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.
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.
A break from the fried food, burgers and pizza near the downtown bars, Koriente offers fresh, healthy food in the heart of the Red River bar scene. Open late on weekends, the Asian-inspired restaurant has a diverse clientele, from health-conscious diners to late-night snackers. The menu features lots of fresh vegetables, noodles and spicy dishes like curries and bibambap. Snacks include summer rolls, tapioca wraps and edamame. To drink, Koriente offers an extensive tea list featuring greens, blacks, reds and herbals. Bubble tea, the chilled drink with delightfully chewy tapioca pearls suspended in it, is also available in a variety of fruit or yogurt flavors.
Nestled quaintly inside an early 20th century building, The Swoop House serves some amazing delicacies, which are handcrafted by expert chefs. You not-so-regular restaurant, Swoop House also functions as an event management firm, which hosts family dinners and weekend brunches at the house. The culinary expertise that goes behind the food served here, is truly commendable. Drop in, for one of their exclusive dinner events, and get to witness the rare mix of an eclectic crowd and friendly service. To know more, or to have a look at their upcoming programs, please see their website.
Smokey Denmark is a family owned company that has been making premium smoked sausages for more than 50 years. Adhering to the highest standards in quality they offer a variety of sausages and flavors. The must try are their beef with pork, Jalapeño cheese sausage, Cajun boudin to name a few. Patrons can enjoy their sausage dishes with a glass of beer. They have a food truck beside their store where one can barbecue their favorite meal and enjoy it at the picnic tables under the shade of the trees in a relaxing atmosphere. One can also rent their food truck for an event or celebration.