Arlo Grey

4.4
214 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Arlo Grey is the debut lakeside restaurant by Top Chef 10 winner Kristen Kish. Kish’s culinary style melds precise training and technique rooted in French and Italian traditions with a nostalgia for dishes from her upbringing, her world travels and her exploration of the bountiful ingredients of Central Texas.

Beverage Director and staple of the Austin cocktail scene, Brian Floyd heads up the beverage program with a belief in classic cocktails, simply made.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Mon–Fri 7:00 am–11:00 am
Brunch
Sat, Sun 7:00 am–2:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–5:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(512) 478-2991
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Kristen Kish
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Congress and Cesar Chavez
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Parking details
$10 with validation
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate Thanksgiving with us and enjoy special menu offerings perfect for the season. Make your reservations today!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate the holidays with friends and family. Enjoy seasonal menu items. Private dining room available.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate the holidays with friends and family. Enjoy seasonal menu items. Private dining room available.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Ring in the New Year with us!

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 214 People Are Saying
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Austin
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Food was served cold. Beautiful restaurant though

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Indiana
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic meal. The short rib was a larger plate than expected. Favorite dishes were the fried rice and the polenta. Definitely request extra bread!

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a
Austin
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Beginning with the wait staff, the service fair to good. The food was underwhelming. Surprised that the chef won Top Chef. The menu lacked body and flavor. The rigatoni was not cooked to al dente. The bolognese sauce tasted canned. The fish was bland.

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SH
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

We felt the tables were too large, causing diners to speak too loudly.

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Atlanta
78 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was decent. Visually pleasing atmosphere. Too dark to read a menu. Roughly 1/2 the diners had to use their phone for light. Took about 1/2 hour in between starters and pasta course. Had a dish w/ critical sauce taken from the table before we were done.

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JT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the nest food experiences I’ve had. Small sharing dishes and great ambiance!

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Austin
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Girls night

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N
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal. Love the way they grouped the choices in an order that made sense. Tasting menu “like” but with a twist. I would return.

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p
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an unfortunate incident where one of the members of our party had her brand new car hit by a bus while valet parked in front of the hotel, just before we started dinner. This could have spelled complete disaster for the dinner, but the staff at AG went above and beyond to turn the mood from a frustrated one to a happy (and completely full!) one. The whole staff was very kind, well-informed, and attentive. The food was tasty (especially the ricotta + caviar beignets) and the space is very cool. I'd recommend it for dinner or even just a cocktail, and seems like it would be a pretty cool spot to watch sunset from their huge waterfront windows.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The service was very slow in the bar area where we had drinks, but better when we sat down for dinner. The dining area, which seemed to be an extension of the hotel lobby, was somewhat sterile and did not have a warm or comfortable feel. For the most part, the food was good and in some cases very good. Crispy rice, pasta, burrata, fried chicken, beignets and beet salad were all very good. Steak was not. Desserts were underwhelming.

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g
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Perhaps our expectations were too high after reading the interesting articles about Ms. Kish.
Selections were a little limited and the burger I had was overdone and the beef was just fair.
Our friends shared the chicken. Also liked it but was not exceptional.
We were aware of the darkness issue and patrons were correct, it was too dark. We had asked to be put into a booth to mitigate the noise. It helped, but noise level coming from bar was annoying. The hostess who seated us was obviously reluctant to put us in a booth when we requested it.

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P
Los Angeles
87 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

This was a special occasion for us and we immediately asked for a quiet table for two upon entering the restaurant because the bar noise was, let’s say, energetic. No, actually, let’s say EFFING LOUD. We were seated toward the back of the restaurant where not a half hour later, two large parties—one of seven and one of ten or twelve—were ushered in and seated on either side of us.

Carrington, our server, took great pains to explain the menu to us in detail and urged us to order five or six dishes to share. The menu was not as tantalizing as the one we’d seen online a month ago when we made our reservation, and we ordered what was appealing—four dishes—which turned out to be more than plenty. The service bringing the dishes was somewhat sluggish and, sadly, Carrington didn’t come back to check on us until our plates were empty. I would have liked a glass of wine and when I asked her from the wine list she said, “Pick a bottle and I’ll pour you a glass.” Noting that some of the bottles were $250 and there were no per glass prices, I said, “Forget it,” but she had already walked away to the table of seven. Overall, Carrington was largely absent.

We had a tasty but overdressed roasted beet salad, and burrata with bitter greens and grilled bread which delicious. After, two small but delicious morsels of strip steak. Carrington said she could eat four of that dish—she’d have to spend over $100. Perhaps she’s a marathoner by day because the two small pieces of beef were adequate and filling. The fourth dish was unmemorable a few days later as I write this.

It took twenty-five minutes to bring our bill after we’d asked for it and then, it was twice what we expected, as they’d charged us for someone else’s meal.

The manager was apologetic—we were done with Carrington at that point—but I want the food, ambience, and the service to be better than what I can produce at home when I go out. It wasn’t.

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Music way too loud. Very hard to conduct business and just to hear each other speak. Also it was too dark couldn’t see the menu. Also for business with people you don’t know well the shared plate concept doesn’t work. However this being said we throughly enjoyed our meal!

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WW
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

[Officially still "In Preview" when we dined there 11/4/18]

The space was beautiful and interesting; we both had good cocktails at the bar before dinner (the Old Fashioned and a New York Daisy). Bar is an interesting construction--a subtle whale-esque shape--and bartenders were quick and attentive. Things went a little downhill when we moved to our table for dinner.

The space was too dark. Guests who can afford these prices are frequently over 40. Either bump up the table lighting or use a bigger font and better contrast on your menus. You'll still seem hip even if your guests can see to read.

First server didn't know the menu and could not advise us even on how it was broken up, i.e. small plates, entrees, etc. There were 2 steaks on the menu, and no indication of size. Later another server explained how the menu was broken up, but we had already ordered. After that point, we were unclear as to who our server was. We also learned that one of the steaks was 4 oz. and the other 28 oz., and we'd ordered the latter.

Grilled acorn squash was both interesting and delicious, and a true "small plate." Ricotta beignets were fine but not memorable, and a reasonable small plate.

My husband had also ordered a gnocchi with boar ragout, and was dismayed when this already very heavy dish was served in an entrée portion.

We had agreed to split the grilled Texas ribeye with Hollandaise, grilled broccoli and fried leeks. There's just no other way to put it--the steak was bad. It was cooked to the appropriate, recommended medium, but it was 28 oz. of the toughest beef I've ever tried to chew. It had no flavor (also true of the Hollandaise), and what was supposed to be fat was gristle. Extremely disappointing for us, though our two dogs were big fans when we got home.

This place is in a cool location and we love the way it looks. However, their staff is not yet up to speed and the food needs work. We'll probably give them another try in a few months.

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arlo Grey was such an amazing dining experience. The restaurant itself is beautiful. The staff was very attentive and friendly. The food was absolutely incredible. Forget the bbq. When in Austin you must experience Arlo Grey. Kristen Kish creates such unique and delightful plates. 10 stars!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food, service and atmosphere are all worth a special occasion dinner at Arlo Grey but don’t let that stop you from a weekly date night either. Her small plates are delightful and delicious with complex flavors that Land with a punch on the tongue and roll out slowly.

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JF
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

A remake of the TGIF's that was in the old Sheraton in Austin. Well done, and a new spot to try out when downtown

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JR
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The food was very good. A couple of dishes stood out as exceptional - the grilled acorn squash and the fish dish. The service was a bit much - there was someone at our table every few minutes, and the courses were not spaced out well, moving too quickly and not giving us time to enjoy each item. The cocktails and wine were great and the atmosphere was beautiful. I enjoyed my dining experience but don't need to go back for a while.

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AB
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had an early morning breakfast reservation. I ordered the omelet, with a side of bacon (because of course), and the Island Iced Coffee. Every bit of this experience was memorable. The food was great, and the staff were very friendly. A "must" if you are in Austin.

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SM
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The change to The Line hotel from the Radisson is stunning, and Arlo Grey is a definite anchor to the energetic atmosphere. The bartenders were great (both in terms of conversation and drinks), our server attentive, and the food was very good. We will be back.

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San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Our only significant complaint unfortunately happened as we checked in at the hostess desk. Because the third member of our party had not yet arrived - we were less than 10 minutes early - the hostess refused to seat my husband and me. She literally sent us away to wait for our guest. After a few minutes I went back up to the desk and insisted as nicely as I could that we be seated at out table - which was surely ready for us - so that we could order drinks while we waited for our guest. The hostess had no choice but to seat us - which she did with major attitude. Our guest arrived on time, as we were being seated. This seems to be a strange policy for an expensive and new restaurant to mandate - we felt unhappy before we’d even sat down or looked at the menu. Only saving grace to the evening was that the food was extraordinary.

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j
Austin
12 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is spot on! The wait staff is very knowledgeable/friendly & attentive, yet unpretentious. Love the stories behind the dishes, esp the one about the chocolate lunchbox cake.

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C
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had an AMAZING meal! The food was all really delicious and really beautiful! My one criticism is that it is SO dark in the restaurant that we literally couldn't see our food after the sun went down. I know that the food was most likely really beautiful, but you can't see it!

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A
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

"I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The Texas Steak was amazing and the waitress we had was very attentive. The experience was a lot smoother because we stayed at the hotel. Service was well-timed and friendly, specialty drinks were affordable."

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DC
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

We went there for our birthdays. The service was fantastic, not too much, not too little, just right. The food was hit and miss. Some items were great, some items kinda a dud. The wines by the glass were uninspiring. We ordered reds and they came out cold (pet peeve of mine) and they either had an odd nose or no nose. Yes, I'm picky about the wines :)

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K
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Arlo Grey started out superb. Drinks and first courses were delicious and memorable. We had the salmon crudo, the burrata, and braised baby potatoes. Each plate was beautiful to look at and delivered balanced flavors and bright acidity. Exactly on-point. Second courses were less interesting. ricotta beignets, crispy rice, and malfadini all needed salt. We expected beignets to be lighter in texture. Main course of black drum was even less interesting. The dish lacked flavor and seasoning. At the moment that the mains were served, my drink was empty and we were about halfway through the main before the server asked if we would like another. Arlo Grey is a beautiful restaurant. The space is lush and modern. It's a place you want to be. The food started out perfect, but took a slow decline toward "just ok," leaving us wishing we had only ordered first courses and drinks. For $180 for two people I would expect the entire experience to be excellent.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Modern interior with a nice selection of craft cocktails. Tasting menu portions won't exactly fill you up, but still worth going for the delicious flavor combinations. *Tip: go for the mafaldini (fancy hamburger helper).

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MS
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my wife and I’s anniversary and I can’t think of a better place I would spend our next dinner at. The staff was great! Our server was extremely knowledgeable and very kind. She brought us champagne in celebration of our 3 years. The food was also spectacular! 11/10!

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KC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Chef Kristin even came out to our table and then brought us back to the kitchen. The food was unreal! The experience even better! I will be back again and again!!

My only negative review is that it’s a bit too dark. We couldn’t even see our food. But who cares...it tasted amazing!

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d
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Solid food (salmon crudo and buffalo short ribs were excellent, rigatoni and ricotta beignets decent), some good values hidden in there on the wine list. Service was good, though the reco of “5-6” plates to share between the 2 of us was way off—we took significant leftovers home from our 4 shared plates. Beautiful atmosphere, ruined at first by the blaring canned 80s music that made it impossible to have a conversation with the person directly across from me, or even hear the waiter. Fine at TGIFriday’s, not ok at a place that aims this high. Apparently someone caught on, as it was turned down to a normal level halfway through our meal.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great dinner!

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DR
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Memorable experience. Service by Jade was amazing. All of our dishes were fantastic.

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DB
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Worth the visit to a Top Chef restaurant. We really wanted it to be excellent. The service was just ok. the food was good.

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Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and really cool ambiance! Celebrated a birthday dinner and service was attentive but not overbearing and the food delicious and small enough portions so we could order multiple dishes.

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CP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arlo lived up to all of our expectation and even more. Wish we lived in Austin because we would defiantly make this a go to place for fun and great food.

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SD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, cocktails and food are on point. Creative sharing menu and fun warm atmosphere. Definitely worth a visit.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place. Incredible service. Ask for Louis as your server. He is fantastic.

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CR
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was perfection! I would like to return and try everything I didn't get to try this first go around.

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AV
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Must try the burger! It was a decadent piece of deliciousness. Highly recommend it along with the burrata, the short rib and the malfadini (probably the best pasta dish I have had in Austin).

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Austin
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The ambiance was cool, sexy, great place for a date. They were 30 minutes late seating us for our reservation. None of our servers smiled at all, and there was an awkward server who had a flat brim hat on (which would be cool but didn’t exactly follow the ambiance and it looked dirty). Food was plated beautifully. We were eager to try the Black Drum Fish since it is rarely on menus in Austin— We were very disappointed. It was tough, tasted like styrofoam, and the black eyed peas were worse than out of the can and quite dry. We could not finish it. But the short ribs were excellent and fell off he bone nicely. Our favorite item was the Malfaldini! The champignon sauce was delicious. A must try!

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