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With a subdued ambiance, Parkside provides the ideal setting for an intimate dinner with someone special. Voted multiple times by critics and locals alike as an outstanding dining site, this restaurant on 6th Street should not be missed. Fine foods with luxurious flavors are served here, including dishes like grilled Angus steak and seared scallops. Call or see the website for more information.
When in and around the Austin campus of the University of Texas, head to the lovely Carillon. Homecoming chef Josh Watkins combines his classical training and creative instinct to re-define American classics showcased on imaginative platters. The fare is influenced by molecular gastronomy and boasts dishes like Hamachi crudo, miso marinaded mero and escolar. Dine beneath the arches, amidst antique chandeliers and elegant accents that are archetypal of the university's remarkable architecture. The experience epitomizes fine-dining in the city.
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.
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 mozzarella panino stuffed with housemade mozzarella cheese and roasted tomatoes, flat-crust pizzas, and rich pastas. 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.
The restaurant, nestled in a valley, is housed within an exquisite stone building fashioned after the farmhouses of the Italian countryside. Once inside, the menu is equally inviting, consisting of traditional yet creative Tuscan dishes with a special focus on roasted game. One signature dish is Pappardelle pasta with wild boar sauce. Provincial soups, breads, and desserts are abundant. The selection of Italian wines is especially extensive. Siena Ristorante Toscana is quite a popular destination, and the clientèle generally arrive in business or evening attire appropriate for fine dining.