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Barley Swine

(Now Closed)
New American Restaurant and American Restaurant$$$$
Zilker, Austin
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  • ♞Eddie♚
    ♞Eddie♚December 12, 2015
    Take someone, make a reservation in advance or arrive before opening, have your date order the Tasting Menu and yourself order by the Ala Carte Menu, and share. Enjoy the moment, really enjoy!
  • Austin Chronicle
    Austin ChronicleJanuary 17, 2013
    Small plates, small space: Only 34 seats, so expect a wait. It’s worth it. A farm-to-table ethos and thoughtful flavor combinations distinguish this first brick & mortar from Bryce Gilmore. Read more
  • Mike W.
    Mike WinstonJanuary 20, 2015
    Grab a seat at the chef's counter then sit back and enjoy 12-courses of inventive, flavorful, Southern, hipster, cheffy brilliance. Read all about it on WinstonWanders below! Read more
  • ArtJonak
    ArtJonakMarch 11, 2013
    Great “locavore” hot spot! Chef Bryce Gilmore creates memorable small tapas-style plates made for sharing and enjoying. A foodie gathering spot. The space is small so arrive early or be ready to wait.
  • Emily B.
    Emily ButlerNovember 4, 2012
    Delicious food and wine. Our most expensive meal in Austin by far, but a great experience. We went on Halloween and all the waitresses were dressed up and super attentive. Fun. Get the pig face!
  • Ron B.
    Ron BargerOctober 20, 2013
    The new share menu is incredible. Had a very special evening. Visiting with the chefs and staff and the other diners created a wonderful ambiance.
  • Kyle B.
    Kyle BunchAugust 16, 2011
    Another of the great places opened during the Great Restaurant Rush of '08-10 in Austin. Only complaint is that it's a very intimate setting, so you better get a reservation or be prepared to wait.
  • Eater
    EaterOctober 4, 2011
    Food & Wine Best New Chef 2011 winner Bryce Gilmore's South Lamar restaurant lives up to the hype. Go with a group and order everything on the seasonal small plates menu. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Ben Z.
    Ben ZweigSeptember 25, 2016
    New space is awesome and compliments the creative food well. Small plates are... small, so like, do the tasting menu.
  • Nom Nom PR
    Nom Nom PRMay 3, 2012
    Ridiculously delish, artfully crafted and albeit tiny small plates. Go with a fat wallet and be prepared to eat your way through the menu. GREAT craft beer selection as well.
  • Manuel F.
    Manuel FernandezJuly 12, 2011
    Get anything on the menu, I mean anything. You will not be disappointed. If Jeffery is working at the bar sit at the bar close to him. He'll make your night a ton of fun. Read more
  • Kimberly B.
    Kimberly BarreroSeptember 16, 2013
    Arrive early or be prepared to wait. But food "lives up to the hype." Fresh ingredients from local farmers. Bring small group and order the seasonal plates!
  • Anna M.
    Anna MentzerJanuary 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Every bite is so precious! Don't expect a Texas-supersized meal, but rather plan to take your tastebuds on the joyride of their comfort-loving lives. Magic on tap and artistes de sabor in the kitchen!
  • Kyle B.
    Kyle BunchFebruary 24, 2013
    Absolutely amazing small plates. Typically a bit of a wait, but come, put your name in, then go next door to Henri's or Horseshoe Lounge for a drink to pass the time.
  • miachel p.
    miachel pruettFebruary 19, 2013
    Let the waitress recommend plates – WD40 would approve. And nab the best spots in the place: at the bar with full view of the kitchen.
  • Brian H.
    Brian HerschaftAugust 22, 2014
    Bryce Gilmore is a magician. No word to describe this place besides incredible. Make sure to check his other spot called Odd Duck!
  • Jessica F.
    Jessica FradonoJuly 18, 2012
    Try the Corn Soup, Coconut, Tamarind, Fig, Thai Chili - Wow, spin on gazpacho...but a Thai coconut. Love, love, love it!
  • Erika P.
    Erika PerziNovember 10, 2013
    The new share menu is epic. Ten small dishes made from local producers and nothing disappoints. Beer and wine list is impressive as always.
  • Randy H.
    Randy HelmcampAugust 6, 2013
    The entire menu was amazing. I didn't have one dish that didn't blow me away. A little expensive but for sure worth it.
  • Gregori P.
    Gregori ParkerAugust 18, 2014
    The pairings make up for bite-sized courses, bring 5 friends so you can have a dedicated table
  • Josh S.
    Josh SeidenMarch 10, 2013
    Really good. Super creative ideas backed by perfect execution and fantastic staff. Lousy name :-) Get the goat.
  • Natanya A.
    Natanya AndersonDecember 7, 2011
    Go with a group of friends and order the entire menu to share. A perfect way to taste the chef's full range.
  • Jessica F.
    Jessica FradonoJuly 18, 2012
    Try the Grilled Peach, Marsala, Goat Milk Ice Cream, Black Pepper Crumble - A wonderful combo of sweet flavors and textures!
  • Open Air P.
    Open Air PublishingApril 16, 2012
    Try the Bacon-Liver Mousse with Lager Onions. Then make them at home. Chef Bryce Gilmore's recipe is featured in "The Better Bacon Book" created for iPads.
  • Open Air Publishing
    Open Air PublishingApril 24, 2012
    Try the bacon-liver mousse with lager onions. Then make them at home. Chef Bryce Gilmore's recipe is featured in "The Better Bacon Book" created for iPads.
  • Jessica F.
    Jessica FradonoJuly 18, 2012
    Try the Mussels, Watermelon, Avocado, Mezcal - It's like tempura fried mussels with avocado. So lovely!
  • Caith C.
    Caith ChapmanDecember 7, 2012
    small plates but super tasty. the wine bar next door is a great place to have a drink while you wait.
  • Jessica F.
    Jessica FradonoJuly 18, 2012
    Try the Grilled Watermelon, Tomato & Goat Cheese Salad - So delicious. Amazing blend of flavors!!!
  • Andy W.
    Andy WangNovember 25, 2014
    Everything is good. New tasting menu (only) is interesting but takes away choice.
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussNovember 4, 2014
    One of the best restaurants in America. Get the wine pairing and just surrender.
  • Angela
    AngelaApril 3, 2015
    The chef's tasting menu is not only ridiculously creative, but also amazingly delicious.
  • Jessica F.
    Jessica FradonoJuly 18, 2012
    Try the Scallops, Okra, Pickled Corn, Buttermilk - This has been my favorite dish so far...
  • Avery E.
    Avery EpsteinFebruary 19, 2015
    small plates, ideal for groups, intimate pairings, order all the dishes and take one bite of each
  • Tammy G.
    Tammy GordonMarch 11, 2012
    The best way to attack the menu here is to figure out what, if anything, you don't want to order. Then order one of everything else.
  • Bijoy G.
    Bijoy GoswamiAugust 28, 2012
    Make sure you ask for their little spatulas - they come in different colors! You will need one to app up all the goodness on the plate.
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableFebruary 7, 2012
    Don’t miss Kyle McKinney’s desserts, from pumpkin cheesecake to a beet cake topped with raw goat’s-milk ice cream. The hyper-local ingredient sourcing makes these dishes shine.
  • Katherine M.
    Katherine M.July 5, 2014
    Food blogger Hank Shaw of Hunter Angler Gardener Cook said he loved the crispy trotter, pork loin, and ham with lentils here.
  • Tina W.
    Tina WangJune 27, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The price is right and execution has always been perfect. One of my favorite places in Austin.
  • Chris C.
    Chris CollinsDecember 4, 2015
    Sit at the bar (8 seats total) so you can watch your food being made.
  • Christine H.
    Christine HaMarch 16, 2016
    Tiny & busy so go early to avoid long wait. Shared small plates. Good beer selection.
  • Austin Fine Properties
    Considering how much Austinites love Barley Swine, it's no wonder that Bryce Gilmore, chef of Barley Swine, is a semifinalist for Rising Star Chef of the Year.
  • Ben L.
    Ben LewisDecember 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The chickpea fritters blew my mind. Incredible meal so far and we're only 2 plates in!
  • Jessica F.
    Jessica FradonoJuly 18, 2012
    Try the Pork Belly, Curried Eggplant, Cous Cous, Pickled Peach - Yum
  • Jessica F.
    Jessica FradonoJuly 18, 2012
    Try the Hopelessly Blue Cheese, Honey Bun And Figs - Divine!!!
  • Jenny
    JennyFebruary 22, 2014
    The desserts are phenomenal; the pastry chef is a genius!
  • Sam D.
    Sam DApril 11, 2015
    An amazing 12 course tasting with lovely bursts of spring throughout the progression
  • Anthony A.
    Anthony ArmendarizOctober 9, 2011
    The veal glands "sweet breads" we're out of this world delicious.
  • Joel G.
    Joel GoodmanNovember 4, 2014
    The prix fixe menu is exciting and delicious.
  • ♞Eddie♚
    ♞Eddie♚December 10, 2015
    The menu changes daily, if it's your 1st time, enjoy the 13/or so tasting menu; however, if you get there by 5:30pm they may have a Happy Hour menu you can order a la carte (order everything).
  • Honey B.
    Honey BearJuly 13, 2013
    Don't miss out on the scrambled eggs. They are FANTASTIC !
  • Josie M.
    Josie MAugust 15, 2013
    Just go! This place cannot be missed! You will not be disappointed!
  • Sacha D.
    Sacha DeclomesnilMarch 12, 2014
    Amazing. On my top 3 restaurants List ever. Thumbs up.
  • @JustinDoesBlog
    @JustinDoesBlogApril 10, 2014
    Probably the best restaurant in Austin. Review coming soon at
  • Paulie D.
    Paulie DeryJuly 17, 2012
    Austin's best eat. Order one of everything. Wait in line at the Horseshoe next door.
  • Michael C.
    Michael ChampagneSeptember 9, 2013
    Open your mind and bring a friend that is ready for a food adventure.
  • Carmen M.
    Carmen MagarMarch 8, 2013
    The goat with the crunchy wild rice is the yummiest thing I have eaten in a while!
  • Andy Y.
    Andy YuMarch 17, 2012
    Sweet breads, beets, and scallops were Excellent!
  • Justin R.
    Justin RiemerApril 28, 2013
    One of the best meals of all time. No question!
  • TY
    TYAugust 23, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Order anything and everything and share!
  • Stephanie C.
    Stephanie CunninghamJanuary 23, 2014
    There's nothing like getting served mouth-orgasm food from a sexy man... Do yourself a favor: go, and often if you can...
  • Bill J M.
    Bill J McCarleyNovember 9, 2011
    Kristy is an awesome person who waited on us. We loved her. Fabulous!!!
  • Paula F.
    Paula ForbesFebruary 10, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    You can ask for a mini-spatula to scrape your plate. Just saying.
  • Esther B.
    Check out their duck, honey & lavender pate....divine!
  • Alyson R.
    Alyson RodgersApril 24, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Bruce won best new chef in food and wine! Check out this rising star!!!!!
  • Lisa
    LisaNovember 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    I've been here 3 times and never been disappointed. Try ANYTHING on the menu!!
  • Havalah W.
    Havalah WinslowFebruary 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing! Every bite was as good as the next!
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 5, 2014
    David Bull, chef of Bar Congress, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Scrambled egg w/ broccoli. Read more
  • Kyla K.
    Kyla KanzNovember 18, 2011
    If they recommend the pork belly or sweetbreads. Do what they tell you.
  • Richard V.
    Richard VuJune 10, 2012
    Come after 9pm. Shouldn't be that long a wait.
  • Duncan W.
    Duncan WatwoodOctober 5, 2011
    More fancy-pants than the name would imply, but very nice!
  • Rosa L.
    Rosa LantiguaOctober 12, 2012
    Just get everything on the menu!
  • Kevin N.
    Kevin NuutOctober 9, 2012
    Get to know your food neighbors. Don't fight it.
  • Angela S.
    Angela SaundersAugust 20, 2013
    Trust them on the beer selection. It's no joke.
  • susana g.
    susana garzaMay 23, 2011
    Amazing food and service! Get there early.
  • Dehron H.
    Dehron Hite-BensonNovember 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Do the alcohol pairing! It's worth it.
  • Jason F.
    Jason FreshlyJanuary 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Nothing bad on the menu. Come with a friend(s) and share!
  • Zahir W.
    Zahir WaljiFebruary 24, 2014
    Fantastic food. Cold service
  • Will F.
    Will FranklinAugust 31, 2013
    Just get one of each.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 1, 2014
    Check out Barley Swine as seen on No Reservations Read more
  • Piper J.
    Piper JonesFebruary 27, 2011
    Fried brussel sprouts, lemon, capers - oh my
  • Julia Z.
    Julia ZhuApril 21, 2014
    If you only have one meal in Texas
  • janine c.
    janine cornMarch 17, 2011
    good prices. great food.
  • Mark P.
    Mark PuckettJanuary 15, 2012
    Try one of everything, literally.
  • Disposable M.
    Camera 336 of the Disposable Memory Project was left here on May 7, 2011 by Zach C. Did you find it? Read more
  • Sam M.
    Sam MurrayNovember 22, 2013
    Make sure you have a steady job.
  • Brian M.
    Brian MerzFebruary 28, 2016
    one other spot.
  • Laila L.
    Laila LambApril 25, 2013
    Wow. Amazing
  • Alyson R.
    Alyson RodgersApril 24, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Bryce!! I meant bryce. Damn autocorrect..... sorry bryce
  • Alessandro N.
    Alessandro NaninNovember 20, 2016
    Muito bom. Uma experiência muito boa. Sabores exóticos, clima agradável, bonito, bem servido de serviço. Gostaria muoto que no Brasil os serviços fossem assim.
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