Austin >Food & Dining > Eddie V's Prime Seafood
301 East 5th Street, Austin, TX | Directions 7870130.266352 -97.740658
Mon-Thur 4:30 PM to 11:00 PM
Fri-Sat 4:30 PM to 12:00 AM
Sun 4:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Unique eating experience! – Eddie V's was a pleasant discovery. In the heart of one of the most crowded spots in Austin, we found unique flavors, original blends, healthy and tasty food, good live music, elegant atmosphere but easy-going feeling. Good place for a date but also for having a conversation with friends or business fellows, being able to actually hear each other. The staff is nice and helpful. We enjoyed every little bit of it!
Best Service, Best Food, Great Atmosphere – I visit Eddie V's on numerous occasions and have never been disappointed. I have eaten all over the world and find that these guys have better fish than what I used to eat on the east coast. The steaks are top notch and I always feel that the staff is willing to go above and beyond, even when I needed batteries for my camera - they noticed and provided some for me without making it seem like a hassle. I enjoy eating at the bar on occasion to soak in some of the live music and converse with the friendliest and helpful bartenders around. It can get crowded sometimes, but I kind of enjoy a place that is busy...reassures my quality of taste. I highly recommend Eddie V's as it is unquestionably my first choice when I dine in Austin.
Just do your self a favor dont go! – I took my nephew there to get take out for the family and he thought it would be neat to go with me. He was starving and wanted a snack so I said he could get an app while we ordered food to go. I ordered a drink from the bartender who was so rude that if my nephew hadnt been with me I would have said something to him. He acted as if I was bothering him. I had to draw the line when he was rude to my nephew. We had ordered a large amount of food about 10 to maybe15 min before. So I told the bartender that we were canceling our order. He rolled his eyes and then said it is here. My reaction was there was NO CHANCE ON THE PLANET that the kitchen could have cooked and packed all the food that we ordered in 10 min! NO CHANCE. I asked to see a manager who said he was going to take care of our bill! I didnt take the food and they charged me!!! I have left 2 voicemails and no one is calling me back! Now I get to fight the credt card company! The bartenders are RUDE! The management cant even return a phone call!! I wouldn't step foot in the restaurant agaiin!
AVOID IF YOU PLAN ON HAVING A GREAT NIGHT OUT! – I have traveled all over the world and love food, wine and great atmospheres!!! This restaurant is about as far from fabulous as you can get! First I felt as though I was being pushed through a cattle line! The bartenders were so rude that I felt like leaving after I ordered my first drink! Seeing the wine list seemed to be a major hassel in addition I asked to taste a wine that I wasnt sure about and with a role of the eyes and a huge attitude I was told fine. My husband and I and the friends we were with turned to eachother and were all thinking we should have left. They werent slammed so we werent sure why it took 20 min to get 4 drinks. Then we sat down and think well we will give it a try. The wine list was so so, the food bland and over priced and the same attitude follwed us into the dining room! Our food came out basically as were taking our first bite of our apps and then when we obviously decided against desert the check was there in NO TIME FLAT!! After 300.00, I would say it was a waste of money and time and we wont be back!! We have eaten at Flemmings before and I would go there before ever going back to Eddie V's!!!! What a major let down!!!
Not impressed. – We had dinner with friends, and I was very disappointed about the menu choices.
The atmosphere was lound and crounded. Not to count the the lighting was so dark that I couldn't read my menu.
The food was just adequate, I didn't find anything special in it.
The service was nice, the waiter was competent.
But for sure I will not go back.
A pleasant surprise – Being from out of town I had never heard of Eddie V's before, but now I will never forget it! The service was amazing and the food was phenomenal. The atmosphere was crowded yes, but some how romantic. My boyfriend and I had no reservation and were accommodated at a table in the lounge. I was afraid it would be noisy and uncomfortable, but I was instantly proven wrong. The woman singer had a vintage style that was simply beautiful. Now to the food. I am a steak person, a meat and potatoes kind of girl and this meat and those twice bake potatoes changed my whole outlook. I had the 8oz steak that was cooked to perfection and juices dripped down my chin. The twice baked potatoes were like fluffy, cheesy, happy clouds in my mouth. My boyfriend had the ahi tuna and said it was one of the best he ever had. But hands down the best part of the meal was the Cinnamon Raisin Bread pudding. It has this marshmallow/meringue topping and was served piping hot ...WOW. I will be back again, but maybe with a reservation next time.
Horrible..... just simply horrible – Atmosphere: After navigating the tiny valet drive-thru, waiting in line behind cars dropping off and picking up, you finally step out and face a sea of people waiting in the same cramped valet area, all of which you must fight thru just to enter Eddie V's. Inside is yet another small and awkward area. The near suffocating atmosphere does not end there. Upon being seated (we had reservations, request for booth not honored) we were squeezed between two tables whose occupants were literally elbow to elbow to us all night. And no, this is not "just how nice restaurants are". Eddie Vs interior is like a crowded food court in a dark mall. (I'd like to add here that the men's restroom was horrible..... paper towels laying around, one little sink, and of course very cramped. Typical for a truck-stop, not so much for fine dining).
Service: Service was poor and non attentive, but that can be forgiven for a single visit.
Food: All this I could over look IF the food was great.... but such was not the case. The food was simply atrocious. Our appetizer was comically less than the "half pound" ordered and provided nothing to be desired. Our main-courses were awful... just really honestly awful. Their Hong Kong Sea-bass tasted like an old basketball which had been cut up, bleached, steamed, and covered with cheap soy sauce. My wife's Butterfish tasted like a cheap frozen filet covered in heavy cream. Oh yeah, and my martini came in what looked like a novelty sized child's cocktail glass.
We've enjoyed fine dining all over the world, so I do not make these observations lightly or without insight. You might enjoy Eddie V's if your goal is to be 6-inches from hundreds of people in a cramped and awkward setting, pay hundreds of dollars for food that can't even be described as 'acceptable', and maybe catch a glimpse of the Mayor's aid's aid on a Friday night...... but if you actually want fine dining with food that makes you smile, then stay away.
Dining Disaster!!!!! What Happened to this place????? – Where do I begin??? Do I start with the hostess at the front door, that was too busy talking to her boyfriend to acknowledge us? Or do I proceed to the bar where it took us a good 5-10 minutes to get greeted by a bartender who acted like we were bothering him by asking for a drink ( it looked like we were interrupting him from eating something not sure what it was, but shouldn't you be busy serving me??). When we finally get our drinks I find lipstick smeared on my martini glass and my husband had a glass of water that smelled like fish, and had something floating in it. We were tempted to leave but decided we would give the dining room a shot. BAD choice! The service was good, and the food was not worth the money. More than anything it was the cleanliness of the place, a busser picking his nose, a chef sticking his fingers in the sea bass, and our server sneezing into his hands while taking our order. I hate to rip the place, but really, I felt like I was going to walk out of that place with a virus. I WON'T be back!!!
Great upscale happy hour – Appetizers are half price during happy hour, and they are DELICIOUS! I love the calamari and crabcakes. The bartenders mix great martinis, and the live music is great. Get there early, this place gets busy!
Wonderful food, stingy on table availability – Great atmosphere, exceptional food and wonderful service. The yellow tail fish special was mouth watering as was the tuna tartar, and the Bailey?s chocolate cake was heaven. To say the least, I had a party in my mouth for at least two hours. Our server ?Brooks? was exceptional. He provided his honest recommendations and opinions when asked, and his personality was friendly as well as professional. Overall, an exceptional night, with great live music, and I look forward to my next visit. Money definitely well spent. The only draw back to my evening, was that we were a party of two and we were sat in the lounge at a two top table. The problem with this is there were many, many open four top tables available. Our table did not hold both of our appetizers and our bottle of wine comfortably at all. Our bread, and condiments had to be put on the table next to us to allow room for us to eat. You would think that someone noticing how crowded and uncomfortable our seating arrangement was becoming would have offered us a four top table since so many were available. Just a minor set back. Next time, I will just request a four top. Highly recommended!
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