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J Carver's, Austin, TX

J Carver's

4.9
4.9
1609 Reviews
$50 and over
Steakhouse


J Carver's Oyster Bar & Chophouse features market fresh oysters & premium wood grilled steaks. Nestled in West 6th District of Downtown Austin, John Carver, Owner and Chef delivers an elevated classic fine dining experience featuring a gorgeous raw & oyster bar and intimate dining experience.

In order to honor all reservations booked, we ask that all bookings adhere to our suggested dining time frame. Please contact our reservationist if you have additional questions. Our time frames are as follows
2 people - 2 hours
3 people - 2 hr 15 minutes
4-5 people - 2 hr 30 minutes
6-7 people - 2hr 45 minutes
8+ people - 3 hours

Please reach out to our reservationist for private dining.
We offer Valet at $12 daily

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 81 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, Oyster Bar, Seafood
  • Hours of Operation
    Bar Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (512) 782-0650
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Executive Chef
    John Carver
  • Private party facilities
    Private Dining at J Carver's offers an intimate dining setting elevated by an ultimate luxury experience. Perfect for family gatherings, business dinners, or any special occasion.
  • Private party contact
    Keri Black: (512) 782-0650
  • Area
    Downtown
  • Cross Street
    Rio Grande and 6th street
  • Parking Details
    We offer Valet parking in a garage for our guests $10. Valet is stationed right in front of the restaurant for your convenience.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,609 people are saying

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4.9
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  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.6Value

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1,609 Reviews
  1. MelissaE

    Baja California Sur

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food and service/) ambiance. Would recommend to all coming to Austin Texas for a fine dining experience.

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  2. ChrisC

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a pleasure- they know the meaning of hospitality and wonderful food !!

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  3. MelissaG

    Austin

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The hospitality, service, and the food are always impeccable. If you have a small wait, they take care of you. There is a reason J Carvers has so many 5 star ratings.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was one of my most favorite dinners. The overall experience was one of a kind. I would highly recommend it if you are looking for a nice steak/seafood dinner. Solid!

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  5. BeckyB

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful evening celebrating sister’s bday. Highly recommend. Great service. Kind of old school ambiance which we appreciated. Food was fabulous. We loved everything that we ordered especially the crab cake and the bananas foster bread pudding. My only recommendation would be to add some more better beers to the menu. Maybe a Stella Artois or Heineken. Otherwise a perfect evening! Cheers to another visit soon!

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  6. Magnum

    Austin

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were seated promptly. It was great to see a few new additions to the menu. The oysters were so good that we ordered a second dozen. We ordered the Dover sole and seared tuna. Both were delicious. The drink orders were a little slow, but we really enjoyed our evening.

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  7. LynnB

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tastiest food in town! Espresso Martini is full bodied coffee flavor but I dont think you will ever eat a better crab cake in your life and the potato gnocci- out of this world.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Central Texas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hands down my favorite restaurant in Downtown Austin. Kinda sucks that our 4 Year Anniversary wasn't acknowledged. Service was still great. Of all the times I've dined here, the bartender informed me that my medium steak would be a warm red center when it's usually a warm pink center. So my steak was a little rare for my liking this time. I just decided to eat around it which was unfortunate. Had dessert at another restaurant since they neglected to acknowledge our anniversary.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Caviar and bone marrow are perfect. Dripped in gold is nice . Seasoning and cooking for the fry oyster can’t be even better . Only the steak from the carpet bag style is over seasoned. When I mentioned about it , the waiter just ask me if I want to take it togo.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Phenomenal service & food. Our server was so attentive professional & we had a great time

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  11. Jessejames

    Houston

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was great- little pricey, but overall a solid experience.

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  12. Sage

    Houston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best restaurants in Austin!! The ambience is fantastic and feels like a cool speakeasy bar while the food is up to par with its sister restaurant, Red Ash. The service was amazing, and our waiter, Brandon, was highly knowledgable about the entire menu and wine list. The garlic bread (!!!!) and seafood appetizers are not to be missed (Tuna Tartare and Smoked Hamachi) and the Cod special was one of the best seafood dishes I've ever had. The entrees and sides were all fantastic as well and the chocolate cake dessert was fantastic. The drinks were also amazing, no bad things to say!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything we had from the menu was incredible. The caviar, steak tartare, Italian bread, and porterhouse were all delicious.

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  14. DavidH

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 11 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best dining experiences I've had in a while. So good, we went back the next night. Please open a location in Orange County, CA...they will line up down the street!

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  15. IsaacL

    Austin

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent. Very loud though. Would go back for a special occasion.

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  16. BrianS

    Austin

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 10 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a spectacular experience. Service, food, and ambiance is perfect for an intimate evening.

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  17. winedivva

    Dallas

    99 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    99 reviews

    Dined on 8 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    ALWAYS delicious! a surprisingly tasty crabcake started our evening, love the ambiance and the steaks are DIVINE. We survived the protesters who had bullhorns and were loud and disruptive but were quickly ushered out. The staff rocks!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience will go back every time we are in Austin

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  19. CariW

    Austin

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for a birthday celebration! Wonderful service, delicious food!

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  20. NinaT

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everybody was so kind and accommodating, considering there were delayed flights, and we know it’s a busy place. Our waiter. Brad was awesome. We also stayed a little after closing catching up with our college kids and they didn’t fuss at us about it. So gracious thanks.

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  21. ImaniM

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love J carvers! The seafood is amazing and fresh. You can get full from just the outstanding appetizers. The drinks are creative and delicious. Not to mention the steak!! Run don’t walk if you want a nice meal with amazing service!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was awesome! From the second we walked in and were greeted, until we left, it couldn’t have been a better experience.

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  23. ATXKaren

    Austin

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 3 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly, helpful staff, great service, and delicious food! We’ll be back!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We came to celebrate a special birthday, and were not disappointed. Everything was amazing! 

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Place was nice but promised items were not delivered. We came to celebrate my husband's birthday and as soon as we entered the lady said that they would now bring us champagne, which we never received. They forgot about us or simply ignored us. Drinks and menu items were very expensive. Compared to other restaurants in this range, value to cost just wasn’t the same.

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  26. Hanna

    Austin

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Clearly all around best high end restaurant in Austin. Never an off night

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  27. HunterATX

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful service— friendly and accommodating from the moment of arrival in this beautiful space. The service were experts on the menu, and the food was out-of-this-world. The only bugaboo was that the waiting area was a tad cramped, once more people arrived, but otherwise it was a phenomenal evening with zero problems start to finish.

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  28. JackieB

    Austin

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best service experience in Austin! Great job team!

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  29. FrenchE

    San Antonio

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 29 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the best dinner! Short ribs was the special and was so delicious. Wine selection is amazing!

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  30. MarkK

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great time/experience. Can't beat the food and service!

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  31. Fitbuffy

    Nashville

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 26 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were celebrating a home closing with best friends and Chris our server was fantastic! Helped make the experience exciting and fun, enjoyable with great food and wine pairings, and surprised us with his favorite dessert- the strawberry vacheron, refreshing and delightful!

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  32. PepperP

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a fantastic meal and experience! Austin’s best restaurant!!

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  33. SherryF

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    J Carver is always such a wonderful dining experience. The food is great, the staff is so friendly and welcoming. Bartender/ Server Brendan is always so knowledgeable and helpful when making food suggestions and selecting the best bottles of wine. He is the best! I highly recommend and we will definitely be back.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was one of the best meals I have had in years. I highly recommend this restaurant if you are looking for a delicious meal in a cool restaurant with exceptional service. Brennan our bartender made the perfect Manhattan!

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  35. DARRYLD

    Austin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Steak taste like lighter fluid. Drinks were pretty Good.

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  36. LorieN

    Austin

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 17 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    J Carver’s is always a Hit!!! We enjoy every bit of our experience each and every time we visit! From the arrival to the end of our meal. Food, drinks and service are top notch! This is the best place in Austin!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 16 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was an outstanding experience. Thank you so much for making my dad’s birthday so special!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The most amazing staff took care of us on our anniversary dinner. The ambiance was fantastic, very intimate. Food was top notch and Ryan our server made sure we felt at home! Thank you for the memories you helped us create! We can’t wait to come back!

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  39. ShelbyL

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 16 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place that’s little more upscale and trendy that’s not corny. Food and drinks on point

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  40. Reginald

    Saskatoon

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 13 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as always. Not one complaint. Keep up the great service.

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FAQs

J Carver's offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (512) 782-0650.

J Carver's is rated 4.9 stars by 1609 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 81 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for J Carver's

509 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78701

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Rio Grande and 6th street
  • Area
    Downtown
  • Hours of Operation
    Bar Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, Oyster Bar, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    We offer Valet parking in a garage for our guests $10. Valet is stationed right in front of the restaurant for your convenience.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    John Carver
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (512) 782-0650
  • Private party facilities
    Private Dining at J Carver's offers an intimate dining setting elevated by an ultimate luxury experience. Perfect for family gatherings, business dinners, or any special occasion.
  • Private party contact
    Keri Black: (512) 782-0650
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