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“Why all the hype?”

Hyde Park Bar & Grill
Ranked #188 of 3,705 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$19
Cuisines: Grill, American, Bar
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighbourhood: Hyde Park
Cross street: 42nd
Transit: On Capital Metro route, #7 Duval / Dove Springs from downtown Austin.
Description: Since our opening in 1982, Hyde Park Bar & Grill has been determined to bring you delicious high quality food at a moderate price. People need to believe in something, and we believe good value, friendly service and a relaxed casual atmosphere will keep bringing you back. We are dedicated to serving you quality, handcrafted food using the freshest ingredients available. Our restaurant is open at 11:00 a.m. every day for lunch and dinner serving a traditional and eclectic mix of appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, soups, salads, steaks, seafood, pasta and our award winning french fries. Our mission is to be the place you eat when you dine away from home. Thanks for choosing Hyde Park Bar & Grill.
Austin, TX
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Why all the hype?”
Reviewed 22 March 2012

Some people call Hyde Park Bar & Grill an Austin institution. It's been here forever, it's in a trendy/yuppie neighborhood close to U.T., and they say their french fries (soaked in buttermilk, battered, then fried) win awards. After visiting last night, I have to say that I am at a loss to figure out why. The place was expensive, loud, and crowded (again -- why, why, why?). The fries served to me certainly should not win any kind of award except one for blandness -- they had no flavor, were mealy, and cold. (There were also some incredibly weird, unidentifiable fibers in them, but that's kinda too icky to talk about.) I ordered a pimento cheese and cucumber sandwich -- a sandwich that should be served cold, but was delivered on a plate made too hot to touch by sitting for god only knows how long under a heat lamp -- long enough to melt any cheese that dared to fall onto it into a greasy puddle. The sandwich, itself, was the best thing served that night -- good cheese mix w/jalapenos and pimento on a tasty hoagie roll (bet the roll was made at the bakery next door rather than in-house). The fried artichokes were OK -- good artichoke, but bland ol' commercial batter that was nothing special, served with a mayo-based dipping sauce that had a thick, discolored skin on top --- ewwww. My partner's mufalatta was deemed "O.K." (but he didn't eat more than 2 bites, so it couldn't have been that appetizing). Service was adequate. We will certainly not be hurrying back here again.....

  • Visited March 2012
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Round Rock, Texas
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218 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Best Fries? Not in my book”
Reviewed 5 March 2012

So the fries are supposed to be AMAZING at this place - I thought they were just ok. I had a chicken sandwich and it was good - nothing special. The pimento cheese sandwich was a big hit with some of the people I went with. I wasn't super impressed with this place.

Visited March 2012
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Austin, Texas, United States
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39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great neighborhood restaurant”
Reviewed 4 March 2012

Very broad menu, lots of great food. But skip the Spinach, not too great. Other than that you can't go wrong.

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Austin, Texas
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Solid food, excellent fries”
Reviewed 1 March 2012

Usual range of american dishes well cooked. Their fries are outstanding, and last time I was there I tried their meatloaf and thought it was excellent as well.

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Austin
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73 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Good Food, Great Wine List, Great Wait Staff”
Reviewed 28 February 2012

Good place for a simple burger, a salad, o a chicken fried steak. What makes it special is the wait staff -- they always seem willing do what is necessary to make it right. There is a great by-the-glass or by-the-bottle wine list. Batter-dipped french fries and the Wom Kim Peach Pudding are Austin staples

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