ModXMan recently got to experience the highly anticipated opening of Guild, Austin’s newest hot-spot to dine, drink and be seen. We take you inside the restaurant that will be on the short list of every Austin insider.
The Chameleon Group, proprietors of two other popular restaurants near and dear to every insider, Swift’s Attic and Wu Chow, has achieved a culinary triple crown with the opening of Guild. Partnering with Chef Sterling Ridings, Guild is one of Zagat’s 30 most anticipated restaurant opening’s in 2018…and it indeeed lives up to all the hype. The restaurant is a modern take of a largely seafood menu. There’s something for everyone, with plenty of land-loving dishes should anyone have allergies to seafood.
From the moment you walk into the door of this new hot-spot located on the northwest corner of Lamar and 38th Street, you know this will be more than a meal. It will be an experience. It’s a bright, open space with familiar, friendly faces and casual-chic attire of Austin is on full display. Combine that with an aesthetic that is on par with the the best restaurants in the country, it is easy to forget for a moment that you are in Austin, and not New York or LA. The space features an open kitchen that allows you to see the chefs do their magic. It also features two bars, the first being a raw bar near the front entrance. We recommend arriving a bit before your reservation and head to the cocktail bar, located next to the open kitchen. The bar features communal tables, perfect for taking in the space and making new friends in the process.
Everything on the menu is first-class. During the course of the evening we sampled quite a few dishes. Each more stimulating to the palette than the one that preceded it. After taking your cocktail order, servers will ask you first if you’d like something from the raw bar. We recommend the Savage Harbor Blonde Oysters. If eating food directly out of the shell is not your thing, go for the Ceviche with cucumber and Thai lime soup. You will not be disappointed. The main course features familiar, yet complex foods. We highly recommend the MAC in the style of the blue box and the Atlantic Salmon. Any of these dishes pair beautifully with the Venica & Venica Pinot Grigio. If you are on a date, make a strategic decision to cap off the perfect dinner date by splitting the Chess Pie for dessert.
Guild, located at 3800 North Lamar is open Tuesday’s through Sundays. For more information and to make a reservation, click here.
Photography courtesy of Guild.