06 December 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Gumbo’s of Round Rock, TX (Restaurant)

The husband and I don’t often go out for a nice dinner, just the two of us. We usually have kids with us or we go with friends. Not a problem, but we wanted to really just go somewhere nice and quiet and enjoy. I really wanted seafood and he’s a Cajun fan. Several of our friends recommended this place so we decided to give it a go.

We got there and, after poking around, found the entrance. We were seated in a small little room to the right. Looked perfect, we were obviously a couple out alone for the night. There was another couple there with two small kids, but they were finishing up so it was fine. We ordered the fried crawfish tails (which were amazing, seriously amazing!).

In the meantime, the hostess and and waitstaff were rearranging the room a little. A little noisy for a $150 dinner, but okay… and then came in grandparents, parents and 3 kids. This seemed odd to me. The restaurant doesn’t look small and while I have nothing against bringing kids to nice restaurants (I bring mine all the time). I really do blame the hostess. You simply don’t sit a couple out together next to a table with kids. Especially because there weren’t that many people there. We were really disappointed in this.

My husband had the steak (which he loved) and I had the tortilla crusted salmon. He said his steak was great and my salmon was to absolute die for. The chef’s potatoes that night were amazing. Dessert was a shared key lime pie that was absolutely fabulous and was plenty to share. The food here is absolutely delicious, for sure. Well worth the cash we laid down for it — had the full experience been worth it…

…. and then the kid at the next table made a vomit joke and we were reminded that their seating procedures obviously need work. Not even the gigantic long island iced tea I had covered up for that fact.

Overall, I must admit we were disappointed. I was expecting the waitstaff to be a little more attentive to the fact that we were out to be alone, not listen to someone else’s kid. I also think they disappeared a little too readily. We were out on Wednesday night, the place wasn’ that busy. We did that by design because we wanted a nice quiet night out.

Would we go back? Probably not. Honestly, the food is really great, but not $150 great. Louisiana Longhorn is really good as well – without the pretense (and with kids anyway). I’m still on the hunt for a great seafood restaurant up this way… Eddie V’s and Truluck’s is next on the list to try.

From their website:
Let us spice up your evening with our food, voted Austin’s Best Cajun/ Creole style cuisine in town! From our tempting tenderloins to our fresh fish dishes to our divine desserts, Gumbo’s has something in store for you! Journey over to our quaint quarters nestled inside an edifice built in the 1800’s! Our homelike atmosphere and dining experience will have you talking to your friends about how you found the diamond in the rough in Round Rock, Texas. With unique entreés for both lunch and dinner, you will have a tough time losing interest in our extensive selection of dishes—even if you have been dining with us for the past decade!

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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