm
Friday: 7 am – 10 pm
Saturday: 8 am – 10 pm
Sunday: 8 am – 3 pm
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Phone number
(512) 499-0544
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mike Hamley
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
W. 29th St.
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Parking details
Private Lot
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.4  based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.5
service
4.1
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Lynn (Central Texas)
5.0  Dined on April 18, 2015

We tried for two hours to find a place that didn't make us wait for 1.5 hours and then used open table and found this restaurant. It was wonderful, no wait, no crowded, and in a nice area -- who knew? So glad they use Open Table -- this was a real find! Portions are smaller than expected and salads are small and costly -- but delicious.

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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
3.0  Dined on April 18, 2015

Totally adequate, but nothing more. Not worth the price. There are so many better places to eat in Austin.

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susans (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on April 2, 2015

Everything is delightfully understated. Food is tasty, varied in flavors, appropriate in amount, presented nicely. Pasta was cooked perfectly and service was excellent. This is a reliable, local gem.

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austinnative (Austin)
5.0  Dined on March 21, 2015

Friendly knowledgeable service, prix fixe reasonably priced & delicious, very good wine list and garden seating splendid for a spring brunch! Lovely spot for a small wedding party.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Austin)
5.0  Dined on March 19, 2015

I love this place. My wife and I have been countless times. The small menu's simple yet elegant style helps showcase the chefs' talents at picking great local ingredients and honoring them to their fullest. You cannot go wrong on this menu, but a couple of notable repeat highlights are to have the frites as a side and end with the butterscotch budino (it's like a pudding.) If you've never been before, you might just find yourself a new low-key, yet surprisingly high quality dining experience.

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Kate (Austin)
4.0  Dined on March 6, 2015

Simple, effortlessly delicious, locally sourced food in a relaxed neighbourhood environment. An awesome mid week supper spot

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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
5.0  Dined on February 21, 2015

We have eaten at Texas French Bread several times and have always loved it! The atmosphere and wait staff are perfect. The other evening our food was not so perfect! The meal lacked everything - substance and flavor! The drum fish with just a few brussel sprouts did not cut it!
Although, we had brunch there on a Sunday and everything was fabulous!

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Babs (Austin)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2015

Cauliflower bisque with crostini and just a bit of lump crabmeat was out of this world and a lovely start to the Valentine's Day meal. It was a memorable evening complete with attentive staff and pleasant surprises with each course served and each glass of wine poured. The only low mark goes to the drum entree, which was tasty enough but not quite up to the same standard as the other course offerings. Overall, an evening well spent. Thanks to Texas French Bread for being such a good neighbor all these years!

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nancy73gg (Austin)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2015

My husband and I went to Texas French bread for Valentine's Day. I originally made a reservation at 7pm which they arbitrarily changed to 6pm. This was somewhat inconvenient for us but the only other choice they gave us was to cancel. They served a four course meal for a fixed price. We also chose to have the wine pairings for an additional cost. The food was good although the starter salad was very similar to the venison appetizer , just with the added meat. My only complaint were the wine pairings. We started with a French sparkling wine that was lukewarm. The wine accompaniment to the lamb shank was a german pinot noir with a very bitter aftertaste. It was pretty much undrinkable. All in all I wish I had just ordered a good bottle of wine for the entire dinner. Service was very gracious and mostly prompt with a big delay just prior to the entrée. Atmosphere was very nice.

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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
3.0  Dined on February 13, 2015

Typically a favorite place for lunch and dinner, but caught an off night. Too loud, drafty, busy. Out of one favorite menu item early, needed salt on the second…and the coffee was NOT decaf as promised. The service was attentive, friendly and professional. Will definitely return for another occasion, as this experience was uncharacteristic.

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vipOutfordinner (Austin)
5.0  Dined on December 13, 2014

From the wine find, amazing fresh baked bread with olive oil, to the
fantastic drum preparation. I love how it all works, tastes and feels.
Thank you TFB for being there for us!

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cymf (Austin)
5.0  Dined on December 9, 2014

TFB is a unique spot in Austim that serves fine food, retains staff and remembers Austin prior to current metro label. Home grown owners who insist on homegrown food sources.. Five Stars for a rara avis. CYMF

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vipAustinbe (London)
3.0  Dined on November 28, 2014

Saturday night dinner was great but returned for Sunsay brunch and service was awful. Whole venue got served before our table even though we arrived before them. Inexplicable. Giving us pastries that you intended to throw out at afternoon closing seemed an empty gesture to make up for poor service. Not what we expect of TFB.

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Frogfuzz (Austin)
1.0  Dined on November 14, 2014

Bad table by the door( very cold night). Kitchen so slow we waited 40 minutes for food, while bundled in our coats and scarves. Servers apologetic, we won't be back to dine

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Hardscrabble (Austin)
3.0  Dined on November 7, 2014

Our server was outstanding, and the food was good, if a bit on the stingy side. The wine list is laughably pretentious, but the killer is the noise level. We skipped dessert simply because it was too loud to stay at our table and have a relaxed conversation.

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vipJlb44 (Austin)
5.0  Dined on November 1, 2014

This is one of my favorite go-to spots for dinner. The food is always delicious, the menu changes frequently based on what fresh ingredients are available, they have a nice wine list, it's a very warm and welcoming space and the service is always great.

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viplaurajoe (Austin)
5.0  Dined on October 25, 2014

It had been a while since I went for dinner at TFB. Several notable changes happened in my absence. A lot of work has been done to the building itself so we walked into a redesigned modern but warm dining room. The kitchen had been completely modernized and redone as well. The menu was small but enticing and was almost all gluten free friendly or could be slightly altered to make it GF friendly - a welcome change from most restaurants that offer a few typical GF items. I had a pork chop that had to be one of the most delicious, tender, and well cooked chops I've ever had served with tender bok choy & sweet potato. I'd order it again and I'm not a big pork chop eater. Salted butterscotch pudding for desert - omg. Knowledgeable wine staff.

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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
3.0  Dined on October 24, 2014

Wish the noise level could be lower. Looking forward to outside dining.

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Geminigirl (Austin)
4.0  Dined on October 21, 2014

Four of us get together about 6 times a year. This time we each put in a restaurant name and we voted. Tfb won! I had never been there for dinner and was impressed w/the menu and the local ingredients. We had many questions for the waitress, who answered them all w/knowledge and enthusiasm. She also recommended wine pairings. The white 2 of us ordered was delicious! Three of us ordered the fettuccini, which was similar to a carbanarra. It had mustard greens, ham like bacon (which was flavorful but fatty) and a fried egg on top. Our server said we were to chop up the egg and mix itin the pasta. It was very good. One friend had a veggie soup or stew, which she liked. Bread and oil were already on the table, but I had to ask for butter 3 times

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vipOpenTable Diner (Austin)
2.0  Dined on October 18, 2014

We first dined there a few months back and loved it. They had a great fresh tomato salad which blew us away. Had some other dishes and we loved the simple, straight forward preparations with great ingredients. Have been back three times now with no luck. The bowl of frites is good (but after all it is a bowl of frites...), and we have had a number of dishes that just do not make the cut. The steak with salsa verde is good but ridiculously small. Mussels were lightly seasoned. Lamb was so overcooked. Polenta appetizer was bland. We really love the ambiance, the feel of the place, but prices are not cheap for such cusine. We have decided, after one great and three bad experiences, not to return.

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