Leaf

(512) 474-5323 | View Website

419 W 2nd St, Austin, TX | Directions   78701

30.265514 -97.748475

Open Hours

Monday To Friday From 11:00 AM To 07:00 PM Saturday From 11:00 AM To 03:00 PM

 
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Price: $

Tags: Lunch Spot

Payment Methods: American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Neighborhoods: Downtown

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Leaf
Menu
Soups, Sprouts (for the Growing Ones), Fountain Soda/Ice Tea, Hank's Gourmet Soda, Rainwater Bottled Water, Pellegrino/Panna, Seasonal Beverage, Home Baked Goods, West Campus, Caesar Chavez... more

Reviews for Leaf

Leaf
Recommends

Too many times, all-salad-bar restaurants just appear to have given up: Sad, wilted lettuce, lame ingredients like cucumber (seriously. When have you ever been excited about putting cucumber on your salad?), and gross, crusted dressing bottles. Not so at Leaf, where the humble salad takes pride in itself: Yes, sun dried tomatoes! Come forth, grilled steak! Rain down, goat cheese! This is salad eating for people who still enjoying eating.

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

Going down hill – I guess its just one of thoes things that happens after awhile - Portions decrease, the servers become more rigid and less pleasant. Salads are still good, but not nearly as worth wait and price as they used to be.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Strawberry Fields salad...mmm! – I came to this place thinking "eh". The truth is, I'm not a big salad person. I'm a steak and potatoes girl. Having said that, this place makes me want to be a salad person!!

I had Strawberry Field, and it was delicious! The sweet dressing, fresh strawberries, nuts, and big hunks of yummy chicken make this a really unique salad. The salads are a bit pricey, but this is the perfect place for a girl's lunch!

If you want a healthy meal, definitely come here!

Recommends
over a year ago

Citysearch Editorial Review – Select from 12+ large salads or order your own creation at this fresh downtown restaurant with a vivid green interior.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

avoid leaf for lunch – not worth it! 30 minute(at least) wait in line.Too expensive and way too much dressing, flavorless salads

ice tea, no ice, stale bread and a salad missing its Ingredients for $15.00!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Leaf-o-rama – Like some of the other reviews said, it's best to be aware that this is a popular lunch place, and some of the salad guys put in too much dressing, so you'll have to let them know your preferences. But otherwise, we've really enjoyed all of our salads, though we've always custom-made ours. This is a salad place, so if you love steak and fries, this won't be to your taste, but if you like fresh salads with nearly every ingredient for your choosing (...and you know what you like in your salad...) then this is your place. Big bonus: they recycle a lot (utensils, plastics, etc.).

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Leaf: Salads At Their Best – Large Portions {enough for two or two meals), I had the Strawberry Fields Salad, loved the home made tastes and enjoyed watching my salad being prepared in front of my eyes! Wonderful atmosphere, Great staff! Unique concept and enjoyable place for lunch. One of the few places in Austin that has a great tasting fountain Diet Dr. Pepper. When Parking in the City Garage (down the street) they validated my parking ticket so I did not have to pay! Extra Bonus! Plan to go back soon.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

unimpressive all around – The salad (I built my own) was okay, and that's it. The price came out to $15 for the salad (7.49) a drink (3.50) and bread (2.50), which was stale and not flavorful. I do not think the food was worth what I paid for it, even factoring in the expensive overhead. The ingredients did not taste fresh, which was disappointing. It tasted exactly like what you would buy at a regular grocery store, only you could get much better bread. The fresh mozzarella was particularly underwhelming, and the sesame giner dressing was too sweet. If I had to eat there again, I would insist on a lot less dressing and I would try to choose a lighter dressing. I like a lot of dressing, but there was simply too much, even for me. I would avoid the bread. It would be better if prices of side items and drinks were clearly posted, and if the ingredients hiding behind the counter were listed somewhere. The person assisting me was clearly in a rush, which is understandable, but it's hard to build your own salad when most of what you might want is not in plain view or listed somewhere easy to see. For the money, I could have done a lot better and had a nice sit-down meal or made my own salad with a wider variety of toppings and less dressing at Whole Foods. I can't believe I paid $2.50 for two scraps of lousy bread.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Not real impressed – What else can I say. I was really excited while I was in line because the salad descriptions were making my mouth water. After much debate I ordered the Asiago Lemon Shrimp. I found it really flavorless. I thought mabye I made a bad choice. Since I was with a group of 6 (fyi, bad idea) I started sampling around the table. After trying 3 other salad I found them all pretty lame. I am still trying to figure out how a place serving only salads could go wrong on well their salads. I do love the concept!

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

Long lines, Nowhere to sit, Unremarkable salads – My husband and I went to Leaf for lunch because I had heard that it is one of two area restaurants that tries to buy as much of its food from local sources as possible, in addition to recycling and using "green" products like utensils. We arrived at 12:35 (perhaps not the best time to arrive) and finally made it to the counter to order at 1:15. As we were waiting to order, we noticed that most people ate quickly and left, so we thought there was no need for one of us to camp out at one of the 10 tables. Wrong we were--other people who arrived after us did so to such an extent that once we were ready to sit down, there were no available tables (though there were many with one person sitting in it to reserve it for later) and no prospects in site. Since we rarely get to eat together, we decided to stomach the 95 degree heat and humidity and sit at one of the two benches outside. I guess I expected that the salads would be worth the wait, but I was so mistaken. I had the Asiago Shrimp salad, and it was swimming in salad dressing to such an extent that all I tasted was vinegar. My husband had the California Cobb salad and he said that all he tasted was blue cheese and olives (his salad was swimming in blue cheese!). I have had better dinner salads at restaurants (maybe the exceptional kind of restaurants?) than I had at Leaf. Though I'd love to support people trying to use local food and lessen their impact on the environment, I draw the line at such abysmal quality. My suggestion to the owners would be to concentrate on quality--if I'm going to a place that only serves salads, I'm expecting an exceptional salad. That, and figure out a way to move the lines quicker and expand seating.

 

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