Ten Romantic Austin Restaurants

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, the pressure mounts to plan the perfect romantic date. Although Austin is replete with great Valentine’s Day ideas, the following is list of ten of Austin’s most romantic eateries.

DRISKILL GRILL
604 Brazos
Austin, Texas 78701
Phone: (512) 391-7162
http://www.driskillgrill.com/

The storied, opulent Driskill Hotel houses one of Austin’s five-star restaurants. The hotel itself is an Austin landmark, which has been beautifully restored with a definitively Texan twist.  Tucked away in a second-floor corner of the hotel, behind the equally romantic and inviting Driskill Bar sits the Driskill Grill. The Driskill Grill is highly accoladed, serving elegant foods that are presented with sophistication. The wine list is extensive, recognized with Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence. The Driskill Grill is opulent, luxurious, and a true dining experience.

BESS BISTRO
500 W. 6th Street
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 477-2377
www.bessbistro.com

Yeah, yeah, it’s owned by Sandra Bullock. But rather than a celebrity-gawking spot, Bess Bistro is one of the most romantic restaurants in the city. Housed in a beautifully renovated bank vault, the intimate experience starts when you enter down a flight of stairs down beneath West Sixth Street. The warm lighting, beautiful exposed stone walls, glittering chandeliers, and cozy booths make the Bess experience both welcoming and intimate. The food is Southern comfort with a French flair. Start your meal with a bubbly Bess Cocktail, and I highly recommend sharing the divine macaroni and cheese (it’s reliably a crowd- pleaser).

LA CONDESA
400 W. 2nd, Ste. A
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 499-0300
www.lacondesaaustin.com

La Condesa drips sexiness, with a bold Latin vibe an unabashed people-watching opportunities. Whether in the vibrant dining room or one of the welcoming outdoor patios, La Condesa is the perfect spot to sample some spicy bites and wash them down with a delicious South of the Border cocktail.   The vibe is young and urban, with Latin beats pulsing and vibrant colors throughout.  Check out a detailed review of La Condesa here.

CHEZ NOUS
510 Neches Street
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 473-2413
http://cheznousaustin.com/

This jewel is one of the most under-appreciated spots in town. This cozy French bistro is as authentic a French experience as you can have outside the City of Lights. Operated by three Paris natives, Chez Nous is a romantic nook of a restaurant that offers beautifully presented, authentic French dishes at remarkably reasonable prices. Chez Nous is just steps from Sixth Street, but once inside, truly feels like you are a world away.

FABI + ROSI
509 Hearn Street
Austin, TX 78703
Phone: (512) 236-0642
http://fabiandrosi.com

Fabi + Rosi is a hidden gem nestled in a beautifully renovated bungalow, just a stone’s throw from Lake Austin Boulevard. With its glittering chandeliers and glass bubbles dangling from the ceiling to its dark walls to its white leather accents, Fabi + Rosi is at once sleek, modern, and a bit whimsical. The place oozes romance. The kitchen is also amazing, whipping up European classics with a modern twist. For a more details, check out our review of Fabi + Rosi here.

HUDSON’S ON THE BEND
3509 Ranch Road 620 North
Austin, TX 78734
Phone: (512) 266-1369
http://hudsonsonthebend.com/

Hudson’s on the Bend makes its home in a cozy, twinkling stone house near Lake Travis. Hudson’s offers a unique, adventurous menu, featuring wild game ranging from axis venison to alligator to rattlesnake. With infusions of French cooking and unexpected Southwestern flavors, an intimate yet whimsical meal at Hudson’s is sure to give you and your date plenty of conversation topics.

PÉCHÉ
208 W. 4th St.
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 494-4011
www.pecheaustin.com

A list of Austin’s most romantic dining spots would be incomplete without mentioning Péché. With its dark woods, dim lighting, and grand bar, this sexy spot evokes a Parisian speakeasy. The Prohibition-era cocktails are carefully prepared using handcrafted ingredients and near-encyclopedic knowledge of beverages. Pair with that the divine European comfort foods prepared by the amazingly talented chef, Jason Dodge, and his staff. The staff are incredibly knowledgeable at Péché, and the dishes are consistently clean-your-plate delicious.  Check out the Bite of Austin review of Péché here.

ROARING FORK STONELAKE
10850 Stonelake Blvd.
Austin, TX 78759
Phone: (512) 342-2700
http://roaringfork.com

Although the downtown location of this restaurant is perfectly lovely, the Stonelake outpost of Roaring Fork has an unexpectedly sleek ambiance. Hidden in a grove of trees just blocks from Highway 183, Roaring Fork Stonelake overlooks a man-made lake with an impressive open kitchen, glass walls all around, and roaring fires throughout. The menu focuses on wood grilling, and the vibe is decidedly masculine, making this place a great place to grab a glass of robust red or a martini, and tear into a delicious steak.

UCHIKO
4200 N. Lamar, Ste. A
Austin, TX 78756
Phone: (512) 916-4808
http://uchiaustin.com/uchiko

This sleek Central Austin spot gets lots of attention, thanks in no small part to James Beard Award winning owner, Tyson Cole, and chef Paul Qui of this season’s “Top Chef: Texas” on BravoTV. But Uchiko is also a great choice for a date night. Its sleek decor and natural wood furnishings evoke a sexy, modern vibe. The inventive and sometimes downright mind-blowing menu is an experimental, sensual experience that will certainly give you plenty to talk about.  Check out Bite of Austin’s review of Uchiko here.

JUSTINE’S BRASSERIE
4710 E. 5th Street
Austin, TX 78702
Phone: (512) 385-2900
http://justines1937.com/

This sultry brasserie is tucked away far on the East Side in a small house with crimson walls and dark woods. Although waits here can get long, use the delay as an excuse to stand close together at the bar or huddle near one of the outdoor heaters while sipping handcrafted cocktails like Sazeracs or French 75s. The menu is filled with delicious French dishes ranging from cozy comfort classics like coq au vin to more daring options like a delicious steak tartare.

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