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Mar 24, 2007 08:10 AM

Proper Date Restaurant (w/ husband)

so, we moved here from NYC some time ago and other than making the effort to eat out with the intention of having BBQ or Tex-Mex, we've slowly (mmm, actually rapidly) stopped going out. We are always dissapointed to some extent- the food is ok, the atmosphere leaves something to be desired. I love Austin, so I understand that this is it's own city, but sometimes I want great drinks, and a romantic, interesting atmosphere with some life, when I'm willing to make the effort to break out the lipgloss...

Any thoughts?

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  1. I feel your pain. It's especially hard if you've lived in a big city and have experienced the best of all worlds.

    Have you been to The Driskill? Hudson's on the Bend is supposed to be very nice too, though I haven't been.

    1. What about Zoot, have you been there? It's a quiet atmosphere, old house, white linens. They were in a slump for a while, but have pulled themselves out of it lately.

      Siena's also romantic, but the food isn't memorable.

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      1. re: addlepated

        Zoot is absolutely the best place in town in my opinion!

      2. Well, Austin is not NYC, but give these a try....Vespaio, Aquarelle, Vin Bistro, Mansion at Judge's Hill, yes, Driskill, Hudson's on the Bend, Jeffrey's Restaurant, Shoreline Grill, least one of these should meet your desires...

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        1. re: SLadd

          I agree with this entire list for "upscale dining", and would add Wink, Louie's 106, Mirabelle, and Zoot.

        2. I would consider Fino or Vin for a nice evening out

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          1. re: DavidD

            Go to Uchi with your loved one early (5:30-6 PM) to get some happy hour specials, be sure to get a couple dishes painted with squid ink, get home at a decent hour and magic follows you...

          2. I'm not sure I can understand your delimma, never having lived in NYC and gone to some top notch places, but you live in Austin now and the pickins' are going to be tougher. The absolute best place for a formal type dining experience with an approximation of elegance and charm is the Driskill Hotel. I'm not sure, IMO, that there is a close second unless it would be the Four Seasons. Vespaio is terrifically noisy, although they have a great bar there with great employees. Aquarelle has comparable food to Driskil and Four Seasons, if not better, but no bar, neither does Zoot. Jeffery's is an Austin institution but whether it is up to your criteria for fancy is doubtful. You might consider Uchi for lively atmosphere, fun eating , good drinks, etc., but it,.like most places in Austin is lip gloss optional. While you were in NYC did you ever make it to Per Se?