Permanently Closed - Zax Restaurant & Bar

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This restaurant is permanently closed. 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.
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Bundo
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service were great. Unfortunately we found out while we were there that the restaurant was closing for good. It was disappointing to hear that as Zax was a go to place whenever we visited Austin

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Bill
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Was just ok. Definitely don't feel it is a good value. We got 2 burgers and 2 entree salads and it was over $60. The food was ok but the fries that came with the burgers weren't warm.

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Michele
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blue cheese burger delicious and cooked as ordered. Loved the thin onion rings on top. Generous sized Greek salad cold and crisp was very good.

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TimmO
San Antonio
9 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Boyfriend wanted to go before it closed. Good service but meh food.

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vipShannonL
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

So sad to see this place go!

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LindsayH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Service was very slow on what appeared to be an average night. We had to ask for water refills multiple times, I never had the opportunity to order another glass of wine because the server was so absent. Food was ok, not bad but not noteworthy.

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WendyC
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went one last time with a friend before you closed (2x in a week for me)! Sooo sad! Please open up another Zax in a different area of Austin.... You would do awesome near Steiner Ranch!!

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WendyC
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was fabulous, and our waitress Molly was super sweet! :)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We got seated right away thanks to open table. Hostess was very nice. The waitress was very nice and polite. The food was really good. I had the lasagna with a salad which was really good, my wife had the tuna salad that she loved. Great place to go in Austin for dinner. Traffic was a little hectic to get in and park but we managed. Place was clean and really comfortable. Will come here again next time we are in Austin.

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SaraA
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always good and the place is very pretty at night. Hard to beat, we’ll be back for sure

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MelyssaATX
Austin
15 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent pre-theater dinner near the Long Center. The lamb entree and the ribeye special were very tasty, both perfectly cooked. It was hard not to lick the plate! We had to have dessert -the flourless chocolate cake was to-die-for... it was almost too rich to finish (almost!). The waiter was very good - friendly and attentive. We'll go back!

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StormyO
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We enjoyed the ambiance and location was right across the street from the Long Center where we were attending the ballet so that was great. We were a few minutes late for our reservation due to traffic and they were happy to accommodate our party of 6. The food was good, not great but good. Our waiter was okay. We debated ordering dessert because of time restraints and our waiter assured us it would take no more than five minutes to get it. Well I’m not sure what his five minutes looks like but it definitely doesn’t look like my five minutes. Thankfully we weren’t late.... I would consider visiting here again if we attend another event in the area. It was nice to be able to carry on a conversation with members of our party and actually hear what they were saying.

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kklier
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Zax is pretty consistent and has a nice variety on the menu and decent wine list.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience5

Not sure what was going on but every dish we ordered was not good. The ribeye (special) was pressed to the max and mostly fat. The salad was

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vipWilliamM
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always outstanding food from great recipes. Very reasonable wines as well. Always a favorite stop for us when visiting ATX.

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LyriaC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Zax is a great place to eat before enjoying the show at The Long Center. We had brunch there before attending the opera, and there were other diners there for the same purpose. Overall great dining experience.

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CindyS
New England
19 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We wanted a diverse menu and found it here! The menu has something for everyone. Service was wonderful! After a busy day exploring Austin, it was just what we needed!!

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TedKilly
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal, very good service. Friendly atmosphere. Really enjoyed it!

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PATRICIAS
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful server, excellent food, great location -- and parking!! A++

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LoveTruffles
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Mussels and polenta appetizers were delicious! Great variety on the menu to appeal to foodies, kids and elders. Service was good, meals were excellent and the restaurant was a bit quiet for a Friday evening . We had the scallops, evening special of black drum fish and crab louie salad paired with wine and cocktails. It was a very nice dinner and we enjoyed the evening at Zax.

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CathyC
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. We went here after watching the bats come out by the Congress Bridge. It was easy to get to and a lovely atmorsphere.

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JonO
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely. Unlike many of our favorite restaurants, Zax has become better and better with time. Everyone should come and keep the place full so there's no incentive to close this one remaining decent restaurant in the Auditorium area!

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IndulgentTraveler
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We held a 24th birthday party for our daughter with 12 adults and four children under five. Servers were great with getting beverages and kids food out. Our food was tasty. I had chicken sandwich. Beverages were refilled they did a nice job with her cake as well.

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vipRebeccaL
San Antonio
12 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Everything was mediocre apart from the craft cocktails that were original and very good. Biggest turn off was that they started putting up the chairs in the dining room when customers where still eating, we felt like an inconvenience!!

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MelissaC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good quiet place for a bite to eat. Food is good, decent prices, excellent customer service.

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TRACEYM
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A great find in Austin , outstanding service and cool vibe. Pizza and mimosas were fab .

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MilaM
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were looking for a restaurant that was close to the theater and had good food and it worked out well

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food2service3ambience4

I have eaten here several times over the years and the food has always been consistently good and reasonably priced. We were there for dinner on a Saturday night recently and the experience was not as I remembered. The restaurant was probably less than half full. The server was attentive, but the quality of the food seems to not be what it used to....most dishes were mediocre at best. I had the turkey burger, which was pretty good but I did have to ask for a new bun as the one that was originally served with my burger was hard as a rock on the edges. The second bun was soft. Two of my friends had a salad with grilled chicken...the chicken on both their salads was rubbery. When we told our server about this, he didn’t really apologize nor did he offer to bring something else instead, etc. Our calamari appetizer was pretty good. And our other friend had a burger that was good. The fries that came with the burgers were just ok...definitely nothing to write home about. There seemed to be some missteps when it came to food quality and the experience did not live up to past expectations.

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SoniaF
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was delicious and service was excellent. Server was very helpful explaining specials. Good specialty cocktail selection. Casual and fun atmosphere.

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vipMarciaC
Austin
19 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Excessively long wait to order and when we gently said we would like to order, he was defensive. And, I will not order the burger again.

I still enjoy this restaurant and will go again. The experience this week was not their finest hour.

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Candy
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and outstanding customer service. Will definitely go back!

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Becca
Cleveland
49 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My food was wrong when delivered but they quickly remade and it was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was amazing, service was quick, server was friendly, restaurant was clean. Doesn't get much better than that!

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vipWilkAustin
Raleigh
44 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We used to go to Zax all the time. It has remained a place we are happy to visit. We are thankful for the many options, including gluten-free options, and many choices of alcoholic drinks.

We sure do miss the parking across the street, however.

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MarthaS
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food! Try it for sure. I had the calamari & a steak salad. Yummy!

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KarenM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Girls dinner before a show at the Long Center. Perfect and great prices

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HARRYW
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Andrew as our waiter was great. Daughter and I spent 3 great hours and look forward to returning soon.
Harry W

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JenF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always so good!!

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JohnS
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stopped there for dinner in between shows at the Rollins Theater. Close to many attractions along the lake. The service was fast and friendly and the food was really good. We changed things up and tried different items on the menu, so glad we did. Great place for all occasions.

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vipBgsmith
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Seared ahi tuna is was fantastic; salad overdressed and soggy.

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Permanently Closed - Zax Restaurant & Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (512) 481-0100.

Permanently Closed - Zax Restaurant & Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 565 OpenTable diners.

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