New downtown Austin brasserie with sunny patio sets opening date

New downtown Austin brasserie with sunny patio sets opening date

Le Politique downtown Austin rendering
Le Politique opens September 24. Courtesy of Clayton & Little

Say bonjour to an all-star Austin restaurant group's latest endeavor. Le Politique, the anticipated French brasserie from New Waterloo (Sway, La Condesa, South Congress Hotel, and more), will open for dinner service on September 24. 

Le Politique is situated on the ground floor of the 38-story Northshore high-rise, located at West Second and San Antonio streets. The restaurant boasts a dining room, bar, and lounge, as well as 2,400 square feet of wraparound patio space.

The restaurant will offer weekday lunch, weekend brunch, midday meals, and dinner service for downtown diners. It is helmed by executive chef Derek Salkin. His wife, Alyssa Hurlstone, will serve as pastry chef.

"Our menu will feature French classics that people crave simply because they are satisfying, generous, and familiar. That's what people want to eat, and that's what I love to cook," Salkin said earlier this year.

According to the website, the menu includes a selection of soups and salads, hors 'doeuvres, seafood, cheeses, entrees, daily specials, and more. Signature entrees include Salkin’s Truite Amandine and seared Parisian gnocchi. Housemade desserts include baked-to-order madeleines and Paris-Brest.

And for drinks, expect "old-school Texas hospitality meets French charm," says Mandi Nelson, beverage director, in a release. The team has "recreated classic French cocktails using homegrown Texas ingredients and chosen to highlight a unique selection of boutique French beers and wines."

In addition to the restaurant, Le Politique will have an adjoining patisserie and coffee shop serving breakfast and baked goods. It's expected to open in early October.

Prepare for the Parisian bistro atmosphere to lure you in, says Alexis Lanman of New Waterloo.

"It’s the kind of place where a latte turns into a long rosé lunch, friends come and go, and you can spend an entire day watching the world go by from your spot on the sunny patio."