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The 12 Most Romantic Restaurants in Austin

For cozy corners and memorable dinners, look no further than this guide

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A table at Honey Moon Lounge.
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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 making 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. finer dining restaurants, and the best make-out restaurant spots.

With updates by Nadia Chaudhury.

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DipDipDip Tatsu-Ya

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The rich, intricately carved dark wood and intimate quarters of Crewstview restaurant 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. It’s a pricy destination, but it makes for a fun dining experience. There are indoor dine-in services.

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The cart at DipDipDip Tatsu-ya.
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Fonda San Miguel

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For those who think a quiet dinner sounds stuffy, head to the Rosedale neighborhood Mexican restaurant. From the colorful, lively interior to the exquisite mole poblano, the higher-end establishment is a beacon of a good time. There are indoor dine-in services.

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Fonda San Miguel.
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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 New American menu with mid-range pricing. Think cheesy truffle fries, squid ink pasta, and lobser/crab hushpuppies. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Oysters in a dish.
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 Italian restaurant is a must. The mid-range-priced menu, which focuses on sustainable sourcing, features dishes like exceptional fresh mozzarella and a strong array of pastas and desserts. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Jeffrey's

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The fine-dining 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. There are indoor dine-in services.

Olamaie

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This upscale restaurant from James Beard Award nominees 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. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Birdie's

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The sweet Chestnut neighborhood wine bar makes for a casual unplanned evening with a mid-range-priced selective menu, since it doesn’t take reservations and it’s counter-service-only. Check out the fantastic tartare and pastas and indulge in a bottle or two of wine. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Live-fire cooking is the focus of this high-end downtown restaurant, from the smoked crab tart to the grilled maitake mushroom entree. Even the buñuelo comes with burnt thyme ice cream. For those who don’t want to choose, there are tasting menus. There are indoor dine-in services.

After 20 years, the Zilker Japanese restaurant is still a leader in the Austin dining scene, with its high-end menu of fresh sushi and sashimi and other inventive dishes and desserts. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Justine's

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A favorite of celebrities in Austin for a reason, the East Austin French restaurant is definitely a place that respects privacy — no one will mind or even notice if your table becomes a little over-amorous. The boisterous restaurant is known for cocktails, steak frites, escargot, and other French delights. Dine on the patio or inside the rich, velvet-draped dining room.

Perla's

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Looking for a great patio and fresh seafood? As a McGuire Moorman Lambert restaurant, the Bouldin Creek restaurant 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, or opt for meals of simply grilled seafood or plates like lobster bucatini at mid-to-high range prices. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

The Bouldin Creek restaurant is a strong contender for the 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 mid-range New Texan menu offers seasonal selections like charred cabbage with pickled turnips, as well as an impressive wine list. There’s also a tasting menu option.

DipDipDip Tatsu-Ya

The rich, intricately carved dark wood and intimate quarters of Crewstview restaurant 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. It’s a pricy destination, but it makes for a fun dining experience. There are indoor dine-in services.

A food cart with dishes in a restaurant.
The cart at DipDipDip Tatsu-ya.
Courtney Pierce/Eater Austin

Fonda San Miguel

For those who think a quiet dinner sounds stuffy, head to the Rosedale neighborhood Mexican restaurant. From the colorful, lively interior to the exquisite mole poblano, the higher-end establishment is a beacon of a good time. There are indoor dine-in services.

A restaurant dining room.
Fonda San Miguel.
Paul Bardagjy

Honey Moon Spirit Lounge

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 New American menu with mid-range pricing. Think cheesy truffle fries, squid ink pasta, and lobser/crab hushpuppies. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Oysters in a dish.
The oyster dish from Honey Moon Spirit
Cassandra Klepac Photography

L'Oca d'Oro

For those who have pasta as their love language, this Mueller Italian restaurant is a must. The mid-range-priced menu, which focuses on sustainable sourcing, features dishes like exceptional fresh mozzarella and a strong array of pastas and desserts. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Jeffrey's

The fine-dining 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. There are indoor dine-in services.

Olamaie

This upscale restaurant from James Beard Award nominees 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. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Birdie's

The sweet Chestnut neighborhood wine bar makes for a casual unplanned evening with a mid-range-priced selective menu, since it doesn’t take reservations and it’s counter-service-only. Check out the fantastic tartare and pastas and indulge in a bottle or two of wine. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Hestia

Live-fire cooking is the focus of this high-end downtown restaurant, from the smoked crab tart to the grilled maitake mushroom entree. Even the buñuelo comes with burnt thyme ice cream. For those who don’t want to choose, there are tasting menus. There are indoor dine-in services.

Uchi

After 20 years, the Zilker Japanese restaurant is still a leader in the Austin dining scene, with its high-end menu of fresh sushi and sashimi and other inventive dishes and desserts. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Justine's

A favorite of celebrities in Austin for a reason, the East Austin French restaurant is definitely a place that respects privacy — no one will mind or even notice if your table becomes a little over-amorous. The boisterous restaurant is known for cocktails, steak frites, escargot, and other French delights. Dine on the patio or inside the rich, velvet-draped dining room.

Perla's

Looking for a great patio and fresh seafood? As a McGuire Moorman Lambert restaurant, the Bouldin Creek restaurant 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, or opt for meals of simply grilled seafood or plates like lobster bucatini at mid-to-high range prices. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Lenoir

The Bouldin Creek restaurant is a strong contender for the 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 mid-range New Texan menu offers seasonal selections like charred cabbage with pickled turnips, as well as an impressive wine list. There’s also a tasting menu option.

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