Austin >Veranda Restaurant & Bar
Great food, service!.
Super friendly staff, Very moderately priced.
I had not been here in over 3 years! I moved to Cedar Park and Veranda is not so close anymore so I had not visited for a while, but the food was as good as I remember, the staff friendlier than ever! I shared a salad (they are huge!) wtih my friend and was pleased to not be charged a "fee" to split an entree, it was brought out evenly divided each with it's separate dressing. Great mixed drinks and an ok selection of wines. Best deal around... I'll be back soon!
This place is plate licking good. We have eaten at the Veranda several times and it has been great every time but once then it was good and still better than a lot of places. We took a friend for the first time she had the King George Fillet, not only was it cooked to perfection but I honestly thought she was going to pick the plate up and lick it, she confessed she would have if we weren't looking. We recently had my fathers 88th birthday there and the staff could not have been nicer. Dad received special treatment as well as special food that was not on the menu and the price was comprable to the other prices which for portion and flavor of meal is really resonable, almost low. Would I recommend The Veranda - oh yes, and I do all the time.
NOT GOOD. This place was not good. When we arrived the waitress asked if we were there to eat. (Why else would we have been there?) My "migas" were undercooked (still runny). My brother said the bacon "tasted like balloons." The lemonade tasted like handsoap. There were hairs in the breakfast tacos. The "French Toast" was really just toast with syrup. The food was overpriced. The waitstaff was not friendly. I would not recommend it!
Patching Things Up With Young Staff.
I had a chance to eat at the veranda recently, something i have been dreading since the last time i went there when i had an undercooked chicken breast on my salad. The seating was quick and prompt the servers were very kind...and to my surprise, the food was perfect. This caught me completely off guard, The Tilapia Florentine was light and flakey with a perfect sauce over the top of it. All of its components were, For the first time since id been there, cooked delicately and to perfection. I asked My waiter to meet the chef who prepared my meal and to my surprise, it was a young TCA student named Jason Hinojosa. After talking to some colleaguesof mine from the Le Cordon Bleu School I came to learn just how young he was. At just 17 that young man has turned the kitchen from bar food to delicate plates with passion behind them, I recommend this restaraunt if not for the food then a chance to experience the cooking of an up and coming chef.
expensive microwaved fajitas?!.
I just got back from eating at The Veranda, and the food was simply awful.
The menu is very long and eclectic with a range of styles from Greek food to paella to Tex Mex. It's been my experience that it's hard for a restaurant to do any one dish well when a menu is too ambitious, so I should have been forewarned once I saw the extremely full menu.
I had called ahead to make sure the restaurant wasn't close to closing time, and the manager assured me they were closing at 10pm. We were seated at the restaurant before 9pm, so we assumed we got there before the kitchen closed. We were sadly mistaken.
I ordered crawfish enchiladas and my boyfriend ordered beef fajitas. It took at least 35-40 minutes for our food to arrive, and the restaurant only had 2 other tables. When our food finally arrived, my boyfriend's $13 beef fajitas came on a sizzling platter that was barely warm and definitely didn't sizzle. We took one look at the beef and could tell the meat was microwaved. It was gray, had no grill marks, and tasted like it had been steamed or boiled. Moreover, there was barely any meat on the platter. I can only assume the kitchen already turned off the grill before our orders were placed. Meanwhile, my crawfish enchiladas smelled and tasted really wrong and super fishy, as if the crawfish had been frozen and then thawed under questionable circumstances. I ate a couple bites of my food and could not eat any more. Now my stomach feels wrong, I can't get this horrible taste out of my mouth, and I'm hoping I don't get sick from the food. I felt horrible about wasting our food, but it was so inedible that I didn't even want to offer the barely touched leftovers to a homeless person.
Our bill came to $37, with only 2 entrees and 1 appetizer ordered. What a complete waste of time and money; you couldn't pay me to eat here again!
Sysco foods???. Wow, what a let down. I've driven by this place several times and was curious. I checked out the website, seemed like a place worth trying. Now, I regret it. We had a party of 13 for our business Christmas dinner at Veranda. What a mistake. Now I feel bad and I feel like I let my employees down, sigh. The heater "was on the fritz" according to our server. It was FREEZING!!! We had 2 servers, one seemed VERY confused. If he was "new" that's fine, but he never introduced himself, so we weren't sure! All the food looks THE SAME- quality is LACKING for the price. Seems like SYSCO frozen/pre-prepared foods to me, which is sad. They were out of spinach, no desert of the day, they were out of lady fingers... all advertised on the menu. Food was COLD, but maybe it's because we all had to dine with our coats on because it was FREEZING! The restroom door had a sign reading "our pipes are bad", we ordered a banana split that came with an over-ripe, semi-rotten banana. Just a let down all together. Maybe they are waiting to be on Kitchen Nightmares??? ALSO- what is the sense of being a CitySearch Member if the owner/manager doesn't respond to customers negative comments??? They should try to make up for what is lacking, I read some other bad comments, but I guess they don't want to try to make an effort to show they can do better?
Needs new management. My daughters and I went to this restaurant on Friday night. The food was passable, the waiter, a young man seemed inexperienced. He had to keep referring our questions to an older man who we wondered if he was the manager. My daughter ordered a sandwich and when she said there was no spread on the bread, that the menu said there should be honey mustard, young man referred to older who rudely huffed over to us to point out something on the menu. I was so shocked that I am not sure what was on the menu. The younger waiter brought her some honey mustard salad dressing. My food was passable. One of my daughter said her crab tasted canned. When we got the bill I noticed that the price of the wine was higher on the bill than on the wine list. I pointed this out to the waiter. He referred to the older man who said the price has gone up and the wine list hasn't been corrected, there was no offer to change the bill. I noticed that for a Friday night there were not many people at the restaurant. No wonder, I would not go back.
Excellent service, good location and ambiance, careless food prep. My husband and I tried the Veranda for lunch yesterday. The space was casual, pleasant, quiet. Our server was gracious and attentive beyond the call of duty. Being a hot tea drinker, I appreciated the variety of teas available. The menu had an interesting selection of sandwiches, salads, and lunch items. The actual food preparation unfortunately did not exhibit the same care or attention to detail as the menu, the concept, and the service. We started out with the baba ganoush, which was fresh and tasty, though it was not well enough chopped up and thus awkward to eat. I had the New Orleans Crawfish salad, which was very good except for a few chunks of brown, spoiled avodaco, yuk. My husband was put off by some chunks of undercooked chicken in his salad. Carelessness in the kitchen keeps this place from being what it seems to aspire to.
Save money and taste buds - go elsewhere..
I made the mistake of picking the Veranda for Valentine's Day; the reservation was made just one night in advance, when everyone else was booked solid. Either because of its relative obscurity (the place was fairly new at the time of this writing) or an established bad rep, but availability was not an issue.
First, the exterior: while fairly descent if viewed out of context, the fact that it's in the middle of Northcross Mall is a major detriment to its appeal. The interior is pleasent enough, but certain features (such as bench seating along the walls) make the place feel like a diner. No table cloths either - those would definitely go a long way to giving the place a much-needed touch of elegance.
The first thing we noticed once seated is how cold, literally, the place was. When we asked our waiter to turn up the heat, he grinned and commented that it's not working. Mind you, it was 36 F outside and quite windy, so every time someone entered or left, a freezing gust would sweep through a place. Not exactly the atmosphere one desires for Valentine's Day. Strike one.
We ordered two margarita's for the "house specials" category, but they were out of stock for the tequila required for the kind we wanted. Strike two. The margaritas that our waiter recommended (something citrusy) were uninspired.
The salads were ok, and the appetizer (casino mussels) was actually pretting good. Probably the best part of the meal, in fact. For main course, I ordered frog legs in ginger sauce and my wife got lamb in pomegrenade sauce. The frog legs were so-so - slightly rubberish and tasteless (definitely couldn't taste the ginger); also, I asked to substitute rice for the pasta. The waiter gladly agreed, but when the food arrived it had pasta. Strike three.
My wife's lamb was quite tasty, but again, the much-anticipated pomegrenade sauce was nowhere to be found. We skipped desert and paid under $50.
Final verdict: not worth the money.
With an eclectically diverse menu, this smart bistro brings a touch of downtown and west Austin dining to Anderson Road..
Sharing ownership with Mesa Hills Cafe, the breezily stylish Veranda is an invigorating influence on its Northcross Mall location. Casual diners, area office workers and ladies-who-lunch fill the miniature labyrinthine seating areas, which feature bright spaces, green vegetation and colorful backlit orange and red wall tiles. The varied menu showcases specialty dishes such as pork tenderloin in ginger pineapple and a King George filet, as well as 22 salads and 22 sandwiches and burgers.
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