Austin >Food & Dining > The Red House
1917 Manor Rd, Austin, TX | Directions 7872230.283790 -97.721358
Mon-Sat 5pm-10pm; Sun 5pm-9pm
Neighborhoods: Upper Boggy Creek
Great Pizza – This is my new favorite spot for lunch & pizza take out. I got a really tasty Greek salad. My friend & I got the large pepperoni pizza & split the Greek salad. We at 2 pieces each & had 2 pieces each left over for dinner. The bill was under $20, including teas. This is a terrific value.
Had Better. – Great Pizza, HORRIBLE service. A group of 6 friends and I went there and sat inside and every time we needed anything from the waitress we had to "catch her" or call her over. The only time she came by our table on her own was to give us the check. I hear the outdoor bar area is much better!
not so great – although the mojito's are good & the bartender at the lounge is fantastic... the food stinks.
some of my friends & i felt like trying out the new menu & went for a few appetizers, the eggplant caponata & roasted beets with feta. the beets were NOT roasted, in fact they tasted very similar to a CANNED beet hiding in strong balsamic with the smallest amount of nasty cow feta (buy some fresh local feta yo!) & the caponata with tasteless giant pimento stuffed olives (what??) & to top it off the hidden valley vinaigrette. YUCK!! we never ended up ordering dinner, mostly cause the service was wicked snotty.
you guys need to take advantage of that beautiful space & get some quality ingredients in your patrons mouths & a staff that cares about service. DO IT, it would fun for you.
East Austinites chill inside and on the porch at this casual neighborhood bar with a Southwestern vibe. – In Short
Designed by Austin's ubiquitous retro designer Joel Mozersky, the bar's interior feels like a late 1960s suburban ranch house. With Stortini closed, the former bar area has expanded its menu offerings while still maintaining the casual Eastside atmosphere that defines the Red House. Join other neighborhood regulars relaxing amid the western kitsch at tables inside or at one of the many picnic tables outside. Southwestern style burgers, sandwiches and salads are served up with no fuss in addition to the made-to-order pizzas.
don't bother going here – I wanted so much for the red house to be great. i have been there like 5 times and every time I say "never again!" . Either because of the service or the tab at the end of the night, usually both, but friends keep pulling me back. But after tonight it is for real. Never again. First off the drinks are over priced and not worth it. Get a good bartender. the michelada(sp?) was undrinkable. The service is so terrible everytime ,I thought it was personal a few times. i mean terrible! they think they are too hip and act too bored to serve you . that is their job. Come to think of it , everytime we are there we feel invisible. And we are their peers no less, we have hair dos too. Except for one time when we had the most friendly bartender,I don't know his name but he has very short hair and glasses. I could not believe the rudness of the bartender tonight ,though. i know that none of the 10 people i was with tipped her . she was stuck up, rolling eyed, and didn't care. I asked if there was a minimum to charge and was told it was a two drink. but later I had to leave in a rush to help a friend. well most humans are understanding and i am sure this has happened before there, but I was talked down to like a child. TALKED DOWN TO in a nasty tone by some girl younger than me! Yet the guy next to me had just opened and closed his tab with one drink.I was speechless as my friend kindly paid my tab for the gross michelada(sp) that i didn't drink and left. Smoke started coming out of my ears on the way out and I have plenty to say to that girl now, when it doesn't count.(isn't it always that way?) Too Bad , the place is close to my house and i like the patio alot. I have not heard any good feedback about this place and i hope the owners hire some people for their good service skills not their good hair.
Snotty service, WAY overpriced drinks and a confused menu of Average food. – From the minute we entered I had a bad feeling. The host was a little emo kid who looked like he desperately wanted to be somewhere else. Our waiter at least seemed like he wanted to be there, he just didn't seem like he wanted to be waiting on anyone.
First my friend asked for chips and salsa, to which the waiter replied "We aren't a mexican restaurant." "What are you then?" I asked, "We are sort of southwest" was his answer. Now the "Southwest" Genre can be very good (see Blue Mesa in Dallas or South Congress Cafe in Austin), so I took a look at the menu hoping to be surprised. Instead I saw a confused menu ranging from fried seafood to pate to chili cheese fries - with surpisingly high prices.
I enquired about drinks and was eventually sold an $8 lemongrass mojito. It was average, but alot better than the $6 Michelada I ordered later. Michelada's are hard to screw up, but this place managed it. We wanted finger food and since there weren't any chips we order their cheese-fries, which looked and tasted like they were from the kids menu at Chilis. I was already dissapointed and decided against paying $15 -$20 for an entree and just ordered a Burger (which came with Fries.) One friend ordered a Po'Boy, another had fried seafood something (yes, at a "Southwest Restaurant") and I forget what the third ordered. The food wasn't bad (although it wasn't good either), but it was particularly heavy. I didn't feel right the rest of the night.
When the bill came the total was $101. 4 people, 2 drinks each, 2 people ordering entrees, 2 people ordering sandwiches. It hurt to pay the 15% tip since food and drinks were dropped off at the table without a word and since we routinely had to flag down our too-hip waiter whenever we needed anything.
El Gringo is a place for Wanna-be's to feel trendy. The real trendy people are elsewhere and the people that really know what a good meal is are far, far away.
Absolutely Delicious – We had a party of 5 (4 adults one child) for Sunday brunch. We started with the bread basket and empanadas of the day (tomatillo and potato). The empanadas had a delicate crust and the filling was full of flavor. The homemade breads were great. My favorite was the scone. The homemade jelly was a bit thin but had great flavor. I had the eggs benedict with ham and corn hollandaise over biscuits and they came out great. I tasted the french toast and although it was only a taste I will be going back next weekend just for that dish. It was that good. Our other companions went for the burgers (Griingo and Charlie's). I didn't taste them but my friends loved them. They raved about the fries and homemade buns. The Bloody Mary's and Mimosas were tasty as well. Service was a little slow but it didn't seem like anything some training couldn't fix. We will definitly be back.
The service was really poor in many ways. although the restaurant was not busy. – This was our first visit- Sunday Brunch. Very good food. Really no atmosphere, but outdoor seating was available. They do not take reservations, so we called to ask the wait time. The person who answered said she didn?t know. The restaurant was less than 20% full when we arrived. We asked that our second courses tfollow the soups we ordered. They did, by 3 minutes. The waiter offered to keep my main warm. I decided to take it home rather than eat it after 15-20 minutes of "keeping it warm." We ordered a bread basket ($4.95). it arrived without butter, so I had to find a server to ask for butter. The bread basket was supposed to come with jelly. We received blueberry syrup. I was told by 3 servers that it was jelly, but you could drink it with a straw. Then one server said it was especially thin today, so they tried to put a lot of blueberries in it. They did not succeed. We also had to ask every time for a coffee refill. Better experiences to be had elsewhere.
Top Notch Food – The buzz on this place is good so I gave it a go and I loved it! We started with the tequila cured salmon on yucca root chips. They had a little spice to them but nothing over powering. The taste and texture of the cured salmon was perfect. I will return to try their tequila salmon sandwich during lunch. My dinning companion had the chicken and chimichurri and I opted for the chicken fried ribeye. The chicken was great. Some of the best chimichurri I've had. After reading the previous poster I believe you should be advised that yes the dish has oil becuase chimichurri is an oil based sauce. If you've never had it taste someone else's first. The sweet potato gratin was delisious. My CF ribeye was great. The cream gravy was well seasoned, the ribeye was crispy, and the mashed potatos are smoked. I've never had anything like them and they were outstanding. Although I didn't save room for dessert the ones I saw looked tempting. This food is not Mexican, Tex - Mex, or anything close to South American. The menu is American and it's great.
Disgusting – I will give them credit for trying to offer an eclectic assortment of tex-mex food but the food was way too greasy! When I received my dish, which was a simple chicken dish, it was swimming in oil. I thought I was going to hurl. If you are looking for anything a little lighter, then stay clear from this place because they do not have it. Also, if you want your everyday tex-mex kind of food, this place is not the place to go. They offer selections that are not your traditional tex-mex plate so if you looking for some quesadillas or something - go somewhere else.
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