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.
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.
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.
Established in 2013, by brothers Bryce and Dylan Gilmore, Odd Duck on South Lamar Boulevard serves modern American fare in a rustic contemporary setting. The menu is driven by head chef Mark David Buley and features an array of seasonally-inspired eats that are prepared using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. The Baharat Spiced Pork Chop, Wagyu Bavette, and Antelope Tataki are some of the seasonal specialties from the menu. Odd Duck's bar fare is mainly known for its craft cocktails that pair extremely well with the food on offer.
The Vince Young Steakhouse is located in Downtown Austin. The steakhouse features a warm, friendly atmosphere where you would feel comfortable on a family dinner night, date night or even a business dinner. The menu features delicious appetizers like Bison Sliders and Pork Belly, several different kinds and sizes of steak, and various other entree items such as Pan Seared Scallops, House Pasta or Pan Seared Duck Breast. The mains portions are huge, making them ideal to be shared. Also, make sure you save room for dessert!
Open since 1975, this Austin establishment has been a mainstay on the fine dining scene ever since. The complimentary valet service, charming Clarksville neighborhood setting, and exquisite cuisine prepared by expert chef Larry McGuire has this place constantly buzzing with activity. The imaginative menu will have your mouth watering as you try to decide between a bone-in New York strip steak or Akaushi ribeye and whether or not you want to top it with garlic confit and rosemary butter or béarnaise sauce. Don't forget to save room for desserts, their soufflés are often raved about.
Downtown Austin is home to Chef Andrew Curren's Italic known for its superior quality of Italian offerings perfectly paired with Italian wines. The menu features an eclectic selection of cured meats, Italian cheeses, olives and home-made focaccia. Guests can choose from an array of rustic wood-fired pizzas and farm-to-table selection of pastas made from the freshest seasonal ingredients. To top it all, pamper your sweet-tooth with gelatos and other Italian sweet confections crafted by Chef Mary Catherine Curren.
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.
After the success of Lonesome Dove Western Bistro in Fort Worth, Chef Tim Worth has opened another flagship outlet in Austin. The restaurant offers a range of steakhouse classics like brisket, rump steak, pork sausages and ribeye steaks but has a couple of more innovative dishes as well. Along with the usual pork, beef, chicken and duck, wild game is also served including rabbit, quail and elk. Sides like grilled asparagus and Texas honey as well as zippy cocktails and wines complement the rich flavors of the meat perfectly. The classy ambiance of the restaurant and the fine New American touches to the dishes truly makes for a delightful dining experience.
This local favorite doesn't disappoint even the hungriest cowboy. Southwest favorites offered in huge portions are served with a bevy of libations to boot. Think saloon atmosphere with bistro fare but don't be fooled, the food packs a big punch. Try the green Chile mac and cheese or their ever-so-juicy 22oz bone-in ribeye, to make you remember why you love Texas cooking. Locals can't get enough of the oven baked kettle of green Chile pork stew. The mood here is just as lively as the food, thanks to tasty drinks like the Roaring margaritas and other specials.
The 1886 was once the gathering point for pretty much all of Austin. With its diner-cafe feel, most flocked to The Driskill's lobby for wholesome food, the quality bar and the friendly atmosphere. The now revived 1886 Cafe and Bakery is no different. Walk across the chequered tile floor and take a seat beneath the art-deco chandeliers. The 1886 Bakery opens early and offers great chocolate croissants, muffins and aromatic coffee. If you're in for breakfast, the skillets or Benedicts are just what you need. The lunch and dinner menus cover a good range of pasta, salads and steaks. It may say 1886, but step in and you know, it's still Austin chic.