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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

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (12)
Casual (11)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
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Special Occasion (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Good for a Date (7)
Great Beer (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Bar Seating (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Cozy (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Business Meals (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Authentic (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Fun (2)
Romantic (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Scenic View (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Sports (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined 4 days ago

great service, good food, strong drinks. Perfect for pre symphony or ballet dinner

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Austin)·Dined 7 days ago

We’ve enjoyed Zax since they opened! Food is always delicious and drinks are refreshing.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Zax was one of my "go to" business lunch spots as I can always find parking. I never considered it a dinner spot but after eating a great dinner meal I will add it to my short list of dinner dining spots. I forgot about the patio.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Austin)·Dined on February 6, 2018

We had four different entrees. Each of us was pleased. I had a Zax salad with grilled shrimp; my husband a salad with Ahi Tuna; our friends had the salmon steak and a turkey burger (I think). Everyone expressed satisfaction. The portions were generous. We'd asked to be seated in a quiet area if possible, and that request was honored. Our server was attentive without being overly so. Free parking! All in all, we quite enjoyed it!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Miami)·Dined on February 3, 2018

This restaurant was great for a last minute date night. The restaurant was very Low key ambiance. The food was amazing. Great place for a relaxing dinner.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2018

5 min walk from the Hyatt Regency. Attentive service - everyone says hello and follows-up. Simple menu with several healthy items. Lots of local beers. Good stop for a business traveler or group of friends.

Tags: Casual
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 25, 2018

From the ambience, the bartender and wait staff, to the food, Everything was outstanding.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Fun, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Cozy, Casual
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Live this place good parking downtown delicious food & excellent service best bartenders in town

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 (Austin)·Dined on January 12, 2018

I love to go to ZAX before a performance at the Long Center. The food is predictably good and an hour is ample time to order, get served and eat.

Tags: Live Sports, Comfort Food
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Lasagna was excellent, as was the Zax house salad. I had the Black Bean burger on whole wheat, it came with pick de Gallo and was zesty

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We went there for NY Eve and felt very rushed although it didn't seem any busier than usual. When sitting at the bar before we went to our table, the bar maid was zooming around in a very frenetic way and while at the table our waiter seemed way too hurried and freaked out. Don't know what was going on, and understand NY eve is a busy time, but this was a very unrelaxing dinner for my family.

Tags: Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Every time we eat here we are reminded how wonderful it is. One of us had mussels, one had the pork sandwich and one had the fresh tuna salad. All the choices were excellent. They have a very cute patio also.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 21, 2017

With all the new and trendy restaurants popping up in Austin, I keep returning to Zax. It's predictably pretty perfect each visit.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

It was a tasty meal before going to the ballet. The food and location were very good. It was great that even though we were later arriving than expected, we were promptly seated.

Tags: Scenic View, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Love the food and folks at Zax's. Great to have close to home and a true Austin original.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

It was a very romantic setting. Was a little louder than I expected. Not too bad but did make it a little challenging to chat. Maybe would be better for a group of friends rather than an close, personal intimate setting.

The place is so popular I think it's outgrown the building. And the parking lot. *Had some thoughts about how they could improve the bathrooms too.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Afternoon Coffee, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 16, 2017

I love Zax! The food is wonderful. Also, it's not noisy, so you can enjoy talking with friends.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great Beer
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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 2, 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 November 30, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 14, 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 11, 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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 (Austin)·Dined on November 11, 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 21, 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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vip
 (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 22, 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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 (San Francisco)·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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 (Austin)·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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 (Austin)·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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vip
 (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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