Second Bar + Kitchen

4.3
44 reviews
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$30 and under
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Second Bar + Kitchen serves lunch and dinner seven days a week and offers a new downtown option for late night food, wine, and cocktails. Executive Chef Peter Botcher offers an array of dishes from pizza and pasta to vertical rotisserie options. Beverage Director Jason Stevens and Wine Director Paula Rester feature regional drinks and interpretations of classic cocktails.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Lunch Daily: 11am - 4pm Weekend Brunch: 11am - 4pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4pm - 11pm, Friday - Saturday: 4pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(512) 827-2750
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Casey Wilcox
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Cross street
Second Street
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Parking details
Valet ($10 per car) and street parking available.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wine
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LB
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had heard Second Bar + Kitchen was delicious, and I was not disappointed. All the food was very flavorful and fresh. The portion sizes were perfect. The service was outstanding. We will definitely be back!

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DA
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We wanted to go to Congress but it isn't open on Mondays. However, the restaurant impressed and everyone enjoyed their meals. The fried pickles and the black and bleu pizza were to be enjoyed.

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AL
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great find. Plan to go 2-3 times a week for lunch!

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z
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ate with a party of 6. We all ordered different things and sampled each other's dishes. The highlights were the flank steak accompanied by the most delicious potatoes, the braised short ribs and the soba veggie noodles. The best dessert was the salted caramel mousse. The disappointing dishes were the spicy veggie pizza (which was overpowered by curry) and the strawberry shortcake. The service was really nice hut a little slow. Overall we enjoyed ourselves and would return.

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K
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We were there for a pre celebration happy hour, the cocktails were very creative and the appetizers were great. We had a group of 6 and they handled us very well. We were there pre dinner rush so I am not sure how busy it got, but it was getting very busy as we were heading out at 7. Great atmosphere!

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LS
Austin
16 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2014
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 3

Went with some friends on our anniversary; requested a booth or table against a wall; we were seated in the walkway near Bar Congress (closed at the time). No server appeared or even walked by. After 25+ minutes, we asked the hostess for help. In moments our server arrived, pad in hand: "What can I get you?" No introduction, no welcome, never asked if we had questions, or how everything was. Main courses arrived 10 mins after apps, bad timing. She didn't return or ask about drink seconds for another 15 mins. I'd had dinner the week before at Congress, so I was quite disappointed in the indifferent, borderline hostile service & awkward placement of the table. That said, the food was delicious esp. the salmon, chicken breast, and desserts.

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R
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2014
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Typical Austin establishment. Don't expect either extreme of spectrum. It was just OK

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WW
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Congress burger tasted really homemade, wonderful soft buns, side of handcut potato chips
My Chianti was best I've had in an Austin restaurant
There were five of us dining and the others in my group also praised their food choices.
Waitstaff was very friendly, knowledgeable and attentive

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HF
Austin
23 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2013
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We took our entire family - ages 7 to 67 - for brunch while all were here for the Christmas holidays. Had a great time and everyone really liked the food. Our grandchildren, who are notoriously picky eaters, devoured what they ordered. I would highly recommend this restaurant for brunch, and plan to go back soon to try their dinner menu.

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S
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Seven of us dined at Second Bar & Kitchen, and every single one of us was very happy with our food. Service was also very good and unobtrusive. Pretty noisy, but not impossible to carry on a conversation. Their chocolate pot de creme was OUTSTANDING! Pretty unusual to have a party of seven when EVERYBODY was happy!

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WF
Austin
17 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for a late Friday night dinner. Deeeelicious! Get the bacon and eggs and shisito peppers for sure, all of the salads are tremendous and of course the burger is one of the best in Austin.

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my parents and boyfriend's parents here for a Saturday lunch, and couldn't be happier. Everyone loved their food, including their gluten-free options! And, the staff was super friendly and very quick in providing service. Overall, a great experience!

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AW
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2012
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Salmon I have ever had. Had 7:30 reservations and was seated as soon as we arrived. Great service.

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MK
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2012
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I rated the noise as "Energetic" based upon dining inside. They have a helpful range of options -- a couple of different outside dining regions (one heated, one not) would afford a quieter dining experience if that is desired (and as the hostess offered as an option when confirming the reservation). In any case, we had a great experience inside with a group of six "energetic" diners.

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2012
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The restaurant atmosphere and food were excellent. However, our waiter was rude and condescending to the group. He didn't deserve the 18% tip that was included on the bill.

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FY
Austin
24 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2012
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This is one of the best brunch selections in Austin. Give it a try!

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2012
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Great food awful service. Took an hour to get the check for no apparent reason.

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KV
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2012
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food and service, but the music was SO LOUD you could barely hear the person sitting next to you!

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JA
San Antonio
15 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2012
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is not your ordinary brunch. Specialty recipes galore. Variety to satisfy all.

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CD
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2012
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and great service!

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OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2012
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Perfect setting for girls night out. Seven of us dined on the upstairs balcony. The fans kept it cool enough despite the warm weather. We split several apps, a few salads and a few pizzas. Portions are not huge, but appropriately sized. Very reasonably priced, even with lots of wine! Everything was wonderful!

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s
San Francisco
143 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2012
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything at 2nd Bar + Kitchen was great: the location, food, and service. We ordered a great sampling of various items on the menu and nothing disappointed. Particularly good were the buffalo fried pickles, the roast chicken, the short rib, and the sides (okra, brussels sprouts). Our server, Andy, was really fun and accommodating as well. we had a group of 8 and it was the perfect place for a large group!

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CD
Austin
15 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2012
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

As with their other menus, the brunch menu mixes it up a bit and throws in a few surprises. I highly recommend Second for all meals.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2012
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Hostesses were terrific and helpful in accommodating our group, which ended up being 9 people, even though our reservation was only for 8. The food was excellent. We had a great experience.

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RP
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2012
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

It was great. We will definitely go again. It is a little noisy.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2012
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was excellent. Service was decent but could have been better (they took almost 45 minutes to bring my friend a glass of white wine bc they were "chilling it", meanwhile we had already finished a bottle of red). Good for groups who want to socialize with some drinks and lite bites.

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OT
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2012
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for my brother's birthday party. The food was excellent. Just the right mix of unique but not too foodie. The service was spot on--and we had a party of six on a Friday night. I'm pretty critical of restaurants b/c I eat out almost every day, but I give this place two thumbs up.

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2011
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Was a great place to celebrate my birthday with family and friends. The appetizers and small plates are great for group ordering and allows you to get a taste of the eclectic menu. Our server, Andy, was fabulous and even helped tell my friends I was pregnant! He served me fake "vodka sodas" all night until it was time to tell my friends! Must try the fried pickles and the pommes frites!

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2011
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great place! Good food, pretty people, friendly staff, great energy. Parents dont bring your kids. Its a annoying. Keep them at McDonalds or hire a sitter.

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C
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2011
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

2nd was a great place for a girls night out. The food and drinks were excellent. The only thing that wasn't great was the Tres Leche's dessert. It tasted like whipped cream and nothing else. The pizzas were yummy and we had several appetizers that were great. The ceviche lettuce wraps were ok but not my favorite. Will definitely go again!

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CP
7 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2011
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From David Bull's talents in the kitchen to the staff with whom he has surrounded himself...easily one of our Top 10 stops over many years of traveling via our taste for good food and wine! Our desire to be there include a four-hour drive from our home...little by Texas standards, and well worth the effort!!

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OT
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2011
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The braised short rib was amazing!

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N
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2011
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I'm a huge David Bull fan and had been wanting to try this place since it opened. The mixologists behind the bar were extremely knowledgeable and made each cocktail with care (even crushing ice by hand). The food was fantastic. We tried all of the small plates and several apps. The blue crab and corn fritters, baked ricotta, and gnocchi were my favorites. The crispy pork belly was scrumptious. The only bad part was the dessert. We ordered most of them and were not impressed. If we had ended with our meal, it would have been perfect. Of course, having our waitress send Chef Bull out to our table kicked up way back up to excellence. It was a wonderful experience. I can't wait to try Congress. I just hope the desserts have improved.

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2011
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The only complaint I have about second bar + kitchen is their portion size. It's tiny! Other than that the food is really high quality, and the drinks are amazing! Would go again just not order only a salad.

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JW
Oklahoma City
10 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2011
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a wonderful experience here on Saturday. I was with a group of 8 women. We asked for patio seating and our table was set up and waiting for us when we got there. The service was great! Very helpful with cocktail and wine selection. We did a bunch of small plates and a couple pizzas and shared them. That was definitely the way to go. We got a great variety and everything was amazing. I would reccomend the cheese board, the buffalo fried pickles, and the beef short rib pizza. Also I had a Moscow Mule cocktail might be my new favorite drink. Overall it was a great night and a wonderful meal.

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k
Austin
23 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2011
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, great atmosphere - every time we go to Second the food and service is spot on.

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l
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2011
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

We were disappointed after all the hype. The food was fairly good, though the pork with grits was swimming in butter-- looked wholly unappetizing. Otherwise food was satisfactory.
Service left much to be desired. Our waitress was nice and accommodating, albeit slow. Food came out at different times. We were asked to keep our forks/knives after our appetizers. Sat with empty plates in front of us for far too long before they were removed.
Overall, disappointing experience.

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OT
Austin
15 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2011
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Innovative interior design, ubiquitous '2' branding, and very tasty food make for a memorable dining experience. Brunch was worthwhile.

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L
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2011
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I have been to Second Bar+ Kitchen several times and have had good food and friendly service. So I thought it would be an ideal place for my friends 35th birthday dinner. Making the reservation for 8 people was impossible through open table and difficult even speaking directly with the restaurant. We brought a cake for the birthday girl and were told that that outside desserts are not allowed. Then he said there would be a $3/person cutting charge to use our cake and that that is standard for all restaurants - which is not true. I've brought cakes into other restaurants. The manager got involved, they waived the fee and cut the cake for us, but the whole experience was uncomfortable. Bottom line, good for small groups, not for parties.

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OT
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2011
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

excellent service and interesting and well executed menus

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