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Destination Date Night in Austin Texas

Cocktails. Date night in Austin Texas
Find a sitter and a new outfit, it’s time for a date. Photo Credit Visit Austin

I’m a lucky girl, way back I married a chef. So some of the best food in the Austin is at my kitchen table. But when we go out, I want to have it all. A thoughtful ambience that transports me to a new place or time. A varied menu pairing classics with a modern approach and local ingredients. And relaxed yet knowledgeable service that brings it all together for a memorable evening. So here’s some of my all-time favorites for a Date Night in Austin, Texas.

French Bistro Dining

Le Politque

110 San Antonio St.
Open from Lunch to Dinner everyday and Brunch on the Weekends
Reservations Accepted

Enjoy a modern version of a classic French brasserie with a marble bar and logoed porcelain. Start date night off with something  from the raw bar or the house-made bread special with European butter and fresh jam.

The French Onion Soup just landed at ABIA on the Paris nonstop. Or at least it looks it it’s straight from Paris. The Bouillabaisse is another classic. Don’t miss the Broccolini.

The French classics are the go-to for first timers so order one of the frites offerings. Steak frites for traditional meat lovers, Moules for those looking for flavor without feeling overstuffed. The Lobster Frites is a decadent.

Don’t walk away from the table without sampling the desserts. And find the Pâtisserie next door.

Justine's Brasserie Date night in Austin Texas
If the night is lovely then spend it at Justine’s Brasserie for French classics. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

Justine’s Brasserie

4710 E 5th St.
Open daily from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., closed Tuesday
Reservations for parties of six or more

I’m a romantic so French cuisine holds a chunk of my heart. Marble-topped tables with market umbrellas in a treed outdoor space make me swoon. Add free-flowing baskets of crusty bread and butter and I’ll forget about the carbs. Pour me a glass of hearty red wine and I might wear a beret.

Justine’s Brasserie is all of that in East Austin. Go when the weather is at Austin’s peak or late night to dine outside. Find lights sparkling overhead, and a congenial crowd settling for a dose of France.

The menu features French classics in French with English translations. Start the evening with a Kir Royale or French 75 paired with the escargots à la Bourgainnoone.

Then savor the Steak Frites, a ribeye with beurre maître d’ and perfection fries.

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Peche Sinful Cocktails & Cuisine

208 W. 4th St.
Open Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to late, Saturday and Sunday from 5 p.m. to late
Dinner only
Reservations Accepted

Come for a cocktail, come for dinner. Find a moody pre-prohibition bar that spans the length of the building. Serving up classic cocktails to satisfy a time traveler, including an impressive list of absinthe.

Make it an evening with a menu of French brasserie musts using Texas products. Standouts include the Haricot Vert Salad, a concoction of pickled cauliflower and local tomatoes with lardons mixed with feta and almonds all dressed with a creamy Dijon. Or samples the Prince Edward Island mussels or escargot for a bit of traditional fare.

Attentive staff, and the owner even works the dining room on busy nights offering drink recommendations.

Fabi + Rosi Date night in Austin Texas
A bowl of Prince Edward Island mussels are made for sharing. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

Fabi and Rosi European Kitchen

509 Hearn St.
Open Tuesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Closed Sunday and Monday
Reservations for parties of six or more

In a charming cottage on edge of downtown Austin find an intimate dining spot under the watchful gaze of the chef and owner. Using local products and doing it all in-house, the menu offers European classics comforting to a Texas palette.

Start with a cheese board and dine al-fresco. Or head to the chic dining room and order the Beeman Ranch Wagyu Steak with truffle fries, using sustainable and locally-sourced ingredients.

Junes All Day PEI Mussels
A bowl of Prince Edward Island Mussels with a fennel and Pernod broth is hard to beat on a chilly night at June’s. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

June’s All Day

1722 S. Congress
Open Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Wednesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Weekend Brunch 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. closing at 11:30 p.m. on Saturday and 10:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Reservations accepted

June’s All Day is many things to many people and it all depends when you walk into the door. Grab breakfast and coffee on a work day. Or stop by for a vibrant happy hour.

The All Day menu features French bistro classics, like the PEI Mussels with a creamy fennel and Pernod broth. Or sample the steak au poivre with confit garlic and parmesan fries for a French-inspired date night.

The cocktail menu favors rum and whisky. Sunday night is pub night with a Indian twist so find curries and naan. Sample the Doughnut Porfiteroles for dessert.

Contigo

2027 Anchor Lane
Open Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight and Sunday Brunch form 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Reservations accepted for parties of 12 or less

One of my all-time favorites for a fresh Spring evening or a crisp Fall night. The outdoor space at Contigo offers a laid-back environment with stylized picnic tables under century-old trees near the Mueller development.

For menu standouts, start with the El Pepino, a tequila-spiked cocktail flavored with cucumber, lime and a whisp of mint. Cocktails are better with something to munch on so grab an order of Crispy Green Beans for tempura-fried snappy beans.

Choose a solid burger or order lots of small plates and share. The charcuterie plates offer unique choices.

Japanese Flavors

The French don’t have a monopoly on romance or date night in Austin. So sample some sushi and Japanese faves. Or take it a bit casual for some of the freshest seafood straight from the coast.

Uchiko-Austin Date Night
The Ruby Red Grapefruit features aloe air and a pool of olive oil. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

Uchiko

4200 N. Lamar Blvd.
Open Sunday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Reservation accepted

The sister restaurant to Uchi, enjoy Japanesefarmhouse dining in a lively yet understated dining room. For the best of the daily and regular menu, order the omakase, or chef’s tasting menu. It features 10 different courses, perfectly prepared and presented.

The tasting menu might feature shishito tempera, or tempera peppers. The hama chili featuring yellowtail is another jewel. And the hana with fried cauliflower and curried raisins fuses flavors of the Asian continent. End your meal with Ruby Red Grapefruit with aloe air and olive oil.

Lucky Robot

1303 South Congress Ave.
Open most days from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Reservations accepted

If your love loves sushi, then head to the first sustainable sushi restaurant in Austin. Start with the Brussels sprouts or the spicy edamame to liven up the taste buds. Follow with screaming fresh sashimi, inventive dumplings or try the tasting menu for host of new flavors.

A few tables along South Congress with more tables inside.

Seafood Stars

Monger's Market Date night in Austin Texas
Wanna a casual seafood meal then Monger’s serves up fresh seafood. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

Monger’s Market + Kitchen

2401 E. Cesar Chavez
Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Closed Sunday

Seafood so fresh it dances across the plate at this happy East Austin outlet. Find a fresh seafood market and raw bar, or head to a handful of tables for the freshest of seafood. With a menu featuring the Gulf of Mexico’s bounty, sample a buttermilk-fried Gulf shrimp. Or sink a fork into a blue crab cake. And taco Tuesday is celebrated with fish tacos.

2 Comments

  1. This is really great! My husband and I just moved to Austin a few months ago so this will be useful! We are huge foodies and love going out on a “date night” at least once a week!

    • Catherine Parker

      Welcome to the Austin area! Hope you enjoy your time here and sample the great food we have to offer.