While Austin is more often recognized for its taco joints and barbecue spots than its high-end restaurants, there are still quite a few pricey places that fit the bill for super special occasions. These restaurants range from a once-in-a-lifetime omakase sushi experience at ultra-cool Otoko to the lush ambiance of new hotel restaurant Lutie’s. With this guide, you’ll find a fine-dining establishment for every occasion, from group dinners in luxe and modern spaces to charming and cozy choices for two. (Find a wider variety of date night solutions here).
And not all break the bank if you keep it simple. Check out the dinner options from Lenoir’s prix-fixe menu, or, if that’s too much, some of these picks — like Jeffrey’s and Uchi — have great happy hours where you can get a taste of the good life. This update includes Garrison, DipDipDip Tatsu-ya, Sushi|Bar ATX, El Naranjo, Hestia, and Lutie’s.
As with all businesses, be sure to call ahead to make sure each restaurant is still open or if there are updates on current offerings and service models, as things are changing constantly. Wear a mask, tip well, and if you’re ordering delivery, try to order directly from the restaurants themselves.
Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.Read More