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We have about 5 or 6 out of town clients coming in this week to visit us. I'm looking for a place that accepts reservations, has a fun atmosphere, and is not BBQ only. It can't be farther north than the Arboretum, farther south than Mopac at 2244, and nowhere East of downtown.

Any suggestions?

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  1. In the Arboretum area I take business associates to either Z Tejas or NxNW on a regular basis and they always enjoy them. If the weather is good eat outside at either one.

    1. If they're non-Texans it might be fun to take them to Mesa Ranch near Mesa and Spicewood Springs. It has a definite fun, almost hokey for us natives, western/Texas feel. The last time I went we started with the Shiner Bock Beer Battered Cactus, then I had a great steak...I think a filet...and the SO had the Chicken Fried Venison which he really enjoyed. They have a range of dishes including fish, steaks, and even quail and duck. It's not a place I frequent but might be fun for guests.

      Check out the menu etc. here: http://www.mesaranchaustin.com/index....

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      1. re: ashes

        bISTRO 88...COOL ...DIFFERENT..eclectic, and you can talk

      2. You may want to consider Jasper's in The Domain. It is only another mile or two from the Arboretum. I have not eaten at the new Austin location, but entertained clients at the Dallas location many times with great success. The restaurant was started by Kent Rathburn of Abacus (in Dallas) and serves great prok tenderloin, good ribs, a great gouda and parma ham mac&cz, and a refreshing cherry limeade pie.