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Olamaie, Austin, TX

Olamaie

4.7
4.7
1407 Reviews
$50 and over
Southern
At Olamaie, Southern food rooted in love and tradition is complemented by contemporary culinary techniques. This respect for both past and present marks Olamaie as a place where fine Southern food is celebrated not only for its rich heritage, but for its inspiration to modern cuisine.

Olamaie is the first name of five generations of women in Executive Chef Michael Fojtasek’s family. His mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great-great-grandmother and now his daughter all honor the name with their shared patience, acceptance of others, boundless love, and soulful allegiance to food.

James Beard Finalist: Best Chef Southwest/Texas 2018, 2019, & 2020
Austin American Statesman #1 2015, 2017, 2019
James Beard Semifinalist: Best New Restaurant 2015
Food & Wine Best New Chef 2015
2021 Best Place for Working Parents
Member of Good Work Austin

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 35 times today

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  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Southern, American, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (512) 474-2796

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Michael Fojtasek

  • Catering

    Olamaie offers exceptional catering for private events, special occasions, and intimate in-home dinners. Whether you are hosting family, friends or colleagues, our culinary team will curate a menu based on your specific needs.<br /><br />For information regarding catering please contact catering@maiebhospitality.com

  • Private party facilities

    Olamaie's modern amenities and traditional Southern charm provide the perfect place to host your next celebration. Our array of unique private dining options can accommodate seated dinners ranging from 6-60 guests or a cocktail reception for up to 120.For event inquiries please contact reservations@olamaieaustin.com

  • Neighborhood

    Central Austin

  • Cross street

    17th Street

  • Parking details

    Olamaie offers complimentary valet directly outside the restaurant on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Street parking is also availabe and free after 6 pm (and all day Sunday).

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. RT

    RenT

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals in Austin. Generous portions and wonderful service!
  2. AM

    AndresM

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary and it was outstanding! Had a 7pm reservation but showed up around 6:30 and took a seat at the bar while we waited for our table. Both bartenders were attentive and made some really great (strong) drinks to kick things off. Host came over around 6:50 and said our table was ready but we decided to finish our drinks at the bar and just take our time. Once seated the waitress spent a lot of time going over the “story” of the restaurant and went into detail of how and where they source their ingredients. Everything we ordered was outstanding. We had the Eggplant, shrimp over red rice and the raw gulf tuna to start. For our main course, I had the rib eye and my wife had the blackened fish of the day. Both incredible! Can’t recommend this place enough for special occasions. They definitely take their time but my wife and I were ready for a long slow date night so it worked out perfect. 10/10.
  3. CB

    CBGB

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The price of your wine by the glass was exorbitant. Very surprised you don't showcase a simple Texas wine or other southern wine pairing. The dessert was not good. Need to review your dessert menu for something lighter and more original. The rest of the meal was very pleasant and I would recommend it.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals I have ever had!
  5. EF

    ElizabethF

    Austin

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration with a friend. Just lovely! Servier was knowledgeable and on top of things.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wagyu tenderloin was outstanding! Great service
  7. AR

    AndreaR

    Austin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    we had a wonderful dining experience with amazing food and a wonderful waiter. the service was awesome and i loved everything about the place. i would recommend this place to anyone who is looking for great food and a great dining experience !
  8. MR

    MichelleR

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There is a reason why Olamaie is listed as on of Austin's best restaurants. The attentive service, well curated wine list, and superb dishes keep us coming back for more.
  9. CG

    CatherineG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb staff. Divine food and mixology! Our go to.
  10. d

    doat

    Austin

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our anniversary and the food, service, attention to detail were all great!!!
  11. TH

    TeresaH

    Austin

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We love this place but Last night we had several dishes that were over salted. The green beans, the rice in the fish and even the mint cream that came with the flan. We are not usually offended by salt but it really covered the taste of the food last night.
  12. p

    philk

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Olamaie was recommended by family. Excellent presentation and large size portions. Great for special occasions.
  13. T

    Tina

    Austin

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It has become so pricey! $50 entrees. $125 steaks. Can't say I'd go back. Service outstanding though.
  14. MM

    MichaelM

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was very good with great options and the service was outstanding. The seating was a bit cramped on the sofa but otherwise a very nice evening.
  15. WK

    WKEL

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I appreciate they add the Employee Wellness gratuity to the bill. Excellent food, cocktails, and mocktails.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We’d heard that James Beard sweetheart Amanda Turner was chef de cuisine at Olamaie, so we finally decided to try this Austin favorite that we’d somehow missed over the years. So glad we did! Every single staff member was exceptionally friendly and helpful. I was holding the menu way out from my face because I’d forgotten my glasses, and a member of the wait staff saw me and came by to give me his readers. Aweee! The food was out of this world. Every dish was exciting, creative, and super tasty. We ordered several of the small plates, two entrees and a side. No dessert…we wanted to but were too full!! The waiter advised us we could share an entree, and he was right. It would have been enough, but there were too many enticing entrees on the menu. I had the glazed pork chop (the leftovers were just as good the next day!), and my husband had the fish. They were both sensational. We also had two delicious mocktails...Unlike mocktails we’ve had at other restaurants, these were not just a couple of rocks glasses with some fruit juice and ginger are. They were really well-thought out recipes. Yummy! I have to give a special shout out to the biscuits. Just trust me, and don’t leave without trying one. Another standout was the cheese grits. It’s like when you’re newly in love and you just can’t get that person out of your head…and don’t want to! That’s how I feel about the cheese grits. Otherwise our favorite dish was a first-course bowl of heirloom tomatoes in a creamy sauce with tobasco and crispy bits. I was resentful about having to share this. The bill was about $275. They discourage tipping because a 20% fee is added so they can provide salary and benefits to their staff. Progressive! I would highly recommend this to anyone celebrating a special occasion. I can’t imagine eating there too
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Heavenly. A near-religious culinary experience.
  18. RK

    RobertK

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing from service to food and guest experience, one of Austin’s finest.
  19. DK

    DivyaK

    San Antonio

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Lovely ambience and staff but food was okay. We loved the innovativeness of food but the cabbage was bitter and cauliflower curry was salty. The butter bean dish was undistinguished.
  20. JT

    JayT

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner, presentation and overall great experience.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good always amazing there
  22. A

    Andrew

    Austin

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Easily one of the best restaurants in Texas.
  23. L

    Lizzy

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very kind servers, and outstanding food. They even made a birthday card for my sister.
  24. NS

    NivS

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Definitely excellent food! Overall the dishes were very good, especially the first course. The main course was good, we had the fish, porkchop and lamb. Porkchop was a tad bit dry, but overall good. I have two knocks - a couple of the dishes were a bit pricey side for the quantity of food you got (fish was excellent but it was a small piece and not $50 worth) and the restaurant temperature was crazy warm. It was a 100degree day in Austin, but we were there in the evening and sitting inside and simply felt like we were outside minus the sun. I'm a guy that usually runs cold so it was definitely odd for me to be sweating during the whole meal.
  25. JH

    JillayneH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best dinner of my life. Beautiful service as well. Thank you Olamaie!
  26. j

    jonp

    Austin

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Food is of good quality but certainly not very inventive - somewhat one dimensional. Service was outstanding. Staff is very attentive and did a great job anticipating our needs. If you are looking to impress, you may enjoy Olamaie due to the impressive service. However, if you are looking for great food and are prepared to pay top dollar for it - you'll be disappointed. The food is good but at those prices - it should be great.
  27. JB

    JebB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent in every way: food, atmosphere, service.
  28. RG

    RoyG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    The food is average. Atmosphere is great. The service started slow then ended good.
  29. GR

    GraciaR

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience1
    So loud you couldn’t hear the waiter. Food was pretentious and way over priced
  30. JA

    JoanA

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Yummy dinner very unusual flavors Sat at the bar !
  31. C

    Courtney

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, knowledgeable & friendly staff 10/10 experience but just a little hot 😂
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent all round!
  33. G

    Goodtimes

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurants in Austin TX. Southern food but very high end. Biscuits are amazing. Butter beans really great. Beef cheeks with grits was fantastic, but very filling.
  34. w

    wendyw

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the food, every dish was unique and incredibly delicious
  35. KK

    KK81

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Excellent cabbage, pork chop, and biscuits. Cocktails were unique and refreshing.
  36. SR

    SusanRitchie

    Dallas

    66 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The smoked cabbage appetizer was interesting but I don’t think I would order it again. My husband enjoyed the shrimp and rice appetizer. I ordered the pork chop for my entree. I felt like they were serving me a hog on a platter! The chop is not for sissies. It was huge. It was tasty but it’s size was more impressive than its flavor. Desserts were ok. The flan had an odd flavor and a very rubbery texture. The dining room was lovely and the service excellent but the food just didn’t live up to my expectations.
  37. PE

    PEYTONS

    Austin

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience1
    This was truly one of our worst ever dining experiences, made all the worst since the small house restaurant temp was nearly 90 degrees throughout the 2 hour meal. We had to beg for ice for our tepid water to try to cool down even a little bit. Everything at Olamaie has gone way, way downhill--even the "legendary" biscuits were cold and subpar--the redfish was bland served on a huge pool of tasteless grits--the $50 porkchop was over cooked and dry--the broccoli with cheese was so terrible that any frozen microwave vegetable would have been better--and they kicked us out of our table right at 2 hours, shortly after our dessert just arrived, claiming they needed us to exit the table for new guests. The final bill with two cocktails and two glasses of wine was $575 for 4 of us, with no option but to pay the $160 "wellness fee/tip" they automatically added to the bill. It was awful and we left soaking wet with sweat, hungry and irritated at the arrogance of this place, while serving terrible food. Do not go.
  38. KK

    KevinK

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly phenomenal. We had several starters (shrimp and red rice, heirloom tomatoes, and blue corn hushpuppies) and split an entree (wagyu tenderloin) and everything was absolutely flawless - presentation, food quality, and perfectly cooked. Staff were very warm and knowledgeable about every part of the menu. We couldn't recommend Olamaie more highly.
  39. N

    Nicholas

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best dinner I’ve had in years. Amazing attention to detail and preparations with purpose. If you are in Austin, you have to eat here.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very nice staff, yummy southern food, and care put into special card for anniversary.

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Olamaie is rated 4.7 stars by 1407 OpenTable diners.

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Booked 35 times today

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Google Map for Olamaie

1610 San Antonio Street, Austin, TX 78701

Additional information

  • Cross street

    17th Street

  • Neighborhood

    Central Austin

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Southern, American, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Olamaie offers complimentary valet directly outside the restaurant on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Street parking is also availabe and free after 6 pm (and all day Sunday).

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Michael Fojtasek

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (512) 474-2796

  • Catering

    Olamaie offers exceptional catering for private events, special occasions, and intimate in-home dinners. Whether you are hosting family, friends or colleagues, our culinary team will curate a menu based on your specific needs.<br /><br />For information regarding catering please contact catering@maiebhospitality.com

  • Private party facilities

    Olamaie's modern amenities and traditional Southern charm provide the perfect place to host your next celebration. Our array of unique private dining options can accommodate seated dinners ranging from 6-60 guests or a cocktail reception for up to 120.For event inquiries please contact reservations@olamaieaustin.com

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