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.
This dynamic fine dining establishment is a favorite among Austin denizens. With cool tones and Japanese rice paper displayed in the windows, Wink is known for their fresh seafood and innovative dishes. Truly a farm to table restaurant, Wink strives to source local ingredients from local purveyors and even has its seafood selections flown in daily from both coasts. Along with a seasonal menu, the wine list features a rotating selection of 70 vintage labels and varieties.
This stylish restaurant is located in an elegant little bungalow in East Austin. Specializing the French cuisine, Justine's is known for its casual atmosphere and lively crowds of people. When in town, head over for a night-out with your group at this place and spend hours of fun as you relish French delicacies, sip refreshing cocktails, and watch the world go by in the breezy, spacious patio. Try their special escargots, in-house charcuterie, or steak tartare and pair it with a delicious glass of wine to complete the experience.
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.
Step inside this hacienda-style restaurant and find yourself whisked south of the border by the Mexican interior, where fine food is served in a charming colonial atmosphere. Chef Roberto Sabatinez has added his own creative dishes to the menu of old favorites, including a wonderfully imaginative chile relleno that employs an ancho chile rather than the usual poblano. Traditional dishes are well prepared and the desserts go beyond the flan usually offered at many Mexican restaurants. Brunch is not to be missed; especially for those who love the Mexican custom of making the late morning meal a long, leisurely affair.
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.
Group therapy lodged within Hotel ZaZa's building, is a contemporary restaurant which serves decent, palette-enriching and authentic American food. For diners who prefer traditional American cuisine and mostly enjoy hanging out with their families or groups, then Group therapy stays amongst the best options. Ear-pleasing live music and dim lighting adds to its cozy ambience. Separated lounge areas, and a pool are some of the additional amenities that one can avail of while visiting Group Therapy. This American restaurant and bar serve its diners four different menus, catering to their varied tastes. Whether you want to spend time with your family, or friends or plan a romantic night with your date, Group Therapy can cater to all unique needs.
The legacy of the "Father of Texas", Stephen Fuller Austin, lives on at this terrace bar on the second floor of the Intercontinental Stephen F Austin Hotel. Come and enjoy the view from the balcony while sipping on any of the drinks from the bar's wine or martini menu. Call or see the website for more information.
Elegantly appointed with intricate ceilings and plush furnishings, The Driskill Grill is indeed one of those places to dine for special occasions. This elite steakhouse serves sublime steaks and seafood that are indeed feast to the eyes and palate. The candle-lit ambiance ensures, that a romantic dinner is also a fabulous option. Reservations are highly recommended.
If you love Italian cuisine, La Traviata gives you another reason to smile. Headed by Chef Marion Gilchrist, the restaurant is known for not only authentic Italian cuisine but a menu that is prepared from local and fresh ingredients. From fresh salads to pasta, the delicacies are made in fresh vegetables and meats from chicken, duck, veal, and seafood to name a few. Delectable desserts like Tiramisu and a wide assortment of wine are perfect to pair with your Italian fare. The casual yet Italian ambiance of wooden and rustic decor, embellished with striking candelabras is ideal for a romantic dinner or a relaxed group outing.
Whether it's for an evening of drinks or a satisfying meal, Trace is a sophisticated eatery that is worth returning to time and again. Located at the W Hotel in downtown Austin, this restaurant is a great place to dine even if you're not staying at the W hotel. Trace's chefs provide guests with masterful cuisine concoctions that are sure to leave you wanting more. What's surprising is that all foods are seasonal and organic fare that originated from the farms around Austin. But these well-trained chefs aren't constricted by the lack of food options, instead, their creativity shines through.