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J Carver's, Austin, TX

J Carver's

4.9
4.9
635 Reviews
$50 and over
Steakhouse


J Carver's Oyster Bar & Chophouse features market fresh oysters & premium wood grilled steaks. Nestled in West 6th District of Downtown Austin, John Carver, Owner and Chef delivers an elevated classic fine dining experience featuring a gorgeous raw & oyster bar and intimate dining experience.

The restaurant does require a credit card or deposit for reservations of 6 guests or more and will contact you directly to secure bookings made online. Please contact the restaurant directly at 512-782-0650 for reservations of 8 people or more.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 79 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Oyster Bar, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Bar Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (512) 782-0650

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    John Carver

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Rio Grande and 6th street

  • Parking details

    We offer Valet parking in a garage for our guests $10. Valet is stationed right in front of the restaurant for your convenience.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 635 people are saying

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chris was amazing as was all the servers. Great food! Can’t wait to go back.
  2. C

    Coolchange

    Austin

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved our dining experience! Walking through the door on Rio Grande into the darkened intimate atmosphere with booths and white tablecloths immediately set the mood for a fine dining experience. The food was excellent. We ate there on Friday night and went back 3 days later to celebrate a birthday. It was that good. We had oysters, tuna tartar, foie gras, steak, halibut and multiple sides. The service was excellent and in some ways over the top. Offering a choice of steak knives by country of origin was a unique, fun touch. The signature cocktails were also very good. The " business before Pleasure" seemed to be the table favorite. A take on a manhattan with cognac. We will definitely being dining here again.
  3. DH

    DaveH

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife & I had a great experience here for our 10-year anniversary. The appetizer was really good, the courtesy bread was very very good, our steaks were high quality, properly cooked and tasty, and the sides (corn casserole & potato gnocchi) were out of this world! The after-dinner coffees & bananas foster dessert hit the spot. My wife also had pinot noir wine that she enjoyed very much. We'd both recommend this restaurant and it's safe to say we'll be visiting it again
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jesse is excellent. Food was amazing
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and atmosphere
  6. CG

    CindyG

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My first time dining at J Carver's, and I have to say I was not surprised at all, because, well, I wouldn't expect less from John. After all, he was the Executive Chef behind the wildly successful Eddie V's concept. While I don't eat meat and cannot comment on the steaks, the seafood was absolutely superb. The best Mexican Martini I have had, and that's all I drink so that's saying a lot! The best crab cake we ever had- NO bread, just huge lumps of crab. A good selection of oysters, sweet and rich. My Dover Sole was perfectly cooked in brown butter and slivered almonds, moist and delicate. My husband had the Halibut and loved every bite. The only thing we were not thrilled with was the sliced tomato salad, because the yellow tomatoes on the plate were unripe, hard and tasteless. But that wasn't enough to put a damper on the experience. The atmosphere took us to NYC, sophisticated and extremely comfortable. Our booth had a plexi panel divider between us and the one behind, which provided great acoustic baffle without feeling closed in. We could have a conversation without screaming at each other, which is hard to find these days. The service was exceptional as well. Five stars across the board. Treat yourself and go!
  7. AN

    AlexandreaN

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our second time here. It was amazing. I went for my birthday on August 3rd and absolutely loved it. The food was great as well as the ambiance. Would definitely be coming back!
  8. DJ

    DavidJ

    Austin

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always
  9. KB

    KendraB

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Chris W., mentioned that he was in charge of the wine program. He proved to have a wealth of knowledge about the menu as well. We were so pleased with his personable, informative, & warm approach. He surprised the birthday guests with 2 perfect dessert selections. This was a wonderful introduction to J Carver. We can’t wait to go back!
  10. F

    Fitfoodie

    Austin

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous meal to celebrate a birthday. Logan (server) and Aaron (mgr) were great!
  11. JL

    JuleeL

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great experience. From the moment we walked in to leaving, was one of the best dinning experiences ever. We were there to celebrate our 21st wedding anniversary and they made us feel very special. Once seated they brought us a nice little card signed by the staff. Our waiter Zach came by and chatted and took our drink and appetizer order, he made some recommendations which were all perfect. I can't say enough about Zach, he made the evening complete. He was very personable with overall conversation, made us feel like we made a new friend. The garlic bread was unreal, the fried rice and baked potato gnocchi were to die for. I know we will be back again and will ask for Zach as a waiter.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our service team was excellent. Every recommendation was a hit. We went for my birthday and they made sure to add special touches. Would recommend for anyone looking for an amazing dinner in a very cool space
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    Steak is way too salty, not seared well enough and had too much fat. Very disappointing as someone who loves Eddie Vs
  15. E

    Eric

    Austin

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great meal and a great experience. Steak by the ounce is a great way to share with a group.
  16. C

    Chula

    Austin

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, atmosphere and service was a five star experience. Our waiter advised us with the best suggestions. I would highly recommend the restaurant and Brandon again. Loved everything about the evening.
  17. PW

    PresidentsWeekend

    Salt Lake City

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a stellar dining experience at J Carver’s from the vibe, staff, attention to detail, presentation, and FOOD❤️
  18. V

    Vincent

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, atmosphere and service. Try the bone marrow and the crudo and you will NOT be disappointed .
  19. FT

    FredT

    Exclusive

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience at J Carvers. Bone in filet with Cognac Peppercorn sauce, and Wok-Fried Rice with Blue Crab were both outstanding. Service was impeccable.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every single plate we tried was absolutely delicious. From sides to salads, steaks to fish. And then dessert! We were recommended a wonderful bottle of wine to compliment it all. Great experience.
  21. CH

    ChrisH

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Very dark and loud. Steak was good but not the best I have had for the price the potato gnocchi and lobster bisque were absolutely delicious though.
  22. KR

    KRBS

    Austin

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    J Carver's continues to be at the top of our list of restaurants in Austin when looking for an elevated night out. There is nothing like it in terms of service and ambiance in this city. Really differentiated staff. And, all of the food we have sampled has been super high quality and well prepared. If you enjoy cocktails and wine, you'll find the drinks extraordinarily well balanced and the wine list very robust.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I enjoyed my belated birthday dinner. Thank you for birthday card. I forgot it when I left yesterday.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good was excellent, love the unique setting, server stephanie was great.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great date night!
  26. LF

    LinaF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and atmosphere are always amazing! The service was great and we will definitely be back.
  27. FD

    FrancesD

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I celebrated our anniversary and we had an amazing time! Our server was amazing, the food and ambience was perfect! We will definitely return!
  28. AM

    AdamM

    Austin

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for my wife’s birthday and J Carver’s continues to exceed our expectations for both food and hospitality. This is one of our favorite go to restaurants in Austin. Every steak we have had there has been superb. This time we went with the special (beef Wellington) and it was fantastic! The apps were great and the cocktails and wine list are great as well. We typically sit at the bar and James took amazing care of us. Can’t recommend this place enough. Jessie (I hope I spelled that correctly) is also at the bar and she is the best. If you need to sit at a table, make sure to ask to sit in Gina’s section. Hope to see y’all there.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were amazing
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal experience we have ever had! Food was incredible and Brendan was the best waiter hands down. The lobster and garlic bread was to die for.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Overall everything was great however the main entree, the steak was not good. We had a party of 5 and split a 60oz steak but meat tasted old. They have us a smaller steak to share but honestly they should have taken the 60oz off the check. Other May that the sides l,drinks, service, atmosphere were all outstanding.
  32. DH

    DanH

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, good service. Ambience is a bit weird, but a great place for client dinner or date night.
  33. DI

    DiningInPhilly

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner. Best food ever and great service. We waited ten minutes standing around for our table to be ready. To appease us, they offered two appetizers on the house. Great gesture and wonderful service and food and overall experience!! Love this place and will be my go to!!!!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated a 40th birthday!!! Everything was amazing, food, service, drinks, everything! Brendan, and the rest of the staff went out of their way to make sure the birthday boy felt like a king! Highly recommend for any occasion!
  35. l

    luvwine

    Austin

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to J Carver’s for the first time to celebrate my husband’s birthday. It could not have been a better experience! First of all, the restaurant is beautiful. The service and food was also excellent. Fabulous cocktails, best crab cake I have ever had, and the steak was also top notch. The bar area looked amazing with big comfortable chairs and I would love to try that next time. We will be back soon!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Never disappoints
  37. k

    katness

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious!!
  38. G

    Gabby

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best dining experiences I've had. Thank you for making my birthday feel special!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went here to celebrate my birthday and our group of 7 had the best time! Our waiter was fun and was able to vibe with our group. I’m sure it helped that the martinis were flowing! The restaurant has great night time vibes. Almost feels like a little speakeasy. This was my second time here and the food is to die for! Crab cakes are all crab, no filling. The bone marrow portion is huge and it comes with their amazing garlic bread. You can’t go wrong with any of the steaks. We also tried the Sole and it was cooked perfectly+more crab on top. For sides you should definitely try the baked potato gnocchi. It will fulfill all your dreams and standard baked potatoes will never compare. If you are old like me, I recommend ending your dinner with a nice Espresso Martini! They will give you the life you need to keep on going after the meal ends. Hope you enjoy it as much as my friends and I did!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service (Guy was our waiter) and delectable food!! We love eating here!!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

J Carver's offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (512) 782-0650.

J Carver's is rated 4.9 stars by 635 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 79 times today
Google Map for J Carver's

509 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78701

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Rio Grande and 6th street

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Bar Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Oyster Bar, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    We offer Valet parking in a garage for our guests $10. Valet is stationed right in front of the restaurant for your convenience.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    John Carver

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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