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JoyS2000 Jun 25, 2008 05:32 PM

I am seraching for a resturant in Austin that has great food and my boyfriend and I will not be over dressed. We want to celebrate and we (read me) would like to wear a really pretty dress and a suit for the evening. My other option is to go to Le Reve before driving to Austin for the weekend. Any ideas?


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  1. dinaofdoom RE: JoyS2000 Jun 26, 2008 01:10 AM

    for "dress up dining" i would say uchi (even if you are not big sushi eaters, the japanese food is amazing), the downtown location of eddy v's, jeffrey's, hudson on the bend, trio...

    that is just off the top of my head.
    good luck, and have fun!

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      zph RE: dinaofdoom Jul 3, 2008 03:12 AM

      I'll second Trio. In addition, Truluck's and Sullivan's might work as well.

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      frombostontoaustin RE: JoyS2000 Jun 26, 2008 01:16 AM

      i second jeffrey's, and eddy v's...if you want something very special then hudson on the bend is delightful...

      1. amykragan RE: JoyS2000 Jun 26, 2008 06:47 AM

        One of the things I like about Austin is that you can have people in tuxedos dining in the same place as people in golf attire without anyone feeling awkward.
        I recommend Restaurant Jezebel if you want an intimate and personalized dining experience.

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          scrumptiouschef RE: amykragan Jul 2, 2008 10:04 PM

          Apparently if you have a few greenbacks rattling around in your pockets you're good to go at Jezebel .Sitting at Little City I just saw a sadsack come strolling out of Jezebel in some ragged flops,wrinkled-y cargo shorts and stained t-shirt.The other diners were all dressed to the nines but it looks like the ragman didn't get the memo.

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          taliesin15 RE: JoyS2000 Jun 26, 2008 07:47 AM

          Uchi IMHO is the best restaurant in Austin. However, there are many other great places. Two downtown often overlooked are Louis' 106 (just east of Congress on northside of 6th) and Aquarelle (behind Opal Divines and Katz's). Speaking of French, there's also Chez Nous. I'd narrow it down a bit into cuisine you like because we're barely scratching the surface here. So many people wear t-shirts anywhere, you're likely to not be under or over-dressed (but flipflops in a nice restaurant, with say terricloth shorts, that's a real no-no; so is a mismatched plaid leisure suit).

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            JoyS2000 RE: JoyS2000 Jun 30, 2008 12:46 PM

            Thanks for all the replies. We really like French food or American/French. Also last time we were in Austin we went ot Uchi. (loved it by the way) so we were looking to try something new. I will start researching all the suggestions, but please feel free to leave more if the they come to mind.

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              chub512 RE: JoyS2000 Jun 30, 2008 12:50 PM

              I think Aquarelle would fit the bill based on your culinary interests and desire to dress up.

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                NirvRush RE: chub512 Jun 30, 2008 05:08 PM

                2nd that.

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                  foodiegal71 RE: NirvRush Jun 30, 2008 06:26 PM

                  third that! Actually, I did this at Aquarelle a couple of years ago and it was a fantastic night.

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                austinethos RE: JoyS2000 Jun 30, 2008 08:25 PM

                For the occasion, cuisine, and the dress, I'd recommend Trio at the Four seasons or Aquarelle. I would think you can't go wrong.

                And, sadly, I might also agree with Eddie V's. Although we can argue about the merits of the food, you would fit in with such schnazzy attire.

                The Driskill would be an option based on attire and desire, but the food might not be up to par/value yet.

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                  thebodytx RE: JoyS2000 Jul 5, 2008 05:00 PM

                  I'll second the vote for Aquarelle, if you're really into French food. Leave plenty of time; there are basically two sittings per night. And you won't feel out of place if you're dressed nicely. But this is Austin; just ignore the guy in cargo shorts and flip-flops at the next table.

                2. Veggo RE: JoyS2000 Jun 30, 2008 08:38 PM

                  If logistics permit, a nightcap at the mezzanine piano bar at the Driskill would be an elegant finish.

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                    JoyS2000 RE: Veggo Jul 1, 2008 04:20 PM

                    Very nice touch Veggo!!! Looks like the evening is shapping up nicely. Thanks all.


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                      Scargod RE: Veggo Jul 2, 2008 12:19 PM

                      Yes, good idea. I did that a few months ago and eating at the Driskill is not that bad, either.

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                      TheSprinkler RE: JoyS2000 Jul 6, 2008 03:37 PM

                      I know it's a chain, but I really love McCormick and Schmick's, preferably the North/Domain location but the downtown location is good too. It's definitely appropriate to dress up, and they even have private dining booths if that suits you. Very elegant food - pricey, but worth it in my opinion. My recommendation would be to start off with the calamari (BEST I've ever had), move on to the Caesar salad, followed by the crab stuffed shrimp with asparagus, and finished off with the chocolate bag dessert and a drink at the swanky bar.

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                        RJLinNO RE: JoyS2000 Jul 12, 2008 01:19 PM

                        You could try Chez Nous downtown. I haven't eaten there in years so my recommendation may be out of date, but you can dress up and feel comfortable. The food and service were both good back when I ate there.

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