The Bonneville

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American

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The Bonneville is a chef owned and operated, upscale casual, New American restaurant run by the husband and wife team of Chris Hurley and Jennifer Costello. Our style is Classic New American Bistro, offering a variety of dining options that change according to the seasonality of ingredients and the whims of the chefs. Although we’re both classically trained in French technique, our style draws on influences from across the globe, focusing on the quality, accessibility and availability of ingredients to drive the menu. The Bonneville is a bright, open and inviting spot with a lively bar, wonderfully friendly service, and cozy corners.....a casual, comfortable place to grab a quick bite or linger over dinner.
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4.3
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4.3
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4.0
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T
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So sad to see you go! Thanks for many great meals!

S
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

The service was laughably bad for a “prix fixe” New Year’s Eve menu. Low points:

Being served soup without spoon
Being served a steak with no steak knife
The waitress pouring chocolate sauce onto my wife’s profiteroles and also the table and her booth seat! (She was in the restroom)
No towels available in restroom — some dirty ones on the floor though
Our waiter doubled as the bartender who left halfway through the dinner service

My food (mushroom soup, rabbit, banana upside down cake) was actually fine... though the rabbit was cooked such that if it were pulled pork I’d not be surprised.

But my low rating for the food is really everyone else at my table (beef? small and overdone. Amuse Bouche and profiteroles? Stale pastry. Etc)

It was a ripoff and a terrible experience and left me embarrassed for having booked it for our group.

Avoid this dump like the plague.

SJ
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The New Year's Eve dinner had some gems -- the Rabbit Cadeau and the Truffle mushroom soup. However, the profiteroles were dry (we often have them at the Chez Nous where they are absolutely gorgeous), the risotto was watery, and no coffee or espresso was included with dessert. Overall, for $85 per person, the dinner was definitely overpriced. The location is great and service very friendly, so we will try their a la carte menu to see if it fares better.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

This was my second time to Bonneville and was very excited about the NYE menu. It was just my boyfriend and I. Our reservation was at 7:30. We had a very wobbly high top table. The service was very slow. I watched my wine sit at the bar for at least 10 minutes, before the waiter finally brought it over. At 9:15, we finally had to just get our check and not get our dessert because we had a show to go to. The waiter didn’t even offer to reduce our bill. I also overheard him telling the table near us that the restaurant had been having issues for a while and that they were short staffed last night. I rarely complain, but on this one night... especially with a pre fix menu, there is no reason that the restaurant should not have been prepared. Very bummed about our experience.

M
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Overall good experience. Only complaint being that the waiter didn’t know allergy information, then assured us the meal would be safe from an allergen when it was not.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience2

Food was delicious and with a real individual plate feel. Quiet space. Needs better decorating. But food is truly special.

T
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service and food were really good. Nice portion sizes and great cocktails. We sat outside and very much enjoyed watching the world go by.

SF
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service.

NA
Austin
27 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beef stroganoff on handmade spaetzle was divine!

TM
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

our waiter was very knowledgeable and full of fun tips for dinner. We really enjoyed it.

BN
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

This is the first time in my life I have been told that a restaurant could not (would not) accommodate my dietary restrictions. I asked about changing some of the ingredients of the dishes I was interested in and the waiter told me that this was not possible as it would diminish the overall taste of the dish. I'm not sure if it was laziness on the waiter's part or arrogance on the chef's part, but being unwilling to cater to a guests dietary restrictions is unacceptable to me. Perhaps I am not the only one to have an experience such as this, which would explain why the restaurant only had three tables seated during Saturday dinner service. I would avoid this place at all costs. There are way too many high quality, accommodating restaurants in downtown Austin for this place to continue operating they way they currently do.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was fantastic

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Good food, small portions

C
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and impeccable service. Traditional brunch foods with a creative twist.

y
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was perfectly cooked!!! The food was hot and seasoned perfectly. This restaurant does everything right.

LE
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the flavors and craftsmanship of each dish! Great dining experience!

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food!

IS
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It is always a hard choice between this and the pop-over eggs benny and the lamb pastrami reuben. The reuben won this time - it is out of this world. I have had most everything else on the menu, but always come back to one of these two. You don't often think of desert with brunch, but, save the best for last -- the blueberry muffin. They call it "The Best Blueberry Muffin You've Ever Eaten" -- a name that does not exaggerate. This thing is packed with blueberries! The perfect end to a wonderful brunch -- my wife and I never leave brunch without at least splitting one of these muffins.

n
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Not much people in this restaurant and we now can understand why it was so easy to book last minute Open Table on a Friday Night downtown Austin!
Ask prior ordering something on the menu if they really got it in the kitchen....For me :2 items missing Gougeres and Sea Scallops.
About the food: good taste but horrible plating for the price. Polenta was soaked in the sauce and completely melting. Desert Pudding :no presentation.as well
Please just do not claim that you have a French Flair or I do not remember what is the cooking and serving in my country. Not even a piece of bread for the sauce....

ST
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Wish I could have ordered everything on the menu. Service was outstanding. Everyone was friendly and informative about things to do in Austin. Great experience.

AO
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Underrated brilliance! One of the best restaurants in town!!! Thank you for another memorable evening.

M
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, creative scallop dish, lovely Austrian Rosé, attentive service from Sam and a great location. Always a favorite!

JC
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Their pork chop entree is one of the most balanced and unique meals in town. I love it!

DG
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Your service has been way too slow the last two times. Restaurant was a third full, and it too 10 minutes for drinks and 20 for appetizers, then another 15 for main course.

T
Austin
36 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This place is a "hidden" gem- right close to many great restaurants, but yet off the beaten path by a block. Our meal was great, and the place was fairly empty after a big graduation party left. The lamb shank was perfectly prepared. The wine list, though small, has some good choices that complement the menu items well. I can't wait to go back for a Sunday Brunch- that menu looks great also!

MO
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside on the patio. The server was attentive. The food was amazing! We really enjoyed the bacon tater tots.

JP
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Really liked the Ploughman's Platter appetizer. Wine was nicely paired with the entree - one pork chop and one smoked trout. The Sticky toffee desert with decaf coffee topped the meal off nicely.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Mother’s Day brinch

JE
Austin
13 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WOW! First we started our Mother’s Day Brunch with a carafe of mimosas and the Homemade Pop Tart, Popovers, and the Pecan Sticky Bun. Heaven. All three were complete Heaven!! We had the Steak & Eggs, Breakfast Pizza, Goat Cheese and Heirloom Tomato Tart and the Chipotle Lime Chicken Hash. Each dish had unique flavors and presentation and were abundantly flavorful. Our server was attentive, funny and had great suggestions! We will definitely be back!!!!

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mothers day

K
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience1

Mother’s Day disappointment
Mistake to book
Have been patron for some years so ‘depressing to pay for such dreadful experience

CW
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Great food. Poor service. Very slow. We asked in advance to expedite only one of our meals for a guest who had to leave to catch a flight and nothing was done. She had to cancel her order and leave without food.

OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We loved our visit there. It was all about the service and the desserts. The appetizers were great as well. We would love to go to brunch too, heard it’s amazing

OT
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The staff was super friendly and attentive and made us feel so special. Unfortunately the Waygu ribeye was all gristle and almost inedible. But they comped us and were so nice. Overall we had a wonderful time and everything else was really delicious.

M
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative, inventive menu and excellent execution! I had seared scallops on a crispy rice bed with grapefruit nage -- for the second time! It was delicious. My husband had the Wagyu beef stroganoff. The wine selection is lovely and the atmosphere modern, welcoming and refreshingly quiet such that we could have delightful conversation over dinner. Our server Sam was attentive and took great care of us. We'll be back!

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was a Sunday evening and my husband and I were the only guests at the restaurant. Food was good but not exceptional for the price. Ambiance was cute but suffered for lack of other patrons.

t
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch. Very friendly and accommodating. Will definitely be back!

W
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent waitstaff which is a rare thing in Austin. Food was very good and desserts were the best part of the meal.

M
Montreal
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience4

Bœuf viande dur et coriace

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TB
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We only had dessert both times we visited. But they were outstanding! I heard from a friend that their Happy Hour is also fantastic but we didn't get to try it.

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