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11 Most Romantic Restaurants in Austin

For cozy corners and memorable dinners, look no further

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Though Austin is known as a casual, wear-shorts-to-a-steakhouse kind of city, its restaurants can turn up the charm when the occasion calls for it. For celebrating an anniversary, holiday reservations, or to make a big impression on a first date, here are some of Austin’s most romantic restaurants.

These Austin restaurants have a combination of features that amp up date night: soft lighting, distinctive ambiance, and of course, great food. This list encompasses both the classics — it’s hard to beat a steak at Jeffrey’s or sushi from Uchi — as well as newcomers to the city’s restaurant scene like high-end hot pot restaurant DipDipDip Tatsu-ya and live-fire restaurant Hestia.

Likewise, explore Eater’s picks for date night restaurants and finer dining restaurants.

As with all businesses right now, 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. Be sure to wear a mask, tip well, and, if you’re ordering delivery, try to order directly from the restaurants themselves.

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DipDipDip Tatsu-Ya

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The rich, intricately carved dark wood and intimate quarters of DipDipDip Tatsu-ya show an attention to detail that is also present in its dishes. This upscale hot pot restaurant offers high-end cuts of meat like A5 wagyu, or omakase options for hot pot novices.

The cart at DipDipDip Tatsu-ya
The cart at DipDipDip Tatsu-ya
Courtney Pierce/EATX

Fonda San Miguel

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For those who think a quiet dinner sounds stuffy, head to Rosedale’s Fonda San Miguel. From the colorful, lively interior to the exquisite mole poblano, Fonda San Miguel is a beacon of a good time.

Fonda San Miguel
Fonda San Miguel
Paul Bardagjy

Honey Moon Spirit Lounge

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It’s in the name. This sweet restaurant in Heritage has a maximalist decor (chandeliers, jewel-toned wallpaper) to accompany strong cocktails and a rich menu. Think duck fat fried chicken, truffle fries, and duck confit.

The oyster dish from Honey Moon Spirit
The oyster dish from Honey Moon Spirit
Cassandra Klepac Photography

L'Oca d'Oro

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For those who have pasta as their love language, this Mueller restaurant is a must. The menu, which focuses on sustainable sourcing, features dishes like an exceptional fresh mozzarella, malfaldine with anchovy and breadcrumbs, and apple pie panna cotta.

Dishes from L’Oca d’Oro
Dishes from L’Oca d’Oro
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Jeffrey's

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The Clarksville steakhouse offers a modern take on old-school glamour with a martini cart, a roaring fireplace, caviar service, dry-aged steaks, and valet uniforms straight out of a Wes Anderson movie. The plush, cozy booths and impeccable service complete the romantic mood. Be prepared to spend.

The fireplace at Jeffrey’s
The fireplace at Jeffrey’s
Jeffrey’s/Facebook

Olamaie

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This upscale restaurant from James Beard Award nominee Michael Fojtasek and chef de cuisine Amanda Turner offers cozy quarters in an old house and excellent Southern fare. Don’t forget to order biscuits.

Olamaie
Olamaie
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Live fire cooking is the focus of this downtown restaurant, from the pan de cristal to the grilled lion’s mane mushroom entree. Even the beef tartare comes with a hearth waffle — and beef fat bernaise.

Hestia’s dry-aged bavette
Hestia’s dry-aged bavette
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After almost 20 years, Uchi is still a leader in the Austin dining scene, with fresh sushi and sashimi and other inventive dishes and desserts.

Sushi at Uchi
Sushi at Uchi
Uchi/Facebook

Justine's

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A favorite of celebrities in Austin for a reason, Justine’s is definitely a place that respects privacy — no one will mind or even notice if your table becomes a little over-amorous. The late-night restaurant is known for cocktails, steak frites, escargot, and other French delights. Dine on the patio (which offers seasonal tents) or inside the rich, velvet-draped interior.

A fork holding up a slide of steak in front of steak topped with butter, a pile of fries, and a condiment container with butter.
Steak frites from Justine’s
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Perla's

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Looking for a great patio and fresh seafood? As a McGuire Moorman Lambert restaurant, Perla’s exudes vibes, with smart decor, a large airy patio, and a cozy bar inside, as well. Order cocktails and oysters and shrimp from the cold bar, opt for a meal of simply grilled seafood or plates like lobster bucatini.

Oysters, shrimp, and the raw bar at Perla’s.
Oysters, shrimp, and the raw bar at Perla’s.
Perla’s/Facebook

Lenoir is a strong contender for most beautiful restaurant in Austin, inside and out. Dine outdoors in the shabby-chic wine garden (the full menu is available) or cozy up inside at a table or the bar. The menu offers seasonal selections like whole roasted black bass prepared with Goan-style curry, as well as an impressive wine list.

Lenoir’s coconut sorbet topped with whiskey cherry granita
Lenoir’s coconut sorbet topped with whiskey cherry granita
Chelsea Francis/Lenoir/Facebook

DipDipDip Tatsu-Ya

The cart at DipDipDip Tatsu-ya
The cart at DipDipDip Tatsu-ya
Courtney Pierce/EATX

The rich, intricately carved dark wood and intimate quarters of DipDipDip Tatsu-ya show an attention to detail that is also present in its dishes. This upscale hot pot restaurant offers high-end cuts of meat like A5 wagyu, or omakase options for hot pot novices.

The cart at DipDipDip Tatsu-ya
The cart at DipDipDip Tatsu-ya
Courtney Pierce/EATX

Fonda San Miguel

Fonda San Miguel
Fonda San Miguel
Paul Bardagjy

For those who think a quiet dinner sounds stuffy, head to Rosedale’s Fonda San Miguel. From the colorful, lively interior to the exquisite mole poblano, Fonda San Miguel is a beacon of a good time.

Fonda San Miguel
Fonda San Miguel
Paul Bardagjy

Honey Moon Spirit Lounge

The oyster dish from Honey Moon Spirit
The oyster dish from Honey Moon Spirit
Cassandra Klepac Photography

It’s in the name. This sweet restaurant in Heritage has a maximalist decor (chandeliers, jewel-toned wallpaper) to accompany strong cocktails and a rich menu. Think duck fat fried chicken, truffle fries, and duck confit.

The oyster dish from Honey Moon Spirit
The oyster dish from Honey Moon Spirit
Cassandra Klepac Photography

L'Oca d'Oro

Dishes from L’Oca d’Oro
Dishes from L’Oca d’Oro
L’Oca d’Oro/Facebook

For those who have pasta as their love language, this Mueller restaurant is a must. The menu, which focuses on sustainable sourcing, features dishes like an exceptional fresh mozzarella, malfaldine with anchovy and breadcrumbs, and apple pie panna cotta.

Dishes from L’Oca d’Oro
Dishes from L’Oca d’Oro
L’Oca d’Oro/Facebook

Jeffrey's

The fireplace at Jeffrey’s
The fireplace at Jeffrey’s
Jeffrey’s/Facebook

The Clarksville steakhouse offers a modern take on old-school glamour with a martini cart, a roaring fireplace, caviar service, dry-aged steaks, and valet uniforms straight out of a Wes Anderson movie. The plush, cozy booths and impeccable service complete the romantic mood. Be prepared to spend.

The fireplace at Jeffrey’s
The fireplace at Jeffrey’s
Jeffrey’s/Facebook

Olamaie

Olamaie
Olamaie
Robert J. Lerma/EATX

This upscale restaurant from James Beard Award nominee Michael Fojtasek and chef de cuisine Amanda Turner offers cozy quarters in an old house and excellent Southern fare. Don’t forget to order biscuits.

Olamaie
Olamaie
Robert J. Lerma/EATX

Hestia

Hestia’s dry-aged bavette
Hestia’s dry-aged bavette
Hestia [Official]

Live fire cooking is the focus of this downtown restaurant, from the pan de cristal to the grilled lion’s mane mushroom entree. Even the beef tartare comes with a hearth waffle — and beef fat bernaise.

Hestia’s dry-aged bavette
Hestia’s dry-aged bavette
Hestia [Official]

Uchi

Sushi at Uchi
Sushi at Uchi
Uchi/Facebook

After almost 20 years, Uchi is still a leader in the Austin dining scene, with fresh sushi and sashimi and other inventive dishes and desserts.

Sushi at Uchi
Sushi at Uchi
Uchi/Facebook

Justine's

A fork holding up a slide of steak in front of steak topped with butter, a pile of fries, and a condiment container with butter.
Steak frites from Justine’s
Justine’s [Official]

A favorite of celebrities in Austin for a reason, Justine’s is definitely a place that respects privacy — no one will mind or even notice if your table becomes a little over-amorous. The late-night restaurant is known for cocktails, steak frites, escargot, and other French delights. Dine on the patio (which offers seasonal tents) or inside the rich, velvet-draped interior.

A fork holding up a slide of steak in front of steak topped with butter, a pile of fries, and a condiment container with butter.
Steak frites from Justine’s
Justine’s [Official]

Perla's

Oysters, shrimp, and the raw bar at Perla’s.
Oysters, shrimp, and the raw bar at Perla’s.
Perla’s/Facebook

Looking for a great patio and fresh seafood? As a McGuire Moorman Lambert restaurant, Perla’s exudes vibes, with smart decor, a large airy patio, and a cozy bar inside, as well. Order cocktails and oysters and shrimp from the cold bar, opt for a meal of simply grilled seafood or plates like lobster bucatini.

Oysters, shrimp, and the raw bar at Perla’s.
Oysters, shrimp, and the raw bar at Perla’s.
Perla’s/Facebook

Lenoir

Lenoir’s coconut sorbet topped with whiskey cherry granita
Lenoir’s coconut sorbet topped with whiskey cherry granita
Chelsea Francis/Lenoir/Facebook

Lenoir is a strong contender for most beautiful restaurant in Austin, inside and out. Dine outdoors in the shabby-chic wine garden (the full menu is available) or cozy up inside at a table or the bar. The menu offers seasonal selections like whole roasted black bass prepared with Goan-style curry, as well as an impressive wine list.

Lenoir’s coconut sorbet topped with whiskey cherry granita
Lenoir’s coconut sorbet topped with whiskey cherry granita
Chelsea Francis/Lenoir/Facebook

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