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Occasion worthy for small group of visitors (perhaps like Trio??)

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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!

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  1. 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

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    1. re: jwynne2000

      Thanks for this! What about Wink? We really like the look of the menu, and while it's clear that it's not as formal as Trio is it still an occasion-y spot?

      1. re: Rabbit

        I like the food at Wink, but the space is tiny and intimate. Definitely doesn't have a "grand" feel at all. Agree with jwynne that Trio is probably what you're after.

        1. re: Rabbit

          I can't speak to Wink, as I've never been before. There are at least a half dozen threads on this board covering Wink though, I'd guess. Run a search and see what you come up with.

      2. I haven't been, but the Mansion at Judge's hill came to mind. But it is a hotel, too:

        http://www.mansionatjudgeshill.com/Di...

        1. I think we're going with Wink. However, I did read that they only serve wine (limited selection) and beer... is that indeed (still) the case? Mr. Rabbit's mom is a cocktail drinker and I dunno if this will be our best bet if she can't get her fix.

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          1. re: Rabbit

            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.....