Ready for a night out on the town with your significant other? Lucky for us, Austin has some incredible high-end dining experiences that are sure to impress. We’re talking the types of restaurants with candle-lit ambiance, the freshest ingredients, and/or a hip, sophisticated atmosphere.
So, get all gussied up, meet up with that special someone, and head on out to try any of the following of Austin’s many date night restaurants.
6555 Burnet Road Suite 400, Austin, TX
Is your date a self-proclaimed foodie? Even if you’re not sure, there is bound to be something on the Barley Swine menu that will knock their socks off. This restaurant is committed to supporting local farmers and ranchers and it shows in the quality of the food. The fresh ingredients used by Barley Swine are masterfully transformed into incredible dishes. If you can’t decide on what to order, go for the Chef’s tasting menu of 10 courses so you can enjoy a few bites of everything.
504 E 5th St, Austin, TX
Vegetarians, vegans, or those with a gluten-free diet love heading out to Carmelo’s to indulge in the delectable Italian-styled appetizers, pizzas, soups, salads, entrees, and desserts they offer. Our personal favorites include the Seabass Arrosto, Potato Gnocchi al Pomodoro, Quinoa Pasta with Veal Ragu, and, of course, the Bananas Foster.
1200 W 6th St, Austin, Texas
Oyster lovers unite at Clark’s Oyster Bar where the aphrodisiac dish is in plentiful supply. Featuring oysters from the cold waters of both the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans, you’ll want to try an oyster from every location. Don’t worry if your date isn’t all that into seafood as there are other options, like the Oak Grilled CAB Ribeye, on the menu as well.
1900 University Avenue, Austin, Texas
Whether you’re a UT student wanting to wow your date or an Austin resident ready to try something new with your sweetheart, The Carillon is a must. Located just on the outskirts of campus, this restaurant boasts an elegant, yet peaceful environment to cozy up and enjoy a fine meal. The pork belly and rib eye are show stoppers and the presentation of each dish may have you posting pics to Instagram every few minutes. Afterwards, take a stroll around campus to keep the night going.
801 South Lamar Austin, Texas
There’s a reason why Uchi tops the lists of both Zagat and Yelp in the Austin area and you need to take your date here to discover the answer firsthand. Serving what they refer to as Japanese farmhouse cuisine, the dishes here will inspire and delight with their unique flavor combinations and high-quality ingredients. Try the walu walu Brussels sprouts, salmon roll, and the hot rock.
Oh, and if you think Uchi is great, don’t forget to try out its sister restaurant, Uchiko, on your next date. You won’t be disappointed!
1610 South Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Looking for a classy little Italian joint? Vespaio Ristorante has got you covered. From the wine selection to the entrée choices, you’ll find it exceedingly hard to make a decision. Start with the fresh mozzarella appetizer and ask your server for recommendations.
1014 N Lamar Blvd, Ste E, Austin, TX
This is a special occasion and date-night hot spot. Another farm-to-table restaurant, Wink features to-die for ingredients all sourced locally. We recommend going with the tasting menu and wine pairing to ensure you get the most out of the dining experience. Also, be sure to plan ahead as Wink is closed on Sundays.
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