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The 10 Best Tasting Menus to Try Around Austin

From omakase to pasta courses

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A dish from Foreign & Domestic.
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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.

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 20 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.

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 restaurant themselves.

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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 multi-course, $100 to $115 tasting menu showcasing seasonal flavors, with an optional $55 beverage pairing. Current dishes include kanpachi crudo tostada, duck with field pea salsa macha, and Akaushi ribeye. 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. Tsuke Edomae

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4600 Mueller Blvd #1035
Austin, TX 78723
(512) 825-3120
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Arguably the most difficult reservation to get in Austin, chef Michael Che offers an intimate 11-course omakase experience at this Mueller restaurant with relatively ungarnished edomae-style sushi (which uses curing methods developed during the Edo period of Japan). The fully immersive experience, which includes a soundtrack reflective of Che’s emotions, is $79 per person.

An uni piece from Tsuke Edomae
An uni piece from Tsuke Edomae
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4. Wink

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1014 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 482-8868
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Offering fine dining for 20 years, Wink has five-course ($80) and seven-course ($112) tasting menus centered on seasonal ingredients that can be customized based on diet, including items like duck breast with sage bread pudding or crispy sweetbreads. Wine pairings are $50 and $70, respectively.

5. Uroko

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1023 Springdale Road Bldg 1 Suite C
Austin, TX 78721
(512) 520-4004
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Uroko’s 45-minute omakase is temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the Springdale restaurant offers a 12-course version to-go for $68 per person.

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The facade of Uroko.
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6. 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).

7. 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 five-course menu for $75 (with options for vegan or gluten-free guests) or an eight-course seasonal prix fixe for $125 (with optional $75 wine pairing) — reserving in advance is required. Recent dishes include choices like cacio e pepe, poached halibut, and a guava granita.

A tower of golden cacio e pepe spaghetti on a white plate.
Cacio e pepe from Juniper.
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8. Sushi | Bar ATX

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2600 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(415) 919-8300
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One of the more difficult reservations to get in Austin, the east-side sushi pop-up-turned-restaurant with creatively adorned sushi offers a 17-course omakase for $145 or $300 with beverage pairings.

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 $195 to $225 multi-course omakase. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are released monthly.

10. Lenoir

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1807 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 215-9778
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The gorgeous South First restaurant that focuses on local ingredients offers a five-course family-style chef’s menu for $64 per person, with $52 wine pairings.

Dark dining counter with chairs and lights.
Lenoir’s dining counter.
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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
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James Beard Award-nominated chef Bryce Gilmore’s high-end Austin restaurant has a multi-course, $100 to $115 tasting menu showcasing seasonal flavors, with an optional $55 beverage pairing. Current dishes include kanpachi crudo tostada, duck with field pea salsa macha, and Akaushi ribeye. 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. Tsuke Edomae

4600 Mueller Blvd #1035, Austin, TX 78723
An uni piece from Tsuke Edomae
An uni piece from Tsuke Edomae
Nadia Chaudhury/EATX

Arguably the most difficult reservation to get in Austin, chef Michael Che offers an intimate 11-course omakase experience at this Mueller restaurant with relatively ungarnished edomae-style sushi (which uses curing methods developed during the Edo period of Japan). The fully immersive experience, which includes a soundtrack reflective of Che’s emotions, is $79 per person.

4600 Mueller Blvd #1035
Austin, TX 78723

4. Wink

1014 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

Offering fine dining for 20 years, Wink has five-course ($80) and seven-course ($112) tasting menus centered on seasonal ingredients that can be customized based on diet, including items like duck breast with sage bread pudding or crispy sweetbreads. Wine pairings are $50 and $70, respectively.

1014 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

5. Uroko

1023 Springdale Road Bldg 1 Suite C, Austin, TX 78721
An open restaurant facade with vertical letter reading “Uroko”.
The facade of Uroko.
Courtney Pierce/Eater Austin

Uroko’s 45-minute omakase is temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the Springdale restaurant offers a 12-course version to-go for $68 per person.

1023 Springdale Road Bldg 1 Suite C
Austin, TX 78721

6. 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

7. 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 five-course menu for $75 (with options for vegan or gluten-free guests) or an eight-course seasonal prix fixe for $125 (with optional $75 wine pairing) — reserving in advance is required. Recent dishes include choices like cacio e pepe, poached halibut, and a guava granita.

2400 E Cesar Chavez St #304
Austin, TX 78702

8. Sushi | Bar ATX

2600 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

One of the more difficult reservations to get in Austin, the east-side sushi pop-up-turned-restaurant with creatively adorned sushi offers a 17-course omakase for $145 or $300 with beverage pairings.

2600 E Cesar Chavez St
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 $195 to $225 multi-course omakase. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are released monthly.

1603 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

10. Lenoir

1807 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
Dark dining counter with chairs and lights.
Lenoir’s dining counter.
Lenoir

The gorgeous South First restaurant that focuses on local ingredients offers a five-course family-style chef’s menu for $64 per person, with $52 wine pairings.

1807 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

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