Rated as one of the top restaurants in Texas, Uchi is a very romantic restaurant with dimly lit lanterns. If you want some privacy, then the sushi bar is for you. For an appetizer, try the Yokai Berry, Sakana Carpaccio and Machi Cure. Make sure you leave some room for desserts, the creme caramel, gelato and panna cotta are delectable. As for the selection of sakes, it is wise to come in for the daily Sake Social to sample small bites and sakes that pair perfectly.
With its menu of Italian bistro cuisine and charming interior, Enoteca Vespaio offers a less expensive but still fresh and high-quality alternative to Vespaio, its sister restaurant next door. Enoteca boasts offerings like the panini stuffed with housemade mozzarella cheese and roasted tomatoes, flat-crust pizzas, and rich portions of pasta. Fresh ingredients are in abundance. The dessert case at the entrance offers a glimpse at their tarts, cookies, and cannoli. Sunday brunch offers a selection of egg dishes and sweet breakfasts like pancakes and freshly made bread. The interior is small but welcoming, and the outdoor patio at Enoteca Vespaio allows diners to gaze at passers-by strolling down South Congress.
Serving chef-prepared cuisine inspired by the La Condesa neighborhood in Mexico City, La Condesa offers upscale street food and tweaked home-style dishes in an energetic, airy atmosphere designed by acclaimed architect Michael Hsu. The menu contains street favorites like tacos and elotes, whole corn cobs served on a stick with cotija cheese and chili powder, as well as composed dishes like a Sunday Chicken with potato gratin and a butternut squash-stuffed chile relleno. La Condesa focuses on using local ingredients whenever possible for the best flavor. At the bar, award-winning cocktails are mixed, and a selection of over 80 tequilas is available.
Enjoy a special evening with elegant New American dishes lovingly prepared by meticulous chefs at the Launderette. The elite venue in East Austin has garnered rave reviews for its sumptuous meals and enjoys steady patronage. The décor is ultra-modern with luxurious leather seats, polished furnishings and upholstery. The food consists of a Prix-fixe menu of four courses featuring dishes like Squid Ink Cavatelli, Boneless Sardine, Rabbit Terrine and French Onion Soup. A separate menu catering to children is also offered.
Whip In has Indian-infused breakfast items available until 2 p.m., perfect for late risers. Naan (Indian flatbread), scrambled eggs, cheese and your choice of chutney (a spiced, Indian condiment) makes up the breakfast naan (cilantro chutney is rather appetizing). As if that wasn't enough, they also have an impressive beer selection on tap, a vegan/vegetarian grocery aisle, a wine and beer area, and a tobacconist with Indian candles & incense.
Set in an attractive stone building, Clay Pit serves mostly North Indian food. The chef Maqbool Ahmed is the real McCoy, having served a stint at the Oberoi Hotel in New Delhi, and has brought his panache for the tandoor to Austin. A must eat at this restaurant is the tandoori platter bedecked with chicken, lamb, broccoli, tomatoes and even zucchini. As always, Indian restaurants are a haven for vegetarians and this is no exception, serving dahl, paneer and a lot of veggie curries.
At Gloria's Latin Cuisine, delicious Latin-American cuisine is served in a warm, cozy and comfortable atmosphere. Here you get to taste a little of everything from tamales, plantains, papas to fajitas, enchiladas and more, everything is served with salsa and warm black bean dip, which is heavenly. The menu is dominated by Latin-American specials with few Mexican dishes. They are also known to serve some of the best margaritas in town and they also house a full bar. Their waiters and staff are really friendly, warm and welcoming, known to make you feel as ease as soon as you enter. On Saturday nights, the place turns into a dancing hub as they push aside the tables to make room for you to welcome you weekends.
Perry's Steakhouse and Grille takes steakhouse to a whole new level. Perry's is a fine dining experience in downtown Austin that will serve up a memorable night starting with it's pristine interior. With its white-linen drapes, rustic browns and modern decor, it sets a perfect backdrop for the night's festivities. The steaks are Perry's specialties and are grilled to perfection. Service is quick and prompt, and the servers provide diners with useful suggestions with their pick of delightful cocktails such as raspberry crusta and Mexican Martini.
How often do you see a business establishment having a split identity? Halcyon does just that. During the day, it has a relaxed atmosphere and serves coffee. But by night, it transforms itself into a classy lounge, offering delicious food and drinks. This place may portray some sort of identity crisis but that shouldn't stop you from paying a visit. They're famous for their s'mores--you can actually roast your own marshmallows at your table!
Péché is French for 'sin' and this is definitely the place to go to for wickedly delicious cocktails. This locale offers fine French fare, with daily specials that include everything fromm quintessentially French soups and grilled veal porterhouse to lamb cassoulet and pork involtini. They have an envious drink menu that consists of its famous pre-prohibition cocktails like the classic Sazerac or the more contemporary ones like the fig Manhattan, not to mention it's Austin's first absinthe bar. Stop on by for a trip to the old world of classy cuisine at Péché
The Hideout Coffeehouse is believed to be Austin's oldest self-made coffee shop and its rustic decor with exposed-brick walls which are adorned with humbles paintings, is a lovely reminisce of times gone-by. During mornings, the place caters to hungry patrons waiting to gorge on scrumptious breakfast specials omelettes, eggs, bacon, baked goods and delicious coffees. As evenings approach, The Hideout Coffeehouse serves beer and wine along with sandwiches, and other delights. Take your order to the in-house theater and enjoy your meals in the company of talented comedians. The Hideout Coffeehouse is a true hidden gem of Austin.
Little Woodrow's has a beautiful extended patio with a firepit, it is perfect for a night with friends or for a romantic date night. It is a nice place to grab a drink, you have a variety of draft beers to select from and they also house a full bar. There is everything to suit your taste as well as your mood. The interiors are also spacious enough to accommodate larger groups, and they house a number of television, so if you wish to catch a good game in the company of a good beer, head to Little Woodrow's. The bar prices are a bit high but the perfect ambiance and generous pours will make sure you are happily high!