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About Zax Restaurant & Bar

ZAX Restaurant & Bar is located in Austin, Texas and offers upscale comfort food in a delightful atmosphere. The restaurant offers daily specials, as well as a happy hour on weekdays. ZAX Restaurant & Bar offers a crafted copper bar with 20 regional craft beers, a number of wines and various classic and specialty cocktails. You can stop in for brunch, lunch or dinner and enjoy food with a Mediterranean flair. Some of the favorite brunch items at ZAX Restaurant & Bar are the traditional egg dishes, French toast and corned beef hash. For dinner, you can enjoy a fresh seafood dish or a nightly special. Finish it all off with a homemade dessert.

312 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78704
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:30pm

Cross Street:
Riverside Dr.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(512) 481-0100

Website:
http://www.zaxaustin.com/

Public Transit:
Conveniently located on the Cap Metro 5 line.

Executive Chef:
Jeffrey Lynd

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Zax Restaurant & Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (9)
Casual (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
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Cozy (8)
Great for Lunch (7)
Business Meals (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Great for Brunch (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Fun (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Great Beer (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Sports (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
People Watching (1)
Romantic (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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 (Austin)·Dined 4 days ago

Before performances at the Long Center, we've always enjoyed dinner at Zax. The food is excellent, prepared perfectly, and the service is superb. Friday evening was no exception. There was a wedding party right next to us, but our service never suffered - we were well cared for.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We very much enjoyed our burgers. We don't eat burgers often so we want to make sure we have a good one when we do splurge. Zac did not disappoint!

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Great Beer
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 1, 2017

In a word, Zax was sublime. We had first-class service by Lindsey B. and our food was wonderful. I had the special for the evening, a grilled shrimp and scallop dish on couscous. Perfect. All I can say about my friend's dish, the veal picatta, was that it looked wonderful because she wouldn't look away long enough for me to steal a bite. It was a close #2 for my choice.

I wish Zax great success but I sure don't want it to lose its ambience or great good in the meantime.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Delightful meal, our waiter was attentive but not hovering - a great balance of anticipating our needs when ready to order or need more beverages.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Zack is a fun establishment, offering good food and service. Well worth a visit.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on November 15, 2017

Management and service was terrific. This was a business meeting and we asked for a quiet spot and they put us in a back corner that worked out well. The restaurant has great ambiance. The food was presented well on the plate and was very tasty. Everyone enjoyed the food and cleaned their plates. We had appetizers, entrees and desert. The servers were attentive and filled drink glasses. Wait was not long. Would recommend for a special occasion or business meeting. Cost was not out of line for the food that was served, but would be a little pricey for a typical family dinner.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Our meal was very good and we often return for our favorite sesame encrusted tuna. Our server was a little ho-hum in his attitude and lack of friendliness although he did check on us regularly. This is a favorite, centrally located meeting place for casual family or friend meals. The food is consistently prepared with quality ingredients.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

We've usually had decent food at Zach, but last Saturday was really disappointing. We ordered a bottle of wine, two appetizers, and two main dishes. The restaurant was crowded, but that was no excuse for the slow service. That is,after all, what they're supposed to manage! The wine finally came, and we enjoyed it, but the food didn't come and didn't come. When it finally did, it was our main dishes. The server offered to bring the missing appetizers, but we said no. My wife's main course--basically a crab salad--was pretty good. Mine--scallops with polenta and veggies--was terrible. Sauce all over everything, and the scallops tough as shoe-leather. The ambience is, well, that of a sports bar, but that's what it is, so no reason to complain. But the food and service have been better. Won't go there again any time soon.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Zax's is consistent as a restaurant. The food and the ambiance is good as is the service. Diverse menu, good bar, and generally a quiet atmosphere good for conversation.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Sports
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Zax's is a great place to grab a pre-Long Center show dinner. Extremely convenient and they have special Long Center price fix that is quite a deal! ... and it's gotten better since the last time I was there!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Good food and a very friendly staff. Always enjoy eating there.

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Fun, Bar Seating, Romantic, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 12, 2017

The food here is awesome. Always come here with family and love it before going to the Long Center

Tags: Casual, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (Austin)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We have friends who love this restaurant. However, I found the food to be only mediocre. The evening was nice because we were with friends from out of town and it was not crowded or too loud so we were able to sit and visit for some time.

Tags: Casual
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 (Austin)·Dined on September 22, 2017

We enjoy Zax; however, when I've gone to the trouble to make a reservation for an early dinner, only about 15% filled dining area, I expect to get a better table. We were initially taken to a 2-top in a rather crowded 2-top area, almost on top of the people where they initially were going to seat us. I requested we not be seated at a 2-top -- the table tops are too small for our order of 2 pizzas and an appetizer. The server seemed exremelty flumoxed, and took us to a regular table at the entrance of the restaurant. There were many other empty tables, which would have been better. Hardly worth making a reservation. When we left at about 6:40, the dining area was still relatively empty.

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·Dined on September 15, 2017

Zax was very flexible. We arrived early and they moved us up. Luckily the restaurant was fairly empty when we arrived. The seared Sea Scallops were not seared but they were very good and huge!! My husband expected a whole piece of lamb but it was sliced. It was very good anyway. We asked for our dessert to go but they said it couldn't be packaged to go because it was creme brulee. We were way too full but ate it there at the restaurant. I wouldn't have cared if it looked a mess in a to go box..........I really wanted it to go........but was told no..........and it was our anniversary. Oh well. Food was good. We will go again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Good food, terrific service, perfect for pre ballet dining

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

We had such a great experience. Our server was extremely sweet, I believe his name was Layton? Hopefully, I didn't butcher that. We did our girls get together brunch there, and all the ladies enjoyed the experience from the food to the service.

Will definitely be coming back ! Thank you for accommodating our group.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (Austin)·Dined on September 8, 2017

One thing about pre-Austin Symphony dining at Zax's is that the place is SLAMMED...then clears out almost completely. They work hard to keep things flowing, but.

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·Dined on August 31, 2017

Food and service were exemplary. I had the lamb burger on special and it was great. Noisy for a business lunch, but we should have asked to sit somewhere quieter than a table in the middle of the room.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Healthy
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 (Austin)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Zax could be so much better if they improved a few small things: hot coffee, hot potatoes - restaurant never seems to be be bustling so there isn't a reason to have cold coffee and potatoes. Owners need to come up with a unique offering otherwise it's just another decent restaurant with good food and good prices but nothing much else to keep coming back as regulars.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Austin)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Most of the food was good but the service was functionary, cold and not that good.
The place itself is sorta cold, open and uncomfortable. Smallish portions for the price.
In short, the food was good and that's about it.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 11, 2017

We love Zax. We have never had a meal here that is less than delicious. This past Friday, we went before the theatre and had another great experience. We adore Cheryl, the bartender. She is knowledgable about the beer and wine selection, and she's fast and friendly. This time, we ate the mussels with saffron appetizer (omg...mouth watering), the duck and the seafood stew. All great! We had a new server this time who said he had been there about a month (he was a little slow and couldn't answer our questions), but he was kind, and hopefully with time he will be up to the usual service standards at Zax. Oh, and their brunch and happy hour are great too. Can't recommend Zax enough!

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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on August 4, 2017

The dishes we picked were not very flavorful, but the ingredients were fresh and well cooked. We will try again. Maybe different dishes would be better.

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·Dined on July 28, 2017

In the heart of Austin, close to downtown but not stuck on a street without parking! Aside from the food, that's probably one of the best things about Zax is they have parking. Lots of choices, each one harder than the next upon which to decide, and all really tasty. They have a good wine list and a great beer selection. Our waiter was attentive without being obsequious, very friendly and great service with good recommends. I like that you can reserve a table. When thinking of a good restaurant to meet friends, Zax is always a winner!

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Disabled Access
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·Dined on July 18, 2017

love this place. Service is always attentive and friendly. Food is great.

Tags: Casual, Hot Spot, Quick Bite, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Comfort Food
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 (Austin)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Good Food - but Location, Location, Location

Good food & good selection
All of us had the specialty salads - crab Louie & shrimp salad ... lotsa lettuce!
Happy hour is only $1 off
Perfect location for events at Long Center across the street

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Austin)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Zax is a family favorite! The crab cakes might be the best in town and the staff is always super friendly!!

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Calamari was tender & delicious but something was a bit salty, either in the sauce or chef dusted some salt after frying the calamari. Duck was really good but the burger was slightly dry. Waiter Scott was very attentive & gave us what we requested very fast but at the end he kind of disappeared for awhile when we were ready for a to go box.

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 (Austin)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Great choice with prime location near the Long Center. Food is wonderful, service excellent. Enjoy Friday night happy hour!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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 (Austin)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Enjoyed a lovely dinner with our grandchildren at Zax before taking them to see La La Land in Concert with the Austin Symphony at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. Nice menu options, including a pre-theatre menu with scallops that my husband and I both ordered. One minor note: Although I ordered the spinach to replace the mixed vegetables, I received the vegetables, but it really didn't affect our very lovely evening.

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 (Austin)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Always able to find a great table and great service! Amazing how so much is done so well!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Houston)·Dined on June 5, 2017

Jerk salmon pecan salad and calamari were excellent. I would not recommend this restaurant for kids during dinner (not sure about lunch). It is a wonderful place that I would enjoy with my husband. I took my daughters (6 and 10) and they were the only children. Not a big deal since they are older and it was a quiet Monday night. No official kids menu. We had a wonderful time.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (Austin)·Dined on June 3, 2017

We had a very delicious dinner with wonderful service at Zax on a Saturday evening. There were many other diners but the noise level was actually fairly quiet and relaxing.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (Austin)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Great restaurant for a Mother's Day brunch before the Austin Ballet -- couldn't be more convenient.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Austin)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Normally I do not write reviews. This was a mother's day brunch with my family. We were a party of 6 and our service was very poor. We were seating promptly at our reservation time, but the food took more than 40 min to come out. Our waitstaff was also very slow to check on us. We waited another 20-30 min for our check after we were done with our dessert. All 3 tables around us were seated after us, yet received their food before us and left way before we did. The manager or supervisor or owner stopped by at the 3 tables next to us, but did not come by to check on us or how we were doing. I even smiled at him while taking my daughter to wash her hands and I received a very cold response as he looked away. I was very disappointed at such customer service and with my experience at Zax's.
On a positive note. The shrimp was very good and the ginger creme brulee was wonderful.

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 (Austin)·Dined on May 13, 2017

I love, love, love Zax's. We moved from Austin 2 years ago and Zax's is one of the few things I really miss! The food and service are always exceptional. I think Jeffrey and Mike should open a Taos, NM location!

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Authentic, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Great Beer, Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List
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 (Dallas)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Delicious food! I was with a good of friends for a girl's night and everyone enjoyed their entrees. We ordered everything from duck, pork tenderloin, to mahi mahi. It was all great! My friends really loved the vegetable medley too! This is a really good place!

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Austin)·Dined on May 8, 2017

I was looking for some where that was centrally located, had a variety of food types and prices and wasn't too expensive. Zax was somewhere I had never been but seemed to fit the requirements. The food was excellent, the service was competent, polite and well organized. I will definitely go here again.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on May 7, 2017

This was my second visit - from San Antonio - attending the Opera at the Long Center. Zax is convenient to Long and after my first, worthy of a second visit. However, my second experience was not as good.

I had a reservation- so getting a table was not a problem. Once seated, it took at least 15 minutes before any waitstaff acknowledged our existence. I had to go to receiving area and relay that no one has bothered to welcome us. After a few more minutes, a waiter came up and apologized-okay I guess.

Our food was mediocre- my poached eggs had a solid yoke. The French Toast was cool. The Chardonnay was the only bright spot.

Will think about returning...

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 (Austin)·Dined on May 4, 2017

The duck was amazing! Great Pre-opera spot. We will be back.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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