Arlo Grey

4.4
242 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am
Lunch
Daily 11:00 am–5:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(512) 478-2991
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Kristen Kish
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Congress and Cesar Chavez
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Parking details
$10 with validation
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate the holidays with friends and family. Enjoy seasonal menu items. Private dining room available.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate the holidays with friends and family. Enjoy seasonal menu items. Private dining room available.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Ring in 2019 with a special multi-course pre fixe menu. Two seatings available, second seating includes a champagne toast!

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 242 People Are Saying
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Austin
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my boyfriend out on a holiday date night and this restaurant was perfect. The food was yummy and the service was phenomenal 🙏🏼👌🏼

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FF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely space with food to match the atmosphere. We were impressed from the minute we entered and immediately thought of returning as soon as possible.

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MF
Austin
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We were super excited to dine at Arlo Grey based on all the hype around this restaurant. We had breakfast there today and it was “okay.” I follow a low carb lifestyle and the only thing I could eat were eggs and bacon/sausage. I ordered scrambled eggs (well done) with cheese. My eggs arrived still slippery, they didn’t have cheese for my eggs so they were plain. I’m not a huge fan of eggs anyway but when they come out undercooked, I’m pretty much done right then. I ate my sausage and left hungry. My husband eats carbs and he said it was “good” but nothing to rave about. The environment is really pretty so we’d be open to going back for a cocktail, but we won’t be back for food given the sparse menu options.

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AS
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to visit when we stayed in Austin! We will definitely be back!

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ES
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This open, dimly lit space off the lobby of the Line Hotel would lend itself well to casual or more intimate encounters. The bar staff and food runners were all incredibly knowledgeable, both about what I was eating (grilled acorn squash and fried steam buns, both delicious) and what else to check out in the city. If you're looking for an upscale experience without the pocket-lightening expense, I'd highly recommend stopping in to Arlo Grey.

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CM
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place with a great vibe. The chef is amazing. I had 4 meals there in 3 days and loved every one.

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KH
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was interesting. Service was good at table and great at bar but snobby at hostess stand.

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R
Atlanta
181 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This place was just weird. Wouldn’t go back. I didn’t realize it was little more than a tapas place, with a VERY limited menu, and with main course prices for the small plates. I ordered the hamburger, because not much else appealed to me. The menu said it was served with mashed potatoes (or handcut fries for an upcharge). I went with the mashed potatoes. But the mashed potatoes were thin, watery, and served ON the hamburger, like a condiment. Did not work! The server never asked how I wanted the beef cooked, and I forgot to ask. It came out almost raw. I sent it back, and they graciously brought me a new one, cooked to my liking. The hamburger was ok, but the whole thing, with the “salad” (Pretty much a wad of Boston lettuce on the plate with the hamburger), was just a failure. And the server, who was trying to be nice, kept calling me “my dear”. Just weird.

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JO
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance and delicious food. The meals courses were amazing. They have paced each dish accordingly and consulted with us consistently. The drinks at the bar were well made. We have a great opportunity to taste some creative and flavor-stimulating. The Kampachi Crudo and Fried Steam Bun appetizers were delicately and exquisite. It was an amazing experience.

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AG
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

So dark you couldnt see the food ! Condescending waiter and with a reservation in an half empty room we were told (sternly!) we could not order any food until the party was complete. The place feels like an LA wanna be--nothing authentically Austin about it. Ian Schrager was doing this design thirty years ago in New York. Some of the food was innovative--but presentation is irrelevant because you cant see it.
Maybe if you are an out of towner and you think dark noisy and overpriced is chic this is your place.
Will not go back

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Unique food but more like a tapas place which my husband wasn’t a fan of but we did get enough to eat with sharing the crispy rice, shrimp linguine and the pork. Have to try the chocolate cake from your lunch box. Yummy!! Waiter was great. Too dark. Should have the lighted menus or bigger font on the menus. Really hard to read.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and experience.

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I wanted to love this restaurant. Menu was disjointed. Dishes were smaller tasting portions but prices were not. Disappointing.

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S
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Out food went from excellent to ok. Vegetable dishes were excellent. Pastas were mixed. Gnocchi were gummy. Buns excellent. Mushroom pasta excellent. Main courses were good. Spaghetti with shrimp very salty and fishy. Skirt steak and fish excellent. The noise level was extremely loud with Bar type music. Everything had lyrics and dance beat. For that reason alone I would not return.

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place for date night.

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e
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the duck special. The crispy rice and buns were amazing also, as was the Apple tasting. Excellent 83rd birthday for my mom.

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KS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Thanksgiving. It was very good and Chef Kristen invited my daughter to see the kitchen. Jacqueline is a big fan of the Chef.

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NM
New Orleans
23 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We went to Arlo Grey's for Thanksgiving, and had chosen, in advance, to have the honey roasted duck for 2) that was a special holiday offering. We confirmed a week in advance, gave our credit card number to guarantee it, and were expecting something special. It was not special. The duck was served in a pool of bloody juice, with half of the pieces near raw. The skin was flabby and not crisp or pleasant to eat. The meat wasn't tender at all, it was chewy. We sent some of the pieces back for additional cooking, even though it made me feel like a rube asking for a well done steak. I eat duck every chance I get, and I know what mid-rare should be (I swear!) Also, allegedly the Brussels sprouts had pieces of the duck's leg confit mixed in, but I must have needed a microscope to confirm that, because besides maybe 2 tiny, tiny pieces there wasn't anything visible.

The bun and the papperdelle were quite tasty, and the drinks were fine. Tarte tartine was ehhh.

Service was... OK? Our waiter seemed to want to avoid us (like, actively) for whatever reason (this is from the start, so it wasn't duck-related) so we didn't see him very often. The rest of the front of house staff was great though, delivering drinks, pouring water, collecting plates, and setting for the next course.

I was super excited to come check this place out, and I wanted to love it. But, it just wasn't a satisfactory experience. With so many other awesome places to check out during my next visit to Austin, I can't justify coming back here.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

We came for a 2:00 Thanksgiving meal (based on Open Table’s Thanksgiving recommendations). However, Arlo Grey was not serving their Thanksgiving menu until the evening. Their regular lunch menu is extremely limited. We left for a more festive meal elsewhere.

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DT
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Thanksgiving Brunch and was not told that there was no Thanksgiving Brunch theme, so we sat with a limited menu. It would have been nice to have let customers know about this, but all the food was delicious and creative. Service was excellent, definitely a go-back-to restaurant.

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RG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This restaurant was expensive and had too many rules. Couldn't be seated until entire party arrived. Wanted to order something to eat along with our drinks and were told no because the kitchen wanted all food orders in at the same time. Wanted separate checks and were told no.
Probably a great restaurant for a hotel but as a destination restaurant, living in Austin, no. Just too many really good restaurants in this city.

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W
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Food was good but for the price we didn’t feel it was worth it. We had dinner at Emmer and Rye the night before and the food and service were far superior for roughly the same price point.

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m
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Awesome location. A much better use for the space than TGI Friday's, and a great place to watch the bats.

Food/Drinks are a bit more hit and miss. The Burrata was amazing, as was the (charred!) Acorn Squash. However, the steak wasn't all that well done and the shrimp/grits tasted both a bit fishy and orangey. (And the steak is a particularly bad thing to get wrong in Texas.) Wine list also somewhat limited and the service wasn't as seamless as it should be at that price. (These last two are nit-picking, but it's fine dining.... avoiding nits is part of the deal at this price/ambition point.)

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful experience! Every bite was extremely satisfying and so well balanced in terms of flavor, texture, and presentation. Will definitely return!

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KH
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The space is awesome, the food was good, but didn’t blow our minds. Apps: Crudo didn’t have much flavor, burrrata was very greasy and delicious. Next: crispy rice was difficult to cut into, but flavor was good, received an unneeded explanation that adding a squeeze of the lemon it was served with would add a citrus and bright flavor to it. The Maldalfdini was perfect, loved it! Finally: prawns and grits were the best bite we had all night, the buffalo short rib was mediocre and not very unique. The menu font and lighting were nearly impossible to read. The atmosphere and staff were great, there was just one guy wandering around wearing jeans, running shoes and a T-shirt, I originally assumed he was a purse thief until he brought our dessert menus, he seemed out of place, even in a casual setting.

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ZE
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

💙💚💛🧡❤️💜KISH💜❤️🧡💛💚💙

💥💥💥💥💥Is the best💥💥💥💥💥

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We were looking forward to trying Arlo Grey after reading some positive reviews online. Unfortunately we had a pretty mixed experience with the food. We were advised to order one dish from each section of the menu per person, and if we had the meal for two would have topped $100 for just food. We opted to order the acorn squash to share from the first section and this was fairly disappointing. The squash was dry, underseasoned and overcooked, and when combined with the cashew butter really had no variance in texture.

The second course we ordered the crispy rice and the gnocchi - both were phenomenal. The gnocchi came in the most flavorful pork ragout I've tasted and were incredibly light. The rice + bacon + crab combination was outstanding as well.

We ordered the fried chicken for two for the main course ($29). The fried chicken came on on a plate with 4 pieces (1 breast cut in two, 1 drumstick, and one thigh). The breast meat was incredibly dry and flavorless. The breading was mildly seasoned but overcooked/burnt and dry as well. The chicken wasn't helped by the side of pureed rutabaga, charred cabbage and Cole slaw. Unfortunately we left feeling pretty disappointed in the meal overall, and given the price of everything we won't return unless ordering some small plates with drinks at the bar.

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P
Austin
15 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The decor is amazing - both classy and comfortable, with seating arranged so you can have a private - or at least a semi-private - dinner without being crammed next to other diners. The wait staff are also exceptional - they are attentive without hovering, know the menu and ingredients, and know when to serve what. The food is absolutely incredible - flavors mix well, and the food is well prepared in regard to both taste and plating. We had the beet salad that had a terrific yogurt dressing, the potato fingerlings that also had yogurt but flavored differently, a pasta that wasn't heavy with a vegetable base that was also outstanding, the drum that was well-prepared but a bit bland, and the steak with mushrooms that was the best of all. We will definitely be back again!

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Austin
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Food was served cold. Beautiful restaurant though

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DC
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic meal. The short rib was a larger plate than expected. Favorite dishes were the fried rice and the polenta. Definitely request extra bread!

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a
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Beginning with the wait staff, the service fair to good. The food was underwhelming. Surprised that the chef won Top Chef. The menu lacked body and flavor. The rigatoni was not cooked to al dente. The bolognese sauce tasted canned. The fish was bland.

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SH
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

We felt the tables were too large, causing diners to speak too loudly.

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Atlanta
81 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was decent. Visually pleasing atmosphere. Too dark to read a menu. Roughly 1/2 the diners had to use their phone for light. Took about 1/2 hour in between starters and pasta course. Had a dish w/ critical sauce taken from the table before we were done.

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JT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the nest food experiences I’ve had. Small sharing dishes and great ambiance!

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Austin
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Girls night

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Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal. Love the way they grouped the choices in an order that made sense. Tasting menu “like” but with a twist. I would return.

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p
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an unfortunate incident where one of the members of our party had her brand new car hit by a bus while valet parked in front of the hotel, just before we started dinner. This could have spelled complete disaster for the dinner, but the staff at AG went above and beyond to turn the mood from a frustrated one to a happy (and completely full!) one. The whole staff was very kind, well-informed, and attentive. The food was tasty (especially the ricotta + caviar beignets) and the space is very cool. I'd recommend it for dinner or even just a cocktail, and seems like it would be a pretty cool spot to watch sunset from their huge waterfront windows.

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B
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The service was very slow in the bar area where we had drinks, but better when we sat down for dinner. The dining area, which seemed to be an extension of the hotel lobby, was somewhat sterile and did not have a warm or comfortable feel. For the most part, the food was good and in some cases very good. Crispy rice, pasta, burrata, fried chicken, beignets and beet salad were all very good. Steak was not. Desserts were underwhelming.

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g
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Perhaps our expectations were too high after reading the interesting articles about Ms. Kish.
Selections were a little limited and the burger I had was overdone and the beef was just fair.
Our friends shared the chicken. Also liked it but was not exceptional.
We were aware of the darkness issue and patrons were correct, it was too dark. We had asked to be put into a booth to mitigate the noise. It helped, but noise level coming from bar was annoying. The hostess who seated us was obviously reluctant to put us in a booth when we requested it.

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P
Los Angeles
89 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

This was a special occasion for us and we immediately asked for a quiet table for two upon entering the restaurant because the bar noise was, let’s say, energetic. No, actually, let’s say EFFING LOUD. We were seated toward the back of the restaurant where not a half hour later, two large parties—one of seven and one of ten or twelve—were ushered in and seated on either side of us.

Carrington, our server, took great pains to explain the menu to us in detail and urged us to order five or six dishes to share. The menu was not as tantalizing as the one we’d seen online a month ago when we made our reservation, and we ordered what was appealing—four dishes—which turned out to be more than plenty. The service bringing the dishes was somewhat sluggish and, sadly, Carrington didn’t come back to check on us until our plates were empty. I would have liked a glass of wine and when I asked her from the wine list she said, “Pick a bottle and I’ll pour you a glass.” Noting that some of the bottles were $250 and there were no per glass prices, I said, “Forget it,” but she had already walked away to the table of seven. Overall, Carrington was largely absent.

We had a tasty but overdressed roasted beet salad, and burrata with bitter greens and grilled bread which delicious. After, two small but delicious morsels of strip steak. Carrington said she could eat four of that dish—she’d have to spend over $100. Perhaps she’s a marathoner by day because the two small pieces of beef were adequate and filling. The fourth dish was unmemorable a few days later as I write this.

It took twenty-five minutes to bring our bill after we’d asked for it and then, it was twice what we expected, as they’d charged us for someone else’s meal.

The manager was apologetic—we were done with Carrington at that point—but I want the food, ambience, and the service to be better than what I can produce at home when I go out. It wasn’t.

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