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Olivia

(Now Closed)
New American Restaurant and American Restaurant$$$$
Zilker, Austin
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  • The experts at Bon Appetit Magazine and Austin Chronicle recommend this place
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  • Maggie C P.
    This is closed. It's now occupied by their baby sister, Lucy's Fried Chicken.
  • Aaron M.
    Aaron MotsingerNovember 15, 2016
    Unfortunately, longstanding South Austin gem Olivia closed down in October 2016 to make way for another installment of Chef James Holmes' Lucy's Fried Chicken empire. Also great, but much more casual.
  • Damon C.
    Damon CMarch 9, 2016
    Tagliatelle 😘, Gnocchi 😍, Cocktails 😎, Service 🤗. Duck egg creme brûlée ... 🚀🌕😇
  • Pauly G.
    Pauly GOctober 11, 2015
    If your here for brunch, you made a wise choice!
  • Cymberly P.
    Cymberly PierceJuly 14, 2015
    I made a reservation through Open Table and it was clear when I showed up that they hadn't prepped in advance. Food is good but don't expect great service.
  • Emily S.
    Emily ScruggsMay 8, 2015
    Great brunch, try the florentine
  • Martín
    MartínDecember 21, 2014
    That thing you see everybody getting? That's the Olivia Benedict. Go on ahead and order that too.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 28, 2014
    Check out Olivia as seen on Unique Eats Read more
  • Darden R.
    Darden RiceAugust 18, 2014
    We ordered mac daddy and the goat chili omelet for brunch. Not sure what all the fuss or hype is about. Not missing anything if you skip this place.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 5, 2014
    Jason Donoho, chef of Alamo Drafthouse, eats here on his nights off. He loves the “Picnic style” fried chicken. Read more
  • Lauren F.
    Lauren FMay 4, 2014
    French toast. Do not order anything other than the French toast (except, perhaps, the blood orange mimosa).
  • Vonia
    VoniaApril 26, 2014
    Seasonal & natural ingredients with a friendly ambiance.
  • Shadd S.
    Shadd ScottApril 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Best restaurant in South Austin!
  • Shanick A.
    Shanick AugustinMarch 16, 2014
    Brunch is amazing! Make sure to make a reservation so you don't have to wait for a table.
  • Zahir W.
    Zahir WaljiFebruary 24, 2014
    Fantastic appetizers
  • TY
    TYNovember 22, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Anything and everything. What up, James.
  • Courtney R.
    Courtney RileyOctober 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The smoked Gouda grits are amazing!
  • Jess P.
    Jess PendletonSeptember 27, 2013
    Great for dinner, not necessarily brunch... Great coffee though!
  • Sabrina C.
    This place was perfect for a late 1pm brunch! Even on a hot day the patio was great. The food was superb and the service was wonderful! We'll be back for sure!
  • MattersOfGrey.com
    MattersOfGrey.comAugust 31, 2013
    If they have it on the menu, try the Mushroom Ravioli. It has such amazingly complex flavors
  • Kyle E.
    Kyle ElrodJuly 24, 2013
    Do you want some bubbles? You got it.
  • Austin Chronicle
    Austin ChronicleJune 19, 2013
    Eclectic, upscale, and seasonal fare, an excellent wine list, private tables, and exemplary service flawlessly converge in a gorgeous, Michael Hsu-designed space. Simply one of our city's best. Read more
  • Chelle M.
    Chelle MorrisonMay 25, 2013
    Best brunch menu I've seen! Lots of fancy people here.
  • David
    DavidMay 19, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Good in any day, but their Sunday brunch is by far their best. Chicken fried steak is a personal favorite. Parking situation gets bad pretty fast though, so prepare to deal with that.
  • Adriane R.
    Adriane ReillyApril 20, 2013
    The bison burger prepped medium is so juicy and delicious! Puts beef burgers to shame.
  • Matt G.
    Matt GlazerMarch 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Say "hi" to the chickens.
  • Andre M.
    Andre MikaMarch 11, 2013
    ...the french toast cake with pancetta ice cream is insane.
  • Kyle B.
    Kyle BunchFebruary 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    It's not what it used to be, but the brunch is still solid.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsFebruary 22, 2013
    Chef Bryce Gilmore goes for the "always hard to pass up" burger here, with blue cheese, bacon, a fried egg, and aioli.
  • Amanda K.
    Amanda KartunJanuary 6, 2013
    Love this place for brunch. They have the best hot sauce selection.
  • Kaelin M.
    Kaelin MuseDecember 25, 2012
    Escargots hushpuppies may be the most fabulous thing I have ever put in my mouth. Wonderful service and a great all around experience.
  • Riley S.
    Riley SpillerDecember 18, 2012
    Great date place
  • Paula L.
    Paula Luedtke BaczewskiDecember 18, 2012
    We found it overpriced, over salted, overrated, and underwhelming. Got one order completely wrong, and because we didn't want to wait for another full meal to be prepared, we settled. Disappointing.
  • Kelly O.
    Kelly O'NeilDecember 9, 2012
    The SOS 2011 is phenomenal
  • Wolf N.
    Wolf NobleNovember 3, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The brunch here is awesome!! Saturdays are the day to go
  • Vanessa H.
    Vanessa HSeptember 22, 2012
    The salmon crudo is to die for...so fresh, so tender, great flavors. The halibut is perfectly cooked & the quinoa is incredible! Really well-balanced flavors of sweet/savory. And the beet salad...mmm!
  • Taryn
    TarynAugust 12, 2012
    The Macdaddy with poached eggs (instead of scrambled) is delicious! Even our server said he wanted to try it!
  • Paulie D.
    Paulie DeryJuly 17, 2012
    Better for brunch but still a solid eatery.
  • Patricia S.
    Patricia SnodgrassJune 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    My favorite brunch in town. The fried chicken is a staple and my husband orders the pig's ear sandwich every time we're here. Delicious frites too!
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkJune 14, 2012
    Beautiful restaurant with fantastic food. Brunch is particularly good, and there is a nice range of options for both adventurous and unadventurous diners.
  • Brad R.
    Brad RushingMay 19, 2012
    If you like some heat during brunch. Get the SOS 2012, it will wake you up!!
  • Cooking Channel
    Cooking ChannelFebruary 28, 2012
    Chef James Holmes made sure his menu included a treatise about buying from local farms, foragers and ranchers, and it shows with his fresh and changing takes on Texas-style cuisine. Get the S.O.S.
  • Mary A.
    Mary AlfordFebruary 25, 2012
    Red flannel hash....
  • Mary A.
    Mary AlfordFebruary 25, 2012
    Mac daddy breakfast...
  • Robin H.
    Robin HoltDecember 24, 2011
    The bread pudding is fantastic. Perfect for a chilly night.
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel MettsNovember 26, 2011
    The grits are amazing. But surprisingly the granola was my absolutely favorite thing. It's a must order side.
  • Lisa
    LisaNovember 6, 2011
    Try the beef carpacio!
  • Jack H.
    Jack HoltSeptember 16, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The quail dish is always reliably excellent. Most folks who are disappointed are unadventurous eaters who prefer fried food to fresh local.
  • Diana B.
    Diana BrittonSeptember 3, 2011
    You must try the Florentine. Pouched eggs, spinach, bacon, biscuit with an amazing sauce
  • Kyle B.
    Kyle BunchAugust 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Another one of Austin's greats...I've yet to have a bad meal, but the standouts so far have been the diver scallops and the fried chicken. Also a great brunch option if/when you can get in.
  • Tina W.
    Tina WangJune 27, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Worth it for brunch.
  • David R.
    David RodriguezMarch 27, 2011
    The mussles are awesome!
  • Bill J M.
    Bill J McCarleyMarch 17, 2011
    The Ginger dessert is the best thing I've had ever!!!
  • Lorie B.
    Lorie BurnsMarch 17, 2011
    Come after 9pm during the week - easy parking & plenty of small tables in the bar area.
  • Jack H.
    Jack HoltDecember 23, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    bring your kids! Olivia is named after the owner/chef's daughter and he will always make them feel welcome
  • John P.
    John PesinaDecember 14, 2010
    Don't skip dessert, chocolate cake was amazing. I suggest the Kobe steak or the pork belly.
  • Christina S.
    Christina ShepherdOctober 30, 2010
    Mussels and pork sliders on the bar menu are delicious. And if you are in the mood for dessert, the orange cake is amazing.
  • Jennifer Y.
    Jennifer YuAugust 1, 2010
    The chili frite pie really will put you in to major food coma (as the menu hints) - but oh MY. It is so good. Bellinis for brunch also bring a light and refreshing drink to sip!
  • marshall w.
    marshall wrightMay 19, 2010
    Get the lamb fries! They will melt in your mouth. So good.
  • Jay G.
    Jay GoldmanMarch 16, 2010
    Have the Peanut Butter and Honey ice cream. Seriously. You'll thank me later.
  • Bon Appetit Magazine
    One of our Top 10 Best New Restaurants in America. Chef James Holmes gathers his culinary inspiration from (and in) his backyard vegetable garden. The lamb fries are a must-have.
  • yimay y.
    yimay yangSeptember 16, 2009
    the food needs a lot of improvement. some dishes are actually bad. have a drink at the bar, admire the gorgeous ceiling, then go eat somewhere else.
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