Dinner for 30 out o'towners
Planning an academic conference dinner in early '10 for thirty or so guests -- mostly out of town, some locals. Looking for moderate-to-expensive; reasonably adventurous; something that bespeaks Austin. Willing to BYOB, if necessary. Within a < 5 mile radius of campus. Suggestions?
< 5 mile radius of campus -- is quite a problem.
The two obvious choices are:
- The Carillon on UT campus (www.meetattexas.com/restaurants.html
)- Mansion at Judges Hill (www.mansionatjudgeshill.com
)I have been to both for academic conferences. The Carillon is uninspiring but convenient, Mansion is expensive is not great but beautiful.
I would think of:
- Asti (www.astiaustin.com) - nearby, unpretentious and very good food.
- East Side Cafe (www.eastsidecafeaustin.com) - local, simple, and Austin.
Both as far as I know accommodate large parties.
I'd like to second The East Side Cafe. They have a separate building that can accommodate 30 people. It's right next to their regular restaurant.
Also, Thistle Cafe downtown has a separate room that will accommodate larger parties. I don't really think it's a unique representation of Austin but I thought I'd mention it since it's still a nice place to go for a meal.
For a first time to Austin experience consider:
Fonda San MIguel
Hula Hut on the Water
For moderate to expensive and using local ingredients, how about Wink? It's a smaller place, but they might let you take over the restaurant.
Good suggestions; thanks. (But happy to hear more).
Someone at work suggested Fleming's, Jeffrey's, Eddie V's, and Truluck's. But none of these float my boat.