Occasion worthy for small group of visitors (perhaps like Trio??)
We will be in Austin for the holidays and have decided to take the parents-who-have-everything for a nice dinner for their Christmas gift in lieu of more stuff.
Problem is that as non-locals we're not sure where to go for a great experience. We are looking for someplace with a slightly "grand" or occasion-worthy feel (can be old-world or contemporary styling). Great wine list. No particular likes/dislikes re: food although probably something continental-ish (not Japanese, so Uchi was already ruled out). Great service.
I'm not sold on the idea of dining in a hotel, but Trio seems to have the kind of feel that we're seeking. The last time we were celebrating we went to Picasso in Las Vegas, and while I recognize that Vegas and Austin are completely different places we'd like to kind of approximate that sort of experience.
Thanks in advance... Rab-bit!
Yep, Wink is beer & wine only but very very well edited wine list and quite interesting. If Mr. Rabbit's mom really needs a cocktail, i would go 45 minutes early to Jeffrey's bar just 2 minutes away on West Lynn, order a couple of pops for her, then down to Wink to dine. Most professional waitstaff in town (not at all stuffy - very personable). Best farm to market menu and talent in any austin kitchen.....
Dining at Trio definitely has kind of a Vegas feel to it. To me, anyway. That may be your best bet if that's what you're going for.
If you're looking for other ideas to research, I might suggest: Aquarelle (elegant French), Driskill Hotel (elegant/"grand", and also downtown), Fonda San Miguel (upscale interior Mexican)
Good luck, and enjoy your stay in Austin