Caroline Restaurant

4.5
213 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Step into Caroline - your neighborhood restaurant, coffeehouse and bakery in the heart of downtown Austin. Caroline is a great choice for a quick bite, cocktail, or a sit-down meal. Whatever the occasion, Caroline is the ultimate dining destination and meeting place for those who live, work and play in downtown Austin.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Café, Vegetarian
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Hours of operation
Breakfast Daily: 6:00am - 10:30am
Lunch Daily: 10:30am - 4:00pm
Dinner Daily: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
Brunch Saturday & Sunday: 6:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday Dinner: 4:00pm-10:00pm
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Phone number
(512) 982-6766
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Michael Cerrie
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Congress Ave
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 213 People Are Saying
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L
Minneapolis
22 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The menu is rather limited but the salmon is outstanding and the mozzarella pesto tomato appetizer was to die for!

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

Really enjoyed the meal and the experience!

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JC
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The pecan and praline french toast is worth the trip to Caroline!

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A
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

My girlfriends and I went for a Sunday brunch during our stay in Austin. We were excited by the menu and looking forward to it. We were seated pretty promptly with our reservation, but quickly realized our server was quite below par and once she took our initial order, we did not see her again until we had to flag her down for our check an hour later. My coffee didn’t come out with my mimosa, I had to ask another wait staff for that since ours refused to make eye contact or stop with us. Then when my meal came out it was missing my chicken sausage which again, I had to flag down another wait stafff for. Even if the service would have been excellent, I have certainly had better meals for same or even less price. I’d recommend you skip this joint during your stay.

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KW
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!! my date was smiling. We had to return again because it was so good

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall great experience. Unfortunately it was during the boiling water time and no drip coffee was available. Not caused by the restaurant at all. Just weather and timing. Fun place!!

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MJ
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Overall we had a nice experience. My one complaint would be that we were a table of eight that arrived at different times and some of us did not receive our drink order for about 15 minutes. The food itself was good although the menu is somewhat limited. We had shishito peppers and corn dip as our appetizers, both were quite good. I had had the mushroom infused pasta dish with the addition of chicken as my entrée. It was rich and tasty, I really liked it. Consider splitting an order if you’re not real hungry as they give you quite a bit.

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OT
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great food! Reasonable prices. Creative cocktails!

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LT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I used to work here and I enjoyed it immensely. Eating here as a customer and former employee was wonderful. The energy was great. We went during ACL so it was busy but with a reservation everything was fine. The food was amazing as always and my boyfriend enjoyed immensely as well. Definitely recommend to others. Indoor and outdoor seating and the upstairs bar has a great atmosphere too!

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

Great food and perfect when you’re attending a show at the Paramount.

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PR
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed Caroline a lot. Easy to converse / hear each other, comfortable, good service, good menu and good food at a reasonable price. Will definitely be back.

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HH
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

We went for brunch. Took the server over 25 minutes to get us our drinks. After finally getting us our drinks, they were able to take our order - the food came a lot faster than the drinks. I thought it was a bit pricey for what you got - we paid $6 for a "side of bacon" that came out as two strips of bacon. Also, restrooms are a bit difficult to navigate. They're located three floors up from where the restaurant is located. A bunch of those who ate with us found themselves lost on the way to the bathrooms.

I will say, at the end of the meal - the manager came over and gave us free drink coupons for the bar upstairs. That was an unexpected surprise.

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S
Austin
12 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my birthday. Started with cocktails and spicy deviled eggs...delicious! Five different entrees ordered for five guests: steak, haddock, chicken schnitzel, enchiladas, and salmon. Excellent, all of them! Complimentary chocolate cake and ice cream to celebrate. Enough to share. Ended the night with a night cap upstairs on rooftop bar. Fun times!! We’ll be back.

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N
Austin
21 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Nothing special. My wife’s digestive system reacted badly to the food. I would not go there again. Speaking of specials, there were none, and the menu is very limited. In short: Meh minus 2.

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L
San Antonio
123 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met friends in from D.C. Had a great experience. Very lively for a wet Saturday afternoon. Service was prompt and not overbearing. Menu was broad however not overwhelming. Everyone at the table was highly satisfied.

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E
Central Texas
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience eating on the front patio. Service and food were great. Especially the ahi tuna poke tacos.

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p
Dallas
58 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In town to take my UT son to dinner, came here for a quick meal. Food and service were excellent.

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ST
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was good but very salty. My daughter has celiac disease and is very serious about it. She tested her food and it came back with low gluten. She ordered a kale salad and decided to test it and it had low gluten also. Do not eat here is you have celiac disease. They clearly have a problem with cross contamination. The ambiance is very fun and the menu is good.

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JC
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great for Brunch. The Pecan and Praline French Toast is awesome!

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JT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Caroline has become our go-to downtown Austin restaurant. We love the location and the casual-yet-hip atmosphere. The food is good: quietly innovative without trying too hard, and we like the subtle twists on menu items. The Monday-Friday happy hour is excellent value with a good selection from the regular menu. No hesitation in recommending Caroline.

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g
Austin
34 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The big surprise was the arugula Caesar with chicken. Not the typical Caesar dressing nor big hunks of dry chicken. It was so good I’d go back to have it again but ask for a few more of the house made croutons. The burger was a surprise too. Best kept burger secret in town. Just devine.

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k
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Must checkout patio upstairs Sunday’s after brunch for a complimentary mimosa!
Andrea was a wonderful server on a busy Sunday

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KP
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a group of 10 with a reservation for last Saturday for my husbands birthday. The reservation was for 8 but they were very accommodating as it wasn’t too busy yet. The food was great. We had some notable apps (roasted sweet corn dip and burrata) and everyone seemed to enjoy their meals as well (enchiladas, tuna tacos, and chicken schnitzel). Overall, Austin, our server did a great job and was very attentive. We rarely had an empty glass, if ever, and even when some of the pickier folks didn’t like their drink he willingly and without hesitation replaced it.

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TI
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Fun night with good food and decent wine and cocktails. Lizzi was our waitress- very friendly and on top of things! I ordered the halibut and enjoyed it. The rooftop bar was hopping and the atmosphere was fun.

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b
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this is a great spot to eat before a show at the paramount. walking distance. fast service. server was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu & allergy needs. menu is not the same old austin offerings, we had the salmon and the quinoa chili (spicy!) inside is new, clean and hip. outside transient issues are a turnoff.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and ambience! Waiter was a bit odd but everything else was great.

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CC
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Food was decent, but service was atrocious. We had to wait at least 30 minutes AFTER the peak crowd has died down, with very little follow up on order status and almost non-existent refills.

We thought that this would be a great place to take some out-of-town visitors. It has become a not-so-great impression of our fine foodie city.

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SI
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such an wonderful brunch at Caroline restaurant. I personally started out with the Sassy Cowgirl to drink (iced coffee with some sweet, a little chocolate syrup and and some heat on the whipped cream). Quite delicious. We like to order a variety of "for the table" items when we are meeting up with a group to take the edge off while looking over the menu and Caroline's did not disappoint. Sweet Corn Dip with tortilla chips just what you would expect, deviled eggs (creamy center, the crema underneath was delicious and the fried jalapeno on top was a nice touch), poke tacos were a hit as well as the peppered bacon and avocado toast. Brunch and sweet treats go together for us so we ordered the knife and fork cinnamon roll as well (think croissant with cream cheese, not overly sweet, on top), see if they will warm it for you I think that's the only thing missing for me personally when it came to the cinnamon roll. The potatoes served with the entrees are perfectly cooked, crispy outside and creamy inside, they also have a hint of spice on them. Gravy was rich and full of flavor. All in all a fantastic brunch. If we are ever in the area we will be back.

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JC
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Selected this spot to try something new for restaurant week. We had to ask for the ARW menu. Why is Austin so reluctant to give back? So few restaurants to begin with, then no promotion - let’s get with the program!
The service and food were great. I will probably be back, though I hate dealing with downtown issues.

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Denver
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I’ve been here for brunch and dinner. Solid food and good service.

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a
Houston
87 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Second time we had weekend breakfast at Caroline. Both times music blasting so loud we could not talk across a table for four. We asked if it could be turned down - waiter apologized, said eveyone complains but management insists it should be loud. Really? At breakfast? Service was very slow, food cold and mediocre. Waiter was nice. Won’t return.

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m
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was mediocre and wasn’t very flavorful. The appetizers were better than the main dish. We ordered shishito peppers and burrata for apps and Hot & Crunchy halibut and chicken enchiladas for dinner. The server didn’t tell me how huge the halibut would be which would’ve been good to know. We also listed ‘anniversary’ on open table and there was no acknowledgement by the staff.

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JF
New England
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

great ambiance for a casual date night. the food was well executed with simple, vibrant flavors. the cocktail menu was short, in a way that spoke to perfecting what was offered. I highly recommend

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CA
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Tried this restaurant for lunch knowing nothing about it. The salads and appetizers were very creative - not run of the mill. Service was extremely fast making it good if you have a short time for a bite. Noise level was high however, so plan on using your outside voice!

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The bartender was hostile and the waiter was inflexible. Our food was fine but not amazing. Wouldn’t recommend this place, and it has a weird kind of vibe.

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EB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

The restaurant is very nicely done. The wait staff was average, didn’t know House bourbon, relayed that a Chardonnay on tap had been replaced with a Reisling “it’s very similar” which I don’t find to be true. None of the food was given to the correct person that ordered it. The Chicken and Waffle is good, but nothing to rave about, the halibut sandwich was good but extremely thin piece of fish. The best thing we got was the cinnamon roll, which you can easily get from the coffee bar. Overall average experience, rooftop area is cool. Good for drinks, food okay. They are still new so probably working out kinks and still training.

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GI
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was great. Lively atmosphere. Good place to go with a crowd that doesn't necessarily want to just sit and drink.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

Salmon undercooked, service was slow

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CG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

I went with 2 friends and we loved it all...the drinks, the food and the environment!

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

Dog friendly environment and the mimosas were very good too!

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