Austin >Roaring Fork - Austin
Roaring Fork makes a creamy, seafood-laced version of the Stuffed Avocado, filled with crab then flash-fried to fattening perfection.
Avoid all together.
My wife and I visited The Roaring Fork on a whim Wednesday evening. It was one of the most disappointing dining experiences I have ever had. The filet my wife chose was extremely small, thin, tastless and overcooked. The shallot whipped potatoes she ordered with her steak were obviously left over from the night before, and tasted like instant. I had beef ribs that were greasy, overcooked & almost unedible.
However the asparagus I had was flavorful and properly cooked.
The service was adequate although it would have been nice to know the bottled water I had was $8.00!
And the worst part is we could have gobe to Ruth Chris... but we wanted to try something new. It was a $100.00 lesson we won't soon forget!
Rude management. I ordered lunch from the Roaring Fork today; I have been for dinner and it was lovely. Today, on the other hand, was awful. The bartender was unfriendly when I arrived. He handed me the bill and went to check on my order. I put cash in the book and set it on the bar. The bartender returned and handed me my food, looked in the book and walked off. I waited for a couple of minutes to see if he had any intention of giving me change, when it seemed that he didn't I just left (it was only $2). A few minutes later the manager calls my office and leaves a message saying that I had left the restaurant "without bothering to pay for my order" and that I could call back and pay over the phone. I called and said that I had given cash to the bartender. The original manager called back a couple of minutes later and said they found the money and thanks for calling. My issue with this is that they all but accused me of stealing and when they figured out they had made a mistake they didn't bother to apologize. I will not be returning to the Roaring Fork; There are too many other restaurants with great service.
The adjoining bar to the Roaring Fork has a style and taste all its own..
The bar attached to upscale Roaring Fork inside the Inter-Continental Stephen F. Austin Hotel is a star. The enticing bar menu includes such standouts as fish tacos with shredded cabbage and spicy chipotle mayonnaise, and spicy tuna tartare totopos. The unique drinks, including the Huckleberry martini, will keep you lingering over conversation. The feel of the bar, like the restaurant, is a hard-to-pull-off combination of laid-back Texas charm and upscale panache.
Great night!. It was my first trip to Austin, and my fiance and I went into the Roaring Fork on a Monday night. I was extremely impressed. The service was impeccable from start to finish. The hostess was very nice even though we didn't have a reservation. The wine sommelier came over to present our bottle of champagne personally. The cornbread was amazing! We shared the New Mexican Fondue for an appetizer. After we used all our dipping material, I took the cornbread from our bread basket and started dipping it into the fondue! The brownie dessert was the perfect size for sharing since neither of us had a lot of room after the dinner.
Arizona import serves American classics with a western flair in the InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel..
Mirroring its flagship location in Scottsdale, the Roaring Fork's rock walls, leather accents, antler chandeliers and roaring fireplace create a rugged yet inviting western feel. College crowds and other happy hour revelers fill the saloon's barstools and couches. The main dining area, which hosts a mix of locals, legislators, and hotel guests, features a more upscale setting with a black-uniformed wait staff.
Inventive western flavors with lots of chilies and other spices dot the menu. A piping hot kettle of green chili pork stew and made-to-order guacamole are stars of the appetizer list. The juicy "Big Ass Burger," with grilled poblanos, cheddar and bacon, lives up to its name, while fish tacos and fresh lump crab cakes also thrill (not to mention sides such as green chili mac-and-cheese or crisp seasoned fries). Huckleberries feature in a homemade bread pudding as well as the bar's signature huckleberry margarita.
The menu's authentic southwestern flavors are consistently inventive and gratifying across the board.
When the dining room's packed, the wait staff tends to be overwhelmed and service can slip in accordance.
Confused staff. The staff appeared to be confused on where we could sit. Without being escorted to a table, they simply waved in a certain direction of where we could sit. When finally finding a table with our nephew (birthday boy), we were told by a person who seemed to be an employee that we needed to move because it was reserved. We were completely surprised by the lack of coordination by a "high-end" joint. They finally sat us at a high bar table facing the wall, with my legs dangling down from the ridiculously tall chairs. The waitress apologized throughout the meal, confirming that we were not alone in our disgust. The food was great but the staff and patrons are overwhelmed with a CLUTTERED AND LOUD ATMOSPHERE. I will give it a third chance. The Roaring and Confused Fork is good but can be better.
Great service & food. I ate here with a friend for a Saturday night dinner. We didn't have a reservation, but they penciled us in for the earliest available time, which meant about a 1 hour wait - not too bad for a Saturday night in Austin. We had a very nice & attentive server, who was able to promptly correct to our satisfaction a misunderstanding which led to a higher than expected bill. I had the crab cake, which contained large chunks of crab & not much filler - awesome! My friend had the ahi tuna, which she enjoyed. We particularly enjoyed the green chile mac and cheese as a side - a nice take on an old favorite. For dessert we each had a lava brownie, so we appreciated that the desserts were not crazy big in size, as at many restaurants! A tad expensive so can't afford to eat here all the time, but would definitely eat here again.
Great Food, Excellent Service. It was my first time at Roaring Fork and I had heard mixed reviews. My mind is made up, this is my new favorite place. From the time we entered the restaurant we were treated like good friends. The host was friendly and although we did not have a reservation we were seated right away. The food is amazing, the service was even better. Since it was our first visit Nicole guided us with our selections, everything was perfect. She even folded my napkin when I used the restroom!!! I highly recommend this restaurant.
Good menu, interesting twists on traditional dishes. Prompt, effiecent service. Legislatures and lobbyists hang out here. Not a plus!
Note to staff-unlock the door to the hotel entry and not make guest go outside and around the corner to get in. Not a friendly sign when staff seems annoyed at this prospect. Also, if you are a guest of the hotel, don't expect them recommend the resturant, not sure what this about.
Perfect example of a wonderful Restaurant. My brother and I went for a late lunch during the week, and the staff was very attentive and friendly. The food is excellent, and the portions are substantial - we had the smoked trout salad and the "Big A** Burger" - and both were delicious. We had a few glitches with our order, and our waiter was prompt in fixing the situation and the meal was perfect. Everyone said good-bye when we were leaving, and overall the experiene was very pleasant - I am very much looking forward to my next visit.
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