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21 Splendid Date Night Destinations in Austin

A guide to the perfect restaurant for every romantic occasion

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Picking out just the right spot for a date is tricky, whether it's for a first date, anniversary celebration, or just an opportunity spend some quality time together. After working up the courage to ask that person out, or just coordinating schedules for the right night, you need the perfect setting. Eater is here to help you work your wooing magic with the best date night restaurants in Austin.

Below are the best places to take the object of your affection for every occasion. Hit happy hour destinations like Salty Sow if you’re more interested in nibbling on appetizers than a full-blown meal, and reserve heavy hitters like Jeffrey’s for anniversaries. Slay your first date with Fabi + Rosi or Lenoir, or keep it casual (but still delicious) with Bufalina or Contigo. This update adds shabu-shabu spot DipDipDip Tatsu-ya. Any of these date night destinations will set you up for success.

With updates by Nadia Chaudhury and Erin Russell.

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1. DipDipDip Tatsu-Ya

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7301 Burnet Rd Ste 101
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 893-5561
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For a first date with an activity and food, the Tatsu-ya team opened up their upper-scale take on Japanese hot pot with their new restaurant DipDipDip Tatsu-ya up in Crestview. Order, dip, and cook an array of meats and vegetables (or opt for the omakase servings to make things easier in an intimate space seated across from each other. Even better: each individual gets their own pot of broth so you don’t have to share necessarily.

The shabu-shabu setup at DipDipDip
The shabu-shabu setup at DipDipDip
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2. Barley Swine

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6555 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 394-8150
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Often lauded and rustically chic, Barley Swine makes for a superb milestone celebration destination. Order the tasting menu and let the chefs guide you and your date through unusual but delicious offerings.

Barley Swine
Barley Swine
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3. Musashino Sushi Dokoro

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2905 San Gabriel St
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 795-8593
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If your date is a sushi purist, Musashino is the place to go for classic sushi. Start with the creamy crab-topped avocado kama, and make sure to ask the bartender which of the myriad sakes would be the best accompaniment. The secluded interior ambiance is perfect for long-time lovers and seafood fans alike.

4. Contigo

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2027 Anchor Ln
Austin, TX 78723
(512) 614-2260
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The tapas-style offerings at Contigo are perfect for sharing, so make it a double date and snag a spot on the expansive, beautifully lit patio. If you’ve got a four-legged friend along, the dog is welcome to lounge under the table as well. When the weather (eventually) turns cooler, Contigo is a great destination to warm up your date with the savory rabbit and dumplings or the crispy green beans under the heat lamps.

A table at restaurant Contigo full of plates of food and snacks
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5. Dai Due

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2406 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722
(512) 524-0688
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Meat lover’s paradise Dai Due is ideal when you want to please the carnivore in your life. This butcher shop knows its way around everything from bierwurst to wild boar. Err on the side of adventure and order something different from the usual fare. Venison ceviche, anyone?

A supper club meal from Dai Due
A supper club meal from Dai Due
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6. Salty Sow

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1917 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722
(512) 391-2337
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Atmospheric and casual, Salty Sow is the consummate place to meet up for a happy hour drink paired with one of the wide variety of appetizers. Talk while sharing a plate of the salty, rich duck fat fries and sipping on one of the signature cocktails. If drinks extend into dinner, you can’t go wrong with the candied pork belly or slow-cooked beef shoulder.

Salty Sow
Salty Sow
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7. Jeffrey's

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1204 W Lynn St
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 477-5584
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Jeffrey’s should be reserved for big occasions, like a ten-year anniversary. The elegant surroundings, top notch service, and delicious classic American menu make the restaurant a destination for memories.

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Jeffrey’s
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8. Olamaie

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1610 San Antonio St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 474-2796
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Olamaie should be number one on your list of places to take your Southern beau or belle for a taste of home. The biscuits are a non-negotiable order here, so enjoy them on the lovely veranda with your special someone.

Olamaie
Olamaie
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9. Fabi + Rosi

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509 Hearn St
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 236-0642
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Romantic and intimate, Fabi + Rosi should be on your short list for first dates and special occasions. Don a nice outfit and share a Metzger charcuterie board for two.

Fabi + Rosi
Fabi + Rosi
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10. Clay Pit

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1601 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 322-5131
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Head to Clay Pit for Austin’s take on contemporary Indian cuisine. Don’t miss the coconut curry shrimp and the creamy tikka masala, making sure to pair both with pillowy garlic naan. You can always pop a mint, just in case.

11. Wink

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1014 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 482-8868
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With its intimate dining room and whimsical mural that is sure to spark conversation, Wink is a great date spot. Don’t overlook the superb foie gras.

12. Clark's Oyster Bar

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1200 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 297-2525
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Take advantage of a mild day and indulge in the oysters at Clark’s. Toast your companion with a cold glass of white wine out on the deck.

Clark’s Oyster Bar
Clark’s Oyster Bar
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13. Lin Asian Bar + Dim Sum

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1203 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 474-5107
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Lin Asian Bar offers an adorable backdrop for a date, with cute decor, tasty dishes, and of course, those famed dumplings. Don’t miss the beautiful desserts.

Lin Asian Bar
Lin Asian Bar
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14. Chez Nous

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510 Neches - Austin TX 78701
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 473-2413
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Chez Nous is the place to take your Francophile date. The bistro serves up classic French fare like boudin blanc, steak frites, and escargot. Share the pate maison plate to start; all pâtes are made in-house.

Chez Nous
Chez Nous
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15. Lazarus Brewing Co.

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1902 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 394-7620
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Tacos and beer — what could be better? Lazarus is great for a casual, getting-to-know-you date spot, thanks to comfy chairs, a variety of beer and wine, and housemade tacos.

16. Bufalina

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1519 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 524-2523
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The communal seating and convivial crowd at Bufalina make it a lively setting for a post-drink pizza. Watch the wood-fired oven where perfect Neapolitan-style pies are made while sharing the buttery smooth burrata.

Bufalina
Bufalina
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17. Uchi

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801 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 916-4808
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Long considered the most popular sushi restaurant in town, Uchi is the number one spot to take a date when you want to impress, whether it's the first time you’re stepping out together or you’ve been holding hands for years. Uchi’s modern take on Japanese cuisine emphasizes small shareable bites, perfect for splitting. Splash out on the omakase to let the chef surprise you and your date with the day’s most innovative offerings.

18. Juniper

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2400 E Cesar Chavez St #304
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 220-9421
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Modern Italian food, a gorgeous atmosphere, and well-crafted cocktails make Juniper a nice date spot for any stage of the relationship.

Juniper
Juniper
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19. Justine's Brasserie

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4710 E 5th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 385-2900
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Justine’s does its inspirational home country France proud. Flickering candlelight, red walls, and music provided by a record player playing anything from its wide collection will help set the mood. Make sure to finish the evening by sharing the impeccable crème brulee.

Justine’s
Justine’s
Bertrand C./Yelp

20. Vespaio

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1610 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 441-6100
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Vespaio is the place for that casual date night when you’re craving quality Italian but aren’t in the mood for stuffy atmosphere. Welcoming and cozy, Vespaio serves up hearty traditional Italian fare meant to be enjoyed fully. Split a freshly made mozzarella and toast your date with one of the many delicious wines.

21. Lenoir

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1807 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 215-9778
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Lenoir is the refined madame to Justine’s sultry mademoiselle. With the beautiful, romantic decor and cozy dining room, Lenoir is an impressive first date venue. Opt for the four-course tasting menu, which makes ordering a breeze, freeing up the rest of your time to chat away.

Lenoir
Lenoir
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1. DipDipDip Tatsu-Ya

7301 Burnet Rd Ste 101, Austin, TX 78757
The shabu-shabu setup at DipDipDip
The shabu-shabu setup at DipDipDip
Courtney Pierce/EATX

For a first date with an activity and food, the Tatsu-ya team opened up their upper-scale take on Japanese hot pot with their new restaurant DipDipDip Tatsu-ya up in Crestview. Order, dip, and cook an array of meats and vegetables (or opt for the omakase servings to make things easier in an intimate space seated across from each other. Even better: each individual gets their own pot of broth so you don’t have to share necessarily.

7301 Burnet Rd Ste 101
Austin, TX 78757

2. Barley Swine

6555 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78757
Barley Swine
Barley Swine
Robert J. Lerma/EATX

Often lauded and rustically chic, Barley Swine makes for a superb milestone celebration destination. Order the tasting menu and let the chefs guide you and your date through unusual but delicious offerings.

6555 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78757

3. Musashino Sushi Dokoro

2905 San Gabriel St, Austin, TX 78705

If your date is a sushi purist, Musashino is the place to go for classic sushi. Start with the creamy crab-topped avocado kama, and make sure to ask the bartender which of the myriad sakes would be the best accompaniment. The secluded interior ambiance is perfect for long-time lovers and seafood fans alike.

2905 San Gabriel St
Austin, TX 78705

4. Contigo

2027 Anchor Ln, Austin, TX 78723
A table at restaurant Contigo full of plates of food and snacks
Contigo’s spread
Contigo/Facebook

The tapas-style offerings at Contigo are perfect for sharing, so make it a double date and snag a spot on the expansive, beautifully lit patio. If you’ve got a four-legged friend along, the dog is welcome to lounge under the table as well. When the weather (eventually) turns cooler, Contigo is a great destination to warm up your date with the savory rabbit and dumplings or the crispy green beans under the heat lamps.

2027 Anchor Ln
Austin, TX 78723

5. Dai Due

2406 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
A supper club meal from Dai Due
A supper club meal from Dai Due
Dai Due/Facebook

Meat lover’s paradise Dai Due is ideal when you want to please the carnivore in your life. This butcher shop knows its way around everything from bierwurst to wild boar. Err on the side of adventure and order something different from the usual fare. Venison ceviche, anyone?

2406 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722

6. Salty Sow

1917 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
Salty Sow
Salty Sow
Salty Sow/Facebook

Atmospheric and casual, Salty Sow is the consummate place to meet up for a happy hour drink paired with one of the wide variety of appetizers. Talk while sharing a plate of the salty, rich duck fat fries and sipping on one of the signature cocktails. If drinks extend into dinner, you can’t go wrong with the candied pork belly or slow-cooked beef shoulder.

1917 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722

7. Jeffrey's

1204 W Lynn St, Austin, TX 78703
Jeffrey’s
Jeffrey’s
Jeffrey’s [Official]

Jeffrey’s should be reserved for big occasions, like a ten-year anniversary. The elegant surroundings, top notch service, and delicious classic American menu make the restaurant a destination for memories.

1204 W Lynn St
Austin, TX 78703

8. Olamaie

1610 San Antonio St, Austin, TX 78701
Olamaie
Olamaie
Darren B./Yelp

Olamaie should be number one on your list of places to take your Southern beau or belle for a taste of home. The biscuits are a non-negotiable order here, so enjoy them on the lovely veranda with your special someone.

1610 San Antonio St
Austin, TX 78701

9. Fabi + Rosi

509 Hearn St, Austin, TX 78703
Fabi + Rosi
Fabi + Rosi
Fabi + Rosi [Official]

Romantic and intimate, Fabi + Rosi should be on your short list for first dates and special occasions. Don a nice outfit and share a Metzger charcuterie board for two.

509 Hearn St
Austin, TX 78703

10. Clay Pit

1601 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78701

Head to Clay Pit for Austin’s take on contemporary Indian cuisine. Don’t miss the coconut curry shrimp and the creamy tikka masala, making sure to pair both with pillowy garlic naan. You can always pop a mint, just in case.

1601 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78701

11. Wink

1014 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

With its intimate dining room and whimsical mural that is sure to spark conversation, Wink is a great date spot. Don’t overlook the superb foie gras.

1014 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

12. Clark's Oyster Bar

1200 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78703
Clark’s Oyster Bar
Clark’s Oyster Bar
Clark’s [Official]

Take advantage of a mild day and indulge in the oysters at Clark’s. Toast your companion with a cold glass of white wine out on the deck.

1200 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78703

13. Lin Asian Bar + Dim Sum

1203 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78703
Lin Asian Bar
Lin Asian Bar
Lin Asian Bar/Facebook

Lin Asian Bar offers an adorable backdrop for a date, with cute decor, tasty dishes, and of course, those famed dumplings. Don’t miss the beautiful desserts.

1203 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78703

14. Chez Nous

510 Neches - Austin TX 78701, Austin, TX 78701
Chez Nous
Chez Nous
Chez Nous/Facebook

Chez Nous is the place to take your Francophile date. The bistro serves up classic French fare like boudin blanc, steak frites, and escargot. Share the pate maison plate to start; all pâtes are made in-house.

510 Neches - Austin TX 78701
Austin, TX 78701

15. Lazarus Brewing Co.

1902 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

Tacos and beer — what could be better? Lazarus is great for a casual, getting-to-know-you date spot, thanks to comfy chairs, a variety of beer and wine, and housemade tacos.

1902 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

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16. Bufalina

1519 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Bufalina
Bufalina
Melissa C./Yelp

The communal seating and convivial crowd at Bufalina make it a lively setting for a post-drink pizza. Watch the wood-fired oven where perfect Neapolitan-style pies are made while sharing the buttery smooth burrata.

1519 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

17. Uchi

801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Long considered the most popular sushi restaurant in town, Uchi is the number one spot to take a date when you want to impress, whether it's the first time you’re stepping out together or you’ve been holding hands for years. Uchi’s modern take on Japanese cuisine emphasizes small shareable bites, perfect for splitting. Splash out on the omakase to let the chef surprise you and your date with the day’s most innovative offerings.

801 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

18. Juniper

2400 E Cesar Chavez St #304, Austin, TX 78702
Juniper
Juniper
Robert J. Lerma/EATX

Modern Italian food, a gorgeous atmosphere, and well-crafted cocktails make Juniper a nice date spot for any stage of the relationship.

2400 E Cesar Chavez St #304
Austin, TX 78702

19. Justine's Brasserie

4710 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78702
Justine’s
Justine’s
Bertrand C./Yelp

Justine’s does its inspirational home country France proud. Flickering candlelight, red walls, and music provided by a record player playing anything from its wide collection will help set the mood. Make sure to finish the evening by sharing the impeccable crème brulee.

4710 E 5th St
Austin, TX 78702

20. Vespaio

1610 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

Vespaio is the place for that casual date night when you’re craving quality Italian but aren’t in the mood for stuffy atmosphere. Welcoming and cozy, Vespaio serves up hearty traditional Italian fare meant to be enjoyed fully. Split a freshly made mozzarella and toast your date with one of the many delicious wines.

1610 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

21. Lenoir

1807 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
Lenoir
Lenoir
Ryann Ford

Lenoir is the refined madame to Justine’s sultry mademoiselle. With the beautiful, romantic decor and cozy dining room, Lenoir is an impressive first date venue. Opt for the four-course tasting menu, which makes ordering a breeze, freeing up the rest of your time to chat away.

1807 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

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