The Emerald Restaurant
13614 Hwy. 71 W., Austin, 78738, 512/963-4272
Hours: Daily, 5pm-10pm
For more than 30 years, this cozy, candlelit cottage has been known for voluptuous European meals with ample cuts of meat, fish, and fowl, and a lengthy, expensive wine list to match.
This lakeside fine-dining fixture has been at it for two decades, specializing in game of all descriptions, from rabbit to pheasant. The ambience is romantic, too.
3509 RR 620 N., 512/266-1369
This elegantly casual interior, rich with reclaimed wood, earth tones, and natural light, has a separate lounge and bar area. Locally-sourced dishes make this a South Austin delight.
7720 Hwy. 71 W., 512/852-8558
Floor-to-ceiling windows overlook a patio with a spectacular view of the Hill Country. But a new bar and an on-site organic farm have not distracted Executive Chef Benjamin Baker from creating cuisine that expresses a Hill Country aesthetic without being kitschy.
13500 FM 2769, 855/249-3004