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Jeffrey's V. Fabi and Rosi for 30th Bday Dinner

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Hi all,

I've heard great things about both of these restaurants - and will eventually get down to trying both out. :) That said, which would you all choose for a nice 30th birthday dinner for my fiancee. Both have glowing reviews so please help me decide. Food and ambiance are both equally important to us. Thanks!!

Scott

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Fabi and Rosi
509 Hearn St, Austin, TX

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  1. I've been to both, and I would give a slight edge to Jefferey's for this particular occasion. Fabi + Rosi is a very nice experience, but it's an open room, versus the more intimate curtained-off tables you find at Jefferey's. Food is a little more expensive at Jefferey's, but it's also a little more composed, and I found service to be just a bit more upscale and polished. Don't get me wrong -- Fabi and Rosi is an excellent spot, and I do love their food, but if you're looking for a special and romantic locale, I would say that Jefferey's should be your pick.

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    Fabi and Rosi
    509 Hearn St, Austin, TX

    5 Replies
    1. re: gilintx

      That's interesting; my experience was just the opposite.

      Jeffrey's for Valentine's Day; lights turned up high, lots of traffic around the table, no sense of intimacy.

      F+R for anniversary; lights at comfortable level, no traffic except an unobtrusive waiter, and a sense of having the place of ourselves. I was quite surprised while leaving to note that it was almost full.

      1. re: thebodytx

        Hey "Thebodytx", really? Post a picture or something and let us be the judge.

        1. re: thebodytx

          which table were y'all seated? Although I love F&R (the mussels RULE), it's not what I'd call romantic. What is it with everyone doing the bench seating for all the two tops lately?

          1. re: amysuehere

            Bench seating is more cost effective. It takes less room per table so you can get one or two more tables in the same space. More tables = more people seated = more income.

            1. re: Thorkel

              Yeah, but am I the only one that really feels uncomfortable in that type seating?

      2. Sort of off topic, but if you go...
        I have seen $50 gift certificates for Jeffrey's at Costco for $40 (or it may have been $80 for $100) as recent as a month ago. Haven't purchased them, so i don't know if there is any fine print.