Located to the north of Austin, Eddie V's offers Gulf coastal cuisine and specializes in seafood and steaks. The menu comprises extraordinary dishes, such as oysters, shrimp, Maine lobster, Ahi tuna, calamari, crab and shellfish. Head to the V Lounge to enjoy live jazz music as you devour a wide selection of wines and cocktails. Happy hours and the elegant ambience will make it difficult to resist. Host your event at Eddie V's Prime Seafood, be it a business meet or a celebration, the amicable staff will ensure it's a success.
Midnight Cowboy occupies a space that was once a brothel, with a bare red lightbulb being the only indicator of the existence of this speakeasy on the infamous street. Interiors have been completely overhauled and now sport a sleek and stylish vibe. Ornate light fittings, plush private booths and Victorian-themed wallpapers make up the intimate space. On offer is a refined selection of cocktails, mixed with skill by the bar team, some done tableside with much flourish by the period-attired bartenders. Reservations are recommended as only a limited number can be seated at the intimate bar.
With a trendy yet relaxed vibe, District Kitchen+Cocktails is a great place to stop by for a fun night out with friends or family. A great place to socialize, the restaurant features a bar area as well as an outdoor patio and happy hour specials ensure a steady stream of regular customers stopping by for a post-work drink or an early dinner. With a menu focused on fresh, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, the restaurant serves up a nice selection of New American fare. Popular favorites include the shishito peppers, hog wings, octopus braised in sofrito and the truffle prosciutto flatbread. Pair your meal with a craft beer, glass of wine or one of their craft cocktails for a complete experience.
The adage, 'looks can be deceiving', is quite true when it comes to Freda's Seafood Grille. With a charming brickwork facade and an interior beautifully furnished in wood, Freda's exudes upscale elegance; even the dishes, from the rich flavors to the presentation, stays in tune. But do not fall into the misconception that you will be paying through your nose, as your visit to this restaurant will go easy on your pockets. The menu focuses on fresh catch from the sea, offering a diverse range of fish, shrimp, crab and lobster, with a small selection of steaks to please the meat lovers. Choose a champagne or wine to augment your dining experience at Freda's.
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.
From its dining room on one of the trendiest corners of South Congress Avenue, Perla's serves fresh seafood, decadent desserts and strong drinks, as well as prime people-watching opportunities on their large, shaded wooden patio. With a wide selection of cold bar items like clams, oysters and shrimp, entrees like bouillabaisse and grilled fish, diners will have their seafood cravings satisfied. Perla's desserts include apple pies with Cheddar cheese and huge ice cream sundaes. The bar menu boasts a large wine selection, along with several signature cocktails, in addition to the classics. Sunday Brunch offers the classics like omeletes along with seafood items like lobster and crab cakes.
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.
No matter your style, you won't be disappointed at Cru, A Wine Bar. This small chain is a great addition to Austin's lively 2nd Street District. An alluring al fresco sidewalk patio draws crowds for wine flights and sharing plates, while the breezy French doors lure parties inside for a sit-down dinner. Cru pours over 50 wines by the glass and has hundreds of high-dollar bottles waiting on the wine racks to be uncorked. Their menu is contemporary cuisine and pays particular attention to food from France, Asia, and the Wine Country. Try a wine flight as you people-watch or splurge on their poached salmon and a bottle of Patz & Hall chardonnay.
The Dogwood is both an indoor and outdoor bar, with plenty of room to accommodate the crowds that flock here. The inside area can seat up to 200 people, is furnished with custom-made booths and chairs, and features a live music stage. The outdoor area is made up of 4000 square feet, a full-service bar, a stage surrounded by elevated seating, and HD televisions! Call or see the website for more information.