Austin Eating places for Particular Events: Need some atmosphere to go along with your meals? No drawback. – Meals

Uchiko (Photograph by John Anderson) Eating out isn’t simply in regards to the meals on…

Austin Eating places for Particular Events: Need some atmosphere to go along with your meals? No drawback. – Meals

Uchiko (Photograph by John Anderson)

Eating out isn’t simply in regards to the meals on the plate. It’s about attentive service, attractive lighting, elegant cutlery, a rest room with a playful décor, and 1,000,000 different variables that may rework dinner out into an distinctive expertise. In brief: severe vibes. Listed below are 20-plus eating places serving up a memorable evening out.


1011 S. Congress, Bldg 2 #180

It’s actually one thing once you nearly can’t determine which is extra attractive – a restaurant’s aesthetic or its Mediterranean-inspired fare. Lush greenery accents the multi-tiered patio, and the darkish attractive inside insists you imbibe, however dishes like charred eggplant unfold, black garlic shrimp scampi, and coconut cream shortcake steal the present. Pair with any cocktail from their spectacular bar program.

Barley Swine

Barley Swine (Photograph by John Anderson)

6555 Burnet Rd. #400

Once we speak about restaurateurs that helped put Austin on the meals metropolis map, a number of James Beard Award finalist Bryce Gilmore – govt chef and co-owner of Barley Swine, Odd Duck, and Bitter Duck Market – is up there with the most effective. His acclaimed positive eating restaurant Barley Swine, opened in 2010, spotlights his dedication to seasonal elements with an all the time beautiful tasting menu.

Satan Might Care

500 W. Sixth

Typically we wish to feast on the best of high-end, impeccably crafted Mediterranean meals. Typically we wish to take friends to a contemporary nightclub that reminds us of our poshest nights of youth in Athens and Cairo. Shock: We are able to fulfill each of these sensual needs proper right here in ATX.

DipDipDip Tatsu-ya

DipDipDip Tatsu-ya (Photograph by John Anderson)

7301 Burnet Rd. #101

In case you’re seeking to play along with your meals, this nontraditional, decadent shabu-shabu expertise is bound to please. It’s interactive: Swoosh your slices – wagyu beef, farm field veggies, kurobuta sausage, Hello-Fi Mycology ’shrooms – in your very personal scorching pot and dip (dip dip). Anticipate a beautiful atmosphere, 4 lovable Tatsu-ya broths, and twists like shiso kosho queso.

Emmer & Rye

51 Rainey #110

Heirloom grains meet dim sum-style small plates at certainly one of Austin’s most revolutionary eating places. A world perspective translated through hyperlocal seasonal elements manifests as pork loin with barbecued loquats, roasted carrots with wild pecan mole, and quite a lot of pastas made with thoughtfully chosen grains.


Hestia (Photograph by John Anderson)

607 W. Third

The sultry eating room’s 20-foot customized fireside exalts the eponymous Greek goddess at this Emmer & Rye sibling restaurant. Smoky flavors abound, and vivid bites like rockfish crudo with smoked blackberry pair with expert-level transformations of contemporary and foraged produce – an umami crown jewel is the lion’s mane mushroom with blackened koji and charcoal.


Intero (Photograph by John Anderson)

2612 E. Cesar Chavez

What do you get when a chocolatier (Krystal Craig) and her chef husband (Ian Thurwachter) launch an Italian restaurant targeted on utilizing the entire animal and domestically sourced produce? An ultramodern sustainable restaurant that’s simply as variety to the palate as it’s to the planet.


Jeffrey’s (Photograph by John Anderson)

1204 W. Lynn

Jeffrey’s is a uncommon traditional institution the place heart-stopping costs really equate to positive eating. [Perfectly seasoned and seared steaks are the centerpiece of the menu, but even those who aren’t carnivores can make a meal of the sides and salads that are just as legendary as the delectable meat.


Justine’s (Photo by John Anderson)

4710 E. Fifth

Voted by Austin Chronicle readers the best spot in Austin for a romantic dinner, this iconic Eastside brasserie serves a refined menu of French delicacies complemented by an immaculate atmosphere and meticulously curated playlists that elevate evenings of fun into romance, and romance into fun.


Lenoir (Photo by John Anderson)

1807 S. First

Why Lenoir? Often cited as the best restaurant in town: Check. Incredible, artful food: Check. Super cute location in a house on South First: Check. Owners who are universally beloved: Check. Maybe the best service in all of Austin: Check. Why not Lenoir? We’ll get back to you.


Lutie’s (Photo by John Anderson)

4100 Red River St.

This culinary paradise at the Commodore Perry Estate is elegantly appointed and redolent of how locally sourced foods can represent the finest of contemporary dining à la chef Bradley Nicholson. Not-so-secret weapon: pastry chef Susana Querejazu. We’re in love with the “green dish.”


Olamaie (Photo by John Anderson)

1610 San Antonio St.

When talking about foods that define the Southern culinary experience, you’ll likely receive a variety of opinions. But there’s nothing more Southern than a good biscuit – and Olamaie nails it. In fact, they’re so good there’s a whole tab on their website dedicated to biscuits. Once you get past the fluffy buttery perfection, the local-forward menu offers an upscale take on classics, including hush puppies, tomato pie, and sorghum-brined pork chops.

Olive & June

3411 Glenview

An Austin date-night classic, Olive & June’s beautiful tree-covered patio is a perfect spot to savor well-made, balanced Italian fare. Start with decadent arancini in romesco sauce, then sample the spring herb ricotta ravioli or any other handmade-in-house pasta. It’s simple, rich food with perfect portion sizes and a diverse enough menu to share small plates or horde your own bucatini. A satisfying, elegant experience from acclaimed Austin mainstay Shawn Cirkiel.


Otoko (Photo by John Anderson)

1603 S. Congress

The Tokyo-style sushi and Kyoto-style kaiseki tasting menu make this 12-seat omakase restaurant one of the hottest tickets in town, thanks to the unparalleled precision of chef Yoshi Okai – a Food & Wine Magazine Best New Chef awardee – and impossibly fresh seasonal ingredients.

Qi Austin

835 W. Sixth #114

Elegant, contemporary, and distinctly Chinese, chef Ling Qi Wu’s menu highlights her extensive culinary knowledge with super fresh organic produce from the partner farm, Wu Lanfang, in Manor. Her dim sum menu – apps for lunch and dinner, in full on weekends – is not to be missed. Where else will you find lobster dumplings, Sichuan peppercorn alligator, and Chinese opera?

Red Ash Italia

Red Ash Italia (Photo by John Anderson)

303 Colorado #200

Starring the custom wood-burning grill, Red Ash offers a mashup of Northern and Southern Italian fare, featuring delights such as handmade tagliolini with blue crab, torn burrata panzanella, and osso buco milanese, plus an extensive wine and cellar lists.


Suerte (Photo by John Anderson)

1800 E. Sixth

How do we love thee? Let us count the ways. We love the goat picadillo pupusa with smoked tomato at brunch. We love the oyster mushroom carnitas and always perfect heirloom corn tortillas. We love the traditional Mexican cooking techniques and close partnerships with local farmers. And we love how much executive chef Fermín Nuñez and his teams translate their talent and inspiration into culinary wizardry.

Tsuke Edomae

4600 Mueller Blvd #1035

Breathing new life into Kyo¯ten’s former Mueller space is the come-to-life dream of chef Michael Che, who trained under Otto Phan himself in Chicago. Che takes pride in the preservation methods of Edomae-style sushi (a more “orthodox” nigiri), offering an 11-course omakase to a small group of lucky patrons.


Uchi (Photo by John Anderson)

801 S. Lamar

South Lamar’s Uchi has been setting the gold standard for Austin cuisine for years, and shows no signs of slowing down. James Beard Award winner chef Tyson Cole continues to serve intricate and exquisite renderings of Japanese cuisine that will be the most worthwhile, treat-yourself splurge you make all month … maybe even all year.


4200 N. Lamar

Chef Tyson Cole’s Japanese-inspired cuisine excels in thoughtful flavor combinations, impeccable service, and the freshest ingredients around. They can make salmon taste like brown sugar and a humble trumpet mushroom masquerade as the elixir of life. Uchiko is at the top of the Austin food game, a true gem to treasure and tithe like the cathedral of epicurean delight that it is.


1023 Springdale, Bldg. 1, Ste. C

Co-owned by Komé chef Takehiro Asazu and Masazumi Saio of longtime Uchi fame, this spot at Springdale General’s food complex balances upscale food and casual atmosphere. Sushi classes and take-home temaki (hand roll) kits are part of the charm, and a quick temaki makes the perfect lunch. (Try the beef tataki with fried shallot, pickled jalapeno, and umami jelly.) Reliably fresh and delicious, Uroko easily makes the growing list of Austin’s gold-standard Japanese food.


1014 N. Lamar

In an Austin that often mistakes fine surfaces for fine dining, chefs Stewart Scruggs and Mark Paul’s unassuming restaurant is the real deal. Maybe there’s no miles of carrara marble and the fixtures may not require weekly wipe downs with Brasso, but wink has it where it counts – beautiful food made with the best ingredients, immaculate service, and a wine program that’s worth raising a glass to.