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 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.
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.
Justine's Brasserie serves up some of the best food in Austin. Specializing the French cuisine, Justine's is located in a very stylish small house in East Austin. No reservations are accepted, so be prepared to wait for a table at this popular spot. When you get a seat, make sure to start your meal with the escargot, one of the most popular dishes here.
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.
This sunset gazers' spot features a mainly Tex-Mex menu, but it's really the view that's the main attraction here. With tiered decks stair-stepped down the side of a 450-foot cliff overlooking Lake Travis, The Oasis on Lake Travis has a table with a view for everyone. It is a magnet for tourists and locals alike. The food is moderately priced, but who can quibble with prices when the sunset is so priceless?
Bringing a unique flair to the American cuisine, Oasthouse Kitchen + Bar is a hotspot for sports fans and friends looking to have a good time. Serving the traditional Lamb Burger, Bison Burger, Cubano Burger and more, you can also opt for something more wholesome like Lamb Chops or Texas Shepherd's Pie. There is plenty of drinks to go around and the ambiance is laid-back and spacious, with bar style seating as well as regular seating. Ambient golden lighting and white walls creates a soothing atmosphere, which makes it perfect to catch up or watch a big game.
An original ranch land once punctuated with rodeos and cattle, Steiner Ranch is today the reference point for Texan steakhouses. Steeped in history, the restaurant carries the family legacy forward with an authentic menu of steaks, seafood and more. Opt for Bobby's House Special, sirloin with shrimp in béarnaise sauce or a Cowgirl Ribeye served with their signature sides. They pride themselves on an unrivaled wine cellar that makes for great pairings. The three-leveled establishment features several elegant dining areas that boasts stunning views of Lake Travis and the beautiful landscape.
This is bare-bones Texas barbecue, complete with picnic tables and plastic checkered red and white table cloths. Fresh bread is baked daily along with dishes like green chili stew, and Rudy's signature creamed corn. Your barbecue entrees come served on white butcher paper and range from the Barbecue Beef Sandwich, to the Combination Platter of sausage, chicken and beef ribs. The country store offers goodies like ice cream, candy and sodas.
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.