Caroline Restaurant

4.5
272 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.

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Baltimore
89 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I was at the restaurant for breakfast. The oatmeal was outstanding.

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San Antonio
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our daughter’s birthday at Caroline’s We had no problem getting s reservation a few days before on a Saturday night. We loved that there was a coffee shop as well as a bar upstairs to hang out and visit after dinner. The chocolate dessert they brought for the birthday girl was so good! We loved everything we got here from the appetizers to dinner to drinks and dessert. You can’t go wrong here!

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Austin
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cool space and ambience. What Downtown on Congress needs for good food value. Pricey drinks, but hey, it’s downtown and we didn’t visit at Happy Hour. We appreciated that Caroline honored our request for a quieter table- bonus points! Going back to check out Upstairs!

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m
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Caroline was excellent. the food was fresh and delish! the restaurant had great atmosphere. I made a mistake on the number of diners on my reservation they still found me a table. Definitely will recommend.

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SS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

GREAT food! Especially the chicken sausage! They had almond milk and everything I wanted. Wait staff was slightly slow but they were busy.

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MR
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food and service were both good, but the layout needs improvement. We sat at the small tables facing the bar and it was like sitting on a runway! We were constantly facing people going in & out of the lobby with big coats and even luggage. The night we went, it was freezing outside so it was always cold since the doors are opened a lot.

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Austin
7 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

As usual the food was good. We were seated at a quiet table in the bar. The service, however, was terrible. Our server was pleasant and our meal arrived in a timely way but after that things fell apart. When I asked for a dessert menu, he brought a menu so we had to call him back to get the dessert menu. He recommended the cobbler which we ordered to share. It never arrived in spite of my notifying him that we had a time consideration and would need both dessert and check ASAP. After a few other small errors with our coffee service, I finally went to the bar and requested the check. It was a disappointing and frustrating lunch time experience.

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TB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Caroline has a great variety of food/drinks/cocktails/etc. Service was prompt, courteous, and helpful. The space was clean giving each table their due space. Highly recommend for smaller party dining. I can personally vouch for the old fashioned, shashito peppers, deviled eggs, and halibut dish.

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JF
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great time at Caroline. Food was tremendous and high quality. Especially enjoyed the salt & pepper salmon with cauliflower pilaf, along with the puffy ice dessert option. Tasted like a snowcone!

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RC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

The pork was overcooked and the dried cherry slaw was cut so big you could not eat it, it was impossible to wrangle. I was hoping this would be a new spot for us, but I won't be going back.

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NC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great foods but all of us felt each dish needed a bit more kick. The bathrooms on the 2nd floor through the crowded bar were less than convenient. Service was excellent as was the servers knowledge of the dishes.

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JF
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Wait staff were excellent. Food was well prepared and was quickly delivered. Noise levels got a little high but there was a nice vibe.

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JT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

There’s a great mix on the menu and don’t hesitate to get creative — three appetizers and no entree, anyone? My faves continue to be the Brussels sprout salad (easily shared) and the ahi tuna tacos (such a light touch, they melt in your mouth).

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ND
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Great location if going to the Paramount. Dinner menu is limited but dishes are tasty.
Very noisy if the place is full. At a table for 2, I could barely hear my dinner companion.

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w
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were going to a show at The Paramount and The Caroline was packed. Therefore, it was
a little noisy. Our food was delicious and our waitress was terrific. Our waitress gave us
great suggestions. Because the restaurant was so full, our food came out a little slow but
I am looking forward to going back.

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j
Austin
25 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

It's really too bad. We've eaten here twice. The food is solid and interesting. BUT: Service in the corner bar area is VERY problematic. The first time we ate here, we were seated in this section that was near a front bar, were having great service...and then our server just sort of vanished. I had to chase down a hostess to get our check and stuff. Well, things happen. We decided to try again. Once again, we were seated near the corner bar, and our whole area seemed to be handled by a single server, who was also mixing drinks! No problem at first, but as the place filled up, we were lost for longer and longer periods of time. I do NOT blame the server. She was working her tail off. This was just plain bad management. Once the crowd got heavy, our server should have just run the bar and other people brought into the area to handle tables. I had to flag down all kinds of people for to-go boxes, our check, etc. We skipped dessert. I didn't have all night to wait around.

We won't go back. If you choose to go, then do NOT let them seat you near the corner bar!

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Austin
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It’s a nice atmosphere but they are short staffed unfortunately. It took 45 min to get our lunch. We had a large party but I booked on Open Table so they would try to be prepared. Not waiters fault. Food always good!

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MD
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Cool place! Food was great, waitress was great. Only downside was that I had a reservation for 8pm and didn't get a table until 8:30 but we still made the show on the next block just in time 🤗

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Austin
7 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Limited menu but tasty. Excellent ceasar salad and chicken sandwich.

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Austin
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is a lovely spot to enjoy dinner and cocktails. It is noisy and would be difficult to have an intimate conversation.

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DY
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time to visit Caroline and both experiences were exceptional in every way. We'll be back.

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GB
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful. We had the spicy deviled eggs, burrata (delicious!), shishito peppers, chicken enchiladas and pork chop. Great server. Awesome ambiance. Fairly crowded but didn’t feel like we were too close to anyone. Would definitely return. We were out of there with drinks for about $100 (got some happy hour pricing too unknowingly!)

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CW
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always!

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CG
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Caroline’s never disappoints! We love going before/after a night at The Paramount Theatre.

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j
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A charming restaurant located in downtown Austin. The buzz of the place makes the ambience vibrant and full of life. The food was also extremely delectable. A great place!

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M
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The food was really good. We ordered a breakfast burrito and caesar salad and would order them again. However, our server was rude and inattentive. She got our drink orders messed up, took forever to check on us at any point, and overall, just seemed she did not want to be there -- the restaurant was not even busy.

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, good menu, prices reasonable.

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Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food

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Des Moines
29 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

First of all, I LOVE the Coffeehouse at Caroline's in the morning. We ate there four mornings in the world, and their baked goods and breakfast tacos are fantastic, and the baristas are just the nicest!

Dinner at Caroline's was good (a solid B+) but not great. Service was attentive and congenial. The atmosphere is pleasant in a modern way. The food is solid, but I won't rush back.

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CD
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants I’ve been to in a long time! The food and drink were delicious, and enjoyed fun games upstairs afterwards! Enjoyed it so much!

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i
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Dinning at Caroline's for new year's eve was a good experience. Nice menu and cocktails. Manager was more attentive and clever than our waiter. Somehow they brought me the wrong dish - I ordered scallops with asparagus, but I received scallops and something else. Desert was some type of extremely hard tart, like it had been frozen for a long time...or something.
Is rare to find a good quality House music DJ in Austin, but #truforce had enjoyable elegant music at Caroline's fine deck - perhaps misunderstood by the crowd. A total shame was the violent sharp cut off of his music, which happened exactly at midnight, during New Year's Even celebration (waiting for 2019) I figured he was going to play at least until 1am.
Nevertheless, I will return to Caroline's because they have a great location, nice ambiance, a great brunch and menu.

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Austin
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

New Year’s Eve. The reservation was ready and we had a great table but I was a little disappointed in the food options.

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ND
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 3

We had a drink at the bar before going to the table. All good. It was a Sunday night so not to busy. A slow start with service more to do with us sitting later than our reservation among others who sat accordingly and from a pop of walk in traffic. Once we got started all went fine. Ordered a bottled of wine - very limited list but priced favorably. Had 3 apps - burrata, poke taco, corn dip - excellent every one. Could have done another round but instead ordered dinner - pork chop was perfect, salmon was perfect and the other meal was enchiladas which were split among 2. If the split entree came out on separate plates that would have been the way - but it did not - no big deal - just a new level of detail they can go. We brought a Bday cake and it was delivered to the table right on que. We went to the Carolina’s upstairs afterwards - more of a sports bar/lounge furniture and outside rooftop terrace. Inclement weather but outdoor terrace I can see would be a major hot spot and we will go back. We played pool and had a glass of wine and lights went on at midnight and it was time to go. It was a Great evening and I would highly recommend Caroline’s - it casual dress and great food.

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AE
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Caroline's never disappoints. I typically go here when I want a quaint dinner before going to the Elephant Room or somewhere downtown. The staff is always friendly and the service is fast. The food is good, nothing outstanding about the menu but I haven't been disappointed by anything before. The Shishito Peppers are amazing!

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Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Solid service. It would be nice if the upstairs games and activities were open to children. Seems like any other adult game room bar if you can't have families. Especially since it's part of the hotel.

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MM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent appetizer selections. The menu is shorter, but every dish ordered exceeded our expectations and then some for a great value.

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SM
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and lots of gluten free options.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Our server was fired during her shift. They didn’t assign a new server to our table. We had to go ask management what was going on. They told us, but offered nothing to make up for a 20 minute period after we finished our entre and wanted dessert. Comping our dessert would have been the right gesture. I told them I was unhappy with how it was handled and they gave me a 25% off coupon. I should not have had to speak to management twice

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CG
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff accommodating and knowledgeable. Excellent food.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Food very average. Menu was kind of all over the place

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