400 W. Second
Hours: Lunch: Mon.-Fri., 11:30am-2pm; Dinner: Sun.-Wed., 5pm-10pm; Thu.-Sat., 5pm-11pm; Brunch: Sat.-Sun., 11am-3pm
Chef Rick Lopez whips up neo-Mexican cuisine at this Second Street District anchor and 2010 James Beard Award nominee for Best New Restaurant. It's still running on all cylinders.
Boasts simple surf and turf in a bistro setting with a full oyster bar, amazing mac and cheese, and great desserts. Stop by for dinner and the late-night scene or a quick prowl through the half-price bar menu at happy hour.
301 E. Sixth, 512/474-9898
Look out over Lady Bird Lake and transcend the usual hotel-dining scene. The focus is on unusual and creative preparations of appetizers, side dishes, terrific steaks, and seafood, with an extensive gluten-free menu. Dinner charms with romantic lighting and efficient service.
98 San Jacinto, 512/685-8300