Austin >Food & Dining > 3 Forks
111 Lavaca St, Austin, TX | Directions 7870130.264380 -97.746827
Monday To Thursday From 05:00 PM To 10:00 PM Friday To Saturday From 05:00 PM To 11:00 PM Sunday From 05:00 PM To 09:00 PM
I don't know, we didn't like it – We took friends here to celebrate their marriage. They very much enjoyed it but I have to say the wife and I did not. At all.
The steak tar tar was good as was the wine list. Service was good, not great. At $500 for 4 people (2 bottles of wine) I expect fantastic.
The main meal...well we decided to try their red wine reduction sauce on the steaks and lets just say I did my best to scrape it off and have no one notice. I could barely eat my beef, I just hated it. My wife thought it was ok, but didn't dig it like our friends. Who by the way are the kind of folks who like things that are expensive more than because they are good.
Not for me, won't go here again. May be you'll like it more but I can cook a better steak in my own home.
why was I excited to eat here?? – Odered the Sea Bass and it came out way under cooked......a manager stopped by the table to check on our food as our waitress hadnt. I told him I thought it was too raw and he said "since it gets flown in everyday it wont hurt you". I appreciate being able to go into a restaurant and not get sick but what about cooking the way I like it? The fish although not eaten was still on the tab when we got it.....
The salads werent any good either.
They do well with their bread and creamed corn but that is about it!
The epitome of Exemplary Service – III Forks was recommended to me by a friend in Dallas and I decided to make it the venue of a special occasion between me and a couple of good friends. I was left extremely satisfied with everything III Forks had to offer. The amience was elegant, accented by dim lights and dark woods. The posh interior was offset by the friendly, unpretentious staff. The service was exceptional. We were sat immediately, even with an incomplete party. Our server waited on us hand-and-foot. We were never left wanting. The support staff (hostess/busboys) did their jobs very well. Drinks stayed full and their attentiveness never felt intrusive. The bartenders make a great top-shelf margarita. Dinner was excellent. TRY the bacon-wrapped scallops! My main course was the New York strip, preared Rare. The steak was cooked perfectly and its flavor was robust and satisfying to say the least. The desserts were superb. Our table split the bread pudding topped with cinnamon ice cream. Did I mention the service was excellent? The general manager stopped by twice just to check on things; an excellent sign that the customers are being taken care of. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this restaurant to those who appreciate good service, a break from the "get in and get out" mentality that has consumed America's restaurant culture.
Best Steak Ever – I have only been to this restaurant once, but being a native Texan who enjoys steak, I have to say I have had my best steak here. The service was impeccable, our steaks were perfectly cooked, and the complimentary sides were also delicious. The dessert we ordered was not exactly what we wanted, but that had more to do with our choosing something not what we usually enjoy. I am definitely looking forward to my next visit!
Not a Great night – I have been wanting to go to III Forks since they came to Austin. I have eaten at some of the best steak houses around the country. I will admit while the steak was good, nothing else held a candle to the other upscale steak resturants around Austin. It took 15mins to get a drink. Our waiter walked past us 5 times after our food arrived and never checked on us. My husband had to get up and go to the wait station to get a knife! And our dessert was not memorable. The hostess came by and asked how our meal was and I told her it was my first and last time there. Then I explained to her our experience and what we got was her card and asked if we would give them a second try. Not impressed and did not feel our concern was satisfied. She also stated that the room we were in was probably under staffed...I had a vender in town Monday night and they wanted steak, guess where we did not go. Had an exceptional dinner at Ruth Chris.
Best Steak in Austin! – THE FOOD HERE IS EXCELLENT! Went for the first time on Saturday night with a group of 7. We all had steak and everyone's steak was excellent. I had the 10oz fillet oscar and it was out of this world . . . melted in your mouth! The veggies were crisp and delicious, and the bread was good too! Food prices are the same as similar quality steakhouses and you can have a great meal at a good price. The wine list is outstanding. If you want a cheap meal fast, go to McDonalds. If you want an excellent dining experience, 3 Forks is the place to go!
just below average – First off ,they don't give industry discounts, so if you work BOH or FOH anywhere you will not get a discount. Our waiter seemed nervous or incompetent I couldn't figure it out. The crab cake appetizer was pasty with all the breadcrumb filler. Scattered throughout the bread cake were bits of unseasoned crab and bell pepper. Disappointing! Nothing stood out about it, I would have sent it back, but I was hungry. The lobster bisque is too rich, a result of over-reducing the cream(kitchen cooks do not taste the food as it cooks.) The Halibut entree was well seasoned, which is uncommon. Unfortunately the menu desrcription did not say capers, or I would have asked for very few or on the side. So the fish was smothered in some white wine cream sace loaded with capers, somehow the sauce still lacked real flavor and depth. The vegetable sides were nothing special, the creamed corn was cold. The china they use looks very corparate and unappealing. The bread was obviously store bought, old half stale and needed salt. The only highlight was the baked potato. Is the waiter supposed to offer sour cream, chives etc? If he is we didn't see it. Waste of time, stay home and cook a HEB steak.
All Hype! This place is not in the same league as Trulucks or Sullivans. – My family went there tonight to celebrate a birthday. The food was bland, nothing was great . We were very disappointed. At these prices you expect to find high quality, delicious food. In fact, my husband's stomach hurt for 2 hours after dinner. Save your money and go to one of the other good restaurants in town.
Horrible service, terrible acoustics, disappointing food – As a fan of the III Forks in Dallas, I was looking forward to trying it here. We made reservations for Saturday night. They gave us a booth in the bar area. Despite our apprehensions, we didn't ask for another table. Big mistake! The bar area at III Forks should not include booths for dining. It is too loud, too crowded, and quite clearly a matter of "out of sight, out of mind" for the waitstaff assigned to the tables there. Ten minutes after we were seated, a waiter offered us a wine menu and didn't give us a chance to order anything else after we declined it. Fifteen minutes later, we finally met our waiter but we didn't see him again until he brought our entrees. Someone else delivered our appetizers. We tried the bacon-wrapped scallops, the beef crostini, and a III Forks Sampler. Of the three, the sampler was the best. It was the only good food we had there and the only food that was adequately described on the menu. The Dover Sole was fresh but boring, whereas the beef medallions and tenderloin tips were too large and nearly flavorless, even though the tips were drenched in a salty red wine sauce that had a strange smokey taste. Stranger still--and even less appealing--were the side dishes. In a sad imitation of better steakhouses, III Forks presents its diners with a daily selection of side dishes that are brought to the table after the entrees have arrived. We were offered creamed corn that was extremely sugery and overripe beefsteak tomatoes sprinkled with parsley. However, even though we ordered baked potatoes with our entrees, the person with the sour cream, butter, and chives never came to our table and our waiter did not ask us how our food was or if we needed anything before he brought the check. Overall, it was the WORST DINING EXPERIENCE I've ever had in Austin and I have lived here for almost eight years.
Good, But Could Be Better – Nice ambiance. I liked the live piano music. Appetizer of Beef Croustades (thin beef on toast) was flavorful, tender and the cream sauce drizzled over it was great. I try a wedge salad everywhere I go, and nothing has compared to the blue cheese dressing at TL&C. Definitely split it with someone at your table - you are given about half a head of lettuce, whch will leave you too full to enjoy the entrees and desserts. The wedge salad was better than TL&C, with its extra chunky blue cheese dressing, bacon and thick tomato slice. Needed salt, though. My dinner companion got the III Forks Pepper Steak and hated it. Very tough, hard to chew and bland. I got the Filet Mignon & Crabcake St. Francis. The filet was the best I have had in my life - it was so tender I could pull out bites with my fork - FABULOUS, good flavor. I had it 'oscared' and they give plenty of crab pieces, 3 asparagus spears, and the sauce was creamy and rich. Don't waste your time with the hoity-toity crabcake - it was too burnt for my taste and bland, alot of crab and less bread - which is good, but it had no flavor. Nothing special about the crabcake. I was torn between the bread pudding and the creme brulee. Sometime brulee can just taste like eggs. The bread pudding with Amy's cinnamon ice cream and bourbon sauce with pecans, was a piece of HEAVEN. And I hate pecans (yes, and I still call myself a southna), but I ate everything on that plate. The bread was very moist and soft, no hard edges to jab you in the gums. The carmel sauce was rich and fabulous. The bread had no spice in it, so you must take a bite of bread, mixed with sauce and ice cream to get the full effect. If anyone gets the creme brulee, let me know how it was. Valet $10 with tip. Enjoy!
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