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The 9 Best Tasting Menus to Try Around Austin

From omakase to pasta courses

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Though Austin is a town known for its casual dining scene, the abundance of culinary talent and Texas ingredients lends well to tasting menus.

With menus ranging from four- to nine-courses, set tasting menus offer chefs a chance to guide diners through a culinary story, or showcase the freshest ingredients of the season. Tasting menus often bring to mind restaurants like Clarksville’s Wink, an Austin staple for for almost 20 years, or chef Bryce Gilmore’s Barley Swine, but they can also encompass more playful takes, like L’Oca d’Oro’s pasta tasting menu or Foreign & Domestic’s nose-to-tail option.

Of course, Japanese restaurants usually offer a version of a tasting menu with multi-course omakase, featuring the freshest fish of the day. From South Lamar standby Uchi to South Congress Hotel’s sleek Otoko, there are several options to try the chef’s choice sushi around town.

For other special occasion meals, take a look at date-night recommendations, splurges that are worth it, or restaurants to visit with parents.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Barley Swine

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6555 Burnet Rd #400
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 394-8150
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James Beard Award-nominated chef Bryce Gilmore’s high-end Austin restaurant has a nine-course, $85 tasting menu showcasing seasonal flavors, with an optional $55 beverage pairing. Current dishes include dry-aged Akaushi ribeye with a cheese-laden potato and a celery sorbet. The tasting menu does require full table participation.

A bright green salad and steak with potatoes from Barley Swine
Dishes from Barley Swine
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2. Foreign & Domestic

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306 E 53rd St
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 459-1010
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This North Loop favorite offers a $42 “nose to tail” tasting menu using oft-ignored cuts of meat from chefs Sarah Heard and Nathan Lemley. The four courses include dishes like pasta with goat heart bolognese and sweetbread roulade.

3. Kyōten Sushiko

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4600 Mueller Blvd #1035
Austin, TX 78723
(512) 607-4404
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This tiny, excellent sushi restaurant in Mueller opened under chef Otto Pham, who handpicked chef Sarah Cook as his successor after he moved to Chicago. The restaurant has gotten a cozier new look, but still only seats six at a time. The omakase is $150, and reservations are required.

Oil being dropped from a spoon onto a piece of pink sushi with scales on, resting on a bowl
Sushi at Kyoten Sushiko
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4. L'Oca d'Oro

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1900 Simond Ave
Austin, TX 78723
(737) 212-1876
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This Mueller Italian restaurant serves a six-course pasta tasting menu for $65 per person, with optional $40 beverage pairing. The current menu has items like ratatouille lasagna and sweet corn triangoli. Full table participation is required.

Triangle-shaped pasta on a white plate with crumbles of bread and bacon
Pasta from L’Oca d’Oro
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5. Wink

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1014 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 482-8868
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Offering fine dining for almost 20 years, Wink has a seven-course ($106) and five-course ($78) tasting menus centered on seasonal ingredients that can be customized based on diet, including items like duck fat scallops with beech mushrooms. Wine pairings are $54 and $42, respectively.

6. Garrison

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101 Red River St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 524-4700
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The downtown Fairmont Hotel’s flagship restaurant, known for its top-of-the-line service, has a new tasting menu of six courses, which comes along with a few surprises from chef Jason Purcell, for $95 (with optional $35 beverage pairing). Current dishes include tagliatelle with crab and a smoked tomato tart.

Garrison’s pavlova
Garrison’s pavlova
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7. Uchi

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801 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 916-4808
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Austin’s classic sushi restaurant from James Beard Award-winner Tyson Cole offers an omakase menu at market price (its sibling restaurant, Uchiko, does the same).

8. Juniper

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2400 E Cesar Chavez St #304
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 220-9421
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East Austin Italian restaurant Juniper has a six-course menu for $65 (with optional $35 beverage pairing) available only at the chef’s counter⁠ from Nic Yanes — reserving in advance is recommended. Recent dishes include a roasted snapper and pistachio gelato with macerated fig.

A tower of golden cacio e pepe spaghetti on a white plate
Cacio e pepe from Juniper
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9. Otoko

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1603 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 920-6405
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Walk through the dark and sophisticated South Congress Hotel to find the burst of hidden light at chef Yoshi Okai’s twelve-seat tasting table restaurant. Otoko only offers a $175 multi-course omakase. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are released monthly.

1. Barley Swine

6555 Burnet Rd #400, Austin, TX 78757
A bright green salad and steak with potatoes from Barley Swine
Dishes from Barley Swine
Barley Swine/Facebook

James Beard Award-nominated chef Bryce Gilmore’s high-end Austin restaurant has a nine-course, $85 tasting menu showcasing seasonal flavors, with an optional $55 beverage pairing. Current dishes include dry-aged Akaushi ribeye with a cheese-laden potato and a celery sorbet. The tasting menu does require full table participation.

6555 Burnet Rd #400
Austin, TX 78757

2. Foreign & Domestic

306 E 53rd St, Austin, TX 78751

This North Loop favorite offers a $42 “nose to tail” tasting menu using oft-ignored cuts of meat from chefs Sarah Heard and Nathan Lemley. The four courses include dishes like pasta with goat heart bolognese and sweetbread roulade.

306 E 53rd St
Austin, TX 78751

3. Kyōten Sushiko

4600 Mueller Blvd #1035, Austin, TX 78723
Oil being dropped from a spoon onto a piece of pink sushi with scales on, resting on a bowl
Sushi at Kyoten Sushiko
Kyoten Sushiko/Facebook

This tiny, excellent sushi restaurant in Mueller opened under chef Otto Pham, who handpicked chef Sarah Cook as his successor after he moved to Chicago. The restaurant has gotten a cozier new look, but still only seats six at a time. The omakase is $150, and reservations are required.

4600 Mueller Blvd #1035
Austin, TX 78723

4. L'Oca d'Oro

1900 Simond Ave, Austin, TX 78723
Triangle-shaped pasta on a white plate with crumbles of bread and bacon
Pasta from L’Oca d’Oro
L’Oca d’Oro/Facebook

This Mueller Italian restaurant serves a six-course pasta tasting menu for $65 per person, with optional $40 beverage pairing. The current menu has items like ratatouille lasagna and sweet corn triangoli. Full table participation is required.

1900 Simond Ave
Austin, TX 78723

5. Wink

1014 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

Offering fine dining for almost 20 years, Wink has a seven-course ($106) and five-course ($78) tasting menus centered on seasonal ingredients that can be customized based on diet, including items like duck fat scallops with beech mushrooms. Wine pairings are $54 and $42, respectively.

1014 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

6. Garrison

101 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701
Garrison’s pavlova
Garrison’s pavlova
Courtney Pierce/EATX

The downtown Fairmont Hotel’s flagship restaurant, known for its top-of-the-line service, has a new tasting menu of six courses, which comes along with a few surprises from chef Jason Purcell, for $95 (with optional $35 beverage pairing). Current dishes include tagliatelle with crab and a smoked tomato tart.

101 Red River St
Austin, TX 78701

7. Uchi

801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Austin’s classic sushi restaurant from James Beard Award-winner Tyson Cole offers an omakase menu at market price (its sibling restaurant, Uchiko, does the same).

801 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

8. Juniper

2400 E Cesar Chavez St #304, Austin, TX 78702
A tower of golden cacio e pepe spaghetti on a white plate
Cacio e pepe from Juniper
Juniper/Facebook

East Austin Italian restaurant Juniper has a six-course menu for $65 (with optional $35 beverage pairing) available only at the chef’s counter⁠ from Nic Yanes — reserving in advance is recommended. Recent dishes include a roasted snapper and pistachio gelato with macerated fig.

2400 E Cesar Chavez St #304
Austin, TX 78702

9. Otoko

1603 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

Walk through the dark and sophisticated South Congress Hotel to find the burst of hidden light at chef Yoshi Okai’s twelve-seat tasting table restaurant. Otoko only offers a $175 multi-course omakase. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are released monthly.

1603 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

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