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Second Bar + Kitchen

4.3
44 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Fit for Foodies (91)
  • Hot Spot (69)
  • Great for Outdoor Dining (59)
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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Neighborhood
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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
What 44 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.1
service
4.2
ambience
3.3
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2L1B3 (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

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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vipOpenTable Diner (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on November 16, 2015

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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ALanehart (Austin)
5.0  Dined on March 23, 2015

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

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vipzendog (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on May 15, 2014

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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vipKatie (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on May 5, 2014

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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vipLollyS (Austin)
4.0  Dined on March 30, 2014

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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vipRoman (Dallas)
3.0  Dined on February 17, 2014

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

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WaynesWorld (Austin)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2014

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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HornsFan73 (Austin)
4.0  Dined on December 22, 2013

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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Sally (Houston)
5.0  Dined on November 12, 2013

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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WillFed (Austin)
5.0  Dined on October 18, 2013

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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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
5.0  Dined on July 6, 2013

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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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2012

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

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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
5.0  Dined on December 6, 2012

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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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
4.0  Dined on October 7, 2012

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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vipOpenTable Diner (Austin)
4.0  Dined on September 9, 2012

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

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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
3.0  Dined on September 1, 2012

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

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KVTX (Austin)
4.0  Dined on August 18, 2012

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

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JimA (San Antonio)
4.0  Dined on July 29, 2012

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

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ChelseaD (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on July 6, 2012

Awesome food and great service!

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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
4.0  Dined on June 29, 2012

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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vipsusiek (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 15, 2012

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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vipCDogAustin (Austin)
5.0  Dined on April 15, 2012

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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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
4.0  Dined on April 14, 2012

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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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
4.0  Dined on February 26, 2012

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

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 20, 2012

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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vipOpenTable Diner (Austin)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2012

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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OpenTable Diner (San Antonio)
4.0  Dined on October 22, 2011

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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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
5.0  Dined on October 6, 2011

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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Cynthia43 (Austin)
5.0  Dined on September 8, 2011

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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