Lenoir is the complete package. The first thing we noticed about the place wasn’t even its interior (beautiful) or its service (excellent) or its backyard wine bar (awesome) - we were initially struck by the comfortable volume level of the place. For reasons unknown, it’s rare to find an acoustically pleasant fine dining experience in Austin. Lenoir is a restaurant whose experience actually matches the quality of food.
Lenoir’s atmosphere can only be described as shabby chic (forgive us): it feels like a fancy farmhouse, and the overall effect is really special. The friendly waitstaff inside this little house on South First are patient and respectful of crafting a slower-paced, dynamite meal consisting of farm-to-table plates that come in a $45 prix-fixe three-course format. The seating is extremely limited - there are maybe three or four tables - so book ahead if you want to dine inside. The backyard wine bar is a bit more casual, and you can show up without a reservation.
Lenoir serves what they like to “Hot Weather Food,” which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: food that’s right for a hot climate. Nothing heavy, nothing greasy. Everything here is super light and fresh. In other words, it’s the exact opposite of traditional Texas cuisine - and it’s really great. The menu is constantly changing, but check the food rundown below for a sense of what you’ll eat at Lenoir. You’ll probably be pleased no matter what.
Because you’re the king of the f*cking jungle, that’ why.
Light, refreshing, and beautifully plated. This is the bread and butter of Lenoir.
The best appetizer we tried, by far. Super satisfying, super flavorful.