Amazing Dinner. My wife and I were celebrated our wedding anniversary at the Starlite last week. We had been to their old location on 34th street, but we don't go downtown a lot. The new location is so elegant, with the wood planks above the bar and the chandelier in the dining room. We called ahead and asked for an intimate table, and the manager recommended the upstairs lounge. It was just what we wanted for a nice, quiet dinner. They have another bar up there with couches to relax and enjoy an after dinner drink. Now, the food. For starters, we tried the risotto, which is one of the best in town. After that, the warm spinach salad, which I have to say thankfully hasn't changed since the old location. The main course we tried the Striped Bass, recommended by the waiter and the Beef Tenderloin, which rivals any steakhouse around here. The dessert we tried was a flourless chocolate cake that melted in your mouth. I can see why they moved up on the top ten list. Our dinner was exactly what we were looking for, and we are going back, not just for a special occasion. You will love it as well.
Yeah, the food was alright.
To make the story short: My fiancee and I went to Starlite. Sat at a table in the bar, just wanted some apps and a glass of wine. Waited nearly 10 minutes for someone to come over (many employees walked by many times). When bartender came over and asked what we wanted we had to ask for menus. He walked away and did a couple of jobs before coming back a few minutes later. We ordered 2 apps. They came out. We asked for silverware. We waited a few more minutes. The risotto was better than most.
Food was pretty good. Service was almost unacceptably lousy. I understand that the attractive women sitting at the bar were more fun to shower with his attention, but come on. Gimme just a little love. Why it is so hard to find professional service in Austin is a mystery to me. I did tip 15% but here is the tip I wanted to leave: If you work as a server, smile. Make your customers feel welcome. Do not say "Can I get you something" as you are looking down at the table and there are no menus in our hands. Look me in the eye. Make sure I have a menu, for god's sake. Please do not drop the plates loudly on the marble table. If you do not like to serve people, get another job in another industry or at least fake it.
This was our second time to dine here in about 7 months time. First time food was great, service was good(acceptable) but not special. Great decor and ambiance.
Best meal in a long time. Several friends of mine introduced me to Starlite this week. I had heard mixed reviews but wanted to try for myself. I am so glad I did!! The ambiance is fantastic to start with. Good music, pretty people (both guests and staff alike), sassy bar. And then we sat down to our table. Our server, Cory was very knowledgable about the food and the wine. He offered a daily special which was a poricini mushroom dusted tenderloin. I couldn't resist. I ordered the Warm Spinach Salad which was good, but under seasoned. Following the salad, my perfectly cooked tenderloin arrived. It was tasty, seasoned well and cooked to perfection. My friends ordered the Tomato Caprese salads which were fresh and tasty. For their entrees, one friend had the duck breast and the other had the veal t-bone. We all moaned with delight at our plates. My friend that ordered the duck had never tried it before and today- she is a huge fan. We will be returning to Starlite often in the future. I hope I will be able to try something different than the tenderloin-- but it was so good that if they have it again, I might just order it again. :-) Kudos to Starlite and their staff. We had a lovely evening!
Starlite: Great food and drinks, especially for the $. I have taken a few people to Starlite now, two of whom were my not-so-trendy parents and we had one of the best meal experiences I have had in a while. My parents seemed to loosen up more than usual, I think in part because of the great food and drinks, our knowledgeable waiter and great management who saw to it that we were as comfortable as possible. More recently, I took a friend of mine to Starlite for her birthday. We went during the 4-7 happy hour and the bartender was great and put up with our indecisiveness with no moans or grunts. We split the bbq quail and the halibut both of which were amazing. I would recommend Starlite to anyone who wants to go downtown without their wallet getting robbed.
Exquisite food and warm ambiance. I love Starlite, and had never been until recently. My friends had been talking about it forever, and I now know why. Our server was very knowledgeable and helpful in helping us select our entrees, which were fabulous. The menu is eclectic and awesomely creative. I would recommend the grilled tuna, which was absolutely perfect. Even above the exquisite food, my group felt welcomed upon arriving because of the warm ambiance. Great service, great food, overall a great time!
Great Service, Better Food. I was in Starlite last weekend and enjoyed one of the best meals I have ever had in Austin. We started with cocktails in the bar, and Ben makes the best mojito in town. When we sat down for dinner, our server Cory explained the menu and the specials. He also picked out the wine to go with our choices, and they matched the food perfectly. We had the scallops and the spinach salad, both of which were delightful. We then had the filet special and the lamb. The filet is one of the best I have ever tried, but the lamb was so unique I went to Whole Foods to purchase some. We were to stuffed for desert, but next time I will not pass those up. The ambiance of the place was elegant, but not stuffy. We will for sure be back soon.
Appauling. I've never written a review of a restaurant before, but after the experience I had at Starlite this past weekend, I feel compelled. Ambience, service, menu all started off well. After placing our order, our salads were brought to the table with a HAIR on my friend's dinner roll plate. We told the waiter and tried to laugh this off and continue to enjoy our meal only to find TWO HAIRS at the bottom of my Caprese Salad - after I had already eaten most of it. YUK! Our waiter was very apologetic and told us that he would send the manager to our table. We waited at least 10 minutes and no one came. We left. About 10 minutes after we left, the manager called my friend's cell phone (used to make the reservation) to try and apologize. His excuse was that he was in the kitchen trying to get our entrees out. Did he really think we were going to be able to eat them?? It goes without saying, we were hugely dissapointed and grossed out.
Great drinks, dinner and atmosphere. Six of us went to dinner at Starlite last Saturday night and it was a great experience. The drinks were delicious, the food was amazing and the service was perfect. There's a wide range of options for dinner from vegetarian to fish to red meat. My favorite thing was a Pimm's Martini. Not many people even know about Pimm's let alone include it in a featured drink.
I got to choose a place downtown for dinner and chose here because of the atmosphere and the reputation for being trendy. The place was intimate, which was great for a date, and we got a nice table. Everything is cool about the place but the service is sooooooo SLOW!!!!! We probably sat there for 20 mins before the waiter came over. After placing our appitizer order we waited another 45 mins because the waiter forgot and didn't come by once to check on us.
We finally got all our food and they took care of our salads but it took us 2 and a half hours to eat!!! I may or may not go back but it will have to be a time when I have 3 hours to waste and am not hungry.
What happened?. I have loved Starlite, and found it to be a great option for nice, upmarket downtown dining. It's not typically too stuffy and the food, in my experience, has typically been a stand out! So, when I went recently for a 30th birthday party, I was SORELY disappointed by both the food and the service. We had called three weeks in advance to make a reservation, and were promised the semi-private upstairs lounge for our group of 11. We were very prompt, and ordered soon after sitting down. Most people ordered a started and an entree, which turned out to be a disaster. Neither the appetizer or main courses were brought out at one time, so we had people waiting upwards of 10 minutes for the entire table to be served before starting to eat, and when it came time for the entrees, one dish was just NEVER BROUGHT OUT (it was especially bad that the woman who never got her food was pregnant). We ended up having to cancel our desert order to make the rest of the night flow on time, and we were just overall very let down. The food was over-salted and not cooked well at all to boot.
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