Geraldine’s -- located on the fourth floor of the swanky Hotel Van Zandt -- offers up elevated American cuisine, craft cocktails, and live music in a chic, massive space. The menu features dishes inflected by local Austin flavors, like fermented chile hush puppies with pickled fennel ranch, cornmeal-fried oyster mushrooms, and local goat tartare. Head to the rooftop bar and enjoy unparalleled views of Lady Bird Lake as you sip cocktails poolside.
Geraldine’s is classic Austin. Live music, a buzzing bar, and delicious Southern recipes signal: You’re about to have a damn fine time. It is a sharing situation, meaning plates get bigger the further you go down the menu. We suggest Snack Board and the Hamachi Crudo to start, then onto biggies like the Half Roasted Chicken—prepare to fight over the crispy potatoes—and Smoked Short Rib alongside small veg dishes like the sweet fish sauce-laden Brussel Sprouts or Smoked Carrots.