Arlo Grey

4.4
390 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Arlo Grey is the debut lakeside restaurant by Top Chef 10 winner Kristen Kish. Kish’s culinary style melds precise training and technique rooted in French and Italian traditions with a nostalgia for dishes from her upbringing, her world travels and her exploration of the bountiful ingredients of Central Texas. Beverage Director and staple of the Austin cocktail scene, Brian Floyd heads up the beverage program with a belief in classic cocktails, simply made.

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Join us for Mother's Day and celebrate with special dinner menu offerings and a signed menu from Kristen Kish.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Join us for a special Easter Brunch menu showcasing seasonal items.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

What 390 People Are Saying
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New York Area
104 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We were really excited to try Kristen Kish’s new restaurant. We came from New York. We had the crispy rice, oil poached swordfish, rabbit, burrata and a salad. Ingredients were beautiful and fresh. Cooking was creative. And the soace is gorgeous. If we lived in Austin though, I think I’d be happy with experiencing it once.

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Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Way too loud. Other Patrons were way too loud and didn’t seem to care about bothering any and all others. Place desperately needs sounds remediation. Carpet!

Waiter assumed we knew the menu and how it worked and seems perturbed that we didn’t. Service was slow and a bit “sassy”. Kitchen was way slow for the “empty-ness” of the dining room.

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Austin
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

Great spot for people watching in downtown Austin overlooking Lady Bird Lake.

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San Antonio
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome. Loved Louis!

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Houston
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great selection of foods, beautiful restaurant, a little dark

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DB
Austin
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Over all it was too dark, too loud and the service was average, at best. Here are my points that I hope someone at Arlo Grey reads.
1. If it’s family style with small plates, don’t put a giant candle in the middle of the table. 2. Also provide serving utensils for easy sharing.
3. A lot of times the garnish was overwhelming to the dish and it was hard to make a complete bite of food. And on several occasions the garnish physically overwhelmed the dish and we couldn’t find the main components.
4. The place was loud and the waiter’s description of the food couldn’t be heard. Also some helpful tips on how to eat a dish would be great.

Overall it was the little things that added up to an average experience. The flavor of the food was great but the service and atmosphere was average. If they can improve the service Arlo Grey could be one of the best restaurants in Austin.

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DL
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic staff and the food was outstanding. Get the fried steamed buns, white asparagus and fried chicken.

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DM
Austin
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful atmosphere, good food and service. It gets loud because of the bar, which seeks to clash a bit with the high end atmosphere.

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Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I were in Austin for a wedding on our anniversary weekend so we decided to celebrate with a nice dinner at Arlo Grey. Our server gave several recommendations and we ended up splitting three dishes. Two of the house made pasta dishes which were both excellent, and the standout Crispy Rice dish. If you’ve ever had Persian food you are no doubt familiar with tadeeg, the delicious rice that crisps up at the bottom of the pan, and this dish had that same amazing texture with crab, bacon, and some beautiful herbaceous flavors that we have been telling everyone about. I started out the meal with their signature Old Fashioned which was very nice, but not as exciting as I had hoped so I asked the server if the bartender would be willing to make me something off menu. Within minutes the bartender was at our table asking me my preferences and came back with an amazing bourbon negroni and made sure I was happy. For dessert we split the meringue with berries which was mostly fantastic, the pistachio butter in the center didn’t compliment the other flavors as well as we had hoped but it was overall very good. The meringue’s texture was fabulous and had a flavor that I found intriguingly familiar (in the best way) but I couldn’t quite place it. I highly recommend checking out this restaurant if you have the opportunity.

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BO
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was excellent. A way different style than I was picturing after seeing her on Top Chef. Everything was perfectly seasoned. Decent wine list.

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m
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Arlo Grey was a wonderful evening out in Austin. The ambience is beautiful and lakeside - gorgeous views. The drinks were fab and the food delicious, but in all honesty I think we're a part of a growing number of people who like to dine out that are getting tired of "small plate" style. What you are getting are appetizer portions that are suitable for 2 people to share. If you are a group of 4 or more, you have to order multiple plates of the same dish for everyone to get beyond a bite or two, and after that, it's often a let down because you only had a bite or two. The food here was really, really good, but I wish there was more of it instead of having to order more portions.

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JP
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

I loved the restaurant. Pretty, cozy and romantic. The food is at best fair, the server was not very proficient. However, I liked this place and it's a nice place for a date night.

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BL
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about it - the location, the decor, the service and the food were all on point.

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SP
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an 8:15 reservation and decided to get a few drinks at the bar before our other two friends in the party. This was at 8 pm, and the hostess warned us that they were running a bit behind. We didn’t get seated till a little over 8:45, but drinks are the bar were amazing and they even comped a round of drinks for running behind. It was one of the best meals I’ve ever had and we enjoyed ourselves tremendously for all the staff being so accommodating in addition to the great food.

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BH
Austin
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was outstanding. Server was overtaxed and neglectful, nice but impersonal. We waited ten minutes just to meet our server and put in a drink order, then another long wait for drinks and another to order Section we were in was very dark and noisy. Many nice tables near the windows were empty. For the price, servers should have been more engaged and attentive.

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Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very fun upscale crowd, great bar!. Great view of the river and in the summer if you’re there or you can see the bats come out from underneath the bridge if you have a window table.

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m
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Very poor explanation of the dining concept and the dishes. Why not take the time to explain the selection process on the menu. Service was sloooow and dishes were not explained at all. Swordfish was fishy and in general food was salty and lacked layered flavoring. Lighting was extremely dim as well and place was very loud. Interesting concept but it needs lots of work. Plus restaurant is poorly advertised I had to walk around the block to find it. So bottom line for me was excellent concept but poor execution.

Arlo Grey
Responded on April 6, 2019

Hello markd, thank you for sharing your thoughts on your experience. We will address the menu descriptions and speed of service with our front of house team. We hope you will choose to join us again in the near future. Best, Luis Benedetto

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KC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

all food was too salty, duck was inedible due to overpowering salt

Arlo Grey
Responded on April 6, 2019

We will discuss your experience with our culinary team. Thank you for letting us know about the seasoning issue. We hope you will join us again in the future. Best, Luis Benedetto General Manager, Arlo Grey

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EA
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an incredible breakfast there.Biscuit was perfect. Coffee could be a little stronger. Pretty river view and great service made for a terrific breakfast experience.

Arlo Grey
Responded on April 6, 2019

Hello EAK141, Thank you for taking the time to share such great feedback. We hope you can join us again soon. Best, Luis Benedetto General Manager, Arlo Grey

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D
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

My first experience that made me want to come back was how the staff described the food, the story behind how Chef brought the dish together and advising how to best experience the flavors. In this dining experience, it was just placed on the table by various staff with no explanation and no confidence in what they were presenting. The food was outstanding, but given the experience, I lowered the value of what we paid. I think the waiter also just recommended the highest priced dishes and not really giving a fair, honest view of the food based on our preferences.

Arlo Grey
Responded on April 6, 2019

Hello Daisyduff, We appreciate you sharing such detailed feedback. It is absolutely the responsibility of our team to explain each dish and the concept behind them. We will address with our service staff to determine what the disconnect was with your experience. We hope you will join us again in the near future. Best, Luis Benedetto General Manager, Arlo Grey

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Austin
55 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The osso bucco was very nice as were the deserts. work needs to be done on the wine list. way overpriced and limite.

Arlo Grey
Responded on April 6, 2019

Hello austindiner, Thank you for discussing your experience. We are thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed all the dishes. Best, Luis Benedetto General Manager, Arlo Grey

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Service: not great.
Food: creative, tastey, few vegetarian options but it’s also a short menu
Atmosphere: Modern, hip. Interesting planters that seem to be repurposed heavy tank shells

Arlo Grey
Responded on April 6, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. We will share your feedback with our front of house team regarding your service experience. We hope you will join us again in the future. Best, Luis Benedetto General Manager, Arlo Grey

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MY
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Devon was outstanding! Super knowledgeable about the food and recommended such delicious choices. It was my husbands birthday and being a recent austin transplant from NY, we asked if we could meet chef. Kristen was gracious enough to stop by our table to say hello for a picture and sent out dessert! What amazing service! We loved the beef tartare and pasta! Looking forward to taking my family there when they visit!

Arlo Grey
Responded on April 6, 2019

Hello MinY, Thank you for taking the time to discuss your meal. We always appreciate hearing about our team and the great job they do. Welcome to Austin and we hope to see you again soon. Best, Luis Benedetto General Manager, Arlo Grey

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HK
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Modern/ chic ambience, helpful and descriptive service, delicious food! We had a wonderful evening! Don't forget to ask your server the meaning behind the name and the restroom decor.

Arlo Grey
Responded on April 6, 2019

Hello HallieK, Thank you for the great feedback. We are thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed everything. We hope to see you again soon. Best, Luis Benedetto General Manager, Arlo Grey

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BR
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service, the table and chairs, and the overall experience was great. My wife called it a Top 5 meal, and she has eaten in some pretty great restaurants around the country.

Arlo Grey
Responded on April 6, 2019

Hello BigRMC, We are so happy to hear how great of an experience you had. We hope you can make it back soon for another. Thank you, Luis Benedetto General Manager, Arlo Grey

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

We had been looking forward to dining at Arlo Grey for awhile now and we were very disappointed with the overall service and the food. The ambiance was great, it wasn’t too crowded and the tables aren’t too close together.

The server came by to take our order and didn’t tell us anything about the dishes on the menu. I specifically asked for her recommendations and then she mentioned her favorites, but she didn’t seem enthusiastic at all. While we were waiting for our food, our server didn’t come by our table at all. Our wine glasses were almost empty so we expected her to come by and top them off since we had ordered a bottle of wine.

When the food came out she wasn’t present at the table. We had ordered chickpea fritters and they were placed on a dish with a lid. It looked like a very simple dish and felt very dry. We also ordered the quinoa bowl which didn’t have great texture (and we love quinoa). We ordered the squash and ricotta and that was just okay. The duck hash was great.

Towards the end of the meal, I lifted the lid which had the chickpea fritters on it and there was a mashup of tomatoes and ricotta and it was delicious. We wish our server would have told us about it so that we could have enjoyed the fritters.

At the end of the meal, I mentioned to our server that we weren’t informed about the dip that went along with the fritters and she said “they should have told you about it.” She said she loves eating the fritters with the dip and that it’s so tasty and that we missed out. She didn’t even offer to bring out fritters for us to try with the dip.

Very disappointed with the overall experience and was expecting a fabulous meal as I watched the Kristen on Top Chef.

Arlo Grey
Responded on April 6, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to discuss your experience. Our service team should have absolutely been more attentive to your needs and given more thorough explanations of the dishes. We do hope you will join us again in the future as our guest. Luis Benedetto General Manager, Arlo Grey

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FS
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great view of Lady Bird Lake and Congress Bridge. A bit pricey but quality is excellent.

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New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful way to celebrate my birthday a few days early while my son and his wife were in town for a visit! The food, service, and ambiance were amazing, and I can't wait to have another special occasion to return. The only thing that would've made the evening any better would have been meeting Kristen Kish!!

Arlo Grey
Responded on April 6, 2019

Hello Janna, Thank you for choosing to celebrate with us at Arlo Grey. We are so happy to hear it was such a great experience. We hope you can make it back soo. Best, Luis Benedetto General Manager, Arlo Grey

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Y
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Picked the perfect place to have our "expensive date night" (not to mention I have a woman crush on Kristen Kish!) everything here is wonderful. PS: Had an AMAZING glass of wine. Shout out to my waitress, Jade, for recommending the wine (& other restaurants in Austin!)

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Responded on April 6, 2019

Hello Yecats, We're so happy to hear how much you enjoyed your experience. We think Jade is the best also! Thank you, Luis Benedetto General Manager, Arlo Grey

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JU
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner! And our server Jade was one of the best we have ever experienced!

Arlo Grey
Responded on April 6, 2019

Hello JanU, Thank you for the great feedback. So glad to hear that Jade did such a great job taking care of your needs. Best, Luis Benedetto General Manager, Arlo Grey

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d
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding

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l
Austin
97 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique drink and food menu leads to a very goof experience. The service was excellent and both the bartender and waitress guided us through the menus to a very good experience. It is expensive, but was a very good value given the overall quality.

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Savannah
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

For the price, the food just didn’t have the flavors I was hoping for.

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AR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant. Delicious food and service was great too. Crispy rice, burrata and duck were standouts. I'd definitely recommend to any foodies headed to Austin.

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Austin
28 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Innovative food, generally well executed. Service was attentive. The view was wonderful. Background music was too loud.

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MS
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time in for Brunch. Everything was beautifully presented and delicious from start to finish! Service was impeccable, Tei (sp?) took wonderful care of us.

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m
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is super tasty, and atmosphere is great. Portion sizes are a bit small for the prices though.

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FL
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The duck was some of the best I have ever had. 10/10 would recommend! The food is so good and creative.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an amazing dinner - every course was a journey. From now on Restaurants hamburgers will be held to this standard . If in Austin , put it on your list . Thank you Kristen Kish

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Austin
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

We had to wait 30 min past our reservation. The hostess was not very customer friendly. Wait staff was great, food was amazing.

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