Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

Swift's Attic

315 Congress Ave. (Third St.) Send to Phone
Eclectic cuisine where the culinary creativity is on par with the musicians playing at the legendary jazz bar in the basement.


Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner Mon.-Sat., Brunch Sun.
Open late Sat.
  • Dress code: Smart
  • Full bar
  • Reservations suggested

* Click here for rating key

Swift's Attic, Austin, TX

Operations may be disrupted due to COVID-19. Be sure to contact the restaurant to find out its current status and offerings.

Swift's Attic Restaurant Review

: You can’t go wrong from the moment you walk through the door. If you go downstairs, you wind up in the best jazz bar in Texas, The Elephant Room; if you walk upstairs, you’ve made it to the culinary equivalent of jazz --- masterfully skilled improvisation --- Swift’s Attic. Emerging from the narrow staircase, the ambience is immediately Austin hip. Century-old exposed brick walls are balanced by an artsy Austin-chic décor, including luxurious chandeliers encased in antique bird cages. The setting is perfectly in line with the kitchen’s self-described whimsical approach. The menu changes often, but some mainstays, such as the squid fries and pork cheeks, a deconstructed sandwich that's moist without the marbled fat, remain in the innovative arsenal. Other options might include seared scallops with chimichurri. Save room for the dessert dubbed Popcorn & a Movie: butter popcorn gelato atop a candy bar with root beer gel and caramel corn. Not to be outdone, the bar has concocted a number of signature ice balls, essentially classic cocktails frozen in a large ball swimming in the cocktail itself. Waitstaff is extremely helpful in navigating the eclectic menu, and equally attentive to service. Sunday brunch finds a Bloody Mary buffet that goes beyond the basics with garnishes like bacon and capers.

Belgian chocolates

Coffee and chocolate make a delicious combination. ENJOY 10% OFF YOUR ENTIRE ORDER with GAYOT's exclusive promo code.

Stay in a romantic mood with this Rosé Champagne.

Read GAYOT's review.