Though Austin is a town known for its casual dining scene, the abundance of culinary talent and Texas ingredients lends well to tasting menus.
Multi-course 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 21 years, or chef Bryce Gilmore’s Barley Swine, but they can also encompass more playful takes, like 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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