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Swift's Attic

American Restaurant

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Swift's Attic54.5
brunch • pork cheeks • edamame • pop rocks

315 Congress St
Ste 200, Austin, TX 78701, US
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  • Photo of Jennifer Watts
    6 months ago
    Recommended dining
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  • Photo of Gerard Viverito
    2 years ago
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  • Photo of Thrillist Austin
    3 years ago
    For around $7, you get a glass of vodka and full access to: two types of Bloody mix, 17-ish types of hot sauce, regular olives, stuffed olives, pickled okra, carrots, banana peppers, celery, lemon and lime wedges, spices, horseradish...
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  • Photo of Austin Chronicle
    3 years ago
    We love the "Pragel & Trox" ($15) – freshly smoked trout, pickled onion, frisée, dill crème fraiche, and a poached egg inside a handmade pretzel bagel.
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  • Photo of Stephen Lee
    4 years ago
    The food here is incredible and the drinks aren't that bad either. Get the Korean BBQ flank steak
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  • Photo of good_ants
    a month ago
    Stumbled upon this spot while strolling down Congress (north of lake/bridge) and was happily surprised by food, drink, ambience, and service. “Swift’s” does a wide variety of drinks and small plates, plus service was faster than expected on a busy Tuesday night. Not mind-blowing, and perhaps trying to be something greater than it is, but worth a visit if that’s your area!
  • Photo of gregntommy
    2 months ago
    My second visit to Swift's Attic was just as extraordinarily delicious as my first. Everything is sources within 50 miles of Austin. The handcrafted cocktails are always a nice touch and are yummy with the flavored ice balls. We shared a variety of appetizers but loved the pop rocks with the charred edamame. Devils on horseback and the charred chilies were also a great way to start. I had the Porkstrami this visit and want to try everything on the menu. The dessert was a special for the day with ice cream, brownies, corn flakes, coffee and other toothsome treats. The architecture is historic yet modernly done. Great place, you can't go wrong.
  • Photo of travelswithmyguy
    2 months ago
    Really enjoyed our visit to Swifts Attic. You literally walk up stairs to a beautifully done second floor. The staff were all very friendly and point on. It is more of a tapas restaurant. We had a variety of items from the menu to try as there were four of us. Some our favorites were the Charred Edamame, Devils on Horseback, Squid Fries and (probably the winner) Korean BBQ Flank Steak. They have a very imaginative drink menu that we also enjoyed. We would definitely go back when in Austin.
  • Photo of Greg M
    2 months ago
    Disclosures: I am a 57 year old man. I do not need big balls of ice in my drink to make it a party. Others might like that. That's fine. I don't. Swift's Attic is a fine restaurant, but it's not for me. I typically look at my reviews as too positive. Let me take a slightly different tack. Business associates raved about the place, so it works for them. We went there, I tried the glass with the big ice ball and said, "Can you just bring me a glass of wine?" It's a small plate (I don't think we're allowed to call it Tapas) place. That's fine. Certainly all the food was well prepared and well presented. In some instances extraordinarily so. But even my more enthusiastic companions found things they did not care for. One person wanted only kosher. Someone else was vegan. That's fine, but not in a place designed for a shared food experience. I think Swift's Attic does a fine job at what it is selling. I just have concluded that it's not what I'm buying.
  • Photo of Kevin D
    2 months ago
    A couple teammates and I went here for lunch. I highly recommend this place to eat! I had the burger which was cooked perfectly and tasted awesome! The two I way with both had the fish and chips sandwich, they also said it was excellent. The service here was also great, very frendily and helpful.
  • Photo of tamsterd
    3 months ago
    We found Swift's Attic while walking on Congress and decided to give it a try. Upstairs in an older building, tables are close together. All dishes are served family style tapas. Very interesting combos of flavour & foods. I enjoyed our choices, but found portions a bit small so we had to order more dishes. No complaints on service, just a bit expensive for the amount of food we received.
  • Photo of splitlutz
    3 months ago
    Took my boyfriend here for his birthday along with a group of friends. Our waiter recommended the omakase menu and be served family style. Before we said anything, he said they can accommodate any allergies, preferences, etc. My boyfriend has a nut allergy so he is very cautious when ordering, but since the waiter mentioned being able to accommodate allergies before even asking, he thought why not. He told the waiter to please bring nothing to the table with nuts. One of the items brought to the table was Brussels sprouts with almonds. We had them sent back. Another item comes out which was pork with a pesto. My boyfriend asked if the pesto had any nuts. The waiter said no it didn't. My boyfriend ate it and began having a reaction. He pulled the waiter aside and asked him to ask the chef if there were any nuts. A few mins later, the waiter returns and apologizes and says that it had walnuts in it!! Someone with an even more severe allergy could have been sent to the hospital! We had a whole night planned with our friends which was unfortunately cut short by this incompetent waiter and manager who didn't even seem to care. Never returning!
  • Photo of Brooklyn478
    4 months ago
    A friend suggested we try this place on our first trip to Austin. Not disappointed! Very inventive menu like wok stir fry edamame with interesting dipping salt/spice mix. Goat cheese salad wasn't the usual run of the mill variety and delicious. Especially like the fish in a broth with broccoli. Would have been good with some rice to soak up the sauce. Only issue is small plates come out at varying times and sometimes waited a while for the next one on a busy Friday night. Definitely reserve in advance. Nice setting too and all in all enjoyed it.
  • Photo of Denise R
    4 months ago
    Warmly greeted, quickly seated. Great service, good choice of food with a trendy twist along with very interesting brunch time drinks including a delicious & complimentary iced coffee with a shot of rum. absolutely delicious and or interesting take on mimosa's which proved very popular with our group of ten, rolling in from Dallas, Houston, Victoria Tx & Melbourne Australia. We were intent on having a good time and Swifts Attic went right along. Our waiter, Mark, was top class, knowledgeable, funny & entertaining whilst never intrusive. His service was exceptional. We had thumbs up around the table for a very enjoyable brunch. Reasonable prices this restaurant seemed to cater for couples through to groups of 10 maybe 12, very much enjoyed. Cheers!
  • Photo of vmmh
    4 months ago
    Had a great brunch at Swift's Attic yesterday. The service was very efficient and friendly, the food delicious and the mimosas strong (a great deal for the double mimosas for $2). I'll definitely be back.
  • Photo of Jenna A
    4 months ago
    For dinner they mostly serve small plates suitable for sharing which is what we did. We tried the blistered shishito peppers, corn fritters with rum raisin butter, beet salad, squid fries, the pork belly entree special and the special dessert which was a butterscotch cake with pineapples. Very high quality food with intricate and delicate flavors. Very impressed- can't wait to go back!
  • Photo of bnjboxer
    4 months ago
    We had a wonderful brunch at Swift's Attic! My daughter has an egg allergy and they were able to accommodate her by changing the ingredients in her menu choice! We were very appreciative, as she doesn't join us for brunch often due to her limited options! We'll definitely be brunching with Swift's Attic again!
  • Photo of Joan C
    5 months ago
    If you're looking for a place to have a great meal and a conversation, choose another place. The food here is good, not memorable. The night we went the service was not very attentive. We sat in the front room (by the mural on the brick wall) and had to yell at each other to be heard. Overall, disappointing. We left slightly hungry just to get out. Sorry, not a place I would go back to.
  • Photo of AZVAL
    5 months ago
    This was my 2nd visit to Swift's Attic and I think I fell in love a little bit more. The food is AMAZING! The staff is fun and very helpful with choosing which items you want to order. The ice ball drinks are off the hook - try their ice ball old fashioned - you won't be able to have just one. If you want to check out the hip vibe of downtown Austin this is a must on your list.
  • Photo of Robbin412
    6 months ago
    I am giving this 5 stars because my friends LOVED it. I am a very picky eater and found this place a little too eclectic for my taste, but they could not stop raving. I will admit that even though there were too many things on the menu that had unusual ingredients, I did nibble on a few things. The food is served tapas style and they recommend that you share a variety of the small dishes with your table. Everything was beautifully presented and was artistically plated. The atmosphere is great - kind of a cool and trendy speak-easy feel. A bit pricey, but my friends thought it was worth every penny.
  • Photo of blw_at_longwood
    6 months ago
    This is NOT your garden variety restaurant! If you're looking for steak and potatoes, look elsewhere. Instead, Swift's offers a variety of unusual dishes. It's not weird food as one might find in a country other than one's own, but tends to the usual ingredients combined in unusual ways. I visited with business colleagues, and they ordered for the table. Out of six or seven things ordered, everyone found something that they didn't care for - but on the other hand, everyone also found quite a few things that were fresh and interesting. When you leave, you will know you've been to Swift's, and nobody will be confused. Strictly for the adventurous, though. Recommended.
  • Photo of WinecountryMartha
    6 months ago
    Huge variety of small plates to share. We were a large group and tried just about everything. The bacon date appetizer was truly amazing, the goat (yes, goat!) meat dish was delicious. Brussel sprout dish was my favorite. Fun place, horrible acoustics so everyone is shouting, but hey we loved it!
  • Photo of jeeppage43
    6 months ago
    Swift's Attic is a second-floor bar and bistro with a unique product, their exclusive "Ice-Ball Cocktails". We went to sample these concoctions although a large and vociferous number of patrons were there for a meal as well. Sitting at the bar, we ordered two varieties of Ice-Ball Cocktail: 'Strawberry Fields" and "Manhattan". The unique aspect of these drinks is its sweet, spherical, frozen center over which extra liquor is poured. As the ice ball melts it releases its flavors into the covering liquor, resulting in an unusually taste-changing drink with each sip. Strawberry Fields has a core of kaffir lime, roast coriander syrup, and strawberry sorbet, accompanied with generous dashes of Reyka vodka and prosecco. The Manhattan is a core of "sacred" spiced vermouth and simple syrup topped with angostura bitters and Knob Creek rye whiskey. Not sure how they make their frozen spheres (liquid nitrogen, maybe?) but the drinks are memorable and the service and atmosphere are first-rate.
  • Photo of LeAnn O
    7 months ago
    This restaurant was recommended to us from a bartender at another establishment and he was spot on! This place is not only esthetically beautiful but the food was amazing and creative!! We sat at the bar and had received wonderful service along with excellent menu recommendations! Highly recommended!!!
  • Photo of Philip A
    7 months ago
    Super cool vibe in a weirdly decorated place with unique food. We went at lunch and ran the gamut from squid fries as an appetizer to a beef hamburger, "porkstrami", and a "cali" burger (cauliflower)! I also had the soup of the day, a cheesy potato soup. Everything tasted great and the service was spot on. Definitely worth a visit when downtown.

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