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About Texas French Bread
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.
Austin, TX 78705
Contemporary French / American, Mediterranean
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
W. 29th St.
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Texas French Bread Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
With the recent remodel, Texas French Bread has improved what was already one of our favorite places to dine. The new, much larger kitchen is a godsend for the kitchen staff. The food is as good as ever and the waitstaff are friendly and knowledgeable. If you haven't been to this gem, you need to go. I recommend reservations, especially on their busier nights.
Cannot go wrong here. Even the ciabatti bread melts in your mouth. I cannot resist it if it is on the table. We had the drum with the fixins underneath. So relaxing in there and always always good food. Our go to spot of our top three within a few miles from home. They know how to please.
Wanting my last day w/my UT freshman daughter to end on a hi note & trying 2 squeeze in a birthday (18), I chose TFB as a good spot to celebrate. Unfortunately, I discovered the menu was not as advertised online. Ordered the Aioli fries and was served the largest portion of fries ever! She order the steak medium rare. We were told it was a flat iron steak which is fine as I have made these at home many times. Turns out their version of flat iron could be better named flat leather.. And it was purple inside and yet another large pike of fries! The server tried to make up for it by providing birthday desserts, which was nice and then they piled on that morning's pastries.. Nice effort, but bad execution. Hope they improve!
It easy for TFB to fall off your radar come dinner time - don't let it! Small, but very thoughtful and well-rounded menu and a creative (though very Euro - not that that's a bad thing)wine list to pair with. Or BYOB which is a great option. The Steak Frites was devine. Absolutely mouth-watering.
The restaurant is doing many things right. However, the drum entree was way over cooked and the pork Milanese was so tough that it was a struggle to cut it. The flavor of all the dishes was quite good. The lighting could be better. We will definitely return.
Started with the frites - yummy appetizer especially for those who, sadly, cannot eat the wonderful bread. My drum was perfectly prepared and the sides were delicious. For dessert we shared the caramel custard which was just fabulous. We went early so it was nice and quiet although TFB can be lively a little later in the evening. Highly recommend!
This gem of a local restaurant featuring local produce and organic ingredients is a wonderful choice for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I favor local restaurants with a "soul" where the best ingredients are combined with great service. It's not far from UT, downtown or from Mo-PAC in Austin, making it an accessible hot spot for great food.
The food we got was very good, but the portions were really, really tiny. I had the trout, and I think my filet would qualify to be described as a sliver. The green beans that were with it were very few. The noise level was very high - not "energetic," but LOUD.
This place is consistently good for breakfast AND dinner. Walnut banana pancakes? They got 'em. And guess what? They're awesome. Steak Frites with delish wine? Got it. They can't go wrong. Go there. Now. Oh and make reservations b/c this place is in high demand.
The food was as excellent as I remember from previous visits. Locally sourced and expertly prepared. However, the prices seemed quite steep for the quantity.
Our $15 cheese plate was delicious as was the $10 squash blossom appetizer, but very small amounts.
We enjoyed the chicken, risotto and our friend who had the steak frites shared a few frites - but no steak. He said it was delicious.
Old timers who remember bringing your own wine. . . . now, there is a $12 corkage fee.
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