NO VA is a Spanish phrase meaning “it doesn’t go”. The modern two story building that now houses NO VA Kitchen & Bar is a striking contrast to the historic buildings on Rainey Street. NO VA. The menu offers home-spun twists on sophisticated classics, like beet marinated sirloin.

NO VA Kitchen & Bar

Address: 87 Rainey St
Phone: (512) 382-5651

Opening hours:

  • Monday closed
  • Sunday, Tuesday – Thursday 6pm – 11pm
  • Friday – Saturday 6pm – 12am

Simple offering:

  • a modern Texan restaurant in the center of the historic district
  • classic food
  • pizza
  • tacos

More information:

Chef Brad Sorenson combines his culinary talents with his love of making smile to deliver adventurous yet approachable dishes that will appeal to the eclectic palates of Rainey Street residents and frequenters.

The restaurant’s opening menu will feature full dinner service, plus a late-night pizza and tacos menu that any bar fly would stay up for.

NO VA is a beautiful, modern restaurant surrounded by the history of the Rainey Street. The white walls and the romantic atmosphere make it unique and this is why it stands out from the other restaurants on the street. When you are walking down Rainey you will never expect to find such a modern and futuristic place and you will love it. Moreover, the menu isn’t very big, but the dishes are extremely well chosen and the chef prepares them with great attention so you will fall in love with this place. Also, you can choose the daily menu and enjoy a delicious and affordable meal.

This is the best place you can choose if you are a modern and sophisticated person. You can blend the town’s history with a modern and futuristic meal and your visit will be a hit. You will enjoy Austin’s finest cuisine in a romantic restaurant, while admiring the beautiful bungalows through the big windows.

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The Chef
Brad Sorenson’s passion for simply feeding people was cultivated at an early age. Born in Wisconsin, but raised in Concord, Michigan, a small town he proudly refers to as home, despite his nomadic adolescence. After graduating from the culinary institute of America, Brad successfully opened his first restaurant in Columbus, Ohio. A few years later he landed in Austin, Texas and was cast in The Next Food Network Star and competed on CHOPPED. Not long after filming wrapped, he started dreaming up his next project, NO VA.

The atmosphere
The renovated house was a modern flair, unlike its neighbors. White walls and large windows give a fresh air vibe that makes the most of Austin’s natural sunshine. A dual sided fireplace connects the patio to the full-service bar. Adorned with brass light fixtures and mid-century touches, the downstairs area also boasts a private dining room for special occasions. A statement light fixture hangs over a plush l-shaped leather sofa that connects to the upstairs space. The second level holds the main dining room and outdoor balcony seating overlooking Rainey Street. A cozy booth with the sample plush leather from downstairs is sure to be the hot table.