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A fish dish from the Driskill Grill.
Jane Yun

The 8 Best Austin Restaurant Weeks Deals

Which prix fixe menus offer the most bang for your buck, all to benefit the Central Texas Food Bank

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A fish dish from the Driskill Grill.
| Jane Yun

The annual Austin Restaurant Weeks kicks off in September, where participating local restaurants will offer prix fixe lunch, cocktail, and/or dinner specials. These sales will partially benefit the Central Texas Food Bank. It runs from Friday, September 1 through Sunday, September 17.

Currently, there are over 75 Austin restaurants and bars taking part in the event. Some offer new dishes while others combine popular choices for set meals. Eater combed through all the deals to find the most exciting and best bang-for-your-buck offerings. This includes steaks from Carve American Grille, many summery options from Italian restaurant Intero, and an all-day adobo rice bowl from Filipino-Vietnamese truck Fil N’ Viet.

Lunches are $20 for two to three courses, whereas dinners are either $40 or $60 for three to four courses. There may also be $12 cocktail specials or wine/beer selections available.

Not all restaurants have finalized the offerings yet (most notably perennial Austin Restaurant Weeks superstar Foreign & Domestic or award-winning barbecue spot Distant Relatives) so watch this map for future updates. (While the names are very similar, this Austin Restaurant Weeks isn’t related to Austin Restaurant Week, which was last held in 2014.)

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Carve American Grille

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Carve, the live-fire sibling to steakhouse Perry’s, has both $20 lunch and $60 dinner options for Austin Restaurant Weeks at both locations (the Grove and Barton Creek). Given that the 8-ounce bacon-wrapped filet is $49 on its own, this is one of the better deals — and that flaming lemon bar sounds intriguing. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

L'Oca d'Oro

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The Mueller Italian restaurant is offering one of the few $40 dinner menu options. Choose from mozzarella with chile, peach preserves, and basil or panisse; cacio e pepe or risotto with radicchio cream; and tiramisu for two or cannoli for dessert. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Fil N' Viet

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The Filipino-Vietnamese food truck has a $20 all-day menu. It includes an adobo rice bowl with chicken thighs, ube Vietnamese iced coffee, and freeze pops for dessert. There are outdoor dine-in areas.

The Driskill Grill

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It’s virtually impossible to leave the fancy Driskill Grill only spending $60, but the Austin Restaurant Weeks menu offers not only that, but also donating to a good cause. The menu offers many options, with starters like scallops or a biscuit board; mains like seared halibut or duck breast; and desserts like the Driskill chocolate cake. There are indoor dine-in services.

Swift's Attic

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The downtown restaurant with an eclectic menu has created a $60 four-course menu specifically for Austin Restaurant Weeks dinner. Start with plantain pieces stuffed with mojo pulled pork, then comes a handmade summer pasta with squash, lime zest, and corn and miso puree, and next is steak with chimichurri, potatoes, and Brazilian cheese bread. Dessert is a kind of peach tiramisu. There are indoor dine-in services.

Intero Restaurant

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The dependably great East Side Italian restaurant has a four-course, $60 menu with a couple of options. First course is focaccia, wood-roasted squash, or potatoes; then melon salad or roasted beets; then corn bucatini, grilled quail risotto, smoked beef sausage, or a vegan pasta; and finally brown butter cake, strawberry sorbet, or the restaurant’s excellent chocolates.

Aba Austin

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This hip Mediterranean restaurant on South Congress offers a $60 dinner menu with choices of hummus and spreads, cold and hot mezze, kebabs, and dessert. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Chapulín Cantina

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There are lots of options at the Oaxacan restaurant that took over Enoteca Vespaio. The $40, three-course Restaurant Weeks dinner menu is a chance to try already-popular menu items at a discount. Choose from appetizer options like memelas or yellowfin tuna tostada; entrees like Scottish salmon with hoja santa, or roasted vegetables in mole amarillo; and a spiced chocolate brownie or mango flan. There’s also a lunch option. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Carve American Grille

Carve, the live-fire sibling to steakhouse Perry’s, has both $20 lunch and $60 dinner options for Austin Restaurant Weeks at both locations (the Grove and Barton Creek). Given that the 8-ounce bacon-wrapped filet is $49 on its own, this is one of the better deals — and that flaming lemon bar sounds intriguing. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

L'Oca d'Oro

The Mueller Italian restaurant is offering one of the few $40 dinner menu options. Choose from mozzarella with chile, peach preserves, and basil or panisse; cacio e pepe or risotto with radicchio cream; and tiramisu for two or cannoli for dessert. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Fil N' Viet

The Filipino-Vietnamese food truck has a $20 all-day menu. It includes an adobo rice bowl with chicken thighs, ube Vietnamese iced coffee, and freeze pops for dessert. There are outdoor dine-in areas.

The Driskill Grill

It’s virtually impossible to leave the fancy Driskill Grill only spending $60, but the Austin Restaurant Weeks menu offers not only that, but also donating to a good cause. The menu offers many options, with starters like scallops or a biscuit board; mains like seared halibut or duck breast; and desserts like the Driskill chocolate cake. There are indoor dine-in services.

Swift's Attic

The downtown restaurant with an eclectic menu has created a $60 four-course menu specifically for Austin Restaurant Weeks dinner. Start with plantain pieces stuffed with mojo pulled pork, then comes a handmade summer pasta with squash, lime zest, and corn and miso puree, and next is steak with chimichurri, potatoes, and Brazilian cheese bread. Dessert is a kind of peach tiramisu. There are indoor dine-in services.

Intero Restaurant

The dependably great East Side Italian restaurant has a four-course, $60 menu with a couple of options. First course is focaccia, wood-roasted squash, or potatoes; then melon salad or roasted beets; then corn bucatini, grilled quail risotto, smoked beef sausage, or a vegan pasta; and finally brown butter cake, strawberry sorbet, or the restaurant’s excellent chocolates.

Aba Austin

This hip Mediterranean restaurant on South Congress offers a $60 dinner menu with choices of hummus and spreads, cold and hot mezze, kebabs, and dessert. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Chapulín Cantina

There are lots of options at the Oaxacan restaurant that took over Enoteca Vespaio. The $40, three-course Restaurant Weeks dinner menu is a chance to try already-popular menu items at a discount. Choose from appetizer options like memelas or yellowfin tuna tostada; entrees like Scottish salmon with hoja santa, or roasted vegetables in mole amarillo; and a spiced chocolate brownie or mango flan. There’s also a lunch option. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

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