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Barley Swine

2024 S. Lamar Blvd. (Hether St.) Send to Phone
This small place takes small plates to new heights, meticulously crafted and passionately presented.
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Local Deals: 120 * 90

Dinner Mon.-Sat.
  • Parking lot
  • Dress code: Casual
  • Reservations suggested

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5.0 rating over 1 reviews
Dining room at Barley Swine, Austin, TX

Barley Swine Restaurant Review

: Chef/owner Bryce Gilmore continues to catapult Austin into the national culinary spotlight with Barley Swine. The sole seasonal menu, 14 courses for $85, is crafted with locally sourced products and comprised of small plates, but calling these "tapas" is like calling Van Gogh a doodler. Though the atmosphere is decidedly casual, it’s evident that in the open kitchen the crew strives to achieve perfection. Courses are seamlessly timed by the attentive staff. Highlights have featured rabbit wrapped in house-smoked bacon with pickled carrot-and-beer creamed spinach, and sweetbreads, delicately tender with an ever-so-slightly crisp finish. And while offerings change on a whim, rest assured that Gilmore's newest creations will uncover surprising territory. As the name suggests, Barley Swine takes its beer seriously. Servers pair beers with dishes in the same manner one expects from a sommelier. However, fret not if you prefer grapes to grains, as the wine list has a number of notable selections. With only 36 seats, reservations are highly recommended, though walking in could be worth a try on the early side of the evening.

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