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Jan 13, 2009 03:13 PM

Urgently need recommendations for restaurant gift certificate

Hello all,

My boss is moving to Austin from Florida to reunite with her husband -- due to employment circumstances, they've been separated for six months, and she is finally moving to be with him.

I want to send a gift certificate to a restaurant that will provide a wonderful and memorable evening for them both. As I am completely unfamiliar with the area, I really need some very good, very current suggestions. In this economy, things can change quickly, so I'm loath to take many of the online reviews as gospel

Any and all help will be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!!!!

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    1. Any hints on what kind of food she likes?

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      1. re: bookgrrl72

        She loves all kinds of cuisines, but her husband's tastes seem to run more toward seafood and steaks, maybe Italian. Not particularly ethnically adventurous.

        1. re: RoadTripWithKayaks

          Eddie V's is wonderful and has excellent steak and seafood offerings as well as a very good happy hour. Everything I have ordered has been very good or exceptional. Austin Land and Cattle is a local restaurant and the steaks are good, but not great in my experience. We have Perry's Steakhouse (a Houston area chain). I've not tried it but I have been hearing good things so you may be interested in checking out their website. Roy’s, Fleming's, Ruth Chris and Sullivan's would also fit the bill. I've enjoyed all but Roy's which has very interesting seafood options... it's on my to do list.

          I'll let other's handle the Italian possibilities as I have yet to try the ones that are most frequently mentioned here. While I like Italian, it's not at the top of my priority list.

          Best of luck to you!


          1. re: Rene

            We've been to Perry's twice and really enjoyed it. It's really plush. The soaring ceilings and piano bar/lounge make for a fancier atmosphere than Eddie V's or Ruth's and the steaks are right there too in quality. All right there too in price heh heh....

            1. re: Rene

              Since they are from Florida, I would stay away from seafood. My place would be 3 Forks for steaks, great service, good atmosphere or ,if you really want to splurge, Trio, the new place in the Four Seasons. Of course, that would setting the bar high for them AFA Austin cuisine is concerned. But both of these places would be very safe.

        2. I would suggest Hudson's on the Bend, which IMO is one of the top restaurants in Austin. It is romantic, has a great winde list, and a lovely garden area. Check out their menu online:

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          1. re: Honey Bee

            Thanks everyone for the help and great ideas! Now I've just got to sift through some online menus and narrow it down.

            I very much appreciate your suggestions!

          2. I'll second Perry's....just had an amazing meal there. Also love Truluck's and Eddie V's but for a more romantic feel I'd go with Wink or the Mansion at Judge's Hill. Heck, even Aquarelle, although my only meal there was not as earth shattering as I'd expected. Still delicious, though.