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big_red Jun 11, 2009 10:22 AM

Hello Austin!
Want to purchase a 100-125 dollar gift certificate for my newly married friends for their wedding gift. Don't know Austin well at all, and would really appreciate some good recs.
Wanted that amount to cover their whole meal.
Thank YOU from New York!

  1. thebodytx Jun 13, 2009 12:40 AM

    I suggest Aquarelle, a suburb French restaurant in downtown Austin. One of their prix fixe menus is $45, including wine pairings for each course. Check out
    http://www.aquarellerestaurant.com/ra...

    1. amysuehere Jun 12, 2009 02:02 PM

      What about giving them one to Alamo Drafthouse? I got one for xmas one year and really loved it.

      1. Homero Jun 12, 2009 01:38 PM

        Eddi V's sells giftcards online, and you can also use them at Roaring Fork, and Wildfish Grill. Not sure if there is a Wildfish Grill in Austin though. Either way, its nice to have a choice with the giftcards, and you can get a pretty nice dinner at either place for $100 to 125.

        I think its hard to get giftcards online to local Austin-only places. Most of them don't have the infrastructure. You could also try opentable.com. They might do something like that, or call a specific restaurant and purchase one over the phone.

        1. l
          lloyddaniels Jun 12, 2009 10:35 AM

          If you want something downtown:
          Lamberts- fancy bbq. Hip, good vibe, solid food, not extremeley expensive but pricey for bbq.
          Uchi- sushi place that the public loves. Personally I think Musashino is far superior but this place is always crowded.

          Hudsons on the Bend is a special place, very Texas. Personally I'd send them there, its about 20 minutes from downtown. They could go to Oasis or Iguana Grill on the lake before for a drink.

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          1. re: lloyddaniels
            TroyTempest Jun 12, 2009 12:22 PM

            i think it'd be hard for $100-125 to cover a whole meal at Hudson's

            1. re: TroyTempest
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              lloyddaniels Jun 12, 2009 03:51 PM

              Your right, I don't think you can cover a full-meal there and really enjoy it (wine, etc) for much less than $100 pp. It is a really special place, not something you can find anywhere, so to me it's worth it.

              1. re: lloyddaniels
                rudeboy Jun 13, 2009 12:04 AM

                The OP was asking about a gift cert. I don't thinkthat anyone would be opposed to receiving a cert that doesn't completely cover the meal. They could have a blowout $180 meal and be perfectly happpy paying the difference. Regardelss, you could get an app, meals, and a dessert with a dring and a glass of wine for that amount. Right?

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            fourunder Jun 11, 2009 10:27 AM

            These may be useful.....there are quite a few good recommendations.

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/590507

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/600651

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            I think (amykragan)'s suggestion of Steiner Steakhouse is somewhere I would have enjoyed had I known about it on my trip earlier this year. Be sure to check out the photo galleries.

            http://www.steinersteakhouse.com/

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