Joan Gillcrist, Proprietor

Owner of Andiamo!, which opened in 1995 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Joan began her culinary career working with her sister and realized she loved the restaurant business. Years of hosting a variety of interesting and sophisticated guests and working with a fantastic group of cooks and servers helped Joan create an award-winning and beloved neighborhood restaurant in Santa Fe that she is excited to duplicate in Austin.  Joan is delighted to partner with Marion again and bring 68 Degrees Kitchen to life.

Marion Gillcrist, Chef

Owner of La Traviata in Austin, Marion has run kitchens at a long list of restaurants: Coyote Café, La Traviata, Café Escalera, SantaCafe, The Double A, and the Cowboy in Santa Fe. She moved back to Austin in 2002 to open La Traviata on Congress Avenue, back when driving and parking downtown was easy. Marion has also served as chef de cuisines for famed chefs Mark Miller, Steven Pyles, and David Tanis.  Her extensive 30 plus years of restaurant experience come through in the quality of ingredients, the seemless blending of flavors and the professional consistency of the staff.

Our Space

68 Degrees is an ingredient-driven scratch kitchen: an Italian classic specializing in made-in-house food with local ingredients. Serving up classic Italian pastas and plates, along with an extensive wine and beer list, long-time restauranteurs Joan and Marion Gillcrist are excited to bring their culinary expertise to the neighborhood. Located near Lady Bird Lake at Deep Eddy Pool, just west of downtown Austin, we are a gathering place for families and friends in a casual, elegant environment.

Press & Accolades

“I am a big fan of this place due to the location, the affordable pricing, decent parking situation, excellent drink selection and good service. A nice place with a laid back feel and zero pretentiousness.”

Ashley S.,  Yelp, October 10, 2017

“Then 68 Degrees opened, off the beaten path when it comes to upscale dining. Adjacent to Deep Eddy Cabaret on Lake Austin Boulevard, it’s a neighborhood joint filled with families, teenagers, couples and seniors, which makes it all the more charming. The lamp-lit dining room with wood accents has a warm, inviting glow—an appropriate match for its unpretentious yet refined menu.”

Kimya Kavehkar, Austin Monthly, January 9, 2017

“We started with crisp calamari with house-made lemon aioli and the daily bruschetta with roasted figs and ricotta. A complex and rich plate of house-made pasta with spicy lamb sausage (and a light tomato sauce with roasted red peppers and spinach) was a revelation of deep flavors and indulgence.”

Texas Monthly, November 2016

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